Poland. Białowieża forest: family-friendly tour – individual bike tour
BIKE TRIPS, POLAND, 7 Days
In 1979 the Polish part of the Białowieża Forest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The forest one of the last places where you can see the ecosystem of the lowland forest with your own eyes. The Białowieża Forest is home to bison and there are 50 species of mammals, around 200 species of birds and 1,000 species of insects. The oldest oak trees growing in the Białowieża Forest are reminiscent of King Władysław Jagiełło (1386-1434). The oaks in Białowieża have record-breaking trunks in height and width, which in the past centuries have made them a coveted export good, from which, for example, ship masts on the world’s oceans were made.
~251 km by bike
Each Sunday from 05. May
Your trip begins in Białowieża. In your hotel you will receive maps of the area and detailed, constantly updated descriptions of the daily sections, as well as your bikes.
Day 1.: bicycle free
Welcome to the Białowieża National Park
Arrival in Białowieża and check-in at “Białowieski”*** Conference, Wellness & SPA hotel (www.hotel.bialowieza.pl). The hotel is situated at the border of the primeval forest of Białowieża and offers an exquisite cuisine and wellness. You will receive your bikes, maps and section descriptions..
Day 2.: ca. 27 km by bike
The unique Białowieża
In the morning you meet a guide at the hotel reception. You visit the forest museum with him, and then go on a guided walking tour through the UNESCO’s strictest primeval forest reserve. Then You ride by bike to the Bisons Reserve and finally he shows You magical place of power in the heart of the forest.
In the afternoon you may have an extra bike tour of Białowieża and it’s surroundings. Interesting landmarks include two churches in the village: an Orthodox one with the unique, porcelain iconostasis and the Catholic one with an interesting, wooden altar.
Day 3.: ca. 22 km by bike
A paddling tour
Today you can go paddling on the Narewka river (near the hotel, ca. 3 km). The river is calm and shallow and therefore no additional skill is required. In the afternoon you will have time for leisure. You may also enjoy the wellness offer in your hotel.
Day 4.: ca. 45-65 km by bike, ca. 80 km by bus
Exploring the wildlife
A bus will bring you to Cisówka area, a perfect place to watch many interesting and rare bird species. Through Narewka you will return by bike to Białowieża.
Day 5.: ca. 58 km by bike
A lake in the forest
Today you can cycle through the Białowieża National Park to Topiło, take a rest at a small lake there and then cycle back to your hotel. Your senses will be delighted by the unspoiled nature.
Day 6.: ca. 63 km by bike
Exploring the wildlife
Right after breakfast the bus will take you to the small village Stare Masiewo, close to the Belarusian boarder. You can take extra 3 km trip along Belarusian boarder to visit the old Evangelical cemetery (if permitted by the border guards). Then, through the forest, you go to the view point in Kosy Most, where You can stop to look at the valley of the Narewka River.
Farewell to Białowieża
Individual departure after breakfast.
Condition of roads:
Mostly flat, local roads, partially forest and field roads.
Services and prices:
- Accommodation in double or single rooms with shower and WC in “Białowieski*** Conference, Wellness & SPA hotel
- Half board: breakfast and warm dinner; vegetarian meals can also be arranged upon earlier notice (please let us know if you eat fish)
- First meal on arrival: dinner
- Last meal: breakfast on the day of departure
- Guided tour in Białowieża (tickets included)
- Canoeing trip on Narewka river
- Transfer to Jałówka and Stare Masiewo
- Local taxes
- Assistance hotline
- Maps of the area and detailed section descriptions with GPS tracks
Minimum number of participants: 2 people
- Extra night in Białowieża at Hotel Białowieski *** with half-board: 120 EUR/per room
- Transfer from Warsaw to Białowieża by local bus, about 30 Euro/per person
- Transfer to Warsaw station (bus and train), about 30 Euro/per person
- Guided tour in Warsaw, 120 Euro/per person
- Transfer by car on former request
1 person in double room/BB/all services: 620 Euro
Single room surcharge: 150 Euro
Bicycle rental: 50 Euro
Unisex bikes are equipped with 7 Shimano gears and chain derailleur from Shimano, with pedal-brake
Each bike is equipped with two bags and a tool set (one set pro room).
Electric bike (on former request): 90/150 Euro
Since in the route descriptions we give the distance in kilometers, we recommend to bring your own cyclometer. It allows to cycle without any problems. It is also possible to rent a cyclometer from us, which costs 10 Euro per bike (incl. installation). Please let us know upon booking your trip, if you wish to rent our cyclometer.
Each Sunday from 5th May to 22nd September
A valid ID is required for EU citizens to travel to Poland. People under the age of 16 need a child ID with photo or a passport.
Additional nights before and after the trip can be booked on request.