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TOURS-EASTERN-EUROPE
Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic


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Highlights

Red-necked Grebe

Griffon Vulture

Golden Eagle

Short-toed Eagle

Ptarmigan

Hazel Grouse

Capercaillie

Black Grouse

Rock Partridge

Scops Owl

Pygmy Owl

Tengmalm's Owl

Ural Owl

Alpine Swift

Grey-headed

Woodpecker

Black Woodpecker

Three-toed Woodpecker

White-backed

Woodpecker

Crag Martin

Water Pipit

Alpine Accentor

Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

Crested Tit

Wallcreeper

Nutcracker

Alpine Chough

Common Crossbill

Snowfinch

Hawfinch

Rock Bunting

Chamois

Alpine Ibex

Golden Oriole: © László Bécsy

Eastern Europe / Slovenia

Slovenia is one of the youngest European countries, which became an independent state in 1991, after the collapse of the Yugoslav federation.

Although it is a rather small country, it is very colourful: you can experience amazing contrasts in the same day, birdwatching below the Alpine peaks in the morning and at the seacoast in the afternoon.

The country inhabits vast forests being the third most forested country in Europe, gorgeous craggy peaks, alpine lakes, World Heritage limestone caves and a short stretch of Adriatic Coast. Thus it offers a nice array of alpine and mediterranean species of birds and butterflies. Our tours take you to Triglav National Park and to the World Heritage sites and ensure great accommodations and excellent food.

We can organize birdwatching, butterfly and botany tours from 4 days up and our tour can be tailor made to your needs and list of species and might include the less explored Savinja Alps and other regions of Slovenia. The tours can be combined with Croatia to include the Adriatic Islands and the fascinating Croatian national parks.

Tours to Slovenia

Creeks, caves and cliffs - Slovenia in Spring

Rock Partridges in the Mediterranean - Slovenia and Croatia

Rock Partridges in the Mediterranean - Slovenia and Croatia


Slovenia and Croatia, 9 days


Slovenia offers breathtaking scenery with the high peaks of the Alps and vast evergreen and beech woods, while Croatia has one of the most beautiful coastlines of Europe with ragged limestone hills and thousands of scenic islands. These two countries combined offer an exciting Alpine and Mediterranean fauna and flora amidst the scenic landscape.

 

Slovenia

During our tour we visit the Julian Alps for Golden Eagle, Pygmy Owl, Three-toed and Grey-headed Woodpecker, Nutcracker and Common Crossbill. Seasonal Lake Cerknica and scenic Mount Nanos are excellent for birdwatching, providing home for Ferruginous Duck, Corn Crake, Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting among others. The Secovlje Saltpans on the Slovenian Coast offer an array of shorebirds.


Croatia

We explore the island of Cres with its Griffon Vulture colony. We visit Paklenica National Park, home of Rock Partridge, Olive-tree Warbler, Sombre Tit and Western Rock Nuthatch. We discover Lake Vrana where Pygmy Cormorant, Spanish Sparrow and Black-headed Bunting are expected. Crna Mlaka Fishponds are excellent for herons, egrets, White-tailed Eagle and marsh terns.

 

 

  

Fact File

-4 days in Slovenia and 5 days in Croatia

-start and finish in Ljubljana or Maribor

-using 5 accommodations

 

Highlights

- visit to the Julian Alps

- exploring Mount Caven and Paklenica, home to the enigmatic Rock Partridge

- 1 day on the island of Cres

- visit to famous Paklenica National Park

- birding in Alpine and Mediterranean habitats

- superb scenery, rare birds, butterflies and dragonflies

 

Accommodation

1 night in Bohinj, Slovenia

2 nights in Rakov Skocjan, Slovenia

2 nights in Lovran, Croatia

2 nights in Starigrad, Paklenica, Croatia

1 night in Karlovac

Departure Dates

April, May, June

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 Slovenia;

- 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

Upon arrival to Maribor or Ljubljana you will be met by your English-speaking Ecotours guide. Then we drive into the Julian Alps to our hotel on the shore of scenic Lake Bohinj. Time permitting we look for woodpeckers and Pygmy Owl in the region.

Day2

We spend the morning around Bohinj searching for Golden Eagle, Grey-headed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, Nutcracker and Red-breasted Flycatcher. In the afternoon we visit Mount Nanos where we expect to see Rock Partridge, Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting.

