Things to do in Podlaskie Voivodeship

Our most recommended things to do in Podlaskie Voivodeship

Bialystok Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

1. Bialystok Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Bialystok with a very knowledgeable private guide on a walking tour of the historic city center. Bialystok is a totally charming town with a myriad interesting destinations. Uncover all the most beautiful corners of the city with a private group of just your friends or family.  On the two-hour tour, explore Kosciuszko’s Market Square and the beautiful Town Hall. Follow your guide to see many sacred buildings such as St. Roch's Basilica, Cathedral Church, and the Complex of the Arch-Cathedral, Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Discover the monument to the Great Synagogue, a symbol of Jewish Culture.  Too experience even more, select the three-hour tour and your guide will lead you to Griffin Gate, where you can explore the beautiful Branicki Palace, built in a Baroque style. The top destination in Bialystok, the palace complex is sure to delight with its amazing architecture and ornamentation. Wander around the breathtaking garden on the palace grounds and hear about the history of the royal family.

Warsaw: Bialowieza National Park and European Bison Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

Warsaw: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Tykocin or Narew NP Visit

4. Warsaw: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Tykocin or Narew NP Visit

After a 2-hour trip by road from Warsaw, arrive in the Podlasie region, around 150 kilometers north-east of Warsaw. Meet your pilot and walk over to the balloon. If you wish, you can assist with inflating it. You will then fly over Biebrzanski National Park or Narew National Park. Admire some of the most mesmerizing landscapes of North-Eastern Poland on a 1-hour flight. Look down on a winding river, colorful fields, wild animals, and picturesque villages. After the hot air balloon flight, you will visit either the small town of Tykocin, famous for one of the best-preserved baroque synagogues in Poland, or Narew National Park. You will then be driven back to Warsaw.

Bialystok Private Vodka Tasting Tour

5. Bialystok Private Vodka Tasting Tour

Embark on a party tour with a great combination of facts and hands-on vodka tasting. Drink both white and flavored vodkas, as well as legendary local liqueurs.  Play fun games to compare the flavors with your mates. Your guide will teach you how to drink vodka the Polish way and explain why it is referred to as the national drink. All the locations are carefully chosen based on their unique atmospheres, which reflect different periods in Polish culture and history. During the tour, taste appetizers perfectly matched to the spirits, including white vodka (potato, grain), flavored vodka (nuts, lemon), liqueur, and 70% absinthe.  Choose the 2-hour option to taste a set of five vodkas and appetizers at three different venues. If you are interested in more flavors, then opt for the 3-hour option, which includes seven special shots at four different venues, all paired with appetizers. For the best combination of Polish vodka and traditional cuisine in five venues, select the 4-hour option to enjoy 10 vodkas and ample servings of local food.

Bialystok Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

6. Bialystok Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

Sample some of Poland’s best regional and craft beers on this private tasting tour in Bialystok. With your local guide, visit a selection of popular Bialystok venues, taste different beers, and learn about Poland’s history, traditions, and customs. There are 3 options for you to choose from when booking. On the 2-hour tour, visit 3 different venues and taste 7 different beers. On the 3-hour tour, visit 4 venues, and taste 11 beers. And, on the 4-hour beer and food tour, visit 5 venues, including 2 traditional restaurants, to taste 13 beers and feast on more food than you can eat. All options include delicious Polish appetizers to accompany your beer, as well as fascinating information from your guide about each of the beers and their breweries. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better appreciation and understanding of Polish beer and customs, and a full belly.

Bialystok Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

7. Bialystok Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

Sample authentic Polish delicacies on this private tasting tour in Bialystok. With your guide, visit carefully selected venues offering the very best of regional cuisine and learn about local history, culture, and traditions. There are three options for you to choose from when booking. On the 2.5-hour tour, you'll have a basic guided sightseeing walking tour with stops at 2 eateries. Sample different kinds of dumplings, taste Polish meats and other specialties, and enjoy a cake accompanied by a tea or coffee. On the 3.5-hour tour, taste traditional food at 3 venues, including dumplings, meat, and soup, as well as a beer, cake, and tea or coffee. Your guide will also show you some city highlights. Upgrade the experience entirely with the 5-hour option, which combines great food, 8 local vodka or beers, and sightseeing. Enjoy a stroll through the city and see some of Bialystok’s iconic landmarks, followed by a delicious feast. Highlights of the tour include Kosciuszko’s Market Square, the Archcathedral Basilica, and the impressive Great Griffin Gateway which leads to the charming Branicki Palace.

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What people are saying about Podlaskie Voivodeship

Overall rating

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based on 4 reviews

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!

“Bialystok is not really a tourist city, which actually makes it interesting again for tourists!” That was roughly how we were greeted in a very friendly manner and Greg introduced us to the city in the best possible way. All questions could be asked and all the answers brought us a little further. Thanks for the entertaining tour!