POLISH ASSOCIATION OF TOURISM AND SIGHTSEEING OF BIALOWIEZA
-BIALOWIEZA FOREST-GUIDE SERVICE IN NATIONAL PARK
PTTK BIALOWIEZA IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS IN THE PRIMEVAL FOREST OF BIALOWIEZA FOR THE LAST 60 YEARS.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACES OF THE NATIONAL PARK CAN ONLY BE VISITED WITH AN OFFICIAL GUIDE.
WE HAVE GUIDING SERVICES IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, POLISH, PORTUGUESE , FRENCH AND RUSSIAN.
Registered Tourism Organizer
Member of the Regional Tourism Organization of Podlasie
Officially licensed tourist information site
Guiding reservations, any practical information, touristic programs, event organization proposals, program help, bicycle, nordicwalking or foot trails selection can be done at the office in English, German , Russian and Polish in the following address; PTTK Bialowieza, street Kolejowa 17 or to the following phone numbers: +48 856812295, +48856812624
WE HAVE AVAILABLE IN OUR OFFICE RECEPTION:
Detailed maps with all the route trails (including bicycle and bird watching);
Guides, albums, raincoats and light flashes; Mosquito repellent products;
Aromatic herbs like the “Bear’s garlic” (Allium ursinum) or the “Bison grass” (Hierochloe odorata), with sale authorization;
Nature DVD’s, CD’s with bird songs;
Postcards, stamps, cut out postcards like “cut a bison”;
TOURISTIC SERVICE AND GUIDING SERVICE OFFICE
PL17-230 Bialowieza , Kolejowa street 17
tel. +48856812295 , tel/fax. +48856812624 , in the afternoon (4 p.m - 8 p.m) tel. +48692959995
Open everyday including holidays from 8 a.m to 3/4/6 p.m
Registered in the Central Tourism office and Touristic intermediaries with number 182620. Valid insurance: AXA.SA
PERMISSIONS AND INSURANCE TO THE BELORUSSIAN PART OF THE BIALOWIEZA FOREST.
PTTK Team :
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLAN YOUR VISIT TO BIALOWIEZA, SEE THE PRIMEVAL FOREST, THE BISONS AND RARE SPECIES OF BIRDS AND PLANTS, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL IN ENGLISH OR GERMAN TO: firstname.lastname@example.org .
OUR TOURIST GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY.
Ryś(Lynx lynx)Eurasian lynx
- BIALOWIEZA FOREST -
(Dendrocopos leucotos) White-backed woodpecker
To find this name in the candidate list to the 7 natural wonders of the world obviously wakes up our curiosity. Where is it and how is this place?
We can find it in the east of Europe between Poland and Belarus and in internet we can read a few informations like: Nature reservation protected for centuries, with an extraordinary richness in flora and fauna,land of the gigantic “royal” oaks (for their size and because most of them were given the names of several Polish kings) spruces that seem to touch the sky and the refuge of the last bisons.
Poland counts with 13 places classified as Mankind Patrimony but BIALOWIEZA PRIMEVAL FOREST is the only natural among them. To appreciate, admire and feel the FOREST truly you must travel there and Bialowieza village is a good starting point. Get inside of the forest and you will feel that you are breathing in a different way. The soil is covered with the most magnificent green moss blanket with small blueberry plants and wild strawberries, red berries and some mushrooms. The forest is very dense and the sunbeams play with the leaf colors. Many logs truly have curious forms and shapes. Despite following the marked trail we feel that we are lost, absorbed by the omnipresent forest. Something mysterious seems to be floating in the air… We follow to the “Power place” a place with stones with magical powers. Our ancestors several centuries ago considered this place as a sacred place. Legends tell, that there the initiates gathered to profit from the forces of nature that emanate from the ground to use them in their rituals. That there is something in that place there is no doubt, wand dowsers become "crazy" and sometimes break. Some people feel absolutely nothing there, others more sensitive feel relief and well being, others experience such a rejection that does not allow them to approach and some also speak of miraculous healings… But the forest haunts you: when finishing the first trip you think that after seeing the most interesting in this region (and there are plenty of interesting things), you will not return ever more, after some time, you start to feel the need to go back and be surrounded by this very mysterious atmosphere once again. And then another year and another… What are we doing there? Enjoying nature at it’s purest form and the friendliness of the locals and the local cuisine, using the gifts of the forest for the greatest delight of all visitors. Elzbieta Millán
We invite you to read our proposals for the travellers. Following we have described the unaccessible attractions to the mass tourism, they are for the active people who want to learn about the deeply occult secrets in the primeval forest. Of course it is not easy to see animals in the forest, because of large numbers of various species living in the Bialowieża National Park… they are very shy. It is a typical behaviour of the inhabitants of the natural forest. Each trip to the same forest at various times looks completely different. We never know what we will see in the wilderness.
