Continue on through Hungary and end in Budapest with our Cycling Poland to Slovakia Plus! Hungary tour which extends this itinerary by 5 days.
Day 1: Tour begins in Krakow
Highlights: Medieval Krakow, Krakow market square, Royal Wawel Castle, Vistula RiverKrakow is one of Europe's most beautiful cities and has been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites since 1978. It was spared devastation during World War II and retains a multitude of architectural and urban planning examples from the 12th century. The city is dominated by the Royal Wawel Castle sitting on a rise above the Vistula River. Below the castle lies the Medieval city which is home to one of the largest market squares in Europe. You'll want to come and spend at least one extra day, if not two, in Krakow before our tour begins. We fit bicycles this afternoon and will enjoy an inaugural dinner together this evening. No formal ride today.
Day 2: Bicycle from Krakow to Mszana Dolna
Highlights: Open air skansen (museum village) in DobczyceWe bicycle south and east out of Krakow this morning. About forty-five kilometers out we pass through Dobczyce. On a reservoir of the same name the town has the remains of a 13th century castle and an open air village of 18th and 19th century traditional architecture. Stop for coffee and lunch supplies before continuing on to Mszana Dolna where we spend the night. Dinner is together tonight. Daily Mileage: 76 km (47 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Janda
Day 3: Ride from Mszana Dolna, Poland along Dunajec River
Highlights: Rolling hills, Pieniny National Park Poland & SlovakiaToday's ride takes us to the border between Poland and Slovakia and into the heart of the Pieniny National Park. The Pieniny Mountains are one of many small mountain ranges that make up the larger Carpathian Mountain chain and we will pass right through them as we enter Slovakia along a bike and pedestrian-only path along a scenic gorge. This is a rare opportunity and one of the only no-car border crossings we've encountered. Our hotel tonight sits along the banks of the Dunajec River. Dinner is together. Daily Mileage: 66 km (41 miles).
Lodging: Penzion Pltnik
Day 4: Bicycle from Spišská Stará Ves to Stara Lubovna
Highlights: 14th century red monastery of Cerveny Klastor, the Dunajec River, medieval castle in Stara Lubovna and open air museum, wooden Greek Orthodox church of St. MichaelToday we ride through the territory of the Gorals, an ethnic group with a distinct language and mountain culture. We'll stop to visit Cerveny klastor (the Red Monastery) and the National Slovakian Cultural museum on the grounds of the monastery. We continue pedaling through valleys defined by narrow fields, where grass is still cut by hand scythes and carried to the barn in horse-drawn wagons as it has been done for centuries. Our destination is the small town of Stara Lubovna, famous for its medieval castle. Dinner is together tonight. Daily Mileage: 36 km (22 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Gurmen
Day 5: Stara Lubovna - Spišské Podhradie
Highlights: Poprad River valley, UNESCO Castle in Spis and Spišské Kapitula (UNESCO) historical seat of the catholic bishopOur ride today takes us to Spišské Kapitula, the long-time seat of the Catholic church in central Slovakia. The largest Slovak castle, Spissky Hrad, is also on our list of sights today along with the historic town of Spišské Podhradie, our destination. All of these sights along the Poprad River valley are recognized world heritage UNESCO sites. Dinner is together tonight. Daily Mileage: 56 km (35 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Kapitula
Day 6: Spišské Podhradie - Levoca
Highlights: The Chateau of Markušovce, historical square of Spisska Nova Ves and the Medieval town of Levoca.Today's ride continues to be in the heart of the Spis region - known in the past for its wealthy traders, crafstmen and miners. With the silhouette of the Spis castle behind us, we ride by the French Chateau Markušovce towards Spisska Nova Ves, with its historic and stunning old town. Our destination today is Levoca - home to the tallest wooden altar in the world. Daily Mileage: 36 km (22 miles).
Lodging: Hotel U Leva
Day 7: Levoca - Poprad
Highlights: Historic city of Poprad, and beautiful forests in Slovak Paradise National ParkAs you ride today you'll have the forests that make up part of the Slovak Paradise national park on one side and the High Tatra mountains on the other side. You'll also ride by the beautiful gothic chapel of Spissky Stvrtok, a church built by Master Hans Puchsbaum, the same architect to build St. Stephen's Catehdral in Vienna. Daily Mileage: 48 km (30 miles).
Lodging: Penzion Fortuna
Day 8: Tour ends today in Poprad, Slovakia.
Highlights: Extraordinary views of the High Tatra MountainsOur trip ends after breakfast today; take time to explore this extraordinary city.
Perhaps you'd prefer to continue your ride through Hungary and end in Budapest with our Cycling Poland to Slovakia Plus! Hungary tour which extends this itinerary by 5 days.
HighlightsKrakow, Budapest, Riding the hills of Central Slovakia, UNESCO World Heritage sites in Slovakia and Hungary, High Tatra Mountains
Includes"The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; Details Coming Soon
Begin/EndKrakow, Poland/ Poprad, Slovakia
Arrive/DepartDetails Coming Soon
Total Distance351 km/ 218 mi
Daily Distance44 km/ 28 mi
What to ExpectSmall towns, National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Expect climbs in excess of 2,000 feet per day - days 2 and 5 will be over 3,000 feet.
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