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Poland: Cycling through the Old World

Rich Old World traditions, fertile landscapes, and pastoral forestland greet you along Poland’s fabled Vistula River.

  • 10 Days
  • 31 Reviews Recommended by 30 of 31 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Poland: Cycling through the Old World

We’re rolling it out to you in style. It’s only by bicycle that you can connect with this enigmatic country so fully, with warm greetings around every corner. Explore little-known villages, an outpost of medieval trade, and an underground city carved from salt. Cycle through a countryside so enchanting that it’s been dubbed the “Tuscany of Poland.” Visit palaces and castles and sample the fruits, vodka, and mead reaped from this gracious land. This is VBT’s Poland, and it’s sure to surprise you at every turn.

Cultural Highlights

  • Lunch on the lawn of a 16th-century castle and in an 18th-century Baroque palace
  • Meander through Sandomierz, once a prominent medieval trading center
  • Enjoy a cooking lesson with a taste of mead
  • Roll through a sylvan landscape of six nature reserves
  • Tour an underground city made of salt
  • Explore Krakow's Old Town with a local guide and by horse and buggy

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is ideal for beginning cyclists. There are longer options with slight hills for the more experienced cyclists.

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels
  • 11 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 13 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Warsaw – 2 nights for only $245 • Post-trip: Krakow – 2 nights for only $245

Both Vacation Options Include

  • Free use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $445 | Land Only Single Supplement: $345

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Warsaw, Poland

Depart 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 after 2 pm. 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.

Hotel: Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw

DAY 3: All guests meet in Warsaw / Transfer to Pulawy / Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: At 8 am, all guests meet the VBT representative at Warsaw's Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw (address: Koscielna 12, 00-218 Warsaw; tel: +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 am 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, 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.

Hotel: Krol Kazimierz
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 11 miles (17 km)

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 twist.

Hotel: Krol Kazimierz
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 15.5 or 27.5 miles (25 or 44 km)

DAY 5: Lunch in a Baroque palace / Pastoral ride to Sandomierz / Underground merchant cellars

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.

Hotel: Hotel Sarmata
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 15.5 or 23 miles (25 or 40 km)

DAY 6: Loop rides through the “Tuscany of Poland” / Cooking demonstration and mead tasting

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 town.

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.

Hotel: Hotel Sarmata
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 15.5 or 31 miles (25 or 50 km)

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 Wieliczka.

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.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Sal
Meals: B
Daily Options: 23, 27 or 31 miles (37, 44 or 49.5 km)

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 stables.

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 renowned chef.

Hotel: Hotel Grand Sal
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 15.5 or 31 miles (25 or 50 km)

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 pm at the hotel. You should not plan on flying out of Krakow any earlier than 3:30 pm. Travel time to the airport from the Hotel Amadeus is approximately 30 minutes. 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 explore Krakow.

Hotel: Hotel Amadeus
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

After breakfast* this morning, transfer to the Krakow airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight.**

*Please note: 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.

**Please note: 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.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw

Welcome to one of the finest hotels in Poland! Set within historic Mokrowski Palace and conveniently located in Warsaw’s restored Old Town, the upscale deluxe Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw gives you easy access to all the city’s attractions. Enjoy gourmet dining at La Rotisserie Restaurant, and relax at the swimming pool, sauna and massage room. Your cozy room features a unique décor, including hand-painted frescoes, fine Italian furniture and a view of either the nearby gardens, the Old Town or the hotel courtyard. Amenities include air conditioning, flat-screen TV, direct-dial phone, Internet access, in-room safe, minibar and private bath with shower.
Free WiFi Included

Krol Kazimierz

Renovated from a 17th-century granary, the charming Hotel Krol Kazimierz offers a prime location in the heart of Kazimierz Dolny, next to the riverside promenade and just a half-mile from the town’s market square. References to local history, such as the replica of the town’s famous well, add to the Old World ambiance. While here, enjoy the view from the hotel’s magnificent patio, engage in bowling or billiards, and perhaps take advantage of the spa center, with its swimming pool and Turkish and Finnish saunas. Savor Polish and international cuisine in the hotel’s Ester restaurant, and dance the night away in the hotel’s nightclub. Each of the 115 rooms is tastefully decorated and offers all the comforts of a modern hotel, including air conditioning, LCD TV, Internet access, a minibar, in-room safe and private bath with shower.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Sarmata