„“FACE TO FACE WITH THE BISON”
This trip is for small groups of people. We do not combine different tourist groups in case of this trip. The trip takes approximately 6 hours. There are a few stages of this trip and depending on the weather conditions the route is from a few to several kilometers. As this trip is a specific one, the groups are for max 6 people. The cost of the guide for 6 hours is 660 PLN per group. You should have your own car, but there is also a possibility of renting a guide with his own car (additional cost for up to 4 people is 280 PLN, for up to 6 people 450 PLN).This trips starts approximately 1-1,5 hour before the dawn. You will need comfortable shoes and non-crackling clothing, raincoats, packed food and beverage, hot tea, camera. Each participant must have binoculars or a watchglass. You can also rent binoculars in PTTK office- the cost of renting a 12 X 50 binoculars is 22 PLN per piece.
“BIAŁOWIEŻA FOREST BY NIGHT - A TRIP WITH NIGHT VISION BINOCULARS
This trip is for people who like to watch the wildlife in their natural habitat. During this trip you have a chance to see both big and small residents of the forest. The observation is very much based on listening to the sounds of nature. The night vision binoculars will enable you to see what you hear. It can be a bison, deer, wild boar, fox, marten, beaver, or maybe a tawny owl or a pygmy owl- you never know. It’s a forest surprise during the night. What you will see is based on the time of the year, the hours of nightfall and the weather. It might happen that wind or even a slight rain can be your ally, as it covers the sound of your steps. This trip takes 4 hours and is for max 4 people. The total cost is 660 PLN per group. The price includes the cost of renting 4 professional 12 x 50 binoculars and 4 night vision binoculars (generation I+ 3,5x50). The trip starts one hour before the sunset. Each time we individually agree on the meeting point with the participants. You must have flashlights with you and your own car. It is also possible to use your guide’s car for an additional fee of 280 PLN for max 4 people.
BIAŁOWIEŻA FOREST AT TWILIGHT
It is a walking trip to Białowieża Forest to meet the wild animals and night birds. Bigger animals are more active during the night than during the day. The trip takes 3 hours and is for groups of max 8 people. The cost of this trip is 330 PLN for the whole group. There are no additional costs (for instance for park entrance tickets etc). This trip starts 2 hours before the sunset. Each time we individually agree on the meeting point with the participants. You must have flashlights with you and your own car. You must have binoculars with you- you can also rent them in our office for 13 PLN per piece.
UNKNOWN FOREST BY BIKE - “FOLLOWING IN PROFESSOR SIMONA KOSSAK’S FOOTSTEPS”
A bike trip that takes about 4 hours and is 18 kilometers long. This trip if for groups for up to 12 people (we do not combine tourists from different groups). Main condition: willingness and ability to ride a bike You need to have your own bike, or you can rent one in a few good rental shops in Białowieża. You should have comfortable shoes and clothing, raincoats, food and beverages, and anti-mosquito remedies. The route is for medium-advanced bikers. The cost of this trip is 344 PLN for the whole group.
