Wild Poland: From Ancient Rivers to Primeval Forest
28 Apr — 5 May 2020 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand
• Explore the truly unique environment of Bialowieza, the greatest primeval deciduous and coniferous forest on the continent, home to wild boar and red deer
• Journey up the Narew River – where the reed marshes are known as the ‘Polish Amazonia’ – looking out for corncrakes, little bitterns, black storks and short eared owls
• The magical dawn chorus will greet us on a special early morning outing, complemented by evening walks to observe beavers and the forest nightlife
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
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.
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.
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, possible bison and owls).
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).
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 for three nights at the Bartlowizna Hotel, Goniadz.
Visits in the area looking for orchids, butterflies and wetland birds. Afternoon: Tykocin village including Jewish museum (the Great Synagogue built 1642).
Excursion to the Biebrza Marshes, looking out for aquatic warbler, harriers, eagles, elk and beaver. Afternoon visit to the site of the Battle of Wizna (1939), sometimes referred to as the ‘Polish Thermopylae’. Evening river visit to spot beaver colonies and crakes.
Depart Warsaw 1530, arriving Heathrow 1720.
28 Apr — 5 May 2020
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What makes this tour special...
"Kevin Hand's knowledge and enthusiasm"
This tour will be taken at a relaxed pace, usually over flat ground. Please note, however, that participants should be capable of walking over rough terrain and for extended periods of time.
Cost of £1785 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin bedded room, breakfast, six lunches (two packed), dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £115.
Own flight reduction: £220.