Day 1: The Holy Mount of Grabarka. Individual arrival to Warsaw, meeting with the NT guide at 12:00 a.m. on Warszawa Centralna train station. Bus transfer to Bialowieza. On the road, a visit to the Holy Mount of Grabarka is scheduled. The Mount consists of an Orthodox monastery and pilgrimage centre. After checking-in in the „Bialowieski“ ***Hotel – fine regional cuisine, including pierogis and mushroom soup – a short bicycle trip, to familiarize yourselves with the village and the bicycle equipment (about 12 km).
Day 2: In Europe’s most strict natural reserve. Today we have scheduled a visit to the Forest Museum with a 3 hour long guided trip to the core of the Białowieski National Park. The world-famous reserve exists since more than 70 years. It is present 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. Accommodation as on day one, by feet about 6 km, by bike about 30 km.
Day 3: Canoeing and visiting the beavers. The road to Narewka take us through the vastness of wood. Our today’s destination is the river of the same name, along which you shall paddle for 2,5 hours. The river is shallow, therefore the activity requires no additional skills. In the end, after a short trip you reach a foresters hut, who shall tell you about his life, work and the realm of beavers, offering coffee and pastry. At the end of the day, NT bus will take you back to Bialowieza. Accommodation as on day two, by bike – about 30 km, by canoe – about 2,5h, by feet – about 3 km.
Day 4: Belarus – so close and yet so far. Right after breakfast we ride to the Belarussian border (Bialowieza/Piererow, 3 km from the hotel). The belarussian part of the Forest is maintained very well, it’s nature is beautiful and there is a strong chance of encountering many different animal species on the road. The people we shall encounter are friendly and will greet us with „Dobry dien“ – „Good day“. Thanks to the excellent, asphalt roads in this part of the forest, we reach Kamyenyuki (20 km away) without any problems.
Along the way, we shall be accompanied by a Belarussian ranger, who is there to give additional information about the Forest and the local people. Picknick along the way. Before noon we reach Kamyenyuki, where an interesting natural museum is located. A short walk in the village. In the late afternoon we ride to the border in Piererow/Bialowieza and before 7 p.m. we are back in Poland. Accommodation as on day three. By bike about 63 km, flat, mostly asphalt roads.
Please note, that a valid passport and visa is necessary for the Belarussian part of the trip. The applications shall be handled by Nature Travel. You shall receive detailed information from us by post.
Day 5: Bialystok – the capital of north-eastern Poland. 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. Worth seeing places include the Branicki Palace with it’s gardens, and Kosciuszko square with the baroque City Hall. Accommodation in a middle-class hotel in Bialystok. By bicycle about 42 km, by bus about 65 km.
Day 6: Biebrza National Park: protected area of the Red Marsh. After breakfast, a bus transfer to Biebrza National Park awaits us. The most interesting excursion in the Park takes us to the protected area of Czerwone Bagno (Red Marsh), which we reach by bicycle. With the local guide, we observe various woods, meadows, and different animal species. Here we have a great opportunity to stand eye to eye to a moose. The afternoon is free to your disposal. Dinner and accommodation in a middle-class hotel in the Biebrza National Park. By bike – about 20 km, by feet – about 8 km, by bus – about 100 km.
Day 7: Masurian Lake District. 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 bath in the lake on the road. Dinner and accommodation in a middle-class hotel in Elk. By bike – about 55 km.
Day 8: Masurian summer capital – Gizycko. We ride through Wydminy (there 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. By bike – about 73 km.
Day 9: Wolfsschanze – Adolf Hitler’s headquarters. 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 the II World War. We reach our hotel after a short bus transfer. Dinner and accommodation in a middle-class hotel in Reszel. By bike – about 30 km, by bus – about 20 km.
Day 10: Organ concert in Masuria. 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 16th century and there we participate in an organ concert. Back in Reszel, we take a walk to familiarize with the city. Dinner and accommodation as on day 9. By bike: about 55 km.
Day 11: Time to leave Poland. 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.
Condtion of roads:
- First 7 days flat, mostly forest, field and asphalt roads
- In Masuria partially elevated, height differences up to 150 m, asphalt road, field, gravel and forest roads, sometimes cobblestone.
- Accommodation in good, local hotels and pension in double/single rooms, with bathrooms and WC
- Meals include breakfast and dinner; it is possible to arrange vegetarian meals upon earlier notice (please let us know, if you eat fish)
- First meal upon day of your arrival: dinner
- Last meal upon day of departure: breakfast
- Mineral water at your disposal during cycling days
- All transfers, entrance fees and sightseeing listed in the programme
- Luggage transport/service bus/repairs
- English-speaking, qualified tour guide
- Maps of the route
- Minimum number of participants: 10 people.
- Single room surcharge: 150 Euro (one hundred and fifty)
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