TABARIŠKĖS – MIKNIŠKĖS – TURGELIAI – MERKINĖ – JAŠIŪNAI – RŪDNINKAI
Route start – in the Tabariškės village. Before boarding the boat you should visit the church in Tabariškės – the oldest temple in Šalčininkai district. Visitor might be also interested in visiting the Museum dedicated to the folk painter Anna Krepštul (1932-2007), who was terminally ill. There you can see not only the artist’s paintings, but also a reconstruction of her room and her wheelchair.
When you will swim on the boat for about seven kilometers, you will see another architecture monument- a wooden Orthodox church in Mikniškės. The local Orthodox community as well can be very interesting for the visitors. This is probably the only village community in Lithuania, where daily life of the habitants is so closely related with nature. The community members are Christians who chose an ascetic lifestyle and are working every day cultivating the land and growing cattle.
In the nearby Turgelių town there is a St.Virgin Mary church, and a chapel designed by St. Felix de Valois in the cemetery. Both buildings are worth tourist attention. Next Merkys river flows through Merkinė, where you can admire the famous Pavlov’s Republic remains. Next the river swifts and flows on the plains towards Jašiūnai. The landscape in those thirteen kilometres is sometimes hilly and the river is full of tumbled down trees. In Jašiūnai water route tourists can visit the famous mansion of Balinski and Sniadecki families. The next stop is advisable to make in the Rūdninkų village. In particular, attention should be paid to the Trinity Church and the monument built the coast Merkys in memory of the rebels from 1863. There is also the Rūdninkų Woods, which itself is an enormous complex habitat, one of the most valuable and most beautiful district areas. After crossing Rūdninkai river meanders through the woods to the Trakai and Varena districts.
Merkys river flow at certain points is very fast, so the route won’t be boring. While every few hundred meters you will see tumbled down trees, and some rocky rifts at a lower water level, swimming by boat on Merkys is not difficult – it is ideal even for the tourists with less experience with water sports.
KANIŪKAI – PAČIABATAI – GERVIŠKĖS – ŽYGMANTIŠKĖS – EIŠIŠKĖS
Šalčios water route length is 63 kilometers. Kayaking on this route you will see Kaniūkai, Pačiabatai, Gerviškės, Žygmantiškės and Eišiškės settlements. In comparison with other Lithuanian rivers Šalčia water is colder – the river has many fresh water springs along the bank. In addition, the river is quite swift, winding and quite shallow, which makes it not easy to navigate the kayak.
Šalčia water route starts in Kaniukai and continues throught Rūdninkų woods and ends thirteen kilometers after crosing Eišiškiės on left bank.
Kayaking in this river is quite changeable: at some points it flows slowly, sometimes you need to maneuver between turns and fallen trees, so choosing this route you won’t get bored. There are several options of the Šalčia route: you can swim from Kaniūkai through Gerviškes to Žygmantiškės (25 km) or from Kaniūkai through Žygmaniškes to Valkininkai in Varena district (55 km).
DAUBUTIŠKĖS – SKRAIČIONYS – DIEVENIŠKĖS – GIRDŽIŪNAI
Gauja is a right tributary of the Nemunas river and it start in Belarus, Grodno region. In Lithuanian territory the river is extended on about thirty kilometres, its section suitable for water tourism stretches between Daubatiškių and Girdžiūnai village. Kayaking in this beautiful river is very exceptional: many swifts, curves, swinging through wild, pure nature, not spoilt by civilization. While kayaking on this route you will be able to admire the unique Dieveniškės Historical Regional Park scenery, you will have the opportunity to visit the cultural and archaeological heritage monuments, you will see the mighty oak trees, millenary barrows and mythological stones. All Park area is equipped with campsites, gazebos with outdoor furniture, fireplaces. Swimming and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy Poškonys pond. Activities on Gauja river it’s a great alternative if you want to rest from the bustle of the city.
For those who like challenges, rather than calm and monotonous river flow, the Visinčia water route is recommended. This is probably the most “wild” river of all the above. It also runs through the Rūdninkų woods, practically avoiding any human settlements. Due to swifts, many twists and various obstacles the route is challenging and requires patience and good physical preparation, it is ideal for already experienced water sports practitioners,for less experienced it can be too extreme.
VERSEKA – DIDŽIOSIOS ZUBIŠKĖS
Verseka is flowing through Šalčininkų and Varenos districts. The river flows through forests, its banks are dry. You can start your trip from the first village lying next to Verseka. Next the river flows through the Didžiosios Zubiškes. Near the second Verseka village the is a 124 acres pond, up to 7 km long, with a large branch.