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wildlife of Austria, Czechia and Slovakia (by train)

A leisurely introduction to the wildlife of Central Europe, exploring flower-filled meadows, limestone hills, ancient forests and reed-fringed wetlands.
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Martin Hrouzek


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Return train travel from London St Pancras. Local transport as specified in itinerary. Seven nights accommodation, full board.

Not included

Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 4, maximum 12.

We will travel by train, crossing to Brussels by Eurostar and then taking one of the comfortable and newly-modernised Nightjet sleeper trains across to Austria. Here we start our holiday by visiting two of Vienna’s most endearing residents: Black-bellied Hamsters, at home in the city’s historic cemeteries, and European Sousliks, the characterful ground squirrels of eastern Europe’s grasslands.

Our next port of call will be South Moravia, where Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic) rubs up against Austria, in a region of rich and diverse habitats: oak woodlands and riparian floodplain forests, craggy limestone hills and steppe grasslands, oxbow lakes and reed-fringed fish ponds, all with an almost Mediterranean climate. This is also a traditional wine-growing area, and we are sure to sample some of the area’s home-grown specialities.

The Carpathians form the backbone of Eastern Europe, curving eastward in an arc from Slovakia through Ukraine to Romania. Here at their western end, the White Carpathians are shared between Czechia and Slovakia – much of the area is protected within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is famed for its patchwork of flower-rich meadows and extensive mixed forests. It is not surprising that this is one of the best areas in Europe for butterflies. Flowers are also abundant here and local meadows are amongst the richest in Europe.

Our guide for this exploration of Central Europe will be Martin Hrouzek, an excellent Czech naturalist, experienced guide and great friend of Wildlife Travel, who has led all our previous visits to this part of the world.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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