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.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

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
LM

Rockjumper's office staff continue with their excellent high level of client services. Prompt, concise and courteous replies are a trade-mark of the Rockjumper staff.

MN

Our questions were always answered with clarity and accuracy. There were no surprises as a result... This trip was a wonderful and unique experience for me. I actually felt renewed and revitalized when it was over. Thanks to everyone for an experience of a lifetime!

I had a wonderful time. Our Rockjumper guide, Holly Faithfull, was terrific. She made the cruise, which was already excellent, even better.

The ability of our guide, Rich Lindie, to locate the birds from the faintest movement or call under difficult and trying conditions was outstanding.

J

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

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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