I’d especially recommend this itinerary for people who want to see the real Poland, beyond the typical city centers and for naturalists who love the outdoors. Exceeded my expectations. Five stars!
– Mark Kosiewski, USA, Aug 2017
Experience the real Poland off the beaten trails
Go hiking and kayaking in the most picturesque outdoors and top National Parks. Immerse in the traditional Polish countryside with its fascinating history. Leave your Lonely Planet behind and visit the real Poland with passionate local guides.
This tour starts in Warsaw – Poland’s capital and the largest city with an amazing mixture of historical sites and post-communist architecture. We will begin our journey through the unscathed eastern territories of Poland with two days kayaking one of the most beautiful Polish rivers (Czarna Hańcza) gently meandering through the pristine and completely undiscovered Augustów Forest. We will also take a hike through the countryside and forest, talk to locals and have home-made lunch served at a riverside.
Later we will travel through the Europe’s largest marshes of the Biebrza River, Poland’s biggest National Park, experience the vast open spaces filled with bird calls and silence and visit a little known historical town of Tykocin. We will also enter the famous Białowieża Forest – the last remaining primeval forest in the lowland Europe and world’s last refuge for European Bison. A Man and Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the tranquil corner of Poland and Belarus.
On our way to Carpathians we will also stop at a medieval town of Kazimierz Dolny and go hiking in the traditional countryside of the Vistula River valley. Finally we will spend three nights in the wildest part of Poland, the unspoiled Bieszczady Mts. Scarcely populated and largely forested these mountains are now teeming with wildlife and have become the most important Polish refuge for Brown Bears, Wolves and Lynx.
We will finish at Kraków, the most alluring city with Poland’s best preserved old town and the largest medieval market square in Europe.
We will eat at local cafeterias and guesthouses whenever possible to try the traditional home made food. In addition, we will visit a good variety of Polish groceries, restaurants and cafes as lunches and a few dinners are not included. We think this combination gives a lot more personal and real-life experience.
Our local guides are experienced and contagiously passionate about Polish nature and culture. Our customers say they are a wealth of knowledge and fun but best to check it out yourselves.
Experience the real Poland off the beaten trails
Day by day itinerary
Participants arrive at Warsaw and accommodate at their own expense before the tour.
Warsaw is a modern, vibrant city with a dramatic history. With a day or two to spend you can visit some of its world’s top class museums (Warsaw Uprising, History of Polish Jews), join a free guided tour (Free walking tours, Orange Umbrella), attend a live Chopin’s music concert at the Royal Łazienki Park (May to September on Sundays), go up to the 30th floor of the communist Palace of Culture and Science or just drink in to the atmosphere of the city at the numerous cafes and restaurants.
Want to extend your tour and see Kraków? With Poland’s best preserved medieval old town, Renaissance Royal Castle and the beautifully kept Jewish quarter, Kraków offers manifold delights. You can join one of the free guided tours (free walking tours, cracow free tours), visit some of Kraków’s numerous museums (Muzeum Krakowa, Schindler’s Factory), art galleries or just wander around the old town and the historical Jewish quarter.
We also recommend to visit Wieliczka Salt Mines ›. It is the size of Kraków itself, just well over a 100m underground. A few hours guided tour takes you 800 steps down the medieval mines and through several breathtaking chambers where you can see a subterranean salt lake, a concert hall, a 400 years old chapel and dozens of unbelievable salt carvings.
Finally, an hour away from Kraków lies Oświęcim, the site of WWII Auschwitz-Birkenau nazi concentration camp. You can join the deeply moving guided tour, a reminder of the unimaginable World War II acts of barbarity and a great lesson for our future generations.
You should bring the following necessary items:
- above-ankle waterproof trekking boots,
- waterproof jacket & trousers,
You may consider bringing the following useful items:
- dry bag, gloves and sandals for kayaking,
- swim suit,
- walking stick,
- thermo flask/cup,
- small torch/headlamp
- insect repellent.
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) are also quite common.
For lunches we will visit local groceries and eat in the field or stop at farmers’ or cafes serving traditional Polish meals.
Dinners are usually a substantial 3-course meal served back at our guesthouse. Three (3) dinners are not included and we will visit a variety of Polish restaurants where you can order a la carte. We think this mixture gives a lot more personal and real-life experience.
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 AXA 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. Small differences in the refunded amount may occur because of varying exchange rates.
Finally, we use Poland’s leading online payments gateway called PayU ›. 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.