Itinerary

Poland and its southern neighbour Slovakia are separated by the mighty Carpathian Mountains. The highest part of the mountain system forms the High 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 city, Demanovska valley, Vlkolinec village and Chocholow village .

Grade: Moderate/Hard. This tour follows a road at 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, short meeting with the guide
    - Dinner

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

    - Breakfast
    - Krakow guided sightseeing
    - Car transfer to Tatranska Javorina, High Tatras
    - Accommodation and dinner

    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 containing 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 Krakow since they allow an easier access to places of interest.

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

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Tatranska Javorina - Tatranska Lomnica
    - Cableway to Lomnicky peak
    - Accommodation in Tatranska Lomnica
    - Dinner

    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 10 minutes.
    In fine weather you can experience a unique panoramic view of the whole area on top of Lomnicky 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.

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

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Tatranska Lomnica - Strbske Pleso
    - Accommodation in Strbske Pleso
    - Dinner

    Strbske Pleso village comprises several hotels and residential buildings. With extensive parking facilities and a stop on the Tatra trolley and rack railway, it is a starting point for popular hikes including the peaks Krivan and Rysy.

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

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Strbske Pleso - Jasna tourist resort, Low Tatras
    - Demanovska Liberty Cave visit
    - Accommodation in Jasna
    - Dinner

    Demanovska Liberty Cave - UNESCO site; total length of the cave is 8126 metres and 1.8 metres are open to the public. Bones of cave bear were found in a passage now named Bear's Passage.

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  6. Day 6 Route: Jasna resort - Ruzomberok.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Jasna - Liptovska Mara water reservoir - Vlkolinec - Ruzomberok
    - Vlkolinec - Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture visit
    - Accommodation in Ruzomberok
    - Dinner

    Vlkolinec - a monument reserve of folk architecture is extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture. It was included in the List of the World Cultural and Nature Heritage of UNESCO in 1993. The community was first referred to in 1376. Its unique compound of original folk buildings remained untouched by modern construction. Based in comparative study of ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Settlements) it was classified as the best-reserved settlement of this time within the Carpathian Architecture. Originally it was the settlement of loggers, shepherds and farmers.

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  7. Day 7 Route: Ruzomberok - Zuberec.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Ruzomberok - Zuberec
    - Accommodation in Zuberec
    - Possibility to visit Oravice thermal park
    - Dinner

    A unique open-air Museum of the Orava Village covers an area of about 20 hectares.Typical folk buildings wre moved here from various regions of Orava. Visitor can see authentic peasant houses, larders, lumber rooms, farmsteads, shepherd's huts, haylofts, sacral buildings (a wooden church, cemetery and belfry) and the craftsman's and linen-maker's houses (a Wallachian mill and sawmill, a potter's furnace and fulling mill).

    Oravice village offers 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.

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

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling route: Zuberec - Chocholow - Zakopane, Poland
    - Chocholow open-air museum visit
    - Accommodation in Zakopane
    - Dinner

    Chocholow - UNESCO site; a lively open-air museum with wooden houses as much as 200 years old and often built from one single spruce log.

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  9. Day 9 Transfer to Krakow. Farewell.

    - Breakfast
    - Cycling to Krakow or car transfer to the airport
    - End of the tour

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 hotels and guest houses for 8 nights:
- 1 night in Krakow, Poland
- 1 night in Tatranska Javorina, High Tatras
- 1 night in Tatranska Lomnica, High Tatras
- 1 night in Strbske Pleso, High Tatras
- 1 night in Jasna, Low Tatras
- 1 night in Ruzomberok, Low Tatras
- 1 night in Zuberec, Orava
- 1 night in Zakopane, Poland
- Half board (breakfast and dinner)
- Services of private guide for 7 days (not available for self-guided option)
- Maps
- Car transfer on the first, second and last day
- Cableway to Lomnicky peak

Excluded

- Lunch
- Luggage transport: 240,-EUR
- Bike rental: 12,-EUR/bike/day
- Airport transfer on arrival/departure day (can be arranged for an extra charge)