Land of 44 Islands


Land of 44 Islands is located in the north-west part of Poland, in the Zachodniopomorskie Region. Świnoujście and around the Szczecinski Lagoon is an amazing paradise for cyclists – travelers. The cross-border location of Świnoujście, an exceptionally developed network of bicycle paths on the Polish and German side of the border gives the possibility of countless cycling trips in a relatively small area in a unique nature. The attractive starting point of Świnoujście allows not only to enjoy the charms of the seaside promenades, but also to explore the islands on which it is located and which are adjacent to it: Wolin, Uznam and Karsibór. These are the largest, and among them many smaller, which gives the region the name of the Land of 44 Islands.

We invite you to an unforgettable adventure to places that you must see and those that are less known, but equally captivating. One of the routes also leads to German seaside promenades and to imperial resorts and spas. The second part of the stay is a trip along the Szczecin Lagoon, a total of about 100 km trail through the Wolin Island, and on it: Międzyzdroje, Wolin and Wolin National Park. We recommend two days to visit Szczecin and its attractive natural surroundings: to the Crooked Forest and the Lower Oder Valley. The expedition’s program has been arranged in such a way that there is time to explore and relax in the picturesque guesthouses.

 

 

Profile of the bike tour: EASY/MEDIUM

Road surface:  asphalt 70% of whole tour, the rest – dirt roads

Daily distance approx. 30 – 65 km,

Whole distance of the bike tour approximately: 410 km.

 

 

Attractions and programme of the bike tour:

 

Day 1: Świnoujście

Accommodation in hotel in the afternoon

 

Day 2: Treasures of Świnoujście: health resorts, promenade and fortresses

The Seaside Quarters – villas and promenade – houses of historical value, characteristic for spa architecture, antique buildings with decorated facades, columns, turrets and loggias, typical for the so called Kaiser spa architecture. The windmill-shaped beacon – the navigation sign, situated at the stone-made western breakwater in  1873-1874. It is the best known symbol of Świnoujście.

Świnoujście Forts: Western For amd Angel Fort, Gerhard Fort, Battery Brzegowa, Underground City Battery Vineta – the construction of fortifications at the mouth of the Świna River began in the early Middle Ages and lasted virtually continuously to modern times. Fort ŚwonoujścieThis was due to the geographical location of Świnoujście and its importance for trade, maritime economy and defense. Until the beginning of the 17th century, Pomeranian princes built up makeshift fortifications here, later the Danes and Swedes, and at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries in Prussians and the French. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that the Prussian army initiated the construction of a complex of permanent fortifications that transformed Świnoujście into a fortress.

Lighthouse the highest lighthouse at the Baltic coast, the focal height is 68 m.

Spa Park – designed by Peter J. Lenne in the 19th century. Lenne was the landscape architect famous for the royal gardens in Berlin and Sanssouci gardens in Potsdam. Park is one of the most outstanding spa parks in Europe, featuring a wide variety of flora, including the valuable and original ancient forest as well as many unique and protected plant species;

The Maritime Fishing Museum – seated in the former Town Hall building, which was built in 1804‑1806, is the oldest in town. The exhibits show the history of fishing, the town and the region, the museum presents historic navigation devices and marine fauna specimens.

 

Day 3: German part of the Uznam Island: lakes, Kaiser health resorts, seaside promenades

AhlbeckLakes Gothensee and Wolgast, Schmollensee, Achterwasser

The cross-border, Polish – German promenade, part of the International coastal biking trail – Eurovelo R-10

German seaside resorts: Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf, Bansin, Koserow

Former imperial spas, with eclectic buildings, often called spa or “Kaiser” architecture. The unique architectural style was formed on Usedom at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Royal and imperial families found a holiday paradise here. Referring to the Renaissance, Baroque or Classicism objects are today architectural monuments that give the area a bit of fairytale charm and splendor.

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Day 4 Tradition of fishing: German part of Uznam Island and Karsibór – kingdom of birds

Border bridge (Garz) on the peat channel – entry to the Uznam Island

Hill and war cemetery of Golm

Kamminke – a cozy fishing village

Ferry to Karsibór Island

Piastowski Bridge

U-boats Basin – built in 1944, until the end of the WW II, it was the U-Boot base of the Kriegsmarine 4th training flotilla.

Karsibór – The church of the Holy Virgin Mary – built at the place of the historical crossing of the Świna River to Przytór  which was part of the ancient trade route around the Baltic Sea. The original was built in the 15th or 16th century.

Kępa Karsiborska – kingdom of birds with a viewing tower –  an internationally renowned natural reserve which is taken care of by the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds.

RAF aircraft members monument – it commemorates the seven Lancaster M.I. aircrew members serving in the famous RAF’s 617 squadron called „Dambusters”, shot down on 16 April 1945 in the course of raiding the “Lützow” heavy cruiser.

Reed meadows and fields (Zajęcze Łęgi) and south-eastern breakwater

 

Day: 5 Wolin Island

MiędzyzdrojeInternational coastal biking trail – Eurovelo R-10

Miedzyzdroje

Wolin National Park

Wapnica – Turquoise Lake

Lubin settlment- Medieval history of the region and an amazing viewpoint over The Land of 44 Islands.

Wolin – Center of Slavs and Vikings,

Regional Museum of Andrzej Kaube

 

Day 6 Along Szczeciński Lagoon

Along the Dąbie Lake 

Lubczyna – beach and marina

 

Zalew SzczecińskiDay 7 Szczecin sightseeing

Shafts Chrobry

Old Town and Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle

Archcathedral Basilica of St. James

Prince’s riding school

Szczecin Underground Tourist Routes

Philharmonic Mieczysław Karłowicz

Jasne Błonia

 

Day 8 Lower Oder Landscape Park

Emerald Lake

Gryfino – town fortifications and the Banska Gate, the Royal Post Office complex along the Oder promenade

Krzywy LasCrooked Forest

Szczecin Landscape Park – Bukowa Forest

 

Day 9

End of the tour after breakfast

 

 

The offer includes (basic):

  • Hotel Bończa Szczecincomfortable accommodation for 8 nights in the hotels and pensions (3-stars), double rooms with bathroom
  • 8 breakfasts
  • luggage transportation between hotels
  • maps, GPS tracks and information about interesting places to visit for each day
  • travel insurance

 

 

The taste of comfort and adventure!

 

Prices (1 person in double room)

Group 2-3 participants: from 3.250 PLN

Group 4-5 participants: from 3.120 PLN

Group 6-8 participants: 3.060 PLN

Prices for more participants – ask us

Final price varies depending on the dates and hotels availability.

 

Surcharges

  • rental of bike, helmet, bicycle pump and repair kits – 400 PLN/8 days/person
  • single room – 600 PLN/8 days/person
  • dinners – 480 PLN/8 days/person
  • GPS device with GPS tracks – 250 PLN/8 days + 500 PLN deposit
  • transfer from Szczecin to Świnoujście – 800 PLN/group
  • guide in Szczecin (up to 4 h) – 450 PLN/group

 

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