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We are starting to add 2018 tour dates. Check back occasionally to see what’s new, or sign up for our newsletter for regular updates. You can search this table by using the search box below. For example, you can search on ECUADOR to show all Ecuador tours, or CRUISE to show all cruises. You can also sort the table by clicking on the column headers. For example, if you can only travel in particular months, you can sort tours by month, or if you are looking for a short eight day tour, you can click on Trip Length.

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YearMonthRegionTour Destination/DescriptionTrip Length/Optional ExtensionsPace/DifficultyFocus
2018JanuaryEuropeSpain Photo Journey - This short tour offers chances to photograph some of Europe's best beasts, including Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture, Eurasian Griffon, and Iberian Ibex.9 daysRelaxed/Easyphotography
2018JanuarySouth AmericaECUADOR: The Andes Introtour - A superb introduction to the "Bird Continent." From our base in the famous Tandayapa Bird Lodge, we will visit some of the best birding sites in Northwest Ecuador, from lowland rainforest up through cool temperate cloudforest.8 days plus optional 3-day High Andes extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2018Jan-FebSouth AsiaSRI LANKA: Ceylon Sojourn - Nearly thirty endemics await in the teardrop of India, and an assortment of other Asian wildlife, in addition to a distinctly different experience for those who have visited India before, with an absorbing and distinctly different culture and wonderful Ceylon cuisine too.14 daysModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife
2018FebruarySouth AmericaECUADOR Photo Journey - Ecuador is famous for its incredible number and diversity of hummingbirds and tanagers. These will be our main targets, but there is still so much more to focus our lenses on, not to mention breathtaking Andean scenery.10 days plus optional 6-day extension to Sani Lodge in the AmazonModerate/Easyphotography, wildlife
2018FebruaryNortheast AsiaJAPAN Photo Journey - Pack-ice, seascapes, and jagged snow-clad mountains form the backdrop to some of the most amazing wildlife photography opportunities on the planet.11 daysModerate/Easyphotography
2018FebruaryNortheast AsiaJAPAN in Winter: Birding on Ice - Japan holds several of the world's must-see birds. This tour is timed for winter, when the massive Steller's Sea-Eagles congregate on ice floes and huge numbers of cranes gather at their wintering grounds. 14 days plus optional 2-day Hokkaido-Honshu extensionModerate/Easybirding
2018FebruarySouth AsiaINDIA Photo Journey - India is a mystical country - culturally fascinating and wonderfully diverse in terms of habitats, scenery, and the wildlife harbored within. It is also a photographer's dream.17 daysModerate/Easyphotography
2018FebruarySoutheast AsiaMYANMAR: Burmese Specialties - The sprawling and diverse country of Myanmar offers a unique set of specialty and endemic birds, plus the world-class historical site of Bagan, and generally fascinating, friendly, and authentic people and culture.13 daysModerate/Moderatebirding
2018 FebruaryCentral AmericaCOSTA RICA: The Introtour - This tiny Central American country has far more than its share of beautiful scenery, not to mention a rich assortment of birds unequalled by any other country its size. This short tour takes in the top birding spots in comfort and style.11 daysModerate/Moderatebirding
2018 FebruaryCentral AmericaCOSTA RICA Photo Journey - A system of superb lodges, fantastic feeder set ups, and an excellent network of exciting protected areas, make this a must-do destination for both the budding or experienced wildlife photographer.12 daysRelaxed/Easyphotography
2018FebruarySouth AmericaECUADOR: The Andes Introtour - A superb introduction to the "Bird Continent." From our base in the famous Tandayapa Bird Lodge, we will visit some of the best birding sites in Northwest Ecuador, from lowland rainforest up through cool temperate cloudforest.8 days plus optional 3-day High Andes extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2018Feb-MarSoutheast AsiaTHAILAND: Mystical Asia - This tour explores the parks of North and Central Thailand, looking for massive hornbills, spectacular broadbills, stunning pittas, and a host of other Asian denizens.17 days plus optional 7-day extension to the Thai PeninsulaModerate/Moderatebirding
2018MarchWest AfricaGHANA: Picathartes and Egyptian Plover - Ghana is a safe and easy country to travel in. Its small size and wealth of different habitats, from rainforest to savanna, make it a perfect introduction to the region. 14 days plus optional 4-day Atewa Hills extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2018MarchSouth AmericaNorthern COLOMBIA: The Santa Marta Mountains and the Caribbean - An easy, yet endemic-filled introduction to a very safe part of Columbia. This short tour offers the chance to see almost all of the Santa Marta endemics as well as numerous dry Caribbean specialties. 9 daysModerate/Easybirding
