Day by Day Itinerary

Slovakia: Budapest to Krakow Bike


Countries   Hungary, Poland, Slovakia
Tour Length   8 days
Dates Of Tour   Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
(Departures for self-guided trips available any time. Best months are June to September.)
Type of Tour Road (Guided, Self-Guided)
Price $3,295 (Self-Guided: US $2355)
 
 
GROUP MAKE-UP
Family Friendly
Age of Participants Mixed
Gender Basis Mixed
# of Participants (max) 12
Language English
 
SUPPORT LEVEL
Sleeping Accommodations   
Luggage Support
Sag Wagon Along the Way
Meals Provided Full board
 
TRIP DIFFICULTY
Total Trip Mileage    190 Miles
Average Daily Mileage    24 Miles Per Day
Longest Single Day 45 Miles
Overall Difficulty Rating   Intermediate, Advanced
 
 
COSTS
Cost of Trip without Airfare per person  $3,295
Single Supplement $525
 
 
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 8 days
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 picnic lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • snacks
  • luggage handling
  • walking tour of Banska Stiavnica
  • tour of salt mine at Wieliczka
  • van and guide support
  • maps, route notes and GPS
  • taxes
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS/POINTS OF INTERESTS
  • Six UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • the open air museum at Szentendre
  • panoramic views of the Danube Valley
  • Hungary’s largest church
  • Socialist Spa town of Dudince
  • Banska Stiavnica
  • the castle at Kremnica
  • the pedestrian market at Banska Bystrica
  • Vlkolinec historic village
  • Orava Castle
  • the stations of the cross at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
 
TRIP DESCRIPTION

Slovakia – the Czech Republic’s poorer partner in the days of Czechoslovakia - came out of the Velvet Revolution, quiet and mysterious. She removed the Eastern bloc uniform to reveal a refreshingly sincere, kind place, so far unencumbered by many trappings of the Western World. You will begin in Hungary, just outside Budapest. After visiting Esztergom’s massive cathedral, the historic seat of the Hungarian church, you will cross the Danube River and enter Slovakia, stopping at Banska Stiavnica to fathom its legacy of mining and minting. You will visit Kremnica, with its castle and seven peaks, and the village of Vlkolinec to see the largest undisturbed collection of traditional architecture in Slovakia. Climb from there into the thrilling terrain of the Low Tatras, before an unforgettable descent to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, where the Stations of the Cross end at an imposing Bernardine monastery.

The final stop before Krakow is the awe-inspiring salt mine at Wilitchka, where an intricately sculptured salt cathedral attests to generations of workers who toiled and worshipped underground. This is a land where folk traditions have survived foreign attempts at dominance, to which a plethora of castles and watchtowers pay testament, but whose people have maintained their welcoming spirit!

We recommend that you consider staying an extra day in Krakow if you want to visit Auschwitz.

 
 
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1   Szentendre
Day 2   Szentendre - Esztergom (38 km/24 miles)
Day 3   Esztergom/Sturovo - Dudince (58 km/ 36 miles)
Day 4   Dudince - Banska Stiavnica(39 km/ 25 miles)
Day 5   Banska Stiavnica to Kremnica & Banska Bystrica (40 km/25 miles)
Day 6   Banska Bystrica to Liptovska Osada & Dolny Kubin (75 km/45 miles)
Day 7   Dolny Kubin to Trstena & Sucha Beskidzka (55 km/ 35 miles)
Day 8   Sucha Beskidzka to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska & Krakow
 
OPTIONS
Countries Visited  
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
Cities Visited   Szentendre, Esztergom, Dudince, Banska Stiavnica, Banska Bystrica, Dolny Kubin, Sucha Beskidzka, Krakow
 
 
SPECIAL OFFERS
Discounts for Referals

If you have been on tour with us in the last 3 years, you will receive a 5% discount as a returning guest. In addition, if you have referred new customers to us since your last Freewheeling Adventure, you are entitled to a reduced cost. Each new guest who mentioned you as a referrer will allow you $125 off your next trip.


 
 
SELF-GUIDED TRIPS

• Cost: US $2355 (per person, includes: 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, relevant van transfers, luggage transfers, maps, route notes & GPS*, emergency cell phone, and value added tax)
• Departures available any time. Best months are June to September.

 
BIKE RENTAL

Lightweight TREK hybrid bikes equipped with Shimano Deore: C$225

 
ROUTE NOTES

This ride begins easy, and becomes more challenging on days 4-6. There are level stretches along the Danube, then several long climbs as you approach Poland. More relaxed options are available with van support on guided trips, or train support on both guided & self-guided trips. 40 to 60 km/day with options. There are two unpaved sections on forest trails.

 
TOUR SUPPLIER
Company Name Freewheeling Adventures
Country     Canada
 
 
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