Swarovski Optik / Eagle Optics Austria Tour

Austria Tour

Swarovski Optik / Eagle Optics Austria Tour

July 7 – 14, 2014

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Sponsored by Eagle Optics and Swarovski Optik

Waiting List: This trip is currently full. Please contact Ben Lizdas at blizdas@eagleoptics.com or 800-289-1132 to be placed on our waiting list.

How would you like to combine exploring an abundance of historical sites, adding more birds to the life list, and seeing first hand how Swarovski optics are made?

If you are intrigued, get in touch with Eagle Optics to be part of an exclusive trip to the Swarovski Optik headquarters in Absam, Tirol, Austria. This special event is scheduled for July 7–14, 2014 and limited to six couples (twelve people). The itinerary includes seven nights of luxury accommodations across Austria, visits to some of Austria’s most enjoyable destinations, fine cuisine, several birding excursions, and a private tour of the Swarovski Optik factory.

Visit Swarovski Optik

Settled in Absam since 1947, the Swarovski Optik factory employs the highest quality of standards to manufacture the finest optics in the world. A personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the Swarovski Optik facility, where you will receive a commemorative edition of the recently introduced 8x25 Pocket CL binocular, is one of the many highlights of the trip.

You will also visit Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) which features 14 underground chambers with awe-inspiring exhibits revealing artistic interpretations of crystal. You can shop in the Crystal Stage store for a sparkling Swarovski souvenir.

Explore Historic Austria

During this one-week stay, professional guides lead you in exploring the many picturesque natural and historical areas of Austria such as:

  • Innsbruck City: Surrounded by the Austrian Alps, a stroll along the main street of Old Town Innsbruck takes you back in time to the medieval era of merchants and knight.
     
  • Kufstein: Enjoy a concert performed on the famous Heroes organ Kufstein, the world's largest open-air organ. History comes alive in the Kufstein Fortress as you travel back to the time of Emperor Maximilian.
     
  • Salzburg: Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and setting for The Sound Of Music, Salzburg is filled with wonderful architecture, museums, churches, and palaces.
     
  • Village of Hallstatt: Thriving as early as the 8th century B.C., this Alpen village is so stunning it may be the most photographed spot in Austria.
     
  • Town of Gmunden: Nestled at the shores of Lake Traunsee and surrounded by mountains, the excellent climate and beautiful landscape drew the wealthy aristocracy and European nobility to spend summers here.
     
  • Wachau Valley: On the way to Vienna, this unspoiled valley is full of intimate family wine gardens and the architectural elegance of ancient monasteries, castles, and ruins.
     
  • Vienna: The largest city and capital of Austria, Vienna offers a special charm along with a multitude of architecture, castles, gardens, and historic sites.
Historic Austria

Birding Trips

Pack your binoculars for a birding trip to the National Park Neusiedler See. Austria's only steppe national park has delicate wetland reed beds, salt-water ponds, and flood meadows. Home to almost 300 species of birds, you can view the Great Bustard and White-tailed Eagle here. Have binoculars and a camera available when you visit Wilhelm Swarovski Observation Tower in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The glass structure with a spectacular view and the park's abundance of nature present photo opportunities not to be missed.

Program Pricing & Registration

Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime trip! Cost is $4,966 per couple* and includes:

For more details, please contact Ben Lizdas at blizdas@eagleoptics.com or 800-289-1132. Reservations are limited to only twelve participants.

*Please inquire for an individual rate.

About Your Leaders

BEN LIZDAS
Ben has been working at Eagle Optics for 13 years, consulting with birders about optics and spending time birding across the country at numerous birding festivals. As Sales Manager, he’s also had the chance to develop a love for tropical birding on trips to Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala.

As a former restoration ecologist, Ben fell in love with birds and birding while doing vegetation studies on the prairies and oak savannahs of Southern Wisconsin. Having witnessed the avian diversity of North and Central America, he maintains a fondness for those grassland birds that first piqued his interest 10 years ago.

Photo courtesy of shorebirdfestival.com.

CLAY TAYLOR
Clay is the Naturalist Market Manager for Swarovski Optik North America and a full-time birding naturalist who travels to birding and nature festivals all over the world. He is also a veteran digiscoper, frequently giving workshops and online advice.

Clay served as president of the Mattabeseck Audubon Society in Middletown, Connecticut and was the founder and first president of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. He also worked as a naturalist for Hammonasset Beach State Park.