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Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic

Austria and Hungary, 8 days

Our tour offers the unique combination of two totally different areas, the Austrian Alps and Neusiedler See/LakeFertő.


The mountains in the vicinity of Vienna are excellent for typical high-altitude alpine bird species such as Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Ptarmigan, Tengmalm's Owl, Alpine Accentor, Nutcracker, Alpine Chough, Snowfinch and Citril Finch, as well as for mammals like Chamois.


The cross border Fertő-Hanság National Park shared between Austria and Hungary incorporates shallow Lake Fertő with its huge reedbeds, surrounding marshes, wet meadows and grasslands. These diverse habitats provide home to many sought-after species. Egrets and herons are found in good numbers, and Garganey, Red-crested Pochard and Ferruginous Duck breeds around the lake. Saker Falcon and Imperial Eagle have their westernmost breeding area here and the magnificent Great Bustard also survives.


Fact File

- 4 days in Austria visiting the Austrian Alps close to Vienna

- 4 days in Hungary around Lake Fertő

- start and finish in Vienna

- using 2 accommodations located close to the sites


- 4 days in the Alps exploring alpine habitats

- 4 days in the Fertő-Hanság National Park in Hungary visiting wetlands and grasslands

- wide variety of birds and habitats

- plenty of raptors, woodpeckers and high-altitude bird species


4 nights in a small hotel located in a picturesque valley in Payerbach, Austria

3 nights in a small village hotel with excellent cuisine in Hegykő, Hungary

Departure Dates



Ask for the actual price.

Our price includes:

- all travel as noted in the itinerary;

- all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);

- 3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);

- services of the leader(s);

- trip materials.

Not included:

- flights to and from Vienna;

- optional programmes to places of interest and entrance fees involved;

- airport and other departure taxes, tips;

- food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries;

- excess baggage charges;

- telephone calls;

- alcoholic beverages;

- compulsory personal insurance.

If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us.

Optional programmes

Cable car to the high alpine regions of the Austrian Alps



Days 1-4

After arriving to Vienna we meet the English speaking Ecotours guide and drive towards our hotel at the foot of the Austrian Alps. We explore Mt. Rax to search for Alpine Chough, Common Crossbill, Three-toed Woodpecker, Capercaillie, Nutcracker and Chamois. We walk along the Schwarza Stream where we expect to see Black and Grey-headed Woodpecker. We also approach Mt. Schneeberg where Ptarmigan, Snowfinch, Citril Finch and Alpine Accentor occurs.

Days 5-7

We travel to Hungary to the area of Lake Fertő. In the habitat reconstruction area we have good chances to see White-tailed Eagle, Garganey, Ferruginous Duck, Moustached Warbler and Spoonbill. We will also search for Saker Falcon and Imperial Eagle. Close to the border we might look for the magnificent Great Bustard. In the Hanság River Warbler, Pigmy Cormorant and three marsh terns are also possible.

Day 8

After a morning birding walk we travel to Vienna Airport. Depending on the flight schedule we can stop en route to search for Barred Warbler.