BELORUSSIAN PART OF BIALOWIEŻA FOREST - BIKE TRIP
This is a 9 hour bike trip with a licensed guide. You need to have your own bike or rent one in nearby rental points. The whole route is about 53 kilometers. During the trip you will be able to see the animal aviaries, environmental museum, the headquarters of Ded Moroz ( Farther Frost ) . You will also have some free time in Kamieniuki village. The cost of the trip with a English-speaking guide is 810 PLN for the whole group plus 83,50 PLN per person for obtaining the entrance approval and pass to the National Park, and mandatory tourist insurance. Entrance tickets have to be bought once in Belorussia and can be also paid for by card, but there are also currency exchange bureaus (entrance ticket is approximately 28 PLN per person). The whole route runs on safe asphalt roads with almost zero car traffic and there are no hills. You must have your passport with you and it has to be valid for at least three more months from the date of the trip. We do combine different tourist groups for this trip so that the cost of the whole trip can be divided- groups of up to 15 people. All necessary formalities have to be completed in PTTK Białowieża office before 11.00 AM one day before your trip. For those who are less active we can organize this trip in a walking/bus riding manner –more info in our office!
STRICT NATURE RESERVE FOR ENTHUSIASTS - “A WALK TO THE HEART OF THE FOREST”.
This is a longer trip to the very heart of the Strict Nature Reserve of the National Park. It takes 6 hours and the route is 20 kilometers. As for such a trip you need to obtain a special entrance approval it is a trip for small, individual groups. In order to not interfere with the nature too much, such trips are organized for individually placed orders only, for up to 6 people. We do not combine different tourist groups for this trip. You need to wear clothes suitable for the time of the year and necessarily comfortable trekking shoes. You should take with you: food and beverages, hot tea, binoculars. The cost of this trip with a English-speaking guide is 550 PLN for the whole group. If you wish to book a specific guide, like an ornithologist, a botanist or a biologist, the cost for the whole group is 660 PLN. There is also an additional cost of entrance ticket to the special route of 35 PLN per person. During spring and summer months we suggest renting binoculars in PTTK Białowieża office!
STRICT NATURE RESERVE FOR THE INQUISITIVE - “THE ROUTE TO JAGIEŁŁO OAK”.
A walking trip to the most world-known part of Białowieża Forest. It takes 4 hours and it’s a 7,5 km walk. Groups for this trip are up to 12 people- we do combine different tourist groups for this trip. During the walk you will focus on nature and mainly plants, animals and mushrooms. During the trip you will be able to see the remains of Jagiełło Oak which was destroyed by a windstorm back in 1974. The cost of this trip is 344 PLN for the whole group. The additional cost are the entrance ticket to the Strict Nature Reserve: 3 PLN per person for half fare and 6 PLN per person for adult ticket (paid in Strict Nature Reserve point).
In case of entering the Reserve before 8.00 AM the entrance tickets cost: 6 PLN for half fare per person and 9 PLN per person for adult ticket.
This trip starts at various times of day, depending on the time of the year. The first trip during the day starts 30 minutes before the dawn, and the last trip starts 4 hours before the sunset! The groups for this trip are organized daily – very often every hour- and depend on the amount of participants, so it is worth to call earlier and book the date and time for your trip. In case you would like this trip to be an individual one with a specialized biologist, the cost of the trip is 440 PLN for the whole group.
STRICT NATURE RESERVE FOR EVERYONE.
This is a short walking trip to the most world-known part of Bialowieża Forest. It takes 3 hours and it’s a 4,5 km walk. We do not combine different tourist groups for this trip. During this trip you will focus on the places you will see, their and Bialowieża’s history, cultural and religious mosaic of the area, and of course nature. The cost of this trip is 258 PLN for the whole group. The additional cost is the entrance ticket to the Strict Nature Reserve of 3 PLN per person for half fare and 6 PLN per person for adult ticket (paid in Strict Nature Reserve point). This trip starts at various times of day, depending on the time of the year. The first trip during the day starts at 8.00 AM, and the last trip starts 3 hours before the sunset! The groups for this trip are organized daily – very often every hour- and depend on the amount of participants, so it is worth to call earlier and book the date and time for your trip.
