Masuria by bike and boat
Be looking forward to the wonderful landscape of the Masuria, to culture expressed in old dam constructions dating back from the time of the orders and impressive manors. You will discover idyllic farmhouses, picturesque seaports and pure nature! After an eventful biking day you are invited to enjoy the atmosphere of the evening still by the water, now on board. Should you prefer to spend one day not on your bike but on board, you can stay on deck and enjoy the richness of the landscape from there.
MS Classic Lady
The MS Classic Lady was built in 2003 especially to perform biking trips in the Masurian lakes landscape. With its 44 x 7 metres it possess a panorama view restaurant with bar and sundeck. The 20 outer cabins measure 11 qm, and are equipped with a ground level bed, closet, shower and toilet, and a bus bar of 220 voltage.
1. day Arriving in Masuria
Budget flights as well as scheduled flights are available to Warsaw with transfer to Masuria (departure at 3 p.m. from airport, departure at 3.30 p.m. from main station). At night, the tour will be discussed and the bikes be handed over.
2. day Johannisburg Heath-Karwik-Nikolaiken ca. 45 km
Crossing the beautiful woodlands of the Johannisburg Heath you will bike past the Ruciane Nida lake to your ship at the Karwik Watergate. Here, you'll embark and comfortably cruise to Nikolaiken.
3. day Wolfsschanze-Wilkasy ca. 50 km
After shipping to Ryn, you will get on your bikes! You will reach the ancient sheepfarm which is today an adorable museum and continue towards "Wolfsschanze", Hitler's headquarter for the Russian front. Here we recommend a guided tour through the memorial reminding of the oppositions of July 20th 1944. The way back to the ship leads you through grasslands, fields and lonesome villages. You can extend today's tour (17 km) with a visit of Ketrzyn (Rastenburg).
4. day Excursion to Lake Goldap ca. 54 km
Today, you'll cycle to Lötzen - the Masurian aquatic sports center. A visit to the Prussian Fort Boyen is worthwhile. You'll marvel over the hand-operated swing-bridge and visit Schinkel church. Taking a bath in the Lake Goldap is tempting before returning to Wilasy, via Posssessern.
5. day Nikolaiken ca. 42 km
Today's bike tour starts with an atmospheric ride on the 'Five-Lakes-Route' to Szymonka. The first stop is Ryn (Rhine) with its 'Ordenburg' (a fortress built by a German military order) dating from the 14th century. In Zondern you can visit a museum of local history located in a 200-year old farmhouse before leaving for Nikolaiken, along the Talter Waters to the landing stage of MS Classic Lady.
6. day Piaski ca. 33 km
Today, you'll be spoilt for choice: Loaf around the worth-seeing city of Nikolaiken or cycle to the swan paradise at the Lake Lucknai. Enjoy boating with the old ferry to the biological station of Popiellno. Marvel at the tarpan, a re-bred primeval wild horse. The MS Classic Lady will lead you to Piaski where your bikes are already waiting for you. You'll cycle to Weissuhnen with its nice village church built as it was typical for the religious order. Then, you'll reach the idyllic bay of Piaski via Ruciane Nida, and also your boat.
7. day Kruttinen ca. 43 km
Visit today the Russian-Orthodox monastery in Wojnowo. The boating by punt on the crystal-clear creek Kruttina through the extensive forest area of the Johannisburg Heath will probably be one of the tour highlights. Cycling through a wonderful landscape via Galkowo with the horse farm 'Gut Ferenstein', you'll return to Piaski, to the MS Classic Lady,
8. day Departure from Warsaw
Possibility of tour extension under the biking resort 'Masurian Lakescape'. Here you'll find offers for boat trips, nordic walking, bike tours and hiking. An additional night is also possible in Warsaw.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
23.05. – 05.09.2020
bookable additional services
- 7 overnight stays with half-board
- Linen and towels
- Fees for harbours, bridges and watergates
- Transfer from Warsaw to the ship and back
- Maps and detailed route description
- German-speaking travel guide
- Entrance fees and visits
- Transportation on ferries and punts
Worth knowing about the bike and boat trip in Masuria
Below you will find specific information about cycling in Masuria. If you have any further questions about this trip, just call us: Tel: 06421 - 886890.
Arrival until 6 pm to the pier of the MS Classic Lady. A parking space for the entire duration of the trip must be registered. Costs: 40,00 Euro per pitch, payable locally.
By plane to Warsaw-Frederic Chopin, from where the bus transfer starts at 15.00. The bus transfer must be pre-booked. Airport pick-up will be in the arrivals hall at Meetingpoint Exit 2. An employee of DNV-Tours will be waiting for you at about 14:45 with a "Masuren-Transfer" sign, which will take you via the main train station "Warszawa Centralna" (departure ca. 15.30) and via Warsaw's Old Town to Jablonna, where the passengers from Modlin are taken to Masuria.
By train to "Warszawa Centralna." Transfer by Masurian shuttle via Old Town and Jablonna to Masuria.The bus transfer must be booked in advance.The pick up at the main train station takes place in the main hall of the station at about 15:25 Please climb the stairs to the mezzanine floor and again one floor up to the main hall. A member of DNV-Tours expects you in the area of cash registers 1 + 2 with a sign "Masuren-Transfer".
