Italy: Birds & Art in Tuscany: May 12—23, 2017
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A relaxed exploration of some of the greatest historical and artistic treasures of Europe, combined with low-key excursions in search of a surprising array of breeding birds and migrants.
Tuscany, the heart of the ancient kingdom of Etruria, is as rich in culture as it is in birds. Famous artistic centers such as Florence and Siena perch in a landscape dotted with medieval villages, while a fine network of archaeological parks provides excellent birding amid ancient ruins.
With late morning starts (usually between 7:30 and 9:00 am) and a minimum of hotel changes (with three nights at our first hotel and five at our last), this is a relaxed and relaxing experience of some of the greatest historical and artistic treasures of Europe, combined with low-key excursions in search of a surprising array of breeding birds and migrants. We’ll also have the opportunity to taste world-class wine from some of Italy’s finest vineyards. Most of our scheduled group activities leave individual participants the possibility of taking the morning, the afternoon, or the day off to simply enjoy the bright skies, warm air, and easy-going lifestyle of Tuscany.
Accommodations and cuisine very good; leisurely morning departures and relatively short days; birding and sightseeing generally alternating, or simultaneously at a single site; perfect for birders and non-birding companions; warm to occasionally cool weather with possibility of rain.