2018MarchAsia - Middle EastISRAEL: Migration Hotspot at the Crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe - Israel offers some of the easiest and most awe-inspiring migration birding anywhere on the planet. On this tour we visit at the peak of spring migration, as well as search for local specialties as we bird our way through familiar, historic, and Biblical locales.12 daysModerate/Easybirding, culture
2018Mar-AprNorth AfricaMarvelous MOROCCO: North Africa in a Nutshell - This short tour of Morocco combines the Atlas Mountains with the stony desert and Atlantic Coast for a great overview of the very best of North Africa. 9 days Moderate/Easybirding
2018Mar-AprAntarctica - AfricaAtlantic Odyssey -A unique cruise covering remote regions of the Atlantic Ocean, offering rarely-seen birds, marine mammals, and scenery.28 days plus optional 7 day extension to Cape VerdeRelaxed/Easybirding, wildlife
2018AprilSouth AsiaBHUTAN: Land of the Thunder Dragon - The wild and beautiful kingdom of Bhutan offers birders a unique chance to experience vast, untouched tracts of Himalayan forest, home to some truly spectacular birds like Himalayan Monal and Satyr Tragopan.21 days plus optional 5-day extension to Kaziranga, India and 2 day cultural extensionModerate/Easybirding, culture
2018AprilEuropeSouthern Spain: The Europe Introtour - This week-long tour covers arguably the best two birding areas in Spain: Extremadura where Great Bustards display at this time of year; and Doñana National Park, often touted as one of the most important natural areas in the country.9 days; can be linked with Northern Spain and/or MoroccoRelaxed/Easybirding
2018AprilEuropeNorthern SPAIN: The Pyrenees, Bilchete Steppes, and Ebro Delta - Northern Spain is strikingly different from the south. We’ll bird our way from the snow-capped Pyrenees to the lush Ebro Delta, by way of the desolate Belchite steppes, searching for everything from Wallcreeper, Citril Finch and Lammergeier to Little Bustard, sandgrouse, and Dupont’s Lark.7 days; can be linked with Southern SpainRelaxed/Easybirding
2018AprilNorth America - USACOLORADO: Chasing Chickens - This tour covers all four corners of Colorado, the "chicken state". Our focus will be on visiting the display grounds of the chickens that rightly make Colorado famous, but also targeting the many mountain species in this wonderfully diverse state.10 daysModerate/Intensebirding
2018AprilNorth America - USACOLORADO Photo Journey - Our focus will be on spending long photo shoots at the display grounds of Colorado's famous grouse and prairie-chickens, while also visiting some excellent feeders for photo sessions with mountain songbirds, as well as spending time shooting a variety of photogenic prairie species on the plains.8 daysModerate/Easyphotography
2018AprilNortheast AsiaTAIWAN: Formosan Endemics - The mountainous island of Taiwan has a host of fascinating endemic species, and this tour aims to see them all.10 days plus optional 6 day Matsu Migration extensionModerate/Easybirding
2018MayNorth America - USAThe Warbler Tour: Three states, 38 warblers! - This tour offers a chance to see every single eastern North American warbler, while visiting the migration Meccas of Magee Marsh and Tawas Point, but also taking in scenic locales for breeding southern warblers, like Shawnee State Forest in Ohio and Red River Gorge in Kentucky.12 daysModerate/Easybirding
2018MayEuropeBELARUS: Unspoiled Europe - Belarus, in far eastern Europe, represents Unspoiled Europe, remaining relatively underdeveloped compared with west European countries, and possessing vast areas of wilderness, including myriad wetlands, and huge tracts of ancient forest. Azure Tit, lekking Great Snipe, and a horde of waterbirds, owls and woodpeckers all await in this fast emerging birding hotspot.9 daysModerate/Easybirding
2018MayCentral AmericaCOSTA RICA: From Border to Border - A longer alternative to our more relaxed Costa Rica Introtour. This tour covers a lot of ground and targets a large number of regional endemics; we also seek many perennial favorites including Resplendant Quetzal.19 daysmoderate/moderatebirding
2018May-JunEuropeIceland Iceland is the land ofd fire and ice; spectacular scenery complements this fascinating birding and whale watching trip through this Nordic island that is dissected by the Arctic Circle. 7 daysEasybirding, whale watching, natural wonders
2018JuneEast AsiaRUSSIA'S Ring of Fire: Kamchatka, the Commanders, and the Kurils - We'll cruise a spectacular area dominated by enormous perfectly conical volcanoes and vast ice-fringed Taiga forest. This area is one of the richest in the world for seabirds and cetaceans. For many birders, the highlight is the alcids, and it is possible to see up to fourteen species along with albatrosses and numerous other pelagic species. For those keen on cetaceans we can reasonably expect to see Fin, Sperm, Humpback Whales as well as Orca, Baird's Beaked-Whale and Dall's Porpoise.13 daysModerate/moderatebirding, wildlife, photography
2018JuneNortheast AsiaCHINA: Sichuan and the Tibetan Plateau - Central China is a hotspot for endemism and this tour will see most of the regional specialties. Not only the birds will enthrall you; this area is also rich in culture and scenery, not to mention great food! 19 daysIntense/Moderatebirding
