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Nemunas Delta Birding Tour, Lithuania - 7 Days

Nemunas Delta Birding Tour, Lithuania

Bird Watching Lithuania in Nemunas Delta National Park

This 7-day Nemunas Delta Birding Tour in Lithuania is a relaxed paced trip and will take you to the Nemunas Delta Regional Park which is known as a birders’ paradise, during the spring especially. During migrations, spectacular flocks of birds stay here to rest or breed. In spring you can expect to see around 130 different species of birds and approximately 10 mammals species within one day.

During this Nemunas Delta tour, you will have the opportunity to see the unique natural landscapes, local traditions and all-natural wilderness. From wintering guests from the North to earliest migratory birds that are on a rush back to the breeding grounds. Springtime is also good for mammal spotting as trees are still leafless.

From rare Lesser White-fronted geese to European Elk and Beavers, we will make a daily list every evening before dinner, so you can share with your birding pals back home or on eBird. Nemunas Delta in spring will amaze you with vast floodplains and alluvial forests, inland dunes and river variety. You will experience the fifth season – the Flood season and the magic of migration in its full glory.

As experienced ornithologists, we will accompany you throughout the trip, tell you the most interesting facts about the birds you observe, and answer any questions you may have during the trip. We keep the groups as small as 6-8 persons for maximum attention and good mood.

We will stay in our Ecolodge at Minija river shore and we will do short daily trips to the best birding areas just 20-30 min. drive from the lodge or start our boat trip from the pier of the Lodge. We will eat at the lodge homemade meals and try of course local cuisine specialties.

As Nemunas Delta is a very dynamic bird and weather-wise, we will check the forecast and areas prior the day before, so you can experience the maximum for your stay. The Lodge is in the core locations so everyday driving is as minimum as possible and we can be flexible with locations and itinerary for the day will be discussed daily at the dinner table or near the fireplace.

Nemunas Delta Birding Tour Highlights include:

  • Migratory and wintering birds’ species are on the move this time of the year, while geese, swans and ducks are roosting on the edge of the retreating floodwaters, birds of prey like White-tailed Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, Goshawk, Rough-legged Buzzards and Hen Harriers are looking for easy prey. In mid-April Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagles are back joined by Marsh, Montagu’s, and Pallid Harriers.
  • If the weather allows we can try to listen for Eagle Owl, Tawny and even Short-eared and Great Bitterns at the doorstep of the surrounding forests, where Woodcocks are flying over displaying at dusk. Great Bitterns, Swans, and Geese flocks can be heard even from the yard of the lodge all night.
  • An early start after breakfast also allows us to spot some local large mammals as European Elk, Red, Fallow and Roe Deer and many Red Foxes, Badgers, Beavers and if lucky Otter, or Pine Marten.
  • The boat trip will give us to another perspective of ever-changing Delta and will allow us to get closer to areas unreachable by land. We will visit some of the local birding spots by waterways, starting from our lodge private pier.
  • This tour is not only common birding trip, but we added heritage to it as the area have a very unique history and it was known as Lithuania Minor, in the past was part of East Prussia, belonging to Germany. So during the day time when birds are less active, we will visit some museums and participate in local community activities and educational programs, including food degustation and handcraft workshops.

Want to expand your birding experience? Why not try the Birds of Lithuania Tour?

Alternative Tour Name: Bird Observation in Nemunas Delta
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Airport pick-up, trip to the Nemunas Delta. Dinner and birding on the way, overnight in the delta at Minija village at our favorite Mingės Recreation by our host Monika Dobrovolskytė.

Day 2
Day 2 - Birding at Rusnė Island

Breakfast, morning birding at Rusnė island, short tour of Rusnė town, sightseeing tour and education programs in mid-day (fish smoking traditions, traditional boat building, reed cutting, herb picking, fish soup cooking and tasting), evening birding in the area before dinner and dinner at cozy Villa Rusnė.

Day 3
Day 3 - Boat trip | Nemunas Delta | Village of Minija

Breakfast, a morning boat trip around the Nemunas Delta and returning to the village of Minija (fisherman’s museum, the tradition of catching European smelt), lunch on the boat, followed by an excursion to Uostadvaris water pumping station and the lighthouse. Birding at Šyša polder meadows and Tulkiarage, dinner at the accommodation place, and overnight stay at Minija village.

Day 4
Day 4 - Birding around The Nemunas Delta, Aukštumala nature trail, Ventė Cape

Breakfast, birding trip around the Nemunas Delta: Aukštumala nature trail, Ventė Cape (ornithological station), bird ringing education, lunch at the bird observatory, excursion in Kintai and birding in Kintai forest and surroundings until dinner.

Day 5
Day 5 - Birding trip to Sausgalviai & Žalgiriai Forest | Lithuanian culinary heritage | East Prussian Customs

Breakfast, birding trip to Sausgalviai and Žalgiriai forest, return to Šilutė (H. Šojus Manor, educational activities: “Lithuanian culinary heritage”, “East Prussian Customs”, “Staging of Soviet repression”, Šilutė City Museum, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Prison, Macikai concentration camp ), birding at the area of Minija and Ventė forest until dinner, overnight.

