Overview

Few countries in Europe have especially large birding lists, with many of the sought after species being found at opposite ends of the continent. No single trip could provide an all-encompassing overview of the best of what Europe has to offer, until now. Our new Highlights of Europe tour takes us to 4 countries, from Mediterranean Spain in the south and Finland in the Arctic north to Poland and Bulgaria in the east. This tour can be taken as a single three and half week tour de force of Europe’s avifauna, or in shorter bite sized chunks.

Moving east to Bulgaria and Poland for a few weeks, we venture beyond the former ‘Iron Curtain’ which kept Eastern Europe out-of-bounds for most people during the Cold War era. Many of these areas have now been found to be wildlife havens, and in fact, some have been established as nature reserves. There are plenty of 'eastern' specialties that rarely, if ever, venture into the western regions of Europe. In fact, many species are far more abundant and easier to find in the east, no doubt due to its lack of development as compared to the more affluent west.

Great Snipe, Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Grey-headed Woodpeckers, River, Savi’s and Aquatic Warblers, Sombre Tit and Lesser Grey Shrike are some of the species that come to mind. Other more widespread, but no less spectacular birds include Golden Eagle, Common Crane, Little and Eurasian Bitterns, Bearded Reedling and the beautiful Bluethroat. We will stay in small guesthouses in good birding locations throughout this tour, and food will consist of local cuisine.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Great Snipe, Corn Crake, Pygmy Cormorant, Bearded Reedling, Ferruginous Duck, Griffon, Egyptian & Cinereous Vultures, Eastern Imperial, Golden, White-tailed, Short-toed, Lesser Spotted & Booted Eagles, Levant Sparrowhawk, Eleonora’s Falcons, Chukar Partridge, Sombre Tit, Western Rock Nuthatch, Ortolan, Rock and Black-headed Buntings, Blue Rock Thrush, Masked Shrike, Slender-billed & Caspian Gulls, Savi’s, Aquatic & Cetti’s Warblers, Common Crane, Little & Eurasian Bitterns, Bearded Reedling, Bluethroat, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Calandra & Greater Short-toed Larks, Rose-colored Starling, Yelkouan Shearwater, Thrush Nightingale, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Eurasian Pygmy Owl, White-backed, Three-toed, Black, Middle Spotted & Grey-headed Woodpeckers,
Top Mammals
European Bison, European Roe Deer, Grey Wolf, Eurasian Red Squirrel
Habitats Covered
Fens, lakes, grasslands, pine forests, birch forests, seashore, steppe, cultivated fields
Expected Climate
moderate with some colder mornings
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Local Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed with some longer drives
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Other Attractions
ancient historical sites, fabulous scenery
Photographic Opportunities
very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Glen and Dennis did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.

M

I am not a twitcher or even a knowledgeable birdwatcher, but I am always keen to see new things. Our ranger André had a huge knowledge of birds. He shared this and more about all the flora and fauna that we came across. He explained about insects and trees as we passed them and didn't fail to answer a question.

RS

Adam is an extremely hard working, energetic and enthusiastic person who is able to remain calm and collected under extreme pressure and is always willing to help and assist anyone in need. His ability to find elusive birds for clients is legendary and almost miraculous. He is not feint-hearted and never daunted by challenging circumstances.

B

André in particular went out of his way to make sure our stay was as wonderful as it could be. Andre is also a great guide, with the ability to spot just about everything that moves, even if the movement is only breathing.

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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