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Spring Birdwatching

Bulgaria is not only one of the most scenic countries in Europe for a holiday destination, but offers perhaps one of the best birdwatching on the continent.  This is not only due its strategic position in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula, and therefore distinct influences from both the Mediterranean region and the southern Russian, but also to the variety of habitats and altitudes it embraces.    In the south, on the border with Greece, there are the Rhodope Mountains, with vistas of deep river gorges, large caves, upland meadows and woodlands.  The coast of the Black Sea stretches to the east with an amazing array of salt pans, sandy beaches, ruggy coasts and steep cliffs. And finally, the Danube river and its adjacent flooded woodlands, marshlands and ancient steppes enclose the borders in the North.

No wonder Bulgaria provides diverse and a quite exceptional range of birds, with almost 400 species recorded to date.  Some of the breeding species are hard to find elsewhere in Europe, but thrive here.  These include Levant Sparrowhawk, Pied and Isabelline Wheatears, Paddyfield and Olive-tree Warblers and Semi-collared Flycatcher.  The rugged Rhodope Mountains offer one of the best raptor viewing on continent, with species such as Golden, Eastern Imperial, Booted and Short-toed Eagles, as well as Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures and Long-legged Buzzards, all possible to view in one day.   The mountains are home to a plethora of other interesting species such as Rock Nuthatch, Blue and Rufous-tailed Rock Thrushes, Sombre Tit, Eastern Orphean Warblers and Rock Bunting.   The Black Sea Coast hosts specialities such as Masked Shrike and Olive-tree Warbler.  The extensive saltpans and wetlands are one of Europe’s richest bird areas and support a superb variety of waterbirds including species such as Ferruginous Duck, Pygmy Cormorant and Dalmatian Pelican.  

Our holiday embraces all the important habitats and birding hot spots in the country.  From the Rhodope Mountains in the south, we will travel north along the Black Sea coast, then proceed west to the Dobrudza steppes and finally the Danube Valley and its wetlands.  The region is famous for its folklore, superb cuisine and friendly and hospitable local people.  So, with such background, this tour will give you a fascinating and memorable introduction to Bulgaria’s dramatic landscapes, birdlife and rich culture.

Detailed Itinerary Booking Info



Tour Details

Date
Next 2018

Price
To be confirmed

Single Supplement
To be confirmed

Group Size
6-7


Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Sofia and transfer to the Central Rhodope Mountains 

Day 2
Central Rhodope Mountains: Trigrad Gorge

Day 3
Eastern Rhodope Mountains: Kladenetz region 

Days 4-5
Black Sea coast

Days 6-7
Durankulak lakes and the Cape Kaliakra Steppe Nature Reserve

Day 8
River Danube - Srebarna Nature Reserve

Day 9
Departure from Bucharest


The Price Includes

all accommodation on a shared basis

all meals

all excursions and transfers by vehicle and boats

park and tour guides’ fees


The Price Does Not Include

all items of a personal nature

flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance alcoholic drinks

scheduled return flight from Britain to Sofia and a return flight from Bucharest back to Britain.  A group booking, however, will be made, but you will deal with a travel agent directly.  Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements


Please Note

all passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip

a deposit of £100 is requested with a booking  form.  The final payment is required by 15 February