2018JuneSoutheast AsiaMALAYSIA: The Asia Introtour - Southeast Asia is distinct from the rest of the continent; visits to the coastal plain, lowland jungles and hill forests will ensure a great selection of gaudy Asian birds like trogons, pittas, ioras, pheasants and plenty more.8 days; can be combined with BORNEOModerate/Moderatebirding
2018JuneEast AfricaUGANDA& RWANDA: Shoebills and Albertine Rift Endemics - Despite being small and land-locked, Uganda supports more than 1000 species, which has earned this country its deserved reputation as a "birder’s Eden". This tour explores papyrus swamps around Lake Victoria, the mountains of the Albertine Rift, the lower-elevation Congolese rainforests, and more stereotypically "African" savanna. An extension to Rwanda offers a great chance to see Mountain Gorilla. 18 days plus optional 7 day extension to RwandaIntense/Moderatebirding, wildlife
2018JuneEast AfricaKENYA: The Coolest Trip in Africa - Kenya offers Africa in a nutshell, from the flamingo-filled Rift Valley lakes to alpine Mt. Kenya, and of course the parks that make it the world's premier big mammal watching destination.17 days plus optional 7-day Eastern Kenya extensionModerate/Easybirding, wildlife
2018 JuneEuropeSvalbard: Ice Bears and Ivory Gulls at 80° This short cruise offers up not only the great Ice-Bear, but also Walrus, Ivory Gull, and spectacular seabird colonies amongst Europe's most stunning Ice Scapes.8 days (one extra day at the start is highly recommended)Relaxed/Easybirding, wildlife, photography
2018JuneEuropeSCOTLAND and IRELAND: Caledonian Highlands, The Hebrides and the Emerald Isle - Scotland and Ireland offer some great birding among idyllic castle-strewn lands. From forest to shore, mountain to loch, whiskey to Guinness, we’ll bird our way through the land of the Celts 11 daysEasy/Moderatebirding, history, culture
2018JuneNorth America - USAALASKA: Birding the Top of America - With stunning scenery and terrific up-close sightings of arctic birds and wildlife, Alaska in spring is a truly unforgettable experience. An optional extension to the Pribilofs is also available.14 days plus optional 6 day extension to the PribilofsModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife, photography
2018JuneNorth America - USAALASKA Photo Journey - The wildlife photography in Alaska is unmatched anywhere else in the US, with endless up-close encounters of stunning birds in full breeding plumage and super mammals like Arctic Fox and Muskox, surrounded by spectacular scenery.12 days plus optional 5-day extension to the Pribilofs and 2-day extension to Brooks FallsModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife, photography
2018 JuneCentral AmericaCOSTA RICA Photo Journey - A system of superb lodges, fantastic feeder set ups, and an excellent network of exciting protected areas, make this a must-do destination for both the budding or experienced wildlife photographer.12 daysRelaxed/Easyphotography
2018JulySoutheast AsiaLowland Jungles of Borneo: Broadbills and Bristleheads - We shall explore Borneo's most pristine forests searching out many of the jungle island's most sought after endemic birds, along with other unforgettable animals like Orang-utan and Proboscis Monkey. An extension is offered to the highland forests of Mt. Kinabalu.11 days plus optional 5-day highland extension; can be combined with MALAYSIAModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife
2018 JulyCentral AmericaCOSTA RICA: The Introtour - This tiny Central American country has far more than its share of beautiful scenery, not to mention a rich assortment of birds unequalled by any other country its size. This short tour takes in the top birding spots in comfort and style.11 daysModerate/Moderatebirding
2018JulySouth AmericaECUADOR: The Andes Introtour - A superb introduction to the "Bird Continent." From our base in the famous Tandayapa Bird Lodge, we will visit some of the best birding sites in Northwest Ecuador, from lowland rainforest up through cool temperate cloudforest.8 days plus optional 3-day High Andes extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2018JulySouth AmericaCOLOMBIA Photo Journey - Colombia's bird list is nearing a staggering 2000 species, and in recent years eco-tourism has really started to flourish - it is primed to become the newest bird photography craze. More and more sites are offering feeding stations conducive to photography, not just for the spectacular hummingbirds, but also for tanagers, antpittas, and more. Our inaugural photo tour to this amazingly diverse country offers a good mix of feeders, set-ups, and opportunistic shooting.15 daysModerate/Moderatephotography
2018JulySouth AmericaEastern ECUADOR: High Andes to Vast Amazon - A tour to one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. We cover everything from the fantastic rainforests of the Amazon basin all the way up to the windswept paramo of the high Andes.15 daysModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife
