Tired of the hustle and bustle and constant rush of big cities? Dreaming of a short holiday amidst amazing nature and fresh air? Grab a paddle and enjoy your May weekend in Augustów. 2024
The most beautiful routes – relax on the Czarna Hańcza River, adventure on the Rospuda River and adrenaline on the Marycha River. Do not hesitate!
Comfortable accommodation in Augustów; next to a forest, tasty, home-made meals; daily transports; extra attractions available on-site; comprehensive organization.
till 10:30 AM – arrival in Augustów.
The SZOT Base (how to find us) is located on 8 hectares of land. There are Villa Skomanda – a hotel with a restaurant, bungalow – rooms with separate entrances from the veranda, 4-person summer houses. There is also the SZOT tourist office, kayak and canoes rental, a playground for children, a traditional wood-fired sauna, a sheltered barbecue area with a bonfire place, and a large car park. Everything in a fenced area, surrounded by a forest and a large green space.
We are situated in a picturesque part of Augustów town, close to Augustów Primeval Forest, Augustów Canal, and “Green Velo” cycle trail.
Before we start the tour, a short briefing will be provided (organizational and safety issues; kayaking instructions).
11:30 AM – transportation to the kayaking starting point.
An attractive part of the river meanders among the majestic, natural forests of the Augustów Primeval Forest – the second largest forest complex in the Poland. The river flows in a rather narrow bed, the current is gentle and safe. There are many bends on the route, some fallen trees, branches sticking out of the water. The most of them can be kayaked over, paddling skillfuly. For experienced kayakers it is a piece of cake, for beginners it is more adrenaline 😉
We start the kayaking trip in a small village and immediately enter the world of beautiful forest nature. The next village is not until in 10 km. There is charming and convenient place for a stop and a bath on the route after 5 km kayaking (three Oaks). The last two kilometers we kayak through the fascinating Augustów Canal regulated by historic, manually operated locks (must-see!). In total, we will rise over 5 meters. Attraction! In Mikaszówka there is an old wooden church built in the traditional architectural style, a perfect match for the wilderness of old-growth forests.
Duration: approx. 4,5 hours of kayaking.
approx. 5.00 PM Transportation from the ending point back to Augustów / check-in possible from 3 PM/, accommodation.
09.00 AM – transportation to the kayaking starting point.
Beautiful, wild and meandering river. It starts in the area of Kukle forest preserve, and then runs along the border area of Poland and Lithuania. On the route there are many natural obstacles in form of fallen trees. As an additional attraction, sometimes it is necessary to get out of the kayak and push or move it over the obstacle. The ending point is located 2 km from the place where three borders meet: Polish, Lithuanian, and Belorussian.
Duration of kayaking: approx. 5 hours
approx. 4.00 PM transportation from the ending point back to Augustów.
After breakfast, check-out.
10.00 AM – transportation to the kayaking starting point.
Along the river there are sections with sharp curves, fallen trees and large boulders, but there are also calmer ones, where the river is mild and free of obstacles. In summertime the route is relatively easy. Surrounded by beautiful, picturesque scenery! On the route there is a food bar “Chodorki”. On the route there are two unique spots to visit: the ruins of Pac Palace in Dowspuda, and Święte Miejsce nature reserve – cultural and religious site. Transportation from the ending point back to Augustów.
Duration: approx. 4 hours of kayaking.
approx. 3.30 PM transportation from the ending point back to Augustów.
Guests departure Or extend your stay and:
sightseeing Augustów, cycling trip (bike rental on site at Villa Skomanda), a cruise and many other attractions.
We also offer one-day trips: to the Suwałki- Augustów Lake district, to Lithuania – Vilnius and Trakai. Reservation of excursions at the reception desk; pick-up of participants and return transport to Villa Skomanda.
Nutritional needs, any diets, should be reported at least two days in advance at the Reception.
Parking lot during the kayaking tour – free.
For our regular guests we offer an additional discount.