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Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic


Hungarian Puszta & hills of Transylvanian Dracula’s country

Hungary and Romania, 12 days

Our tour offers a unique combination of first class birding at several interesting habitats, such as the lowland steppe of Kiskunság and Hortobágy National Parks in Hungary plus the hills and valleys of Transylvania and the mountains of the Eastern and Southern Carpathians in Romania.

The world-famous Kiskunság and Hortobágy Puszta preserves rare bird species such as Pygmy Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Ferruginous Duck, Long-legged Buzzard, Red–footed Falcon, Great Bustard and Aquatic Warbler, to name just a few.

Romania should be high on the list of destinations for every birdwatcher. Transylvania is characterised by beautiful landscapes, scenic gorges and lakes, vast hay meadows and endless forests, where Golden Eagle, Capercaillie, Wallcreeper, Alpine Swift and Rock Thrush are found. It is dotted with nice villages, medieval towns and fortresses.

The Carpathian Mountains provide a good opportunity to discover exciting mountain species including Ural and Tengmalm's Owl, Ring Ouzel and Nutcracker. We also have a chance there to view rare mammals such as Chamois and Brown Bear

 


Fact File

  • 3 days in Hungary
  • 9 days in Romania
  • starting in Budapest and finishing in Bucharest
  • visiting the Kiskunság, Hortobágy, Transylvania, Eastern and Southern Carpathians
  • using 4 or 5 accommodations

Highlights

  • 3 days in the Kiskunság and Hortobágy National Parks
  • visit to the Turda Gorge in Transylvania
  • birding in the Harghita Mountains, Bikaz Gorge and Killer Lake in the Eastern Carpathians
  • visit to Saint Anne Lake and Mohos Marsh
  • 4 days in the Southern Carpathians
  • bear watching in the Bucegi Mountains
  • superb scenery, rare birds and mammals

Accommodation

  • 3 nights at the Hungarian Puszta, Hungary
  • 2 night in Torockó, Transylvania
  • 3 nights in Zetea, at the Harghita Mountains
  • 3 night in Southern Carpathians

Departure Dates

April-May

August-September

http://www.ecotours.hu/calendar

Price


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 Budapest;
  • 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.

Activity level

  • Generally easy to moderate walks
  • Some longer drives expected

Optional programmes

Optional Bear and Wolf watching in the Carpathians

Optional visit of Dracula Castle at Bran

Itinerary

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Days 1-3

We arrive at the Budapest Airport where our English speaking guide meets us. We check Imperial Eagle en route as we travel towards the famous Kiskunság and Hortobágy National Park, where we stay for 3 nights. We explore marshes, fishponds and vast steppes for Pygmy Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Long-legged Buzzard, Saker, Red-footed Falcon, Great Bustard, Eurasian Roller, European Bee-eater, Little Owl and many more species.

Day 4

We continue our journey towards Romania and visit the scenic Turda Gorge looking for Golden Eagle, Alpine Swift, Dipper and Grey-headed Woodpecker.

Days 5-7

We visit the upper part of Turda Gorge for Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting. The end of the day will find us at the foot of the Harghita Mountains, where the pine wood is home to Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse and Brown BearThree-toed and White-backed Woodpecker, Ural Owl, Nutcracker and Common Crossbill are among the species we might see. We make a day trip to Bekas Gorge, which is one of the most certain and easily accessible site for Wallcreeper in Europe. We also visit nearby Killer Lake and a swamp-meadow near Senetea, where Common Rosefinch is breeding.

Days 8-11

On our way to the Southern Carpathians we might visit Saint Anne Lake, the only crater lake of Europe. The nearby Mohos Marsh is one of the biggest highland moors. Later we arrive to Zarnesti from where we discover the famous Bucegi Mountains for Nutcracker, Common Crossbill, Crested Tit and Ring Ouzel. In Zarnesti Gorge we have chances to see Alpine Swift and Crag Martin. Bearwatching is also an option in a specially located hide. In the Stramba Valley we look for Ural Owl and Lesser-spotted Eagle. We won’t miss Bran, the home of “Count Dracula” that is also nearby. We might as well visit the Fagaras Mountains on a day trip to search for Three-toed Woodpecker, Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel and Wallcreeper.

Day 12

After breakfast we drive to Bucharest to catch the flight back home.

Romania

Eastern Europe / Romania

Romania is one of the last places in Europe where traditional lifestyle and agriculture still survive, resulting in a very high diversity of species, a pleasing pace of life and tasty country meals! The country's birdlife is one of the richest in the continent, while the biggest areas of untouched forests hold the main population of European Brown Bears, Wolves and Lynx.

