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Herzegovina Birding Spring Tour - 8 Days

Herzegovina Birding Spring Tour

Spring Birdwatching Tour in Herzegovina

This is an 8-day Herzegovina birding tour in Spring (April to June) seeking migrating birds using the Adriatic Flyway.

During this spring birding tour, we will explore the majestic Dinaric Alps, one of Europe's most unexplored mountain ranges where nature is still mostly preserved and intact. These unique Alps offer deep canyons, crystal-clear streams, alpine meadows, high altitude woodlands, steep valleys, gorges and green mountain lakes characterise this unique area and showcasing a wide variety of habitats.

This birdwatching tour in Herzegovina is located in the southern region in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  A unique area with wonderful limestone landscapes, lots of birds, but only a handful of serious birdwatchers. It is pretty much unexplored so when you are birding, you don’t bump into hordes of birdwatchers, which makes it an attractive destination! This is why Herzegovina is such a wonderful destination for nature lovers.

Key locations within the itinerary are just 30 minutes away by car, from our base in the city of Mostar. This Herzegovina birding trip is run at a relaxed and comfortable walking pace which allows more time for photography and detailed observation of birds and other wildlife we see on the way.

Tour highlights include:

  • Staying in the beautiful and historic city of Mostar conveniently located in the centre of Herzegovina region
  • Exploring the majestic Dinaric Alps showcasing deep canyons, crystal-clear streams, alpine meadows, high altitude woodlands, steep valleys, gorges and green mountain lakes
  • Visit the Podvelezje region where the villagers insist on preserving the old way of life and live at one with nature
  • Travel along the Neretva river from Mostar all the way to its end in the Adriatic Sea where it creates beautiful wetlands
  • Visit the Hutovo Blato Nature Park, a sub‐Mediterranean wetland oasis, located 20 km from the Adriatic Sea
  • Mostarsko Blato karst field visit, important migrating birds stopover
Alternative Tour Name: Wild Herzegovina Spring Birdwatching Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrive at Dubrovnik airport, Karst fields (Part I)

With seasonally flooded land, alluvial forest, seasonal marshes, pools and permanent streams, karst fields provide important stop-over for migrating birds using the Adriatic Flyway. In Southeastern Europe, large agricultural basins surrounded by dry mountains fill up at regular intervals with water and become huge water lands.

There are around 140 such karst fields in the Dinaric region, stretching from Slovenia to Albania. Until recently little was known about this route but today we know that in fact millions of birds fly twice-yearly along this migration route between their breeding grounds and their wintering places.

The Mediterranean and the Dinaric Alps represent major hurdles they have to overcome on their way. They can only survive if there are safe, intact resting places on their route - karst fields. On our first day, we will explore Popovo Polje karst field, and slowly birdwatching on our way to Mostar.

We will be greeted with glorious blasts of Nightingale song. We will look for Sombre Tit, Black-headed Bunting, Black-eared Wheatear, Turtle Dove, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Cirl Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush, Golden Oriole, Corn Bunting, Woodchat Shrike, Wryneck etc...

Day 2
Day 2 - Dinaric Alps (Part I)

Deep canyons, crystal-clear streams, alpine meadows, high altitude woodlands, steep valleys, gorges and green mountain lakes characterize this area - these are the majestic Dinaric Alps, one of Europe's most unexplored mountain ranges where nature is still mostly preserved and intact.

The long chain of the Dinaric Alps, stretches from northwest Croatia through the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina and into Montenegro, finishing on the Albanian border. Herzegovina and eastern Bosnia host the highest and wildest of this mountain range. We will visit Blidinje Nature Park nestled between two mountains on 1100 m. above sea level.

Species to see Rock Partridge, Golden Eagle, Goshawk, Crested Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, Rock Thrush, Ring Ouzel, Short-toed Eagle, Nutcracker, Crossbill, Rock Bunting, Honey Buzzard etc...

Day 3
Day 3 - Subalpine & Mediterranean Karst

Today we will visit Podvelezje region which is unique because the villagers insist on preserving the old way of life, and live at one with nature. Situated at 700 m. above sea level in central Herzegovina, the Podveležje Plateau rests in between the towering peaks of Velez Mountain and city of Mostar.

The plateau is vast (stretches over 20 kilometres north to south), isolated, wild and beautiful. For centuries it has been home to highland shepherds and a traditional way of life. The landscape is harsh, arid and seemingly barren karst dotted with small forests of beech and oak trees.

Species to see: Rock Partridge, Easter Orphean Warbler, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, hawfinch, Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Gray Shrike, Levant Sparrowhawk, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Cirl Bunting, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Turtle Dove, Crag Martin, Alpine Swift, Pallid Swift, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Rock Nuthatch etc...

Day 4
Day 4 - Neretva Delta

Today we will travel along the Neretva river from Mostar all the way to its end in the Adriatic Sea where it creates beautiful wetlands. The eight arms of the delta of the river Neretva form a pattern like a huge bird's foot. And delta lakes, fed by underground springs, narrow river valleys, forests of reeds, lagoons, lush common land pastures, sand banks, riparian forests and river branches covered in aquatic plants create a veritable bird paradise.

Reclaimed land is covered by broad arable fields with a well-developed network of irrigation channels which slowly transformed into an excellent natural habitat.

Species to see include Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Pygmy Cormorant, Pied Avocet, Spoonbill, Western Yellow Wagtail (race feldegg), Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, Little Bittern, Kentish Plover, Squacco Heron, Sardinian Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Spotted Redshank, Colared Pratincole etc...

