We start in the Land of a Thousand Lakes, Masuria. Masuria is a woodland region with numerous lakes (about 2000) with crystal clear water. It is a place where many Poles like spending their summer holidays. We will be kayaking down the river for 3 days, kayaking from one lake to the next, and sleeping in tents in camping sites located close to the river. The nature is exceptional and very well preserved!!
We will then move to the borders of Poland and Lithuania in the region of Suwalki. The landscape is hilly with numerous lakes. Here we will trek and cycle through the National Park of Wigry and the highest mountains of the North of Poland.
13th August: Gdansk – Masuria (D)
Arrival in Gdansk and transfer to Masuria. This is expected to take around 2 hours. Upon arrival, we will organize ourselves in our tents and get ready for an exciting experience. Later, we will enjoy a night under the starry sky. Let the adventure begin.
14th – 15th August: Lake experience: kayaking and camping (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we start out kayaking experience on the Krutynia River. Krutynia River is a very scenic river. With its lowland trails full of great natural variation, passing through Pisz Forest and flowing into the Masuria Landscape Park, it is one of the largest and most stunning waterways in Europe, and definitely an attraction not to be missed. We will be following the Krutynia trail and we will be accompanied by a local guide throughout.
After being informed about the safety rules, we start our escapade by the river. We will be descending for 2 days, moving from one lake to another and meandering through its meadows. Water is crystal clear, and we will have plenty of opportunities to swim.
We spend the nights in two man tents in camping sites located by the river. Every night we will be sleeping in a different site as we will be kayaking along the lake. Tents will be provided. However, we need to take our sleeping bags to keep warm during the night. The average daytime temperature during this time of the year is 23 degrees, and at night it can go down to 13 degrees. Luggage will be carried from one site to the next. Showers and toilets are available. Meals will consist of crunchy breakfasts, light lunches (sometimes packed), and tasty Polish dinners.
16th August: Mikolajki (B, L, D)
Today we will visit Mikolajki, take a boat cruise on the Great Masurian Lakes and then visit Hitler’s Head Quarters. Mikolajki is the main tourist destination in Masuria. It is a smart and cosy town with lots of charm. It is famous for its lively Sailor’s Village, boasting two hugely popular tavernas, where you can enjoy local beer. The largest lake in Poland is found here – Lake Sniardwy. We will go on a boat cruise and we will also have time to go around the city and do some shopping. Later we visit Hitler’s HQ used during the war, the Wolf ’s Lair. It consists of 80 different buildings and 50 bunkers. It was a little town with a power-station, railway track, airport, casino and cinema. In the evening we drive to Suwalki. We will be spending our next 3 nights on a farm.
17th July: August (B, L, D)
Suwalki is a very beautiful region with strong pastoral tradition, representing many different cultures. The trail will lead us through small villages where wooden architecture is very well preserved (houses, chapels, churches, mills. etc). We will also climb Zamkowa Mountain (228m). And, of course, we will stop for a bath in one of the local ‘banias,’ a sauna in a wooden cabin, that we will come across.
18th August: Wigry National Park (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will depart to Wigry National Park, known for its lake, its fauna (numerous beavers and elks), landscapes (cliffs, meadows, forests, swamps), and a very beautiful monastery. We will cycle around Wigry Lake, one of the largest and deepest lakes in Poland. In the evening we will return to our farm in Suwalki. N.B : For those who prefer not to cycle we have prepared a beautiful trek in the same region. It will cover less distance however it is still very scenic. Nonetheless, we do recommend that you cycle with the group…it’s real fun, we promise.
19th August: Explore Gdansk (B, L)
After breakfast we will start our journey to our next destination. Gdansk is a beautiful and fascinating city located on the Baltic Sea, and it’s our favourite city to visit in Poland. The best way to explore it is on foot so we will wander around the pretty old town, explore the charming Mariacka street, stroll along the riverside, and cross over the Love Bridge. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant and we will allow some free time in the evening before we meet again in one of the local pubs for our farewell drinks. We will overnight for 1 night in a hotel right in the centre of the old town.
20th August: Gdansk – Malta (packed breakfast)
Very early in the night we will take a transfer to the airport for our flight back home. Our adventure has come to an end, but the memories made will last forever! We ultimately hope to Experience all of this with you.