Cycling tour : chasing birds among the lakes
Our route goes through the picturesque lakes - Lukomlskae, Seljava and Chereiskae. We will pass a fragrant pine forest located along the lakes and local villages with traditional wooden buildings. The guide in this journey is a professional ornithologist, who lives in this area and knows well all local birds. We will learn how to identify a number of species in flight, recognize birds by their singing, and closely observe them with binoculars. The final point of our route is Belaya Tserkov island, which has already become known throughout Belarus thanks to the Sprava festival. On the shore of this astonishing island we will have a tasty and refined lunch from the Frenchman, the local culinary specialist - Boris Boignard.
Saturday. At 8:00 in the morning we leave Minsk. We get to the city of Novolukoml by minibus and meet with our guide. Let's get a bike and start our route!
Today we will cycle along lakes Lukoml and Seljava. We will make several stops for listening and watching the birds. Probably, we will not be able to resist and swim in these clean lakes along the road, there will be some sandy beaches. Today we cycle about 40 km.
In the evening we arrive at the local lodge, where we have dinner. And of course we will enjoy a good steam in local banya!
Sunday. After breakfast we are ready to continue the route. Today we have the most scenic part of the journey - along Lake Selyava we will cycle to Belaya Tserkov and Chereya Lake. And at the final point, we will be rewarded with delicious lunch from the French chef - Boris Boignard! Today our route is about 40 km.
The route passes along the southern border of the Belarusian Lake District, in places where the glacier stopped more than 10 thousand years ago, leaving the majestic lakes - Lukomlskoe, Selyava, Chereiskoye. We will get acquainted with forest inhabitants of two nature reserves “Zelenoe Lyado” and “Selyava”.
Spring or autumn, the period of birds migrations is one of the most incredible phenomena in the life of animals which is also associated with the ice age. Birds will be in focus during this tour! Over 160 species of birds nest in this area, which is half of all that can be found throughout Belarus. Some rare species are distinguished among them - white-tailed eagle, osprey, gray crane and big merganser.
But during the tour we will also get to know more ordinary, but not less interesting species, which you perhaps did not notice before in everyday life. Traveling on bikes will help us to see and hear more of our feathered neighbors: while we move, we will learn to identify birds in flight, in their habitual and unusual biotopes. This tour will be a good training of observation, because the ability to notice is the key to success in identifying birds in nature. All photos were taken in these places!
Photo: Vitaliy Koscheev
Included in the price:
- transfer from Minsk and back;
- food (picnic and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch from Boris Boignard on Sunday);
- overnight stay at the eco-lodge (2-4 persons/room);
- guidance by a professional ornithologist;
- bike rental;
- bike delivery to the beginning of the route and back;
- an English-speaking guide on the tour.
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The listed price is relevant to a scheduled tour or a group of 10+ participants
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