An unforgettable trip that circumnavigates the Tatra Mountains, the highest part of the Carpathian Range
Carpathia Roadventure Tour, Poland & Slovakia
The Roadventure Tour is a ‘point-to-point’ week of exhilarating riding around Tatra Mountains, crossing four different National Parks and two countries. You will be staying in a different location and hotel each night.
Our team will ensure the transfer of all your luggage ready for when you finish your day in the saddle. The Tour is the best opportunity to discover this region of Europe during one trip.
6 days riding / 6 nights
What to expect
Experiencing the Carpathian Mountains and the local culture is all part of this Roadventure.
Fully planned routes with support vehicle, mechanic and crew to transfer your luggage between hotels as well as ride guides with you at all times.
You will be looked after from the moment of your arrival to your departure. We invite riders of all abilities to come and challenge themselves on the rewarding terrain of the Carpathia Tour.
We place great emphasis on the group dynamic and have various ways to ensure that riders of different levels are capable of enjoying their time with us. With experienced ride leaders and support crew we are able to split the group into ability levels when required and for some of the harder days we have alternative routes.
The terrain of South Poland and Slovakia has much to offer; from winding alpine climbs to short punchy hills through forgotten villages and car-less national parks with perfect tarmac.
– 6 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
– Breakfast and evening meals
– Kraków airport pick-up / drop-off
– All logistics including transfer of luggage between hotels
– Ride guides with in-depth local knowledge
– Ride support with mechanical assistance
– Ride photography
– Routes designed around experiencing the local area
– Ride nutrition and hydration provided by Chimpanzee
– Wahoo GPS devices for test rides
– Brooks saddles for test rides (special sale prices available)
Roadventure Doesn’t Include…
– Lunch and snacks
– Alcoholic drinks with meals
– Travel insurance
– Incidental expenses
– Genesis Bike hire; steel & carbon bikes
(advanced request, additional cost)
Warm Up Ride 44km 642m
You will be collected from Kraków airport and after a light meal transferred to the first mountain location; Niedzica, Poland.
Once bikes have been prepared a short ride in the local area will help stretch the legs after the travelling. An evening meal will follow in a special location where a metal sculptor has spent the last decade working on every detail of the restaurant’s décor.
Pieniny – High Tatras 125km 2,720m
The first full day on the bike takes in some highlights of the Pieniny National Park before heading south towards the High Tatras on the Slovakian side. The next mountain base is located 1,650m high in a ski lodge beside an alpine lake.
(Optional shorter route available)
High Tatras – Low Tatras 107km 1,730m
Staying in Slovakia, the ride takes in some wilder landscapes of the Low Tatras National Park, where cars are prohibited. Another summit top finish at Chopok Mountain.
Low Tatras – Little Fatra 83km 960m
A slightly easier day in the saddle to give your legs a chance to recover. However the scenery is no less stunning as we ride into the Malá Fatra National Park where we will spend the night.
Little Fatra – Żywiec 142km 2,050m
Day 5 sees the ride head back into Poland and towards Żywiec, the home of the famous Polish beer. Not before some testing climbs as we make our way through the Silesian Beskid National Park.
(Optional shorter route and Żywiec brewery museum visit available)
Żywiec – Kraków 94km 840m
The last day of riding will take us back up through the south of Poland to Kraków. A stop along the way in the medieval town of Lanckorona; known for it’s resident artists, as well as the best cake and coffee in the area. We finish the weekend in Kraków with the opportunity to celebrate in a city known for it’s vibrant and youthful atmosphere.
To help make your Podiaventure an unforgettable experience we have teamed up with some of the best cycling companies around.
Our ride guides and support vehicles use the great tracking features of the Wahoo ELEMNT GPS computer. A wireless GPS bike computer, with easy to access side buttons and large screen displaying all necessary data and route maps.
Wahoo ELEMNT GPS connects with your smartphone, allows you to customize settings and links to your favourite cycling apps and wireless sensors.
Our guides use it to navigate the routes. We also have a unit in our service vehicle, so the driver can always track down location of the group. Guests of Podiaventures can test Wahoo ELEMNT GPS during rides.
British bike brand which debuted in 2001 with the Day One bike under the Ridgeback brand. Due to its snowballing popularity, Genesis broke out in its own right in 2006. Since then it’s bike range has expanded and now includes road, mountain, cyclo-cross, gravel, and kids bikes.