This quaint, family-owned hotel has all the charm of a stylish Polish inn and is surrounded by a large park with an inviting summer garden. It is ideally situated just about 650 feet (200 meters) from the Opatowska Gate, the entrance to the city’s Old Town. Hotel Sarmata features a sauna and a Jacuzzi. All of its spacious rooms have free WiFi, LCD TV and a laptop safe box. Guests can relax at an on-site wine bar with a selection of more than 150 wines. Front desk staff is available 24 hours a day and can arrange laundry and ironing service.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Amadeus

Hotel Amadeus is located in a historic 16th-century townhouse in the oldest part of Krakow, on a quiet stretch of Mikolajska Street. Though it is just a few steps from the Market Square, the hotel is tucked away from the urban bustle, offering a serene and elegant ambiance. Enjoy the stylish Baroque interiors that are reminiscent of the era of the hotel’s namesake, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Popular with celebrities from cultural, artistic and political circles, the hotel features a sumptuous restaurant, a cozy café and 22 richly furnished rooms with such modern amenities as satellite TV, Internet access and air conditioning.
Free WiFi Included
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    30 out of 31 travelers would recommend this tour to a friend.

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  • Stress-free, Educational, and FUN!

    This was our 2nd trip to Poland, but our 1st trip with VBT. The country is beautiful, the history is rich, and the people are kind and welcoming. Our leaders, Asia and Bibi, were well educated, caring, and experts in both bicycle maintenance and group dynamics. The extra activities gave us an opportunity to learn more about the country and to enjoy the company of our fellow travelers. There was also plenty of free time, so we never felt rushed. My husband is an avid cyclist who does 80+ mile rides and has a custom bicycle, so I was concerned that he might be bored on a tour that is rated "easy". That wasn't the case....The bike was great, the extra mileage options were perfect, and there was always someone else who wanted to ride with him. We have spread the word among our cycling buddies and are looking forward to our next VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 06, 2014
    Posted by: Waverider
    From: Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Experiencing the Polish people, not to mention the Vodka is well worth the trip!

    The 2 guides (Bibi & Asia) were outstanding - teaching us about the culture, history, language, etc - all done with flair, humour and unparallelled conscientiousness. The people of Poland have endured so many challenges yet they are generally happy, polite, accommodating, friendly folk who manage adversity with grace. Krakow and Warsaw are fascinating cities. While the biking paths are not the best I've experienced, the locals more than make up for the bumpy cycling. The hotels are nice, the most beautiful being the stay in Warsaw, the least appealing being the small & worn hotel in Krakow. The regional Vodka in Sandomierz will have you clearing room in your suitcase to take a bottle or 2 home! The fruits and vegetables are fresh and lovely. If you go in the summer months - mosquito spray is a necessity - however not quite as bad a mosquito bites from Spain, which are still a vivid memory. Traveling as a single, I felt very safe in every town/city so enjoyed exploring all parts on my own. If you are looking to be inspired by a nation and see a part of Europe off the beaten path - take the trip to Poland - a terrific experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 03, 2014
    Posted by: PLCC
    From: London, ON, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • it was an excellant overall trip

    the leaders were focused on helping us understand Poland and have a good group experience. Poland is a clean friendly country with a rich culture. The food was fresh and well prepared. There were vegetable gardens everywhere. The highlight of the trip were the two outstanding leaders who were fun creative and thoughtful.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 30, 2014
    Posted by: naaa
    From: naaa
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • M BARTOVE FRANCOIS

    A very well organized trip, with incredible tour leaders, helping and at the attention of everyone. Absolutely flexible even in despite of the weather conditions. The program was extremely well done in term of cultural extensions. The official guides on the spots were fantastic Very well done. The best trip with VBT, may be you can send me a free used VBT Bike in France OR EVEN A NEW ONE (The best ones in Poland. I will be promoting VBT in France. Waiting to hear from you Sincerely, I will be travelling in the US at the beginning of next year , may be we could meet. I remind you I am an branch office Manager

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 20, 2013
    Posted by: Francois
    From: FRANCE
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful country

    Everyone should bike through Poland even if you do not have a Polish background. The land itself is something to be enjoyed with some rolling hills, beautiful forests and of course wonderfully friendly people. The big cities are a historic sight on their own but biking through the outskirts gives you an actual view of daily life. There are a lot of modern aspects in the hotels and old world features (like a farmer plowing with just a horse) in the country. I would suggest everyone who has a chance to take this tour

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 15, 2013
    Posted by: cyclejoey
    From: Elmhurst, Il
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This was the best tour yet!

