Long WEEKEND IN WINTER

PYRENEES

Dates

Available in winter and early spring

Tour Cost

€ 670 - Group of 4 pax

€ 900 - Group of 2 pax

 

Single room supplement

€ 140

Group size

4/5 friends

Tour leader

Josele J. Saiz or Alberto Bueno

Airport

Zaragoza - Zaragoza optionally Barcelona

What´s included

All ground transport, all meals, services of guides and reserve entrance fees.

What´s not included

Transport to / from UK and any overnight stay that may be involved, travel insurance, drinks and any items of a purely personal nature.

Tour code

Based at Boletas B.C. you will find the most exciting selection of birds in Spain - from sandgrouse to Snow Finch and Wallcreeper to Black Wheatear.

Selected species list

Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, Eagle Owl, Alpine Accentor, Snow Finch, Bonelli´s Eagle, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Black Wheatear.

PYRENEES

 

Our short weekend break has been designed for small groups of friends, birdwatchers or photographers, with a maximum of five people. Now you can cheaply fly from Stanstead to Zaragoza, this gives you the chance of a very good value tour.
We offer an interesting birdwatching holiday in which you will enjoy our special meals and Spanish wines such as Rioja and Rivera del Duero, specially selected for you during this weekend. Transport will be in a 4x4 vehicle, which allows us take you to unknown places in incredible landscapes. But most important is the opportunity for superb birding and photography days with following selected bird list:

Griffon Vulture, Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, Bonelli´s Eagle, Bittern, Crane, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, White Stork, Cattle Egret, Eagle Owl, both sandgrouse, Black Woodpecker, Calandra Lark, Short-toed Lark, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Water Pipit, Alpine Accentor, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Firecrest, Peduline Tit, Wallcreeper, Southern Grey Shrike, Red-billed Chough, Alpine Chough, Rock Sparrow, Snow Finch, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting.

 

Itinerary

Day 1.- Meet you at Zaragoza airport (optionally Barcelona). In 10 minutes we will be searching for Eagle Owl, Black Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush. In no time at all we will be in a huge steppe land looking for sandgrouse with good chances for several larks and raptors. Before arrival at Boletas Birdwatching Centre we will check another Eagle Owl area. Welcome dinner and overnight at Boletas B.C.

Day 2.- We will visit Guara and Vadiello where among other birds Wallcreeper, Lammergeier and Alpine Accentor are almost guaranteed. Near Loporzano we will look for raptors particularly searching for Bonelli´s Eagle the last surviving pair in the central Pyrenees. We will also visit La Sotonera reservoir looking for Cranes. Overnight at Boletas B.C.

Day 3.- Drive to the French border for alpine specialities such as Snow Finch, Alpine Chough and Chamoix in a dramatic landscape of snowy peaks. On the way back to Boletas we will look for woodland birds such as Black Woodpecker and Cirl Bunting. Overnight at Boletas B. C.

Day 4.- En route back to Zaragoza, time permitting, we will make a stop at Sariñena Lake where we may find among other birds, Bittern and Penduline Tit.

 

Gallery

Testimonials

Hi Josele & Esther !
We arrived safely in Tarragona! No problem. Lovely & sunny here BUT I would rather be birding at Boletas with that gorgeous scenery, great new birds to see, and nice people like you two. Please accept our thanks for all you did to make our holiday lovely, despite some unpleasantness in Barcelona. GRRRR. So annoying not to have my keyboard for bird notes. Guess I have to resort to old- fashioned pen & pencil.
Loved the Lammergeier!!!
Will write more later & to Alberto as well.
IF YOU EVER COME TO CALIFORNIA, WE WILL WELCOME YOU!
My very best,
Joan (and Gib)

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Dear Josele,
Many thanks for your superb leadership and hard work over the last few days. I really appreciated it and also enjoyed making jokes with a "poor simple Spaniard!!
I will certainly send you a CD with a selection of photos.Next time I come it will be to stay at Boletas and to see more of the hidden Aragon.
Once again, thanks for your humour and hospitality Wilf Banfield & friends - Long Weekend tour February 2005

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Josele and Esther,

Thank you both for your help with my last minute birding trip! It worked out well and I had a very good time.

David was a good guide, the birds cooperated, I got a sense of the area, and it was a very enjoyable break.

You have a wonderful spot there and I very much enjoyed your hospitality at Boletas; it was very comfortable, the food was great, and the surrounding area is great to bird. One day I will come back for a longer trip with my wife, and I hope to visit you again then!

Thanks again for all your help!
John Lobel , June 2006

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Dear Josele & Esther

Just a short email to say a big thank you for such a wonderful weekend's Birding. I thoroughly enjoyed myself during my brief stay at Boletas. You have a wonderful home and you make the stay very warming, welcoming and friendly. Of course the food is wonderful and I am now on a diet!! I hope to be able to visit you again sometime, maybe a little later in early spring so I can enjoy the migrants and other special birds of your area. For now I am still remembering the Wallcreepers and Lammergeiers !!

Very best regards
Tony Davison , February 2007

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Bill and I wanted to thank you for the fantastic week's birdwatching we had with you last week. We do hope to see you again one day but in the meantime hope all goes well for you in the future.
Bill and Chris Ashby - March 2007

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Dear Josele

I would like to thank you for our trip all four of us had a wonderful time. Please pass our thanks to Alberto for all the hard work he did to ensure we saw all the birds and more than we expected. Please also thank Esther for looking after us so well the food was good and she was the perfect host.
I am sure all of us would have liked to stay longer the Boletas centre is excellent.

Until we meet again many thanks

Chris Watkinson & friends.

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Dear Josele
I am writing to thank you, jaome and your wife for a thoroughly enjoyable trip. Every day brought new interest and excitement which is a difficult thing to keep up. Food and hospitality at Boletas was superb.
Looking foreward to thew next trip with you. In the meantime I am off to Estonia in three weeks to see things like Steller's Eider.
Thanks again
Bruce McLaren - 2010

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