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- Accommodation in twin room
- All meals
- Facilities as described in the program
- Rental car/bus, driver excluded
- Rental car/bus, driver included
- Specialist English speaking tour guide
- Unlimited bottled water
- Flights to Bulgaria and back
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Personal expenses
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tips to guide and driver
Interesting species for the bird watchers:
Nyxticorax nyxticorax, Little Owl, Egretta Garzetta,Phalacrocorax Pygmeus, Ixobrychus Minutus, Griffon Vulture, Black Stork, Black-eared wheatear, Subalpine Warbler, Masked Shrike, Western Rock Nuthatch, Roller, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Headed Bunting, Short-toed Eagle, Black Stork, Chukar, Subalpine Warbler, Cirl Bunting, Monticola Saxatilis, BlueRock Thrush, Woodchat Shrike, Booted Eagle, Sombre Tit, Long-legged Buzzard, Rock Nuthatch.
A special show will be watched at the vultures’ feeding place. Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture, Golden Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Raven, and White Tailed Sea Eagle will be the participants.
In the area of Ivaylovgrad – Black Vulture, Booted Eagle, Masked Shrike, Olive-tree Warbler.
Interesting for botanists:
Black pine (Pinus Nigra), Populus nigra, Salix alba, Alnus Glutinosa, Black maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris), Verbascum Rupestre, Lathrea rhodopea, Carpinus Orientalis, Hypericum rumeliacum, Galium velenovskyi, Potentilla regis-borissii. Quercus frainetto, Carpinus orientalis, Fraxinus ornis, Syringa vulgaris, Orchis pailionacea, Verbascum Humile, Carduus thracicus, Cornus mas, Crataegus monogyna, Juniperus oxycedrus, Scila bifolia, Verbascum humile, Verbascum roripifolia, Fritilaria pontica, cardius thracicus, etc. Some of the plant species included in the Red list of Bulgaria are: Lathraea rhodopaea, Haberlea Rhodopensis, Hippomaratum cristatum, Stachys serbica, etc. Endemic plants include Potentilla regis-borissii, Carduus thracicus, Armeria rumelica.
Sightings of common interest – Land Tortoises (Testudo graeca), Stone Marten, Wild Boar, Wolf, Fox, Roe Deer, Fallow deer, Montpellier snake, Common Tree-Frog, Green Lizard, Balkan Wall Lizard, Otter, Cobitis rhodopensis, Balkan terrapin, Snake-eyed lizard, Lesser Horseshoe Bat, etc.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3,4,5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
- Days 9 and 10
Meeting and transfer
Meeting at the Airport Sofia. Transfer (3 hours) to the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. Accommodation in a beautiful guest house at the bank of the lake Studen kladenets.
All day to spent in a nature site with beautiful rocks, pastures, shrubs and oak forests at the bank of Studen kladenets lake.
Nature area between Studen kladenets and Madzharovo offers great biodiversity. A lot of insects, reptiles, raptors and mammals are roaming around. Vultures and eagles watching during their feeding at a special site for observations will be organized. You will hike on the upper border of the extinct volcano in the bottom of which Madzharovo town is situated. High cliffs, screes, mixed oak forests, mediterranean shrubs and pastures will surround you. Accommodation in Madzharovo area.
Travel to Ivaylovgrad
Transfer to the most southern parts of the Eastern Rhodopes nearby the Greek border. Mixed forest of oriental plane, oak and pseudo-maquises is home to the Olive-tree warbler. Spacious fields are habitat to rare orchids like the lovely Dactylorhiza romana. Accommodation is in Ivaylovgrad area.
Nature areas surrounding Ivaylovgrad feature the extremely beautiful landscape including many Mediterranean species as Phyllirea Latifolia, Asparagus acutifolius, Cistus incanus, Arbutus andrachne tree, etc. Next to the wildlife adventure will be the interesting visit of ancient villa from Roman period and some old churches.
Short travel to a picturesque carst region with many caves, niches and arks. It is a rough rocky landscape with rich variety of birds and reptiles. The accommodation is at a guest house at the bank of river Arda.
Travel to Sofia
Departure to Sofia (3 hours drive). Possibility for a sightseeing tour. Accommodation in the city center.
Early transfer to the Airport Sofia.
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More about this tour
- Tour type: Guided tour. Experienced nature guide. English speaking. Small groups.
- Group size: Up to 12 people
- Period: May – June
- NOTE: This nature tour could be tailor made according to your wishes.