Krakow & Dunajec Cycle Path - Self-Guided

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Visiting: Poland

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £564 to £893pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior, Comfort i
Code PL002
Good For Riverside Routes, Solo
Distance 137mi/220km !
Runs May - Sep
Departs Saturday
Fly to Krakow
Return from Krakow


What to expect

Discover the unspoiled landscapes and local legends of southern Poland as you tour through its medieval towns, authentic villages and dramatic gorges. With no difficult gradients, this tour is a gentle introduction to the region. Starting and finishing in Krakow you’ll have time to experience one of Europe’s most compelling collections of UNESCO monuments, and the fairytale towers of Niedzica Castle are something to look forward to halfway through the trip.

Cycling through the narrow Dunajec Gorge is unforgettable – you’ll pedal beneath limestone cliffs dripping with lush vegetation, touring past traditional wooden churches and horse drawn carts laden with hay. Climbing into the mountains, with help from a mini bus and cable car, the panoramic views across Poland and Slovakia are astounding and you’ll experience folk culture, traditional music and local cuisine when you stop for a break in authentic mountain villages – make sure you try the local smoked ewe’s cheese and plum brandy.

If you prefer to experience this tour with the benefit of a guide's local knowledge, why not choose the guided Krakow & Dunajec Cycle Path tour with a back-up support vehicle? 

  • UNESCO monuments, stunning artwork and lively street life in Krakow
  • Easy to moderate cycling with no difficult gradients
  • Dramatic beauty and dense greenery of the Dunajec Gorge
  • Traditional folklore and authentic appeal of mountain villages

The Trip



  • Day 1 (Sat): Arrive in Krakow

    Make your way to Krakow and check in to your three-star hotel in the Unesco listed old town. Take a stroll through Krakow’s historic streets to admire its Gothic and Renaissance architecture or relax in one of the many bars around the main square.

  • Day 2 (Sun): Krakow - Zakopane 15-20 miles (25-30km)

    Explore Krakow by bike, touring past buildings that survived the Second World War unscathed. Take a 2 hour minibus ride to Poland’s highest village of Zab, in the green region of Podhale. Cycle to the mountain of Gubalowka for panoramic views of the High Tatra Mountains and descend to the small town of Zakopane to try the smoked ewe's-milk cheese.

  • Day 3 (Mon): Zakopane - Nowy Targ 29 miles (46 km)

    Take the cable car back to the top of Gubalowka before riding down to Chocholow, a village renowned for its timber architecture. After a short climb, enter the valley of Cichy Potok and cycle downhill along a brand new cycle path to the town of Nowy Targ, a hub for the local Gorale people.

  • Day 4 (Tue): Nowy Targ - Niedzica 28 miles (44 km)

    Head south and follow the course of the Bialka River, passing an impressive gorge near Nowa Biala. Stop off to step inside the painted interior of the church at Debno, one of the oldest wooden churches in Poland. Follow the bank of a reservoir to reach the spectacular Niedzica Castle.

  • Day 5 (Wed): Niedzica - Szczawnica 22-25 miles (35-40km)

    Following the river, cross the border into Slovakia and ride to the village of Cerveny Klastor, which sits beneath the three iconic peaks of Trzy Korony. Cycle along the Pieniny Way, passing the limestone cliffs and lush vegetation of the gorge. Stop off to shop in the village of Lesnica before crossing back into Poland to the spa town of Szczawnica.

  • Day 6 (Thu): Szczawnica - Rytro region 35 miles (55 km)

    Continue past the beech wood slopes of the Dunajec Gorge, following the river where it passes between two mountain ranges and passing a stretch of river which has been adapted for white water canoeing. Ride through the village of Lacko, famous for its Slivovitz plum brandy. Continue to Rytro, a feudal village at the foot of castle ruins.

  • Day 7 (Fri): Rytro region - Krakow 10 - 15 miles (15 - 20 km)

    Pedal through the Poprad Valley and over a dedicated bridge for cyclists to the historic town of Nowy Sacz with a maze of narrow streets and art-deco houses. In the afternoon, take the arranged transfer back to Krakow (2 hours) to enjoy an evening of Jewish Klezmer music.

  • Day 8 (Sat): Depart from Krakow

    Make your way home from Krakow.


Category A

We use a pool of good 3* and 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 4 nights in 4* hotels and 3 nights in 3* hotels
  • Half board included
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Category B

We use a pool of good 2* and 3*hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 5 nights in 3* hotels and 2 nights in 2* hotels
  • Half board included
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation in your chosen category
  • Board basis: Half board
  • Maps and route information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Transportation: Krakow - Sab & Sacz - Krakow
  • Klezmer concert on the last evening

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets


  • 3rd person in triple room - 20%

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier, repair kit, inner tube, pump and lock at no extra cost when you hire.

Bike Hire

Hybrid bike with 21 gears

E-bike Hire


You can add these when you price your trip

Extra nights

Krakow 4* (Cat A): B&B - 2 share
Krakow 4* (Cat A): B&B - single
Krakow 3* (Cat B): B&B - 2 share
Krakow 3* (Cat B): B&B - single

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Krakow

Take a taxi from the airport to your first hotel in Krakow.

Getting back

Take a taxi to the airport from your hotel.

Fly from Krakow

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out of 5

This is a beautiful area to tour with a lot of easy riding but also some steep up and downs more than was expected for easy to moderate grade. Don't be put off by that as they can be walked. Cat A hotels generally in better locations but not always better quality than Cat B.

Catherine O'Neill, UK, June 2018
out of 5

This was a terrific ride off the beaten track in the beautiful Polish countryside. With a little more precision in the self-guiding direction book this would be even better. Being made aware of everything-closed holy days in Poland would be a bonus, with unexpected extra tourist traffic and closures. Riders should do their homework on the area to be prepared.

Marjory Ellsmore, Australia, June 2018

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