South Bulgaria Birdwatching Tour
One of the greatest assets of Bulgaria is its intact nature with large territories never managed by mankind. This tour is for birders who want to spend less time traveling and more time exploring natural habitats with high avian biodiversity. Visiting a whole series of top European birdwatching spots in south Bulgaria is an unforgettable experience for every true birder.
Itinerary: Sofia - Vitosha Nature Park - Western Rhodopes - Trigrad Gorge - Devin - Eastern Rhodopes - Madzarovo - Sliven - Bourgas - Bourgas Lakes - Vitosha Nature Park - Sofia
Duration: 10 days / 9 overnights
Dates: May and June
transfer for the whole tour
Prices do not include
Sofia, Vitosha Mountain – hotel “Moreni” **
Devin – hotel “Devin” ****
Madzharovo – hotel “Rai” **
Sliven – hotel “Schato Alpia” ***
Bourgas – hotel “Sveti Ilia” **
After welcoming you at Sofia Airport we go on a journey to Vitosha National Park. Before reaching the hotel there, we stop at the foothills of the mountain to listen to the globally threatened Corncrake. Overnight in a hotel in Vitosha Mountain.
A walk in the vicinity of Aleko hut will guarantee mountain specialties like Pallid Swifts, Black Woodpeckers, Black Redstarts, Crag Martins, Dunnocks, Alpine Accentors, Water Pipits, Goldcrests, Common Crossbills and many Nutcrackers. Overnight in a hotel in Vitosha Mountain.
After enjoying the mountain specialties of Vitosha National Park we head for the Western Rhodopes. On our way to the Trigrad Gorge we will explore the vicinity of Devin. Black Redstarts, Coal Tits, Cirl and Rock Buntings are only a small part of the regions’ avian richness. Balkan Chamois are breeding in the area. Our birdwatching day will continue with scanning the vertical rocks of the Trigrad Gorge. Here is the realm of the elusive Wallcreeper. Overnight in a hotel in the town of Devin.
After visiting the Devil’s Throat Cave in the Gorge we will be transported the Eastern Rhodopes. Stops in the Thracian Plain will ensure species as Levant Sparrowhawk, Night Heron, Bee-eaters, Serian Woodpecker, Rollers, Mask, Woodchat, Lesser Gray and Red-backed Shrikes and many more. The next three days we will spend admiring the cultural and natural heritage of the Eastern Rhodopes. Overnight in Hotel in the village Madzarovo.
The shrubby Mediterranean habitats, volcanic rock complexes along with the preserved culture and old agricultural practices provide unforgettable sceneries and high quality birdwatching possibilities. In these three days we will visit the vulture “restaurant” where from a close distance we can enjoy the graceful soaring of Griffon, Egyptian and Black vultures. Explore the vicinity of the town of Madzharovo and the rocks of Kovankaia. Common and Long-legged buzzards, Short-toed Eagles and Booted Eagles are all hunting in the region. The passerines species list will include Barred Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Rock Nuthatch, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Thrush, Somber Tits, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting etc. Besides birding we will admire the ancient Thrace remnants in the region. Overnight in a hotel in the village of Madzarovo.
In the morning we depart from the Eastern Rhodopes for a diverting journey to the town of Sliven. Our trip will pass through interesting habitats in Sakar Mountain rich in Lesser Spotted, Short-toed, Eastern Imperial and Booted Eagles. Among the shrubby vegetation we will attend a concert of Olive-tree and Olivaceous Warblers, Barred, Orphean, Sardinian and Subalpine Warblers, Isabelline Wheatears, Woodchat, Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes, Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers, Cirl and Black-headed Buntings etc. On our way we will see colonies of the attractive little Suslik. The fields by the town of Sliven are also regularly visited by Montagu’s Harriers, Red-footed Falcons, Lesser Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles. Overnight in a hotel in the town of Sliven.
In the morning our expedition continues with notable wetlands around Bourgas. We will start with Atanasovsko Lake. Keep your eyes open. Over 320 species have been recorded at the salt pans of this lake. Collared Pratincoles, Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, Great Snipe, Great Egrets, Spoonbills, Curlew Sandpipers, Penduline Tits, Black-headed Buntings, Night and Squacco Herons are just a prelude to the uniqueness of the reserve. Overnight in a hotel in the town of Bourgas.
Mandra Lakes and Poda Lagoon near Bourgas are important nesting places. Typical breeders are Great Cormorants, Night, Squacco and Purple Herons, Little Egrets, Spoonbills, Glossy Ibises, White-tailed Eagles, Yellow-legged Gulls, Little Terns and many water species. Situated on Via Pontica flyway migrating or resting Pygmy Cormorants, White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Whiskered Terns, Slender-billed and Mediterranean Gulls are very likely to be registered. Overnight in a hotel in the town of Bourgas.
Return to Sofia. Overnight in a hotel in the Vitosha Mountain.
Transfer to airport Sofia.