Hungary & the Czech Republic: Sep 08—23, 2018
Birds & Music from Budapest to Prague
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- Sep 10, 2016: Hungary & the Czech Republic: PDF (11.1 MB)
- Sep 12, 2015: Hungary & the Czech Republic: PDF (1.9 MB)
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Black Woodpecker— Photo: Ecotours Wildlife Holidays
The world-class cities of Budapest and Prague provide the setting for a Birds & Music program rich in natural history and culture.
Widely regarded among the world’s most beautiful cities, Budapest and Prague are majestic centerpieces of a tour that combines the passions of birding, sightseeing, and music. This trip is timed for the onset of the fall season, when the summer crowds have departed, bird migration is in full swing, and the weather is milder. This is a multi-themed departure designed for those who desire a vacation that promises both natural history and cultural rewards. Unique to this trip is the opportunity to attend two classical music concerts and revel in a private chamber orchestra.
Our tour starts in Hungary, where our activities will focus on the outstanding birding and scenery of Kiskunsag and Bükk national parks, home to steppe grasslands, alkaline lakes, marshes, ponds, beech forests, and a large diversity of resident and migratory birds. Among the many possibilities are a number of Central and Eastern European specialty birds, including Ferruginous Duck, Great Bustard, Pygmy Cormorant, Montagu’s Harrier, White-tailed and Short-toed eagles, Red-footed Falcon, Saker Falcon, Great Bustard, and a range of waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, and terns.
Our time in Hungary will conclude in the cultural bastion that is Budapest. With knowledgeable local guides we’ll wander narrow cobbled streets and lovely promenades discovering the city’s Baroque and Classicistic architectural riches. Highlights include the dramatic Buda Castle, grandiose Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the sprawling Hungarian Parliament Building. We’ll walk the magnificent Andrassy Boulevard, lined by palaces and villas, to end up at Heroes Square. In the streets of the Jewish quarter we’ll see Europe’s largest synagogue. Culinary delights abound!
Prague— Photo: Ecotours Wildlife Holidays
In the eyes of many, Prague is one of Europe’s most charming cities. The city center offers a wonderful mix of architectural styles, from Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque to Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, and Cubist. The medieval lanes of the Old Town and the Castle District offer a lot to see with the Charles Bridge spanning the banks of the Vltava River.
Birding in the Czech Republic will take us to the Sumava Mountains on the German border, where exquisite scenery reveals ancient spruce forests, moors, meadows, and mountain streams, in addition to the Trebon area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the deep forests and mountain meadows support Black and White-backed woodpeckers, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Hazel Grouse, Eurasian Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Northern Shrike, Eurasian Bullfinch, and Hawfinch.
In combining birds, music, and other cultural attractions, this multi-themed program assures a travel experience unlike almost any other.
Accommodations and cuisine good to excellent; birding entirely on some days intermixed with walking tours and sightseeing on others; two or three evening concerts; warm and dry weather expected.