Velo Dunajec – By bike from Zakopane to Krakow – guided
Cathegory: bike tour
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Meals: HB – breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: good, country-specific hotels and guesthouses in double or single rooms
Distance by bike: approx.165 km
Price from: 1550 EUR
One can call Velo Dunajec the most beautiful cycling route in Poland. The route connects the mountainous charms of Zakopane and the High Tatras, as well as the climatic Czorsztyński Lagoon. Additional attractions on the route are medieval castles and high limestone cliffs.
Cracow needs no introduction. The capital of Lesser Poland, one of the oldest cities in Poland and the national cultural treasure. The Old Town, as well as Kazimierz district have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. All the most important landmarks will be introduced to you during the scheduled city tour.
Zakopane is a resort town in southern Poland, at the base of the Tatras Mountains. It’s a popular departure point for winter sports and summertime mountain climbing and hiking. Kasprowy Wierch and Gubałówka, reachable by cable car and funicular, are nearby ski destinations offering sweeping mountain views. The town is also known for its turn-of-the-20th-century wooden chalets, symbols of Zakopane-style architecture.
Lake Czorsztyn is a man-made reservoir on the Dunajec river, southern Poland, between the Pieniny and the Gorce Mountains. It exists due to a dam in the village of Niedzica. The dam itself was completed in 1995. Its measurements are: 56 metres high, 400 metres long and 7 metres wide on top.
A town famous for its former salt mine and now a museum that allows visitors to go underground via a mine shaft and walk through the salt passages. Thanks to its exceptional natural, historical and cultural value, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was included on the first UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978.
Niepołomice is famous for its royal castle located in the very center of the city next to its Market Square, by the historic planty. Beautifully restored, it is a true highlight of the small, medieval, charming town. For centuries, the Niepołomice castle was a restful royal residence known as “the second Wawel”.
Day 1. Arrival to Cracow, city tour.
Day 2. Zakopane – Kościeliska ond Ornak Valley
Day 3. Zakopane, High Tatras and a cable car ride to Kasprowy Wierch
Day 4. Czorsztyńskie Reservoir and Medieval Castles
Day 5. A Scenic Route in Pieniny Mountains, kayaking on the Dunajec river and Trip to Slovakia
Day 6. Velo Dunajec – Route to Nowy Sącz
Day 7. Niepołomice Castle, Niepołomice Forest and the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine
Day 8. Individual departure
Day 1: Non-cycling day
Welcome to Krakow
Individual arrival in Krakow. The meeting with the tour guide will take place at 4:00 PM at the hotel. Right after, there will be a comprehensive guided tour of the Krakow Old Town. Krakow has a distinctive atmosphere and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most important architectural monuments is St. Mary’s Basilica, and the world-renowned Veit Stoß Altarpiece is considered the finest example of late Gothic art. The Royal Wawel Castle with the Cathedral is another highlight (approximately 3 hours long guided tour). You will conclude the evening at a selected restaurant in the Krakow Old Town. Overnight stay in a hotel in Krakow.
Day 2: Cycling approximately 15 km, no uphill sections – downhill all the way; Walking approximately 11 km; Bus approximately 140 km
Zakopane – Kościeliska and Ornak Valley (about 3.5 hours)
A bus transfer will take you to the High Tatras, to the highest village in Poland, Ząb (1060 meters above sea level). The bike ride will take you through the Gubałówka hill, offering the most beautiful panorama of the High Tatras and Zakopane, down to the Kościeliska Valley, where the Gorals have spent their summers with their flocks for centuries. In local Gorals’ huts, the famous “Oscypek,” sheep’s cheese, is made and smoked. You will reach the hostel on foot (approximately 3.5 hours walk). In the Ornak Hall, there is a mountain hut where you can have lunch with other hikers. Afterward, you will take a bus to your destination hotel for the day. Overnight stay and dinner in Zakopane.
Day 3: Non-cycling day; Bus approximately 20 km; Walking approximately 2.5 km
Zakopane, the High Tatras, and a cable car ride to Kasprowy Wierch (1,987 meters above sea level)
After breakfast, you will drive to the town of Kuźnice, where a cable car ride to the summit of Kasprowy Wierch (1,987 meters above sea level) awaits you. The cable car ride offers breathtaking views of the High Tatras. After reaching the top, you will descend after a break (those who wish can walk back to Zakopane). After returning, you will have free time in Zakopane. Dinner and overnight stay same as on Day 2.
