Birdwatching in Vitosha Nature Park

Highlights

  • Birdwatch in the first Nature Park on the Balkans
  • Explore different habitats from mix decidious forests to pristine alpine grasslands
  • Enjoy fabulous views of Sofia, different rock formations and open grasslands

tour logistics

Hotel pick-up: 7:30
Tour length: 5-6 hrs; transfer time 1.5-2 hrs.

tour description

This is a very tough birding program, requiring rather early start from Sofia (around 5 a.m..) and then some 3,30hrs drive to the heart of Rodopi Mountains and Trigrad Gorge, which is probably the most famous spot for watching Wallcreepers in Europe. We have to face the 250m high cliffs around 08.30 in order to be ready on time for the most active part of the day, when birds start to move in search of insects. If we have a successful morning we can make visits to some of the local caves – Yagodina cave (considered to be the most beautiful one in Bulgaria) or The Devil’s Throat cave (housing one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe). Alternatively on the way back we can stop at Besaparski Hills to explore the steppe slopes for interesting raptors (Eastern Imperial Eagle among them) and passerines. Consider arrival in Sofia late in the evening – very tired but totally satisfied if the weather is good.
Expected highlights in summer (May-August): Wallcreeper, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Saker Falcon, Black-headed Bunting, Isabelline Wheatear, Bee-eater, Calandra Lark, Short-toed Lark, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin etc

prices:

1 person – 115 Euro; 2-3 persons – 65 Euro/person

What's included:

  • English speaking guide throughtout the tour
  • Private transfers
  • Pick-up/drop off from your accommodation in Sofia
  • Spotting scope

What's not included:

  • Meals and beverages
  • Tips

Please note:

Walking on dirty roads and paths; moderate uphill hiking; sunscreen lotion and sun hat in summer; light hiking boots; lightweight jacket; rain jacket; long trousers; lunch pack and a bottle of water (possibility to buy food and water in the huts);

For inquiries and booking please contact us at: info@traventuria.com or phone us at: +359 2 489 08 84