Język:
PTTK Białowieża

Kontakt:

tel. 0-85-68-12-295
tel./ fax. 0-85-68-12-624
e-mail : pttk@pttk.bialowieza.pl

About us

POLISH ASSOCIATION OF TOURISM AND SIGHTSEEING OF BIALOWIEZA

 

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.

 

PTTK
Registered Tourism Organizer
PROT
Member of the Regional Tourism Organization of Podlasie
INFORMACJA
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”;

Bison coins;

 

TOURISTIC SERVICE AND GUIDING SERVICE OFFICE

PL17-230 Bialowieza , Kolejowa street 17

tel. +48856812295 , tel/fax. +48856812624 , in the afternoon (6 p.m - 9 p.m) tel. +48692959995

Open everyday including holidays from 8 a.m to 6 p.m

e-mail: pttk@pttk.bialowieza.pl

Registered in the Central Tourism office and Touristic intermediaries with number 182620. Valid insurance: AXA.SA


 

PTTK Team :

Małgorzata
Margaret
Robert
Robert
Lucas
Lucas (Protection)

 

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 OR FAX IN ENGLISH OR GERMAN TO: pttk@pttk.bialowieza.pl OR FAX NR 0048856812624.

OUR TOURIST GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY.


Ryś(Lynx lynx)Eurasian lynx

 

 

PUSZCZA BIALOWIESKA

- 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 15 X 20 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 J 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 Polish-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.

 

TO RENT (Only for groups with a PTTK guide):

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) = 240 PLN , TO THE STRICTLY PROTECTED AREA (3 HOURS) = 270 PLN OR (6 HOURS) = 520 PLN

 

 

 



The Bisons in early spring

"FACE TO FACE WITH THE BISON"

Being in Bialowieza and not see the bison in their natural environment is like being in Rome and not see the Pope. We invite you for a longer stay to see the bisons living in freedom. Our experienced guides are familiar with the customs of the bison and know in which areas is more likely to find them. The largest mammal in Europe has no fear of people, but we recommend camouflage clothing. It is better to get to the bison usual places before dawn. We should add that it is easier to find them during winter. The walk is scheduled in groups of no more than 6 people. The tour is about 6 hours depending on the conditions and can be from a few to several kilometers. Tourists must use their own vehicles. A vehicle can be available by request !


Fees and entrance fees to be taken into account for this program are: guide
- for 6 hours = 550 PLN / group (each extra hour 90 PLN) / grupo (cada hora extra 90 PLN)


We recommend ( optional ):
- binoculars (12x50) for 6 hours = 22 PLN

- spotting scope and tripod (15-45x 65) for 6 hours = 70 PLN

 


Stemonitis fusca is a species of slime mold


The three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus)

 

"PRIMITIVE HEART OF THE FOREST"

For those especially interested we propose departure at dawn to the strictly protected area. In this part of the day we have more opportunities to observe rare birds. This tour must be booked a few days ahead as additional licenses are required and must be issued in each case by the Director of Bialowieza National Park. In this paradise of forests, nature lovers will find rare plants elsewhere, old trees and rare species of insects. The route leads through the forest trails and ancient paths (commonly called "modes"). The duration of the trip is at least 6 hours and the route is in accordance with the permission of 18 to 22 km. The groups can receive a maximum of 6 people.


Fees and entrance fees to be taken into account in applying this program are:

- guide for 6 hours = 450 PLN / group (each subsequent hour costs 75 PLN)

- expert guide (biologist, ornithologist, botanist, university professor) for 6 hours = 550 PLN / group (each subsequent hour costs 90 PLN)

- entry for the BNP and license = 28 PLN / person / persona


We recommend (optional):

- binoculars (12x50) for 6 hours = 22 PLN

- spotting scope and tripod (15-45x 65) for 6 hours = 70 PLN


The highest of ash trees in Europe

 

DAWN IN THE FOREST PROTECTED RESERVE –THE MOST PRECIOUS FOREST OF EUROPE: THE “BEAR’S GARLIC” LAND

Walking tour for nature lovers. 3 hour tour (about 7 km), through the protected part of the Forest, inaccessible without an authorized guide. Maximum 10 people for group. First trip is possible half hour befor sunrice.


Fees and entrance fees to be taken into account in applying this program are:

- guide for 3 hours = 225 PLN / group (every extra hour 75 PLN)

- expert guide (biologist, ornithologist, botanist, university professor) for 3 hours = 285 PLN / group (every extra hour 95 PLN)

- entry for the BNP and license = 6 PLN / person, reduced 3 / PLN person.


