San and Vistula Valley

The route through the Przemyskie Foothills Landscape Reserve

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Fields, meadows and trees with colorful leaves, in the background coniferous trees on the hills

About this route

The route through the Przemyskie Foothills Landscape Reserve is a proposal for all people in good shape. There are many difficult ascents and quick descents along the route. The estimated duration of the ride is as much as 7 hours.

As a warm-up, you will ride through the San Valley, and then visit smaller valleys and scenic hills. Along the way, there will be no shortage of interesting architectural sites - you will visit, among others, the sanctuary in Kalwaria Pacławska, and the tserkov with defensive structures in Posada Rybotycka. You will be passing through an area that was largely depopulated during the displacements and extermination of people during World War II. Cycling through the Przemyskie Foothills, you will be transported to places where forgotten history merges with the present day.

77 km
1111 m
Surface type
Asphalt: 90%
Gravel: 8%
Sand: 2%
Bicycle type
Route markings
Family friendly
Map inconsistent with digital accessibility resulting from the act

Practical advices

When preparing for a route, be sure to check the weather forecast. This will allow you to take appropriate clothing and limit your luggage as much as possible. However, it is well known that the weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared if it gets worse. It is good practice to pack a thin rain jacket that does not take up much space.


Before starting the route, carefully analyse it on a map. Consider whether your skills and equipment are adequate for the level of difficulty of the route.


Download the accompanying .gpx file so that you always have your navigation at hand. To make sure your device doesn't fail you, also bring a power bank, charger or spare batteries. If the weather changes, you may find it useful to have a waterproof case for your electronic equipment.


Be sure to take drinks and food with you on long journeys; you never know when you will get hungry. Remember that a shop or restaurant may be located a long way away. We recommend that you stock up on water, isotonic drinks, energy bars and snacks. This will make sure you don't lose the motivation to continue riding.


The absolute basis for safety is, of course, a helmet. Also, prepare yourself technically. Make sure you have adequate lighting on your bike. Pack a repair kit. Spare inner tubes, a pump, a multitool, all of these things can come in handy in the event of a breakdown, which of course you don't want!

Dolina Sanu i Wisły

Feel the good current of the San and Vistula Valley!

Route details

Bachów - Chyrzyna - Kupna - Chołowice - Mielnów - Olszany - Rokszyce - Koniusza - Gruszowa - Huwniki - Kalwaria Pacławska - Huwniki - Rybotycze - Posada Rybotycka - Łodzianka Górna - Bircza - Nowa Wieś - Sufczyna - Brzuska - Bachów


  • 1
    0 km

    This is where you start your tour. You are on the left bank of the San. If arriving by car, you can leave it on the side of the road.

    You will start your route by crossing a suspension footbridge over the San.

  • 2
    6.3 km

    Take the asphalt road to the bridge in Chyrzyn. Then take a side road, which will lead you to a small settlement called Chyrzynka, where there is a wooden tserkva of St. Simeon Stylites dating back to the mid-19th century. 

    Near the temple, turn left, return to the main road and continue along the San Valley. You will follow the East of Poland Cycling Trail Green Velo, and you will encounter three ancient churches on your way.

  • 3
    10 km

    Keep going straight ahead. Soon you will come across the aforementioned churches.

  • 4
    12.8 km

    The first of the former brick tserkva can be found in Chołowice. It now serves as a Catholic church.

  • 5
    15.2 km

    This is another location of a former tserkva, now a Catholic church.

  • 6
    18.3 km

    In Olszany, you will find the third church mentioned above. Here you leave the San Valley and head into a lateral valley.

  • 7
    20.3 km

    Past Rokszyce, where you will see a neo-Gothic church, take the gravel road leading through the forest. Head towards Koniusza.

  • 8
    27.1 km

    In Koniusza, you will come across the former wooden Tserkva of the Laying of the Robes of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is located a bit on the sidelines.

    The building was erected in 1901. At present, it serves as a branch church.

  • 9
    29.7 km

    A picturesquely situated chapel welcomes you on the descent to Gruszowa. From here you can enjoy views of the southern ranges of the Przemyskie Foothills.

  • 10
    32.6 km

    A sharp downhill slope leads to the village. In Huwniki, there is a noteworthy Greek Catholic Tserkva.

  • 11
    Kalwaria Pacławska
    36.9 km
    Kalwaria Pacławska

    A strenuous ascent awaits you at this stage of the route. It will lead you to the Sanctuary of the Passion of Christ and Our Lady in Kalwaria Pacławska.

    This is one of the most famous places of worship in the Podkarpackie region. The monastery buildings of the Franciscan order began to be built in the mid-17th century, on top of a hill 465 m above sea level. 

    The landscape of the area is reminiscent of the terrain near Jerusalem - two hills separated by a river valley. The approximately 1.6-kilometre-long Way of the Cross and the so-called „dróżki kalwaryjskie” (calvary paths), dedicated to the Virgin Mary, run through it. In total, over 40 chapels were set up around them.

    You will pass one of the chapels along the way. There is also a miraculous spring here. 

    When you get there, you can visit the church and the monastery buildings.

    Now head along the descending ridge of the Kalwaryjskie Range. In front of you is a picturesque foothills landscape with the Kalwaryjskie chapels in the foreground. Then you are faced with a sharp descent into the Wiar valley, which you follow further west.

  • 12
    41.1 km
  • 13
    44.9 km

    You reach the village of Rybotycze. Here, the remains of a 19th-century small-town house have been preserved to this day. You will also find the remains of the bastion wall of the castle and the Catholic church.

  • 14
    Posada Rybotycka
    48.9 km
    Posada Rybotycka

    In Posada Rybotycka, which is almost deserted nowadays, S Greek Catholic tserkva of St. Onuphrius, with defensive structures, has been preserved.

    It is the oldest brick building of a defensive character in Poland, with two towers in which shooting holes are visible. The building was built in the Gothic style. Its oldest architectural element is the presbytery from the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. Original polychrome elements have been preserved in the interior.

  • 15
    Łodzianka Górna
    56.3 km
    Łodzianka Górna

    In Łodzianka Górna, you will leave the asphalt road for a dirt road leading to the Chomińskie peak.

    From the local tower, you can enjoy extensive views of the surrounding foothills. Nearby, there is an obelisk commemorating the Battle of Bircza on 12nd September 1939.

  • 16
    61.5 km

    The descent to Bircza is full of marvellous views. In this village, you will find, among others, the Humnicki Castle, church and market square. 

    Cross the national road no. 28 and the wooden bridge over the stream. Continue down the Stupnica valley through Nowa Wieś, Sufczyna and Brzuska.

  • 17
    Nowa Wieś
    64.4 km
    Nowa Wieś
  • 18
    68 km
  • 19
    70.4 km
  • 20
    76.5 km

    Along the way, you will pass another church on the route and numerous wayside shrines. 

    You will return to the location from the start of the course, the footbridge across the San in Bachów, after travelling more than 70 kilometres.