Day 4: Cycling approximately 35 km; Bus approximately 25 km
Czorsztyńskie Reservoir and medieval castles
Right after breakfast, the bus will take you to Nowy Targ, where you will start your bike tour along the Velo Dunajec Trail. Following the marked path, you will reach the town of Czorsztyn, where the ruins of a medieval castle stand. Then, you will cross the lake by ship to Niedzica, where you will visit the castle. Accommodation and dinner in Niedzica or the surrounding area.
Day 5: Cycling approximately 38 km; Bus approximately 30 km; Rafting for approximately 2.5 hours
A scenic route in the Pieniny Mountains, rafting on the Dunajec River, and a trip to Slovakia
After breakfast, you will ride our bikes or take a bus to the town of Kąty, where we embark on a beautiful rafting trip on the Dunajec River. This river has carved its way through high cliffs over millennia. Massive, vertical limestone cliffs several hundred meters high will tower above you. After the rafting trip and a short break in Szczawnica, you will head on a bike ride along the Dunajec River on the Slovak side to the town of Cerveny Klastor. In the village located at the foot of the magnificent “Trzy Korony” (Three Crowns) mountain massif, you will take a short rest. Then, you will cycle on a narrow bike path (a path carved into the rocks that runs along the entire Dunajec River gorge) back to Szczawnica in Poland. Overnight stay and dinner in a hotel in Szczawnica.
Day 6: Cycling approximately 52 km
Velo Dunajec Route to Nowy Sącz
After breakfast, you have free time for a walk around Szczawnica or relaxation. In the afternoon, there’s an easy route on the bike path along the Dunajec River to Nowy Sącz. Upon arrival, you can stroll through the market and have dinner later. Overnight stay and dinner in a hotel in Nowy Sącz.
Day 7: Cycling approximately 25 km; Bus approximately 90 km
Niepołomice Castle, Niepołomice Forest, and the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine
After breakfast, you will take a bus to Niepołomice. There is a medieval royal castle that served as a vacation spot for the king. You will then ride through the picturesque Niepołomice Forest towards Wieliczka, where you will visit the underground city. It is also a world-class attraction and is listed as one of twelve objects on the UNESCO World Heritage and Natural Heritage List. In the late afternoon, you will have free time to explore Krakow on your own. The capital of Lesser Poland is sometimes called the “Florence of the North” because of its southern charm. We will have a farewell dinner at a selected restaurant in the Krakow Old Town. Overnight stay in a hotel in Krakow.
Day 8: Farewell to Krakow
After breakfast, you will part with the tour guide and begin your journey back home. There is an option to extend your stay in Krakow.
- Accommodation in good, locally typical hotels and guesthouses in double or single rooms with private bathrooms.
- Half board (breakfast and hot dinner); vegetarian meals are available with prior written request (please specify with fish or without).
- First meal provided: Dinner on the day of arrival.
- Last meal provided: Breakfast on the day of departure.
- Local taxes.
- Mineral water on cycling days.
- Guided tour of Krakow (up to 3 hours), including admission.
- Entrance to Tatra National Park.
- Cable car to Kasprowy Wierch.
- Visit to Niedzica Castle.
- Rafting on the Dunajec River.
- Guided tour of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, including admission.
- All transfers as per the program.
- Luggage transport, accompanying bus, and breakdown service.
- Map of the area.
- Rental of 28-inch unisex bicycles with a low step, equipped with a 7-speed Shimano hub gear.
- German-speaking and professionally qualified tour guide.
- Minimum number of participants: 6 people
Price does not include:
- Cost of arrival at the starting location
- Cost of return from the finishing location
- E-bike rental
- Meals other than breakfasts
- Additional accomodations
- Additional private expenses during the trip
Price per person:
1550 EUR/person in a double room
Single room surcharge: 250 EUR /person
- Children 0-5 years (without a separate bed) – free
- Children 5-10 years – 50%, additional bed (assuming 2 fully paying adults)
- Children 10-16 years on additional bed – 80% of the price (assuming 2 fully paying adults)
- Children 17 years and more and adults sleeping on separate beds in 3-4 person rooms – 10% discount
- Group reservation starting from 4 adults – 5% discount/person (in double room)
Cost of bike rental during the trip:
Electric bike – 90/180 EUR/person
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Since Poland lies in the Schengen zone, EU citizens may enter it’s boarders with valid ID. Non-EU citizens are submitted to the same rules of entry as when entering any other EU country.
By plane – we recommend a flight to Cracow, there are a lot of flight connection.
Departure by plane from Cracow.