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8 Days Bear Watching and Bird Watching in Bulgaria

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8 Days Bear Watching and Bird Watching in Bulgaria

This Bear Watching and Bird Watching tour is designed for nature lovers and those who would like to discover Bulgaria in a different way. You will be accompanied by professionals and learn a lot about the brown bear and bird life of Bulgaria. There are some 550-600 brown bears still living here in the wild. And nearly 75% of all European species of birds can be seen in Bulgaria. This tour involves some walking in order to reach the best observation.

DAY 1

Welcome to Bulgaria!

Bear Watching and Bird Watching begin in arrive in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. From the airport we make a transfer to the region of Devin. The town is in the vast Rodopi Mountains and is famous for its healing mineral waters. Of course, it is also famous due to the population of brown bears. The bears live in the wild and usually can be seen at nighttime. Enjoy a traditional meal for dinner and discuss the tour with your guide. Night stop: Devin Accommodation: Family-run guesthouse Included Meals: Dinner Read more

Trigrad
DAY 2

Bear-watching and bird watching

Activities during the day, bear watching tour at the end of the day During the day we could observe the bird biodiversity of the region, consisting of 141 nesting species, 68 of which are endangered. We will go after the Corn Crake, the Saker Falcon and the Lesser Kestrel (SPEC 1). Furthermore this territory is of great importance for the conservation of the Goldcrest, Black Woodpecker, Hazel Hen, the Western Capercaillie, Grey-headed Woodpecker, the Peregrine Falcon, the Golden Eagle, etc. If we have enough time we can also visit the Trigrad Gorge and the Devil’s Throat Cave (famous with its high underground waterfall). There are some walking routes in the vicinity of Devin too. Just ask your guide! At sunset we make a short transfer with 4×4 jeeps and then a walk in the forest to reach the best observation point. In order to observe bears in their natural habitat we will stay in a special hideout. Return back to Trigrad for overnight – this can be very late and it depends on you how long we stay in the hideouts. Night stop: Trigrad village Accommodation: Family-run Hotel “Arkan Han” Included Meals: Breakfast Read more

Trigrad
DAY 3

Bear-watching and adventure activity

Optional activities during the day, bear watching tour at the end of the day Optional daily activities: Horse-back riding in the forests of Rodopi Mountain. A hike on the Devin-river Eco-path. Swimming pools and spa-centers in Devin. In the evening we once again travel to our hideouts for another bear watching tour. Return back to Trigrad for dinner and overnight. Night stop: Trigrad village Accommodation: Family-run Hotel “Arkan Han” Included Meals: Breakfast Read more

Trigrad
DAY 4

Bird watching in East Rodopi Mountain

Transfer from Devin to the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. This will be a long transfer, which will show us much of Bulgaria’s nature. On the way we stop for some bird watching at Studen Kladenets Dam. In the afternoon we visit the nature information and conservation center in Madjarovo. This is Bulgaria’s realm for birds of prey. On spot we will learn more about the conservation projects of the local people and their work for preserving the vultures. Enjoy a traditional meal for dinner at a family-run guesthouse in The Wild Farm. Night stop: Gorno Pole Village Accommodation: Family-run farm “The Wild Farm Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Read more

Eco-Hotel “The Wild farm"
DAY 5

Bird watching in Madjarovo area

Today we spend time in Madjarovo area, which is a true paradise for nature lovers. A large part of it is declared a nature reserve which provides good living conditions for its inhabitants. You can observe the following bird species: Griffon Vultures, Black Storks, Black and Egyptian Vultures, Long-legged Buzzards, Golden and Short-toed Eagles, Peregrine Falcons. Bird watching can be combined with hiking. Night stop: Gorno Pole Village Accommodation: Family-run farm “The Wild Farm Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Read more

Eco-Hotel “The Wild farm"
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DAY 6

Bird watching in Sakar Mountains

Transfer to Topolovgrad and birdwatching in Sakar Mountains. During the breeding season in Sakar you will have the chance to see Black Stork, Goshawk, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Woodchat, Lesser Grey and Masked Shrikes, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, Wheatear, Black-headed Bunting, etc. Night stop: Topolovgrad Accommodation: Family-run hotel Included Meals: Breakfast Read more

