One-week trip – our proposition: Białowieża Forest

Published 19 June 2015

1st day

  • Arrival in Białowieża
  • Learning about the Białowieża Forest: visit to the Nature and Forest Museum; walk around Palace Park and to the most precious area of Białowieża National Park, former Strict Nature Reserve. Hike along the “To the Jagiełło Oak” trail.

2nd day

  • All-day bicycle trip:
  • Ride around Białowieża (St. Nicholas Orthodox church, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Catholic church, Directorial Park, Białowieża Towarowa, geometric center of the Białowieża Forest).
  • Walk along “The Forest’s Trees” [Puszczańskie Drzewa] educational trail.
  • Ride along the Narewkowska Road to the Old Białowieża wilderness preserve and walk along the Trail of Oaks of Kings and Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
  • On the way back to Białowieża, visit to the Wood Architecture of the Ruthenian People of Podlasie Open-air Museum [Skansen Architektury Drewnianej Ludności Ruskiej Podlasia].

3rd day

  • Nordic walking (about 9 km) along the “Near Krynoczka” [“W pobliżu Krynoczki”] path – to a wonderful Orthodox church and a healing spring.
  • Travel on a narrow gauge train through the Forest from Hajnówka to Topiło and back. In the meantime, walk along a part of a nature trail.
  • Visit to the Holy Trinity’s Church [Sobór Świętej Trójcy] and the Podlasie Monuments’ Miniatures Park [Park Miniatur Zabytków Podlasia].
  • Relax at the Water Park in Hajnówka.

4th day

  • Visit to the Forest Education Center [Ośrodek Edukacji Leśnej] “Jagiellońskie” and walk along “The Forest Landscapes” nature trail.
  • Ride on handcars to the mysterious “Place of Power” and back to Białowieża.
  • Relax in one of the hotel SPA centers in Białowieża.

5th day

  • Visit to the bison refuge “Kosy Most” – perhaps there will be a chance to spot the largest European mammal in its natural environment.
  • Visit to Narewka – the Tamara Sołoniewicz Gallery, Beekeeping Museum, or the forgotten Jewish cemetery.
  • Kayaking trip down the Narewka river to Kapitańszczyzna (11 km – about 3 h).

6th day

  • Early-morning bird observation at the Siemianówka Reservoir, walk along the nature trail to the observation tower.
  • Active rest at the Touristic, Recreational, and Cultural Center [Ośrodku Turystyczno-Rekreacyjnym i Kulturalnym] in Stary Dwór (courts, pitches, sports equipment rental), relax at the Siemianówka Reservoir.
  • Trip to the Land of Open Shutters [Kraina Otwartych Okiennic] – villages with beautifully decorated houses and sacred objects.

7th day

  • Travel through the north-western part of the Białowieża Forest, the Lady Forest [Puszcza Ladzka].
  • Visit to Father Gabriel’s Skete, located in the picturesque Narew Valley.
  • Saying goodbye to the Białowieża Forest and return travel.

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