Not your average cycling holiday. Podiaventures are fully supported cycling adventures in Hidden Europe.
Not your average cycling holiday. Podiaventures are fully supported cycling adventures in Hidden Europe.
29th May - 2nd June 2019
Extraordinary gravel riding in a historically unique region Beskid Niski is one of the Beskid Mountain Ranges, part of the Carpathian Range that lies to the south of Poland. It is an unspoiled, vast area of well-preserved and wild nature. It’s turbulent history can still be felt among the numerous remnants of ancient settlements.
12th - 16th June 2019
The Tatra Mountains offer a rich tapestry of scenery to explore by bike. They are rugged mountains with high cols and precipitous faces. The wall-like nature of them forms a natural border between Poland and Slovakia with only a few places to pass through them.
11th - 15th September 2019
The Tatra Mountains offer a rich tapestry of scenery to explore by bike. Rugged mountains with high cols and precipitous faces. The wall-like nature of them forms a natural border between Poland and Slovakia with only a few places to pass through them.
Thanks a lot for a great few days, we have thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to be back some day! Big thanks as well for the very professional organisation and for the early morning taxi ride. Hope you survived the day well.
Wim, Belgium, Tatra Mountains 2017
An amazing playground for cycling! Lost roads surrounded by beautiful landscapes, perfect organisation and assistance during the rides.
Philippe, Belgium, Tatra Mountains June 2016
The trip was brilliant as usual - many thanks for organising. The perfect mixture of like minded people, great cycling and spectacular scenery.
Eoin, Poland, Julian Alps June 2018
The Tatras are challenging and steep at times, but the support of Podia team and other riders turned it to fun. The thought of cold polish beer and good food at the end of the day made the Roadventure exceptional package of challenge, fun and relaxation
Ben, Germany, Tatra Mountains June 2016
For the purpose of these Terms and Conditions, unless the context requires otherwise, the words and expressions mentioned below shall mean as follows:
Podia- Max Burgess Podia, registered at ul. Josepha Conrada 39, 31 - 357 Kraków, Poland, firstname.lastname@example.org entered in the Central Registration and Information on Business (CEIDG) with Taxpayer’s Identification Number (NIP): 9442247452 and National Official Business Register Number (REGON): 360227621;
Podiaventures or Podiaventure– cycling trips, especially road (Podia Roadventures) and gravel (Podia Gravelventures) type of trips, organised by Podia, featured and offered on the Podia website at http://podia.cc/travel and also cycling trips organised by Podia by special request;
Client- a person reserving a place on the Podiaventure and who has entered into the Agreement with Podia and is a participant in a Podiaventure;
Confirmation of a Booking– a fully completed form by a Client, confirming a will to participate in a Podiaventure enumerating details necessary to process the reservation by Podia;
Agreement- a contract between Client and Podia based on these Terms and Conditions, to organise a Podiaventure according to Podia's offer concluded once the full price for the Podiaventure has been credited to Podia and the Confirmation of a Booking form has been fully completed by the Client and received by Podia;
Generally the words "you" and "your" refer to the Client and the words "we" and "us" refer to Podia, unless the context clearly suggests otherwise.
Max Burgess Podia acts as Tour Operator for Podiaventures and is entitled to organize and lead cycling trips in Poland, countries adjacent to Poland as well as countries of European Union and hereby confirms that Podia has received a guarantee backing number 04.472.578 in the amount of EUR50.000,00 of AXA Insurance service company (AXA Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeńi Reasekuracji S.A.) securing Clients' claims against Podia.
By booking a Podiaventure trip you confirm that you are over the age of 18, are of a good level of fitness and have read, understood and accepted these terms and conditions.
During your Podiaventure we ask you to follow the instructions of your Podia ride leaders at all times; ensure that you are of an appropriate level of fitness for the chosen Podiaventure (each one is marked in accordance to its difficulty on the 1 – 5 scale where "1" means easy and "5" means very difficult); notify us of any medical ailments from which you suffer which may affect your ability to participate in the Podiaventure; wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling; not cycle when under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and ensure you have travel insurance according to the provisions of "Travel insurance" section hereof, providing you with cover for baggage, cycling equipment and medical expenses whilst on the Podiaventure. We will ask for details of this insurance upon arrival.
