DATES & PRICES

Days = 8

18 Sep 2017 - 25 Sep 2017

London - London Cost = £1495

Warsaw - Warsaw = £1345

Deposit = £150

Single Supplement = £110*

* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.

TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1

Arrive in Warsaw, transfer to Bialowieza

Days 2-4

Bialowieza Forest

Day 5

Siemianowka

Days 6-7

Biebrza marshes

Day 8

Leave for Warsaw. Depart for the UK

POLAND

Ancient Wildwood

Wildlife Holidays/Tours to POLAND Bison, Moose Owls and Woodpeckers with Greentours

The primaeval European landscape has virtually disappeared from our overpopulated continent, but we can still catch a glimpse of its beauty in two superb Biosphere Reserves in Eastern Poland.

We shall spend four days absorbing the timeless atmosphere of fascinating Bialowieza which has featured in innumerable wildlife documentaries including David Attenborough's Life on Earth. Autumn is the best time to see that most magnificent of European mammals, the European Bison, as well as Wild Boar and up to eight species of Woodpecker including White-backed and Three-toed. Pygmy and Tengmalm's Owls can be found not far from the village in which we'll stay. Lesser Spotted and Booted Eagles, Nutcrackers and Hazelhen are other avifaunal highlights. Forests and meadows harbour Earthstars, Chicken-of-the-Woods, huge Parasol Mushrooms and tasty Cauliflower Fungus all just part of a colourful panoply of fabulous fungi.

The last three days will be spent exploring the wonderful Biebrza Marshes, one of Europe's most important wetlands. Marsh Gentians and Grass of Parnassus flower in Carex marshes where Moose graze with their young calves on clear, crisp mornings. We shall watch flocks of Common Cranes on migration and admire the magnificent White-tailed Eagle against a backdrop of the warm bright autumn colours of this serenely beautiful landscape. Photographers amongst you will love this holiday for the atmospheric morning mists, the approachable Bison and the extraordinary fungi.

INFORMATION

Focus

Mammals and Birds. Also Fungi and Landscapes.

Leaders

Martin Perrow, Local Leaders,

Walking

We will be walking no more than three or four miles on any one day, usually much less. Always at a slow pace, ideally suited to photographers.

Included in the Price

All flights. Accommodation, transport and meals in Poland. Services of your leaders. Reserve and Restricted Area entrance fees. Please note; items of a personal nature including insurance, drinks and tips are not included.

Group Size

Minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 15.

Accommodation

In Bialowieza, we will stay at the comfortable Unikat Guesthouse in Bialowieza Village. The village is set by a little river in the only clearing in the forest. For the second part of the trip we are based in the pleasant Hotel Zbyszko in Goniadz situated between the north and south basins of the Biebrza Marshes. All rooms have en suite facilities.

Flights

UK return flights are direct from various UK Airports* direct to Warsaw. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.

*Some routes may incur a supplement.

Climate

September is normally a glorious month to visit Poland as the summer heat has gone and the days are usually just pleasantly warm. However it can vary considerably and days of fine sunshine can be followed by dull, cold, rainy days.

Suggested Variarion

Why not spend a few days enjoying the scenery, mammals and birds of the Tatra Mountains? A guided extension is available. For personalised itineraries see page XXX.

How to Book

Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure.  Bird and mammal checklists are available.

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