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The Essential Bird watching Tour in Bulgaria!

Route: Sofia – Plovdiv – Madzharovo – Bourgas – Atanasovsko lake – Kaliakra Cape – Balchik – Shabla – Silistra  – Srebarna Lake – Sofia
Transport: Coach
Price from: T/A

A bird watching  tour in Bulgaria created  especially for those  who do not have much time, but who would love to see as much as possible!
We will enjoy some of the most representative birding areas in Bulgaria! We will start with a visit to the Eastern Rodopi Mountains – a true birdwatchers heaven where where we will spot more than 20 species of breeding birds of prey (the Black, the Griffon and the Egyptian Vultures, the Booted Eagle, the Short-toed Eagle, the Long-legged Buzzard) as well as huge variety of small passerines (the Black-eared Wheatear, the Red-rumped Swallow, the Sardinian Warbler, the Olivaceous Warbler, the Masked Shrike, the Sombre Tit, the Cirl Bunting). Then we will pay special attention to the wetlands by the Black Sea Coast and those along the Danube River (the Dalmatian Pelicans, the Pygmy Cormorants, the Spoonbills, the Glossy Ibises, the Purple, the Night and the Squacco Herons, the Ferruginous Ducks). Prepare yourself for a week full of amazing bird watching experiences, spectacular scenery, unspoiled wilderness and welcoming little Bulgarian towns with unique friendly atmosphere that will make you feel a world away from the modern city life!

Day - by - day itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Bulgaria – Sofia/ Plovdiv
Our guide will meet you at the Sofia Airport upon your arrival and accompany you throughout the whole trip. Today depending on the time of your arrival, we will take you on a relaxing walk around the capital’s highlights – the imposing golden-domed St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the ancient St.Sofia Church, the National Art Gallery and many more, situated in the heart of the city. We will not miss to enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee, a perfect time for you to get to know your fellow travellers and discuss your first impressions from tour vibrant capital. Next we will depart for the city of Plovdiv dubbed as the most beautiful Thracian city that existed. We will spend our first night here.
Overnight in Plovdiv. (D)

Day 2: PlovdivMadzharovo
In the morning we will enjoy a stroll along the Maritsa River which will be our  first opportunity  to spot some of the birds species of Bulgaria (The typical bird species we can spot here are: the Levant Sparrow hawk, the Roller, the Bee-eater, the Hoopoe, the Syrian Woodpecker, the Red-backed Shrikes, the Woodchat Shrike, the  Masked Shrike, the Golden Oriole, the Spanish Sparrows, the  Black-headed Bunting ). Around noon we will head towards the realm of the birds of prey in Eastern Europe – the Eastern Rhodope Mountains and the town of Madzharovo. In the afternoon we will have some time to enjoy the spectacular view of the Arda River valley where we can spot the Black Stork, the Griffon, the Egyptian Vultures, the Short-toed Eagle, the Booted Eagle, the Long-legged Buzzard, the Scops Owl, the Blue Rock Thrush, the Orphean, the Sardinian and Subalpine Warblers, the Cirl and Rock Buntings, the Red-rumped Swallows, the Black-eared Wheatears, the  Rock Nuthatches. We will spend the next two nights in the town of Madzharovo nested in the heart of this birdwatchers heaven.
Overnight in Madzharovo. (B, D)

Day 3: Mazdharovo
Today will be an active birding day. In the morning we will make a short scenic trip to the spectacular Studen Kladenets Dam and explore its vicinity. A visit to the “vultures’ restaurant” will be arranged, combined with the delight to be able to observe how the vultures are being fed (Here we will be able to see the Egyptian, the Griffon and the Black Vultures, the Long-legged and the Honey Buzzards, the Short-toed and the Imperial Eagles, the Roller, the Barred, the Orphean, the Sardinian and the Subalpine Warblers, the Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, the Sombre Tit, the Cirl and the Rock Buntings). In the afternoon we will head towards the Krumovitsa River and the surrounding undulating countryside where we will have the chance to continue watching and hearing various passerines. (the Stone Curlew, the Olive-tree and the Olivaceous Warblers, the Red-backed, the Woodchat and the Masked Shrike). In the evening we will return to the town of Madzharovo.
Overnight in Madzharovo. (B, D)

Day 4: MadzharovoBurgas
After breakfast we will explore the  foothills of the rocky cliffs near Madzharovowhere we will observe nesting vultures and huge variety of passerines (including also the Middle Spotted Woodpeckers and the Short-toed Treecreepers). After that we will set off to the town of Sliven through the stunning Sakar Mountain where we will be able to spot  the Booted and Imperial Eagles, the Isabelline Wheatear, the Woodchat Shrike, the Olivaceous and the Orphean Warblers, the Black-headed Bunting . In Sliven we will visit a feeding place for the Red-footed Falcons, the Lesser Spotted and the Imperial Eagles. This is also the place where we can enjoy observing some of the largest colonies of the European Souslik in Bulgaria. Later in the afternoon we will reach the Black Sea Coast and the coastal city of Bourgas, where we will spend the night.
Overnight in Burgas. (B, D)