2018Jul-AugSouth AmericaECUADOR Photo Journey - Ecuador is famous for its incredible number and diversity of hummingbirds and tanagers. These will be our main targets, but there is still so much more to focus our lenses on, not to mention breathtaking Andean scenery.10 days plus optional 6-day extension to Sani Lodge in the AmazonModerate/Easyphotography, wildlife
2018Jul-AugSouth AmericaBRAZIL Photo Journey - Aim your lens at the amazing wildlife spectacle of the Pantanal, where birds are everywhere you look and we even have a good chance at a Jaguar; this photo journey offers the best shots in Brazil.11 daysRelaxed/Easywildlife photography
2018 AugustNorth AmericaSoutheast Arizona:Hopping the Sky Islands - Southeast Arizona is so highly esteemed amongst US birders that few visit there just the once. A combination of deserts interspersed with low mountains, creates sky islands, and extraordinarily high diversity; Arizona has one of the highest bird lists in all of the US. Birds like Elegant Trogon, Montezuma Quail, and Violet-crowned Hummingbird, make this a must-see birding destination10 daysModerate/Moderatebirding
2018 AugustEast AfricaKENYA Photo Journey - Kenya is famed for its wildlife, and it is full of incredible photographic opportunities and subjects. This trip is designed to be short and affordable, attainable for people whose vacation time or budget wouldn’t normally allow them to get to Africa.10 daysModerate/Easyphotography, wildlife, birding
2018AugustSouthern AfricaNAMIBIA & BOTSWANA: The Living Desert to the Okavango - Namibia is a large and diverse country, but lightly populated and with superb infrastructure. We explore a variety of habitats from coastal dunes and rocky escarpments to the fabulous Etosha National Park. We shall also visit neighboring Botswana, where the Okavango Delta offers terrific wetland birding.16 daysModerate/Easybirding, wildlife
2018AugustSouth AmericaNorthern PERU: Across the Marañon Canyon - This tour targets the numerous endemic of Northern Peru including the incomparable Marvelous Spatuletail. We'll visit the dry Tumbesian zone, the rich forests of Abra Patricia, and the spectacular Marañon Canyon.17 daysIntense/Moderatebirding
2018AugustSouth AmericaECUADOR: The Andes Introtour - A superb introduction to the "Bird Continent." From our base in the famous Tandayapa Bird Lodge, we will visit some of the best birding sites in Northwest Ecuador, from lowland rainforest up through cool temperate cloudforest.8 days plus optional 3-day High Andes extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2018AugustSouth AmericaBRAZIL: The Atlantic Forest Introtour - Designed to be an easy introduction to the unique birds of the Atlantic Rainforest region, this tour is based in two superb lodges located near Rio de Janeiro.8 days; can be combined with BRAZIL: The Pantanal and AmazonModerate/Moderatebirding
2018Aug-SepAustralasiaAUSTRALIA Photo Journey - A bird and nature photography trip cherry-picking the very best places in Oz for photography.16 daysModerate/Easywildlife photography
2018Aug-SepSouth AmericaBRAZIL: The Pantanal and Amazon - The Pantanal is a wildlife extravaganza unrivaled anywhere else in South America. We combine it with a visit the megadiverse Amazonian rainforest.15 days; can be combined with BRAZIL: The Atlantic Forest IntrotourModerate/Easybirding, wildlife, jaguars
2018Aug-SepSoutheast AsiaINDONESIA: Lesser Sundas - The Lesser Sundas is a treasure trove for birders. In addition to the characteristic Oriental families, unfamiliar birds typical of Australasia abound, including over 60 endemics.20 days plus optional 6 day extension to Bali and JavaModerate+/Moderatebirding, wildlife
2018Aug-SepSoutheast AsiaINDONESIA: Sulawesi & Halmahera - Sulawesi is a treasure trove for birders. In addition to the characteristic Oriental families, unfamiliar birds typical of Australasia abound, including 60 endemics.21 daysIntense/Moderate (difficult on 3 days)birding
2018Aug-SepSouth AmericaPERU: Manu and Machu Picchu - Manu National Park is one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world. We will stay in good lodges and search for many of the 1000+ bird species found here. We won't neglect to visit the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu ruins.18 daysModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife, culture
2018SeptemberSouthern AfricaSOUTH AFRICA: Fairest Cape to Kruger - This tour concentrates on the finest birding sites in South Africa. We start with the Western Cape with its numerous endemics, then move on to the world famous Kruger NP, where we will see great mammals as well as birds.17 days plus optional 7-day extension to the Drakensberg and western South Africa.Moderate/Easybirding, wildlife, botany
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OctoberSouthern AfricaNAMIBIA & BOTSWANA: The Living Desert to the Okavango - Namibia is a large and diverse country, but lightly populated and with superb infrastructure. We explore a variety of habitats from coastal dunes and rocky escarpments to the fabulous Etosha National Park. We shall also visit neighboring Botswana, where the Okavango Delta offers terrific wetland birding.16 daysModerate/Easybirding, wildlife
