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Elk & Beaver Safari

4 days in the spectacular Biebrza Marshes

Elk & Beaver Safari

4 days in the spectacular Biebrza Marshes

Elk & Beaver Safari

4 days in the spectacular Biebrza Marshes

See the best of the legendary Biebrza Marshes in four days. Go for an Elk (Moose) Safari and a magical boat cruise to watch Beavers at dusk. Discover the historical town of Tykocin and experience the sunrise and sunset over breathtaking marshes.

Biebrza Marshes are one of Europe’s last natural lowland river valleys. They cover an area of over 1000 km2 of wetlands, peat bogs and bog forests in the north-east of Poland. Saved from drainage by the non-intensive farming, these fragile habitats became home for hundreds of rare species of birds, a huge population of Elk (Moose), European Beavers as well as a few packs of Wolves and several Lynx.

We will spend three nights at a small, comfortable hotel in a historical town of Tykocin with its newly rebuilt 16th c. Royal castle and an original 17th c. Jewish synagogue, beautifully located on the edge of the Narew River. It is an excellent base for our daily excursions and there is so much to see! We will go for Elk (Moose) Safari, take a boat cruise down the river watching Beavers and watch some of the Europe’s rarest birds like Aquatic Warblers, Greater Spotted Eagles or the colourful Bee-eaters, depending on the season.

You will also have the time to explore the town’s small cafes, visit the synagogue or the castle’s museum, pop into the nearby European Stork village with its 20+ White Stork nests or even walk into the ruins of WWI Russian military forts in the centre of the marsh!

Our local guides are experienced, have access to the best areas and see Elk (Moose) and Beavers regularly. Our customers say they are a wealth of knowledge and even fun but best to check it out yourselves. What is more, the eastern Polish traditional landscape with small, wooden houses and locally grown, gorgeous food as well as a short visit at the Warsaw old town will add a unique taste to this tour.

Duration

4 days, 3 nights
Start and end: Warsaw

Board & lodging

3 nights guesthouse/hotel
Breakfasts & dinners included
all lunches except Day 2 included

Transport

Minibus

Activities

Walking (flat surfaces)
Boat cruise

Small groups

6-11 persons
Minimum age: 15 yrs

Price

From 4850 PLN (€1140) per person – early bookings price!
Deposit: 500 PLN
Single room: +300 PLN

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Day by day itinerary

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Day 1: Pickup at Warsaw, transfer to Tykocin, evening walk in the marsh

13:00 (at the latest) pick up from Warsaw F. Chopin Airport Okecie (WAW) and transfer to the Biebrza Marshes. After ca. 2 hrs drive we will check in at a comfortable hotel in the small town of Tykocin.

After a hearty Polish dinner the guide will introduce you to the area and talk about the plans for the next days. If time allows we will also offer a short evening walk already on the 1st day so that you can experience the breathtaking sunset over the marsh, get accustomed to the area, see some birds or even the first Elk!

Hotel Villa Regent or similar

Meals included: lunch en route, dinner

Day 2: Elk (Moose) Safari, free time to explore the town, Beaver boat cruise

This early morning we will go for an Elk (Moose) safari driving through the willow shrub and vast fens. You will experience an unforgettable sunrise over the marsh. We may also take a short walk to one of the wooden hides overviewing the marshes.

There are over 1000 Elks in this area and our guides know the wetlands like the back of their hands. Although they are not always easy to find, we have had some fantastic close encounters with Elks on most previous trips and will take you to all the best sites. Some tours have even been lucky with the sighting of Wolves or even Lynx on this trip!

After a hearty Polish breakfast back at our hotel, we will take a break to catch up with sleep and have some free time to explore the town’s baroque architecture, small cafes, visit the rebuilt royal castle or 17th c. synagogue museums. If you’re more into wildlife – the nearby Narew River and its marsh are home to numerous warblers, Marsh Harriers, Storks, Cranes as well as Beavers and Otters and a lot more.

We shall get back together for dinner and in the evening we will set off for a Beaver safari. When the time is right, just about sunset, we will board our stable flat-bottomed boat for a gentle cruise down the river. You will spend a good hour or more on the water having chances to spot several Beavers as they swim across the river, get out to the shores to mark the territory, groom their fur and feed on twigs. We have run this very popular trip for several years now and never missed a Beaver sight! It actually became a highlight of the whole tour for many of our previous participants.

Hotel Villa Regent or similar

Meals included: breakfast and dinner – no lunch included as midday is free to explore the town on your own

Day 3: Visiting the Biebrza National Park for birdwatching, Elk (Moose) at sunset.

After a hearty Polish breakfast we will invite you for a tour through the best sites that Biebrza Marshes and the National Park have to offer at a given season.

We will visit the nearby European Stork Village where more than 20 White Stork nests can be seen from a single location. We will also go birding at the marshes and ponds where several White-tailed Eagles and many other birds can be seen, including the rarities like Bluethroat, Kingfisher or Bee-eaters (depending on the season).

We may pay a short visit at a raised bog with its variety of rare flora, get a chance to explore the ruins of WWI Russian military forts in the middle of the marsh or even the ruins of a communist collective farm from the 1960-ties.

In the evening, after a hearty Polish dinner we will invite you for an unforgettable walk in the marshland to experience the breathtaking sunset and get a chance to spot more Elk (Moose), Eagles or even Owls.

Hotel Villa Regent or similar

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Warsaw, visiting Old Town for lunch

This morning, after our usual substantial breakfast (don’t worry, you will get used to it by the end of the tour) we will set off for a ca. 2 hours journey back to Warsaw. We plan to arrive at Warsaw by 12:00, take a short walk in the Old Town and sit at a small restaurant for a traditional Polish lunch.

