Feel the unique atmosphere of Belarus, a beautiful and hospitable country, and see Augustów Canal on the other side of the border - VISA-FREE!
Augustów Canal – surrounded by woods of Augustów Primeval Forest; a unique artificial waterway, on a European scale, which combines both natural forces of Mother Nature and the ingenuity of men. It is a cross-border area which connects three borders, namely: Polish, Belorussian, and Lithuanian. Moreover, in 1968, the Augustów Canal was declared a monument of Polish technology. It is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of nature, and in 2009, it received a Golden Certificate of the Polish Tourist Organization. Moreover, in 2015, it became one of the “seven wonders” of Poland.
The canal has a total length of 103,6 km (approx. 63 miles), The watershed area of the canal on the Polish side of the border is 81 km. The total difference in water levels, which is 54 m, is regulated by 18 historic, renovated locks (14 on the Polish side, 3 on the Belarusian side, and 1 on the border). In Poland, the biggest lock is in Paniewo – with two chambers and the difference in water levels of 6,40 m; and in Belarus – Niemnowo lock with 4 chambers and the difference in water levels of 9,8m.
Border crossing and passport control is performed in a kayak.
Grodno – often emerges as the most fabulous, most medieval among all Belarusian cities. A charming quiet town with lots of greenery, Grodno has the largest number of historical attractions among all cities of Belarus.
The route is relatively easy, recommended for everyone with a good physical condition, even for beginners. On Augustów Canal there is no current, no obstacles and no portages.
till 11.00 – Arrival in Augustów, SZOT Base (how to find us) – office; water equipment rental – kayaks, canoes, bikes, tents; Villa Skomanda – hotel; restaurant; bungalow (8 comfortable rooms); summer houses; playground for children; outdoor sauna; sheltered barbeque area with a fireplace; fenced parking area.
In the neighborhood, there is a large bakery, where you can conveniently do shopping before you start your kayaking trip.
There is a possibility to book an extra night in Villa Skomanda before the kayaking trip – ask about the availability.
Before we start the tour, a short briefing will be provided (organizational and safety issues; kayaking instructions).
Transportation to the kayaking starting point; border crossing and passport control at Kurzyniec lock.
Kayaking route: Rudawka – Niemnowo /20 km
3 locks: Kurzyniec, Wołkuszek, Dąbrówka.
Accommodation – dormitory rooms, bathrooms / campsite. Possibility of sauna bathing.
10 AM – 5 PM – sightseeing in Grodno – with a Polish-speaking guide:
Return to Niemnowo. Night’s accommodation.
Kayaking route: Niemnowo – Rudawka /20 km
3 locks: Dąbrówka, Wołkuszek, Kurzyniec; border crossing and passport control.
The end of the kayaking trip. Transportation to Augustów.
at around 6 PM – the end of the kayaking trip
889 PLN /person 819 PLN /children up to 12
STANDARD Option – accommodation at agritourism farms, dormitory rooms /without bedding/, catering (HB)
749 PLN /person 679 PLN /children up to 12
CAMPSITE Option – accommodation at campsites on the route, catering (HB)
Parking lot during the trip – FOR FREE.