The Danube Delta is probably the most important wetland of Europe. Spending a few days in the heart of the Delta on a Floating Hotel is birdwatching at its most relaxing!

Transylvania is characterised by beautiful landscapes, scenic gorges and lakes, vast hay meadows and endless forests.

The Carpathian Mountains provide a good opportunity to discover exciting mountain species and to view rare mammals.

Experience time-travel going through medieval landscapes, historical towns and castles and breathtaking scenery with us! And don't forget: the probability of observing Brown Bears is very high in Romania throughout 9 month a year!

 

Black Sea Coast and the Danube Delta


Romania, 8 days

Romania should be high on the list of destinations for every birdwatcher. It has such fantastic regions as the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania, the biggest river delta in Europe, the Danube Delta or the Black Sea Coast and Dobrogea area. This tour concentrates on the Danube Delta, the Black Sea Coast and Dobrogea, each is completely different and amazing areas.

Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is for those who enjoy spectacular birdwatching: huge flocks of pelicans, waders, cormorants, reedbeds full of warblers, lakes and marshes full of ducks, herons, egrets and ibises. Woodpeckers, Hoopoe, Roller, Bee-eater and Golden Oriole are plentiful.

Black Sea Coast & Dobrogea

On the Black Sea Coast of Dobrogea sought after raptors fly overhead and in the forests, hills and plains nearby you find Long-legged Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk, Booted Eagle, Pied Wheatear, Rock Thrush and Sombre Tit. The extensive wetlands along the sea provide habitat for rare resident species and thousands of migrating birds as well, including pelicans, Ruddy Shelduck and Paddyfield Warbler.

 

Fact File

  • 8 days in Romania
  • start and finish in Bucharest
  • visiting the Black Sea Coast and the Danube Delta
  • using 2 accommodations

 

Highlights

  • 2 full days in the Danube Delta
  • 1 day in Histria and Vadu, one of the best birding areas in Europe
  • visit to the famous Babadag Forest
  • birding in the Macin Hills
  • exploring Cheia Gorge, a beautiful place not far from the coast
  • visiting the lakes along the Black Sea
  • superb scenery, rare bird species

 

Accommodation

4 nights in Mamaia, a resort at the Black Sea

3 nights on a floating hotel in the Danube Delta

Departure Dates

http://www.ecotours.hu/calendar

Price

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:

  • flight to and from Bucharest;
  • 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.

Activity level

Generally easy to moderate walks

Some longer drives expected

Itinerary

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Day1
We meet at our English speaking guide at the Bucharest airport and then travel to Mamaia on the Black Sea Coast.
Day2
We visit one of the best birding areas in Europe, the wetlands of Histria and Vadu. Muddy pools, ponds, extensive reedbeds, steppe and sandy scrub attract many resident and migrating bird species including White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Ruddy Shelduck, Ferruginous Duck and Paddyfield Warbler.
Day3
We head north towards the Danube Delta crossing Babadag Forest. Levant Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Short-toed, Booted and Lesser-Spotted Eagles, Sombre Tit have all been sighted here. We also stop at the castle of Enisala. We arrive to our floating hotel in Tulcea in the afternoon.
Days4-5
We spend 2 full days birding along the rich waterways in the heart of the Danube Delta! We visit Mila 23, Fortuna Lake and Letea Forest among others. We should see plenty of White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Squacco Heron, Pygmy Cormorant and many more species. 
Days6-7
 We leave the boat and head for the Macin Hills and Cheia Gorge to look for raptors, Rock Thrush and Pied Wheatear. We visit Lake Techirghiol that attracts Avocet, Black-necked Stilt and Stone-Curlew. We also drive to Hagieni Forest, where the variety of habitats supports raptors, woodland species, warblers and waterbirds.
Day8
We leave the Black Sea and head for Bucharest. "Eyes on the sky" for more raptors and if time permits we stop at interesting places en route.
 

Grand Tour: HUNGARY & ROMANIA

Kiskunság & Hortobágy National Parks, HUNGARY & 
Transylvania, Carpathians and Danube Delta Reserve, ROMANIA, 15 days

Several strikingly different birding areas in Europe make this journey a GRAND TOUR! The combination of such interesting areas as Kiskunság & Hortobágy National Parks in Hungary and Transylvania in Romania will be most rewarding. Add to this several days in the Danube Delta and on the Black Sea Coast, including 2 days on a luxurious Floating Hotel with en-suite facilities and you have a truly great adventure!
If you are looking for something really exciting and original, you are warmly invited to participate in this tour! During the trip you will encounter several different habitats thus your bird list will contain amazingly varied species.

