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Bulgaria Birding Wallcreeper & Vultures Tour - 8 Days

Bulgaria Birding Wallcreeper & Vultures Tour
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Wallcreeper & Vultures Birdwatching Tour in Bulgaria

This is an 8-day Bulgaria Birding Wallcreeper & Vultures Tour set in the mythical Rodopi Mountains.

Rodopi is the mountain where the mythical Orpheus was born, and where his music made even the most ferocious forest beasts, bears and wolves, to freeze to their place and listen to it. We are going to visit the places where this ancient Thracian god looked for his beloved Eurydice as the legend has it. The last archaeological findings, namely the discovery of the ancient Thracian rock city of Perperikon indicates that Rodopi Mountains was the cradle of Thracian civilization, one of the most ancient in the world.

Along with these priceless archaeological treasures, Rodopi Mountains possess a unique nature abounding in rare and endemic species of plants and animals. The area is often considered for Bulgaria birding experience as the best place in Europe to watch large birds of prey as on this tour we will have the unique chance to observe the three of the four possible species of vultures in Europe (Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vultures, and  Eurasian Black (or Cinereous) Vulture). The Rhodopes are also considered as one of the most accessible places in Europe to see the marvelous Wallcreeper which reminds an enormous butterfly in flight.

Alternative Tour Name: Wallcreeper & Vultures Birdwatching Tour in Bulgaria
Day 1
Day 1 - Landing in Soifa Airport and Transfer to Rhodope Mountains

Landing at Sofia airport and transfer to Rodopi mountain . Accommodation at the family guest house in local village for 2 nights. Along the road we will have a few stops with good opportunities to spot Rock Bunting ,White Stork, Honey Buzzard, Hoopoe, Syrian Woodpecker, Red-backed Shrike etc.

Day 2
Day 2 - Magnificent Trigrad Gorge

After the breakfast, we'll visit a magnificent gorge. The first things that impresses the visitor is the huge cliffs towering above and the deep rocky valley, where the meandering of Trigrad river can hardly be seen. Strange trees of a local subspecies of Black Pine (Pinus nigra) grow right out of the rocks where there is no soil for their roots. All the time while we are there we cannot help but stand in awe before nature’s grandeur. Unfortunately, this is only a poor and sketchy description of this extraordinary place with its caverns and the rumble of its waterfalls. One can hardly imagine the gorge beauty if one does not see it with one's own eyes. This exceptionally beautiful area is 1200 m above sea level.

Welcome to the land of the wallcreeper. This is simply the best and the most accessible place in Europe or maybe in the world to see this marvellous bird which reminds an enormous butterfly in flight. Lunch at the local mountain hut, with possibilities to taste the local trout. Other possible birds for the day : Black, Grey headed, Great Spotted woodpeckers, Alpine and Pallid swifts, Red-rumped Swallow , Crag martin, Peregrine, Nutcracker, Hobby etc.

Day 3
Day 3 - Transfer to Eastern Rhodope Mountains

After breakfast we will travel to Eastern Rodopi mountain. The road is not long but it’s very “slow”, because we are in the Rodopi Mountains. You will notice with amazement how kilometer after kilometer the mountain changes, the coniferous forests are replaced by mixed ones and afterwards by pure deciduous stands, and the trees become smaller and stunted.

Then come the shrubs followed by bare rocky hills and finally the huge cliffs. The world of the large birds of prey lies before us. Accommodation for 5 nights at local hotel in Krumovgrad town. There are good opportunities to watch Black and White Storks, Spanish Sparrow, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow , Scops Owl

Day 4
Day 4 - Volcanic area of Studen Kladenetz village

We’ll visit different sites in the region of Krumovgrad town. Rocky gorges , small woods and shrubs , river beds . The area is of ancient volcanic origin with stony ground, huge rocks scattered around, small stunted shrubs and almost complete lack of wild-growing mature trees.

This part of the Rodopi Mountains is well known as one of Europe’s most important regions for birds of prey. We will spend all four days birdwatching around and hopefully will see Golden, Imperial, Booted, Lesser spotted and Short-toed Eagles, Long-legged Buzzard, Black, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures and many species of smaller birds like Pallid Swift, Rock Nuthatch, Rock and Blue Rock Thrushes, Roller, Bee-eater, Red-rumped Swallow, Lesser Grey, Masked, Red-backed and Woodchat Shrikes, Sombre Tit, Cirl-, Black-headed- and Ortolan Buntings, Barred-, Subalpine-, Sardinian- and Orphean Warblers. Dinners and overnights in Krumovgrad town hotel. Packed lunch for all days.