The tour ends when we arrive in Warsaw. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense. Around 16:00 we will drive you to the WAW airport or drop you off at a hotel, if you stay in Warsaw.

Hotel: none

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Reports from previous tours

Key information

Board & lodging

We will spend 3 nights at a comfortable hotel or a family run guesthouse depending on availability and distance to the best sites at a given time. All accommodation is based on twin-share, with private facilities. Additional single room suplement rate applies if you travel alone. We do not offer twin rooms to share for single travellers.

All the venues serve gorgeous traditional Polish food. Breakfasts are a hearty continental treat that can set you up for the day. We will take packed lunches to eat in the field or take a midday break at a local cafe. In the evenings we will once again dine at our guesthouse. Please note that lunch on Day 2 is not included.

Transport

Our professional driver and tour leader will pick you up at the airport or a hotel in Warsaw with a comfortable minibus that will accompany us for the rest of the tour.

Fitness level - is this tour for me?

This tour is slowly paced, however, the dawn Elk Safari and an after sunset boat cruise for Beavers can be demanding in terms of a very long day – less sleep. On average, we will walk between 2–5 km a day, divided between 2–3 walks, at a moderate speed of 3–4 km/h. NE Poland is generally flat so altitudes are not a problem. Most of the time we will walk on decent tracks but we may walk short distances off trails on uneven terrain where you are likely to get your boots muddy.

Tour leader - an experienced local guide

You will be accompanied by an English speaking Wild Poland guide, an experienced naturalist and birder throughout this tour. We may take on additional local guides for a visit in the National Park (entrance tickets also included).

Joining & departure

The tour starts and ends in Warsaw. Participants arrive in Warsaw at their own expense. We will pick you up at the WAW airport or your hotel in Warsaw on day 1, no later than 13:00. If you fly into Warszawa Modlin (WMI), you should account for ca. 2 hrs to get to WAW airport.

The tour ends on day 4 after lunch in Warsaw. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense. After 16:00 we will drive you to the WAW airport or drop you off at your hotel, if you stay in Warsaw. Your plane home should not leave earlier than 18:00 from WAW, please make sure with us you will be on time for your flight back.

What to bring - essential luggage & clothing

It is particularly important that your outer clothing is in dark colours: green, brown, black etc. Please avoid bright colours like white, yellow, blue but also bright green or pale sand brown. This includes a hat and gloves as well! A pale hat sticks out and can be seen in a long distance.

You should bring the following necessary items:

  • above-ankle waterproof trekking boots,
  • waterproof jacket & trousers,
  • sunhat,
  • insect repellent,
  • binoculars,
  • warm hat & gloves (autumn, winter and spring).

You may consider bringing the following useful items:

  • wellington boots,
  • gaiters,
  • walking stick,
  • scope on a sturdy tripod,
  • thermo flask/cup,
  • small torch/headlamp.

Common questions

Eating & drinking

Polish food is very good, usually made from fresh produce. We are certainly meat eaters, not shunning from the fatty cuts. Pork and poultry are most popular. Soups are also a very Polish dish and while we do like our broth and borsch, many other soups are a full meal in itself.

Breakfasts tend to be hearty and often consist of fried or scrambled eggs, boiled or fried sausage, cold cuts, cheese, tomatoes and bread. A sweet version consisting of cheese/jam filled pancakes or racuchy (pancakes with apples) is also quite common.

For lunches we will take packed sets (two sandwiches, piece of fruit, chocolate bar, water) to eat in the field or stop at a local cafe where possible.

Dinners are a substantial 3-course meal served back at our guesthouse.

Vegetarians & vegans

These days vegetarians are usually well catered for, but please let us know at the time of booking. However, it can be difficult for vegans, as dairy produce and eggs occur in the vast majority of meals. Therefore we recommend that you bring some supplementary items.

Travel & medical insurance

We (Wild Poland) are fully insured tour operator as required by Polish and European law. However, all participants must additionally be covered by personal travel and medical insurance, preferably from the time of booking. This should cover you fully against the cost of cancellation by you, lost baggage, medical care and repatriation.

We do not provide or check personal travel insurance policies. See our booking conditions › for more details.

How is my money protected?

First of all, we are a registered tour operator in Poland. All holidays by Wild Poland are protected by the Mazovian Province and our tour operator insurance. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Province executives guarantee to refund any money you have paid to us for any future booking.

Secondly – you get 100% money back guarantee with Wild Poland. By booking, you will be asked to pay a small deposit to confirm your place. It allows us to book the hotels etc. in your name. In a rare case that we have to cancel the departure because of insufficient number of participants, you will be refunded the full deposit amount. If your card is held in EUR or GBP small differences in the refunded amount may occur because of varying exchange rates.

Finally, we use Poland’s leading online payments gateways. Any critical credit card details are only entered at their secure pages and we have no access to, nor do we withhold any credit card details.

Dates, prices & booking

100% Money Back Guarantee with Wild Poland

By booking, you will be asked to pay a small deposit to confirm your place. In a rare case that we have to cancel the departure because of insufficient number of participants, you will be refunded the full deposit amount.

When booking a guaranteed tour within 30 days of departure you will be asked for a full payment instead of just the deposit.

19 – 22 Jul 2024

SPACES
fully booked

PRICE
5350 PLN

SINGLE
+300 PLN

9 – 12 Aug 2024

SPACES
fully booked

PRICE
5350 PLN

SINGLE
+300 PLN

18 – 21 Jul 2025

SPACES
available

PRICE
5350 PLN
4850 PLN

SINGLE
+300 PLN

8 – 11 Aug 2025

SPACES
available

PRICE
5350 PLN
4850 PLN

SINGLE
+300 PLN

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