Estonia Spring

Pristine meandering rivers with extensive primeval forests stacked with woodpeckers and owls plus Hazelhen, Black Grouse and chance of Capercaillie. Red-breasted Flycatcher, Citrine Wagtail, Icterine, Blyth’s Reed & River Warblers will be on their breeding grounds and we shall attempt to see lekking Great Snipe jump around on the flood plain. Mammals feature heavily with a boat trip for European Beavers, hide for Brown Bear and various night drives for the unexpected. We end with a visit to the historic capital of Tallinn, a UNESCO city of amazing architecture – this tour has it all.

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LeadersJulian Sykes plus local guides
FlightsFlights: Lufhansa, scheduled, via Frankfurt.
Outbound: Morning, Heathrow to Tallinn
Inbound: Afternoon, Tallinn to Heathrow

Day 1Arrive in Tallinn and transfer to Western Estonia (no owling so early night possible)
3 nights at Roosta Holiday Village, Läänemaa
Day 2Early morning birding in Leidissoo forest with chance of Elk and other mammals, then birding at Põõsaspea
Day 3Matsalu National Park with Beaver boat trip in the evening
Day 4Relaxed start then drive to south-east Estonia, some birding locally, plus Great Snipe
2 nights at Hansa Hotel, Tartu
Day 5Whole day birding Järvselja, Aardla and general area
Day 6Transfer to north-east Estonia for bear hide
2 nights at Art Hotel, Rakvere
Day 7Early morning in hide, plus birding in local forests, with a break after lunch. Optional owling session in evening
Day 8Return to Tallinn for city tour before our flight home

WeatherA mixture of sunshine and light showers (3-15°C) with early mornings and evenings remaining cooler during the spring
WalkingMainly on good level tracks, but we may also enter the forest in search of tracks and signs and this terrain can be a little more difficult
MealsAll included from supper on Day 1 to dinner on Day 8
InsectsCould be a problem, please bring repellent and a mosquito hood might be useful
AccomComfortable hotels and guesthouses. Twin and single rooms all ensuite