Amazing mountain views and wooden architecture – Lesser Poland on bike


Visit  the most beautiful areas of Lesser Poland. On your route you will enjoy variety of attractive, culturally and naturally valuable places: Cracow – the old capital city of Poland, salt mines in Wieliczka and Bochnia, fortresses and castels. Admire magnificent wooden architecture – UNSESCO heritage, mountain landscapes and rivers Dunajec and Poprad. Take a breath of fresh mountain air and rest in the health resorts in Szczawnica and Krynica Zdrój.

 

Profile of the bike tour: medium/difficult

Road surface:  asphalt 80% of whole tour, the rest – dirt roads
Daily distance approx. 30 – 65 km,
Whole distance of the bike tour approximately: 320 km.

Małopolska Velo Dunajec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attractions and programme of the bike tour:

 

Day 1: Crocow – Chochołów – Nowy Targ/Łopuszna (distance on bike approx. 35 km)

Transfer of Participants with bicycles by bus from Krakow to Chochołów.

Bike ride from Chochołów to Nowy Targ along on the Trail around the Tatra Mountains with spectacular views of the majestic mountain peaks.

Historic Podhale wooden buildings

Velo Dunajec

 

Day 2 Nowy Targ/Łopuszna – Szczawnica (distance approx. 50 km)

Trial Velo Dunajec Route at the base of Tatra and Gorce Mountains

Czorsztyn Lake

Niedzica Castle

Pieniński National Park

Red Monastery, Pieniny Mountains

Trail Velo Dunajec in Slovakia – Dunajec River George

Zamek w Czorsztynie

Day 3 Szczawnica – Krynica Zdrój (distance approx. 55 km)

Szczawnica Health Resort – old wooden architecture and pump room

Sightseeing Stary Sącz

Piwniczna Health Resort

Transfer by train from Piwniczna to Muszyna Health Resort or Krynica along Poprad river

Orthodox Church of St. James, Powroźnik – The oldest Orthodox church in the Polish Carpathians, built in 1600, in 2013 the temple was inscribed on the UNESCO Word Heritage sites.

 

Szczawnica
Day 4 Krynica – day off, sightseeing

Sightseeing in Krynica – known as “the Pearl of Polish health resorts”, lies in the eastern part of Beskid Sądecki, in the Kryniczanka stream valley. It is worth to stay here one day longer, because it is one of Poland’s most famous health resorts and offers numerous of attractions. 

Apart from its location, owes its unique character to its delightful wooden architecture and mineral waters. 23 mineral water intakes with the most popular “Kryniczanka” are the local natural treasure, available in many stylish pump rooms. ThKrynica Zdróje resort developed rapidly after 1856, which was connected with the activity of Józef Dietl – a professor of the Jagiellonian University, known as the father of Polish balneology. This period saw the construction of facilities such as the Old Mineral Baths, the Spa House and the beautiful, wooden Main Pump Room with a promenade. Krynica’s most beautiful wooden houses, featuring elaborate wood carving, were built in the second half of the 19th century, as a result of a large influx of patients.

Tree-top observation tower and didactic path – a specially constructed “wooden path” leads to the Tower, rising gradually upwards, supported by 18 support towers and 87 columns. The location of the route among the tree tops undoubtedly influences the experience of admiring the landscape values of the area. The total length of the trail is 1,030 metres. Visitors can learn more about the surrounding nature and history of the region through special educational installations.

Cerkiew łemkowska

Day 5 Krynica – Nowy Sącz (distance approx. 55 km)

Picturesquely villages in Beskidy Mountains, numerous of orthodox churches.

Sądecki Ethnographic Park

 

Day 6 Nowy Sącz – Uszew (distance approx. 65 km)

Sightseeing in Nowy Sącz – market square, town hall, ruins of the castleDunajec

Velo Dunajec Route around Rożnowskie Lake and dam – The lake was built in the interwar period to regulate the Dunajec river flowing through the foothills of Beskid Mountains; and also, to provide electricity for the Rożnow Power Plant (Elektrownia Rożnow) built into the dam. Now it offers many possibilities for a (active) rest: sailing, kayaking, walking and bikeing trials as well as monuments like fortress, castels (Tropsztyn Castle, Czchów Castle) and old churches.

 

Day 7 Uszew – Wieliczka (distance approx. 70 km)

Nowy Wisnicz ZamekNowy Wiśnicz Castle – located on a hill above the Leksandrówka River in the village of Stary Wiśnicz, built by Jan Kmita in the second half of the 14th century. The early baroque castle body with Renaissance elements were built on a quadrangle plan with an internal courtyard. It was rimmed with four towers in the corners. From the north-east side a chapel with the grave crypt of the Lubomirski family was added, and from the south-east a free-standing so-called Kmitówkę. On the second floor, next to the Knight’s Hall, there is an observation gallery. The building is surrounded by bastion fortifications with an entrance gate from the beginning of the 17th century.

Bochnia – salt mine

King’s route through Niepołomicka Forest

Zamek królewski Niepołomice

Royal Castel in Niepołomice – erected in the fourteenth century by Casimir the Great. Initially, the small castle was expanded to a Renaissance residence, it served as a hunting castle for kings. Currently, it houses the collections of the Gallery of Polish Art from the 19th century at the National Museum in Krakow.

 

Day 8 Wieliczka – Kraków (distance approx. 25 km)

Wieliczka sightseeing (Salt mine – paid extra) – The Wieliczka salt mine, excavated from the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. Throughout its history, the royal salt mine was operated by the Żupy Krakowskie (Kraków Salt Mines) company. In 2010 it was successfully proposed that the nearby historic Bochnia Salt Mine (Poland’s oldest salt mine) be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The two sister salt mines now appear together in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites as the “Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines”.Kopalnia soli Wieliczka

Cracow by bike – sightseeing with a guide (optionally)

 

The offer includes (basic):

  • comfortable accommodation for 7 nights in the hotels and pensions (2-3-stars), double rooms with bathroom
  • 7 breakfasts
  • luggage transportation between hotels
  • transfer by bus with bikes from Cracow to Chochołów with bikes
  • maps, GPS tracks and information about interesting places to visit for each day
  • travel insurance

 

The taste of comfort and adventure!

 

Prices (1 person in double room)

Group 2-3 participants: from 3.300 PLN

Group 4-5 participants: from 2.750 PLN

Group 6-8 participants: 2.500 PLN

Prices for more participants – ask us

Final price varies depending on the dates and hotels availability.

 

Surcharges

  • rental of bike, helmet, bicycle pump and repair kits – 400 PLN/8 days/person
  • single room – 400 PLN/8 days/person
  • dinners – 400 PLN/8 days/person
  • GPS device with GPS tracks – 150 PLN/8 days + 500 PLN deposit
  • additional accommodation in Cracow before and after the trip 170 PLN/night/person in double room, 250 PLN/night/person in single room
  • guide in Cracow (up to 4 h) – 400 PLN/group

 

In the comments field, please enter the proposed trip date and number of people. At your request, we can modify the route and scope of services – this need should also be described in the comments field.

 

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