POLAND – SHIP AND BIKE PROGRAMME

POLAND’s Masuria Region by Ship and Bike

A 7 day guided tour

Day 1: Cycle Free but 200 kilometres by bus

On the way to Masuria

Individual arrival to Warsaw, where your guide will meet you at 11 a.m. We begin our trip with a guided tour of the Old Town in Warsaw. Then we leave the capital of Poland and go by bus towards Pisz

Accommodation and dinner in a hotel near Pisz.

Day 2:  35 kilometres by bike, 1 hour by ship

The Piska forest and the Nidzkie Lake

Our first bike trip, which leads through the Piska forest, begins after breakfast. On our way we will pass by many lakes and enjoy the beauty of the unspoilt nature. The highlight of the day is the ship cruise on the Nidzkie Lake.

Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Ruciane Nida

Day 3: 20 kilometres by bike

A paddling/kayaking tour on the Krutynia River

In the morning we have a short bike tour through the Masurian Landscape Park. There are 850 different plants and 150 different birds to be found there. Pay attention for a lynx, beaver or a deer crossing your path! At the Krutynia River we leave the bikes for a while and go paddling. No additional skills are required to paddle on this 90 centimetre-deep river. In the afternoon we visit the cloister of the Old Believers in Wojnowo and reach by bike our overnight stop.

Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Ruciane Nida

Day 4: 40 kilometres by bike, 1 hour by ship

The Beldany Lake and Mikolajki – “Venice of the North”

Today’s program begins with a delightful ship cruise on the Beldany Lake. At a quiet spot we get off and cycle to Mikolajki, a picturesque port lovingly called “the Masurian Venice” by its inhabitants. We stroll through this nice, little town and then cycle to our hotel. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in the Mikolajki area.

Day 5: 36 kilometres by bike, 2 ½ hours by ship

Masurian summer capital – Gizycko

In the morning we take a beautiful cruise on some picturesque lakes that are connected by numerous canals. It is another beautiful experience that allows us to explore the nature from the water. Watch for a kingfisher flying around! The cruise will end in Rydzewo and from there we cycle to Giżycko.

Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Giżycko

Day 6: 45 kilometres by bike, 2 ½ hours by ship

A ship cruise on the Masurian lakes

Today we take a cruise on the Masurian lakes to Wegorzewo. During this beautiful cruise experience we will again explore the district from the water and watch different kinds of birds. Take your binoculars to watch the wildlife there. From Wegorzewo we go by bike back to Giżycko. In our last evening, we enjoy a bonfire and have a barbecue (weather permitting).

Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Giżycko.

Day 7:   Cycle free but 250 kilometres by bus

Goodbye to Masuria

After breakfast we return by bus to Warsaw. The tour ends at the Warsaw Central Station at about 2 p.m. Individual departure.

Condition of roads:

Mostly asphalt roads, occasionally – forest, sand, field and gravel roads, slightly elevated. Height differences up to 150 meters.

Services:        

         Accommodation in good hotels and guest houses in double/single rooms, with       bathrooms and WC

         Half board: breakfast and warm dinner. Vegetarian meals can be arranged upon     earlier notice (please let us know if you eat fish)

         First meal upon the day of arrival: dinner

         Last meal upon the day of departure: breakfast

         Mineral water at your disposal during cycling sections

         All transfers listed in the programme

         Guided tour in Warsaw

         Canoeing on Krutynia river

         Tour of the cloister of the Old Believers in Wojnowo

         Ship cruise on the Nidzkie Lake

         Ship cruise on the Beldany Lake

         Ship cruise Mikolajki – Rydzewo

         Ship cruise Gizycko – Wegorzewo

         Bonfire/barbecue

         Luggage transport/service bus/repairs

         English speaking qualified tour leader

         Map of the area

         Minimum number of participants: 8 people

Additional information:       

         Bike can be rented (on former request can be electric bike/pedelec)

  1.   Bikes for ladies are equipped with 7 gears and hub derailleur from Sachs, with pedal-brake.
  2.   Bikes for gents are equipped with 6 gears and chain derailleur from Shimano.

         It is possible to take your own bike (for extra cost of transportation from Warsaw to  Masuria and back). During the trip your bike will be                    transported with other bicycles free of charge.

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