Masurian Lakeland – individual bike tour
BIKE TOUR, POLAND, 7 Days
MASURIA – also called “the land of a thousand lakes”. Characteristic for this area are gentle hills and mighty dark forests, which cover almost 30% of Masuria. Above all, the lakes have shaped the face of Masuria. The largest is called Śniardwy and is a Masurian Sea with an area of 110 square kilometers. All in all, Masuria is a paradise for cycling, fishing enthusiasts, paddlers and sailors. Experience the Masuria!
~255 km by bike
Each Sunday from 07.05.2023 to 10.09.2023
Your journey begins in Masuria. Your Nature Travel representative will meet you in the late afternoon in your hotel in Giżycko area. During the meeting, you will receive all the maps and detailed, constantly updated descriptions of your route. Your bikes await you in your hotel in Masuria.
Day 1.: bicycle free
Welcome to Masuria
Individual arrival to Giżycko area by bus/ train/ your own car. The Nature Travel representative will meet you late in the afternoon. Accommodation in a guest house in Giżycko.
Day 2.: ca. 41 km by bike
Nature and culture
Today you cycle through the Masurian Lake District. From the large bridge connecting lakes Mamry and Dargin you have a marvellous view over the lake district. You will reach Sztynort and you have a look at the ruins of the manor house of the East-Prussian family of Lehndorff built in 1680. The old park was landscaped then, the oak alley planted and the cloister built of Ionic columns. You cycle through an old oak alley. Then, it was a custom to plant an oak tree for each child of the Lehndorff family. Today, all this is regarded as a monument of culture. At the end of today’s journey, you reach Węgorzewo, where a nice hotel awaits you.
Day 3.: ca. 45 km by bike
The rattling storks
After breakfast we start our cycling tour to Kętrzyn. On our way we will pass many picturesque villages where the silence is interrupted only by the stork rattling. On your way, in Gierłoż, you can tour the code start famous “Wolf’s lair” – Adolf Hitler’s headquarters during World War II (optional). Accommodation in a hotel in Kętrzyn.
Day 4.: ca. 57 km by bike
Organ concert in Św. Lipka and travel time in Reszel
After breakfast we start our cycling tour to Reszel. We cycle through the beautifully situated village Ryn, where you can visit the restored Teutonic castle. On the way, we pass Święta Lipka, where you can visit the baroque church from the 17th century and enjoy a short organ concert in the church (optional). In the evening you reach Reszel, where you can feel like travelling back in time to the Middle Ages.
Day 5.: ca. 54 km by bike
Through the Masurian Lake District
Today’s tour leads through the Masurian Landscape Park, a beautiful, well-known forest area in Poland. There are 850 different plants and 150 different birds to be found there (e.g. eagles, black storks, owls, herons). Pay attention for a lynx, beaver or a deer crossing your path! Cycling, you will reach your hotel. Accommodation in a guest house in Krutyń.
Day 6.: ca. 28 km by bike
A paddling tour
Today you can go paddling on the Krutynia river (about 2,5 hours). No additional skills are required to paddle on this 90 cm-deep river. In the afternoon you have time for your leisure. At the end of the day, we invite you to farewell bonfire and dinner. Accommodation as on day four.
Day 7. ca. 32 km by bike, ca. 2 hours by ship
A beautiful cruise on the Masurian lakes to Giżycko and goodbye to Masuria
To avoid the crowded roads today you take a beautiful cruise on the Masurian lakes. The cruise is a beautiful experience which is highly suitable for exploring the district. It will start in Mikołajki, a picturesque port called “the Masurian Venice” by its inhabitants and ends in Gizycko. Individual departure from Giżycko after the cruise.
Condition of roads
Mostly asphalt roads, occasionally – forest, sand, field and gravel roads, sometimes cobblestone, slightly elevated. Height differences up to 150 meters.
- 6 accommodations with breakfasts in local hotels/pensions, good standard with bathrooms included
- Farewell bonfire with dinner in Krutyń on the 6th day of the trip
- Local taxes
- Ship cruise from Mikołajki to Giżycko
- Baggage transfer between accommodations
- Bike rental
- Technical assistance during the trip
- Tourist’s package: detailed description of the route, along with the information required for reaching the destination by bike.
- GPS tracks
Minimum number of participants: 2 people
- Extra night in Giżycko in double room with breakfast: 80 EUR/room
- Transfer from Giżycko to Warsaw/Gdańsk or from Warsaw/Gdańsk to Giżycko: 150 EUR
- Bus Warschau – Masuria: Giżycko – Warschau: 40 EUR (direkt)
- Train Warschau – Masuria: Giżycko – Warschau: 40 EUR (1 change)
1 person in double room/BB/all services: 670 Euro
Single room surcharge: 150 Euro
Electric bike (on former request): 160 Euro
Since in the route descriptions we give the distance in kilometres, we recommend to bring your own cyclometer. It allows to cycle without any problems. It is also possible to rent a cyclometer from us, which costs 10 Euro per bike (incl. installation). Please let us know upon booking your trip, if you wish to rent our cyclometer.
Each Sunday from 07.05.2023 to 10.09.2023
Day 1. Welcome to Masuria. Individual arrival to Giżycko
Day 2. Nature and culture: Giżycko – Sztynort – Mamerki – Węgorzewo, ca. 41 km by bike
Day 3. Węgorzewo –„the famous „Wolf’s Lair“– Adolf Hitler’s headquarters during World War II (optional sightseeing) – Kętrzyn , ca. 45 km by bike
Day 4. Castles of the Teutonic Order and organ concert in Masuria: Kętrzyn – Ryn – organ concert in the baroque church from the 17th century in Święta Lipka (optional) – Reszel, ca. 57 km by bike
Day 5. The rattling storks Reszel – Mrągowo – cycling through amazing Masurian Landscape Park to Krutyń, ca. 54 km by bike
Day 6. A paddling tour on the Krutynia river- bonfire, ca. 2-3 hours paddling, ca. 20 km by bike (optional)
Day 7. Krutyń – Wejsuny – Ferryboat Wierzba – Mikołajki– a beautiful cruise on the Masurian lakes to Giżycko – end of the trip, ca. 32 km by bike, ca. 2 hours by ship
A valid ID is required for EU citizens to travel to Poland. People under the age of 16 need a child ID with photo or a passport.
Additional nights before and after the trip can be booked on request.