Itinerary

Poland and its southern neighbour Slovakia are separated by the mighty Carpathian Mountains. The highest part them forms the Tatras. Often referred to as the most compact alpine mountains in the world, the Tatras make an overwhelming impression on visitors as they rise high above surrounding valleys.

During this tour we cycle around the mountain chain and enjoy its many different parts. We pass lively mountain resorts and lakes and cycle through valleys and mountain passes with extraordinary views that will last in the memory forever. We will visit unique world sites in Krakow town, Demanovska valley, Vlkolinec village and Chocholow village .

Grade: Moderate/High. This tour follows a road in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, the highest part of the Carpathian Mountains. There are several uphill sections but distances are relatively short allowing you to cycle at a moderate pace.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Krakow, Poland.

    - arrival in Krakow
    - car transfer to the hotel
    - accommodation, informal reception.

    Overnight in Krakow

  2. Day 2 Krakow city sightseeing. Transfer to Tatranska Javorina, Slovakia.

    In the morning we take a guided tour of the city including the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and nearby attractions.

    Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. Krakow's historic centre, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle, was included as the first of its kind on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978. The Old Town is the most prominent example of an old town in the country. For many centuries Krakow was the royal capital of Poland. The whole district is bisected by the Royal Road, the coronation route traversed by the Kings of Poland. Bicycles are ideal for sightseeing in Kraków since they allow an easier access to places of interest.

    Afternoon leaving Krakow towards the border with Slovakia. Our destination is Tatranska Javorina village in the Slovakian Tatras. It lies at a wide valley and is a perfect start for our tour.

    Overnight in Javorina

  3. Day 3 Route: Tatranska Javorina - Tatranska Lomnica.

    This day we will bike from Tatranska Javorina to Tatranska Lomnica village where we take cable car to Lomnicky peak.

    A trip to Lomnicky peak by cable car is among the most attractive adventures for tourists in the High Tatras and, indeed, it enjoys the popularity of the public. It reaches the differential height of 1,700 m and carries tourists to a height of 2,634 m above sea level in only a few minutes. In fine weather, you can experience a unique panoramic view of the whole area on top of the Lomnický štít peak. If the visibility is good, one can see over the Belianske Tatras, the unending Polish plains, while in the opposite direction one captures perhaps a fifth of the Slovak territory.

    Overnight in Tatranska Lomnica

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  4. Day 4 Route: Tatranska Lomnica - Strbske Pleso.

    We continue moving westward, pass the mountain resorts of Smokovec, Vysoke Tatry and Strbske Pleso where the most popular mountain lake is to be found.

    Overnight in Strbske Pleso

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  5. Day 5 Route: Strbske Pleso - Jasna resort.

    Today we will bike to the National park of Low Tatras, the route will lead us through Liptovsky Mikulas town.

    When we arrive to Demanovska valley we will visit one of the famous caves in Slovakia the Demanovska cave. The cave is part of the huge underground karst system in the valley Demänovská dolina below the Nízke Tatry Mts. It boasts a unique drip stone ornamentation, which makes it one of the most beautiful caves of Europe. Accommodation will be provided in mountain resort of Jasna.

    Overnight in Jasna resort

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  6. Day 6 Route: Jasna resort - Ruzomberok.

    This day on bicycle we will visit the open air museum of folk architecture in Vlkolinec village.

    This extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture was included in the List of the World Cultural and Nature Heritage of UNESCO in 1993.
    On the way to Vlkolinec we will go along Liptovska Mara dam, the largest water reservoir in Slovakia in terms of the confined water volume.

    Overnight in Ruzomberok town

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  7. Day 7 Route: Ruzomberok - Zuberec.

    Today it is last day in Slovakia. We will bike along Western Tatras from Ruzomberok town to Zuberec village where museum of Orava village is located.

    If we bike more kilometeres we will reach Oravice village where you can have a relax in thermal park, with the temperature of 57°C, rising from 1606 m deep bore well. At present, the water temperature of two open-air pools is between 34° C - 38° C. All year round, until late evening hours, visitors can use sulphate-calcic-magnesium water with a high content of iron that has beneficial effects on the body.

    Overnight in Zuberec

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  8. Day 8 Route: Zuberec - Zakopane, Poland.

    Our last day on bicycle we will spend by crossing borders in Chocholow, a living museum with wooden houses as much as 200 years old and often built from one single spruce log. Afternoon we will arrive to the most famous Polish mountain resort Zakopane .

    Overnight in Zakopane

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  9. Day 9 Transfer to Krakow. Farewell.

    Return trip to Krakow or airport.
    Farewell and departure for home.

Basic information

from €1246/€856 per person

Duration: 9 days

Type/style: Guided/self-guided cycling tour

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Wawel Krakow historic town Tatra National Park Cableway to Lomnicky Peak Strbske Pleso lake Demanovska Cave of Liberty Low Tatras National Park Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture Zuberec Orava Village Zakopane town

Included

- accommodation in stylish pensions/hotels for 8 nights
- 8 x half board (breakfast, dinner)
- services of professional guide throughout the tour
- information materials and maps
- car transfer on first, second and last day
- trip to Lomnicky peak

Extra charges:
- Luggage transport: 240,-EUR
- Bike rental: 12,-EUR/bike/day

Excluded

- lunch