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- Accommodation in twin room
- All meals
- Rental car/bus, driver included
- Specialist English speaking tour guide
- Unlimited bottled water
- Alcohol Drinks on Tour
- Flights to Bulgaria and back
- Personal expenses
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tips to guide and driver
This eight days tour is devoted to the outstanding bird variety of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains and the Dragoman wetlands. The Eastern Rhodopes are one of the best locations in Europe to observe birds of prey. Lake Studen kladenets and Dragoman marsh boast a superb productive ecosystem that is great for wildlife across the spectrum. Wetland bird watching makes your day and provides the best nature experience.
The Bulgarian Table
Freshly baked bread, olives, feta cheese, red wine or light beer, grilled kebapche, garden tomatoes, smoked meats – the Bulgarians have perfected the art of cooking delicious meals. Sitting down at the table means experiencing the richness of Bulgarian’s productive local farming and fertile countryside. Bulgarians like long lasting, social dinners, starting with rakia (local grape brandy) and seasonal salad, chatting with family and friends, discussing politics and everyday life, then, after an hour or two, the main course is served. Of course, every local entrepreneur, involved in tourism business, takes into account foreigner’s eating preferences and doesn’t leave the guests waiting for their dinner so long.
Outside the cities, Bulgaria’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety. You can go bird watching amid the wetlands of Dragoman Marsh or take in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Eastern Rhodope Mountains . Abundant lake shores and river banks offer more birds than you can imagine. Gaze out over dramatic cliffs or point your binoculars at sandy marshlands fronting calm blue lake. You’ll find Bittern, Little Bittern, White and Black Storks, Garganey, Pochard and Ferruginous Duck. Booted eagle and Peregrine falcon will make your day.
Rhythms of Bulgarian Nature
Spring time is the best time of year to hear the exciting music of mating birds. Don’t miss this period to visit Bulgaria for bird watching.
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Meeting and transfer
This day you will visit the near nature reserve where a special show will be observed 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 collerfull birds like Roller and Kingfisher can been seen. A new phenomenon in the area is the appearance of Eleonora Falcon in springtime.
Afternoon travel to the lake Studen kladenets for your next accommodation in a beautiful cottage which is a birding spot itself.
Wetland birds like Little Egret, Night Herron and Pygmy Cormorant will make your afternoon. The nearby impressive rocky area is home to remarkable birds like Griffon vulture, Black Stork, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Imperial, Golden, Lesser Spotted, Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Honey and Long-legged Buzzards, etc.
Second night at lake Studen kladenets.
Departure north to Dragoman Marsh near Sofia (3 hours drive) for wetland bird watching.
The bird list comprises the Bittern, Little Bittern, White and Black Storks, Garganey, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Great Reed, Reed, Marsh, Savi's and Sedge Warblers and many others. Also birds breeding in the adjacent Karst terrain like Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Ortolan and Black-headed Buntings, Isabelline Wheatear, Lesser Grey Shrike, Short-toed Lark etc.
Night stay will be in Sofia.
Departure flight to your home country.
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This eight days tour is devoted to the outstanding bird variety of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains and the Dragoman wetlands. The Eastern Rhodope are one of the best locations in Europe to observe birds of prey. Lake Studen kladenets and Dragoman marsh boast a superb productive ecosystem that is great for wildlife across the spectrum. Wetland bird watching makes your day and provides the best nature experience.
- 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.