Day 5
Day 5 - Madzharovo area and its surroundings

Today we’ll visit the town of Madzharovo and its surroundings, and the area along the Arda River valley. This place differs somewhat from the one visited the previous day as there is more greenery and small deciduous woods where the oak trees dominate (though the huge basalt cliffs still surround us) As species we hope to observe what we have missed from the previous day key species as well as: Egyptian, Griffon, and Black vultures & Long-legged buzzard.

Day 6
Days 6 & 7 - Eastern Rhodopes area

On the next two days we will visit same and some new places in the area for searching of missing species from the previous two days. Also it is possible to combine a birding day with a visit to some of the most prominent and mystical places, near the area, related with the Thracian civilization, one of the oldest in the world!

One of these places is the ancient town of Perperikon. The medieval archaeological complex Perperikon is one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks. The megalith village of Perperikon is dated 8000 BC. and during the Thracian civilization the town was probably a royal residence for the Thracian tribe Bessie. It is believed that the world famous temple of Dionysius is located within the town.

The latest archaeological research show clearly that the temple was located exactly in Perperikon and according to the legends, two crucial prophecies were made from the altar of this temple. The first one predicted great conquest of the world and glory for Alexander the Macedonian, and the second, made a several centuries later, predetermined the power and strength for the first Roman Emperor – Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus.

Day 8
Day 8 - Transfer to Sofia and Departure

After an early breakfast we travel to Sofia town, where our tour is over.

Wildlife species expected to see: 

Rock Bunting ,White Stork, Honey Buzzard, Hoopoe, Syrian Woodpecker, Red-backed Shrike, Wallcreeper Black, Grey headed, Great Spotted woodpeckers. Alpine and Pallid swifts, Red rumped swallow , Crag martin , Peregrine, Nutcracker, Hobby, Black and White Storks, Spanish Sparrow, Lesser Grey Shrike, Scops Owl. Golden, Imperial, Booted, Lesser spotted and Short-toed Eagles. Long-legged Buzzard. Black, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures and many species of smaller birds like Pallid Swift, Rock Nuthatch, Rock and Blue Rock Thrushes, Roller, Bee-eater.  Lesser Grey, Masked, and Woodchat Shrikes. Sombre Tit, Cirl- Black-headed- and Ortolan Buntings, Barred-, Subalpine-, Sardinian- and Orphean Warblers.

What is included?

  • All the ground transport
  • FB – full board with packed lunches, where is necessary
  • Accommodation in hotels and guest houses
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Water when we are out in the fields
  • All the taxes for reserves
  • Airport pickup
  • Airport drop-off

What is not included?

  • Insurance
  • Airfare to/from departure/landing airport
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • All the items of personal nature
  • A single person supplement
  • Tips
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Helga
    Helga Pomrenke27 Nov 2020
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    We had wonderful bird watching, very good accommodations and tasty food. Unfortunately, the wall creeper did not show up, but the imperial eagle came into view several times. Birds, insects, flowers and the history of Bulgaria were explained to us with a lot of specialist knowledge. An all-round successful tour. Thank you very much Helga

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Why book with Pandion Wild Tours Ltd?

Pandion Wild Tours is the oldest Bulgarian company organizing wildlife holidays. We are state licensed tour operator with national license № PK-01-7122. We work as a ground agent for Bulgaria with one of the biggest European companies offering wildlife holidays. All our guides are professionals in their field with long year experience. We work in close relation with the local communities in every certain area of our tours in the country, our accommodation is mainly in small family hotels and guest houses thus contributing to the sustainable development of our wildlife tourism and contributing to the conservation of our biodiversity.

Walking during the tour?

All walks during the tour are easy and of about 2 to 3 km per day.

What will be the weather like?

Daily temperatures are almost always above 18C. Rainfalls possible, but as a whole it is a fair, sunny and steady weather. Depressions occur very rarely and then temperatures fall down to 8-10C.

Clothing

Clothes appropriate for the season, wind-proof jackets and a pair of good walking shoes. Yet bear in mind the there is a possibility of the temperatures in late spring to fall. It wouldn't be bad to take your sunglasses and even a hat.

Does Pandion Wild Tours cater for special diets?

Yes, we had so far a lot of tourists with special dietary requirements. If we are told in advance there is no problem to organize your requirements.

Where do we meet the guide for our tour?

Your guide will be waiting for your at your arrival airport for the tour.

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Tour Facts

  • Bulgaria
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 - 8 pax
  • 8 Days
  • May to mid-July
  • English
  • Sofia Airport, Bulgaria
  • Sofia Airport, Bulgaria