Renaissance Sukiennice in Old Town, Krakow, Poland. Photo via Flickr:Jorge Lascar

Picnic at the wooden bridge in Trzy Morgi, Poland. Photo via Tour Operator
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Krakow to Warsaw

Poland Bike Tours

Bike the green heart of Poland between Krakow and Warka along the Pilica River

  • On this 8 day self-guided bike tour in Poland, you will bike the Pilica Cycle Path that starts in Krakow and ends in Warka near Warsaw. Pilica is a 300 km long river which originates not far from Krakow and flows into the Vistula shortly before Warsaw. Wild, with numerous islands, sandy banks, and meanders, the river snakes through forests, meadows, farmlands, and orchards, far from cities and industrial areas. Ten years after Poland entered the EU, there is still this relatively unknown treasure waiting for cyclists to discover it!

    The Pilica River is a particular favorite among canoeists as well. There are numerous rental outlets all along the route. It is possible in every locality in the middle and lower course of the river (Przedbórz, Sulejów, Spała, Nowe Miasto, Warka) to be taken a few kilometers upstream and to canoe back. Often there are jetties right next to the hotel. You may book these trips either in advance or decide on the spot to rent a canoe.

    Highlights:

    • Mystical Krakow
    • Pilica Cycle Path
    • Przedbórz Landscape Park.
    • Accommodations in Sulejow
    • Open air museum at Pilica
    • Spala, a popular forest health resort

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  • Double/twin: £ 566 $ 1,140 660 NOK 6270 kr 5788 $ 752 Single: £ 651 $ 1,313 760 NOK 7220 kr 6665 $ 866

    extra options

    Electric bike:  £ 51 $ 104 60 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 Extra nights:
    Krakow, Warsaw or Warka (Hotel***): 
    Twin/Double: £ 38 $ 76 44 NOK 418 kr 386 $ 50 Single: £ 59 $ 119 69 NOK 656 kr 605 $ 79

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    You can fly to Krakow International Airport (John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice) located 11 km west of the city center and out of Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW).

    Local Travel

    Public transportation:
    Krakow: The new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-story car park. The connection is operated by Koleje Małopolskie. Trains are equipped with air conditioning, power outlets, Wi-Fi and ticket machine.
    Warsaw: Regional train from Warka to Warsaw City center. A rail link has been recently built that connects the city center to the airport. The service is provided by two companies: Szybka Kolej Miejska – SKM (Fast Urban Railway- Lines, S2 and S3) and Koleje Mazowieckie (Masovian Railways).
    Taxi:
    As in most locations now, there is an influx in Poland of private, unaffiliated taxi drivers. When searching for a cab, especially at the airport, look for those with a company logo displayed on the roof of the vehicle.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    Extra days in both Krakow and Warsaw!

    More on taxis:

    Taxis in most cities in Poland are easily available and not too expensive. Reliable companies in Warsaw include MPT Radio Taxi, which has English-speaking dispatchers, Super Taxi, and Halo Taxi. All are recognisable by signs on the taxi’s roof with the company name and phone number.

    All official taxis in in the cities have their meters adjusted to the appropriate tariff, so you just pay what the meter says. When you board a taxi, make sure the meter is turned on in your presence, which ensures you don’t have the previous passenger’s fare added to yours. Taxis can be waved down on the street, but it’s easier to order a taxi by phone,  there’s no extra charge for this service.


Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in charming hotels and guesthouse, ranging from a unique two-star guesthouse in Przedbórz, to 5 hotels with a three-star rating, to a four-star hotel in Warka. All accommodations are well kept and often located close to the river.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, 1 night in a 2 star pension, 5 nights in a 3 star hotel, and 1 night in a 4 star hotel
  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route description and set of 1:50 maps with marked routes
  • Bike rental

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From660 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Saturdays: April 20, April 27, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31, September 7, and September 14, 2019

Skill Level

This tour is rated easy. About 70% of the tour is on asphalt and the rest on dirt roads. The landscape is flat or gently undulating.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Krakow 
Day 2: Pilica-Source - Zawada, 19 - 25 mi. (30- 40 km) 
Day 3: Zawada - Przedborz, 41 mi. (65 km) 
Day 4: Przedborz  - Sulejow, 25 mi. (40 km)  
Day 5: Sulejów - Spala, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Spala - Nowe Miasto, 28 mi. (45 km)  
Day 7: Nowe Miasto - Warka, 34 mi. (55 km) 
Day 8:  End of tour or individual extension of stay 

All distances are approximate.