    The trip leaders made this tour so rewarding for me. I learned so much about the language, culture and history from them. Being of Polish decent, I soaked up every little bit! I want to go back!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 14, 2013
    Posted by: annie15
    From: Greene, NY
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Poland the People, Guides and Country were fantastic

    My wife and I joined friends on our first VBT trip. We were impressed with the VBT staff who far exceeded our expectations. They were well prepared, technically competent and eager to insure that we had the best experience possible. By the end of the trip both my wife felt like our guides were more like our daughters, not tour guides. Both my wife and I are of Polish decent, but have never gone overboard on our linage before the trip. We found Poland and the Polish people true gems. The people were friendly, communication was easy with our very limited knowledge of the language and really was not necessary as every one went out of their way to assist us in any way possible. The country side and towns were fantastic. The history of the country and the castles and small towns were incredible. Don't miss the pre and post bike tour extensions, both Warsaw and Krakow are world class destinations with plenty to see and eat.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 13, 2013
    Posted by: gjsant2000
    From: Georgetown, TX, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A wonderful historical adventure with friendly people and fun biking

    I have been on many bike trips and rate this at the top of many. The pre- trip in Warsaw was fabulous in the Old City. People were friendly, museums interesting and neighborhoods easy to walk in. The biking was easy in the country side. The small villages were fun to bike through and the scenery lovely. The post trip in Krakow was equally interesting. The hotels were all situated in convenient areas so one could walk to restaurants and tour the area. Our leaders gave us both Polish and history lessons, besides being helpful and cheerful in all situations. I recommend this trip to everyone and look forward to doing other trips in Eastern Europe with VBT. I appreciate the VBT pick up and drop off services at the airport, plus the help in getting the best routes to our destination with 1 change of planes. No other company offers this and it makes a difference.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2013
    Posted by: 95roe
    From: Virginia
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Meet the lovely Polish people!

    Someone else said it, this tour is less about the biking and much more about meeting the lovely Polish people and learning more about their culture. These are warm, sweet and amazingly resilient people. Everywhere we went we were met with big smiles and a warm welcome. Our guides, Asia and Bibi, simply could not have been better. Both of them were so warm, fun and so excited to show us their country. Warsaw is so interesting - I highly recommend the pre-trip. Krakow was completely different but also very interesting and the post-trip is very well worth it. I just enjoyed every minute of this great trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 26, 2013
    Posted by: JeanB
    From: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Everything was excellent.

    The guides were great. The venues were enjoyable and I have told many at home that Poland is a very pleasant surprise. Food was remarkably inexpensive, but good. The hotels were all very nice and conveniently located to dining and nice towns. This was a typical VBT trip. Everything was well done. That's why it was my 5th trip and won't be my last.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 10, 2013
    Posted by: sparty71
    From: Savannah, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Discover Poland!

    We weren't very knowledgeable about Poland prior to this trip, but we learned a lot, gained an enormous appreciation for the country and its people, and had a great time to boot! Tour leaders Bibi and Magda were among the best we've ever had--and this was trip #8 for us! They're imaginative, energetic, solicitous, and very proud of their country. Excursions are fun--Salt Mine, picnic lunches, lunch in Baroque palace, cooking class, museum tour... Scenery is nice. History of Poland--fascinating. Most VBT guests would consider themselves worldly and sophisticated--we think visits to Warsaw and Krakow will make the claims more credible! Enjoy seeing a country that will be strategically important in the years to come.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 29, 2013
    Posted by: Doug
    From: The Woodlands, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • great experience

    Warsaw to Krakow was an amazing trip through history showing how people can recover from horrible acts

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 06, 2013
    Posted by: Bill1
    From: West Hartford, CT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • I'd score this trip a 12 out of 10

    Exceeded my expectations. The other reviews accurately portray the experience, so no need to repeat. The group leaders, BB and Magda were exceptional, professional,delightful and created a delightful atmosphere. This is a must see country.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 05, 2013
    Posted by: Pattiprf
    From: Long Island NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour is a memorable experience for travelers!

