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Bike & Boat: Natural paradise of the Masurian Lake District

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MAS 01
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
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Around the Masurian Lake District you will experience enchanting natural landscapes and the sights of more than 700 years of history. Mighty Ice Age glaciers have formed a gentle hill country with almost 3.000 lakes embedded in a varied forest landscape. Explore nature reserves by bike, where beavers and storks live, and stroll through the streets of picturesque villages. You will see castles and defiant fortified churches, elegant mansions, lonely farms and romantic wooden houses with white lattice windows.

While you are discovering Masuria by bike, the crew of our hotel ship is already waiting for you. You live on the MS CLASSIC LADY, a small passenger ship with a panorama restaurant and sun deck. After an eventful day of cycling you can enjoy the evening atmosphere of Masuria's water landscape. From the box seat on board you can experience the atmospheric sunset or the starry sky. On the "Five Lakes Route" you can also admire the enchanting lake landscape from the ship.

No tiresome search for accommodation, no daily packing of suitcases and carefree cycling without luggage during the day. This is how the natural paradise of the Masurian Lake District becomes a unique experience.

Overnight place: Masuria

After breakfast, the tour briefing and bike handover will take place. In the morning you will go on an exploratory tour of Nikolaiken. The small town is considered the most beautiful and popular holiday resort in Masuria. From the market square you can see Nikolaiken's heraldic animal, the legendary "Stin thengst", which lies chained in the water under a bridge. In the afternoon we go to Luck nainer See. The small lake, which is located in the Masurian Biosphere Reserve, is a breeding ground for many rare waterfowl and is especially known for the large flocks of mute swans. From a vantage point you can enjoy the view of this bird paradise in an untouched natural landscape.

Overnight place: Nikolaiken

In the morning, take a short bike ride to the Wierzba ferry station and continue cycling on the other side. In nearby Popiellnen there is a biological station that was set up to breed back the primeval tarpan horse. The animals are released into the wild on the surrounding peninsula, so that with a bit of luck you can spot a small herd in the sparse forests. The journey continues to Kamien via Wejsuny [Weissuhnen], an old East Prussian village with a pretty church in the style of the order and beautiful old wooden houses, some of which are over 100 years old. Past the Guzianka lock, continue the cycle tour around the Beldahnsee to Kamien, where the MS CLASSIC LADY is already waiting for you. A boat trip to Nikolaiken completes the day.

Overnight place: Nikolaiken

The day begins with a boat trip towards the Rhine [Ryn]. We then cycle to the former sheep farm and continue to Wolfsschanze, where the remains of the former Führer headquarters are located and a memorial stone commemorates Count von Stauffenberg and the resistance fighters of July 20, 1944. If you don't want to visit the Wolf's Lair, you have time for a hike (plus 17 km) to Rastenburg [Ketrzyn]. Worth seeing are the Ordensburg and the fortified church of St. George, which houses a picture from Lukas Cranach's school. Through meadows, rocks and lonely villages we head to Wilkasy, where the MS CLASSIC LADY awaits you again.

Overnight place: Wilkas

The bike tour starts in the morning and leads via Gizycko to Lake Goldapgar. First you take a tour of Lötzen, the water sports center of Masuria, and see a hand-operated swing bridge that is still in use and represents a rare technical monument. We continue to the church built according to the plans of the court architect Schinkel, in which German-speaking services are now held again. Outside of Lötzen, it is also worth visiting the Boyen Fortress from the mid-19th century, which was built on an area of ​​100 hectares between Löwentinsee and Mauersee. The journey continues to Lake Goldapgar, then around the lake and via Possessern to Wilkasy back to the ship.

Overnight place: Wilkas

Today begins with an atmospheric boat trip on the beautiful "Five Lakes Route" to Szymonka. The first stop on the bike tour is the Rhine with its 14th-century Ordensburg. The castle was redesigned in the Baroque style and was used as a prison for a while. Today a sophisticated hotel is housed here. In the inner courtyard you can see a glass-covered knight's grave with grave goods. Then the tour continues to Zonder. In a 200-year-old farmhouse, the Dickti family has set up a local history museum with lots of old household appliances and typical Masurian furniture. In the barn next door there are old agricultural tools and machines. From the museum, the path leads to the Talter waters and along it to Nikolaiken to the pier of the MS CLASSIC LADY.

