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For the high quality of the tours we organize in Bulgaria (sightseeing, hiking, horseriding etc.), Traventuria Ltd. has been awarded 5-star Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014. More details and positive reviews you can find on Trip Advisor.

 

Joining the tour

In recent days there are loads of opportunities to book a cheap flight to Bourgas or Varna airports instead of landing at Sofia Airport. We can arrange for you a bus or train ticket to Sofia or Plovdiv, where most of the tours start. Here are some approximate prices for transfers:
By bus: Bourgas or Varna to Sofia – appr. 15 Euro/person one way (appr. 6-7 hrs drive)
By train: Bourgas or Varna to Sofia – appr. 10 Euro/person one way (sleeping compartments +10 Euro). For train schedules please check: http://bdz.creato.biz/en (appr. 7-8 hrs drive)


Birdwatching trip reports from Bulgaria


Winter Birding - Black Sea (February, 2006)

One-day Birding Around Sofia (September, 2006)

Birding Tour To Lake Kerkini, Northern Greece (November, 2006)

Autumn Birding - Bulgaria (August-September, 2007)

Spring Birdwatching Tour in Southern Bulgaria For Raptors (May, 2008)

Spring Birdwatching Tour, Bulgaria (June, 2008)

Wallcreeper Short Birding Break In Southern Bulgaria (May, 2009)

Winter Birdwatching Tour – Red-breasted Geese & More…

winter birdwatching in bulgaria, white-fronted gooseAs pearls on a necklace, the wetlands in Eastern Bulgaria trace the coastal regions of the country, forming a network of hyperhaline shallow lagoons, large lakes and dam-lakes, river mouths and flooded meadows. These are the best places for birdwatching in winter, when huge numbers of waterfowl gather here to spend the worst time of the year. The view of the massive flocks of thousands of gees taking off early in the morning from the wetlands is so spectacular, that can easily warm the birder’s heart even when the outside temperature is freezing.
The main target of a winter tour include: thousands of Red-breasted Geese (being no doubt the highlight of the tour, numbering on average between 10000 and 50000), tens of thousands of White-fronts and single Lesser White-fronted Geese among them; Dalmatian Pelicans; Pygmy Cormorants, White-headed Ducks and a great variety of grebes, herons and egrets, swans, dabbling and diving ducks, gulls, waders and exciting sightings of rare raptors and passerines.

This tour can also be handled with arrivals at Sofia or Bourgas so if you find a cheaper flight to Sofia or Bourgas airport do not hesitate to contact us for a change in the program.

ITINERARY
winter birdwatching holidays in bulgariaDay 1. Welcome meeting at Varna Airport. Transfer to the Northern Black Sea coast and overnight in the area (depending on the snow conditions and the recent location of the biggest concentrations of birds).
Day 2. Early in the morning we will witness for the first time the massive flocks of gees, taking off at dawn, spreading over the fields westwards. As the light will still not be good enough for a thorough check of the flocks we will have to explore during the day the fields inland, where the geese use to graze at daytime. This is the time when checking the smaller flocks we can encounter also rarities like Bewick’s Swan, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Barnacle Goose, Bean Goose etc. In the afternoon we will be checking the wetlands for other waterfowl and seabirds, waiting for the sunset, when the gees will start coming back.
Highlights of the day: Red-breasted goose, White-fronted Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Great Egret, Bittern, Black-throated Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Bewick’s Swan, Red-crested Pochard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Merlin, White-tailed Eagle, Yellow-legged and Pallas’s Gulls, Smew, Sanderling, Knot etc.
winter birdwatching, bulgaria, dalmatian pelicanDay 3. The day will start with exactly the same program. Later in the afternoon we transfer southwards to the town of Bourgas to check the rest wetlands there, that are not good particularly for gees but for other waterfowl. We spend the night in Bourgas.
Days 4 & 5. Birding at the wetlands around Bourgas. The never freezing shallow salt pans are traditional hotspots for watching waders and ducks in winter. We will also make circle around the biggest lake in the area, exploring its coves for more interesting birds.
Highlights of the days: Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Great Egret, Red-breasted goose, White-fronted Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Black-throated Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Bewick’s Swan, Red-crested Pochard, Scaup, White-headed Duck, Smew, Velvet Scoter, White-tailed Eagle, Yellow-legged and Pallas’s Gulls, Sanderling, Knot etc.
winter birding in bulgaria, whooper swanDay 6. Transfer to Varna airport for departure.

EXTENSIONS
Yes, ski holiday in Bansko, Borovets or Pamporovo
Try skiing and snowboarding in the best reosrt in Eastern Europe, or in the sunnuest one or in the oldest one in Bulgaria. in the links above you will find details for hotels, transfers and ski services (ski and snowboard equipment hire, ski and snowboard school, lift passes etc.) in each of the three resorts.

Accommodation: 3-star hotels, en-suite double rooms on bed & breakfast basis
winter birding in bulgaria, red-breasted goose
Group size:
Min. 2

Price:
€ 640 per person for 2 persons; € 520 per person for 4 or more

Single room supplement: € 110

The price includes: transfer from/to Varna airport and throughout the whole journey, English-speaking driver/guide, accommodation and boarding as mentioned, VAT and all local taxes.

book tour in bulgariaThe price does not include: other meals, tips, alcohol drinks, cigarettes and other personal expenses


 

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