Price
290€ per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
6+

BEYOND WORDS Unforgettable Birding Journeys

This is a four days tour for watching the incredible variety of birds in the Sakar and Eastern Rhodopes mountains in Bulgaria. Hiking in beautiful nature, and local tasty food add a special flavor of the trip.
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Birding short break, Sakar and Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

What's included

Destination
Bulgaria , Eastern Rhodope , Sakar Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Sofia, Bulgaria
Return Location
Sofia, Bulgaria
Tour Start Date & Time
May 27, 2021 12:00 pm
Price includes
  • Accommodation in twin room
  • All meals
  • Rental car/bus, driver included
  • Specialist English speaking tour guide
Price does not include
  • Accommodation in single room
  • Flights to Bulgaria and back
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to guide and driver
Complementaries
Single room supplement: 30
Additional Prices
2-3 pax: 425€ 4-5 pax: 340€

 

Black stork
Black stork, Ciconia nigra, Arda river valley, Madzharovo, Eastern Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Staffan Widstrand

Summary

The Eastern Rhodopes have a hugely diverse birding scene and local entrepreneurs create incredible nature adventures; Bulgarian’s nature scene has long been overshadowed by the neighbouring countries like Greece and Croatia, but it’s got both a vibrant history and a flourishing present. Visit the following to discover the amazing variety of birds in Sakar and Eastern Rhodope mountains. Here’s where you can experience authentic Rhodope cooking, whether that be traditional or contemporary, being Bulgarian mixed with Oriental cuisine.

Black-headed bunting
Black-headed bunting, Emberiza melanocephala, Sakar mountains, Eastern Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Staffan Widstrand

Natural Pleasures

The Eastern Rhodope’s sky is crowded with birds of prey which makes it one of the world’s most overwhelmingly green destinations. The mountains are blessed with a large number of bucolic countryside areas, and the reservoir Studen kladenets and river Arda are just minutes away from the accommodations, just like the bird watching points and forests.

 

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline wheatear male, Oenanthe isabellinae, Sakar mountains, Eastern Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Staffan Widstrand

Culinary Experience

Once known only for potato and tobacco growing, Eastern Rhodope & Sakar’s culinary scene is currently enjoying a Mediterranean moment in the sun, and has become a culinary destination in its own right. This delicious move takes in everything from the most traditional “mehana” restaurants to the local pubs “krachma”, or favourite “ho-re-mags” in small villages. The local taste of the traditional pastry “banitsa”, or “cheverme” (roasted whole lamb) is definitely incomparable.

Griffon Vulture
Griffon Vulture, Bird Photography, Eastern Rhodope, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Didi Andreeva

 

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
Day 1

Meeting and transfer

Transfer from Sofia Airport to Topolovgrad in Sakar Mountains. Accommodation at a family hotel.

Day 2

Sakar Mountains

Early in the morning exploring the Sakar mountains for the Black stork, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, Orphean and Olive-tree Warblers, Isabelline Wheatear, and Black-headed Bunting. Visiting the Bird life Information center, devoted to the Imperial Eagle. On the way to Madzharovo (proceeding south) the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Booted and Lesser Spotted Eagles, Goshawk, Woodchat, Lesser Grey and Masked Shrikes will circle above our heads. Accommodation in Madzharovo.

Day 3

Eastern Rhodopes

Exploring the nature area west of Madzharovo where vultures and eagles will fight for their lunch. This special show can be watched at the vulture feeding place. Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Black vulture, Golden eagle, Imperial eagle, Raven, White tailed see eagle are the participants. Not rarely wolves also come. Along the river there are colonies of Bee-eater and other colorful birds like Roller and Kingfisher. Accommodation at the bank of the Studen kladenets lake.

Day 4

Departure

Transfer back to Sofia Airport and departure.

More about Bulgaria Discover Bulgaria

Bulgaria occupies a strategic location in the Balkans, locked between the Black Sea and the Danube river. Since Ancient times, the country has served as a major crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa. It is the oldest land in Europe that rose from the warm sea more than 35 million years ago. Rocks, caves and biodiversity in Bulgaria rank as one of the best in Europe.

More about Eastern Rhodope Discover Eastern Rhodope

The Eastern Rhodopes are a truly mosaic of various landscapes – grasslands, waterlands, deciduous woods, coniferous forest and rocky cliffs. Our nature areas have particular habitats for plants, birds and animals offering unique opportunities for wildlife observation.

More about Sakar Discover Sakar

The nature routes of Sakar bring you to the best and most unscathed parts of the mountain where birds are the main attraction. The greatest attraction is the healthy population of the majestic Eastern Imperial Eagle, as well as the good number of Lesser Kestrel.
Birding short break, Sakar and Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

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  • Tour type: Guided tour with professional wildlife guide. English speaking. Small groups.
  • Group size: Up to 12 people
  • Period: May-September
  • NOTE: The program could be tailor made according to your wishes.
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Bird Watching Short Break

Price
290€ per person
Duration
4 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
6+

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