Day3

Lake Cerknica, a seasonal lake is our first stop where we have good chances for resident Red-necked Grebe, Ferruginous Duck, Corn Crake and Barred Warbler. Later we drive south to explore mature beech forests around Kocevje for White-backed Woodpecker and Collared Flycatcher.

Day4

We drive to the Mediterranean Coast to visit Secovlje Saltpans for European Shag and a nice array of waders and larids. Later we cross the border into Croatia and head towards the coastal town of Lovran.

Day5

We take the ferry to the beautiful island of Cres to visit the Griffon Vulture rehabilitation centre in Beli. Walking on the paths of the nearby reserve we might find warblers, Griffon Vulture and Short-toed Eagle.

Day6

We drive further south along the coast, then have a short stop at the Gacka River that is home to Bee-eater, Hoopoe and Lesser Grey Shrike. In the afternoon we arrive to Paklenica National Park. Before dinner we visit an area excellent for Rock Partridge, Blue Rock Thrush, Sombre Tit, Rock Nuthatch and Mediterranean warblers.

Day7

We spend the morning in Paklenica visiting one of the gorges for Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Black-eared Wheatear and any other species we might have missed the day before. In the afternoon we drive to Lake Vrana to look for Pygmy Cormorant, Woodchat Shrike, Spanish Sparrow and Black-headed Bunting.

Day8

We drive northeast to explore the Crna Mlaka Fishponds close to Zagreb where we might see Black Stork, Ferruginous Duck, White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Black Woodpecker and Penduline Tit.

Day9

We drive back to Ljubljana or Maribor to take our flight back to the UK.

Creeks, caves and cliffs - Slovenia in Spring

 
Slovenia, 8 days

Slovenia offers breathtaking scenery, exciting Alpine and Mediterranean fauna and flora as well as world famous caves and a short but beautiful Adriatic Coast.

During our tour to this small country we explore the Julian Alps for alpine species such as Golden Eagle, Capercaillie, Pygmy Owl, Grey-headed and Three-toed Woodpecker, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper, Nutcracker, Alpine Chough, Common Crossbill and Snowfinch.

The karst region around Postojna is famous for its World Heritage caves and it can be anoptional programme to pay a visit there.

The seasonal Lake Cerknica and the scenic Mount Nanos are excellent for birdwatching, providing home for Ferruginous Duck, Corn Crake, Rock Partridge, Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting among others.

The Secovlje Saltpans on the Slovenian Coast offer an interesting array of shorebirds and other species including Mediterranean Gull, Cetti's Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.

 

 

Fact File

- 8 days in Slovenia visiting world heritage caves, mountains and the Adriatic Sea

- start and finish in Ljubljana

- using 2 accommodations

Highlights

- 3 full days in the Julian Alps

- 2 days in the region of Postojna visiting famous caves and Mt. Nanos

- 1 day at the seaside at Secovlje Saltpans

- birding in Alpine and Mediterranean habitats

- exploring national parks and world heritage sites

- discovering Postojna and Skocjan Caves

- superb scenery, rare birds, reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies

Accommodation

3 nights in Bohinj close to the lake

4 nights at Postojna

Departure Dates

May-June

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 Ljubljana;

- 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 extension to Croatia

Optional visit of Postojna Caves

Optional extension to Venice, Italy or Hungary 

Itinerary

Day1

After arriving to Ljubljana Airport we drive north into the Julian Alps. Time permitting we might take a walk close to our hotel at Lake Bohinj searching for Gray-headed Woodpecker, Dipper and Gray Wagtail.

Days2-3

We visit Lake Bled and explore the Julian Alps to look for rare alpine mammals, reptiles, butterflies and birds including Ring Ouzel, Common Crossbill, Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Gray-headed and Black Woodpecker. We can also take a cable car to Mount Vogel to look for Alpine Chough.

Day4

We visit the Soca Valley and the mountains around Bovec in search of alpine species such as Ptarmigan, Alpine Accentor, Water Pipit, Alpine Chough and Snowfinch.

Days5-6

We visit Lake Cerknica, a seasonal lake hosting Red-necked Grebe, Ferruginous Duck, Corn Crake, River Warbler and Common Rosefinch among others. We explore Postojna Cave and Skocjan Cave. On top of scenic Mount Nanos and nearby hills we look for Golden Eagle, Rock Partridge and Rock Thrush.

Day7

We drive to the Mediterranean coast to explore Secovlje saltpans on a day trip, an area excellent for waders, gulls, terns as well as Cetti's Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.

Day8

We drive back to Ljubljana to take our flight back home.