|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jun 22; Jul 20; Aug 17, 31, 2014 (minimum 10 participants)|
|Start city:||Bialowieza, Poland|
|End city:||Reszel, Poland|
Discover the heart of Poland--it's most beautiful cities and landscapes, it's culture, history, and cuisine. You will tour the famous Bialowieza and Biebrza national parks, with picturesque landscapes, virgin forests, and native wildlife. Then experience the Masurian Lake district, with it's stunning lakes, nature reserves and romantic castle ruins.
The tour starts in Warsaw with a bus transfer to the east. You reach your hotel in Bialowieza and admire the pristine nature of Europe's last primeval forest. Visiting Orthodox christian temples, you ride to renowned Biebrza marshes, making a stop in Bialystok - the biggest and most beautiful city of the north-eastern Poland, touring it's baroque Old Town. Finally, from Biebrza you depart for Masuria, a contender in the recent New 7 Wonders competition. Stunning landscapes and cities replete with history are guaranteed on this tour!
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Day 1: Arrival to Warsaw (warm up ride 8 miles/12 km)
Individual arrival to Warsaw, meeting with your local guide at 12:00 p.m. at Warszawa Centralna train station. Bus transfer to Bialowieza. On the road, you will visit the Holy Mount of Grabarka, which consists of an Orthodox monastery and pilgrimage center.
After checking into the "Bialowieski" 3-star Hotel that features fine regional cuisine, including pierogis and mushroom soup. You will also have a short bicycle trip, to familiarize yourselves with the village and the bicycle equipment (about 8 miles/12 km).
Overnight in Bialowieza.
Day 2: Bialowieza National Park (19 miles/30 km)
Today we have scheduled a visit to the Forest Museum with a 3 hour long guided trip through the heart of the Bialowieza National Park, Europe's most strictly preserved natural reserve. The world-famous reserve has existed for more than 70 years and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Picturesque landscape and virginal nature are to be found at every turn here. Then we ride to the park’s zoo, where wolves, mooses, wild boars, and – above all – bisons can be observed. In the evening a bonfire with accordion music awaits us. Return to Bialowieza Hotel; accommodation as on day one.
Overnight in Bialowieza.
Day 3: Canoeing on Narewka River (19 miles/30 km; about 2.5 hours by canoe)
The road to Narewka take us through the vastness of beautiful woods. Today’s destination is the river of the same name, along which you shall paddle for 2.5 hours. The river is shallow and slow-moving, and therefore perfect for beginning paddlers. After a short hiking trip you reach a forester's hut, where he will tell you about his life, work and the realm of beavers, offering coffee and pastry. At the end of the day, a bus will take you back to Bialowieza. Accommodation as on day two.
Overnight in Bialowieza.
Day 4: Free Day
This day is free for your enjoyment. Your hotel offers the biggest spa & wellness center in Białowieża, including massages, swimming pool, external jacuzzi, saunas, etc. In the price, you have one a treatment included. Accommodation as on day 3.
Overnight in Bialowieza.
Day 5: Bialystok- the capital of north-eastern Poland (26 miles/42 km)
Today’s bicycle trip takes us – after a bus transfer in the early morning – to Suprasl, where we visit the Orthodox Christian monastery and admire the impressive collection of holy paintings in the renowned Museum of Icons. From Suprasl we ride to Bialystok, where we meet with the city guide. Notable places to visit include the Branicki Palace with it’s gardens, and Kosciuszko square with the baroque City Hall.
Overnight in Bialystok.
Day 6: Biebrza National Park (12 miles/20 km)
After breakfast, a bus transfer to Biebrza National Park awaits us. Then we cycle the most interesting excursion in the Park takes us to the protected area of Czerwone Bagno (Red Marsh). With the local guide, we observe various woods, meadows, and different animal species. Here we have a great opportunity to stand eye to eye with a moose. The afternoon is free to your disposal. Dinner and accommodation in a middle-class hotel in the Biebrza National Park.
Overnight in Biebrza National Park.
Day 7: Masurian Lake District (34 miles/55 km)
Today we take a beatuful bicycle tour to Elk, a city which lies directly upon the Elk lake. To refresh ourselves, we can enjoy a bathe in the refreshing lake waters. Dinner and accommodation in a middle-class hotel in Elk.
Overnight in Elk.
Day 8: Masurian summer capital- Gizycko (45 miles/73 km)
We ride through Wydminy, where we tour an interesting church from the 17th century, to Gizycko. Today we ride along many pleasant field and forest roads, and pass many lakes on the way. Dinner and accommodation in a middle-class hotel in Gizycko.
Overnight in Gizycko.
Day 9: Wolfsschanze (19 miles/30 km)
Today, a ship cruise in the Masurian Lake District to Sztynort awaits us. On our way, we shall see a natural reserve on the Dobskie Lake, where hundreds of cormorants have built their nests on the trees.
In Sztynort we take a short tour of castle ruins and ride further to Gierloz, to see the infamous "Wolf’s Den" – "Wolfsschanze", Adolf Hitler’s headquarters during World War II. We reach our hotel after a short bus transfer. Dinner and accommodation in a middle-class hotel in Reszel.
Overnight in Reszel.
