Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic

Birds, Bisons, Elks & Wolves - Winter Poland

Poland 6days

Our Poland winter tour takes you to the most famous national parks of the country, Białowieża and Biebrza National Park.

Białowieża National Park
is the largest and last undisturbed lowland primeval forest in Europe. Its area covers 10,500 hectares and is home to European Bison, Wolf, Lynx and Wild Cat. There are about 250 bird species recorded including many sough-after birds, of which Hazel Grouse, Pygmy Owl, Grey-headed, Green, Black, Three-toed, White-backed, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Nutcracker and Common Crosbill might be seen during the winter as well.

Biebrza Marshes National Park is the largest in Poland. It covers nearly 60,000 hectares of vast marshes, wet meadows and woods. 275 bird species were recorded in the park. During winter White-tailed Eagles, Rough-legged Buzzards patrol the marshes and Hen Harriers hunt for voles over the meadows. The park is also home to good populations of Elk and 3-4 packs of Wolf. During winter wolf tracks can be followed in the snow, but to see the animals requires luck and time.

Participants should wear warm outdoor clothes and boots, and flasks are very useful. Temperature in winter is usually between minus 10 and 20 Celsius. Snow cover varies form place to place and it might be 10 to 40 centimeters deep.



Fact File

- 6 days in Poland visiting 2 national parks famous for rare birds and mammals
- start and finish in Warsaw
- using 2 accommodations located close to the sites


  • visiting the two most famous National Parks, Białowieża and Biebrza
  • woodpeckers, owls, raptors and wintering song birds
  • observation of Bison, Elk and other mammals
  • tracking mammals in the snow including Wolf
  • taking a horse sledge in the evening


3 nights in a hotel in Goniadz village at Biebrza National Park
2 nights in a hotel in Białowieża village at Białowieża National Park

Departure Dates

January or February


Ask for the actual price.
Our price includes:

all travel as noted in the itinerary;
all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);
3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);
services of the leader(s);
trip materials.

Not included:

flights to and from Warsaw
optional programmes to places of interest and entrance fees involved;
airport and other departure taxes, tips;
food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries;
excess baggage charges;
telephone calls;
alcoholic beverages;
compulsory personal insurance.

If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us.

Activity level

Generally easy to moderate walks
Longer driving distances on the first and last day
Weather can be very cold with deep snow cover



Day 1

After arriving to Warsaw Airport you will be met by the English speaking Ecotours guide. Then we drive to Goniadz in the heart of the fabled Biebrza National Park.

Days 2-3

We visit to the Southern Basin where we track mammal footprints in the snow and we might find Elk, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar, Pine and Stone Marten. We might also encounter White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Nutcracker and Common Crossbill. We visit the Red Marsh to look for wolf’s prints and signs in the snow. We have good chances to see Elk. Black Woodpecker and Hawfinch are also present in the area, and Fox, Weasel, Pine Marten and Stoat might be spotted as well. In the evenings we can have a horse sledge ride, a night walk or we can sit in high seats to spot mammals in the twilight.

Days 4-5

We transfer to Białowieża National Park that is one of the few places in Europe to see European Bison in the wild. We visit the strictly protected forest of the national park to look for White-backed, Three-toed, Grey-headed and Middle Spotted Woodpecker. Other birds of note that we might see include Pygmy Owl, Hawfinch and Common Crossbill.

Day 6

We depart to Warsaw to catch our plane back home.

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