Overview

Austria and Hungary were once the centre of the wide-ranging Austro-Hungarian empire, and the two countries are filled with historical landmarks and cultural significance befitting such a history. On this tour we will visit the centuries-old wine region of Tokaj, enjoy performances of classical and traditional gypsy music and visit the immaculate and history-filled cities of Vienna and Budapest. Both countries also have numerous natural and semi-natural areas that hold typical Palearctic species such as Bearded Reedling and Eurasian Penduline Tit, European Bee-eater, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Nuthatch and Eurasian Jay. Permanent and temporary wetlands teem with herons, ducks, raptors and shorebirds including Western Marsh Harrier, White-tailed Eagle, Common Crane, Garganey, Red-crested Pochard and Spotted Redshank, while the largest grasslands in Europe house the massive Great Bustard and Eurasian Dotterel. There’s no better way to explore Europe’s birdlife, culture and cuisine!

Please note that a Rockjumper leader may not accompany this tour unless a minimum of 7 participants are signed up. In the case of insufficient sign-ups, a professional and very experienced local guide will lead the tour instead.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Bearded Reedling, Eurasian Penduline Tit, European Bee-eater, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Nuthatch, Eurasian Jay, Western Marsh Harrier, White-tailed Eagle, Common Crane, Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Spotted Redshank, Great Bustard, Eurasian Dotterel, Black, Eurasian Green, Syrian, White-backed, Lesser Spotted, Middle Spotted and Syrian Woodpeckers, Short-toed Treecreeper, Hawfinch, Red-footed Falcon, Grey Partridge, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Saker Falcon,
Habitats Covered
woodland, lakes, wetlands, grasslands, alpine, cities & towns
Expected Climate
summer, warm to hot with some humidty. rain is possible, mostly as afternoon thunder showers
Max Group Size
3 - 6 with Local Leader / 7 - 12 with 1 Rockjumper Leader & Local Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
easy
Accommodation
good to excellent
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Other Attractions
Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Müpa, Hortobágy National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Tokaj Wine region, Wine tasting, traditional gypsy music, bat mist netting, Heroes Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, neogothic Matthias Church, Gellert Hill, Building of the Parliament, mighty Danube River, Schönbrunn and Belvedere Palaces, Ring Boulevard, Imperial Palace, Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Hundertwasserhaus
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.

K

Andre, our guide, has such an infectious nature, which had a huge positive effect on our stay. His incredible knowledge of birds was indeed humbling. A birder's paradise and a guide passionate about birds and nature - what more could one ask for?

P

André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

J

André our game ranger for the third time once again is impeccable! His eyesight is actually too good for words!

Dennis's knowledge & ability to imitate bird calls is phenomenal. He is also an interesting person to travel with. I enjoyed Eric's humour and felt he handled the group well.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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