Overview

Portugal offers a fantastic diversity of habitats, and consequently an equally diverse array of birds in a relatively small area, allowing us to visit several species rich areas without needing to travel long distances. 

All this birding activity is combined with visits to some of the most important wine producers in the main wine regions of Portugal (including the Douro, for Port wine), giving an opportunity throughout the whole of our route to better understand the country’s rich wine heritage. At various times we’ll be joined by qualified wine makers who will help us learn to discern the subtle differences between the various regions, terroirs, wines and grapes. Besides the great wines, we’ll have numerous opportunities to sample Portugal’s many culinary delights.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Western Swamphen; Squacco Heron; Great & Little Bustards; Bluethroat; Dartford & Sardinian Warblers; Iberian Grey Shrike; Common Crane; Red & Black-winged Kites; Black-bellied Sandgrouse; Calandra Lark; Iberian Green Woodpecker; Cinereous, Griffon & Egyptian Vultures; Spanish Imperial, Bonelli’s & Golden Eagles; Western Black Wheatear; Iberian Magpie; Red-billed Chough; Hawfinch; Cirl Bunting; as well as an excellent selection of ducks, waders and seabirds.
Habitats Covered
coastal wetlands, Cork and Holm Oak forests, deciduous woodlands, mountain crags, grasslands
Expected Climate
temperate, mainly mild
Max Group Size
7 with 1 Local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly easy
Accommodation
comfortable guest houses & hotels
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Other Attractions
Foz Côa Valley; Mértola archaeological site, excellent wine vineyards
Photographic Opportunities
good to very good
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.

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

This was a fantastic trip. David did an excellent job as our guide. He was thoughtful, attentive, hard-working and an expert in the field. There wasn't much that we didn't find. We very much enjoyed his company and hope he leads us again in the future.

CJ

The B&BG Tour was the trip of a lifetime for me. Rockjumper did everything just right. The birds and animals, the accommodations, and especially Wayne were all top notch. Although Wayne is relatively new to Rockjumper, he is definitely a keeper – personable, a keen observer, and a natural leader. He really made the tour more than “just another birding trip”. This is certainly a tour that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone, although I am seriously considering South Africa next. Alison was wonderfully helpful, especially for finding a U.S. travel agent who booked affordable and reliable airline tickets for me.

David Hoddinott was an excellent leader. It was obvious he had devoted a lot of preparation time studying the birds and learning their vocalizations. I was very impressed with his knowledge. I’d love to go on another tour with him some day.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
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