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Sunset on the Masurian Lakes in north Poland

Masuria and Białowieża Primeval Forest

Discovering the northeast of Poland by gravel bike means swimming in clean lakes in Masuria. You observe wild animals, pass colorful houses and charming wooden churches and you enjoy gorgeous views over natural waters, endless moorlands, fresh grassland and deep woods. Immerse in a region with warm-hearted people and marvelous food.

7

Day stages

2000 m

Altitude difference

500

Kilometers

  • Wild moose in the Polish forests
  • A blue wooden church in the northeast of Poland
  • Białowieża primeval forest in east Poland
  • Polish potato pancakes
  • A wooden house with elaborate white ornaments in Podlaskie Poland
  • Biebrza river and marsh in Podlaskie in the northeast of Poland
  • Polish beer
  • Gravel road in northeast Poland
  • Harbor in northeast Poland
  • Dawn in the Biebrza valley in the northeast of Poland
  • Sweet pelmeni from Podlaskie Voivodeship in East Poland

Highlights

  • Two of Europe’s last primeval forests (Białowieża UNESCO natural heritage site and Augustów)
  • River valleys, marshes, deep woods, scenic lakeland
  • Biebrza National Park, Wigry National Park, Borkener Forst, Masurian Lakeland
  • Idyllic villages and towns
  • Synagogues and wooden churches
  • Castles and fortresses
Map of Poland tour by Gravel Bike Tours
Elevation graph of Poland tour by Gravel Bike Tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Białowieża

Individual arrival in Białowieża or optional transfer from Warsaw. Białowieża is a touristic centre in the famous primeval forest of the same name. Here, you sleep in a three star hotel with swimming pool and wellness area.

Day 2: Roundtrip Białowieża Primeval Forest (65 km)

Breakfast and then start of your first tour. You enter one of Europe’s last primeval forest land, Białowieża Forest. Deer, bisons (wisents), wolfs and even lynxes live here. You might meet one of these animals during your ride on the forest tracks of the national park. On the way, you can visit the impressive orthodox Holy Trinity’s Cathedral of the town of Hajnówka. Hotel as on previous day.

Altitude difference: 260 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 3: Białowieża - Klewinowo (75 km)

Breakfast. Today’s route guides you through the land of the orthodox Christians. In the villages you see charming wooden churches and chapels. Your will ride through the Narew valley passing pretty villages with only one long street with colorful, elaborately decorated wooden houses. You stay in an nice hotel in one of these villages.

Altitude difference: 280 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 4: Klewinowo - Dobarz (75 km)

After breakfast you go further north. The biggest attraction today is the pretty town of Tykocin. Here, you can visit the big synagogue from 1642 that is today a museum for Jewish culture. You sleep in a guesthouse on the edge of Biebrza National Park, the biggest and most natural peatland in Central Europa.

Altitude difference: 230 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 5: Dobarz - Augustów (75 km)

Breakfast. You ride through the largest marshes of Poland. Observe the wild moose from numerous observation towers. Soon, you reach the lakeland. Augustów town is a holiday place between several lakes and it’s known for its water sport options. The Augustów Canal of more than 100 km length from Belarus to Poland, built in the 19th century, passes right through the town.

Altitude difference: 230 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 6: Augustów - Olecko (70 km)

Breakfast. Today, you cross another huge woodlands, the Augustów Primeval Forest (a heath) and the Wigry National Park. In the village of Bryzgiel you can rest having a scenic view on Wigry Lake. After that, you proceed westward. Accommodation in Olecko. You are already in the former East Prussia where you will continue for the rest of the tour.

Altitude difference: 310 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 7: Olecko - Borkener Forst - Giżycko (70 km)

Breakfast. Today’s route leads you through another large and extraordinarily beautiful woodland – Borkener Forst. The gently hilly area is crossed by excellent gravel roads. Pretty little lakes are hidden in the woods. You pass the breeding compound for wisents. Later, you reach the historically interesting town of Giżycko, the most important touristic centre of Masuria. You can for example visit the Prussian Boyen Fortress. Accommodation in Giżycko.

Altitude difference: 360 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 8: Giżycko - Krutyń (65 km)

After breakfast you take off for the last stage of your tour, the centre of Masuria. Right in the middle of the route, you pass the small town of Mikołajki, the “Pearl of the Masuria”. It has an idyllic but modern town centre, a nice sailing marina and old fisherman’s houses. The path through the woods leads to the small but lively holiday village of Krutyń. Overnight stay in Krutyń.

Altitude difference: 370 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 9: Departure from Krutyń or extension of stay

Krutyń village is situated in the middle of the Masurian landscape park. The exceptionally picturesque Krutyń River flows through the village and it is a popular canoe route. Today, individual departure (option: transfer to Warsaw). You also have the possibility to extend your stay in Krutyń in order to discover the surroundings by bike or kayak.

Services

ServicesExtrasAccommodation

Included services:

  • 8 nights in double room
  • Visitor’s tax
  • 8x breakfast
  • GPS data
  • Local phone assistance 24/7
  • National parks
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Tour documents
  • Single supplement from 156 EUR; if available: discount for 3 or 4 occupancy
  • Transfer (bicycle included) from and to Warsaw (660 EUR altogether for 3-6 persons)
  • Extension of stay at one of the overnight places (price on request)

All partner accommodations are middle class accommodations. When we chose a partner accommodation, it’s important to us that they all have anything that is particular. If available, the accommodations’ specialties on our Poland tour are:

  • Spa and wellness hotels
  • Quiet woodland hotels
  • One wooden hotel
  • Regional, high-quality breakfast
  • Sauna

Dates and prices

From 1 May to 31 October 2022

from 649 EUR per person in a double room

General information

Nature of the groundArrival and departureTravel and safety notice

ca. 50% gravel, 50% asphalt

7 Day stages

Altitude difference: 2,000 m

500 km

Level of difficulty: 1/5 (Not so sporty – Easy-peasy)

Nearest airport: Warsaw
By train: from Warsaw to Hajnówka (arrival), from Ruciane Nida to Warsaw (departure)
Transfer from and to Warsaw: see “Services/Extras”

Please take account of the travel and safety notice of your home country for Poland and the Voivodeships Podlaskie, Masovia and Warm-Masuria, as same as the applicable regulations in these areas.

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