Depart from the U.S. for Poland. The particulars of your
arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
Day 2 - Arrive in Warsaw
Upon arrival at the Warsaw Airport, claim your luggage and
clear customs. VBT's local representative will meet you outside the customs
area in your arrival terminal and will be holding a VBT sign. Your
representative will help you transfer to your hotel (approximately 30 minutes).
The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and explore the city. Choose a
restaurant for dinner on your own.
Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be
available until 1:00 p.m. You may store your luggage with the reception desk. If
you are traveling from the West Coast, your arrival in Warsaw may not be until
late in the evening.
Your hotel is conveniently located in Warsaw's Old Town.
Depending on your arrival time, you can stroll along the many cobblestone
streets and explore the most beautiful part of the city.
VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel
Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in
Warsaw during your stay.
Day 3 - All guests meet in Warsaw / Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Welcome
VBT No-Air Package guests: At 8:00 a.m., all guests meet the
VBT representative at Warsaw's Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw (address:
Koscielna 12, 00-218 Warsaw – phone + 48 22 5316043) for the transfer to Pulawy
(approximately 2.5 hours, including a stop on the way). If you are so delayed
that you will miss the morning transfer, then we suggest you take a train to
Pulawy. Trains from Warsaw Central train station to Pulawy's Miasto station
operate every couple of hours and cost approximately 50 Polish zloty (about $19
USD). From Pulawy's Miasto train station, take a taxi (approximately 30
minutes) to your hotel in Kazimierz Dolny. Cost of the taxi is approximately 65
Polish zloty (about $25 USD). If you are
delayed for any reason, please contact the hotel in Kazimierz Dolny. The hotel
staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.
VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet the VBT
representative in the hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. for the transfer to Pulawy
(approximately 2.5 hours, including a stop on the way). Make sure your luggage
is tagged with VBT yellow tags. Meet your Trip Leaders upon arrival in Pulawy.
Please be dressed in cycling clothes and ready for biking.
Our Trip Leaders will hold a safety and bike-fitting session
followed by a warm-up ride. Our easy warm-up ride today will take us through
some Polish “allotment gardens” before joining the bike path along the banks of
the Vistula River. After our short
warm-up ride, we will shuttle to the nearby quaint riverside artist village of
Kazimierz Dolny where you can take time for a late lunch on your own.
Tonight we get to know our fellow travelers over a welcome
cocktail, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 - Browse the weekly Farmer's Market / Ferry across the Vistula River /
Cycle to Janowiec Castle
After breakfast this morning, we walk with our Trip Leaders
to the town square, where we shop for today's picnic. You can choose from an
array of fresh fruits and vegetables in season and browse numerous stalls of
antiques, paintings and souvenirs. From
here, we ride along the Vistula River to a small ferry, which will transport us
to the opposite bank. From there, we cycle to the nearby ruins of the
16th-century Janowiec Castle. After a
short visit at your leisure, join your Trip Leaders for a picnic lunch on the
castle's lawn. The afternoon is yours to
experience the beautiful countryside by bike. If you prefer, return to the
hotel to enjoy the pool and spa or to explore the charming streets of Kazimierz
Dolny. Later we learn more about this
quaint village and its history and folklore during a unique tour.
This evening, dinner is on your own. Among your options is a
unique, Jewish-themed tavern that serves old-fashioned cooking with a kosher
Day 5 - Lunch in a baroque palace / Pastoral ride to Sandomierz / Underground
This morning, we shuttle south to the starting point of
today's ride. After a morning spin, we stop for lunch at one of the most
beautiful residences in Poland, a richly ornamented, late-baroque palace built
in the mid-18th century. After lunch we
ride to our hotel, located just outside the 14th-century gates of Opatowska –
entrance to the picturesque town of Sandomierz.
Sandomierz' location on the banks of the Vistula River made
it a prominent town on the medieval trade route that ran from the Middle East
through southern Russia and the Ukraine into central Europe. During our
included walking tour, we visit the underground merchant cellars beneath the
town square. As our subterranean stroll comes to a close, our local guide will
point out several restaurant options for dinner on your own. Afterward, our hotel is an easy stroll away.