Kiskunság and Hortobágy National Parks, Hungarian Puszta or Steppe
Large variety of attractive species including Great Bustard, Eurasian Roller, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, White-tailed Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Ferruginous Duck, Pygmy Cormorant and many more species.

Transylvania & the Carpathian Mountains
The beautiful landscapes covered by dense woods offer many sought after species such as Dipper, Nutcracker, Wallcreeper, Rock Bunting, Hazel Grouse, 8 species of woodpeckers. There is an optional Bear Watching possibility from professional hides as well.

Danube Delta
The Danube Delta is for those who enjoy spectacular birdwatching: huge flocks of White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill,waders, cormorants, reedbeds full of warblers, lakes and marshes full of ducks, herons, egrets and ibises. Woodpeckers, Hoopoe, Roller, Bee-eater and Golden Oriole are plentiful.

Black Sea Coast & Dobrogea
On the Black Sea Coast of Dobrogea sought after raptors fly overhead and in the forests, hills and plains nearby you find Long-legged Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk, Booted Eagle, Pied Wheatear, Rock Thrush and Sombre Tit. The extensive wetlands along the sea provide habitat for rare resident species and thousands of migrating birds as well, including pelicans, Ruddy Shelduck and Paddyfield Warbler.

You will be also surprised by encountering so many different ethnic cultures, medieval monasteries, churches, castles, everyday village life, craftsmen and nomadic shepherds.

  

 

Fact File

  • 3 days in Hungary
  • 12 days in Romania
  • starting in Budapest and finishing in Bucharest, possibility of leaving or joining on the 8th day in Bucharest
  • visiting the Hortobágy, Transylvania, Eastern and Southern Carpathians, Danube Delta
  • using 6 accommodations

Highlights

  • exploring Kiskunság and Hortobágy National Park in Hungary
  • visit the famous Turda Gorge area in Transylvania
  • 3 days in the Southern Carpathians, including bearwatching
  • 2 full days in the Danube Delta
  • 1 day in Histria and Vadu, one of the best birding areas in Europe
  • visit to the famous Babadag Forest
  • birding in the Macin Hills and Cheia Gorge

Accommodation

  • 2 nights at Kiskunság or Hortobágy, Hungary
  • 2 nights in Torockó, Transylvania
  • 2 nights in Zarnesti, Southern Carpathians
  • 1 night in Sinaia, Southern Carpathians
  • 4 nights in Mamaia, a resort at the Black Sea
  • 3 nights on a floating hotel in the Danube Delta

Departure Dates

May-June and September

http://www.ecotours.hu/calendar

Price


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 Budapest;
  • 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.

Activity level

  • Generally easy to moderate walks
  • Some longer drives expected

Optional programmes

Optional bearwatching in the Carpathians

Itinerary

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Day 1-2

At Budapest Airport our English speaking guide meets us. During the afternoon we check en route for Imperial Eagle, as we travel to the famous Hortobágy National Park where we explore the marshes, fishponds and grasslands to look for Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Long-legged Buzzard and Saker Falcon. Red-footed Falcon, Great Bustard and Stone-Curlew is also possible.

Days 3-4

Travelling towards the Romanian border we pass through the city of Debrecen where we stop to enjoy the woods that attract many species of woodpeckers. In Transylvania we visit the spectacular Turda Gorge, looking for Golden Eagle or a late Rock Thrush.

Days 5-6

We reach the Fagaras Mountains in the Southern Carpathians, where we should see Three-toed Woodpecker and Nutcracker. At Zarnesti we search for Eagle and Ural Owl, Wallcreeper and Chamois. Optional programme can be  an evening visit to a bear watching hide. with a very good chance to see the largest carnivore of Europe. 

Day 7

We travel to the town of Sinaia in the Bucegi Mountains where we look for Wallcreeper and Alpine Accentor. A small detour can be made to see "Dracula's Castle" near Bran which would be an optional programme..

Days 8-9

We will be birding and raptor spotting whilst travelling to Mamaia on the Black Sea coast. We drive via Bucharest and we pick up the guests joining us here. Those on the 8-day trip will leave us here as well. On the coast we visit Histria and Vadu for White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorant, Ruddy Shelduck and Paddyfield Warbler in the reeds.

Days 10-12

We head north towards the Danube Delta crossing Babadag Forest home to Levant Sparrowhawk, Booted and Lesser-Spotted Eagle and Sombre Tit. At Enisala we have another chance to enjoy the spectacle of pelicans! We arrive to our floating hotel in Tulcea and we spend 2 full days birding along the rich waterways of the Danube Delta! We expect to see Grey-headed Woodpecker, hundreds of Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Herons, Egrets and many more.

