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Budapest to Krakow on the Amber Trail

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  • 8 nights | 37 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 4
  • Guided from: €2620
  • Self-guided from: €1690
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Throughout history, people have traded amber along the Amber Trail that passes through Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. On this bicycle tour, you ride from the artist's town of Szentendre to the Danube bend and on to Banska Stiavnica, an old mining town in the hills. You will see traditional crafts being handmade in the village of Malatina, while you visit the pilgrimage site of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in Poland.

The cycling gets more challenging as you cross the Low Tatras and west part of the High Tatras. Your reward after the challenging climbs are the superb panoramic views of the breathtaking Slovakian countryside dotted with traditional mountain villages, meadows and pastures. Krakow, one of Poland's oldest cities, rivals Prague with its wealth of historical monuments and is an exciting end to this tour along the Amber Trail!

Daily program

Day 1: Budapest – Szentendre
After arriving in Budapest, you can take a bus, train or boat to the small town of Szentendre (12 miles/19 km away). This town has a unique character with 24 museums, 7 churches, 13 galleries and countless cafes and small bars. Visit the Open Air Museum that provides a glimpse into original Hungarian country life.
Overnight in Szentendre.

Day 2: Szentendre – Esztergom (36 miles/58 km)
Cycling along the Danube River to Lenyefalu, the first stage leads you a ferry that will take you to Szentendre Island. After crossing and biking through the charming island, the ferry takes you back to the mainland, where you continue onward to Esztergom. For those wanting more cycling there is a challenging ascent to the nearby Visegrad Castle, which has a superb panorama of the Danube Valley. Estergom has a massive castle that was the original palace of the Hungarian bishops. It is certainly one of the highlights of the Hungarian part of this tour.
Overnight in Esztergom.

Day 3: Esztergom/Sturovo – Dudince (38 miles/61 km)
The Slovakia part of the tour starts today as you cross from the southern to the northern bank of the Danube on the way 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. Built according to the ideas of Socialist Realism, Dudince is a very interesting place to visit with Roman bathtubs carved out of travertine stone.
Overnight in Dudince.

Day 4: Dudince – Banska Stiavnica (40 km/25 miles)
Today's stage is the start of the demanding section of Slovakia with the Stiavnicky Hills, a precursor to the later mountain stages. If you do not feel like mountain cycling, you have the option to shorten daily stages or be transferred to the next destination. The day finishes in Banska Stiavnica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring an extremely well-conserved old town and long heritage of mining. It is certainly one of the top stops on the entire Amber Trail.
Overnight in Banska Stiavnica.

Day 5: Banska Stiavnica – Banska Bystrica (37 miles/59 km)
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 (41 miles/65 km)
Today's transportation is organized from Banska Bystrica to Vlkolinec. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Vlkolinec contains the largest concentration of traditional architecture in the Slovak Republic including precious, old houses built using old crafts and techniques. From Liptovska Osada, the cycle tour begins in a very challenging area of the Lower Tatras 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. The day's ride finishes in Liptovsky Mikulas, an interesting town whose museum documents an infamous outlaw named Juraj Janosik, the equivalent of Robin Hood in Slovakia.
Overnight in Liptovsky Mikulas.

Day 7: Liptovsky Mikulas – Dolny Kubin Sucha Beskidza (31 miles/48 km + 54 miles/88 km by car)
Today you cycle through the Chocsky and Oravsky Hills, one of the prettiest segments of the whole route. Stops along the way include Malatina, where you can watch rugs being hand-made on an original wooden loom, and Lestiny, with a rare wooden church built without a single nail. In the evening, you will be transferred to Sucha Beskidzka in Poland.
Overnight in Sucha Beskidzka.

Day 8: Sucha Beskidzka – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Krakow (13 miles/21 km + 25 miles/43 km by car)
The main highlight today is Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, an imposing Bernadine monastery. Transfer by car from Kalwaria Zebrzydowska to Krakow.
Overnight in Krakow.

Day 9: Krakow and Individual Departure
In Krakow you will probably want to spend more than just one day to visit the Wawel Castle, Old Market Square, Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, town walls and Royal Way.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.


Upon request, Apr 1-Oct 31, 2019 (minimum 4 participants)


Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Bike Rentals
Electric bike, subject to availability


Daily: Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2019


Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Solo traveler surcharge (only 1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
Bike Rentals
Electric bike, subject to availability
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Greenways Travel Club aka Top Bicycle Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. You need to agree with these before you book your tour.

Cancellations and Refunds 
Cancellation by client: if you need to cancel your tour before departure, the following fees shall apply at the time we receive your written cancellation notice:

  • More than 45 days before departure: 100 EUR per person (the deposit).
  • From 45 to 14 days before departure: 50 % of tour price.
  • Less than 14 days before departure: 100% of tour price.

