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Wawel Castle in Krakow

Cracow – Warsaw

Vistula river

8 Days / 7 Nights
Medium
Wawel Castle in Krakow

The Vistula River is the longest river in Poland and connects important historical cities in Poland such as Warsaw, Kraków and Gdansk. The Queen of Polish rivers is a natural river. It forms a landscape that is found nowhere else in Europe. Its course was hardly regulated. It flows through the entire country from the Beskydy Mountains in the south to Gdańsk in the northern part of Poland. The Vistula River is home to many mammals. Here you can meet the rare otter and numerous beaver and muskrats. But the greatest wealth of the river make its wildlife and first of all birds – here you meet both most types simultaneously as well as rare and endangered bird species. On the way we visit ancient and historical sites, e.g. the medieval town of Sandomierz and the Renaissance castle of Baranów. The Vistula flows still in its unregulated river bed.

itinerary at a glance

Many bird species, beavers, and otters call the wild and romantic Vistula River their home. In addition to the idyllic natural surroundings, you'll also encounter the Baranów Castle and the picturesque town of Sandomierz. Warsaw and Krakow are true sources of culture.

Individual arrival in Cracow.

Welcome briefing and handover of travel documents at the starting hotel in Cracow. Collect your first impressions during a 3-hour city tour through the historic Old Town. Marvel at the huge market square, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, surrounded by restored patrician houses, the town hall tower and the small Romanesque church of St. Adalbert. Krakow's landmarks are the Cloth Halls (so-called Sukiennice) in the centre of the square, as well as the famous Gothic St Mary's Church, from whose tower the Tower Song is heard daily. Inside the Church of Our Lady is the most beautiful jewel of all the churches in Kraków: the Altar of Our Lady by Veit Stoss. After lunch, short transfer to Niepołomice. In the afternoon cycle tour through the primeval forest to Nowe Brzesko. Dinner and overnight stay near Hebdów or in Niepołomice.

Today you cycle from Nowe Brzesko through the countryside, where life goes slowly. You can enjoy a picnic on the riverside and observe wide range of the bird species. In the afternoon cycling through small villages to Zalipie where you can visit the Museum of the painted houses. During a coffee and cake break you have a meeting with a local artist (painter). Finally a bus transfer to Baranów Sandomierski where the castle complex represents the Renaissance architecture in Poland and thanks to its rectangular inner courtyard beautifully ornamented with bas-reliefs is called "little Wawel". Dinner in the castle. In the evening, a stroll through a beautiful park complex.

After breakfast you can visit the Castle in Baranów Sandomierski. Afterwards you cycle along the Vistula River to Sandomierz, one of Poland's oldest cities which was built like Rome on seven hills. Sandomierz is situated in a vineyard. You can visit a ttraditional winegrower or take part at a sightseeing tour in Sanomierz (optional).

 

After breakfast you cycle through small villages along the Vistula River to Annopol. On the way you can relax on the Vistula banks. Interesting observations of nature are possible thanks to many nature birds wildlife sanctuaries. In the afternoon you continue by bike through fields towards Piotrawin or Józefów. The hotel is located near the Vistula River.

Today we cycle along the river to Kazimierz Dolny. The path leads through orchards and flowering gardens. In the afternoon you can visit the beautiful small town. In the 17th and 18th centuries Kazimierz was an important Vistula port for the export of Polish grain. Today the many warehouses are still used as guesthouses or hotels. Kazimierz is a former Stetl, a Jewish town.

After breakfast, bus transfer to Góra Kalwaria. The "Little Jerusalem" is an ideal starting point for today's cycling tour. In the afternoon, follow the Vistula to Wilanów, the summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski, and Warsaw to the hotel. Optional one-hour guided city walk through the lively Old Town with farewell dinner in a nice restaurant in the Old Town.

After breakfast departure home or individual additional stay in Warsaw.

route information

Medium

A bike tour through mostly flat and sometimes hilly terrain. The bike routes mostly do not lead along asphalted roads.

Prices & Dates

Category: hotels of 3***-level as well as typical hotels

Prices per person in EUR

services & information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 5x dinner with a 3 course meal (Cracow and Warsaw just B&B)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (German, English)
  • German or English speaking bus attendant (from 2nd day to 7th day)
  • 1 city tour in Cracow
  • Bus transfer according to the program
  • Service-Hotline

Optional extras

  • Transfer airport/train station – hotel in Cracow or Warschau. Price on request.
  • Taking your own bike, costs EUR 30

 

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Cracow train station
  • Cracow airport
  • Parking at the hotel in Cracow approx EUR 15 per day, reservation not possible, payable on site
  • Secured Parking near the hotel in Cracow approx. EUR 15 per day, no reservation possible, payable on site

Things to note

  • Minimum of participants: 4 people (in case this number is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 25 days before the day of arrival)

  • This tour is a partner tour.

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