Velo Dunajec – By bike from Zakopane to Krakow – Individual bike tour

Individual tour

Cathegory: bike tour

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

Offer: 2024

Meals: breakfasts

Accommodation: good, country-specific hotels and guesthouses in double or single rooms

Distance by bike: approx.225 km

Price from: 1000 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.

Kraków/Cracow

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

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.

Czorsztyńskie Reservoir

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.

Short summary:

 

Day 1. Arrival to Cracow, city tour.

Day 2. Ząb – Zakopane

Day 3. Zakopane, free time in High Tatras

Day 4. Czorsztyńskie Reservoir and Medieval Castles

Day 5. Scenic Route in Pieniny Mountains and Trip to Slovakia

Day 6. Velo Dunajec – Route to Nowy Sącz

Day 7. Tarnów – Kraków

Day 8. Individual departure

Day 1: Rest Day

Welcome to Krakow

Individual arrival in Krakow. The meeting with the NT representative will take place at 4:00 PM at the hotel. Following that, there will be a comprehensive guided tour of Krakow’s Old Town. Krakow possesses a distinctive atmosphere and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Key architectural landmarks include St. Mary’s Church, with the world-renowned Veit Stoß Altarpiece considered one of the most beautiful examples of late Gothic art, and the royal Wawel Castle with the Cathedral. The tour will last approximately 3 hours. Overnight in a hotel in Krakow.

Day 2: Bike approx. 15 km, no inclines – downhill all the way, Bus approx. 140 km

Ząb – Zakopane

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, which offers probably the most beautiful panorama of the High Tatras and Zakopane. After arrival, you will have free time in Zakopane. Overnight stay in Zakopane.

Day 3: Rest Day

Zakopane, Free Time in the High Tatras

You can spend today with a walk through Zakopane or embark on a mountain hiking trail. We are here to assist you with your choice. There are plenty of options. The hiking trails in the Tatra Mountains are well-marked and have good infrastructure (mountain huts along the trails, bus connections, etc.). Overnight stay same as on Day 2.

Day 4: Bike approx. 35 km or 56 km, Bus or Train approx. 25 km (optional)

Czorsztyńskie Reservoir and Medieval Castles

Right after breakfast, start your bike tour to the Czorsztyńskie Reservoir. You can either bike the entire route (approximately 56 km long) or shorten it by taking a train to Nowy Targ and starting the bike tour there. Following the marked trail, you will reach the town of Czorsztyn, where the ruins of a medieval castle stand. You will then cross the reservoir by boat to Niedzica, where you can visit the castle. Accommodation in Niedzica or surroundings.

Day 5: Bike approx. 30 km

Scenic Route in the Pieniny Mountains and Trip to Slovakia

After breakfast, you will begin the actual bike route along the Dunajec River. This river has carved its way through high limestone cliffs over thousands of years. Towering, vertical cliffs and walls several hundred meters high rise above you. You will cross the Polish-Slovak border by bike, following a picturesque route along the river to the town of Cerveny Klastor. In the village, situated at the foot of the impressive massif known as “Trzy Korony” (Three Crowns), we recommend a short break. Afterward, you will bike on a narrow cycle path (carved into the rocks, following the entire course of the Dunajec River) back to Szczawnica in Poland. Overnight stay in a hotel in Szczawnica.

Day 6: Bike approx. 52 km

Velo Dunajec Route to Nowy Sącz

After breakfast, you will have free time for a stroll in Szczawnica or relaxation. In the afternoon, you will take an easy route on the bike path along the Dunajec River to Nowy Sącz. Upon arrival, we recommend you to take a walk around the market. Overnight stay in a hotel in Nowy Sącz.

Day 7: Bike approx. 72 km

After breakfast, you will ride our bikes towards Tarnów. The route follows a flat bike path along the Dunajec River. In Bogumiłowice, there is a train station where you can take the train with your bike back to Krakow. Alternatively, you can arrive in Tarnów by train (an additional 9 km by bike). Tarnów has a beautiful old town. The train to Krakow departs approximately every 30 minutes (depending on the time of day), with the entire journey taking one hour. In the late afternoon, you will have free time to further explore Krakow on your own. Known as the “Florence of the North” due to its southern charm, Krakow is the capital of Lesser Poland. Overnight stay in a hotel in Krakow.

Day 8: Departure from Krakow

After breakfast, you will begin your journey back home. There is an option to extend your stay in Krakow.

Price includes:

    • Accommodation in good, country-specific hotels and guesthouses in double or single rooms
    • Meals: BB – Breakfast
    • Local taxes
    • Guided tour in Krakow (up to 3 hours)
    • All transfers as per the program
    • Technical assistance during the trip
    • Baggage transfer between accommodations
    • Map of the area and detailed route descriptions with GPS tracks
    • 28-inch unisex rental bicycles with low entry, equipped with 7-speed Shimano hub gears
    • Minimum number of participants: 2 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:

1000 EUR/person in a double room

Single room surcharge: 250 EUR /person

Additional discounts:

  • 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 – 90/190 EUR/person

Dates:

CodeStartFinish
KVDI-0112. May19. May
KVDI-022. June9. June
KVDI-0323. June30. June
KVDI-0430. June7. July
KVDI-0514. Juny21. July
KVDI-0621. July28. July
KVDI-074. August11. August

 

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.

Arrival:

By plane – we recommend a flight to Cracow, there are a lot of flight connection.

Departure by plane from Cracow.

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