Cycling in Poland: Warsaw to Gdansk

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Trip code: 
MVW
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Road Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Enjoy Polish hospitality and explore World Heritage Sites, picturesque countryside and modern cities 

Starting in the fascinating capital city of Warsaw, this tour will take us on a pedal powered journey through the turbulent and hard fought history of Poland. Cycling north towards the coast we will discover tranquil lakes, ancient castles, impressive canals and signs of the country’s recent dark past at Wolfschanze (Wolf’s Lair), known to be Adolf Hitler’s first eastern military headquarters in World War II. As well as these interesting sights we will also experience Poland’s beautiful rural countryside whilst cycling towards the Baltic Sea where the tour ends in the fascinating port city of Gdansk. 

Highlights

  • Discover modern Poland and its fascinating history 
  • Cycle through rural countryside and along coastal paths 
  • Visit historic churches, castles and capital cities

Key information

  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 100% tarmac roads with some undulating rides 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights hotels with en suite facilities 
  • All breakfasts included

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Bike hire 
  • Guided tours of Warsaw & Gdansk  
  • Malborg Castle guided tour & entrance fee

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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6

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Leisurely: 10-13km/6-8miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 100% quiet tarmac roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 220.0km/13.0miles
Day 355.0km/34.0miles
Day 445.0km/28.0miles
Day 570.0km/44.0miles
Day 660.0km/38.0miles
Day 755.0km/34.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London; arrive Warsaw.

    Depart London; arrive Warsaw, upon arrival we will be met by an Exodus guide and transferred to the start hotel in Warsaw city centre. Evening tour briefing.

  • Day 2

    Discover Warsaw on a guided city cycling tour.

    For the first day on the bikes we will discover Poland’s fascinating capital city of Warsaw on a guided city tour. Warsaw is an interesting place and we learn all about the city’s history from when it was known as the ‘Paris of the East’ due to its lavish architecture through to the horrendous bombings of the Second World War.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cycle to Ketrzyn stopping at historic towns and impressive castles en route.

    Cycle through small villages and past beautiful lakes to the small town of Reszel in the region of Ermland where we visit the picturesque old town, gothic bridge and impressive brick castle that belonged to the bishop of Ermland. From here it is onto the pilgrimage church at Swieta Lipka, a jewel from Baroque times set in the middle of Masurian wildness.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Pedal along the shores of Lake Mamry to the port town of Angerburg.

    After breakfast visit the Ketrzyn castle that had once belonged to the former German Teutonic Knights. Then cycle past an area that has witnessed the recent dark past of Poland – ‘Wolfschanze’ (The Wolfs Lair), Adolf Hitler’s first Eastern Front military headquarters and then to the still well-kept headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces at ‘Mauerwald’. Finally cycle directly along the shores of Lake Mamry until reaching our overnight accommodation in the sleepy port town of Angerburg.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Ride to Frombork; guided tour of the popular seaside destination.

    After breakfast we leave Wegorzewo and cycle to Frombork. This city has developed into a peaceful, seaside tourist destination with an intriguing astronomical legacy. Traditionally the home of merchants, farmers and fishermen, Frombork’s most illustrious inhabitant was the astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus who lived and worked as a priest in Frombork. Today we can visit the museum of this well- known astronomer and the Cathedral - the city’s oldest original building.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Cycle along the coast of the Vistula Lagoon to Elblag; continue to Gdansk.

    Cycle along the picturesque coastline of the Vistula Lagoon, the route will take us from Frombork to Elblag through a rolling landscape where we have many opportunities to observe numerous kinds of wild birds. In Elblag town we visit a former Hanseatic Elbing founded by the Teutonic Order and nowadays is famous for its reconstructed Stare Miasto (the Old town). From Elblag we may also take a boat and travel on the Druzno Lake to see the Elblag Canal - the famous early technical masterpiece where a winch was used to lift boats 100m up and across dry land before returning them back to the Elblag Canal.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Visit one of the greatest European fortresses from the Middle Ages in Malbork; free time in Gdansk.

    After breakfast we get on the bikes for the final time of the tour and cycle to Malbork, which is known to be the capitol of the Teutonic Knights. Here you will visit what is known to be one of the greatest European fortresses from the Middle Ages. Afternoon transfer back to Gdansk for a free afternoon to explore. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Gdansk airport; fly to London.

    After breakfast we are transferred to Gdansk airport; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Poland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Poland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast are included.

Breakfast will be standard continental style, consisting of breads, cheese and meats, as well as cereal and fruit.

Polish cuisine is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef as well as winter vegetables and herbs. Soups served in bowls made of bread, are rather fun and quite common. Stuffed dumpling know as pierogi are also popular These days vegetarians are well catered for, but please let Exodus know at the time of booking.

Weather

Poland has a continental climate, with harsh winters and hot summers. Our trips run from May to September, when temperatures are usually mild to hot. The summer months of July and August may be as hot as 30 - 35 ºC, perhaps a little cooler in the hills. Rain can fall at anytime of the year, although in mid-summer it is more likely to come as thunderstorms, June, July and August have the highest rainfall.

Poland chart

Poland chart

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road 

Activity level: 3 (Moderate) 

Average daily distance: 50km (31 miles) with full vehicle support 

This is a guided group holiday, the tour will have one main guide who cycles with the group and a support vehicle following at all times. The support vehicle is available to carry all the essential items that you might need throughout the day and will have a supply of snacks and water. The majority of the route follows quiet back roads through the Polish countryside with little traffic. However there are busier sections where extra care needs to be taken in Warsaw whilst on the city cycling tour and when entering Gdansk. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Cycle Poland; Warsaw to Gdansk

We use a selection of well-located quality hotels on this trip, they are all situated in towns or close to places of interest allowing you to further explore the destination after the cycling has ended. All are clean, comfortable and have en-suite facilities throughout and are of 3-star standard or above.

Warsaw – Hotel Metropol

Wegorzewo – Hotel Mazury

Frombork – Kopernik Hotel

Gdansk – Hotel No.1 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936