ORNITHOLOGICAL MORNING IN THE STRICT NATURE RESERVE - “BIRDS AT DAWN”.
This is a walking trip with a specialized ornithologist guide with an entrance to the Strict Nature Reserve which is not accessible without a licensed guide presence. It’s a 4 hour trip and a 7,5 km walk. For this trip the groups are of up to 8 people. The cost of the trip is 440 PLN for the whole group. There is a very high possibility of observing rare bird species.
The additional cost is the entrance ticket to the Strict Nature Reserve of 6 PLN per person for half fare and 9 PLN per person for adult ticket. You must have binoculars- your own, or you can rent them in PTTK Białowieża office for 15 PLN per piece. This trip starts at sunrise. We suggest you wear warm clothes as it can be cold in the mornings!
FAMILY TRIP WITH KIDS TO THE STRICT NATURE RESERVE - “THE SEARCH FOR ANIMAL TRACKS”.
This is an educational trip for families with children to the Strict Nature reserve which is not accessible without the licensed guide presence. The trip takes 3 hours. The route and the guide are adjusted specifically for the kids, but the adults will not be bored! The route is 4,5 km. This trip is for groups of up to 12 people. We do not combine different tourist groups for this trip. This trip costs 258 PLN for the whole group. The additional cost is the entrance ticket to the Strict Nature Reserve of 3 PLN per person for half fare and 6 PLN per person for adult ticket (paid in Strict Nature Reserve point).
Learning how to use binoculars will; be definitely an extra attraction for the kids! You can rent binoculars in PTTK Białowieża office for 13 PLN per piece.
GUIDES IN OTHER PODLASIE REGION NATIONAL PARKS
We also provide experienced ornithologists services, tourist guides and the local guides in the National parks inside of the area of the "green lungs of Poland" in the National parks of Narew,Wigry y Biebrza. Would you like to see the pristine nature and observe birds and other fauna in their natural environment? write to us. The service prices and the possible inclusion of transport will be calculated for each case since the price depends on the specific route and the size of the group.
The main gate entrance to the strictly protected area
WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF THE EUROPEAN BISON
To contact us please click in the following link or use the provided information.
GUIDING SERVICES IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES:
- GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE FOREST ( MAXIMUM 3 HOURS) = 258 PLN (EACH EXTRA HOUR = 86 PLN)
- MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR, THE TEMPORARY EXPOSICION AND THE TOWER VISIT = 258 PLN
THE HORSE CARRIAGES:
- TO RENT A CARRIAGE OR A SLEDGE CARRIAGE FOR A MAXIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE TO THE BISON SHOW RESERVE AND THE ROYAL OAKS TRAIL (3 HOURS) = 280 PLN, TO THE STRICTLY PROTECTED AREA (3 HOURS) = 310 PLN OR (6 HOURS) = 600 PLN
IT’S NECESSARY TO BUY THE FOLLOWING TICKETS IN:
THE MUSEUM, BISON SHOW RESERVE, STRICTLY PROTECTED AREA OF THE NATIONAL PARK, THE TRAIL OF THE ROYAL OAKS,
BESIDE THE ABOVE MENTIONED PRICES ONE MUST COUNT THE ADDITIONAL PRICES TO TAKE PICTURES IN THE MUSEUM, GET IN WITH BICYCLE OR CARRIAGE IN THE STRICTLY PROTECTED AREA.
WE ALSO OFFER:
- THE BARBECUE AND BONFIRE PREPARATION: MAXIMUM 3 HOURS = 450 PLN
- THE PURCHASE OF SAUSAGES AND THE BARBECUE SERVICE = 300 PLN
- THE ACCORDIONIST: MAXIMUM 3 HOURS = 450 PLN
WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT US! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU IN BIALOWIEZA!
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