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Tour starting and ending time: It is important to book your flight according to the official starting and ending times of the tour! Our bus and guide will be waiting all participants in the Liszt Ferenc Airport at Budapest. Please make sure you can reach the starting point in time at 14:00 on the tour starting date! If you wish to arrive earlier to Budapest our office can help you to book accommodation and logistics. However if you arrive early you need to make your way to the airport for the meeting time. In some cases we can pick up clients from the nearby airport hotels (please check with our office). Also very important that the tour only ends at 17:00 on the last day so please do not book flights out of Budapest earlier than 19:00 on the last day!

The tour: An eight day holiday to eastern Hungary, focusing on the breeding birds of the steppes and the Carpathian Foothills. Raptors (Eastern Imperial Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Saker), owls (Eagle, Ural, Tawny, Long-eared), woodpeckers (9 species including White-backed) and warblers (Barred, Savi’s, River, Moustached and Marsh) are the main focus of our tour but we will make sure to seek out Great Bustard, Little Crake, Stone Curlew, Collared Pratincole on the Hortobágy plus Corncrake and Collared Flycatcher in the Zemplén Hills.

Locations to be visited: Zemplén Forest Reserve with the World Heritage Tokaj Wine Region (2nts) and the World Heritage Hortobágy National Park (4nts). We usually start in the Hortobágy area but this can change according to the latest bird news! 

Group Size: The tour is a guaranteed departure from 3 participants upwards with a maximum group size of 10 participants plus Sakertour leader.

Accommodation: Comfortable rural accommodation with great birding right outside the hotels in the Hortobágy area (4 nts), and the Zemplén area (3 nts). All rooms en suite.

Meals: All included in the price. The food is good! Breakfast and dinner at the hotels. Lunches will either be taken at a traditional Hungarian inn or csárda, or as picnics in the field. We supply bottled water.

Walking: In the Hortobagy, easy walks over flat terrain. In the Zemplen, our walks are typically shorter, mostly along forest trails with some slopes but all taken at a gentle pace. Sturdy waterproof walking shoes advised.

Travel: Budapest to Budapest. Ground Transport is depending on the number of participants. Car for up to three persons and coach/minibus for four person and above. If we use a coach/minibus we will also have a local driver.

Expected bird list: 170-180 species