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This trip visits some of France's very best areas for birds and wildlife in autumn, from the famous Camargue, with its pink flamingos, white horses and black fighting bulls, to the splendid High Pyrenees.

The rich diversity of habitats make the Camargue one of Europe's most exciting birdwatching and wildlife areas.  The array of herons alone is outstanding, and raptors are always present in the skies. After three nights exploring the region you will travel across the south of France to the High Pyrenees. Amidst some of Europe's most inspiring scenery can be found a tantalising selection of mountain birds and south-bound migrants patrolling the cliff faces, combined with a delightful array of mammals and flora.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Marseille

    On arrival in Marseille we will collect our minibuses there and drive to our hotel just outside the Camargue for an evening meal. 

    Four nights Camargue

  2. Days 2-4 : Explore The Camargue

    We have a very flexible programme with some optional early morning excursions.

  3. Days 5-7 : Drive to Luz St Sauveur in the French Pyrenees

    Travel across the south of France to the High Pyrenees, where you will see some of Europe’s most inspiring scenery and a selection of mountain birds.

    Three nights Luz St Sauveur

  4. Day 8: Drive to Toulouse and depart

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 days from £2,195 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,795 pp
  • Single supplement: From £290
  • Group size: 7
  • Departures:
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Most meals
    • All transfers
    • Admissions
    • Services of the leaders
  • Activities available:
    • Photography
    • Walking

Expert leader

Steve Duffield

Photo of Steve Duffield

Steve has lived in the Outer Hebrides since January 2005 and began leading tours in March 2007 after spending two years working for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in the Uists as a Goose Officer. He is also keen on many other aspects of wildlife in the islands including the cetaceans, moths, butterflies and the flowering plants – especially the orchids.

Featured locations:

The Camargue

The vast, marshy wetland of the Camargue – one of Western Europe’s most important birding areas – lies at the heart of the delta of the river Rhône. Straddling the migration route from North Africa, it offers a safe haven for many migrants, and a nesting site for large numbers of greater flamingos.

  • Where: Delta of the Rhône
  • Ideal for viewing: greater flamingo, Bonelli’s eagle, Eurasian beaver, blue rock thrush, pin-tailed sandgrouse
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Birdwatching

The Pyrenees

The mountains of the Pyrenees form the natural border between France and Spain. Stretching for 491 kilometres from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean, the range separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe, offering great opportunities to see wildlife and various outdoor activities.

  • Where: Along the Spanish border
  • Ideal for viewing: Iberian lynx, lammergeier, black vulture, wallcreeper, citril finch
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Walking with wildlife, Birdwatching