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The tour: An eight day holiday to eastern Hungary, focusing on the breeding birds of the steppes and the Carpathian Foothills. Raports (Eastern Imperial Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Saker), owls (Eagle, Ural, Long-eared), woodpeckers (9 species) 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 and Little Crake on the Hortobágy plus Corncrake and Collared Flycatcher in the Zemplén Hills.

Locations to be visited: Zemplén Forest Reserve (3nts) and 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 hot drinks throughout the day.

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 birdlist: 170-180 species