Poland, now a member of the EU, has seen its urban centers modernize with the introduction of stylish hotels and restaurants. In the countryside, a rustic charm remains- ancient castles, horse-drawn carriages, and lush river valleys beckon touring cyclists. We have designed this tour to take advantage of the gentle Dunajec River Valley. We visit two National Parks and many sites listed by Unesco, including magnificent Krakow, the historic salt mine at Wieliczka,the enigmatic wooden churches and more. Many companies offering tours rush through Poland enroute to Slovakia or Hungary. Why rush?

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • Each of our trips in Poland has a local guide
  • A ride you will never forget: Dunajec cycle path
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

Location

Krakow

Kraków, Poland

Day 1

Wieliczka

Wieliczka

Day 2

Znamirowice

Znamirowice

Day 3

Lake Czorsztn

Lake Czorsztn

Day 4

Czorsztyn

Czorsztyn

Day 5

Nowy Targ

Nowy Targ

Day 6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
6 nights lodging
All meals except 2 lunches and 1 dinner
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020

Available dates on request

TRIP SIZE

4-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days/ 6 nights with 6 days of cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Krakow

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Eastgoing/moderate
20-40+ miles daily
Van supported

TERRAIN

The majority of the riding follows river valleys and is quite flat with occasional moderate climbs.

COST

Land Cost (current year):
US $2350
Includes all meals except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Single Supplement:
US $590

Bike Rental:
US $140

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Getting there :

Krakow- you may wish to arrive early to explore this fascinating city.


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Day 1

Krakow

We’ll meet at our arrival hotel at 2:00 and enjoy a short warm-up ride on quite roads and paths through the Old Town. We’ll have dinner in a restaurant that first opened in 1364 and then take in some live jazz  for which Krakow is famous.

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Day 2

Lipnica Gospoda

Start the day riding out to the salt mine at Wieliczka, a UNESCO  listed site; this site has operated since the Middle Ages and the museum includes carved chapels and other artistic treasures. From here we pass characteristic villages and the first of many wooden churches. Arrive to Nowy Wisnicz where we’ll visit the castle and overnight at Hotel Gospoda Pod Kamieniem.

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Day 3

Znamirowice

Wooden churches were often sponsored by nobles- there are over 250 of them in this region of Poland including 6 that are listed monuments with Unesco. We’ll pass several including Lipnica Murowana before reaching Roznowski Lake. Lunch will be in Tropie. A longer ride will take you around the lake, finishing at teh Hotel Farma Zdrowia.

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Day 4

Lake Czorsztn

On this day, we’ll make our way to Stary Sacz, a historic town and one of the most beautiful in southern Poland. The ride passes granaries and hen-houses through an area known as the Dunajec Gorge. Overnight near charming Lake Czorsztyn.

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Day 5

Czorsztyn 

Taking advantage of a cycle path that follows the Dunajec River, but to start the day, we take a boat cruise to Kroscienko. From here we’ll cycle into Slovakia to the village of Cerveny Klastor (Red Monastery), where Carthusian monks lived for centuries conceale from the outside world. This part of the country was at one time Hungary.

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Day 6

Nowy Targ 

Leaving Czorsztyn, we’ll cycle to Debno, one of the oldest wooden churches in Poland. We’ll stop to taste the ‘Oscypek’, a delicious ewe’s milk cheese and make our way to Nowy Targ (New Market) which has had a market for 500 years. It’s not to be missed and we’ll join in the festivities here.

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Day 7

Bus transfer to Krakow takes 1 hour.

Hotel Dwor Kosciusko, Krakow

Hotel Gospoda Pod Kamieniem, Lipnica Gorna

Farma Zdrowia, Znamirowice

Kinga Hotel Wellness, Czorsztyn


			

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