THE GREAT MASURIAN LAKE BICYCLE TOUR

 

Masuria means nature out of an old storybook: black forests, smooth hills and bleary villages. Thousands of bigger and smaller lakes spread all over the landscape sparkle like jewels in the midst of the widespread forests. The Masurian Lake District is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Poland. A paradise for white storks. Eels, pikes, and perches swim in those lakes and the forest offers wolves, lynxes, raccoon dogs and so called polish horses a living space. The peacefulness in the huge primeval forest, the wide pasture land, the crystal clear lakes and rivers and the old-established alleys further engrave the landscape. The safeguard of the environmental heritage and the environment-friendly development are priorities and so far, five parks and numerous nature preserves established. Without a doubt, Masuria as the green lung of Poland counts to the most precious bicycle and hiking regions in Europe.

 

A bicycle tour is the most attractive and active form of rest. Thanks to our offer, our guests can get to know and enjoy the great hospitality of the inhabitants in this region. With our help you will discover the magic of Masuria with its hidden mystical edges.

 

Warszawa-Warsaw / Krutyn / Puszcza Piska-Piska Forest/ Mikolajki /  Ketrzyn /

Wolf’s Lair/ Gizycko / Reszel / Swieta Lipka (Holy Linden)/ Mragowo / Warszawa-Warsaw

 8 NIGHTS 9 DAYS - Bike tour - 295 km   (Saturday – Sunday)

 

 

 1st day /Saturday/ Arrival in Warsaw

 

  • Individual arrival in Warszawa/Warsaw and welcome by our guide. At 7 p.m. meeting point in the Hotel Radisson Blu in Warsaw.

  • Individual dinner in Warsaw.

  • Accommodation in the Hotel 5* Hotel Radisson BLU in Warsaw. Overnight.

 

2nd day /Sunday/ Welcome to Masurian Lakes
(Bus transfer Warsaw – Piersławek – ca. 200 km; Bike tour Piersławek – Krutyń 15 km)

 

  • After breakfast at 8:30 a.m. a city sight-seeing tour in Warsaw with attractions such as: the Old Town and the Lazienki Park.

  • At 12.00 o’clock a bus transfer to the Masurian Lakes District (ca. 200 km) – 4 hours. (in the bus You receive a packed lunch).

  • The first break in the Masurian District is in a picturesque place in the middle of the Puszcza Piska Forest by the birth house of a masurian writer Ernst Wiechert. From the village Piersławek You begin a bike tour and go to Krutyń.

  • Dinner and overnight in Krutyń. The family hotel has a very good location - picturesque and quiet hotel welcomes us with the friendliness of owners and very good food. All rooms, whether single, double, triple or for four people are clean and have shower and toilet in the room.

3rd day /Monday/  Puszcza Piska Forest – pure wildlife
(Bike tour Krutyń – Ruciane – Wojnowo – Krutyń – ca . 45 km)

 

  • After breakfast a bike tour through the Puszcza Piska Forest. This is the biggest forest in the Masurian Lake District. Among the pine and spruce trees live a lot of animals like deer, elks, roe deer, wild boars, hares and foxes.

  • For lunch there is a possibility to have a break in the summer resort Ruciane Nida.

  • In the afternoon we bike through the masurian villages to Wojnowo. We visit the monastery of the Old Believers and the Russian Orthodox church there. 

  • On the way back to Krutyń we visit the Marion Dönhoff Salon

  • Dinner and overnight in Krutyń.

 

4th day /Tuesday/ kayaking and biking through the masurian landscape park

(Kayak tour 6 km/2 h on the Kruttina River; Bike tour Krutyń – Mikołajki – 45 km)

 

  • In the morning a kayak tour on the most popular and prettiest natural river in Masuria, the Krutynia. You paddle from Krutyń on the Kruttina River to the village Rosocha. On the way we admire one of the most beautiful part of this trip: pure water, which reflects the undisturbed landscape, there are fish and birds, especially many kingfishers. Nature lovers are always excited by this field.

  • In the afternoon you bike through the masurian landscape park to Mikołajki. The landscape park with its  lovely forests, glacial landscapes and many lakes is a real pearl of the former East Prussia. Biking on the good forest paths and narrow roads we reach a research station for beavers and small polish horses. After visiting the station we go further by bike to Mikołajki.

  • The next two overnights we spend in a hotel beautifully located by a lake near Mikołajki.

  • Dinner and overnight in typical, nice hotel near Mikołajki.

 

 5th day /Wednesday/ Mikołaiki – Masurian Venice
(Bike tour in the area of Mikołajki - ca. 45 km)

 

  • Today we bike along the masurian lakes in the area surrounding Mikołajki. We go through the picturesque villages and also we bike by the masurian channels. On the way to Łuknajno we watch wild swans in the Natural Reserve Luknajno.

  • In the afternoon we reach Mikolajki, where we have enough time for a coffee break and sightseeing the town.

  • Dinner and bonfire with accordion music.

  • Overnight in typical, nice hotel near Mikołajki.

  

6th day /Thursday/ East Prussia – history and nowadays

(Bike tour Mikołaiki – Ryn – Kętrzyn - ca. 50 km)

 

  • After breakfast we bike along the Ryn Lake toward the town Ryn. On the Way we visit the Masurian Museum.  There is a possibility to have a break for coffee and a cake.

  • In the afternoon we go further to the village Nakomiady, where we visit a beautiful park and a small factory of tiled stoves.

  • Dinner and overnight in the 3* Hotel in Kętrzyn.

  

7th day /Friday/ Big Masurian Lakes – by bike and on board

(bike tour Ketrzyn - Wolf’s Lair – Sztynort – ca. 35 km)

Boat voyage Sztynort – Giżcyko 2h, bus transfer Giżycko - Mragowo

 

  • In the morning a stroll through the downtown of Kętrzyn with the pastor of the protestant Church.

  • Then we visit the Wolf’s Lair, the former headquarters of Hitler in East Prussia. Afterwards a bike tour along the big Masurian Lakes to Sztynort where we visit the historical Lehndorff family’s residence – castle and park.

  • In the afternoon a boat voyage to the cormorant island and further to the town Giżycko (2h).

  • From Giżycko we have a bus transfer to the hotel in Mrągowo [40 km].

  • Dinner and accommodation in the 3* hotel in Mrągowo located beautifully by a lake.

  

 8th day /Saturday/ Castles and churches on the boarder between Ermland and Masuria

(Bike tour Mragowo – Reszel – Swieta Lipka – Mrągowo – ca. 60 km)

 

  • In the morning we reach the village Holy Linden (Św. Lipka), where we visit a beautiful baroque church. During sightseeing with a local guide we listen to an organ concert as well

  • Afterwards we go by bike to the old, masurian town – Reszel, where we visit a mighty castle.

  • In the afternoon we go by bike along the lakes back to Mrągowo.

  • Grilled dinner and the last accommodation in Masuria in Mrągowo.

 

 9th day /Sunday/ Departure

(bus transfer Mrągowo – Warsaw – ca. 220 km)

 

  • An early morning bus transfer to Warsaw. Arrival in Warsaw at about 11:30 a.m.

  • Return home or individual extension of the stay in Warsaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
 

 

 

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