2018OctoberAfrica - MadagascarMadagascar Photo Journey - A special departure of our Madagascar tour that seriously focuses on photography of the birds, mammals, chameleons and other spectacular wildlife that Madagascar has to offer.11 days plus optional 4-day Berenty ExtensionModerate/Moderatewildlife photography
2018OctoberEast AfricaETHIOPIA Photo Journey - Ethiopia is one of the best countries on earth for bird photography due to the abundance and tameness of its birds. This country also holds charismatic mammals like the gelada baboon and Ethiopian wolf, and endless beautiful landscapes and fascinating people.14 daysModerate/Moderatephotography
2018OctoberSouthern AfricaNAMIBIA Photo Journey - Namibia is no longer synonymous only with barren landscapes, dust and heat. The secret has been revealed, and most travelling photographers now covet the chance to capture the wealth of diversity and stark beauty this untamed wilderness has to offer.15 daysModerate/Easywildlife photography
2018OctoberSouth AmericaNORTHWEST ARGENTINA: The High Andes, Yungas, and Monte Desert - From dry lowland forest to flamingo-studded lakes high in the Andes, this tour offers a fascinating variety of habitats and birds.12 days plus optional 4-day extension to Iguazu Falls.Moderate/Easybirding, scenery
2018Oct-NovAustralasiaEastern AUSTRALIA: From Top to Bottom - With 238 species, Australia has more endemic birds than any other country, and nearly all of the remaining 500 species are likely to be new to first time visitors. Our tour that takes in the absolute best of the east from top to bottom.20 daysIntense/Easybirding, wildlife
2018Oct-NovSoutheast AsiaBORNEO Photo Journey - Borneo is a nature photographer’s dream; a large island with steamy jungles and waterways which play host to some of the strangest creatures on Earth.13 days plus optional 6-day extension to Peninuslar MalaysiaModerate/Moderatephotography
2018Oct-NovAntarcticANTARCTICA: The Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands - This cruise offers the very best sites in Antarctica, and is a must for both world listers chasing endemic birds, as well as photographers looking for the greatest wildlife spectacles in the Antarctic region. A combination of the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula provides the ultimate mix of sites to create the best trip lists in the region for birds and also other Antarctic wildlife.19 daysRelaxed/Easybirding, wildlife, photography
2018NovemberSouthern AfricaSOUTH AFRICA Photo Journey - This tour visits an array of fascinating photographic sites from the bird rich areas and blooms of the Western Cape, to the mammal-packed park of Kruger. The tour offer stunning possibilities to photograph endemic birds, vibrant Cape blooms, big game, and magnificent scenery15 days plus optional 4-day big cat extensionModerate/Easyphotography, wildlife, botany
2018NovemberNortheast AsiaTAIWAN Photo Journey - A wealth of resident birds are joined by a suite of migrants on passage between Siberia and tropical Asia. Many of the birds are tame and are easily photographed, making it a dream Asian photography destination.
8 daysModerate/Moderatebirding
2018NovemberAfrica - MadagascarMADAGASCAR: The Eighth Continent - Madagascar's flora and fauna are so different from anywhere else on Earth that it is often referred to as the eighth continent; five bird families and 120 species are found no where else in the world.17 days plus optional 5-day Western Endemics extension, 6-day Helmet Vanga extensionModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife
2018NovemberSouth AmericaECUADOR: The Andes Introtour - A superb introduction to the "Bird Continent." From our base in the famous Tandayapa Bird Lodge, we will visit some of the best birding sites in Northwest Ecuador, from lowland rainforest up through cool temperate cloudforest.8 days plus optional 3-day High Andes extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2018NovemberSouth AmericaNorthwest ECUADOR: In Search of Chocó Endemics - The wet forests of Northwest Ecuador support an enormous variety of species found only in the Chocó Bioregion. We'll see some of the most colorful birds on Earth including plenty of hummingbirds, tanagers, and the glorious Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan.14 daysIntense/Difficultbirding
2018NovemberSouth AmericaCHOCO Photo Journey - Ecuador is famous for its incredible number and diversity of hummingbirds and tanagers. This trip combines an excellent Hummingbird Photography Tour, with other fantastic bird photography opportunities at multiple feeder set-ups too, and combines with Galapagos Birding and Nature Photography Cruise for one of the ultimate bird photography tours in the Americas. The combination of the quintessential bucket list destination of a Galapagos Photography Cruise, with one of the best bird photography countries on the continent, makes for an excellent, heady combination. This short tour, to one of the greatest bird and wildlife countries on Earth, Ecuador, can also be taken alone for those with limited time.

