Poland’s Winter Wildlife Tour
February 7, 2022 - February 14, 2022£549 – £2582
Poland’s Winter Wildlife Tour
Forests hundreds and thousands of years old, the largest mammals in Europe and a truly primeval setting. With the best local guides and access to the top spots in Poland for rare mammals this tour will take you into the heart of virgin forests which have never been touched, we will track a pack of wolves through the elk wintering grounds and observe some of the last remaining European bison in the world. We also see lynx, beavers, otters, foxes, stoats, martens, deer, badgers and many more mammals which surely makes this the very best tour for Europes very own Big Game!
Expert local guides
Wintering birds and European rarities
Walk through ancient virgin woodland
Access protected land with local guides
See Europes mega fauna
Track down wolves on foot
Top Animals on Tour
Tour Dates: 7/2/2022 – 14/2/2022
Duration: 7 nights
Type / Focus: Wolves & Bison
On arrival at Warsaw airport you will meet your zoologist escort and our local guide. We will travel to Bialoweiza village (5 hours) where we will have our evening meal at our accommodation, level – guest house (Unikat Pension / Wejmutka Pension) and relax ready to explore the ancient forests of Bialoweiza.
This next three days here in Bialoweiza National Park we will spend most of our time inside the national park looking for the wintering birds as well as tracking down some of the largest mammals in Europe. We will find the European bison at their winter feeding grounds in the morning as well as walking through the snow covered woodland watching the birds. The most commonly seen birds here are crested and coal tits, nuthatch, nutcracker, black woodpeckers, bullfinches, hawfinches crossbills and some of the rarer birds like pygmy owls, three-toed woodpeckers, white-backed woodpeckers and hazelhens. We will enjoy our evening meal in the accommodation, level – guest house (Unikat Pension / Wejmutka Pension) once again.
Today will be similar to yesterday as we continue to explore the park and the forests as well as searching the field for more bison as they are known to come into the farmers fields and eat their haystacks. Our evening meal will be at the accommodation, level – guest house (Unikat Pension / Wejmutka Pension) again.
Today we will do the same activities as the previous days. On one of the days we spend here we will pay a visit to the Special Protection Area with a local guide. In addition to the bison we will also be looking for Northern lynx, red foxes, Eurasian badgers, red deer, roe deer and many other mammal species. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation, level – guest house (Unikat Pension / Wejmutka Pension).
After breakfast today we will be transferred from Bialoweiza to Biebrza (3 hours). We will stop here at the lakes where we have a chance of seeing white-tailed sea eagles, rough-legged buzzards. We will eat our meals at our accommodation, level – guest house (Dobarz pension) which lies in the centre of a refuge for the largest deer species in the world. The elk (known as the moose in some countries) is a massive animal and one which is regularly seen here. We will walk into the meadows where we have a good chance of finding the elk on foot as well as walking along the riverside where we will find many Paleo-arctic passerines and maybe Eurasian beavers and Eurasian otters.
Today after breakfast we will drive along the elk wintering grounds on our way to Red Bog Reserve where we will track a pack of wolves. Our local guides are expert trackers and we should easily pick up the trail of the pack. Hopefully we will come across the pack which is very thrilling on foot. Later we will have traditional Polish food over a camp fire before coming back to the accommodation, level – guest house (Dobarz pension).
After our breakfast we will be transferred to Warsaw (4 hours) where sightseeing is an option or simply just relaxing in our accommodation, level 3 * (Fort Hotel / Villa Holiday Park / Hetman). Our lunch and evening meal will be at the accommodation.
Today you will be transferred in pre paid taxis to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in Poland is very cold here during January with an average temperature of around -4 degrees C and it usually snows for a little bit each day.
Everything including in the above itinerary is including. all meals and some water (usually 1litre bottle of water per person per day), local and escort guide fees, car hire and driver fees, entrance fees, accommodation, hire car and fuel costs are all included. Extras include a pick up and drop off to and from Inverness Airport or railway station (subject to your scheduled arrival and departure times), a reference library of field guides for the area and professional zoologist escort for the whole trip who will also act as driver.
We recommend that you bring your own pair of binoculars or scope. Your clothing should be very warm, including down trousers, coat, fleeces, jumpers, thermal underwear and socks, scarfs, woolly hats, gloves and water proof clothing. However the sun can shine strongly here as it reflects off the snow so sunglasses and suncream are useful. Obviously comfetable walking shoes are a must. Any items of a personal nature such as medication are of course recommended if you need them. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera.
We have one or two spare pairs of binoculars (which can become very stretched in a group of 4 or 6 people. There is the option for nocturnal spotlighting (subject to conditions) and the spotlight is included as are field guides, reference books and a small DVD library of wildlife documentaries focusing on the area we are in. A comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates and notable invertebrates in the area will also be provided for you to keep track of what we see. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not inlcuded are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souveniers and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not inlcuded (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
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Visas and Health Information
If you are a British citizen you do not need anything to enter Poland and citizens from members of the European Union do not require visas to visit Poland either. But please check with your embassy and the British High Commission to see if you are affected by any visa restrictions
There are no health restrictions or recommendations to visit Poland but please refer to your local GP for more information.
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