In the 14th century, dozens of fortresses and fortresses were built in Kashubia, Pomerania, Warmia and Masuria, which were part of the armed forces of the state order created by the German Order (“Orders of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the German House”) - also known as the Crusaders.
On a 14-day tour, we would like to introduce you to the history of some of the most significant and best preserved of these castles. A further plus regarding the area in which the Gothic castles are located is its scenic beauty and its special fitness for cycling tourism. Our adventure starts in 1000-year-old Gdansk.
As we switch between transport by bike and in the microbus, we must visit 10 castles; in some of them we will also spend the night; several times we will attend knight banquets where, in addition to enjoying the delicious dishes, served in medieval style, we will witness duels between knights.
Two places on the trip are transported per day. boat; 1st time on the Ostróda-Elblag Canal, 2nd time on the Great Masurian Lakes.
Our 2-week adventure tour in the realm of nature and history ends with a visit to the Old Town of Warsaw and a festive dinner in one of the restaurants in this old town.
The bicycle ride is very varied and is mainly done on unpaved roads, over fields and through forests; traveling between 20 and 60 km daily. Bicycle trips and elements of the tour's rich cultural program are constantly alternated.
Day 1: Sunday (Pisz / Gdansk)
Arrival at CampPisz in the town of Pisz. Dinner, overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Monday (1000-year-old Gdansk)
Transport from Pisz to Gdansk. Arrival in Gdansk. Breakfast in the Old Town; after breakfast tour of Gdansk. After the tour there is free time. In the afternoon, a short excursion is made by bicycle in the vicinity of Gdansk. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Gdansk. The distance cycled is approx. 20 km.
Day 3: Tuesday (Castle of Bytów; Kashubian (Kaszuby))
Transport by microbus to Czarna Dabrówka, by bike through the picturesque Kashubian countryside to Bytów. Along the way, lunch is eaten. Dinner in the form of a knight banquet and an overnight stay at the Borghotellet in Bytów. Biking distance: approx. 40 km.
Day 4: Wednesday (Kashubian Lake Landscape)
After breakfast, excursion by bicycle through the picturesque western part of the Kashubian lake landscape; along the way eat lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Borghotel in Bytów. Biking distance: approx. 60 km.
Day 5: Thursday (Kwidzyn)
After breakfast transport to Kwidzyn. After arriving here, visits to the medieval Kwidzyn Castle are organized. Subsequent bike excursion in the vicinity of Kwidzyn. Overnight at Hotel Kaskada in Kwidzyn. Distance to cycle: approx. 20 km.
Day 6: Friday (Castle in Malbork)
Our bus today takes us to Sztum, where we must visit the castle dating from the 13th century; we also need to hear about the castle's interesting history. After the visit there is lunch. Then there is transport to Malbork. After dinner there is a nightly visit to the largest medieval castle, built by the Crusaders in Poland. Overnight at Hotel Zbyszko in Malbork.
Day 7: Saturday (Elblag Canal)
Transport to Elblag; boat trip up the picturesque Ostróda-Elblag Canal until Buczyniec; from here transport to Ostróda; in Ostróda visit to the castle. After the visit, you ride a bike to Stare Jablonki. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Anders in Stare Jablonki. Distance to cycle: approx. 30 km.
Day 8: Sunday (Grunwald Battlefield)
Today we cycle by bicycle to the largest medieval battlefield – at Grunwald. On site we also pay a visit to the Grunwald Museum, which exhibits objects that have been extracted during excavations on the battlefield. Return by bike to Stare Jablonki. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Anders. Distance to cycle: approx. 60 km.
9th day: Monday (Knight's banquet in Nidzica)
In the morning we take a microbus on an excursion around the Ilawa Lake area. After lunch, we also – by microbus – leave for the knight banquet in Nidzica, where during dinner there is entertainment in the form of fingered duels, conducted by duelants in medieval knight costumes. Overnight at Hotel Borgen in Nidzica. Distance to cycle: approx. 35 km.
10th day: Tuesday (Three castles)
This day we visit three castles built in the Middle Ages. First we go to Olsztyn, where we can admire the astronomical whiteboard, performed by Mikolaj Kopernik (Copernicus). After the visit to the castle in Olsztyn we take a bus to Lidzbark Warminski, where we also visit the castle. From Lidzbark we drive to Ketrzyn, from where – after seeing the castle there – we continue on to Ruciane Nida, where we spend the following two nights in the picturesque Hotel Nidzki. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Nidzki.
*Day 11: Wednesday (Kayaking on the Krutynia River) *
In the morning we ride a bicycle to Krutyn. Here we switch to kayaks, and in these we now travel the most beautiful stretch on one of the most beautiful kayaking routes in Europe – the route on the river Krutynia from Krutyn to Ukta. From here the bus takes us back to Hotel Nidzki in Ruciane Nida.
Biking distance: approx. 15 km. Distance in kayak: approx. 13 km. – Dinner and overnight at Hotel Nidzki.
12th day: Thursday (Boat trip)
After breakfast we cycle to the Masurian shipping company’s harbor, where we take a boat from the White Fleet to Mikolajki, the tourist capital of Poland. In Mikolajki we get on the bikes again and drive to Ryn, where we visit the castle. After this visit, a bus takes us to Mikolajki, from where we drive along Lake Beldany to Pisz.
Cycling: about 50 km. – Boat trip: approx. 2.5 hours. – Dinner and overnight at Hotel “Nad Pis” in Pisz.
Day 13: Friday (Old Town of Warsaw)
After breakfast departure to Warsaw. In Warsaw visit to the Old City; after the visit there is free time. Ca. pm. At 7 pm there is a festive dinner in the Old Town. In the late evening return by bus to Pisz and overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Saturday (Pisz / Gdynia)
After breakfast leave for Denmark.
Bus transport on the Pisz-Warsaw-Pisz section
Luggage transportation throughout the event
13 nights in hotels and guesthouses in double rooms and single rooms with bath
Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Excursion by boat on the Ostróda-Elblag canal
Visit to the Old Town of Gdansk and Warsaw
Visits to the castles along the way
Kayaking on Krutynia on the Krutyn-Ukta section
Two-person kayaks; rescue
Boat trip on the great Masurian lakes (Ruciane Nida – Mikolajki)
Trekking bikes (21 gears)
Danish-language guide from Pisz / Gdansk to Warsaw / Pisz
Two knight banquets during the event
Material about all the castles visited
Short in 1: 100,000
1. ZG1 30.06 – 13.07.2002
2. ZG2 21.07 – 03.08.2002
3. ZG3 04.08 – 17.08.2002
4. ZG4 18.08 – 31.08.2002
Maximum number of participants: 12; minimum: 8.
PRICE FOR THE EVENT: 999, – euro
Surcharge for single room: 154, – euro
The event is conducted with the Municipal Council of the Polish Gothic Castles as patron.
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