7 days plus optional Galapagos Birding and Nature Photography CruiseModerate/Easyphotography, wildlife
2018NovemberAntarcticSubantarctic Islands: The Ultimate Pelagic - Amongst the wildest and loneliest places on Earth, these islands are the most biologically rich and important centers of endemism in the southern Ocean. 19 days (shorter cruises are also available)Moderate/Moderatebirding, wildlife, photography
2018NovemberAntarcticSOUTH GEORGIA: The Jewel of the South Atlantic - South Georgia offers one of the most astounding wildlife spectacles on the planet. This incredibly remote and wild island is home to an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Most visits to South Georgia last only three or four days and are part of a much longer itinerary. This tour offers an amazing opportunity of eight full days of exploration.15 days plus a recommended extra night in Punta ArenasRelaxed/EasyPhotography, birding, whale watching, wildlife, history
2018Nov-DecSouth AsiaINDIA: Himalayas, Tigers, and the Taj Majal - An exciting tour that visits some of the most famous places in this vast, mystical country. India also offers an intoxicating mixture of awesome birds, haunting vistas, vibrant culture, and the entrancing Tiger.15 days plus optional 6-day extension to Kanha NPModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife, culture
2018DecemberNorth America - MexicoMexico: The Yucatán, Cozumel, and Calakmul - Imagine endless turquoise seas and ancient Mayan ruins hidden beneath dense jungle. We'll visit a wide array of habitats, from mangrove-lined salt flats and desert scrub to lush canopy rainforest and tropical savanna.11 daysModeratebirding, culture
2018DecemberSouth AmericaFALKLANDS Photo Journey - The Falkland Islands are a wildlife photographer’s dream come true. The Islands are one of the last wildlife wonders of the World. Unspoiled beaches, rolling tussac fields and cliffs provide a natural safe-haven for the species that have made the Falklands their home.15 daysModerate/Easyphotography
2019JanuarySouth AmericaSouthern ECUADOR: Tumbesian Rarities and Highland Endemics - This tour takes in a huge diversity of habitats, from the coastal plain all the way up to the vast paramos at 13,000 ft in the Andes. We will make a special effort to see the many birds restricted to the Tumbesian region of southwest Ecuador and northwest Peru. 18 days plus optional 4-day Esmeraldas Woodstar/Pacific Coast extensionIntense/Moderatebirding
2019Jan-FebSouth AsiaSRI LANKA: Ceylon Sojourn - Nearly thirty endemics await in the teardrop of India, and an assortment of other Asian wildlife, in addition to a distinctly different experience for those who have visited India before, with an absorbing and distinctly different culture and wonderful Ceylon cuisine too.14 daysModerate/Moderatebirding, wildlife
2019FebruaryNortheast AsiaJAPAN in Winter: Birding on Ice - Japan holds several of the world's must-see birds. This tour is timed for winter, when the massive Steller's Sea-Eagles congregate on ice floes and huge numbers of cranes gather at their wintering grounds. 14 days plus optional 2-day Hokkaido-Honshu extensionModerate/Easybirding
2019FebruaryNortheast AsiaJAPAN Photo Journey - Pack-ice, seascapes, and jagged snow-clad mountains form the backdrop to some of the most amazing wildlife photography opportunities on the planet.11 daysModerate/Easyphotography
2019FebruarySoutheast AsiaMYANMAR: Burmese Specialties - The sprawling and diverse country of Myanmar offers a unique set of specialty and endemic birds, plus the world-class historical site of Bagan, and generally fascinating, friendly, and authentic people and culture.13 daysModerate/Moderatebirding
2019FebruaryEast AfricaETHIOPIA: Birding with Wolves - Ethiopia is fascinating country not just for its abundant and approachable birds, but also for the varied scenery, its friendly people, and its unique food. A tour here is an experience few people ever forget.19 daysModerate/Easybirding, photography
2019Feb-MarSoutheast AsiaTHAILAND: Mystical Asia - This tour explores the parks of North and Central Thailand, looking for massive hornbills, spectacular broadbills, stunning pittas, and a host of other Asian denizens.17 days plus optional 7-day extension to the Thai PeninsulaModerate/Moderatebirding
2019MarchAsia - Middle EastISRAEL: Migration Hotspot at the Crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe - Israel offers some of the easiest and most awe-inspiring migration birding anywhere on the planet. On this tour we visit at the peak of spring migration, as well as search for local specialties as we bird our way through familiar, historic, and Biblical locales.12 daysModerate/Easybirding, culture
2019MarchWest AfricaGHANA: Picathartes and Egyptian Plover - Ghana is a safe and easy country to travel in. Its small size and wealth of different habitats, from rainforest to savanna, make it a perfect introduction to the region. 14 days plus optional 4-day Atewa Hills extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2019MarchNorth AfricaMarvelous
: North Africa in a Nutshell
- This short tour of Morocco combines the Atlas Mountains with the stony desert and Atlantic Coast for a great overview of the very best of North Africa.
