Eastern Poland and the Masurian Lake District

Eastern Poland and the Masurian Lake District

 

Day 1:

Arriving to Warsaw. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2:

Grabarka – the most important and famous orthodox sanctuary in Poland: the Hill of the Crosses (with orthodox crosses left on the hill by pilgrims) and the wooden orthodox church. Transfer to Białowieża. A break in Białowieża Forest – the largest foresty area in the European lowlands that is still unspoiled by the civilisation. Dinner with a bonfire.

 

Day 3:

A visit to Białowieski National Park (the UNESCO MAB Biosphere Reserve). There will be likelihood of meeting European bisons – the symbol of Białowieża. Transfer to the Biebrza Valley.

 

Day 4:

A visit to Biebrza National Park: a walking tour through the large swamps that are untouched by the civilisation, gentle rafting in the Biebrza River.

 

Day 5:

A boat cruise in Augustowski Canal – the waterway constructed in the 19-th century (a unique example of water enginery). Transfer to the Wigry Lake. Visiting of the former monastery, located on the peninsula in the middle of the lake.

 

Day 6:

A coach trip through the Suwałki Lake District (one of the most picturesque lake districts in Poland) – you will be impressed by a stunning scenery and beautiful landscape, on the way we make also a short break to see the railway bridges in Stańczyki (one of the most unique example of this kind of architecture). Mikołajki: a visit to the beautiful Masurian sailors’ village with the very picturesque marina. Walking tour in the Nature Reserve of the Łuknajno Lake or a boat cruise on the Śniardwy Lake (the largest lake in Poland).

 

Day 7:

Gierłoż: Wolfschantze – the Hitler’s headquarter during the World War II. Święta Lipka: a visit to the most famous sanctuary in the Masurian Lake District (the church and the Jesuits monastery is a pearl of Baroque art and architecture). Olsztynek: a visit to the Museum of Folk Architecture (an open-air ethnographic museum).

 

Day 8:

Grunwald: the monument of the battle between the joined Polish-Lithuanian forces and the Teutonic Knights in 1410. Transfer to Warsaw or Gdańsk Airport.

 

On the 2nd day it is possible to make sightseeing in Warsaw (as mentioned in the program of the trip “Warsaw and Pomerania”) and make the whole journey one day longer.