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Exploring the meadows filled with wildflowers at the Certoryje Nature Reserve
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Walking in charming historic villages
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Searching for the White-tailed Eagle
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Visiting a European Bee-eater colony
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Watching displaying Great Bustards

Central Europe: Birds & Brews (and more!)

May 28 - Jun 07, 2021

11 days | Austria | Quest Nature Tours

Every trip we take into this part of Europe is like stepping into yesteryear! Steeped in thousands of years of history, the old cities, villages, and pastoral rural landscapes evoke a romance of days gone by. The natural environments are particularly interesting, with a mosaic of habitats that maintain a certain wildness about them. On this tour, I’m excited to explore this diversity as we visit steppe lakes, prairie and forest reserves, and oak forests, where we can watch for various birds, mammals, wildflowers, and more. After an enjoyable day in Vienna, the legendary imperial capital of Austria (and my favourite city), we will visit Lake Neusiedl, the largest steppe lake in Europe, where our lodge is in the centre of the national park. We’ll be on the lookout for a wide range of waterfowl, raptors, waders and hopefully displaying Great Bustard!

Later, we move on to the Devínska Kobyla Nature Reserve at the tip of the Little Carpathian range in Slovakia, a place famous for orchids where they and other local flowers should give us a nice show. Moving into the Moravian part of the Czech Republic, we visit the neo-Gothic castle in Lednice and stroll its vast grounds, staying for three nights nearby in a highly rated hotel with its own local wine cellar and folk music. Later we cross into Bohemia and the lake region of Třeboň, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where the scarce White-tailed Eagle is found. Beautiful walled rural architecture prevails throughout the countryside here, and town gates, castles and ancient fortifications still abound. Everywhere we’ll be watching for interesting bird life and more. Our journey ends with two days in Prague, certainly one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities in Europe and the “Crown Jewel” of the Czech psyche.

Join me on this easygoing tour to enjoy nature and landscapes with culture and great food and drink!
Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$5170 (Incl. C$275 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of C$275 are included.

"Relaxed natural beauty."

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Vienna and become introduced to the city with a walking tour
2Explore Schönbrunn gardens in Vienna and visit the palace
3Explore the flat countryside surrounding Europe's largest salt steppe lake: Neusiedler See
4Journey to West Hungary with a stop in Bratislava, at Devinská Kobyla botanical reserve (known for its orchids), and continue on to the neo-gothic Château Lednice
5The strictly prohibited reserve located at the confluence of the Morava and Dyje Rivers
6Walk through the meadows of Certoryje Nature Reserve and enjoy the botanical reserve in the White Carpathian Mountains
7Visit the Cizov village and remains of Iron Curtain and on to Trebon
8Explore the fishponds and lakes of the Trebon region of South Bohemia
9Head to the fairy-tale town of ÄŒeský Krumlov, and tour the Castle Theatre
10Enjoy a walking tour of Prague - one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities in Europe
11 Depart Prague
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Your Tour Leader

Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$5170 (Incl. C$275 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of C$275 are included.

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