Newsletter:
Welcome to Poland

Testimonials

  • I was part of Ann Scolnick's tour from Tallin to Vilnius.  I was extremely pleased and satisfied with our tour. The organization, and hotels were excellent.  Our meals outside of the hotels were better than the ones provided in the hotels.  The best part of our tour was our guide Vaida!  She was exceptional, in fact better than any guide I have had during any of my extensive travels.  I will recommend your company to my friends, and hope they also will be lucky enough to have such a wonderful guide.
    Ginny Hackney, USA, 2015 (G1 tour in opposite direction Tallinn-Vilnius)
  • My wife and I loved the Baltic self-guided tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  The route selected meant each day had a good piece of riding on quiet roads or bike paths through interesting countryside plus stops in all of the major cities and towns.  Our small group got on very well together.
    Simon Flowers, Switzerland, 2015 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Yes we had a good trip. Saw some nice nature and pleasant villages. The hotels were also good. And the bikes. The driver drove us fast and safe from / to Riga. And we were lucky with the weather. Just a few drops of rain the last day. Mostly sunny. It rained a lot more in Sweden during that week. Best regards,
    Hans Brandtberg, Sweden, 2013 (tour SG1, along the Lithuanian Seaside)
  • Hi Saulius, We had a great time on our trip, and would recommend you to anyone. If you ever figure out how to do a Helsinki - Tallinn via St Petersburg ride, we'd be in!"
    Richard Seton, USA, 2014 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Our cycling-group has spent 10 days in Lithuania and explored your country on Baltic Bike Travel route “Vilnius-Curonian Spit-Klaipeda" – we all want to thank you again for your efforts and great assistance in planning and organizing our individual intentions to realize our this years cycling idea.
    Ludwig Enser, Germany, 2012 (tour SG2, Lithuania – from the capital to the Seaside)
  • Now we are back from a most interesting and well-organized "Baltic Capital City" guided bicycle tour. We have cycled in France, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland in all kinds of landscapes ... so we have some guided cycle tours to compare with. My husband and I are so very satisfied with the whole tour. It was just what we expected except for some extra positive factors...
    Anita Bostrom-Baversten, Sweden, 2011 (tour G1)

Welcome to Poland

Poland is a beautiful, historic and diverse country, with wonderful cities and stunning countryside, there is much for the visitor to explore and discover.

 

Short history

Poland has a long, interesting and at times very turbulent past.

The arrival of the Slavs in the second half of the 5th century established a permanent settlement in Poland, over the centuries relations with Lithuania cultivated the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1569.

The Commonwealth initially continuated the period of prosperity that was present under the previous Jagiellon Dynasty however due to ruinous wars and corrosion of the countries government, Poland entered a time of decline. Reforms were introduced in the 18th century however, before the country could see any benefits, the Russian Empire, Kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy invaded Poland in 1795, creating partitions that the Commonwealth were powerless to fully resist.

Armed resistance continued on and off but independence was to be out of Poland's reach for another 123 years. It was only after the first world war that the climate war and revolution helped create enabled Poland to defeat the partitioning powers, and establish the 2nd Polish Republic which exisited until the Nazi's invaded in 1939.

The Nazi invasion of Poland was the catalyst for the United Kingdom, France and other countries to formally declare war on Nazi Germany. This lead to the six years of World War Two. The Nazi's kept a punishing regime in Poland and millions of Poles died during the occupation. Interesting the Polish government whilst in exile, kept functioning and through Polish military formations on the West and Eastern fronts Poles contributed to the Allied Victory that came in 1945.

However Poland did not experience the freedom that the end of the war brought to the other countries in Europe, as the Russian Red army advanced and Poland was annexed as a satellite Soviet State - The Peoples Republic of Poland.

In the late 1980s, Solidarity a Polish reform movement was instrumental in the Polish Round Table Talks with the communist government which eventually led to a radical restructuring of government and the demise of communism in Poland, leading to the Modern Polish State of today.

Partnership & Membership