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New! The Commonwealth Guided cycling tour: Lithuania - Poland (another COMMONWEALTH…) Vilnius – Trakai – Druskininkai Spa Resort – Dzūkija, Wigry & Biebrza National Parks – Suwalki – Augustow – Warsaw

 


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~323 km/~202 mi., by coach ~503 km/313 mi.

Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easy to moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 32 to 57 km (20-36 miles) each day with a possibility to do more kilometres while cycling around Druskininkai Resort (Day 3-4) and Wigry Lake (Day 6). The terrain is dead flat most of the tour except a few stretches on rolling roads with some gradual hills in Lithuania (around Trakai and the route to Druskininkai) and Poland (Suwalki Lakeland and around Wigry Lake).

Arrival / Departure: Arrival in Vilnius Airport or Kaunas Airport (100 km from Vilnius) in Lithuania and departure from the main International Warsaw-Chopin Airport or Warsaw-Modlin Airport (39 km from Warsaw), Poland. For more information about flights, see websites:

VILNIUS airport
KAUNAS airport
WARSAW-Chopin Airport
WARSAW-Modlin Airport (RYANAIR only)

9 days guided group bike tour from Vilnius (Code G6)

Explore a borderland of Lithuania and Poland which is the land of gentle hills, sandy plains, vast primeval forests, crystal clear lakes and deep river valleys. The tour starts in the Lithuanian capital city Vilnius and finishes in the Polish capital city Warsaw, both cities famous for their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The tour program includes 3 nights in Druskininkai Spa Resort, cycling and kayaking in Dzūkija National PAN Park in Lithuania, cycling around Suwalki Lakeland with Wigry and Biebrza National Parks in Poland. Experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these two different countries which had a common history known as the Polish – Lithuanian Commonwealth in 16-18thC!

ITINERARY

Day 1 Monday (Lithuania): Arrive in Vilnius

Arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included) and welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide Check-in at the hotel for 2 overnight stays. OVERNIGHT: Vilnius; HOTEL: COMFORT HOTEL LT***

Day 2 Tuesday (Lithuania): VILNIUS & TRAKAI (cycling ~25 km/16 miles, by minibus ~55 km)

After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon return trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Start your first cycle ride on gentle hills around Galvė lake. En route we'll stop in Trakai where you may visit the 14thC island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė. OVERNIGHT: Vilnius; HOTEL: COMFORT HOTEL LT***

Day 3 Wednesday (Lithuania): Along the Nemunas River to DRUSKININKAI Resort (cycling ~32 km/20 miles or 48 km/30 miles, by minibus ~100 km)

Transfer by minibus to Merkinė. Cycle ride to Druskininkai which is one of the best climatic and wellness springs resorts in Europe. Today's cycle route goes via Liškiava famous for its 17-18thC Dominican monastery ensemble on the Nemunas River bank. Arrive in Druskininkai, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays. Afternoon free in the resort or going for a circular ride in the woods. Dinner at the hotel (included).OVERNIGHT: Druskininkai; HOTEL: REGINA***

Day 4 Thursday (Lithuania): DZŪKIJA NATIONAL PARK by bike (cycling ~52 km/33 miles, by minibus ~55 km)

Morning transfer to Dzūkija National Park, the largest park in Lithuania overgrown with pine forests (90% of the territory) and one of 13 wild PAN parks in Europe. Here begins our cycle route through the woods and ethnographical villages. Afternoon trip to Grūtas Park, which has a unique distinction of being the place where all unwanted statues of Lenin were taken after Lithuania regained its independence from the Soviet Union. OVERNIGHT: Druskininkai; HOTEL: REGINA***

Day 5 Friday (Lithuania-Poland): SUWALKI LAKELAND & TOWN (cycling ~55 km/34 miles, by coach ~85 km)

Morning bus transfer to Poland. After crossing the border we start cycling on rolling hills with picturesque views to beautiful lakes and Polish countryside. Wigry National park is our destination. En route we visit Suwałki, the largest town and the capital of the historical Suwałki region. Check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays. Dinner at the hotel (included). OVERNIGHT: Wigry National Park; HOTEL: HOTEL NAD WIGRAMI*** or similar

Day 6 Saturday (Poland): WIGRY NATIONAL PARK (cycling ~47 km/29 miles)

Circular bike tour on marked trails around Wigry Lake which is the largest with 15 islands, one of the deepest (73 m) and most beautiful lakes in Podlasie region. En route explore a former monastery, built by the death-obsessed Camaldolese monks in 17thC. The whole complex, complete with a church and 17 hermitages, is spectacularly located on a peninsula in the lake. OVERNIGHT: Wigry National Park; HOTEL: HOTEL NAD WIGRAMI*** or similar

Day 7 Sunday (Poland): AUGUSTOW & BIEBRZA NATIONAL PARK (cycling ~57 km/36 miles, by coach ~28 km)

Short transfer to Augustow, a small but appealing town, the gateway to the Suwałki region at the Netta River. Today we cycle along the GreenVelo route to Biebrza National Park which protects vast and relatively untouched fenlands with a unique variety of plants, rare wetland birds and mammals such as Elk and Beaver. Arrive in Goniadz, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included). OVERNIGHT: Goniadz; HOTEL: BARTLOWZINA*** or similar

Day 8 Monday (Poland) GONIADZ – WARSAW (cycling ~39 km/24 miles, by coach ~180 km)

Morning is dedicated for the final cycling ride along the Royal Route (Polish: Trakt Królewski) through Biebrza National Park and then transfer by bus to Warsaw, capital of Poland. Check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Warsaw Old Town. Dinner in local restaurant (included). OVERNIGHT: Warsaw; HOTEL: METROPOL*** or similar

Day 9 Tuesday (Poland): Warsaw

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

2021 TOUR DATES*

G6-1. 21.06 - 29.06.2021
G6-2. 19.07 - 27.07.2021

TOUR PRICE per person (from 6 people)

Double/Twin room - 1199 EUR
Single room - 1399 EUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights stay in hotels, including all taxes
  • Breakfast on days 2-9
  • Welcome meeting with a glass of wine or beer
  • 4 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea (1x Druskininkai, 1x Wigry,1x Goniadz, 1x Warsaw)
  • Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days
  • Rent of trekking bicycle with waterproof pannier (+ helmet on request)
  • Services of local tour guide(s) on days 2-8
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned mini/-bus
  • Luggage transport
  • Excursions as shown in itinerary
  • Entrance to Grūtas Park of Soviet Sculptures, Wigry Monastery
  • Individual information package (one per room)

ACCOMMODATION

- 3* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC

THE TOUR DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Lunches and 4 dinners
  • Tips

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • supplement for an E-bike/Pedelec (Bosch driving system) with a waterproof pannier – 145 EUR per person
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Vilnius 3* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 90 EUR
    Single room - 80 EUR
  • Post-tour accommodation in Warsaw 3* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 99 EUR
    Single room - 89 EUR
  • Arrival transfer (price for one way)
    from Vilnius airport (by car for up to 3 people) - 30 EUR
    from Vilnius airport (by minibus for up to 7 people) - 59 EUR
  • Departure transfer (price for one way )
    to Warsaw-Chopin / Warsaw-Modlin airport (by car for up to 3 people) - 30 EUR / 79 EUR
    to Warsaw-Chopin / Warsaw-Modlin airport (by minibus for up to 7 people) - 59 EUR / 99 EUR

NOTES

  • Discount for extra bed in double/twin room – 15 %
  • Minimum group size – 6 people
  • Maximum group size – 18 people with one guide and 25 people with two guides!
  • For more information about our rental bikes and equipment click here

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