After a short boat trip, the cycling stage begins in Kamien and leads via Eckertsdorf to Kruttinnen. In Eckertsdorf [Wojnowo] lies the Russian-Orthodox monastery of the Philippons in the midst of a beautiful natural landscape. The so-called Old Believers settled here in 1825. Their houses and the wooden church with its golden onion dome refer to the Russian heritage of the religious refugees. The extensive forest area of ​​the Johannisburger Heide is traversed by a crystal-clear river that is rich in fish and crabs. The punting trip on the Kruttinna is considered the highlight of every trip to Masuria. Unwind while the boat glides almost silently through the crystal-clear water, which is teeming with fish. The starting point is the village of Kruttinnen, where you can buy, among other things, Masurian handicrafts, souvenirs and handicrafts. A stop at a restaurant with a terrace directly on the river, where freshly caught fish is served, is particularly attractive. Via Galkowo with the Gut Ferenstein riding stables and the forester's lodge, which today houses a nostalgic restaurant, the bike tour leads back to the jetty in Nikolaiken.

Transfer to Warsaw (arrival Warszawa Centralna approx. 11:45 am, arrival airport approx. 12:20 pm). At the beginning or end of the trip, we recommend additional nights in Warsaw, a vibrant metropolis with numerous sights and an interesting cultural program.

  • 7 x overnight stays in a cabin with shower/toilet
  • 7 x half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Transfer Warsaw-ship-Warsaw (excl. own bike)
  • Information material (1 x per cabin)

Also included when booking the group trip:

  • German-speaking Travel companion also during the bike tours
  • Ferry and punt ride
  • Entrance fees and visits: Wolf's Lair including a guided tour, Boyen Fortress, local history museum in Zonder, tarpan station in Popiellnen, Philipponese Monastery
Basic price in € per person * main deck upper deck
2 bed cabin €1095 €1195
2-bed cabin for single use €1490 -

Rental bikes

  • Rental bike (payable locally): 95,00 €
  • Electric bike (only on request, payable locally): 185,00 €

Additional Services

  • Group tour (p.p.): 100,00 €

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Reisecode
MAS 01

Bike & Boat: Natural paradise of the Masurian Lake District

Duration
8 days
Overnight stays
7 nights
Overnight stays
about 244 km

Arrival 18.05. until 31.08.2024

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Basic price in € per person * 2024 main deck upper deck
2 bed cabin From 1095 € From 1195 €
2-bed cabin for single use From 1490 € -

Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

(a) ...by car to Masuria (parking space requires reservation for the duration of the trip, 65 euros/week)

(b) ...by flight to Warsaw Frederic Chopin, from where the bus transfer starts at 15:00 p.m. The Masurian shuttle travels to Masuria via the main train station "Warszawa-Centralna" and via Warsaw's old town.

(c) ...by train via Berlin to “Warszawa Centralna”. From 16:00 p.m. transfer with the Masurian shuttle via the old town to Masuria.

General tip for traveling by car

You can easily find a large overview of parking spaces on the external website www.parkopedia.de . view

The MS CLASSIC LADY was built in 2003 especially for bike tours on the Masurian Lake District. The ship is 44 m long and 7 m wide. The panorama restaurant is located on the upper deck and a large sun deck invites you to relax. There is a family, informal atmosphere on board. The 20 outside cabins of the MS CLASSIC LADY are approx. 11 m2 in size and have double beds or single beds standing side by side or separately, folding table, wardrobe, safe and a private sanitary area with shower/toilet and 220 volt power connections. There are 16 double cabins on the main deck (windows can be opened in the upper third) and 4 double cabins on the upper deck (windows can be opened completely).

Meals

The day begins with a hearty breakfast buffet. From the end, a typical local menu awaits you on board or a rustic barbecue on land. There are inexpensive shopping and refreshment options along the bike route at lunchtime.

15 people (both for the group trip and for the individual trip). If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the trip can be canceled up to four weeks before the start of the trip.

 

NOT INCLUDED: Cultural development tax, bed tax, travel to and from, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips, drinks and personal expenses.

General information

Not included in the price: Cultural development tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses.
This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Maps presented are for illustrative purposes only and do not reflect geographical reality.

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