Day 1Arrival in Krakow 
Arrival in Krakow and first overnight stay at a centrally located hotel. After check-in, take some time to stroll through Krakow for a first impression of its historic city center and famous nightlife.

Day 2: Pilica-Source - Zawada, 19 - 25 mi. (30-40 km) 
After a bus ride to Smolen, which takes barely an hour, your cycling adventure begins on a hill with medieval castle ruins. The first kilometers are downhill through Jura landscapes towards the source of the river. We ride further past fish ponds, through a pretty town, with the same name as the river, Pilica, to your accommodation at Zawada.

Day 3Zawada - Przedborz, 41 mi. (65 km) 
The flat and quiet roads run through shady forests for the most part and you will scarcely notice the kilometers flying by. This leg is the longest and ends in the small town of Przedbórz which is next to Przedbórz Landscape Park.

Day 4Przedborz  - Sulejow, 25 mi. (40 km)  
Once more you cycle on tree-lined avenues, along narrow fields and fragrant meadows and pass gardens in full bloom until you come to a very special accommodation.Your hotel was once a Cistercian abbey built on the extensive grounds of a castle from the Middle Ages.

Day 5: Sulejów - Spala, 28 mi. (45 km)  
For this leg of the journey, you first go past a reservoir with opportunities for swimming if the weather permits. After that, the open air museum at Pilica is well worth a visit. The largest city on the route is Tomaszów, with 30,000 inhabitants. A network of car-free cycle paths takes one to Spała, a popular forest health resort.

Day 6Spala - Nowe Miasto, 28 mi. (45 km)  
Spala lies within a forested area that has been a popular hunting and recreational area since the 19th century, first for the Russian Czars and then the Polish presidents. This area also has remnants of recent history: the huge railway bunker at Konewki which was the command post "Anlage Mitte" of the German military during World War II. You overnight in the small town of Nowe Miasto at a guesthouse located directly on the river.

Day 7Nowe Miasto - Warka, 34 mi. (55 km) 
This last leg goes past Wyśmierzyce which with its 858 inhabitants and old wooden houses is considered to be the smallest town in Poland and next, through vegetable fields and orchards. The final destination is the four-star hotel and horse breeding farm "Sielanka" ("idyllic land") at Warka.

Day 8:  End or individual extension of stay  
Warsaw is only 60 km from Warka and is easy to reach with the hourly regional train. The journey takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Those who wish to stay a day longer can go on the 30 - 40 km round-trip to Vistula valley and the mouth of the Pilica River.

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Customer Feedback

  • Elizabeth C. 2 days ago

    This was tour #6 for me and it was completely different than my former experiences. My previous tours were full of tourist sights and charming villages with little shops, coffee/tea/bakery cafes, and restaurants (with restrooms) to stop at along the way during the day and actual bicycle paths. Krakow to Warsaw (Warka) Poland tour was very unique. Positives: Krakow is absolutely charming and has some interesting day trips available to the salt mines and concentration camps. Once on tour the bicycles, hotels and food were excellent. The forests and farmlands were lovely. The birds were singing, roosters crowing, and the spring blooms were abundant. We saw wild boar in the woods the first day and wolf tracks another. The route maps were detailed and easy to read. The tour company was quick to work out any issues such as transporting us on day 2 of cycling due to severe weather and flood warnings. This being said, I must point out this was not a bicycle path but a bicycle route Read more… utilizing narrow roads with usually light traffic (but some sections were busy), logging roads, dirt and gravel (possibly rutted), and horror of all horrors...soft sand. The third day of cycling was bone jarring at times and though only 40km we were exhausted. The last day of cycling was 65 km instead of 55km listed. We traveled all week through extremely rural areas with no restrooms, restaurants, shops, or tourist sights during the whole cycling part of the day most days. (be sure to take snacks!) When a village appeared on the map it normally meant a group of houses and a church...but no commercial establishments. Friday we did see a few businesses but it was a holiday so they were closed. If there were castle ruins at the beginning we didn't see them. The bunker mentioned on day 6 was closed. The Abbey/Castle was closed for renovation which was a major selling point of interest when booking (we were put in a nice hotel as a substitute). The last hotel though nice was very crowded with young families and it was very noisy late into the night. It also required a taxi drive to town. This tour takes you through the former soviet block section of Poland. Overall my friend and I didn't mind doing this tour since we have experienced the other tours first, but feel you should be aware of what you are signing on for: remote cycling in non tourist/commercial type areas over possibly challenging surfaces.

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