Green Velo in the Wilderness
Explore the region of Podlasie in north east Poland, a well-known destination for nature lovers. This woodland and wetland area that is unique in Central Europe, is created by the pristine Narew River and primeval Bialowieza Forest. As you enjoy this relaxed cycling tour, take in the enchanting villages, rich in culture, with their colourful wooden houses and historical monuments. New cycle paths have been laid in the city of Bialystok meaning it is now possible to cycle the round trip of the “Green Velo” cycling trail, which attracts many recreational cyclists, comfortably and safely.
From £730.00 P/P
Your tour begins on a Saturday with your arrival in Warsaw (by flight or train), followed by a 2-hour onward journey by train to Białystok. Here you will spend your first night in a city centre hotel which will allow you to take in the magnificent Branicki Palace, beautifully renovated houses and fine cafés and restaurants that surround the triangular market place.
The whole city is covered with a network of cycle paths.
Leaving Bialystok you travel west along the Green Velo route stopping for lunch at Tykocin, a pretty town with a large synagogue which dates back to 1642 and is now a museum for Jewish culture. Continuing on to Waniewo Village where you can go for a swim in the river, walk along the marshes, go on to the wooden jetty with hand-operated ferries or investigate the river labyrinth by punting through it. Your accommodation for the night is a guest house right next to Narew National Park, also known as the “Polish Amazon”.
Your tour continues as you spend the day cycling upstream along the Narew Valley. Travelling east you pass many picturesque villages with colourfully decorated wooden houses which seem to get more delightful the further you go.
Today you will cycle through the land of the Orthodox Christians through villages with charming wooden churches and chapels until you reach the city of Hajnówka with its imposing Holy Trinity Church. Re-joining the Green Velo route once again you’ll ride into the primeval forest of eastern Poland. You’ll spend tonight in a luxury hotel with a swimming pool and a wellness area in Białowieża.
Continue your journey in Puszcza Białowieska – Europe’s last real primeval forest. Home to wolves, lynxes and the European bison, you will experience nature at its most pristine today. This short stage to your hotel in Narewka means you can take the time to explore the area further by cycling other tracks and even make a short, visa-free visit to Belarus, should you wish.
On your way to Supraśl, where you’ll be spending the night in a forest health resort, you’ll pass the large Siemianówka Reservoir, or stop for a swim! Continuing on you’ll find yourself cycling in the shadow of the virgin Knyszyn Forest, a region which overflows with picturesque river valleys. Take a detour to the Polish Orient – Kruszyniany, a village of the Tartars where you’ll find an old mosque within a unique green wooden building.
Before leaving Supraśl to head back to Bialystok, on the newly laid Green Velo cycle trail, visit the 550-year-old Eastern Orthodox monastery for men situated at the Suprasl River.
Train journey to Warsaw and departure
The “very green” option from/to Waniewo
For those who prefer to be surrounded by greenery for the entire trip our suggestion would be to book the first and last nights in Waniewo Village (instead of Białystok).
You can then take a round trip to Tykocin on Day 2 (ca. 40-45 km) and on Day 7 you cycle via Bialystok back to Waniewo (approx. 60 km).
It is most convenient if taking this option to come with your own car (you can park in Waniewo free of charge), however, it is also possible to arrive by train where additional transfers from Bialystok or from Lapy train station can be organised.
This easy circular route around the Green Velo cycle trail is over entirely flat land, along predominantly paved roads with some rides along forest trails making this a very comfortable and safe tour.
Total distance cycled: 245-315 km
Starting point of the cycling holiday: Białystok / Waniewo
Route Map (For guidance only):
Routes maybe subject to change or alteration. All route notes, maps and day-by-day information will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX Files are available for most of the cycling holidays we offer. Please ask us for details.
- Train ticket 2nd class Warsaw – Białystok and Białystok – Warsaw.
(1st class surcharge: +18 EUR, reduction for clients
arriving on their own to Bialystok/Waniewo -15 EUR)
- 2 nights accommodation B&B in three-star-hotel in Bialystok
- 1 night accommodation in three-star-hotel with SPA and swimming pool in Białowieża
- 4 nights accommodation in twin bedded rooms with shower / WC – small pensions in Podlasie region
- 5 x half board breakfast and evening dinner in small towns (not in Bialystok)
- Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
- Route description, detailed cycling map and GPS data
- Standard Bike Hire
- Travel to Warsaw
- Entry fees
- Private payments such as other meals, drinks and tips
- Optional boat trip
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.