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

Krakow to Warsaw

Poland Bike Tours

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

  • 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 jettys 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: £ 541 $ 961 660 NOK 6490 kr 5991 $ 779 Single: £ 606 $ 1,078 740 NOK 7277 kr 6717 $ 873

    extra options

    Electric bike:  £ 49 $ 87 60 NOK 590 kr 545 $ 71 Extra nights:
    Krakow, Warsaw or Warka (Hotel***): 
    Twin/Double: £ 36 $ 64 44 NOK 433 kr 399 $ 52 Single: £ 57 $ 101 69 NOK 679 kr 626 $ 81

    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
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route description and set of 1:40 maps with marked routes
  • Bike rental

What’s Not Included

  • Entry fees
  • Lunches
  • Drinks with meals
  • Optional canoe excursions
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From660 Rates
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Tour Dates

Saturdays: April 28, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8, and September 15, 2018

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 accomodation 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 unti you come to a very special accomodation.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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