Bieszczady Mountains is a part of Carpathian Mountain Range, situated at the extreme southeast part of Poland on a border with Slovakia and Ukraine. This is the wildest part of Poland with the highest peak Tarnica (1346 m).
The most beautiful part of the mountain range is protected by the Bieszczady National Park and belongs to the Eastern Carpathian UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Besides mountains other tourist attractions are Solina artificial lake and a narrow gauge railway, as well as historical orthodox churches.
Arrival in Krakow, one of the most captivating cities in Central Europe. Upon arrival and check-in at a hotel, tour of the city including the Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and Cathedral, St. Mary's Church, Reneissance Cloth Hall and many other tourist attractions. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Town area.
Transfer to Lesko via Sanok. Guided tour of Museum of Folk Architecture, one of the largest open-air museums in Poland, pictresquely located on hill by the San river. On display here are examples of architecture from the Russo-Polish borderland, that is the south-eastern regions of today’s Poland. The museum boasts around 150 wooden structures (houses, cottages, school, etc), all dating from between the 17th and 20th century. A collection of icons dating from 15th to 20th centuries, acquired by the Sanok museum in the 1960’s and Beksinski Gallery, the famous Polish painter , are also noteworthy.
Later transfer to Lesko, picturesque village called "the gate of Bieszczady". Our short overview tour includes visit to the 14th century Castle of the House of Kmit, "the Lesko stone", synagogue and Jewish cemetery.
Transfer to Majdan near Cisna, for 2 hour ride in a narrow gauge railway through the forest, one of the biggest attraction of Bieszczady región. Later barbecue dinner with bonfire.
Day 4. walking tour in Bieszczadzki National Park
Guided walk and hike from Smerek to Polonina Wetlinska (1232 m above the sea level)– Berehy Gorne. The trip will take us 6 hours.
We explore the Bieszczady Biosphere Reserve, an area of over 100,000 hectares mostly covered by forest. Beech is the dominant tree but occurs with sycamore, maple and fir to form an association known as Carpathian Beech Forest. The majority of this forest is natural and therefore supports a dazzling variety of flora and fauna. We can look for signs of animals which include European Bison, Wolf, Brown Bear, Lynx and Wild Cat, and listen to more then one hundred species of bird as we journey through this wonderful country.
We explore one of the most scenic routes in Bieszczady Mountains on the Ukraine border: Ustrzyki Gorne - Szeroki Wierch - Tarnica - Halicz - Rozsypaniec - Bukowska Pass - Wolowate (about 8 h). We will climb the Tarnica (1346 m) - the highest peak of Bieszczady range mountain.
Transfer back to Krakow.