Upon arrival we will also ask you to sign this Release of Liability form.
Prices of Podiaventures are in EUR or PLN and are displayed on the Podiaventures’ site. Your currency is based on your browser location; it is not possible for you to switch between different currencies to pay for the 2-step payment process of your trip. The currency selected for your deposit will remain the same for the balance due; if you make your deposit in EUR, your balance due will be in EUR as well.
Each Podiaventure offer clearly specifies what is included and not included in the price. Prices are based on the double occupancy (two people per room) and include taxes. Single occupancy is possible and will be quoted per individual request.
Late arrival or early departure is possible, but we will not be able to offer price reductions.
Payments in EUR can be made via PayPal account, Visa or Mastercard via PayPal or by bank transfer. Payments in PLN can be made by bank transfer or Visa and Mastercard via the PayU payment gateway or by a direct bank transfer.
A 30% deposit of thefull price of a Podiaventure must be paid at least 90 calendar days in advance of the trip commencement and acts asa reservation of a place on the Podiaventure.
The remaining 70% of the Podiaventure price is collected as a final paymentat least around 60 days ahead of the trip commencement. The request for payment is sent to the Client via personal email.
Your Reservation and Agreement
Once the deposit is paid, your place at the Podiaventure is reserved. The receipt of the deposit is confirmed by email.
The next email communication is sent ahead of the deadline to pay the remaining 70% of the price. In this email we will confirm your Podiaventure and ask you to fill in the Confirmation of a Booking form. This fully completed form needs to be scanned and sent to email@example.com and its original retained and provided to your Podia guide at the arrival at your Podiaventure.
The receipt of 70% remaining sum is confirmed by email.
After you have paid the full price of your Podiaventure, further email communication from Podia will seek information on dietary requirements, arrival and departure time as well as bike rental information if necessary. The Client should also use this email communication to forward to Podia any other information or questions he or she may have.
The cancellation policies take into consideration the costs Podia incurs long before the Podiaventure can start.
We hope once booked, your circumstances will not change and you will not want to cancel your trip. However if the unforeseen circumstances arise and you will inform us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org that you would like to cancel your Reservation we will be able to offer you a suitable refund:
The refund will be made in the same currency and in the same method of payment as the payment made by the Client.
We cannot be liable for refunds of any other costs incurred by you (namely transportations, flights, insurances). It is for this reason that we recommend you delay booking flights and arranging insurance until your Podiaventure is confirmed. We will need minimum four participants for the Podiaventure trip to go ahead.
Every effort is made to keep changes to a minimum. However, Podia reserves the right to make date, route, activity and accommodation modifications.
Podia retains the right to cancel, modify or delay the Podiaventure as a result of unforeseeable events that are beyond Podia’s reasonable control, including but not limited to, acts of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorist activities or threats of terrorists activities, instability in a destination country, incidents of violence, public health issues or quarantine or threats of public health issues, substantial currency fluctuations, strikes, government restrictions, fire or severe weather conditions, or any other reason that makes it impossible or commercially unreasonable in the sole opinion of Podia to conduct the trip as originally contracted.
If Podia cancels the Podiaventure for any such reason, Client will receive a full monies paid refund.
Podiareserves the right to cancel any trip at its discretion should the safety of Clients or staff be compromised. Podia reserves the right to stop you from participating on your trip if you behave in an abusive and / or threatening manner or engage in illegal activities.
Podia is not responsible for any personal expenses incurred due to changes in itineraries or trip cancellations, such as Client's prepaid hotel accommodations or airline tickets. We strongly recommend confirming your trip with Podia before making any additional travel arrangements.
If you wish to bring a non-riding companion, please contact us regarding a specifically tailored price and plan for the adventure.
Bike rental is possible upon request. Please email us to find out about types of bicycles and prices we can offer. The Podiaventure price does not include a bike rental fee.