Day 5: Bourgas – Atanasovsko Lake – Kaliakra Cape
In the morning we will visit most interesting of the wetlands in Burgas’ surroundings – the Atanasovsko Lake. The area is well known as the best spot on the Bulgarian coast where you can  observe the Slender-billed Curlew ( Here we can also see a huge number of other bird species among which the White and Dalmatian Pelicans, the Pygmy Cormorant, the Night, the Squacco and Purple Herons, the  Little Egret, the Spoonbill, the Glossy Ibis, the Yellow-legged Gull, the  Mediterranean Gulls, the Little Terns, the Whiskered Terns, the Slender-billed and the Collared Pratincoles,  the Avocet, the Black-winged Stilts, the Great Snipe, the Curlew Sandpipers, the Penduline Tit, the Savi’s and Cetti’s Warblers, the Black-headed Bunting ). Around noon we will head north following the scenic coastal road through the picturesque eastern part of the Balkan Mountain.  Our aim today is the Kaliakra Cape where we will have the chance to visit the biggest and most valuable steppe habitats presented in Bulgaria ( Among the bird species we will see here are : the European Shag, the Stone Curlew, Alpine Swift, the Calandra and the Short-toed Larks, the  Olive-tree Warbler, the Pied Wheatear, the Tawny Pipit, the Rose-coloured Starling, the  Black-headed Bunting). We will spend the night at the nearby little coastal town of Balchik famous for its splendid Botanical Garden and  the Romanian Queen Mary’s idyllic summer palace.
Overnight in Balchik. (B, D)

Day 6: BalchikShablaSilistra
Today  we will  head to the easternmost part of Bulgaria – the area of the Shabla Cape( Here we will have the pleasure to observe: the Levant Sparrowhawk,the Ruddy Shelduck, the Little Tern, the Black-winged Stilt, the Marsh Sandpiper, the Bee-eater, the Golden Oriole, the Lesser Grey Shrike, the Black-headed Bunting, the Rose-coloured Starlings ). Then we will continue north  to the Dourankoulak Lake – a wetland of international importance for the fact that it is  one of the spots where the population of the Red-breasted Goose spends the winter (Here we can also spot the Red-necked Grebe, the Little Bittern,the Purple Heron, the  Whiskered and the White-winged Terns, the Red-footed Falcon, the Ferruginous Duck, the Red-crested Pochard, the Kentish Plover, the Lesser Grey Shrike, the Calandra Lark,the Tawny Pipit, the Paddyfield Warbler). In the afternoon we will pass through the region of Ludogorie and reach the picturesque  town of Silistra on the Danube River, where we stay overnight.
Overnight in Silistra. (B, D)

Day 7: Srebarna Lake – Sofia
The Srebarna Lake is among the most famous wetlands in Bulgaria and it is not a wonder that it is UNESCO listed due to its great importance as a natural habitat for numerous migrating bird varieties.  We will spend a few hours here in order to be able to enjoy spotting a great number of its inhabitants like the Red-necked Grebe, the Dalmatian Pelican, the Pygmy Cormorant, the Little Bittern, the Squacco, the Night and the Purple Herons, the Little and the Great Egret, the Glossy Ibis, the Spoonbill, the White-tailed Eagle, the Black Kite, the Levant Sparrowhawk, the Ferruginous Duck, the Pochard, the Whiskered Tern, the Ortolan Bunting, the Penduline Tit, the Golden Oriole, the Red-backed Shrike. Then it will be time for us to head back to the Bulgarian capital Sofia. On the way back we will make some more short stops to visit some hot spots for birdwatching in North Bulgaria. We will spend our last night in Sofia.
Overnight in Sofia. (B, D)

Day 8: Trip finishes in Sofia
According to the time of your flight we could go sightseeing Sofia. Then it will be time for us to say “ Goodbye”  with the promise to always remember out bird watching adventure in Bulgaria!

If you like the suggested program, ideas, services and this is really your kind of holiday please send us your request for further details! We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you our professional advice. Thank you!

Highlights

  • Visit the most representative birding areas in Bulgaria!
  • Enjoy unique bird watching experiences in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and the Danube River!
  • Enjoy Bulgaria’s unspoiled nature and fascinating culture!

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What Is Included

  • 8 days / 7 overnights
  • 8 Breakfasts (B), 0 Lunches (L) – possibility to order lunch packages upon request, 7 Dinners (D)
  • 2 nights 3 - star hotel accommodation on a twin-share or double basis ( Day 4 & Day 5)
  • 5 nights in family owned hotels and traditional guest houses
  • Guided sightseeing tours of all visited cities and sights
  • Escorted services of a professional bewitching guide in the requested language for the whole tour
  • Group Size: T/A
  • Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees for the Poda lagoon and the Cape Kaliakra Reserve
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