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Around the Tatra Mountains


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Introduction

Poland and its southern neighbour Slovakia are separated by the mighty Carpathian Mountains. The highest part them forms the Tatras. Often referred to as the most compact alpine mountains in the world, the Tatras make an overwhelming impression on visitors as they rise high above surrounding valleys. During this tour we cycle around the mountain chain and enjoy its many different parts. We pass lively mountain resorts and lakes and cycle through valleys and mountain passes with extraordinary views that will last in the memory  forever. We stay in comfortable hotels - each with a mountain view.

Day 1: Arrival in Kraków

Accommodation in a hotel in Kraków.

Day 2: Tour of Kraków

In the morning we take a guided tour of the city including the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and nearby attractions. Bicycles are ideal for sightseeing in Kraków since they allow an easier access to places of interest. After leaving Kraków in the early afternoon we head uphill by bus towards the border with Slovakia. Our destination is the village of Javorina in the Slovakian Tatras. It lies at a wide valley and is a perfect start for our tour. Accommodation is arranged close to the wooden hunting Palace of Count

Hohenlohe.

Overnight stay in Javorina (15 - 20 km cycling).

Day 3: Cycling to Tatranska Łomnica, cable car ride to Lomnica Peak

Today we start our cycling by heading southwest with views of the High and Bielskie Tatras. After coming to Tatranska Łomnica we leave our bicycles and take a ride on a cable car to Łomnica Peak (2634 m) an increase in altitude of more than 1000 metres. From the top we may admire a spectacular panorama over the Liptov and Spis regions.

Overnight stay in Tatranska Łomnica (28 km cycling).

Day 4: Cycling to Strbskie Lake

We continue moving westward, pass the mountain resorts of Smokovec and Vysoke Tatry and stay overnight in Strbskie Pleso in the Tatra National Park.

Overnight stay in Strbskie Pleso (23 km cycling).

Day 5: Cycling to Jasna

Today’s stage takes us to the town of Liptovski Mikulas where Janosik, Slovakia’s most famous outlaw was hanged in 1713. Later we continue to the Demanovska Valley and visit Demanovska Cave where the stalactites and stalagmites are amongst the biggest in Europe. We stay in the mountain resort of Jasna at the foot of Mount Chopok (2024 m).

Overnight stay in Jasna (50 km cycling).

Day 6: Cycling to Oravice

Today we first cycle uphill, head around the western part of the Tatras and then roll down to Oravice with its newly built hot spring complex. We stay in a hotel close to swimming pools where there’s a chance to take a relaxing bath after a challenging day.

Overnight stay in Oravice (53 km cycling).

Day 7: Cycling to Zakopane

In the morning we head for Chochołów which is a border crossing into Poland. The village itself is a living museum with wooden houses as much as 200 years old and often built from one single spruce log. Later we cycle to today’s final destination Zakopane, capital of the Polish Tatras.

Overnight stay in Zakopane (30 km cycling).

Day 8: Zakopane and return trip to Kraków

After taking a walk in Zakopane’s centre we are transported by charter bus to Kraków where you will again have a chance to admire the city’s numerous attractions and absorb its lively atmosphere. Kraków is definitely a fine end to our tour.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 9: Return journey

Return trip home or individual stay extension.

 

 

 

Grade: Moderate/High.

This tour follows a road in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, the highest part of the Carpathian Mountains.

There are several uphill sections but distances are relatively short allowing you to cycle at a moderate pace.