9 days; links with Southern SpainModerate/Easybirding
2019MarchSouth AsiaGrand Northeast INDIA: The Best of the Indian Himalayas - The huge Brahmaputra River valley supports swaths of swamp and grassland, while the surrounding mountains feature icy peaks and swathes of pristine forest. This is the richest portion of the Himalayas, with a bounty of specialty birds.16 days plus optional 8-day extension to EaglenestModerate/Moderatebirding
2019MarchCentral AmericaGUATEMALA: Goldman's Warbler, Quetzal & Tikal - One of our newest offerings, Guatemala offers rich biodiversity, pristine forests, and ancient ruins.12 daysModeratebirding, ruins
2019MarchNorth America - MexicoOAXACA: Birding the Heart of MEXICO - The state of Oaxaca is loaded with endemics, and the setting is hard to beat. With ancient ruins, beautiful coastlines, interesting culture, and great Mexican food, this is a fascinating trip. An extension to Chiapas is also available.11 days plus optional 7-day extension to the Isthmus of MexicoModerate/Moderatebirding
2019AprilNortheast AsiaTAIWAN: Formosan Endemics - The mountainous island of Taiwan has a host of fascinating endemic species, and this tour aims to see them all.10 days plus optional 6 day Matsu Migration extensionModerate/Easybirding
2019AprilEuropeSouthern Spain: The Europe Introtour - This week-long tour covers arguably the best two birding areas in Spain: Extremadura where Great Bustards display at this time of year; and Doñana National Park, often touted as one of the most important natural areas in the country.9 days; can be linked with Northern Spain and/or MoroccoRelaxed/Easybirding
2019AprilEuropeNorthern SPAIN: The Pyrenees, Bilchete Steppes, and Ebro Delta - Northern Spain is strikingly different from the south. We’ll bird our way from the snow-capped Pyrenees to the lush Ebro Delta, by way of the desolate Belchite steppes, searching for everything from Wallcreeper, Citril Finch and Lammergeier to Little Bustard, sandgrouse, and Dupont’s Lark.7 days; can be linked with Southern SpainRelaxed/Easybirding
2019AprilSouth AsiaBHUTAN: Land of the Thunder Dragon - The wild and beautiful kingdom of Bhutan offers birders a unique chance to experience vast, untouched tracts of Himalayan forest, home to some truly spectacular birds like Himalayan Monal and Satyr Tragopan.21 days plus optional 5-day extension to Kaziranga, India and 2 day cultural extensionModerate/Easybirding, culture
2019AprilEast AfricaTANZANIA: Birding Among the Beasts - An incredible safari absorbing all the raptures northern Tanzania has to offer, from the gorgeous coastline and reefs of Pemba Island to the snow-capped Kilimanjaro and the Wildebeest-studded plains of Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.13 days plus optional 10-day extension to the Usambaras and Pemba IslandModerate/Easybirding, wildlife
2019Apr-MayAustralasia - AsiaWestern Pacific Odyssey - This absorbing cruise starts in Tauranga, in northern New Zealand, and works its way north to Japan, stopping en route at many islands, including New Caledonia, the Solomons, and the Carolines. Expect to see both a slew of seabirds on the oceanic crossings and many endemic landbirds confined to these remote islands.31 daysRelaxed/Easybirding, wildlife
2019MayAsiaJAPAN in Spring - Although winter is the most famous time for foreign birders to visit Japan, spring is a fascinating time to come to this unique country, and many endemics and breeding birds are best seen at this time of year. We will be targeting as many of these as possible.13 days plus optional 5-day Hokkaido extensionModerate/Moderatebirding
2019MayEuropeBELARUS: Unspoiled Europe - Belarus, in far eastern Europe, represents Unspoiled Europe, remaining relatively underdeveloped compared with west European countries, and possessing vast areas of wilderness, including myriad wetlands, and huge tracts of ancient forest. Azure Tit, lekking Great Snipe, and a horde of waterbirds, owls and woodpeckers all await in this fast emerging birding hotspot.9 daysModerate/Easybirding
2019JuneEuropeIceland Iceland is the land ofd fire and ice; spectacular scenery complements this fascinating birding and whale watching trip through this Nordic island that is dissected by the Arctic Circle. 7 daysEasybirding, whale watching, natural wonders
2019JuneEuropeSCOTLAND and IRELAND: Caledonian Highlands, The Hebrides and the Emerald Isle - Scotland and Ireland offer some great birding among idyllic castle-strewn lands. From forest to shore, mountain to loch, whiskey to Guinness, we’ll bird our way through the land of the Celts 7 days plus 5 day extension to IrelandEasy/Moderatebirding, history, culture
2019AugAsia/AustralasiaWest Papua:
Paradise Regained
- Home of some of the World's must see birds, like Wilson's and Red Bird-of-paradise; this tour is also easier than it ever has been, with new roads and guesthouses meaning this can now be done without the need to camp..
