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Krakow to Budapest Cycling tour

Krakow to Budapest Cycling

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,250 $ 139 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Tatras Mountains - Cycling though some of Europe's most stunning scenery
  • Renaissance Gems - Visiting the towns of Kezmarok and Levoca
  • Spis Castle - A UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the largest castles in Central Europe
  • Rural Heartlands - Exploring the backroads and villages of the Carpathians
  • Tokaj - Discovering the delights of the Tokaj-Hegyalja winelands
  • Budapest - Hungary's historic capital
  • Kosice old town - the largest concentration of historical buildings in Slovakia

Short Description

This Central European cycling holiday encompasses three countries through a variety of landscapes and historical regions, from the alpine Tatras Mountains to the Hungarian steppe. Cycling on minor roads, cycle paths and following river valleys for much of the route, we discover peaceful wilderness, historic towns and sleepy villages, receiving a warm welcome everywhere we go.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Budapest

Travel Theme

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Destinations

Hungary Poland Slovakia

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Cycling

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

21 gear Bird custom hybrid bike. Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday. You will be required to pay a refundable deposit upon collection of the e-bike in country. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts in Krakow

Description

We join our trip in Krakow one of Europe's most distinctive and engaging cities, Krakow bristles with rich history and cultural traditions of Poland's turbulent and emotive past. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a maze of narrow lanes and architectural wonders, including what was once the largest market square in medieval Europe.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Drive to Tatranska Lomnica; cycle to Kezmarok

Description

Today we collect our bikes and test them out with a short ride in Krakow before crossing the border into Slovakia by bus, driving to the town of Tatranska Lomnica, located amongst the ragged peaks of the High Tatras Range. The Slovakian Tatras offer a stunning landscape of alpine meadows and emerald lakes, criss-crossed with a network of well-marked trails. Taking lunch in Tatranska Lomnica we then begin our cycling journey, enjoying an exhilarating downhill ride to the historic town of Kezmarok, once one of the most important settlements on medieval Slovakia's eastern boundaries.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 17km (total 600m ascent and 300m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Cycle with spectacular views of the Tatras to Levoca

Description

Cycling to the charming old village of Hradisko this morning we have the opportunity to crest the top of nearby Brezova Hill for some spectacular views out across the Tatras. Continuing along the ridgeline we then cycle through a quite breathtaking vista, before enjoying a downhill coast to the historic walled city of Levoca. Abounding with beautiful Renaissance architecture and impressive fortifications, the town presents us with one of the most captivating locations in the entire Spis region

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 30km (total 350m ascent and 450m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Pass patchwork fields to Spis Castle then to Krompachy

Description

Leaving Levoca behind this morning we cycle through a collection of small villages until we reach the town of Spiska Kapitula, once the religious capital of the region and for some 600 years almost entirely inhabited by clergy. We visit the ruins of the nearby Spissky Hrad or Spis castle, once one of the largest castles in Central Europe and today a UNESCO World heritage Site. From here we cycle downhill to the village of Zehra then continuing to the old mining town of Krompachy in the Hornad River Valley. Lying at the junction of three major mountain ranges - the Levocsky Hills, the Branisko Massif and the Volovsky Hills, the town is blessed with some superb scenery, surrounded on every side by rising peaks and plunging valleys. We will be staying at the nearby ski resort of Pleisy, affording us the ideal opportunity to take in some of the wonderful views and ambience of this mountain setting.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 35km (total 380m ascent and 420m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Cycle along the Hornad River Valley to Kosice

Description

Today we journey along the Hornad River Valley, following a network of cycle paths and minor roads, traversing a landscape that takes us through the Carpathians to the town of Kosice. We aim to stop for lunch at a restaurant somewhere close to the waters edge, before resuming our journey along a forest road that skirts a reservoir. As we near the end of the day's journey the mountain landscape changes to a more gentle terrain of rolling hills as we enter a warmer climatic zone lying amongst the southern boundaries of Eastern Slovakia. Kosice is the country's second largest city, where the old and the new come together. The city has many museums and churches and its labyrinth of charming narrow streets make it perfect to explore on two wheels.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 60km (total 560m ascent and 840m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Cycle along Bodrog River valley to Satoraljaujhely

Description

Passing between the rolling hills of Eastern Slovakia we head first for Slanec Castle this morning, a 13th century Gothic ruin that occupies the hills above the Bodrog River Valley. Passing through a vista of vineyards and villages we pass through Velka Trna and Mala Trna, en route to Satoraljaujhely just across the Hungarian border in the northern uplands close to the Zemplen Hills. Satoraljaujhely is the most northern town in Hungary, nestling amongst a landscape of forests and vineyards; it also played a key role in the fight for independence from the Austrians and today is part of the famous Hegyalja wine-growing region.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 60km (total 480m ascent and 580m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Cycle along an abandoned railway line to Tokaj

Description

Cycling along the Bodrog and Tisza Valleys today, we follow an abandoned railway line that takes us via the town of Sarospatak. We take time to visit the riverside castle of Rakoczi, an imposing edifice that spans some 500 years of the town's turbulent history. After our visit we continue south, following the flow of the Bodrog River towards the town of Tokaj, lying to the west of the confluence of the Bodrog and the Tisza. This is one of the most celebrated wine producing areas in the country and Tokaj makes up part of the expansive Tokaj-Hegyalja region that runs through the southern and eastern fringes of the Zemplen Hills.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 48km (total 200m ascent and 200m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Drive to Budapest. Orientation walk in the city

Description

Today we travel southwest by bus, towards Hungary's vibrant cosmopolitan capital city. Situated on a beautiful stretch of the Danube, Hungary's capital is made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, with the former comprising the older, more graceful part of the city, with cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Pest on the other hand makes up the city's commercial heart, attracting business and commerce to its bustling streets. This afternoon leaves time to explore the old town and the castle area, unearthing some of Buda's most ancient gems - Castle Hill with the Old Town, Fisherman's Bastion and the Royal Palace.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 9 - Trip ends Budapest

Description

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

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A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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Cycling Information

On this tour we cycle 260km over six days (an average of 44km per day). We generally cycle on quiet tarmac country roads with little or no traffic. We have graded the route as moderate.

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