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Poland's Green Lung

22 May — 29 May 2018 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1015 on LOT Polish Airlines, arriving Warsaw 1345. Transfer to Bialowieza via the Holy Mount of Grabarka (sacred building surrounded by forest) for four nights at Hotel Bialowieski.

Day

2

Early morning field trip in the National Park of Bialowieza forest (wild boar, red deer and the possibility of wild bison). Afternoon: National History Museum and small Skansen Open-Air Museum (traditional wooden architecture). Evening introduction to tomorrow’s special visit by National Park staff.

Day

3

Early morning dawn chorus excursion through the strictly protected zone of the National Park (world famous primeval forest). Some free time at the hotel followed by an evening excursion into the Bialowieza Forest (night life of the forest, possibly bison, and owls).

Day

4

Optional early morning dawn chorus river walk followed by further exploration of the forest including walks in spruce woods (red-breasted flycatcher, woodpeckers, possible bison, boar, and wolf).

Day

5

Journey northwards to the Narwianski National Park for Narew River trip in punts through reed marshes and flood plain (the ‘Polish Amazonia’ with corncrake, little bittern, black stork, short-eared owl and rare dragonflies). Continue to Kiermusy for three nights at Meadow Manors Hotel.

Day

6

Village of Waniewo with lunch at a local farmhouse, afternoon exploring Biebrza Marshes, looking out for aquatic warbler, harriers, eagles, elk and beaver. Evening river visit to spot beaver colonies and crakes.

Day

7

Visits in the area looking for orchids, butterflies and wetland birds. Afternoon: Tykocin village including Jewish museum (the Great Synagogue built 1642).

Day

8

Depart Warsaw 1510, arriving Heathrow 1700.

Tour Dates

22 May — 29 May 2018

Days

8

Cost

£1695

Tour Code

POGL-18

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Cost includes: 

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, six lunches (some picnic), dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £115.

 
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