    This is a most memorable trip for travelers. Poland having been a country caught between Germany and Russia has suffered greatly and is now emerging into a new democracy. It is wonderful to see Warsaw which was destroyed during WWII has been restored to its original beauty. We experienced having a need for medical assistance at a hospital outside of Warsaw. The medical team was first rate but the hospital was similar to one would see in WWII movies. Very basic. We also experienced the need to exercise our trip insurance and the associated bureaucracy. This trip is for the experienced traveler not for tourists.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 28, 2012
    Posted by: Emperor
    From: Rhode Island
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A wonderful way to be introduced to Poland

    The trip leaders are awesome, the pre and post trips are very worthwhile and I would go back in a heartbeat! I would love to explore more of Poland.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2012
    Posted by: Su09
    From: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Amazing trip

    This was my first "real" bike tour. I was really looking forward to this trip and expecting to have a great time but it exceeded my expectations by far. The tour guides (Bibi, Anderson & Magda) were the best. They were professional but fun, very informative and went out of their way for the cyclists. The countryside was beautiful and interesting - orchards (mostly apples) and farmlands, flower gardens, cemetaries, churches, well-kept houses, religious statues along the roads, and lots of small dogs. There were a lot of activities to keep us busy & interested when we weren't riding - salt mines, Polish dancing & music, cookie making, mead & vodka tasting, sculpture musem, Jewish cemetary tour. The accomodations were very nice. The tour guide in Krakow was wonderful. I would highly recommend the post-tour of Krakow. There's so much to see there. I'm sorry I didn't do the pre-tour in Warsaw.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2012
    Posted by: JanD
    From: NJ
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent combination of history, culture and cycling

    A great trip overall, especially if you choose both the pre-trip and post-trip. The cycling guides were two terrific, charming, attractive and entertaining young women who treated everyone with efficiency and respect for individual needs.The noncycling activities on the cycling portion of the trip -- salt mine tour, vodka and mead tastings, cooking lesson, etc -- were most enjoyable. Accommodations were good everywhere, and especially wonderful in Sandimeirz.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2012
    Posted by: Janie
    From: Brooklyn, NY
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Extremely Worthwile To Learn About 21st Century Poland

    Since many only know of Poland from it's very sad, dramatic 20th Century history, it is most enlightening to travel there today. The country has rebuilt many of it's magnificent treasures - palaces, the Old Town in Warsaw - besides erecting completely new attractions. This bike tour brought us to fascinating underground caves in Sandomierz and the magnificent salt mines of Wieliczka, as well as the opportunity to hear traditional Polish music and some wonderul klezmer groups play. The live, local music of a country is of particular interest to me when I travel. And I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of delicious food, wine and of course superb beer!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: TVBABE8
    From: Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • There were many interesting aspects to this tour. The logistics were somewhat difficult but our tour leaders handled them very well.

    We got to see Poland at its best. The routes were somewhat changelling(but then you have to understand that I celebrated my 80th birthday on this trip) but they afforded us the opportunity to see different aspects of the Polish country side. All in all I was very impressed and would welcome the opportunity to travel there again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 17, 2012
    Posted by: Walt32
    From: Warren, Michigan
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Tour provides a first hand experience of a country that is growing and thriving in spite of its war torn history

    Three cheers for VBT and the cycling-through-the-old-world bike tour! What a great way to get in touch with the culture and history of Poland. Our guides truly welcomed the opportunity to show, tell and otherwise help us experience the fabric of their country. We highly recommend extending the trip in Warsaw and Krakow as their museums and parks provide a lens into centuries gone by and added significantly to our impressions and learnings. We hope to return.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2012
    Posted by: Charlie67
    From: Mid Coast Maine
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • An opportunity to understand Poland

    You'll get enough exercise, but this tour is about the country and the people rather than about the cycling. There are hills, but your heart rate will stay in the comfort zone. The trip leaders and the guides on the various tours are quite excited about what Poland has accomplished since 1989, and they will instill some of that enthusiasm in you. You will also learn about Poland's tumultuous history and its people's appreciation for science and culture. You will be doing yourself a disservice if you don't spend a few days in Kraków at the end of the trip. Kraków's old town is well preserved and alive with informal restaurants and sidewalk cafés. Speaking of restaurants, at 2012's exchange rates, your dollar goes a long way in Poland.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 10, 2012
    Posted by: ChicagoRefugee
    From: Hayward, WI 54843, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What a Pleasant Surprise

    Poland was enchanting with wonderful views and beautiful countryside. Our trip leaders were both informative and helpful. Two lovely ladies who couldn't do enough for us. The highlight was the Wieliczka Salt Mines. My fellow bikers were all terrific but this being my 4th time with VBT it always seems to be the case.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 08, 2012
    Posted by: Sussybaby
    From: Bronx, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A wonderful trip through historic Poland.

