• Fly from London to Tallin, then drive to the Noarootsi Peninsula. After checking in at the hotel and a short rest we will go for an optional excursion to listen to the night sounds of the wetlands, before having our evening meal.
    • Accommodation: Noarootsi Peninsula, 2-nights on full board basis
    • Today we drive around one hour to reach the Matsalu National Park, which is the oldest Ramsar area in Estonia. At times of peak passage over a million diving ducks have been estimated along the coast here, whilst counts of wild swans and barnacle geese regularly number tens of thousands.
    • In the early morning we will enjoy mammal tracking, searching for elk, wild boar, roe deer, raccoon dog and red fox. By late afternoon, it will be time to drive to the southeast region and check into our guesthouse.
    • The following day sees an early start in one of Estonia’s oldest protected areas of forest – Järvselja – to see a selection of woodpeckers and other forest bird species. After lunch we drive to the vast expanses of wetlands near Aardia, which usually holds a good selection of water birds.
    • Accommodation: Guesthouse in Herford, 2-nights on full board basis.
    • After breakfast, we will move to one of the most densely forested corners of Estonia. Our first day in this area sees us in the species-rich Western Taiga forest environment, enjoying flying squirrel tracking.
    • The next day we will drive to Oonurme and take a walk through the forest (one kilometre) to a bear hide, where we will remain until early the following morning.
    • Accommodation: Art Hotel, Rakvere, 2-nights, and bear hide, 1-night.
    • Both on full board basis.
    • We return to Tallinn. Depending on flight schedules there may be time for a guided tour of the beautiful old city before we head to the airport for our homeward flight to London.

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Guided activities

Accommodation

On this tour we stay in good quality hotels with all rooms en suite.

Meals

All main meals are included.

Birds

Our tour is to the eastern Baltic where huge numbers of birds, especially wildfowl and waders, congregate in spring, before heading on to their breeding grounds in arctic Finland and Russia. The diversity of species is breathtaking, with black stork, bittern great spotted eagles and wryneck amongst the many attractions.

  • Velvet scoter
  • Red-throated diver
  • Caspian tern
  • Citrine wagtail

Mammals

We take a mammal tracking tour, searching for wild boar, roe deer and red fox, and hope to see beaver on our boat ride. We also go out to look for flying squirrel and spend one night at a bear hide, where we may also see wolves.

  • Elk
  • Raccoon dog
  • Beaver
  • European brown bear

Scenery

Our tour takes us through wetlands and ancient forests, passing through a country where time appears to have stood still, with rural landscapes and rustic buildings.

Walking

Easy. Mostly short walks on level ground.

Boat trips

We take a boat ride at Matsalu National Park, through the largest expanse of reed beds on the Baltic coast.

Flights

Price includes return scheduled flights London – Tallin – London.

Ground transport

Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver.

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