Days 13-14

We leave the boat and head for the Macin Hills to look for Pallid Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard and Isabelline Wheatear. We also visit Cheia Gorge to search for Pied Wheatear and raptors.

Day 15

We head for Bucharest birding en route.

Birds & Bears at Transylvania & Danube Delta

Romania, 10 days

Romania should be high on the list of destinations for every birdwatcher. Here is why:

Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is the largest river delta in Europe and one of the best birding sites in the continent. There is no better place for those who would like to enjoy spectacular birdwatching with huge flocks of pelicans, waders, cormorants, reedbeds full of warblers, lakes and marshes full of ducks, herons, egrets and ibises. Woodpeckers, Hoopoe, Roller, Bee-eater, Golden Oriole are plentiful and it is an excellent place for raptors as well.

Dobrogea & Black Sea Coast

On the Black Sea Coast of Dobrogea sought after raptors fly overhead such as Levant Sparrowhawk, Booted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard and in the forests, hills and plains nearby you find Pied Wheatear, Rock Thrush and Sombre Tit. The extensive wetlands along the sea provide habitat for rare resident species and thousands of migrating birds as well, including pelicans, Ruddy Shelduck and Paddyfield Warbler.

The Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains provide a contrast and a good opportunity to discover exciting mountain species including Ural and Tengmalm's Owl, Wallcreeper, Alpine Swift, Ring Ouzel and Nutcracker. There is also a chance to see rare mammals such as Chamois and Brown Bear.

 

 

Fact File

  • 10 days in Romania
  • start and finish in Bucharest
  • visiting the Black Sea Coast, Danube Delta and the Southern Carpathians
  • using 3 accommodations

 

Highlights

  • - 2 full days in the Danube Delta
  • - 1 day in Histria and Vadu, one of the best birding areas in Europe
  • - visit to the famous Babadag Forest
  • - birding in the Macin Hills- exploring Cheia Gorge, a beautiful place not far from the coast- visiting the lakes along the Black Sea
  • - 3 days in the Southern Carpathians- superb scenery, rare birds and mammals

 

Accommodation

  • 2 nights in Mamaia, a resort at the Black Sea
  • 3 nights in the Danube Delta
  • 4 nights either in Zarnesti, in the Southern Carpathians or at Hargitha, Eastern Carpathians

 

Departure Dates

http://www.ecotours.hu/calendar

 

Price

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:
  • - flight to and from Bucharest;
  • - 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.

 

Activity level

  • Generally easy to moderate walks
  • Some longer drives expected
  • Optional programmes
  • Optional Bear and Wolf watching in the Carpathians
  • Optionally you can spend 2 days/3 nights on a floating hotel in the Danube Delta for extra cost

 

Itinerary

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Day1    
We meet at our English speaking guide at Bucharest Airport and then travel to Mamaia on the Black Sea Coast birding en route.
 
Day2
We visit one of the best birding areas in Europe, the wetlands of Histria and Vadu. Muddy pools, ponds, extensive reedbeds, steppe and sandy scrub attract many resident and migrating bird species including White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Ruddy Shelduck, Ferruginous Duck and Paddyfield Warbler.
 
Day3
We visit Cheia Gorge in the morning to look for raptors, Calandra Lark and Pied Wheatear. Then we head north towards the Danube Delta crossing Babadag Forest. Levant Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Short-toed, Booted and Lesser-Spotted Eagles, Sombre Tit have all been sighted here. We also stop at the castle of Enisala. We arrive to our floating hotel in Tulcea in the afternoon.
 
Days4-5
We spend 2 full days birding along the rich waterways in the heart of the Danube Delta! We visit Mila 23, Fortuna Lake and Letea Forest among others to look for pelicans, herons and egrets, Black Stork, Glossy Ibis, White-tailed Eagle, Bee-eater, Roller, Grey-headed Woodpecker and Thrush Nightingale. Optionally we can stay aboard a floating hotel throughout the 2 days otherwise we stay in a hotel in Tulcea and take small motorboats in the Delta.
 
Day6
We leave the Delta and head for the Macin Hills and to look for raptors, Rock Thrush and Isabelline Wheatear. Later on we drive north to reach our hotel in the Southern Carpathians.
 
Days7-9
In the Southern Carpathians we might see Nutcracker, Crested Tit and Ring Ouzel. Optional programme can be a detour to see "Dracula's Castle" near Bran. We will search Wallcreeper, Alpine Swift, Ural and Tengmalm's Owl. In the evening we offer another optional programme, a visit to the bear hides to watch Brown Bear.
 
Day10
Travel through Sinaia, birding en route, to arrive to Bucharest Airport.