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Warsaw: Bialowieza National Park and European Bison Tour

1. Warsaw: Bialowieza National Park and European Bison Tour

The Białowieża Forest is a symbol of Poland's natural wealth and diversity. International experts have recognized its unique value, and the Białowieża National Park has been included on UNESCO's World Heritage List as well as on UNESCO's List of World Biosphere Reserves. After morning pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw, you will be transferred by air-conditioned car/minivan with an English-speaking driver to Bialowieza Village, located in the middle of the primeval forest. There you will meet with your local English-speaking guide who will take you for a long walk by a magical reserve of unique trees which are much older than any human could ever hope to live. Whilst there you can relax in the greenery and enjoy the fresh air of the wild forest. Your hike will take about 3 hours, after which you will move on to a reserve of the European bison, which is a symbol of the park and the Europe's heaviest land animal. Only 3,000 exist today in the whole world, out of which 1,200 live in Poland. Nowadays Bialowieza National Park is known as a home to the world’s largest population of these animals. Following the national park, you will be returned back to your Warsaw accommodation.

From Warsaw: Small-Group Tour to Bialowieza National Park

2. From Warsaw: Small-Group Tour to Bialowieza National Park

Bialowieza National Park is a real phenomenon on a European scale. The oldest national park in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe has an extremely diverse variety of flora and fauna. You will find here a whole variety of plants and animals that exist nowhere else. According to specialists, Białowieża Forest is home to 25,000 species of animals and more than 1,000 species of plants. If you want to experience nature at its best and see how the world looks untouched by civilization, take part in this full-day trip to the Bialowieza National Park. During this trip, you will see the best sights and attractions of the place including the following: - Strictly Protected Area: The heart of Bialowieza and its most precious area was created by nature itself without any human intervention. It is hard to believe but almost all of Europe was once covered with this kind of primeval forest. During this 3-hour walk through the protected area, you will be accompanied by a professional tour guide (it is not possible to explore the reserve without a guide). - The European bison Show reserve: No trip to Bialowieza Forest would be complete without a visit to the European bison show reserve. Despite its name, the reserve is inhabited not only by bisons, also known as the kings of Bialowieza, but several other species such as deers, elks, wild boars, wolves, tarpans, Polish horses, lynx, żubron (hybrid of the bison and domestic cattle) live in semi-natural conditions in this area. Please note that the European Bison show Reserve is closed on Mondays from October 15th until April 15th. - Park Palace: This glorious garden located in the heart of the wild forest served as a hunting residence of the Russian tsars. As its name suggests, there was once a palace in this area. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter wild animals like deer, wild boar or fox while walking in the park. - The oldest building in Bialowieza: Through the years this wooden manor house performed a variety of functions. It used to be a seat of the Governor of Grodno and one of the favorite places of relaxation for Tsar Alexander II. It also served as a museum, field hospital, restaurant, casino and even kindergarten. - Orthodox Parish of St. Nicholas: Built in the late 19th century, the church impresses with its red brick architecture. It was founded by Tsar Alexander III and served for a long time as the tsar’s private temple. The interior is decorated with a beautiful porcelain iconostasis, the only one of its kind in Poland. - Bialowieza Towarowa: You will be invited to the Tsar’s restaurant located in an old building of the railway station. It will be a great opportunity to admire (from the outside) the luxury railroad wagons transformed into a Tsarist saloon which is now a hotel. - Hajnowka: Make a stop in Hajnowka, a town located on the western border of the Bialowieza Forest to see the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church  – Poland’s largest two-tier Orthodox Church. The cathedral is also known for its International Festival of Orthodox Church Music.

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What people are saying about Białowieża National Park

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My favorite experience in Poland

This was a great chance to get away from the city to see one of the last primeival forests. I loved the stop to see the animals, and the hike through the forest was zen and beautiful. We especially enjoyed our guide, he was friendly, fun, and we learned a lot. We actually took this tour in January and it was still wonderful. Lunch was also really good, we had our choice from the menu. The driver on this trip was also excellent

This was an amazing experience. The drive was interesting, with a really friendly and knowledgeable host. the guide at the park was a true expert and I learnt a great deal. The forest walk was pleasant and easy. A visit to the bison park capped off a highly memorable day before the drive back to Warsaw. I highly recommend this trip!