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Spring Bear & Birding Tour Slovenia - 7 Days

Spring Bear & Birding Tour Slovenia

Bear and Birdwatching Tour in Slovenia

In this 7-days bear tour Slovenia which is leisurely paced available on request where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst, there is Slovenia. This small green country extends in an area of 20,273 km2. Slovenia is one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world. According to the Good Country Index, Slovenia ranks fourth among 154 countries in terms of its positive contribution to the planet and the climate. It boasts vast forests, rich biodiversity, numerous protected areas and parks, exceptional water wealth, and high-quality drinking water.

In Slovenia you will be surrounded by greenery at every step- nearly 60% of Slovenia's surface is covered by forests. We are particularly attentive to our natural environment due to its rich flora and fauna. This is also the reason why as much as 13% of Slovenia’s territory is protected. We have one national park, three regional parks, 34 landscape parks, 66 nature reserves, and more than 1200 natural monuments are just some of the reasons for you to come on a unique Photo trip.

The Slovenia spring tour is the best combination of Slovenia’s Wildlife and Birding Tours. Nature in Slovenia starts waking up, birds are nesting and bears are coming out of hibernation. We are offering a unique tour, where you can enjoy a great combination of rare species in a small area. You will not need to travel a lot to catch such a diversity of species in front of your lens. With us, you can experience, visit, feel or taste something new and unique every day of the year! We are a country of unique experiences, free from mass tourism.

Spring Bear & Birding Tour Slovenia Highlights include:

  • Photos of Brown Bear, Fox, Chamois, Dipper, Pygmy Owl, Black Grouse, Little Bittern, Little Crake, Great-crested Grebe;
  • Unique Slovenian Landscape From the Alpine world to the Mediterranean sea and Pannonian lowlands;
  • Slovenia is the best nesting place for lots of endangered bird species, such as; Black Grouse, Baillons Crake, Wallcreeper, Rock Thrush, Ural Owl;
  • Slovenia is known as a green destination. It is covered in 60% by forest, which is a great environment for animals.

Slovenia is on the path to becoming a top culinary destination.

Are you also a keen photographer? This special tour might be just what you are looking for Slovenia Bears & Owls Photo Tour

Alternative Tour Name: Spring Bear & Birding Tour Slovenia
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

The tour will start in the unspoiled nature of forests in Loški Potok. There, all the photo enthusiasts and adventurers can catch a sight of the brown bears and foxes and create their own new photo collections. You will arrive to the spot in mid-day around 2:00 PM. This means that you will start your tour with a late lunch and prepare yourself for a first photo session. A photo session with a bear and/or fox it for most of us a very special experience. The day will wrap up with a local dinner.

Day 2
Day 2 - Bear Photo & Cross Cave

After breakfast we will go to visit a Cross Cave, also named Cold Cave under Cross Mountain. This is a cave in Slovenia's Lož Valley. The cave is named after the nearby Holy Cross Church in Podlož. The cave is particularly well known for its chain of over 45 subterranean lakes of emerald green water. This will be a perfect time for some landscape photography. The afternoon is reserved for bear photography.

Day 3
Day 3 - Bear Photo & Lake Cerknica

On the last day in this region our focus in morning will be on bird photography around Lake Cerknica. This is an intermittent lake in the southern part of the Cerknica Polje, a karst field in Inner Carniola, a region in southwestern Slovenia. The lake is an important wildlife resort, especially as a nesting place for many bird species. Botanically, it is distinguished by amphibious plants. It is therefore a part of two Natura 2000 areas of protection. We will finish the day with a bear photography session in the afternoon.

Day 4
Day 4 - Pohorje Plateu Birding Tour

You will be moving towards eastern Slovenia. On your way from Loški Potok to Ormož you will stop in Rače, which a 2 hour ride away from Loški Potok. Your day will be start with an early breakfast at 6:00 AM. Your day will be mostly about birds. Our birding tour around the Pohorje plateau will bring you some great species, such as the Pygmy owl, Three-toed Woodpecker, Nutcracker, Crossbill, Ring Ouzel, Black Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker. The all-day photo tour will wrap up in Ormož, our final destination.

Day 5
Days 5 & 6 - Ormoz Birds & Vine Tour

Ormož in the Ljutomer region is also known as one of the best gastronomic regions. Winemaking has been around this north-eastern part of Slovenia long before the Romans arrived. The wine-growing country of the Ljutomer-Ormož Hills has always offered ideal conditions for the production of white wines. Some rare species found their peace here in between the vineyards. This special place and spectacular landscape will be offering you great photo opportunities across two days. Among the main species we might see on the first day (day 5) we will be the Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Common Cuckoo, Green woodpecker and Kingfisher. On the next day (day 6) you will be most of the time in Ormož Basins, a 135-acre wetland of anthropogenic origin lies within the Drava River ecosystem by the Ormož Lake. It consists of shallow pools with reeds and rushes, surrounded by a flooded forest, a rare reminder of extensive riparian forests in Slovenia. The wetland is of exceptional national and international significance for many endangered bird species. Bird species for photo sessions are; the Little Bittern, Great Reed Warbler, Reed Warbler, Night Heron.

As it is common in Ormož area we will organize a wine tasting for you. On day 5 you will have an after-dinner wine tasting of local vine produce by the owner of the accommodation, where you will be staying for three days.

Day 6
Day 7 - Last Day

Your Slovenian experience will wrap up in Ormož with a morning bird photo session and traditional Slovenian lunch. We advise you that you book a late afternoon or night flight, so that you will have enough time to drive to the airport. All three airports are 2 and half hour drive away from Ormož.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Brown Bear, Fox, Chamois, Ibex, Baillons Crake, Wallcreeper, Rock Thrush, Ural Owl Black Stork, Little Bittern, Great Bittern, Night Heron, Great White Egret, White-tailed Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Goshawk, Little Crake, Spotted Crake, Ferruginous Duck, Garganey, Pygmy Owl, Tengmalm’s Owl, Long-eared Owl, Savi’s Warbler, River Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Collared Flycatcher, Dipper, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck, Kingfisher, Ring Ouzel, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Black Grouse, Capercaillie.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional [English or bi-lingual] guide(s) and support staff, or
  • Local transfers
  • All meals
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares, or
  • All flights unless otherwise indicated
  • Transport from Airport to accommodation site
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature or,
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes then add within above
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional trip/tour/safari extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Spring Bear & Birding Tour Slovenia?

Slovenia is small but perfectly formed, encompassing different environments within its borders. In a relatively small area, you can find wildlife from the Alpine, Mediterranean, Karstic and Pannonian world, and photograph them. Pristine and preserved nature offers an abundance of animal species, including some that are rare and endangered. In a week you could have great Bear & Bird tour. Slovenia is still an undiscovered diamond for photography.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

We offer 3* + accommodations. We work with skoda superb, vw Caravela & Dacia Duster Include accommodation standard (e.g. 3 star, ecolodges, tented, etc) All our accommodations are right next to our hides, close to nature, forest. We do have high standards.

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

Tour leader is always free if the group is more than 3 person. So 3 + guide/leader.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

We do offer single supplement. It is an additional cost.

Do you include meals?

Yes we do up to the full board.

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7 Days

Price & Availability

EUR1,885 / per person
Based on twin/double room
This tour is operated by: Fotonatur Slovenia
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Tour Facts

  • Eastern Slovenia
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 8 pax
  • 7 Days
  • May & June
  • 18+
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English
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