Poland: Birds & Art in Royal Krakow: Sep 03—11, 2019
A Birds, Nature & Culture Tour
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The capital of Poland for more than five centuries, Krakow is today that country’s most diverse city, a virtual living museum of art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the art nouveau and beyond. It is also situated in one of Poland’s best regions for birds. Our easygoing tour, based in a single hotel in Krakow’s Renaissance center, takes us in search of wetland and woodland birds, with Crested and Willow tits, Hawfinch, Gray-headed and Black woodpeckers, and White-tailed Eagle all likely—and all against the backdrop of one of central Europe’s most captivating cities.
Set in the picturesque valley of the Vistula River between the Polish plain and the Carpathian Mountains, Krakow and its surroundings make up an enormously varied landscape as rich in art and history as in birdlife. Such masterpieces of Renaissance art as Veit Stoss’s St. Mary Altar and Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine will compete for our attention with waterfowl and waders, and our stroll up to the magnificent Wawel castle is likely to be interrupted by Great Cormorants or even a dazzlingly colorful Common Kingfisher.
The Wolski Forest in the western part of the city is home to six species of woodpeckers, while the area’s abundant fishponds can turn up White-tailed Eagle, Common Crane, grebes, ducks, and shorebirds.
A relaxed tour with very good accommodations and food; birding and sightseeing generally alternating, though many of our sites offer both; relatively low species totals; short drives and slow-paced walks on mostly level terrain; warm weather (70s F), with beautiful bright days or occasional rain.