Our trip to Hungary and Romania is a perfect blend of great birding while sampling the best habitats, scenery, and a few cultural highlights of this region. Our birding begins in Romania in the fabulous Danube Delta, the largest in Europe, with three days traveling by boat to explore varied habitats where it's a joy to watch an abundance of waterfowl, including endangered Pygmy Cormorants and Dalmatian Pelicans. Joining these will be the magnificent White-tailed Eagle, migrating flocks of European Bee-eaters and Rollers, a variety of marsh-dwelling warblers, and the lovely Bearded Reedling.
Next, near the Black Sea, we'll watch for Syrian Woodpecker, Sombre Tit, and Hawfinch. While in the rugged and spectacular Carpathian Mountains our targets will include Wallcreeper, White-throated Dipper, several more species of tits, Red Crossbill, Ring Ouzel, and Firecrest. Crossing into Hungary, we'll visit famous Hortobagy National Park, a mosaic of marshes and shallow pools across the "Puszta" steppe that are a vitally important stopover for migrants. Numbers and variety vary seasonally, but at this time of year Hortobagy can be at its most impressive, not just with waterbirds but also Red-footed and Saker falcons and an exciting array of smaller species.
Our last stop is within the plains and farmlands of Kiskunsag National Park near Budapest. This is the European stronghold of Great Bustard and a multitude of other birds, from Black Stork to Imperial Eagle, Eurasian Thick-knee, Black Woodpecker, Bluethroat, Moustached Warbler, and Lesser Gray Shrike.
During our tour we will have short cultural visits to the city of Dracula's Castle, and the medieval city of Sighisoara. Additionally, our office can assist you in adding one or more days at either end of the tour to see the special sights of either Bucharest or Budapest.
Terry Stevenson and local expert Lajos Nemeth-Boka will guide our group. Terry has of course been well known for years to many of our participants; his friend and colleague Lajos is not only an expert birder, but one of Europe's finest guides to the butterflies, amphibians, and reptiles throughout the region.
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"We have done two previous tours with Field Guides. This was an outstanding experience, as with our other Filed Guides tours. Terry Stevenson and Lajos Nemeth-Boka and all additional local guides were excellent. Everything on the tour was well-planned... Office service was also excellent." C.K., HUNGARY & ROMANIA 2019
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2020 sample (PDF)
- 2021 (PDF expected Jul 2020)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2022, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Apr 24 - May 10, 2021
Guided by: Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Manager: Caroline Lewis
Tour Limit: 12
Status: Waitlisted - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: $6275
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Apr 23 - May 9, 2022
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 12
Status: One space available - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2021=$6275
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Enjoy looking through the 5 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!