Jizerska 50 Ski Marathon

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A week of cross-country skiing in the Jizera Mountains culminating with the 50km Jizerska 50 ski race

CEZ Jizerská 50, part of the Worldloppet series, is one of the oldest and most popular sport events in Czech Republic. It was originally established as a training race for the mountain climbers from the TJ Lokomotiva Liberec club, who prepared themselves for extreme mountaineering expeditions at the end of the 1960s. The first race was held in Janurary of 1968 with 52 competitors taking part. The event grew exponentially over the years and nowadays over 7000 skiers take part in the race annually.

The 50km race will take place on Sunday 10th February 2019. The course, which runs through the protected area in the Jizera mountains, is quite unique and has an excellent and attractive profile for classic technique. To aid your preparation you will be skiing each day before the race in a variety tracks, led by our very own tour leader Andy McKee, a qualified fitness instructor who's led all over the world and has competed 7 of the different world loppett races including  the Marcialonga, the Transjurassienne Classic Race, the Finlandia Hiito and more recently in 2018, in the Bieg Piastow ski marathon.


  • Enter the famous Jizerská 50km ski race
  • Stay in a comfortable hotel in great location
  • Great tracks profile for classic technique

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star hotel with sauna, all rooms en suite
  • Deluxe rooms upgrade available
  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing including race day and 1 free day
  • Group normally 5 to 14. Min. age 18 yrs
  • Travel by private and public bus
  • Classic skiing only
  • Cross-country skis, boots and poles included

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Race entrance fee
  • Skis, boots and poles

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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  • Day 1

    Start in the Polish town of Jakuszyce.

    This trip starts in the Polish town of Jakuszyce​, our base for the week. This is one of the most important cross country ski destinations in Poland and home to the famous Bieg Piastow marathonso an ideal place to train and to stay given its proximity to Liberec, where we will travel to on Sunday for the 50km Jizerská Padesatka race. Due to the remote location and limited access to the start point by public transport, we recommend that you arrange to join our scheduled group transfer from Prague Airport.

  • Day 2

    Skiing around Jakuszyce.

    This morning we will warm up our ski legs directly from the hotel. As we head off along gently undulating tracks through the forest. The tracks start just over the road from our hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Skiing in Smedava.

    This morning we will take a transfer ​over the border to Smedava​ in Czech-Republic where we will ​get the chance to ​ski ​some of Sunday’s race course.


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 4-5

    Skiing around Jakuszyce.

    These two days will be spent back at our base in Poland skiing around the Jakuszyce area, getting some mileage in ready for the challenge ahead on Sunday. We'll be enjoying the peace and quiet of the forest tracks and great undulating routes, perfect to prepare for the final race. There will be some focus on technique as well as just covering ground.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day.

    Today is a free day to relax before the big race day. You may wish to get the train to visit Szklarska Poreba, one of Poland's most famous ski resorts, or you may wish to get some last-minute practice around Jakuszyce. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Race day.

    Race day has finally arrived!  The 50km course, which runs through the Jizera mountains and an environmentally protected area, has a great undulating profile for classic technique with a total elevation gain of 937m. The course of the race has been changed in the last few years and is now even more attractive than before. Last year's race was won by Norwegian Pedersen who finished the race in 2:05:27,8. We may not have the new winner in our group but getting over the finishing line will a fantastic and memorable achievement.The marathon always draws a good crowd with plenty of people at the start and end cheering and waving flags. The whole day has a wonderfu atmosphere!

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Jakuszyce.

    We spend the morning relaxing and recovering after the race with an option for a last minute gentle ski for those keener skiers! You may then opt to join our group transfer back to Prague in the afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.

Czech Republic

No visa required for British passport holders.



There are no specific health risks.

Czech Republic

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included

Breakfast will be standard continental style, consisting of breads, cheese and meats, as well as cereal and fruit.

Polish cuisine is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef as well as winter vegetables and herbs. Soups served in bowls made of bread, are rather fun and quite common. Stuffed dumpling known as pierogi are also popular.

For dinner we will be eating in local restaurants or at the hotel, where they serve healthy meals and special menus to provide good quality and nutritious meals for active people.

Vegetarians are well  catered for but please let Exodus know at the time of booking.


Average daytime temperatures in winter are around ‐5ºC, though they can fall as low as ‐15ºC with
approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun ‐ according to statistics the valley enjoys no fewer than 322 sunny days every year! Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Is this trip for you?

Taking part in a cross-country skiing race is an exhilarating experience: the pre-race atmosphere, the excitement of the challenge ahead and the feeling of achievement when crossing the finish line are some of the reasons why our participants come back year after year. You do not need to be an elite athlete to take part: a good level of fitness and experience of classic cross-country skiing are the only requirements.
The itinerary is designed to give you enough pre-training days and instruction to prepare for the racing event. With a course covering 50km, it is not for the faint hearted.
Race day is on the 10th February 2019 - entry prices are included for those who book before the 30th November 2018*. After this date a supplement may be applicable. If you would rather not race, please let our sales team know at the time of booking.
*Race entry place subject to availability.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Hotel Biathlon Sport & Spa

The 3-star Hotel Biathlon Sport & Spa is situated in Jakuszyce, opposite the popular Polana Jakuszycka cross-country skiing centre. Offering bright rooms with pine furniture.

Standard accommodation is in twin or double rooms, all en suite, simply furnished and decorated with warm tones and carpeted floors. Free ski storage is provided. Breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant with a fireplace, which offers Polish and international dishes. Deluxe upgrades are available for both twin and single rooms on request. Please contact our Customer Operations team for more information.

The hotel has a gym and a sauna, as well as very reasonably priced massages.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

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