    Each of the 5 VBT trips I have taken have provided me with a unique experience. Poland was no different. The guides were fabulous, as usual. Poland has a moving and tragic history, but the current Poland is a fun place to visit because of its vibrant mix of "old world" and "new world" culture. The food was "hearty" and delicious and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fruit and vegetables that were available. Cycling through the "Tuscany of Poland" on Wednesday and Thursday was the highlight of the riding. A couple of the routes could be improved to provide more interesting scenery, but that is only a minor issue. I highly recommend doing the pre-trip in Warsaw and the post-trip in Krakow. Both cities are cosmopolitan and filled with gorgeous town squares and architecture. To really understand Poland's history, these cities have to be explored.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 08, 2012
    Posted by: mguralni
    From: Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Excellent tour, fantastic guides, great accomodations, well planned group activities.

    Excellent tour highlighted by the best two tour guides that I have experienced on any bicycle vacation to date. Hotel selections exceeded my expectations......very luxurious, perfectly located, high quality meals. Salt mine tour was a highlight of the thoroughly planned group events. I enjoyed all aspects of this tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 05, 2012
    Posted by: Geno
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Everything about this tour of Poland was great fun!

    The tour of Poland was our ninth bike trip with VBT and will always be one of our favorites! We found that viewing the beautiful Polish countryside by bicycle was a great way of seeing everything and also of meeting the friendly, welcoming people of Poland. The accommodations were excellent, the food delicious and the scheduled VBT activities always an adventure, from preparing our own apple pierogis to vodka tasting in the incredible salt crystal caverns. Our guides were always helpful, fun to be with and scheduled unique activites the entire group would enjoy. All in all, this tour of Poland was great fun!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 23, 2012
    Posted by: Toni50
    From: Naalehu, Hawaii
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A very real experience of the people and the country.

    I was so impressed with the love of country from the people of Poland. Every tour guide in every town started the tour with "Thank you for choosing Poland. We hope you love our country as much as we do, and we are happy to have you visit." A lovely warm welcome. And I did love their country and the opportunity to see it up close and experience the way people live and the towns they live in. VBT takes you into the country, into the towns and villages, not just the tourist attractions (though, you see those, too!). A completely different kind of vacation and expereince. Fabulous!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 22, 2012
    Posted by: Patti
    From: Arlington, VA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • NEw program-needs some polishing up.

    Found the tour better than I expected. Beautiful countryside, nice towns good roads and courtesy car drivers.Hotels were very good to adequate.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 11, 2012
    Posted by: laspeculator
    From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • I loved every aspect of the trip, it was a great cultural experience.

    I loved this trip mostly because of the cultural experience that we had. Some of the highlights were visiting the Salt Mine and seeing the Catherial made out of rock salt, the food was outstanding and very reasonable, our guides were very knowelagable and friendly, and the biking was easy but you could take an additional ride that would be more difficult.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 08, 2012
    Posted by: Mary1116
    From: Tiverton, RI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What a great way to experience the country of my ancestors!

    While it would have been nice to spend more time on the bike and less being shuttled between rides, I really enjoyed this, my first organized premium bicycle tour. Our lead guide, Bibi, a Polish national, was fantastic and worked really hard to make sure we had a great time. If you're hot-blooded, you may choose a non-summer departure - A/C is not a priority in most of the hotels we visited. Bon voyage!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 08, 2012
    Posted by: CycleSeattle
    From: Seattle, WA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Poland is an exceptional opportunity

    We were on VBT's first trip in Poland. Everything---and all side activities---was just perfect for a May trip this year. Also, given the context for Poland's experiences, both tragic and uplifting, in the 20th century, this is a great option for those who know even a bit about Europe's modern history. Do it!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: TomNorthwest
    From: Seattle, WA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Bike routes are not as good as other VBT trips.

    Poland is a new tour. The pluses are the hotels, the cheap food, and interesting history of the country. The salt mines were the best excursion. Minuses are the bike routes which were not pleasurable or beautiful for the most part. Because this is a new tour, there were some unexpected "adventures", all of which were worked out promptly. I would not recommend this trip to friends who travel with VBT because there are many other trips with much more spectacular scenery, food and sightseeing.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: jbar
    From: Bay Area, California
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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