Day 6
Day 6 - Inland dunes | Nemunas flooded meadows | Rambynas Hill | Rambynas Regional Park

Breakfast, Inland dunes and Nemunas flooded meadows (If flood conditions allow) and continue the trip to Rambynas Hill to visit Rambynas Regional Park with Old Wedding Staging, Museum Exhibitions, Culinary Heritage, birding in the local woods on the way back for dinner.

Day 7
Day 7 - Departure

Breakfast (or box-lunch), airport transfer with birding along the route if schedule allows we might stop on few nice places for more birding, or birding in Baltoji voke area near Vilnius. Departure.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Whooper, Mute and Bewick’s Swans, Greater, Lesser White-fronted, Barnacle and Brent, Tundra and Taiga Bean, Pink-footed, Graylag and Red-breasted Geese, Smew, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Common Teal and Garganey, Common Pochard, Red-necked, Black-necked, Great Crested and Slavonian Grebes, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Marsh, Wood and Green Sandpipers, Northern Lapwings, Golden, Little and Common Ringed Plover, Common, Great and Jack Snipes, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, Woodcock, Tawny, Eagle, Short-eared and Pygmy Owls, Dipper, Great, Lesser and Middle Spotted, Black, Grey-headed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Wryneck, Stock-dove, Kingfisher, White Stork, Great White Egret, Peregrine and Merlin Falcons, Marsh, Hen, Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers, Great and Lesser Spotted and White-tailed Eagles, Red and Black Kites. If we made the extra effort we can spot also following mammals: Eurasian Elk, Red, Roe and Fallow Deers, Wild Boar, Otter, Musk Rat, Red Fox, Raccoon Dog, Pine and Beach Marten, Stoat, Polecat and Least Weasel, Beaver, Red Squirrel, Badger, American Mink.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional multi-lingual guides and support staff
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • All meals
  • Snacks throughout the tour
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Personalised checklists by eBird
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Items of personal nature
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes for the participants an extra fee will be added prior to the tour.
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above, e.g - Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
4.93 stars
- based on 5  reviews
  1. Fascinating tour, expertly led
    Simon and Laura Ford01 Sep 2022







    It was fantastic to have someone with such expertise and local knowledge leading us. Boris has such in depth skills and local expertise and takes you to places you would never find alone. The Delta is a fascinating area to visit and I would strongly recommend anyone interested in nature joins a trip to this part of Lithuania.
  2. Great birding experience with Boris
    Francesco01 Jun 2022







    Been there in first days of june, with sunny days. Beautiful and diverse agriculture landscape, like Europe more than 50 years ago. Observed more than 150 species in 4 days, thanks to Boris dedicated guiding. He was enthusiastic like us and full of interesting equipment, like thermal camera and bat detector. Highly recommended!
  3. Amazing experience in amazing place
    Stefano Brambilla02 Jun 2022







    I’d suggest to anyone interested in wildlife, birds and nature to visit Neumunas Delta and its surroundings with Boris! - It’s an incredibly diverse area, with many environments in a quite small area and all of them quite well preserved (especially the wonderful countryside). Not so common to see Goldeneye, Ortolan bunting, Citrine Wagtail, Crossbill and WW black tern in a few hours! - The birds are plentiful everywhere: not just “quality” with many scarce and localized species (Aquatic Warbler, Great Snipe, Blyth’s Reed Warbler) but also quantity, with an astoningshly abundance of passerines, wt eagles, gulls and terns. Birds everywhere! - Wildlife also is abundant, with moose, red and roe deers, foxes, beavers all regular sightings. - Last but not least, Boris is an excellent guide. Even much more than that! He’s very knowledgeable about birds ID and songs; he knows every place and right timing in detail; he’s very adaptable to the clients needs; he’s simply tireless! I spent 4 “customized” days with him and I could not ask a better experience. - Finally, I want to underline that visiting Neumunas Delta with Boris is a great way to contribute to the conservation to a beautiful place and wildlife. Please consider a tour there!
  4. Superb and unforgettable trip
    Jan Stannard01 Oct 2022







    This was our fourth trip with Boris. He is quite simply one of the best bird guides in Europe. On this trip, if I'm remembering right, one of the targets was the Wallcreeper and we were thrilled to see it within minutes of arriving at its known site. He's not only good with finding and identifying birds, but also with a fair amount of wildlife more generally as it's encountered. He's also a really nice guy to spend time with and his English language skills are outstanding. We recommend him very highly.
  5. Special Request
    Butch Carter17 Jun 2017







    While traveling through the Baltic States I was having trouble finding Aquatic and River Warblers. I searched on line and found Boris and contacted him. He arranged a day of birding for me. Picked me up at the hotel, we spent one of the greatest half day’s of birding, found the Warblers and many other species. Was just a “Great” day.

