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Cycling Amber trail from Budapest to CracowItinerary Amber Trail I

Budapest - Krakow

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Distance: 355 km / 221 miles
Daily avg.: 51 km / 32 miles
Difficulty: Challenging

Self-guided or guided cycling trip
Not recommended for road bikes

Day 1)
Budapest - Szentendre

After arriving in Budapest, you transfer yourself to the small town of Szentendre (12 miles away). This is achievable by bus, train, car or boat. This town has a unique character with 24 museums, 7 churches, thirteen galleries and numerous cafes and small bars. An Open Air Museum close by shows you original Hungarian country life.
Overnight in Szentendre.

Day 2)
Szentendre - Esztergom (58 km / 36 miles)

Cycling along the Danube to Lenyefalu on the first day leads you to the ferry to Szentendre Island. After crossing and biking through the charming island, the ferry takes you to opposite bank of the Danube on quality cycle path. Then cross the Danube again and it is onward to Esztergom. The original place of the Hungarian bishops, Esztergom has a massive castle and is the highlight of the Hungarian part of this tour.
Overnight in Esztergom.

Day 3)
Esztergom/Sturovo – Dudince (62 km / 39 miles)

The Slovak part of the tour starts today as we cross from the southern to the northern bank of the Danube to Sturovo. It is fairly easy cycling over rolling landscapes to the town of Dudince, which takes full advantage of the mineral rich waters in the area. This town was built according to the ideas of Socialist Realism and, as a result, is a very interesting place to visit. A highlight in this town is some Roman bathtubs carved out of the travertine stone.
Overnight in Dudince.

Day 4)
Dudince - Banska Stiavnica (42 km / 26 miles)

The demanding section of the Slovak part starts here with the Stiavnicky Hills, a precursor to the later mountain stages. If you do not feel like mountain cycling then that is fine. We can always shorten your daily miles or transfer you to the next destination. Finish in Banska Stiavnica, protected by UNESCO, having an extremely well conserved old town and a long heritage of mining. It is one of the best stopovers on the entire Amber Trail.
Overnight in Banska Stiavnica.

Day 5)
Banska Stiavnica - Banska Bystrica (59 km / 37 miles)
Today’s route consists of two parts. First half is hilly, in quiet rural environment, forests and remote villages. Then it is almost flat and the route takes you against the Hron river through vital countryside. On the way to Banska Bystrica, stop in Hronsek to look at the precious timber church listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Once in Banska Bystrica you will see that the old part of the town is being well restored and is doing much to overcome the towns upsetting, Socialist past.
Overnight in Banska Bystrica.

Day 6)
Banska Bystrica - Vlkolinec - Liptovsky Mikulas (66 km / 41 miles)

Today transportation is organized from Banska Bystrica to Vlkolinec – A UNESCO World Heritage site, it contains the biggest concentration on traditional architecture in the Slovak Republic – precious, old houses built using old crafts and techniques. Having climbed up from Liptovska Osada you begin cycling in the very challenging area of the Lower Tatras – beginning with a seven mile climb. However the amazing views and the sweeping landscape are worth the ride to the top. The rest of the day is easier with a ride around the reservoir in Liptovska Mara. Finish in Liptovsky Mikulas, an interesting town whose museum documents an infamous outlaw Juraj Janosik – the equivalent of Robin Hood in Slovakia.
Overnight in Liptovsky Mikulas.

Day 7)
Liptovsky Mikulas - Dolny Kubin (47 km / 29 miles)

Cycle through the Chocsky and Oravsky Hills, one of the prettiest segments of the whole route.Touch large Liptovská Mara water reservoir and enjoy spectacular views of the Orava region’s landscape. Two short steep climbs are rewarded with long comfortable downhill at the end. Evening transfer to Sucha Beskidzka, Poland.
Overnight in Sucha Beskidzka.

Day 8)
Sucha Beskidzka - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - Krakow (21 km / 13 miles)

Today is a short day in order to get you to Krakow eaerlier. Ride in typical Carpathian landscape of Poland. The main highlight today is Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, an imposing Bernadine monastery. Transfer by car from Kalwaria Zebrzydowska to Krakow.
Overnight in Krakow.

Day 9)
In Krakow you will probably want to spend more than just one day. Wawel Castle, the Old Market Square, the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, the town walls and Royal Way are some of the many things to see in this royal city.

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