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A cycling adventure in Europe’s true frontiers

The Polish Eastern Carpathian Mountains, with their highest peak Tarnica (1346 m) are a part of Poland considered by many as a truly wild frontier land. This sparsely populated area, covered by oak and beech forests and alpine meadows, is a  destination for hikers and adventure seeking travellers. Our route follows the picturesque River San with several detours. In the midst of unspoiled natural landscapes we pay visits to historical sites revealing the rich history of the region. The area was once inhabited by Orthodox Lemkos whose existence left unique examples of wooden architecture and local traditions.

Day 1: Arrival to Kraków

Arrival and hotel accommodation in Kraków.

Day 2: Kraków and Eastern Carpathian Mountains

Our trip starts in Kraków, Poland’s former capital. After taking a cycle tour of the Old Town and Jewish Quarter we head towards Muczne in the Carpathians which will be our first accommodation, close to the Ukrainian border.

Overnight stay in Muczne (30 km - 35 km cycling).

Day 3: San River

Today our first ride follows the San, a mountain river carving through sandstone and marl rocks. Passing through the villages of Dwernik and Ustrzyki Górne we come to our destination Chmiel where you can take a horse ride in the nearby Otryt Range for views of the highest peaks of the area.

Overnight stay in Chmiel (36 km cycling).

Day 4: Solina Lake

Today’s stage takes us through a nature reserve to artificial Lake Solina. On the second half of today’s leg we travel by means of a passenger ship. We stay at the hotel in the spa town of Polańczyk on a peninsula which juts into Lake Solina.

Overnight stay in Polańczyk (40 km cycling).
 

Day 5: Oil wells in Bóbrka and Sanok

We follow the San, visiting Bóbrka with its original oil wells where oil was once mined with wooden buckets and Sanok, home of Poland’s largest open air museum showing the tradition and architecture of peoples who once lived there.

Overnight stay in Sanok (55 km cycling).

Day 6: Ulucz and Dynów

After leaving Sanok we head north passing battlefields of the last century, ancient wooden orthodox churches in Dobra and Ulucz and small Polish villages. The route follows the San along its wide meanders. Rural landscape makes an impression that time has stood still here for half of a century.

Overnight stay in Dynów (46 km cycling).

Day 7: Krasiczyn Palace

We continue cycling east today to our destination - Krasiczyn Palace where we stay for two nights. This remarkable aristocrat residence is surrounded by an impressive park.

Overnight stay in Krasiczyn (55 km cycling).

Day 8: Przemyśl

The Palace hotel in Krasiczyn is a perfect start for today’s trip to nearby Przemyśl, a town located on both banks of the San. Its old quarter is one of the most picturesque in Poland. Beside its medieval castle, market square and narrow streets, the town is surrounded by several extraordinary rings of fortifications. Przemyśl was once a fortress guarding the Eastern borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and most of the military buildings, forts and many original weapons are preserved. We take a tour of the most interesting parts of the fortifications and then head back to Krasiczyn Palace where we overnight.

Overnight stay in Krasiczyn (20 km cycling).

Day 9: Kraków

Leaving next day we travel by bus back to Kraków. The rest of the afternoon is left free for you to explore the city’s magnificent centre at your own pace. Kraków is a fine end to your trip. 

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 10: Return journey

Return trip home or individual stay extension.

 

 

 

 

Grade: Moderate

Most of the route follows river valleys with a few detours. Uphill parts do not exceed 200 metres.

The tour runs mostly along asphalt roads and occasionally good gravel paths.

The cycling pace is suitable to allow sightseeing. This tour is meant for people of all ages who are familiar with cycling.