Travel insurance and travel documents
You should ensure you have adequate travel insurance providing you with cover for baggage, cycling equipment, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of an accident or illness whilst on a Podiaventure as well as any personal requirements including cancellation charges. The Podia team will ask for details of this insurance upon arrival. Please contact usif you would like us to help you out with arrangement of suitable insurance.
If you chose to travel without adequate insurance cover, Podia will not be liable for any losses arising in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.
All Clients of Podia who are non-EU residents are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of the Podiaventure and a visa to enter the EU if applicable in the country of origin. All Clients who are EU residents are required to have a valid identification document.
If you bring your own bike for the Podiaventure it is your responsibility to ensure it is serviced before the trip and in safe and roadworthy condition. Podia cannot be liable for any damage or injury caused as a result of failure caused by your bike or its operation. It is your responsibility to bring with you any unique tools, electronic shifting chargers or special components which may be required for your bike.
Limitations of Liability
Podia is not liable for bodily injury or property damage as a result of (but not limited to): physical exertion for which a Client is not prepared; forces of nature; collisions with bicycles, pedestrians or automobiles, road conditions including or not limited to lack of shoulder and roadway surfaces affected by weather conditions; travel by plane, train, auto, boat, or other conveyance, or by bicycle, ski, horseback, foot, or other form of active or adventure travel; consumption of alcoholic beverages; civil unrest; terrorism; breakdown of equipment; high altitude; lack of or limited access to medical attention in remote locations; and the adequacy of medical attention once provided.
Podia is also not liable for expenses (e.g., meals, transportation, or hotel costs) that are not specified as included in the Podiaventure price, but may be required to get to or from a trip start or end.
Podia reserves the right to make route and hotel modifications as necessary to improve the quality of a trip or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests.
According to the laws of the Republic of Poland, Podia's liability for improper performance or failure to perform the Agreement is limited to the double amount of the price of such Podiaventure to which the Agreement applies.
Client is liable for all damages caused to Podia's equipment, other participants and third parties.
Podia is not liable for any third parties, providing services for Clients as a result of contractual obligations between Podia and such service providers and for other Clients participating in your Podiaventure.
Personal Data Protection
Max Burgess Podia ul. Josepha Conrada 39, 31-357 Kraków, NIP: 9442247452, Regon: 360227621 is a controller of your personal data (‘Controller’). You can contact the Controller via email: email@example.com.
We process your personal data such as: name, surname, address, email, phone number, nationality, age and optionally bank account number, for the purpose of Podiaventures.
The collected personal data are used and processed for the purposes of the performance of the contract between us and you and also to take steps prior to entering into the contract, as well as to meet legal requirements (for tax, complaint claims etc.) and for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us as the Controller (establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, replies to queries, surveys of customer satisfaction).
The legal basis for the processing of your personal data is the performance of the contract between us and you, which requires processing of personal data and also the fulfilment of the Controller’s legal obligations and the legitimate interests of the Controller.
The provision of the personal data is not an obligation, but without it we will not be able to enter into the contract and perform it.
The personal data shall be processed for not longer than it is necessary that is for the period of the performance of the contract and later for the period required for tax reasons or the claim dissolution or the expiration of the limitation period of a claim, unless the legal regulation requires earlier deletion of the personal data.
Only when necessary, your personal data will be made available to our contractors (such as: accountant, IT, technology services for our website, banking, legal services). We will make the personal data available to the contractors to the extent that allows them to provide services for the Controller. Our contractors are required to store the personal data in a safe and protected manner. The contractors are not allowed to use the personal data for their own marketing purposes.
For the purposes of protecting the personal data we use file encryption 256-bit AES and SSL/TLS, firewall, passwords and we provide physical controls for the access to our buildings and files in order to provide security of the personal data. Any access to the personal data is made available only to persons that require it for their official duties. Of course we use necessary technical and organisational security measures for the personal data, but remember that we cannot guarantee an absolute security of your personal data provided by you via internet.
