Trip Review – Gdańsk, the Baltic, and the Teutonic Knights – 07/2011

Ivor, Helen, and Lachlan from Scotland had a wonderful time on their cycling trip this year. As usual Atlatonin turned on her charm for the Baltic Coast, Tonatiuh moved the sun across the sky, and there was a brief moment when Tlaloc poured down pleeenty of buckets!

“My wife, youngest son (aged 13) and I had a great holiday cycling in northern Poland in July of this year (2011). I would wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone wanting an active holiday, good food and accommodation and the opportunity to see a very attractive, but not that well known, part of Poland. Our party, consisting of 2 Americans, 2 Hungarians, an English couple and us 3 Scots met up with our tour leader Neal (Australian) and his Polish partner Agata in Gdansk and took a ferry out to the end of the Hel peninsula. The first 2 days we cycled along the Baltic coast of Poland. This was fairly flat with plenty of time to get used to the bikes and to stop and swim in the Baltic! We then headed inland into the hills of the Kashubian region for 3 days. This was quite energetic but the countryside was beautiful – lakes, forests etc. We swam in one lake and it was much warmer than the Baltic! Our final 2 days took us back to Gdansk via the magnificent castle of Malbork, where we saw a re-enactment of the famous siege of Malbork.

Neal and Agata were excellent tour leaders and a lot of thought had clearly been put in to the route we took (avoiding busy roads as much as possible) and overnight stops (all good including a country club with spa and a beautifully renovated Prussian mansion where Hitler had stayed during World War Two). Konrad drove the backup van which carried our luggage and provided a welcome respite if you need a rest. With cheap Ryanair flights to Gdansk this was a really good value for money holiday.

Finally, we were a bit worried about how our 13 year old would cope with the cycling etc. No problems. He had a great time and told us later it was the best of the 5 cycling holidays we had been on. Neal made one big mistake though. He told us at the start that it had never rained before on this tour. Well, we had 2 wettish mornings and one short, but dramatic thunder storm – it reminded us of home!”
Ivor, Helen & Lachlan

Posted in Cycling Poland Holiday Reviews

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