Wildlife of the Austrian Alps
6 Jul — 13 Jul 2020 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand
• Wander the meadows and forests of one of Europe’s most stunning regions, nestled between Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland
• Look out for a rich variety of birdlife, from snowfinch and alpine chough to red crested pochard and golden oriole
• Delve into the wetlands around Lake Constance and enjoy a relaxing boat trip
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart London Heathrow 0925 on British Airways, arriving Zurich 1220. Transfer to Best Western Plus Central Hotel Leonhard, Feldkirch, for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
Visits along the shore of Lake Constance: Rheinspitz (lake and woodland walk; chance to spot red crested pochard, kingfisher, white storks, variety of frogs and toads), Rohrspitz area (possible harvest mice), Bangs-Matschels nature reserve (meadows with red backed shrike, wetland flowers and many butterfly species). Evening beaver watch (subject to confirmation).
Excursion to Lünersee via cable car for guided walk (beautiful alpine lake with abundant flora, butterflies and birdlife including mountain ringlets, water pipit, alpenrose and fragrant orchid) followed by late afternoon visit to St Peter’s Priory, Bludenz.
Whole day excursion to Liechtenstein: walk along the Sassweg trail (alpine forest, seasonally grazed meadows, variety of birdlife including crested tit, crossbill, citril finch and woodpeckers) followed by local wine tasting at the Princely Wine Cellars.
Visit to Eriskircher Ried (peaceful nature reserve in the German Bodensee area, home to many protected species) followed by a Lake Constance ferry cruise from Friedrichshafen to Bregenz.
Guided walk along the shores of Lake Korber (opportunities to spot alpine marmot and abundant alpine butterflies), followed by afternoon visit to the Rüfikopf via cable car (breath-taking panoramic views, highest cable car in the region). Free evening.
To Mellau for explorations in the Kanisfluh area (one of the most beautiful places in Austria) with chances to spot ibex, alpine chough and golden eagle.
Depart Zurich 1550, arriving Heathrow 1640.
6 Jul — 13 Jul 2020
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Participants should have a good overall level of fitness for this tour. Vorarlberg is a mountainous region, however our visits will be taken at a leisurely pace, with high-up sites accessed by road or cable car. Although most walks will be over flat ground, participants should be comfortable ascending mild slopes and walking across rugged terrain. They should also be prepared for walks at high altitude, which may be chilly even during the summer months.
Own flight reduction: £175
Cost of £2575 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, six dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £250.