Level of difficulty - suitable for families with children of 5 years and older
Total distance kayaking
Tour's starting place
Ideal for families and those preferring to see the nature from the water. This tour features 3 days of kayaking, 2 different rivers, 7 lakes, 2 craftsmen's workshops, open fire dinners and cosy guesthouses over 6 days spent in the beautiful nature of Gražutės Regional Park.
Guaranteed departure date for 2019: 26 - 31 May. Also available for private groups on request.
Day 1: Arrival and introduction Arrival to Visaginas, where you are welcomed by your guide. Transfer (~25 minutes) to the first guesthouse, located right by the lake and surrounded by mature pine forest, in Gražutės Regional Park. Dinner at the accommodation, tour presentation, safety briefing and meeting other participants. Sauna in the evening (optional). If arriving early, you will also have time to explore a nearby Salakas village and adore its beautiful church. Day 2: Kayaking on Šventoji river (15km/9mi) In the morning after breakfast we get to the clear waters of Luodis lake and continue our tour by kayaks. We provide all equipment, such as paddles and life vests.
We make a few stops on some peninsulas and islands of Luodis lake, giving you a chance to capture beautiful nature views and have a sneak peek on local wildlife. There will also be a stop for a packed lunch. Luodis is considered a heaven for fishing enthusiasts, and it is likely that we'll meet some fishermen along our route.
Our way then leads us through the waters of Šventoji river to our next guesthouse for two nights. The guesthouse is located in the rural area, hidden from other's eyes, thus providing a peaceful and quiet island of rest. Dinner at the guesthouse, sauna.
Day 3: Free day Today is a free day for you to enjoy peace and quietness of Gražutės regional park. You can either stay at a guesthouse, take a leisure walk around, use a boat* to paddle through the lake, ask for a SUP* (standing up paddle board) rental or go for a hike to the ecological honey-making farmstead in a nearby village. Janina, the beekeeper, will shed the light on secrets of honey-making and give us a try of some best honeys she makes.
Depending on the season, guided berries and mushroom picking will also be available. Packed lunch will be provided, dinner at the guesthouse over open fire. *offered at an additional price on location.
Day 4: Kayaking to Antalieptės reservoir (12km/7,5mi) The second day of kayaking on Šventoji river, reaching Antalieptės reservoir. Antalieptės reservoir is made up from 26 lakes, which were artificially joined together to form a single lake, powering up a hydroelectric power station at Antalieptė. The reservoir is full of little islands, majority of which are a natural habitat for variety of bird species.
On the way there will be an opportunity to visit a former water mill and now a museum of radio sets (all of them are working!) at Tiltiškės. Closer to the evening we will arrive at the guesthouse. Sauna in the evening.
A magical pathway through the swamp at Deguciai
Day 5: Kayaking on fast and narrow river Nikajus to Zarasai (17km/10,5mi) A short transfer to the lake Auslas, from which a kayaking trip on a river Nikajus will begin.
Kayaking on this river features completely wild nature views, as its only visitors are rare fishermen and kayakers. Paddling on this river won't be easy, as it's very fast, wild and narrow. However, a lot of fun and strong feelings of achievement are guaranteed!
We'll stop for some rest and traditional lunch at an old wooden watermill. You'll also be able to participate in a bread making workshop and learn all about it Lithuanian-style. Arriving to Zarasai town in the evening, checking in to the last guesthouse of the trip.
Day 6: The end of the tour in Zarasai Take it easy with a delicious breakfast and rest, or set on to explore a small but beautiful Zarasai town, from which you can get a connection to Vilnius or Kaunas airport.
Accommodation in traditional guesthouses for 5 nights in rooms for 2-4 persons with shared facilities
Full-board meals on days 2-5, dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 6
Kayak, paddles, life vest and other necessary camping equipment rental
English/Russian speaking local guide
Sauna on days 2 and 3
2 craftsmen's workshops: honey-making and bread-making
Transportation of personal belongings between accommodations
Ground transfers as per itinerary during the tour
Transfer from Visaginas to the guesthouse on day 1 (departure from Zarasai on day 6 by public transport)
Entry ticket to the regional park
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