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Bisons, hiking and canoeing in last wild forest of Europe & Warsaw adventure

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This trip is designed to capture the quintessence of Poland. We will be visiting the capital with the famous UNESCO World Heritage Listed old town and the unique Palace of Culture, hiking in the very last natural forest of the Eastern and Central Europe, Białowieża National Park. We will be meeting bisons and drinking Bison Vodka and lastly we will be canoeing on the Narewka river.

This is a typical summer adventure trip to the heart of Polish Nature. We will be staying in the area called very often "Green Lungs of Poland and Europe". We will explore natural beauty of Białowieża National Park with its famous bison living in the wild!

Did you know that bison is the biggest mammal in Europe?

Apart from facing the mentioned true emperor of the forest – bison - you will also meet many other rare animals like roars, elks or even wolves…

Accommodation

We will be staying in twin and quadruple rooms (allocated on first come first served basis) in the Gawra Guest House in Białowieża which is situated within walking distance from the National Park.

On Saturday afternoon we will be enjoying a lovely canoeing trip down the Narewka river...

We will be visiting the capital of Poland - Warsaw. It is one of the oldest as well as the most modern cities in Poland. The Old Town, together with the Royal Castle, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1980. We will enjoy a guided tour down the old town as well as some other beautiful places the Polish capital, i.e. The Palace of Culture and Science or Barbican.

Recommended flights (PLL LOT / BA)

London (Heathrow) → Warsaw (Chopin) Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:25 - 13:55

1 Adult, 135.53 GBP (LOT Polish Airlines flight LO282)

Warsaw → London (Heathrow) Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:15 - 19:45,

1 Adult, 72.70 GBP (BA flight BA847) – hand luggage only fare

Total: 208.23 GBP

(flights not included)

Please note that for those who do not like sleeping too long and choose one of the earlier inbound flight we will have a surprise: we will visit one of the famous Warsaw tourism sites placed closely to the airport (more details to be provided soon…)

Other early inbound flights

06:10 - 09:05 London Stansted → Warsaw Modlin (WAM) - flight FR1021

06:35 - 10:05 London Heathrow(LHR) → Warsaw Chopin (WAW) - flight LO286

07:35 - 11:00 London Heathrow(LHR) → Warsaw Chopin (WAW) - flight BA846

Please note that for those who wish to stay in Warsaw a bit longer on Sunday the 27th of July, transfer to the airport will not be provided so you will need to get there on your own. The cab to Warsaw airports will cost you between £10-20.

Other late outbound flights (transfer not included)

20:00 - 21:45 Warsaw Chopin (WAW) → London Heathrow(LHR) - flight LO285 (PLL LOT Polish Airlines)

21:10 - 22:40 Warsaw Modlin to London Stansted

Price:

Early bird price of £220 applies if you pay in full by the end of May. From the 1 till 15 June you can still get a slight discount and pay the total of £240. From 15 June the full price of £260 will apply.

Please note that the dates above are the dates when the money reaches my account. Some banks take shorter some take longer to process your transfers, so please check with your bank how long it takes before deciding on the day on which to send the payment.

What's included:

2 night accommodation and 2x breakfasts, 1 dinner, transfers, guided Bison Forest exploration hike , kayaking trip, guided tour of Warsaw.

What's excluded:

Some of the meals (please see the plan to see which ones), drinks.

How much can you expect to spend?

A pint of beer costs about 5zlotys (just a bit over GBP1), food will depend on what you order, but you can eat a decent meal for about GBP10.

Deposit: of £100 (+PayPal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place. Please note, until the deposit is paid your place is not confirmed.

The final payments: have to be in my account two weeks before the trip the latest. Please put this date in your diary now as no reminders will be sent and if you have not paid by then you will be removed from the trip and your deposit will not be refunded. Bank account details to pay the balance can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/ . Please make sure you account for the PayPal fees in your calculations (so the £3.80 on top of £100 deposit should not be deducted from the reminder of the payment)

IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer:

'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.' The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.

Plan of the trip

Friday 25 July 2014

11:30 - 13:30 Quick trip to one of the Warsaw nice places for those who arrive on one of the earlier flights

10:25 - 13:55 London Heathrow (LHR) → Warsaw Chopin (WAW) - recommended flight

14:00 - 14:30 going through security and picking up luggage

14:30 - meeting at the exit from security. I will be wearing Curious Kat's T-shirt and my number is +48 603 27 15 64

15:00 - 19:30 Transfer to Białowieża

19:30 – 20:30 check-in/refreshing

20:30 - Polish traditional barbecue party (i.e. tasting local traditional meals - food included/drinks excluded)

Saturday 26 July 2014

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast (included)

09:00 – 14:00 Bison Forest exploration: Białowieża National Park trip with the licensed tour guide (entry tickets included)

14:00 - 15:00 lunch (not included)

15:00 - 16:00 Transfer to kayaking rental (Gruszki/Narewka)

16:00 - 19:00 Narewka river canoeing trip (included)

19:00 - 20:00 Transfer back to Białowieża

20:00 - 21:00 Dinner (excluded)

21:00 - party/dancing/drinks (not included)

Sunday 27 July 2014

08:00 – 08:30 Breakfast/packing/check out/leaving Białowieża

08:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Warsaw

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (not included)

13:00 - 15:30 Visiting Polish capital Warsaw (with the licensed tour guide)

16:00 - 16:30 Transfer to the Chopin Airport

18:15 - 19:45 Flying back to London Heathrow

Please note this event is organised by Curious Kat's Adventure Club and to secure your place you have to join it via this link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/158376392/. Please note that only once you RSVP and pay the paypal fee on the main site your place will be confirmed.

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