Around the Masuria Lake District in Poland you'll find a mixture of pure nature and tourist features as well. You'll see castles, fortified churches and romantic farms with its white wooden houses with windows. With your bike you'll discover nature protection areas, where beavers and storks are living. You'll promenade through the gapes of beautiful small villages. Take the time to visit a farmers market and jump into the water of one of the many lakes. The water will be so clear and blue. And while you're discovering all this with your bike, the ship's crew is looking forward to greet you on the hotel ship. You'll spend your time on the MS Classic Lady, a small passenger ship with an excellent restaurant and a sun deck. And after a day full of adventures and experiences you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere on your ship in the evening, while you watch the sun going down. You do not need to look for any apartment and you do not have to prepare your bag each day. And last but not least you are without any heavy luggage when you're on your bike. Making this tour that way means to enjoy this paradise of nature the easy way.
Day 1: Individual arrival at the Masuria Lake District
After arriving on the ship and getting your cabin and your bike there will be a first meeting with the ship’s crew to discuss the tour.
Day 2: Nikolaiken - Lucknainer See - Nikolaiken ~20 km
A bike ride starts in the active resort and leads eastwards across Wejsuny, an old East Prussian village with a pretty church in religious style and beautiful old wooden houses, some of which are over 100 years old. One of them remained as a home office. Continue to the viewpoint "Bärenwinkel" on Lake Spirding, where there is a beautiful view of the passing sailboats and the island devil Werder. According to legend, evil spirits will live there, actually, Frederick the Great once built a fort here, of which today still bear witness to a few stones. From here you’re riding to Pisz with its gothic town-hall and all the decorated middle-class houses, which are surrounding the market place. Take the time to visit the museum in Pisz, where you’ll get interesting knowledge about the nature of the Masuria Lake District. In Pizs you’ll even find the highest church of Masuria. Today’s stage ends at the Sluice of Karwik, where the “MS Classic Lady” is waiting for you to bring you to Piaski.
Day 3: Nikolaiken - Popiellno - Wejsuny - Kamien - Nikolaiken ~35 km
The day starts with a voyage to Ryn. From here you ride to a former sheep farm, which is today a museum of local history. After that you ride on to the Wolf's Lair, where you can visit the hulk of the former headquarter of the “Führer”. Today it is a monument for Graf von Stauffenberg and the resistance fighters of the 20th July 1944. If you want, you can make a short side trip of about 17 km to Ketrzyn with its castle and its fortified church. Through the fields and romantic villages you’ll come to Wilkasy, where the MS Classic Lady is waiting for you.
Day 4: Nikolaiken - Rhein - Wolfsschanze - Wilkasy ~50 km
Giżycko is the center of water sports of the Masuria Lake District. Worth seeing is the imposing fortress of Boyen and the church of the town, which was built by the famous architect Schinkel. A rare technical monument of Giżycko is the turning bridge. The bicycle tour starts in Giżycko and leads you along the coast of the lake Goldapgar to Possessern and back to the ship, which is waiting for you in Wilkasy.
Day 5: Wilkasy - Lötzen - Goldapgar-Lake - Wilkasy ~54 km
Today you start with a voyage along the beautiful 5-Lakes-Tour to Szymonka. The first station of today’s bicycle tour is Ryn with its castle from the 14th century. After that you’ll roll on to Zondern. One of the farmhouses, which is older than 200 years, is today a museum for local history. After visiting Zondern you ride with your bike along the Lake Talter to Mikolajki and to the landing place of the MS Classic Lady.
Day 6: Wilkasy - Rhyn - Zondern - Nikolaiken ~42 km
In the morning you make a promenade through Mikolajki or you ride with your bike to the paradise of the swans at the lake Lucknainer. From here you’ll take the ferry boat to get to Wierzba. In Popiellnen, a town not far from Wierzba, there is a biological center, where Tarpan Horses, horses of the primitive times are reared. So if you got a little bit luck, you maybe can see a small drove of these horses on the peninsula, where they now live in freedom. Afterwards you’re going on board of the MS Classic Lady, which brings you to Piasky. From here you’ll start your bicycle tour to Wejsuny. Here you can visit the beautiful church and the museum for local history. Over Ruciane Nida you’ll get to the ship in the idyllic bay of Piasky.
Day 7: Nikolaiken - Eckertsdorf - Kruttinnen - Nikolaiken ~43 km
The tour of today is directly connecting Wojnowo and Kruttinen. In Wojnowo you can visit a Russian orthodox abbey of the so-called Philipponen, who settled down here in 1825. Their houses and the wooden church with its golden onion dome are the signs of the Russian cultural heritage which was left here by this religious group. The huge Piska Forest is crossed by the Kruttina, a beautiful small river with lots of fishes and crabs. A tour with a little boat on this river is always a highlight of a journey through Masuria. You start this tour in Kruttinen, a small village where you can buy souvenirs and arts and crafts of the Masuria Lake District. It is very attractive to take a little break in one of the small restaurants, which are serving fishes they’ve been fishing some minutes before. You should choose a restaurant with a terrace on the river to enjoy this inimitable nature. Over Galkowo with its horse breeding farm and its former forester’s house, which today is a nostalgic restaurant you’ll come to Piaski and to the landing place of the MS Classic Lady.
Day 8: Departure or extra nights
At the beginning or the end of your tour you should plan an extra night in Warsaw, a metropolis with so many tourist features. And we can also organize extra nights in Masuria if you want.
Your boat - MS Classic Lady
MS Classic Lady 2003 was specifically built for cycling on the Masuria Lake District. The ship is 44 meters long and 7 meters wide. It offers 20 outside cabins, each with 11 m². On the upper deck there is a panoramic restaurant, a large sun deck invites you to relax. On board there is both a friendly and informal atmosphere. The cabins are equipped with two lower beds, folding table, closet, safe and private bathroom facilities with shower/WC. They have air condition and 220 volt outlets. Towels and linen are provided.
7 nights on board
bedlinen and towels
ferry-fares on the route
transfer Warsaw → boat → Warsaw (transfer of bike not included)
documents and maps
English-speaking tour guide on bike
entries and visits as mentioned in the program
guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday
route (1)-(2): ~260 km/140 miles
through gently hilly landscapes with only few climbs on dirt roads and smaller by-roads without much traffic
how to get there
by car: motorway to Warsaw airport and shuttle to Masuria, or direct to Piaski
by train: station Warsaw and shuttle to Masuria
by plane: airport Warsaw-Centralna and shuttle to Masuria
free at the Active-Resort in Piaski or ~45 €/week at the airport in Warsaw
Masuria-Shuttle between Warsaw and Piaski included, transport of customer bike for 55 €/bike, pay locally, reservation needed
in Warsaw are available on request, prices are depending on the season, from 49 €/person in double and from 79 €/person in single
electric bikes are available on request and limited in numbers
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