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Boating holidays on the Lakes of Poland

Step aboard for some superb boating holidays on the lakes of Poland, steering your self-drive boat through one of the loveliest lakeland regions in Europe.

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A peaceful cruise on the Masurian Lakes

The scent of pine trees is in the air, the horizon is clear, and your boat glides slowly and smoothly, hardly leaving a wake. On the lakes of Poland, boating holidays give you that special feeling that you’re the first to explore these vast stretches water. Close to the frontier of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, the Masurian Lake District is a region covered with huge forests and sparkling lakes, linked together by small navigable canals. You wake up every morning with a sense of total freedom. There’s so much to see and do here that you can plan something different every day, effortlessly keeping all the crew happy. There seems to be an endless succession of lakes, canals and rivers to explore on your self-drive boat. Here’s a tip: do as the locals do and find a mooring where you can grill the delicious fish you’ve managed to catch: perch, roach, bleak, pike and enormous catfish. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget. Make sure you take some selfies or no one will believe you!

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Mikolajki is your departure base in the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’.

The Masurian Lake District is made up of a chain of lakes, with canals and rivers, all teeming with wildlife. Your boating holidays on the lakes of Poland will start from one of the ‘Thousand Lakes’: Mikolajki

Mikolajki

Your departure base, Mikolajki, is built on an isthmus and is one of the most pleasant towns in Poland.

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Mikolajki

Your departure base, Mikolajki, is built on an isthmus and is one of the most pleasant towns in Poland.

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Steer your self drive boat from one lake to the next as you explore the Masurian Lake District

With over 2,000 lakes, this cruise is unique. But you’ll have plenty of other surprises on this waterways holiday. Here are just five of them.

The Pisz Forest, a green jewel beside the water

This forest of pine and fir trees is enormous. It’s a heaven for walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers, who might be lucky enough to see lynx, boar or elk.

Sniardwi, Poland’s largest lake

To the south of the departure base at Mikolajki, this vast stretch of water has become a favourite place for boating holidays. Stop here for a swim, or some fishing or watersports before you carry on with your cruise.

Ryn, the legacy of the Teutonic Knights

As you glide across Talty Lake, you’ll see the ruins of this Teutonic fortress, built in 1337, perched on a hill. A great place to stop and learn more about Poland’s history.

Krutynia, a crystal-clear river

The river Krutynia is one of the best waterways in Poland for canoeing and kayaking, with a specially-built canoeing course. This is a place where sport and nature exist side by side in harmony.

Mamry Lake, ‘Masuria’s archipelago’

Mamry is the second largest lake in the region and has 33 islands. It’s a really unusual natural site because of the links and canals. As you cruise through it, you can also spot some very rare species of birds.

The Pisz Forest, a green jewel beside the water

This forest of pine and fir trees is enormous. It’s a heaven for walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers, who might be lucky enough to see lynx, boar or elk.

Sniardwi, Poland’s largest lake

To the south of the departure base at Mikolajki, this vast stretch of water has become a favourite place for boating holidays. Stop here for a swim, or some fishing or watersports before you carry on with your cruise.

Ryn, the legacy of the Teutonic Knights

As you glide across Talty Lake, you’ll see the ruins of this Teutonic fortress, built in 1337, perched on a hill. A great place to stop and learn more about Poland’s history.

Krutynia, a crystal-clear river

The river Krutynia is one of the best waterways in Poland for canoeing and kayaking, with a specially-built canoeing course. This is a place where sport and nature exist side by side in harmony.

Mamry Lake, ‘Masuria’s archipelago’

Mamry is the second largest lake in the region and has 33 islands. It’s a really unusual natural site because of the links and canals. As you cruise through it, you can also spot some very rare species of birds.

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Total waterways immersion in the heart of Poland’s ‘Thousand Lakes’

Sometimes called the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’ (although it actually has over 2,000!) the Masurian Lake District should be on your bucket list if you enjoy boat hire holidays in the wilderness. The rivers, canals and lakes are all connected so you can cruise through the region easily. It’s worth noting that there are no locks in Masuria. Boating holidays provide the perfect way to explore the lakes of Poland and enjoy an unforgettable experience. The natural environment turns the banks into a green haven of lush vegetation, where deer, bison and hordes of birds can be seen. In summer, the small lakeside towns are dressed in warm colours. Concerts and festivals create a warm and lively atmosphere which tourists and locals enjoy. There are plenty of activities on offer too: fishing, swimming and sailing are all very well catered for. And of course the footpaths beside the canals offer some lovely walks.

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