Tour discussion and bike edition:
take place the same evening or the following morning.
MS Classic Lady
The MS CLASSIC LADY is 44 m long and 7 m wide and is a cozy and comfortable passenger ship that started operations in 2003 and has since crossed the Masurian Lake District. In the light-flooded panoramic restaurant you can enjoy culinary delights and on the sundeck you can enjoy the soothing atmosphere of the water landscape of Masuria. The outside cabins of the MS CLASSIC LADY are about 11 square meters and have double beds or side by side or separate standing single beds, folding table, wardrobe, safe and a private bathroom with shower / WC and power connections with 220 volts. On the upper deck are 4 double cabins (windows can be opened completely) and on the main deck 16 double cabins (windows can be opened to one third). On board, there is a relaxed, family atmosphere. Please note the smoking ban in the cabins and in the restaurant. A covered smoking area is located between the restaurant and the wheelhouse.
deck plan MS Classic Lady
Rent unisex bikes with 7-speed hub gear, coaster brake and saddlebag. The rental price of 65.00 Euro is payable locally.
8-speed electric bikes can be booked by appointment. The rental price of 165.00 Euro is also payable locally.
You are also welcome to bring your own bike on this trip. Please note that transporting your own bike in the transfer bus from Warsaw to Masuria costs around € 65.00 per bike. A reservation is required, payment on the spot.
The day starts with a hearty breakfast buffet. In the evening you will find on board a typical menu or a rustic barbecue on land. Along the cycle route there are inexpensive lunch opportunities.
The routes lead through mostly gently undulating to hilly terrain with little larger gradients on partially sandy field, forest and meadow paths and on asphalt roads with little traffic. Only on some shorter stages must be expected with some traffic. You should bring some stamina for this tour with a total length of about 260 kilometers.
7 days hotline service
If the bicycle chain is torn, floods make the onward journey impossible or other unpleasant surprises await you: we are available for you 7 days a week and we can help you as soon as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Lying directly on the Great Masurian Lakes, the petite town of Mikolajki is a popular holiday and water sports resort, rightly dubbed “the Pearl of the Masuria”. Well-known as host to numerous summertime regattas, it attracts thousands of sailing enthusiasts every year. Another magnet for tourists and visitors is the annual Festival of Sailors’ Songs, featuring the finest performances of shanties.
Wolf's Lair, Kętrzyn
In the forest between the lakes Siercze and Moj 9 km east of Ketrzyn is the complex of bunkers, which during World War II was the headquarters of the armed forces high command and Hitler’s headquarters. Commander of the Third Reich stayed here for over 900 days.
Boyen Fortress, Gizycko
The Boyen Fortress was built between 1844 and 1856 to protect the kingdom’s border with Russia, and was named after the then Prussian minister of war, General Hermann von Boyen. Since the frontier ran north−south along the 90km string of lakes, the stronghold was strategically placed in the middle, on the isthmus near Giżycko, situated by the lake to the west of the town centre.
Thankfully not affected by mass tourism, even during the peak season, the enchanting town of Ryn stands as an oasis of peace and rest in the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes. The atmosphere here is very different from that of most other places in the region - more refined and quieter. Tourists head to Ryn mainly to visit the castle, originally built in the 14th century and later reconstructed in English Neo-Gothic style. The majestic Teutonic castle in Ryn, formerly ‘Rhein’, can be seen from far away, long before arriving in the town. It houses the Regional Museum and boasts precious and well known collections that total more than 700 artefacts relating to ethnography, geology, archaeology, art and militaria.
Popielno, Peninsula of wild horses
Within the Nature Park Mazury (55,000 hectares) runs south of Mikolajki, needed a small car ferry (summer only 11:00 to 18:00), on the Beldany lake Zoological Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 1955, the descendants of the Waldtarpane / Koniks be here on a former country estate, beavers, bison and wild horses bred and wild. While beaver and bison are no longer threatened today is the main attraction that many tourists visited annually 1,600-hectare outdoor enclosure of Konik. After the extinction of the Tarpan in the wild, late 18th century, the last surviving in a game park animals were given away to farmers.
Wojnowo, monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God
Russian Old Believers established the village of Wojnowo in the first half of XIX century. In 1654 they split off from the Russian Orthodox Church rejecting reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon. Those reforms concerned Church customs, hymn and liturgical books. Old Believers have been so called because they have practised their old customs. Eventually, following different understanding of religious matters, they separated into two main groups: one of them having clergy and another rejecting them. The Old Believers without clergy had lived in Suwałki and Sejny region in the Kingdom of Poland moved and settled in the Land of East Prussia and later on another group coming from Central Russia joined them. Together they established a few villages, Wojnowo being one of them. Government of Prussia named it officially Eckersdorf, but the name Wojnowo was chosen by the village’s owner Sidor Borysov.
The settlers built a wooden chapel – a prayer house and a monastery, dedicated to the Saviour and the Holy Trinity. The monastery prospered during leadership of a young Old Believer Paul, known later as Paul of Prussia. He founded the first Slavonic typography in the town of Pisz.