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Self-guided cycling trip along Tatra and Podhale valleys


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Day 1 Arrival in Krakow and city sightseeing

Arrival and hotel accommodation in Krakow. Check in the hotel and collect your bicycles. Meeting with company representative in the evening. Overnight stay in Krakow

Day 2 Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

Today in the morning you will have a chance to take a self guided tour of Krakow including the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and nearby attractions. Bicycles are ideal for sightseeing in Krakow allowing easier access to places of interest. The planned bicycle ride will also include the so called Kosciuszko Mound where Krakow and Vistula Valley can be seen from above.

In the afternoon a private car will take you to Zab, the country’s highest village (1100 m above sea level). Your bicycle ride will lead you to Zakopane, a colourful and vivid mountain town surrounded by peaks which are 2000 m high. We will cycle through the village of Murzasichle with the main ridge of High Tatras visible in front of us. Overnight stay in Zakopane .

Day 3 Chocholow and Niedzica Castle

In the morning a funicular railway takes you to Mount Gubalowka. From there you cycle downhill passing the villages of Dzianisz and Chocholow famous for their characteristic wooden buildings . Some of the houses here are made from a single, huge spruce tree. Today’s destination will be Niedzica which is dominated by a Hungarian Castle. You will cycle through the regions of Podhale and Spisz which used to be part of the Kingdom of Hungary. Today, this part of the country is inhabited by a mixed Polish–Slovakian population. You will be able to stop at many places of interest including the 15th century wooden church in Debno and a river gorge where a 3 thousand year old boomerang was found. You will then cycle through a village Trybsz and along an artificial lake to Niedzica which is dominated by a Hungarian castle. Overnight stay in Niedzica.

Day 4 Dunajec Gorge

One of the highlights of the tour comes next – the canyon of Dunajec with limestone cliffs rising 200 metres or more above the river. You will cross the border with Slovakia on a bridge and go past The Red Monastery where Carthusian monks lived for centuries concealed from the outside world. Most of today’s route goes through Slovakia allowing you to have a taste of this Carpathian country. You will cycle on well maintained gravel road through the canyon of Dunajec. After arriving to destination Szczawnica you will be able to leave your bicycles in your hotel and take part in raft ride on the Dunajec river, a popular attraction of the area. The raft ride ends conveniently in the centre of Szczawnica, a spa town back on the Polish side of the border.

Day 5 Lacko and Poprad Valley

You will continue cycling along the lush green valley of the Dunajec. You can stop for a while in Lacko where the famous Slivovitz plum brandy is produced. You may try a bit or take a whole bottle home, the unique taste is not found anywhere else in the world! The surrounding area is known for eco-friendly fruit production. You will continue on, passing through many orchards and in the afternoon cross the ridge into the valley of Poprad. Our accommodation is arranged in Rytro, a village nestling beneath the ruins of a castle. Overnight stay in Rytro

Day 6 Stary Sacz and Krakow

The last cycling leg of the trip follows the Poprad and passes Stary Sacz, a provincial town with a fortified nunnery. Here end the cycling part of the tour. You will be picked up by private car from the market square which will then take you back to Krakow where an afternoon is left free for exploration. On the way you will stop shortly in Nowy Sacz where an impressive town hall is located.

Day 7 Return journey

Return trip home or individual stay extension. A good option for those extending their stay in Krakow is a trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine, where salt was mined for as far as 800 years ago. The object is included in World Heritage List and its main sights are underground lakes, chapels and salt sculptures.

Price:

Price per person from 615 EUR

Services included in price:

- Hotel accommodation of 3* standard with breakfast for 6 nights

- 2 dinners at the hotels in Szczawnica and Rytro and 1 final dinner in Old Town Amadeus restaurant in Krakow

- Private car transport according to itinerary

- Raft journey on Dunajec river with car transportation. Starting and ending in Szczawnica, Poland

- Luggage transport between hotels

- Maps and travel materials in English or German

- Handle bar bag with map holder for the time of travel

- Introductory meeting in English or German with JAN-POL representative at the beginning of the trip

- 24h emergency phone in English and German

Booking and information:

For bookings and price information please contact:  active@janpol.com

For more information: direct telephone: 0048 606 620 460

skype: jan-pol-inc09