Tours through this tour operator:

  • Self-guided tours are available every day from April to the end of October.
  • Private guided tours are available every day from April to the end of October.
  • All trip prices are per person, and are based on double occupancy.
  • Single occupancy requests come with a single supplement.
  • There is a 15% surcharge if you travel alone on a self-guided tour.

Tour Cancellation by the tour operator:
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour due to acts of nature and/or any other occurrence out of our control. We also reserve the right to cancel any trip prior to departure when circumstances make it necessary, in which case a full refund will be made to the client, constituting full settlement. The tour operator is not responsible for any additional expenses that may be incurred by a client in relation to a canceled tour (i.e., purchase of a nonrefundable airline ticket, visa fees, equipment, or additional lodging).

Eligibility and Reservations
You must be at least eighteen years of age. People younger than this must be accompanied by an adult.

Refunds for Services Not Used
Our tours are sold as a package. Credit cannot be given for services not used by a client. This includes accommodations, meals, or any other arrangements not used for any reason.

Trip Cancellation Insurance
We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Travel Insurance
We recommend all clients carry medical and personal insurance to cover hospital and other medical expenses and loss of baggage or personal belongings.

  • Responsibility
    As a client, you have specific responsibilities to the tour operator and to other tour members that include:
    Selecting a tour appropriate to your interests and abilities.
  • Preparing for your tour by reading and understanding pre-tour information provided by the tour operator
  • Bringing appropriate clothing as recommended by the tour operator.
  • Acting in an appropriate and respectful manner in accordance with customs and laws of countries and regions visited.

The tour operator reserves the right to accept, retain, or decline any tour member at any time and for any reason. In such a case, a refund equal to the actual cost of the unused services is the limit of the tour operator´s responsibility.

Furthermore, payment of your deposit represents your acceptance of the following terms and conditions:
The tour operator, and agents give notice that all services and arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and all other services and arrangements related to this tour have been made by the tour operator only as an agent upon the express condition that the tour operator shall not be liable and does not assume responsibility for any claims, damages, expenses, or other financial loss whether to person or property arising out of any injury, accident, death, cancellation, delay, alteration or inconvenience resulting from any act of omission, commission, or inadvertence of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, or other company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour or caused by weather, sickness, strides, quarantines, or other cause whatsoever beyond the control of the tour operator. The right is reserved to alter the itinerary, arrangements, or dates, if it becomes necessary or advisable, and each participant agrees to pay additional expenses, if any.

Rental Agreement
If you rent equipment from the tour operator, you agree to return all of this equipment at the end of the tour or at the expiry of the agreed rental period in the same conditions as when delivered to you, reasonable wear and tear only excepted. You also acknowledge that you are so responsible even when your use of the equipment is in a tour or excursion organized by the tour operator. In the event of loss or constructive loss of the rental equipment, you agree to pay the replacement value thereof to the tour operator, should the tour operator elect to replace the same equipment, otherwise you shall only be required to pay fair market value for that equipment, and in the event of damage which is less than a loss or constructive loss of the equipment, to pay for the cost of repairs, and you also agree without prejudice to any other remedy the tour operator might have.

Statement of Risks
The risks and dangers inherent in cycling, horse-riding, walking, swimming, hiking, ballooning, flying, and sailing include, but are not limited to, vehicle traffic; weather conditions; illness or accident caused by stress, fatigue, or consumption of alcoholic beverages; secondary transportation by airplane, bus, car, van, taxi, boat, or other conveyance. The tour operator assumes no responsibility for any claims, damages, expenses, or liability for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss whether to person or property arising out of these risks and dangers.

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Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 1
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall


  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 3
  • Bikes & equipment 4.5
  • Hotels or boat 3
  • Scenery 4
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4


Dawn September 30, 2016

Not well described on Bike Tours tour page

Our Slovakian contact was very professional and always available by phone or email. He was great!!!
However, BikeTours should have described the biking as part pavement and part off- roading. We should have had mountain bikes. Touring bikes with panniers were too cumbersome to deal with loose rocks, gravel, broken tarmac, frequent potholes, mud and huge puddles. Fortunately my husband and I mountain bike along with road biking. I pity anyone who has not done a lot of mountain biking!!! You need to better explain what all road surfaces are like!!
The trip does not really include biking to Krakow... we only biked 13 miles in the very southern part of Poland and then were driven 60 plus minutes to Krakow. I think it would be better described as biking from outside Budapest to northern Slovakia.
On the last night prior to arriving in Krakow the lodging (a 2 star) was unacceptable. We made our own hotel arrangements in Krakow.

cycle tour junkie August 4, 2016

Great trip

This trip was a hidden gem!. I've been on over 20 various cycling excursions and this one ranks high. Highly personalized service from our local contacts, meticulous directions and navigation support. Wonderful scenery and accommodation to top things off.