Eco-Hotel “The Wild farm"
DAY 7

Birdwatching and transfer to Sofia

Spend some time in Sakar Mountains for more birdwatching there. In the early afternoon we make a long transfer back to Sofia. This evening your guide will show you around and suggest places for dinner. Night stop: Sofia Included Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel Included Meals: Breakfast

Sofia
DAY 8

Sofia Guided City Tour

our ends in Sofia This is the last day of this tour. We make a sightseeing tour of Sofia and see the main cultural highlights like the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Included Meals: Breakfast Transfer to Sofia Airport. Bear Watching and Bird Watching tour ends.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Devin
Day 2
Location Trigrad
Hotel Arkan han
Day 4
Location Gorno pole
Day 7
Location Sofia
Hotel Hotel Nicky

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • The price includes:
  • accommodation in family-run 3* hotels
  • 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • professional English-speaking guide specialized in wildlife
  • all wildlife observation activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • all transfers according to the program in private minivan or minibus

Package excludes

  • The price excludes:
  • meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • museum entrance fees
  • personal expenses
  • flights and taxes

More information

  • Single room supplement 110 Euro
  • This tour can be easily tailored depending on your preferences and can be organized for individual tours of 1-2 persons.
  • Binoculars and good cameras are essential – so don’t forget your equipment, whatever you do!
  • This tour involves some walking in order to reach the best observation points.
  • In case of full occupancy of the above mentioned hotels you may be accomodated in similar hotels.

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THE TEAM

Lubomir Popiordanov

Lubomir Popiordanov, CEO of Odysseia-In, has a huge background: master of law, mountaineer, passionate traveler, photographer, painter, author of a book, producer of films, publisher and philanthropist, freelance journalist…!

Momchil Damyanov

Momchil is a mountain guide, who has turned his hobby – trekking and climbing in the mountains – into a profession. He prefers working in the high mountains, but also likes going to all places with beautiful and well preserved nature. He speaks French.

Denitsa Petrova

Denitsa leads many of our Spanish and English groups in summer. She is an active ecologist and in the front lines of the Bulgarian organizations for nature protection. She loves flowers and all little creatures on earth.

Simeon Dimitrov

Simeon is passionate about travel and takes every opportunity to hit the road. It could be the dirt road on his bike, or the 1300steps to reach Machu Picchu, or the fresh snow up in the Mountains…He speaks English and Spanish.

Zornitsa Lasarova

Zornitsa or just "Zori" is really passionate about being in the mountains and exploring the world by hiking. She is qualified mountain guide in English and German language and works as an interpreter too.

Bilyiana Nikolova

Biliana is an experienced mountain guide. Her favorite mountain ranges are the alpine Rila and Pirin. She also has a passion for medieval art and music. Bilyana speaks German, English and Italian.

Martin Nedelchev

Martin is a very experienced mountain guide. Apart from that he is also a team-building instructor. Martin is a big fan of free riding and off piste skiing. Martin speaks Spanish, French and English.

Ivailo Katerski

Ivaylo is our wine expert - WSET® CERTIFIED Level 2 Wines & Spirits by the London Wine & Spirit School, also a certified tour guide. He speaks fluently English and German, regularly visits wine events in Bulgaria and also adores travelling.

Mihail Mihov

Mihail or just Misho is a licensed mountain leader and in the summer is usually “outdoors”. He loves working in the field of responsible tourism and education of mountain guides. Mihail speaks German and English.

Mitko Samounev

Mitko is a mountain guide with a lot of knowlidge about nature and wildlife. He has graduated the University of Forestry and leads summer and winter snowshoeing groups. Mitko speaks English and Spanish.

Stela Samouneva

Stela is is a passionate traveler, nature enthusiast and active mother. She has graduated as Bachelor in Geology and International Travel and Tourism. Her interests are: hiking, ski-touring, folklore dances and children education.

Ivan Dinkov

Ivan has climbed 18 peaks in the Alps including Montblanc and Dufourspitze. Travelling a lot across the whole Balkan Peninsula, he has climbed almost each mountain in Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Romania and Montenegro.

Odysseia-In was a visionary project for its time, founded 28 years ago by Lubomir Popiordanov.

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