Day 6 - Loop rides through the “Tuscany of Poland” / Cooking demonstration and
We set out today on a ride through the countryside – and
discover why this region is often called the “Tuscany of Poland.” As you roll
along country roads through fields and past orchards, you'll be astonished by
the variety of fruit: cherries, apples, pears, apricots, peaches and more grow
in this fertile basin. We return to Sandomierz for lunch on your own and
further exploration of this interesting medieval town. This afternoon, you may
continue cycling these lovely roads, or relax at our hotel or at a café in
This evening, we meet the family that owns our hotel for a
cooking demonstration. Using fresh fruit from the orchards you passed today,
they will demonstrate how to make a traditional dessert from an old family
recipe. After dinner, we sample a local favorite – Sandomierski mead,
traditional mead that has been brewed only in this region of Poland for more
than 1,000 years.
Day 7 - Transfer to Niepolomice Royal Castle / Cycle through the Niepolmice
Forest / Cycle to Wieliczka
This morning, we shuttle to the beautiful Niepolomice
Forest. Its name derives from the Old Polish word niepolomny, which meant
“impassable,” but today we'll ride lovely paved roads through this sylvan
landscape. The forest consists of six nature reserves; the largest is home to
the European bison. After our easy ride, we arrive in the lovely town of
Niepolomice for lunch on your own and the option to visit the Niepolomice Royal
Castle. Originally built in 14th-century Gothic style as a hunting lodge, it
was later rebuilt in late Renaissance style. This afternoon, you may take our
longer riding option from Niepolomice to our hotel, located in the town of
This evening is yours to explore Wieliczka. Stroll through
the beautiful town and its park, and enjoy dinner at one of the local
restaurants on your own.
Day 8 - Loop rides to neighboring towns / Tour of Wieliczka Salt Mines with
Polish vodka tasting / Farewell dinner
Our ride today takes us to some of the neighboring towns and
into the countryside surrounding Wieliczka. We return to the hotel for lunch on
our own. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon ride, or simply wander into Wieliczka
to admire the interesting architecture and perhaps visit the historic military
This evening, we descend into the Wieliczka Salt Mines for a
private tour of the fascinating chambers and tunnels created over the
centuries. The mine continuously produced salt from the 13th century until just
recently and is one of the oldest salt mines in the world. It was placed on the
original list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of the highlights of the tour
will be the “Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” where everything is carved
from salt – including the chandeliers. During our tour, we enjoy a Polish vodka
tasting in one of the underground chambers.
In the evening, we gather for a festive farewell dinner at
the Hotel Grand Sal, where we dine on the savory creations of the hotel's
Day 9 - Train to Krakow / Walking tour and horse-and-buggy ride in the Old Town / VBT
No-Air Package ends
We have a later start to our final morning. Enjoy the extra
time to return to the Salt Mines and attend Mass in the underground cathedral,
or simply relax before meeting the group to walk to Wieliczka's bus stop and
begin our short journey to Krakow. Our guide will meet us in Krakow and escort
us on a walking tour of the Old Town, followed by a horse-and-buggy ride to our
final hotel, the Hotel Amadeus.
VBT No-Air Package guests: Your luggage will be waiting for
you at the Hotel Amadeus in Krakow after our included walking tour. Your tour will end at approximately 1:00 p.m. at the hotel. You should not plan on flying out of Krakow any earlier than 3:30
p.m. Travel time to the airport from the Hotel Amadeus is approximately 30
Krakow's main train station is a short 20-minute walk from
the Hotel Amadeus or approximately 5 minutes by taxi.
VBT Air Package guests: VBT provides City Information in
your Final Travel Booklet containing recommendations for cafés, restaurants,
museums and transportation in Krakow. The rest of the day is free for you to
Day 10 - Depart for U.S.
After breakfast this morning*, transfer to the Krakow airport
(approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight**.
*For guests with early-morning departures,
breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk
to verify the times that breakfast is served.
**VBT recommends that you check your transfer
time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are
finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you
extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to
the airport will be at your own expense.