We recommend ( optional ):

- binoculars (12x50) for 3 hours = 13 PLN


El má Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)


El máGray wolf (canis lupus)

 

FAMILY EXCURSION WITH CHILDREN: “SEARCHING FOR ANIMAL TRACKS”

Educational excursion for family's with children to the strictly protected area of the forest, inaccessible without an official guide. 3 hours journey (about 4 km) with a specialized guide according the the children's age. Group of maximum of 10 people.


The fee's and the entrance fees to be considered for this program are:

- guide for 3 hours = 225 PLN / group (each extra hour 75 PLN)

- entrance in the BNP and license = 6 PLN / Person, reduced price 3 PLN


We recommend ( optional ):

- binoculars (12x50) for 3 hours = 13 PLN


Wild boar (Sus scrofa)


Tawny owl (Strix aluco)

 

"THE BEAVER'S KINGDOM"

To the lover's of the friendly beaver we propose a pleasant walk with a guide to the northern part of the forest of Bialowieza to be possible to observe them in their natural environment. In one of the forest rivers beavers have created their own kingdom. It's possible to see their dams, nests and the parts of the valley inundated after their activities. It's also possible to see other animals like the red deer, roe deer and the wild boar. The best moment to observe or photograph these animals is during the sunrise and the sun set. It's recommended a high quality photography equipment with a good zoom lens, as also silent clothes and with discreet colors. The groups have a maximum of 6 people. The trail has 12 km and the duration of 6 hours. Vehicle under the tourist responsibility. A vehicle can be available by request !


The fee's and the entrance fees to be considered for this program are:

- guide for 6 hours = 550 PLN / group (each extra hour cost 90 PLN)


We recommend ( optional ) :

- binoculars (12x50) for 6 hours = 22 PLN

- spotting scope and tripod (15-45x 65) for 6 hours = 70 PLN


he beaver’s dam


European beaver (Castor fiber)


The beaver’s kingdom

 

THE FOREST DURING THE NIGHT: THE SUNSET SILENCE.

Excursion by foot to meet nature: during fall time to listen the deer's concert during the rut season. During Spring and in Summer we will meet the nocturnal birds of prey like the Eagle owl the Barn owl and bats. 3 hours duration within a group of no more than 6 people. Vehicle under the tourist responsibility. A vehicle can be available by request !


The fee's and the entrance fees to be considered for this program are:

- 3 hours guide = 225 PLN / group (each extra hour 75 PLN)

- specialized guide (biologist, ornithologist, botanist, university professor) for 3 hours = 285 PLN / group (each extra hour 95 PLN).


TWe recommend ( optional ) :

- binoculars (12x50) for 4 hours = 15 PLN

- spotting scope and tripod (15-45x 65) for 4 hours = 55 PLN

- night vision device (binoculars 3,5 x 50) for 4 hours = 100 PLN

With no delay! Start preview one hour before sunset.



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.

 

La puerta de entrada a la reserva
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.

 

 

PTTK białowieża


GUIDING SERVICES IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES:

  • GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE FOREST ( MAXIMUM 3 HOURS) = 225 PLN (EACH EXTRA HOUR = 75 PLN)
  • MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR, THE TEMPORARY EXPOSICION AND THE TOWER VISIT = 225 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) = 240 PLN, TO THE STRICTLY PROTECTED AREA (3 HOURS) = 270 PLN OR (6 HOURS) = 520 PLN

IT’S NECESSARY TO BUY THE FOLLOWING TICKETS IN:

THE MUSEUM:

  • NORMAL PRICE = 13 PLN
  • DISCOUNT = 9 PLN

BISON SHOW RESERVE:

  • NORMAL PRICE = 9 PLN
  • DISCOUNT = 5 PLN

STRICTLY PROTECTED AREA OF THE NATIONAL PARK:

  • NORMAL PRICE = 6 PLN
  • DISCOUNT = 3 PLN

 

THE TRAIL OF THE ROYAL OAKS:

  • NORMAL PRICE = 6 PLN
  • DISCOUNT = 3 PLN

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 = 400 PLN
  • THE PURCHASE OF SAUSAGES AND THE BARBECUE SERVICE = 300 PLN
  • THE ACCORDIONIST: MAXIMUM 3 HOURS = 400 PLN

WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT US! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU IN BIALOWIEZA!

 

 


 


 

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