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What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

Private Eco lodge during all your stay, no other guests or stuff will disturb you, we use rental van for all the group, or separate cars on additional fee depending on the vehicle type and needed number.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

Mostly ground with minibus 8+1, but we plan at least one of the days a boat trip.

What are your group sizes?

6-7 optimal, as we can then use 8+1 Van for all the group.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Sure if requested prior the trip, we can pick you and drop you off at one of the 3 main airports in the country Vilnius (330km), Kaunas (230km) or Palanga (75km)

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

We are very flexible and as the delta is very dynamic, we might change the itinerary depending on dramatic weather change or bird movement to improve your experience and for all our safety, we will agree about that every time if need to change the route or schedule.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

Sure, on extra fee you can have single room. Also we can add extra bed if needed, but we need to know in prior to the start of the tour.

Do you include meals?

All meals included, also we are very flexible if you have special needs according to your food diet.

When is the best time to travel and why?

March – April is the best time with pick of migration of main target species and you have the chance to experience the fifth season – Annual Flood;

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

Yes, and No, our tours are very calm and we can visit most of the birding hotspot by the minibus, only if all the group requests we can make short hikes, if everyone is happy with that.

Would this tour be appropriate for someone with limited mobility?

If we know in prior to the tour, we can arrange everything, so everyone can feel comfortable and can reach all our target places and see all the birds and mammals we spot during the tour.

Do you have any age restrictions to join this tour?

Not strict, but if there are children in the group it has to be a responsible parenting and agreement from rest of the group prior to the tour.

What will be the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this tour?

We will have WiFi in the minibus all the time and in the Lodge, but as it is border area you have to put your network selection to manual mode, because it’s very expensive to use Russian internet connection.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

We will join many local communities organised workshops and degustation’s and will hire local boat owner for our boat trip, also food is home cooked by local ladies, basically all we offer in the itinerary is local friendly organized.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of the tour?

Yes, you can book extra days prior to the start, if you let us know during tour booking, we will be happy to help.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

We are small company and we taking care of your safety, but travel insurance is responsibility for every guest prior to leaving your home country, so make sure you have all needed insurances sort out prior you start traveling for your own safety and enjoyable stay with us.

Is this tour really for me?

Are you interested in birds, nature history and heritage? If answer is yes, you are looking at the right place. Don’t forget to put your smile on your face and enjoy the small miracles of the nature.

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes, but only if children are at least getting in to birding and come with at least one of the parents.

What happens if I have to cancel my tour? *

Cancellation You can cancel within 24 hours of booking or up to 30 days before the tour start date to get a full refund. Weather We make every effort to continue, as scheduled with our tours. But sometimes, weather conditions create an unsafe scenario, as a result, a change or cancellation may be the result. Should this happen, we will provide full refund. Tour confirmation Our guides will contact our guests via email 2-3 days prior to the start of your trip. This is the perfect opportunity to let the guide know of any questions or concerns you may have.

What happens if I need to change my tour?

If it’s not against our booking policy above, we are happy to refund you at all cost you paid already, or if we all agree we postpone the trip for later dates.

What happens if your company closes down? *

If you have travel insurance you will be easy sorted, if we are still alive and the reason of closing down is not possible to avoid we will make our best to refund you.

Include items they must bring, specify footwear if this is important, also medical items that might be needed if the location is remote

Sunscreen, glasses, hat, swimming suite, bottle of water, rain waterproof jacket and a full change of clothes, binoculars, spotting scope and/or camera gear, eBird device and profile so I can easily share our checklists.

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

Only if you have any really special requirements, but we make sure you get all was included in the price prior the tour. If you need extra snacks or soft drinks during the day just let us know before breakfast. Alcohol is not tolerated during the day, and if you are younger than 21 years by law.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Sure, if you let us know during booking procedure.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Even smallest countryside shops are now accepting credit cards, but it’s always good idea to use ATM on the airport for worst case scenario, so you will have plan B.

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this tour?

Please: https://vivagrass.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/birding-in-lithuania-nemunas-delta-2018.pdf

Why should I book with Alcedo Wildlife Tours?

Alcedo Wildlife Tours is small company specialist in the area (Lithuania), supporting and cooperating with local community, taking care about the birds (not only in winter) and have best and most up to date information of what and where we can find, especially the most interesting bird species. We are using eco-friendly vehicles and lodges. Friendly and experienced guides, in love with their jobs, are waiting for you. Also local food and accommodation suppliers is our main partners. You will leave us with plans to return, we promise you. Welcome to Nemunas Delta, your Lithuanian Wilderness experts are waiting for you...

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EUR1,100 / per person
Single Supplement EUR 120
Group Discount Available
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This tour is operated by: Alcedo WildLife Tours
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Tour Facts

  • Nemunas Delta, Lithuania
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • 1 to 8 pax.
  • 7 Days
  • March to April
  • 18+ years (or 14+ with parents)
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English
  • Vilnius Airport or Contact us to know
  • Vilnius Airport or Contact us to know