I'm hoping to go to Poland next spring or summer and looking for some tips for the Bialowieza part of the trip that I'm already planning in my head. (The trip will probably also include the expected- Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk- with the forest as the Nature portion of the trip). So here are the questions:
There is a weekend tour in July that comes highly rated, or I can go on my own whenever it fits in the plans. Is a tour recommended? I see there is transit to the area from Warsaw, but it's not an easy trip. Or give up going alone and do the tour? The July tour is 3 nights. There is also a tour group that goes any weekend for 2 nights, leaving in the afternoon after the second night. Is this enough time? There are also very long day tours from Warsaw. Has anyone done one of these?
Or is it fine to go without a tour and arrange guides when I get there (I assume staying in the town of the same name)? Is transit doable, or the hassle so great that a car may be worth the cost? (I'd be travelling alone, and have done so before so I'm not concerned about going solo, but that usually means it's a little more expensive).
Finally, time of year to the forest and Poland in general. I'd be looking at end of May or mid-July. I assume July is busier with more options for activities (outdoor concerts and such?) and May is cooler and less crowded, but does it matter much for Poland, considering most of my time will be spent in cities? Previous trips to Europe have been in October/November so I've never had to deal with summer crowds and heat.
Thanks for helping me plan way sooner than I need to!