Genesis is well known for their use of steel tubing and an ethos for function over form. It supports a UCI Professional cycling team Madison Genesis, which races on their steel Volare and carbon Zero machines.
We have teamed up with Genesis and have a fleet of their bikes ready for rent. If you do not feel like traveling with your own bike for the Podiaventure, we will be able to offer you a Genesis machine tailored to your needs.
This Belgian brand, originally Morgan Oils, came to life in 1994 when a former mechanic of the Lotto team asked to produce oil for bikes. After extensive testing of samples, they were fine-tuned and Morgan Oils started sponsoring the Belgian Lotto and French Casino teams.
Soon after their legendary blue chain cleaner was developed and hence Morgan Blue was born. Since then the range of products extended and from 2014 it includes more than 68 items for the bike and the rider.
Everything is made in-house to exacting standards offering the highest level of performance. During Podiaventures we use a variety of Morgan Blue cleaning products to keep guests bikes pristine ahead of every ride as well as offering samples of warm up oils and massage creams for the riders tired legs.
Well-known British brand Brooks has been manufacturing with cyclists in mind since 1866. Under their iconic logo you can find their famous leather saddles, still handmade in Europe, as well as a wide range of backpacks, cycling bags, helmets and accessories.
For Podiaventure guests we have a range of Brooks C13 saddles to test on rides.
The C13 utilises the same vulcanised natural rubber and organic cotton top of the Cambium line, yet weighs 150g less than the popular C15 model. This is accomplished through a continuous carbon rail that eliminates performance-resistant contact points and saves weight.
Additionally, we are also able to offer a discount for any purchases made on the Brooks online shop.
Nutrition and hydration during Podiaventures is included and contains a variety of food products delivered by Czech brand Chimpanzee. We have tested all of their ranges during numerous trips, rides and adventures and guarantee not only that they taste good, but also deliver all necessary and healthy nutrition needed during any ride.
Chimpanzee is honest, all-natural, hydration and nutrition made from real foods. Free of additives, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, chemicals and GMO’s. Among their bars, chews, powders and gels are options for vegetarians and vegans as well as gluten free riders.
Many past Podiaventures guests liked Chimpanzee so much, that they would try and take home whatever was left after the trip.
Our rental fleet of Volare 853 have been specially built by Genesis. Its steel frame borrows from the developments of the 953 frame used by the UCI Professional cycling team Madison Genesis.
It features Shimano Ultegra R8000 mechanical groupset with hydraulic disc brakes and a mid-compact crankset (52-36) with a large cassette (11-28). The new Ultegra RS770 carbon-laminate wheels as well as pro PLT seat post, bars and stem complete the build.
Please let us know in advance whether you want to rent a bike. We will be able to give you rental price upon request as well as prepare a suitable bike for you.
Accommodation & Food
We want Podia Roadventures to be as much about riding in new places as well as experiencing the country and local regions.
With this in mind we have selected hotels that have something special about them, whether that is their location, atmosphere or luxury just at the right moment of the Roadventures Tour.
We will visit a restaurant whose metal sculptor owner has spent decades creating a unique surrounding, a hotel located up in the High Tatra Mountains next to an alpine lake, the brewery of the most famous Polish beer company; Żywiec as well as the youthful exuberance of the UNESCO heritage city of Kraków for the final night celebrations.
An amazing playground for cycling! Lost roads surrounded by beautiful landscapes, perfect organisation and assistance during the rides.Philippe, BelgiumTatra Mountains June 2016
It felt like a group of passionate people who wanted to share and let me explore their local roads. No pressure, just an amazing adventure.Michał, PolandTatra Mountains June 2016
Thank you for having me. I really enjoyed the whole trip. Would love to come back to explore new roads. Just downloaded the photos. Love them – they are the perfect souvenir.Tim, GermanyTatra Mountains May 2017
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 relaxationBen, GermanyTatra Mountains June 2016
Thanks Max, Magda, Michał and Roman for organising such a great Roadventure and showcasing how much this part of Europe has to offer. Fond memories of riding through stunning scenery on quiet roads in good company, all from a relaxed base camp. Looking forward to the next one.Adam, UKTatra Mountains June 2017
The experience turned out to be much more than just beautiful roads and spectacular scenery, I also got to meet and ride with a group of exceptional cycling enthusiasts from all over EuropeEric, Hong KongTatra Mountains June 2016