|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||32 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: May 17-Sep 6, 2014|
|Start city:||Warsaw, Poland|
|End city:||Warsaw, Poland|
The Masurian lake plateau was and remains one of Poland's most popular destinations for tourists on two wheels. Not only natural beauty draws the tourist to this area with literally thousands of crystalline lakes, dreamy alleyways with trees that are centuries old and forested areas in their natural state.
The Masurian area is also of great historical interest. It formed the Prussian province of East Prussia for some centuries. This is where Teutonic Knights left their Gothic and Medieval castles and the Nazis their bunkers. In fact it was here, in the famous 'Wolfschanze' (Wolf's Lair), that the fateful attempt to assassinate Hitler took place in the year 1944.
Masuria offers the cyclist predominantly flat land, side roads with few cars, a well developed tourist infrastructure and welcoming inhabitants - making it an appealing destination for individuals riding for pleasure.
Find an opportunity to take one of a number of fast trains or low-priced flights to Warsaw on a Saturday so that you can acquaint yourself with this fascinating area during a week of cycling before returning to Warsaw. It is a relaxing tour allowing you to experience the many attractions of the area. The overnight stays are at 5 different locations, there is a ship cruise and we also offer an optional canoe trip.
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Day 1: Arrival in Warsaw
Day 2: Warsaw - Babieta - Mragowo (20 miles/31 km)
You arrive at Babieta, a village on the banks of the river Krutynia, after a three hour car or minibus journey. There will be a break for lunch and the bicycles will be handed out. The first leg is short and ends in Mragowo, a resort with a historical town centre and a lakeside promenade.
Overnight in Mragowo.
Day 3: Mragowo - Ketrzyn (34 miles/55 km)
You cycle through small villages and beautiful lakes to Reszel, in the historic region of Ermland. Reszel has a picturesque old town, a Gothic bridge and an impressive castle of brick that belonged to the Bishops of Ermland. You then go on to the pilgrimage church at Swieta Lipka, a jewel from Baroque times set in the middle of Masurian wildness.
Overnight in Ketrzyn.
Day 4: Ketrzyn - Wegorzewo (28 miles/45 km)
Ketrzyn still has an old castle that had once belonged to the former German Teutonic Knights. You ride by witnesses to a recent dark past - 'Wolfschanze', the Fuehrer's headquarters - a bleak concrete ruin and then the still well-kept headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces at 'Mauerwald'. Finally you cycle directly on the shores of Lake Mamry for a few kilometers until reaching the lodgings in the sleepy port town of Angerburg.
Overnight in Wegorzewo.
Day 5: Wegorzewo - Gizycko (19-38 miles/30-60 km)
Today have the choice of either extending the rest period and going by ship to Gizycko in the afternoon or choosing between a shorter and a longer route. The shorter route is about 19 miles (30 km) and goes via Harsz (the village with the most White Stork nests in the entire tour).
However, we would recommend the longer loop through Borecka forest. This forested area has been left in its natural state and has a rich variety of plant life and is also home to the European bison and has a network of beautiful, car-free bicycle routes. It is nature at its pristine best.
Overnight in Gizycko.
Day 6: Gizycko - Krutyn (25 miles/40 km)
Following a 3-hour long ship journey (included in the price) you land in Mikolajki, the St. Tropez of Masuria with an idyllic and modern city centre, an attractive sailing port and old fishing houses. This area sees a great deal of seasonal tourism. An old fashioned rope ferry brings you to Popielno, a scientific breeding station for Tarpan horses. Popielno is one of the few villages on the shores of Jezioro Sniardwy, Poland's largest lake. Dark forest paths lead to the Russian Orthodox monastery in Wojnowo past the small but lively resort of Krutyn.
Overnight in Krutyn.
Day 7: Krutyn - Warsaw (6-12 miles/10-20 km; or 2-3 hours of canoeing)
You remain in Masuria the entire morning and can visit other tourist attractions in the area of Krutyn by bicycle (for example the Ernst Wiechert memorial) or you could take a highly recommended 3-hour long canoe ride on the most beautiful part of the river. The journey back to Warsaw is at 3:00 p.m.
Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 8: Departure from Warsaw
2 nights accomodation in 3-star hotel in Warsaw. 5 nights accomodation in small pensions in the Masurian Lake district.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotel page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to rent on this tour (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Bikes come equipped with:
The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. You may bring your own pedals if desired.
Tour saddles are included, but you may bring your own seat. Please ensure that your seat fits a universal seat post.
Please plan to bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes. Helmet rental is not available on this tour.
This is an easy tour, as the terrain is flat or gently undulating. About 70% of the tour is on asphalt and the rest on dirt roads.
This tour is for ideal cyclists in average physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport and train station: Warsaw, Poland
Please note: it is your responsibility to arrange transfer to/from the airport/train station and hotels in Warsaw.
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This is your chance to enjoy some of the most picturesque and spectacular parts of Poland, nearby Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine and Belarus by bike. These are areas that are only now beginning to be discovered by tourists. And for those preferring to hike there are well-marked trails and charming mountain huts ready for visitors.
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Our company started as Polish "Bird Service" in 1990 in Bialystok (NE-Poland) and has gained good reputation as organizer of nature study tours. We still offer a range of tours for birdwatchers and nature lovers, published on the webpage www.birding.pl
In 2000 we moved our office to the heart of historic Cracow and started to offer a range of cycle tours in southern Poland. As state borders are now easy to pass, we also organize cycling events in the nearby Slowakia, Czech Republic and Hungary. We offer ground arrangement for renowned tour companies. Each year clients from a number of countries around the world (mainly Germany, UK, Belgium, USA, even Japan) book our tours directly.
You can cancel at any time prior to the voyage of the booking. The time of receipt of the cancellation notice by the tour operator. We recommend that you declare the withdrawal in writing. In the case of your contract, the organizer can ask for the travel arrangements already a proportionate compensation.
Until the start of the journey, the traveler can be replaced by a third.