Spring Intensive Birdwatching Tour (Bulgaria)

Spring Intensive Birdwatching Tour (Bulgaria) 850 , 8 Days

A birding tour established especially to those, who do not have much time, but who would like to see as much as possible! Although quite intensive with a lot of traveling, we still have enough time to enjoy some of the most representative birding areas in Bulgaria. The trip starts with a visit to the Eastern Rodopi Mountains where more than 20 species of breeding birds of prey (Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard etc.) as well as huge variety of small passerines (Black-eared Wheatear, Red-rumped Swallow, Sardinian Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Masked Shrike, Sombre Tit, Cirl Bunting etc.) are most expected. Further on a special attention will be given to the wetlands by the Black Sea Coast and along the Danube River (Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Spoonbills, Glossy Ibises, Purple, Night and Squacco Herons, Ferruginous Ducks etc.). However this tour remains a good choice as regards time-value-long species list!


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival in Varna Airport
Arrival at Varna Airport (it should be an early flight, so to provide birding time in the afternoon). In the afternoon we will birding along the Northern seaside. In the Northern seaside we will see coastal cliffs and steppe areas, which are part of Via Pontica and a habitat of the following bird species -Mediterranean Shag, Stone Curlew, Spotted Cuckoo, Alpine Swift, Calandra and Short-toed Larks, Olive-tree Warbler, Pied Wheatear, Tawny Pipit, Rosy Starling, Common and Demoiselle Crane, Black-headed Bunting). Overnight in Kavarna.


Day 2. Shabla wetlands and Durankulak

Our day will be dedicated to birding along the coastal line and the vast marshlands around Shabla and Durankulak – the farthest Black Sea North. This region is an important part of Via Pontica, where the following bird species could be seen - Levant Sparrowhawk, Ruddy Shelduck, Black-winged Stilt, Marsh Sandpiper, Bee-eater, Golden Oriole, Lesser Grey Shrike, Black-headed Bunting, Rose-coloured Starlings, Black-necked Grebe, Bitterns, Purple Heron, Whiskered and White-winged Terns, Red-footed Falcon, White-Tailed Eagle, Osprey, Ferruginous Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Tawny Pipit, Paddyfield Warbler, Bluethroat. After finishing of our birding, we will go back to Kavarna for overnight.

 

Day 3. Kavarna- Dyulino pass – Burgas
After early morning birding around northern seaside costal cliffs, we will continue with our journey to the Southern seaside, with stopovers at the Dyulino pass a mid-altitude Balkan Mountain pass in very close vicinity to the sea, where we will explore the habitat of Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Wryneck, Cirl Bunting, Sombre Tit, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler). Overnight near city of Burgas.


Day 4. Burgas - Pomorie
Today will be an intensive birdwatching day around the lakes of Burgas and Pomorie. The lakes of Burgas (Southern seaside) are the wetlands of Mandra-Poda, Atanasovsko and Pomoriysko containing fresh, brackish and sea, hipper saline waters, very important part of Via Pontica with the following bird species: Greater Flamingo, White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorant, Goosander, Red-breasted merganser, Curlew and Whimbrel, Night, Squacco and Purple Herons, Little Egret, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Mediterranean Gulls, Little, Whiskered and Gull-Billed Terns, Collared Pratincole, Avocet, Black-winged Stilts, Great Snipe, Kentish Plover, Curlew Sandpipers, Stints, Godwits, Penduline Tit, Savi’s and Paddy field Warblers, Bearded Tit, ducks. We will spend the night near city of Burgas.


Day 5. Burgas – Strandja- Sakar-Madzharovo

Today we will head up to the Eastern Rhodopes - the realm of the birds of prey in Eastern Europe. During our trip we will stop in the mountains of Strandja and Sakar. The mountains of Strandja (South East) and Sakar (Central) are low altitude, lowly populated mountain areas with the basins of the rivers Maritza and Tundja. The mountain Strandja is a part of Via Pontica and mountain Sakar is a part of Via Aristotelis - a project for conservation of the Lesser Kestrel (Imperial, Lesser Spotted, Booted Eagle, Spotted Eagle Long-legged Buzzard, Pallid and Montagu`s Harrier, Saker Falcon, Levant Sparrowhawk, Tawny Pipit, Calandra and Short-toed Lark, Masked Shrike, Stone Curlew, Olive-tree Warbler, Grey-headed, Middle Spotted and White-backed Woodpecker, Red-Backed Shrike, Corncrake, Pygmy Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Ferroginous Duck, Great Snipe). One overnight at the town of Madjarovo.


Day 6. The cliffs around Madzharovo, the meanders of Arda River and the lakes of the Eastern Rhodopes
It will be an active birding day. Birding will be along Arda River and the adjacent cliffs around Madjarovo – a desolated ornithologically important place (OIP) including low-altitude mountain area with the cliffs over the meanders of Arda River near Madjarovo (copper and zinc mining center in the past), Krumovitza River and the Studen Kladenetz and Ivaylovgrad reservoirs. The following bird species could be seen - Black Stork, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Short-toed, White-tailed, Golden, Booted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Scops Owl, Nightjar, Rufus-tailed and Blue Rock Thrush, Barred, Orphean, Sardinian and Subalpine Warblers, Cirl and Rock Buntings, Red-rumped Swallows, Black-eared Wheatears, Rock Nuthatch, Grey-headed, Green and Black Woodpecker. At the end of the day, we will have a short journey to Krumovgrad where we stay for overnight.
 

Day 7. Krumovgrad - Krumovitza river - Sofia
Today we will start our day with birding along Krumovitza River and the adjacent cliffs where we can discover Black Stork, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Short-toed, White-tailed, Golden, Booted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Scops Owl, Nightjar, Rufus-tailed and Blue Rock Thrush, Barred, Orphean, Sardinian and Subalpine Warblers, Cirl and Rock Buntings, Red-rumped Swallows, Black-eared Wheatears, Rock Nuthatch, Grey-headed, Green and Black Woodpecker. In the afternoon we will continue our journey to Sofia, where we will have an overnight at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.


Day 8. Departure from Sofia
Early-morning birdwatching in the mountain of Vitosha- a mid-altitude mountain in very close vicinity to the capital Sofia, part of Via Aristotelis where the following bird species could be seen: Corncrake, Tengmalm`s and Scops Owl, Ring Ouzel, Pygmy Owl, Nightjar, Black, White-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, Ortolan Bunting, Nutcracker. Transfer to airport for departure.
 


Price Includes:
7 nights in standard hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities including breakfast. English speaking professional birdwatching guide
all transport Included in the price
transfers to/from Sofia airport
entrance fees for Poda lagoon and Cape Kaliakra
VAT and all local taxes.

Not Included:
maps (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)
tips
alcohol drinks
other entrance fees and meals (lunch packs/lunches),insurance

Additional Services:
Small Group Supplement (2-3 travelers) - 150 EUR per person


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Spring Intensive Birdwatching Tour (Bulgaria) (Rated 4.77 / 5 Based on 401 Reviews.)
Price
850 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
170 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Easy walks up to 1-2 km per day; some short hikes by the birding stops may take place in regions with no walking paths 

Group Size
4-12
Reservation System Code
BGBIRDINT
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