Day 10: Tour of Reszel (34 miles/55 km)
Today, we have scheduled a bicycle tour of Reszel and the trip to the viewtower in Biskupiec. On the way, we come to Swieta Lipka to admire the baroque church of the 17th century, and there we participate in an organ concert. Back in Reszel, we take a walk to familiarize ourselves with the city. Dinner and accommodation as on day 9.
Overnight in Reszel.
Day 11: Departure
Right after breakfast we ride by bus to Warsaw, where we take a professionally guided tour of the Old Town (2 hours). We end the tour on Warszawa Centralna station before 4 p.m. individual departure.
Jun 22; Jul 20; Aug 17, 31, 2014 (minimum 10 participants)
|Low season:||Aug 31-Sep 10, 2014|
|High season:||Jun 22-Aug 30, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1, 2, 3 and 4: Bialowieski Hotel, Bialowieza
Day 5: Villa Tradycja, Bialystok
Day 6: Zagroada Kuwasy, Woznawies
Day 7: Rydzeweski, Elk
Day 8: Europa, Gizycko
Day 9 and 10: Zamek, Reszel
Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
This tour follows mostly asphalt roads, although there will be some sections on gravel, field and forest roads. The terrain is moderatley hilly.
Approximately 50% of the road is on quiet roads, 40% on dirt or gravel roads and 10% on dedicated bicycle paths.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport and train station: Warsaw, Poland
It is also possible to fly into Berlin, Germany and take a train to Warsaw (about 5 hours).
Please note that the local tour bus meets you on day 1 at the Warsaw train station at 12:00 p.m. (local time), and drops you off on day 9 at the Warsaw train station.
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Despite a history full of conflict and struggle, Poland has preserved a land and culture of unbelievable beauty. From castles to cathedrals, medieval walls to arguably one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, historic sites abound throughout the country. The people of Poland are known for their hospitality and warmth, blending tradition and modern advances into the unique art, food, and culture that visitors return for time and again. The country has traditionally been a haven for academics and artists, all contributing to a cultural wealth in the arts and sciences.
Poland boasts a large and varied topography including mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, sea, and desert. Baltic beaches are a popular summertime destination for watersports, and the Polish mountains are ideal for hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. With twenty-three national parks, Poland places an emphasis on securing its national beauty.
Since the founding of Nature Travel, bike tours remain our specialty. We are among the biggest and most experienced tour operators in the region, offering guided bike tours with accommodations, baggage handling and bike transport between the cycling sections. Our tour guides are not only keen cyclists, but also possess extensive knowledge of countries and settlements the group visits with them and are fluent in foreign languages. Thanks to the presence of our bus drivers, we can easily react to all incidents and conduct repairs.
Our tours usually last between 7 and 13 days. The season starts at the beginning of May and lasts until the end of September. Cycling sections usually are about 50 km/30 miles, thoroughly checked and described by us, fully suitable for beginners. The roads we ride are bicycle routes and local roads with small traffic. During each section as one of the very few operators we offer our guests a rich picnic, which allows not only to regenerate, but also to taste the local specialties.
Besides cycling, tours by Nature Travel contain also cultural programme - our guests tour the cities and landmarks which they pass with professional city guides, participate in dinners, are accommodated in good class hotels. It is an excellent way to spend your vacation the original way, allowing to experience the place from a different perspective than just the seat of the bus. You not only cycle, but also take photos, bathe in the sea, smell the flowers, and, most of all - enjoy yourself.
1. Booking and payment
Bookings of closed groups are based on the following conditions:
The bikes are rented from Nature Travel, which costs additionally. It is possible to bring your own bicycles, although please note that this will add to to the cost of the tour (starting from 20 Euro, which stands for transportation costs). The all-terrain bicycles are inapplicable due to numerous field and forest roads. During the tour, each participant is financially responsible for his/her bicycle (in case of damages or losses). Since the route descriptions, which you will receive, contain the distance in kilometers, we advise you to bring a speedometer to the trip. It shall be installed by your driver free of charge. You can also rent a speedometer from us, which costs 10 Euro (installation included). Please let us know upon reserving your tour, which option do you choose.
The first installment is 50 Euro and is paid upon receiving the confirmation. The remaining amount is to be paid at the latest two weeks before the tour.
4. Children discounts
5. Number of participants
Usually, between 10 and 20 people. Minimum number of participants for guided tours is 10 people, excluding: BNT (Baltic), GKM (Koenigsberg), UKR (PL&Ukraine) and RNT (Russia), which require at least 12 participants to take place. Individual tours in Poland require at least 2 participants, LI - 6, IB - 8 people. If the minimum number of participants isn't met, the group is cancelled. You shall be informed about it right away - at the latest, 6 weeks before the tour.
In case you have to cancel your reservation, please be aware that we have already started our work and have carried certain costs. We muss charge you with the following costs:
We always consider the date of receiving your resignation by us.
7. Our offer does not include insurance
Our offer does not include insurance (from resignation costs, luggage loss, accidents, illness, legal responsibility). We advise you to buy insurance personally.
The organizer is responsible to do everything, for the tour to take place and be of highest quality. In particular, he is responsible for:
9. Limited liability
Our liability for any losses etc. is limited to the price of tour, multiplied by three. Rarely, we come to a situation where we have to change the programme, or the place of accommodation without notice. We ask for your understanding on this matter.
If you feel you have a reason to complain on our services, please write us immediately. Please do it at the latest one month after the end of your tour. The seat of the operator is relevant in case of legal arguments.