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Review of Augustow Canal

Augustow Canal
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Augustow
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We took a boat trip as was again impress by the natural beauty of the lake district.
Everything was well organised and good value for money.

Thank JPS594
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Took the kayaking trip with Szot.pl. Loved it.
The group was composed of six people in three kayaks. We arrived Monday morning at 11 am at their location in Augustow. Here we left our cars while we kayaked.

They sell water proof phone cases and rent water proof bags for anything you want to bring on the kayak. Everything else, like luggage/extra water/ liquor/ and sleeping bags is transferred each day from location to location.
Once you are ready, they do a short kayaking presentation before you get in a van. About one half hour later you are dropped off at a monastary where the trip will begin. The kayaks are brought to the lake while you are free to tour the old monastary.
Two members of our group never kayaked before one of which was 78. Because of them, I felt that the kayaking company should have done a presentation on the proper way to launch and get in and out of kayaks.
Intially we had a problem finding the mouth of the river. However my friend, who co-ordinated the trip had government land maps. With a little bit of searching the maps and kayaking around the lake we found the entrance. The tour company should have provided laminated maps, especially for the start as once your on the river, the current can guide you.
The first day is only a few hours and the river current helps you travel down the river. As you go thought beautiful woods and by farms, you are watching for the Szot sign. This sign is the nightly stop.
Once seen, you get out of the kayak and bring your daily gear and oars down the path to the farm house. The first stop was an old farm house with more than enough bedrooms. However, this was early in the season and we were the only people kayaking on the river. Our luggage/sleeping bags and drinks were waiting for us.
At 5 pm dinner was served. It was soup, perogies and salad. The food was very good and they brought more when we ran out. As we had our own liquor and bottled water with our luggage, we always had something to drink besides the tea and fruit drink they offered.
The next morning they brought a typical polish breakfast of eggs, cheese, sliced meats, tomatoes and bread. They will have other items depending on the farm. Sometimes everything can be home made like the fresh goat cheese, jams and of course the eggs. Lunch with a bottle of water was brought out while we ate. We topped up the sandwiches with some of the extra sliced meat from breakfast.
The second day was the longest. However, as the river has a nice current it is not difficult to make your way down the many twistes and turns of the river. Patience is the key as eventually the Szot sign will appear. It was a long day.
The second and third farm had little rooms but were in much better condition. The last location was more like a new hotel. The meals were better and better each day. Over the course of the first three days you will need to build up your strength for the last day. On fourth day you will come to the Augustow canal. No more river current. The last nightly stop is after a lock on the canal on a beautiful small lake full of water lillies. For each canal lock you pay a small fee to go through.
The last day is the most difficult as there are a number of lakes to kayak through to the pickup spot. While we appreciate that the truck was there waiting for us, we did not appreciate that we had to carry the kayaks up a steep hill as the driver no longer had a helper. However, it was a small price to pay. My recommendation to those who are tire easily is to arrange pickup at the last hotel. While the lakes were nice, the river and canal was the highlight of the trip. I would love to do it again except i would prefer to end the trip in Belarus.

2  Thank GerryHannaP
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

There are many providers to take you on a boat trip, so you should ask about the route and legth and everything. What we took, was a little short. But if you have never had a experience in a sluice, then it woud be interesting too.

Thank tarx99
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Lovely spot on the edge of Poland (likely your first or last stop, depending on your direction of travel). Charming place for some interesting water tours. The city square (Rynku Zygmunta) is a good place to park, pick up some groceries, and have a reasonably priced meal or picnic - lots of shade trees and benches to enjoy.

Thank Professor04
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

There are two boat trips from Augustow. One is the Raspuda Lake ~ over one hour cruise over two lakes and one river. The second one is Studzienna Lake ~ three hour cruise over three lakes and two rivers and lock in Przewiezi . Both trips return back the same way to the port of Augustow.

The one to Studzienna follows the footsteps of Pope John Paul II when he took the trip during his visit in Poland ~ therefore it is called "Pope's route". I has three trips a day, but only the last one at 4:00 PM allows for 1/2 hour the visit of little chapel where pope prayed, the "holy spring" and the bronze statue of pope.
The trips offer the very nice views of the lakes, and their coast.

1  Thank tzd60820
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