You have the right of access to your personal data stored by the Controller. If you want to receive information on your personal data, which we have or to receive copies of the personal data or the information on the purpose and the means of the processing of the personal data, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have several rights with respect to your personal data such as: the right to rectification (if we have incomplete, outdated or incorrect data, it will be rectified), the right to object to the processing of your personal data, the right to restriction of processing of your personal data, the right to demand deletion of your personal data, the right to erasure (right to be forgotten), the right to data portability, the right to complaint to the supervisory authority (we would like to resolve all your claims amicably but you have the right to file a claim to the supervisory authority for the protection of personal data – for us it is Prezes Urzędu Ochrony Danych Osobowych).
If you have questions about the way we collect, store and process your personal data, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Podiaventures are organised according to the law of the Republic of Poland and such law is applicable for the Agreement, in particular the Tourist Services Act and the Civil Code.
As required by the laws of the Republic of Poland, in particular art. 51 of the Tourist Services Act, Podia Informs you that if you notice an improper performance of the Agreement, you shall immediately inform Podia of such circumstances in writing. If you wish to file a complaint for the performance of the Agreement, you may do so within 30 days from the end of your Podiaventure.
Clients grant Podia permission to take photographs or film records of its trips for promotional and commercial use, without remuneration. The Client agrees to assign all right, title and interest they may have in or to any media in which their name or likeness might be used to Podia. Also Clients agree that Podia may use any testimonials regarding services rendered for promotional and/or commercial purposes without any remuneration.
English is main language spoken during Podiaventures. Podiaventures are not recommended for people with reduced mobility.
According to the Directive (EU) 2015/2302 we are obliged to provide you with more information regarding your rights as travelers. This information can be read here.
How hard and challenging are your Podiaventures? Am I fit enough?
We aim to strike the balance between a sufficient challenge and the well being of our guests.
Routes for each trip are planned and prepared in advance, but we are able to modify them according to the abilities and general feeling of the group as well as the weather conditions during each day. All information on routes can be found in the Adventure Guide for each trip.
Podiaventures are not for beginners and you need a fair bit of experience to take part. The idea is however to enjoy a new country, culture and food, have a good time among other cycling enthusiasts from around the world.
We have two ride leaders at each trip and so are able to split the group to meet different expectations. Days are planned to give everyone enough of a challenge. The service vehicle is always near by, so if a rider does not feel like completing the ride, he or she can travel in the vehicle.
What language do you speak during Podiaventures?
Our core Podia team is Polish and English, but guests tend to be international, so the language spoken during Podiaventures is English.
Can I bring a non-riding companion with me?
Yes, please contact us regarding bringing a non-riding companion with you, so we will be able to tailor a specific plan and price for his or her adventure.
I have quite particular diet, will you be able to accommodate that?
Yes, we will ask for your food preferences ahead of the trip and do everything we can to accommodate your dietary requirements. We have already welcomed vegetarians, vegans and lactose intolerant guests in the past.
Are participants solo travellers or do they know each other? Where they come from?
It is always a mixture. We have had solo travellers, couples and small group of friends taking part in the past. The one constant is that every guest leaves with a new set of cycling friends.
Podiaventures trips attract riders from all around the world. We have had riders from places such as; Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore France, Germany, Belgium and the UK.
Our guests often come from different ‘walks of life’ which always makes conversations interesting and helps to create a friendly atmosphere that Podiaventures are gaining a reputation for!
How do I know my place is confirmed?
Once you have paid a deposit and we have received the funds your place will be confirmed by individual email to you.
How will I know what is the best time to book my arrival to and departure from the Podiaventure?
If you decide to fly to your Podiaventure we recommend to arrive a day earlier ahead of the Podiaventure start. This is to avoid delays. If one flight is delayed, the schedule for Day 1 of the trip is delayed. If it is not possible to arrive a day in advance, we recommend landing at the airport in the morning or midday the latest. We recommend departure times to be afternoon or midday the earliest.
If you are going to travel by bus, train or car we recommend midday arrival time and early afternoon departure time.
We try to accommodate different arrival and departure times as much as we can. We will be in touch with you once the trip is confirmed to agree on best arrival and departure times and help you with your travel arrangements.
Can I rent a bike?