Cycling holidays in Poland

Head to Poland on a cycling holiday and you’ll be pushing your pedals through some seriously stunning landscapes. The country is crisscrossed with paved routes, quiet roads and off the beaten tracks with shaded pine forests, mountain ranges and traditional timber-framed villages providing some pretty inspiring backdrops while you’re out and about. Both small group and self guided cycling holidays provide well-organised itineraries with both leisurely road cycling and more challenging mountain bike routes available. Plus, you’ll get expert support, luggage transfers and atmospheric digs thrown in too. Read on to find out more about cycling holidays in Poland.

What do cycling holidays in Poland entail?

Our cycling holidays in Poland last between four and eight days, and you can opt for either a tailor made tour, designed to meet the needs of you and your travelling companions, or a small group holiday, where you’ll travel in a group of up to 16 likeminded travellers. Joining a small group cycling holiday isn’t hardcore or competitive, though. It’s all about camaraderie and having people to swap tales with at the end of the day. You’ll move at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to stop and admire the scenery, and you’ll follow an experienced cycle leader who’ll provide practical support as well as an introduction both to the cultural and natural landscape as you cycle off the tourist tracks.

Self guided cycling, meanwhile, gives you the freedom to choose your route as well as how hard you push yourself, with the extra security of hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers, detailed notes and a support service, just in case anything does go wrong along the way.

On a small group tour, you’ll pedal away on a road bike, with plenty of smooth trails to ease your journey into the saddle. On tailor made tours you can take to the trails on a mountain bike, following rugged single track routes up and down hills and through forest.

How tough are the tours?

Small group cycling tours in Poland are more about enjoying the ride, taking in the views and socialising with your fellow travellers than pushing hard on the pedals to race through the countryside. You’ll cover between 20km and 60km a day, with your luggage transported for you and numerous stops to break up the day, whether for wild swimming, sightseeing or riverside grilled trout dinners around a fire.

On tailor made cycle tours in Poland you’ll tackle the Swieradow-Zdroj Single Track, one of the best single track routes in the world. You’ll need to be fit for these trails and it definitely helps if you’ve had experience in a mountain bike saddle before. Saying that, you’ll usually have a professional on hand who will help you to adjust to the tracks before you head off, as well as provide you with copious advice to help you cycle more effectively.

Where to go cycling in Poland

If following a self guided tour, you’ll be based in the southwest corner of Poland, right by the Czech border, for thrills and spills along the Swieradow-Zdroj Single Track. On small group tours you’ll spend time in the Zakopane region of the High Tatras, which has become a real magnet for outdoor action.
Cycling and hiking are the main attractions in the summer. It’s also home to the Gorale people, and you’ll see traces of their rich culture all over the region – in local music, food and dress, as well as the distinct timber architecture, which you won’t find anywhere else in Europe. You’ll also cycle along the Pieniny Way, which snakes along the breathtaking limestone cliffs of the Dunajec Gorge, and even passes into Slovakia. It’s not all about the countryside, however, and there’s time to explore elegant spa towns, ancient feudal villages and the winding streets of medieval Krakow, too.

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When to go cycling in Poland

Winter is a no-no when it comes to cycling holidays in Poland as the trails at this time are more suited to snowshoers and cross country skiers than two-wheeled adventurers. The summer months of July and August are possible, but the soaring temperatures and more crowded trails mean that it’s not the best time for relaxing rides. Either side of the high season – April to June and September or October are perfect. The weather is cooler and drier and the landscape bursts into life with either wildflowers or autumn colours.
Written by Nana Luckham
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