19 days
Plus 3 day extension to Numfor and Biak islands
Moderate to Intense/Easy to Difficultbirding
CustomAnyNortheast AsiaTIBET and Qinghai, CHINA: Pink-tailed Bunting and the Potola Palace - Tibet is spectacular. For many birders, the main motivation to visit is the Pink-tailed Bunting, a taxonomic oddity that is now in its own family. Our visit coincides with the breeding season, so we expect vocal and displaying birds at our reliable stake-outs.customYour choicebirding, culture
CustomAnySouth AsiaCustom Tiger photo tours in INDIA - Getting shots of Tigers in their natural habitat is getting trickier every year, and to be able to do so requires that we remain very up to date with the best tiger reserves and the best routes within those reserves. Time of year also makes a big difference, and we modify our routes depending on the season to maximize your chances.customYour choicewildlife photography
CustomAnySoutheast AsiaVIETNAM: Indochina with French Flair - Vietnam is in Earth's top 25 countries for species richness. It is home to two-thirds of mainland Asia's babblers and 14 species of range-restricted primates. Not only is the birding fantastic, but visitors can enjoy the great food, friendly people, and colorful scenery.customYour choicebirding
CustomAnySouthern AfricaZAMBIA: Miombo and Mushitu Endemics - Zambia has a huge variety of habitats, many localized species, stable politics, friendly people, and good infrastructure. The big attraction is birding the most productive and diverse miombo (tall evergreen woodland) in the world with pulse-quickening bird species.customYour choicebirding
CustomMay-SepAustralasiaNEW GUINEA and AUSTRALIA highlights - A shorter tour taking in some of the best sites in Papua New Guinea, combined with a short visit to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in Australia.customYour choicebirding
CustomAnyAustralasiaAUSTRALIA's Great Channel Country - This unique trip targets an area of Australia few tour companies visit, and we will get some birds that are currently not possible on any other scheduled tour run by a bird tour company. Links up with our Papua New Guinea tour.customYour choicebirding, photography
CustomAnyAustralasiaNEW ZEALAND: Land of the Long White Cloud - This volcanic archipelago has a long list of selling points, including Tolkienesque fjordlands, open meadows, and breathtaking mountain ranges. For birders, the three endemic families (Kiwis, New Zealand Wrens and New Zealand Wattlebirds), and 61 endemic species are the major highlights.customYour choicebirding
CustomAny (best Jan-Apr)South AmericaCentral COLOMBIA: Andean Endemics Paradise - A perfect complement to our Northern Colombia tour, this trip targets numerous great birds endemic to the Andes of Central Colombia.customYour choicebirding
CustomBest from June-OctoberSouth AmericaBOLIVIA - While its list may not be quite as high as the countries to the north, it does have the most bird species of any landlocked country. With a good number of endemic and spectacular species, some of the best Andean scenery available, a vibrant local culture, and beautiful habitats, this is a fascinating tour.customYour choicebirding
CustomBest from June-OctoberSouth AmericaCentral PERU: Birds of the Incas - We'll visit some remote and beautiful sites of this megadiverse country, targeting numerous scarce endemics including Black-spectacled Brush-Finch, White-cheeked Cortinga, Rufous-browed Hemispingus, and the incomparable Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager, to mention just a few.customIntense/Moderatebirding
CustomBest from Oct-DecSouth AmericaCHILE: Atacama to Tierra del Fuego - If scouring high Andean bogs for Diademed Sandpiper-Plovers, stalking huet-huets in lichen-draped forest, or sifting through vast flocks of seabirds in the Humboldt Current sounds like fun, check out this fascinating tour.customYour choicebirding
CustomAnySouth AmericaGALAPAGOS Cruise - Book an enchanting trip to the famed Galapagos Islands, with its numerous endemic bird species, unique scenery, and superb photography. This trip is accessible for just about anyone and should even appeal to the non-birding partner.customRelaxed/Easybirding, photography, wildlife
CustomAprilNorth America - USATEXAS: High Island Migration short tours - Tropical Birding has guides based in High Island during April, and with enough notice we can design you an unforgettable quick getaway to this migration hotspot.customYour choicebirding
CustomSpring or winterNorth America - USATEXAS Photo Journey - The great state of Texas offers numerous fantastic sites for bird photography, from the the wonderful specialties of the Rio Grande Valley to the migrant-rich and shorebird-packed areas of the Upper Texas Coast; we have cherry-picked some of the very best sites for bird photography.customRelaxed/Easyphotography
CustomApr-MayNorth America - USAUpper TEXAS Coast: Whirlwind Migration - Spring migration on the Upper Texas Coast is legendary. Shorebirds, gulls, and terns erupt from the south, filling the shorelines and farmlands, and passerines crowd patches of woodland in an astounding spectacle.customYour choicebirding
CustomMay or OctoberNortheast AsiaBeidaihe, CHINA: Far Eastern Migration - Incredible migration birding at Beidaihe and Happy Island is complemented by a visit to the Great Wall. This tour is timed for the peak of passerine migration.customModerate/Easybirding, culture
CustomMay-JunNorth America - USAWest TEXAS - Chihuahuan desert, juniper hills, montane pine forest, and eastern sycamore groves are just some of the varied environments we'll visit, all of which host terrific birds amid spectacular scenery and sunsets.customYour choicebirding
CustomAnyNorth America - USASouthern CALIFORNIA - For birders working on an ABA list, a trip to southern California is a must. This tour targets regional specialties such as the sickle-billed California Thrasher, the garrulous California Quail, California Towhee, and Wrentit.customYour choicebirding
CustomWinterNorth America - USANEBRASKA - A short late winter getaway for thousands of cranes and migrating geese, as well as a chance for prairie chickens.customYour choicebirding

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