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Central and Eastern Europe

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): Austria   Czech Republic   Hungary  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May - June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3750 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4060 US Dollar (USD)

These days, the border zones that once lay between "east" and "west", and which were out-of-bounds for most people in the Cold War era, are once again open to everyone. Many of these areas have now been found to be wildlife havens, and in fact some have been established as nature reserves. Our comprehensive tour will take in some of these unique areas situated in four countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Though the focus is essentially upon the region’s birds, we will certainly not neglect the many cultural and historical sites and old towns that we will encounter. Indeed, this is a region steeped in history, both ancient and recent, and there will be opportunities to opt out of some of the birding excursions for those who wish to take in a little history instead.

Central and Eastern Europe are quite simply superb for birds and birdwatchers. There are plenty of 'eastern' specialties that rarely, if ever, venture into the western regions of the continent; in fact, many species are far more abundant and easier to find in the east, no doubt due to its lack of development as compared to the more affluent west. Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker Falcon, Little Crake, Syrian, Grey-headed and White-backed Woodpeckers (in fact, all 10 European woodpecker species are possible on this tour!), River Warbler, and Lesser Grey Shrike are some of the species that come to mind. Other more widespread but no less spectacular birds include Golden Eagle, Great Bustard, Common Crane, Little Bittern, Black Woodpecker and the beautiful Bluethroat.

We will stay in small guesthouses in good birding locations throughout this tour, and food will always consist of local cuisine. Several of the areas we visit are also wine-growing regions and we will no doubt sample a few!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates - 25th May to 6th June (13 days)
Tour Price - US$ 3,975 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - Limited to 12 participants, 1 M17026 leader and 1 local leader

THE ITINERARY
25th May - Vienna to Alpine Foothills
26th & 27th May - Alpine Foothills
28th May - Alpine Foothills to Trebon, the Czech Republic
29th May - Trebon
30th May - Trebon to Mikulov
31st May - Mikulov
1st June - Mikulov to Hansag, Hungary
2nd June - Hansag area
3rd June - Hansag to Kiskunsag N.P.
4th & 5th June - Kiskunsag N.P.
6th June - Kiskunsag N.P. to Budapest

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Birding Central & Eastern Europe tour is US$ 3,975 per person sharing.

The single supplement cost is US$ 425 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South Africa Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

This includes:
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 13;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings;
•Ground transportation;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

The tour fee does not include:
•Visa fees;
•ANY flights;
•Any drinks;
•Telephone calls; and
•Laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Note:
•Since some longish drives are necessary to reach the best areas for birds and animals, and as space in the vehicles is limited, it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.

ARRIVAL and DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include any airfares. The tour will depart from Vienna International Airport in Austria on day 1, and will conclude at Budapest airport in Budapest on day 13. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.

FLIGHTS:
Vienna International Airport is the main port of entry for international flights into Austria and is well serviced by most of the world’s major airlines, while Budapest airport in Budapest is the main port of departure for international flights out of Hungary. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €3,140 * £2,520 * USD3,975 * ZAR44,400
Single Supplement €340 * £270 * USD425 * ZAR4,750

Note: Tour prices fixed in US Dollars, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Excludes flight costs.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
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At M17026 we have been delivering unbeatable birding and wildlife holidays since 1998. Our birding tours are professionally guided, fun and educational. They follow expertly planned itineraries and represent exceptional value for money. If you have not yet experienced the joys of world birding with us, we would be...

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