Can be linked with: Europe: Budget Highlights of Spain 2022
Tour price (Per person): USD3,995 * GBP2,995 * EUR3,529 * AUD5,609
Single Supplement: USD320 * GBP240 * EUR283 * AUD449
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.
2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.