Day 5
Day 5 - Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Hutovo Blato Nature Park is sub‐Mediterranean wetland oasis, located 20 km from the Adriatic Sea in the karst terrain along the lower course of the Neretva River. It is primarily composed of marshlands that were created by the underground aquifer system of the Krupa River. Hutovo Blato Nature Park is part of the Neretva Delta and one of the most valuable habitats for migratory birds and waterbirds in Europe.

Accordingly, it is protected as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Hutovo Blato Nature Park is a crucially important stop-over site especially for those birds using the Adriatic Flyway to migrate between their summer and their winter habitats. It provides a unique oasis amongst the harsh arid karst of Herzegovina.

Species to see include Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Squacco Heron, Western Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Little Bittern, Great Reed Warbler, Moustached warbler, Golden Oriole, Black-necked Grebe, Red-crested Pochard, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle, Penduline Tit, Wryneck, Bee-eater, Wood sandpiper, Glossy Ibis, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Tern, Black tern, Purple Heron, Marsh Harrier, Black Woodpecker, Red-footed Falcon etc...

Day 6
Day 6 - Karst Fields (Part II)

Today we will visit Mostarsko Blato karst field, an important stop-over for migrating birds.

Species to see: Melodious Warbler, Montagu's Harrier, Short-toed Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Turtle Dove, Glossy Ibis, Black-eared Wheatear, Long-legged Buzzard, Dipper, Red-backed Shrike, Whinchat, Black-tailed Godwit, Spoonbill, Common Crane, White Stork etc...

Day 7
Day 7 - Dinaric Alps (Part II)

Today we will visit mount Prenj near Mostar.

Species to see include: Ortolan Bunting, Rock Bunting, Nuthatch, Crested Tit, Sombre Tit, Barred Warbler, Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Treecreeper, Hawfinch, Rock Thrush, Alpine Chough, Black Redstart, Rock Bunting, Rock Partridge, Woodlark, Lesser Grey Shrike, Firecrest, Bulfinch, Mistle Thrush etc...

Day 8
Day 8 - Mostar to Dubrovnik & Departure

Leaving Mostar early in the morning, in good time to catch a return flight home.

Rock Partridge, Rock Bunting, Wryneck, Golden Oriole, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Black-headed Bunting, Bee-eater, Melodious Warbler, Red-footed Falcon, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Pygmy Cormorant, Western Rock Nuthatch, Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Montagu’s Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard, Ferruginous Duck, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Collared Pratincole, Levant Sparrowhawk, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Tern, Turtle Dove, Hoopoe ,Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker ,Syrian Spotted Woodpecker ,Black Woodpecker, Greater Short-toed Lark ,Red-rumped Swallow ,Tawny Pipit, Nightingale, Black-eared Wheatear, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Crested Tit
Sombre Tit, Penduline Tit, Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Nutcracker, Alpine Chough, Spanish Sparrow, Crossbill, Ortolan Bunting, Corn Bunting, Cirl Bunting

What is included?

  • Transfers to and from Dubrovnik airport
  • Breakfast, snacks & bottled water, 3 course lunch and dinner with drink in local restaurants
  • 3 star en-suite accommodation
  • A single person supplement is not charged, single travellers are not expected to share a room
  • Guide services
  • Daily transportation
  • Nature park entrance fees
  • There is no minimum number of people required and your holiday is guaranteed to go ahead no matter what size of group

What is not included?

  • Air fares to/from Dubrovnik (£80-£100 return if booked early)
  • Food beyond those outlined in the above section
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Binoculars, field guides etc...
  • Items of personal nature

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What payment protection do I have if I book a Wild Herzegovina birdwatching holiday?

Wild Herz Ltd is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with "The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018" all passengers booking with Wild Herz Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Wild Herz Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens through Zurich Insurance PLC. Claims: In the unlikely event of Insolvency, you must Inform Towergate Chapman Stevens immediately on +44 (0) 1932 334140 or by email at tcs@towergate.co.uk . Please ensure you retain the booking confirmation as evidence of cover and value. Policy exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid for Travel Insurance or any claim relating to Air Flights. If you have booked flights as part of your travel, you should ensure that the company with which you booked the flights has the appropriate CAA/ATOL bonds in place.

Is Wild Herz Ltd UK based company?

Yes. Company number: 11426383 Registered address: 145 Marathon House, 33 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0GF

Do I need a Visa?

Visas are not required. Passport holders travelling to Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel six months beyond the date of return.

Do Wild Herzegovina book flights?

Wild Herzegovina does not have an Air Travel Organiser's Licence, therefore we are unable to book flights for our customers. You should book your own flight to Dubrovnik.

When should I purchase my airline ticket?

We always encourage everyone to book their flights as soon as possible. Many airlines tend to increase their fare as the plane fills up and early reservations are usually rewarded with the lowest fares.

Should I take out travel insurance?

We expect all tour participants to have comprehensive travel insurance covering any medical situation, hospitalisation, cancellation and loss of your baggage.

What weather & temperatures/conditions should I expect?

The climate is Mediterranean in the small stretch of plain near the sea (see Mostar), it is colder and more continental in Dinaric Alps, mainly because of altitude. The temperatures in spring are usually warm and pleasant.

Where do we meet the guide?

You will meet the guide at Dubrovnik airport.

I am a single traveller - do I have to share a room with someone?

No, you are not expected to share your room with anyone and we don't charge single supplements.

Does Wild Herzegovina cater for special diets?

Yes. We need to be told in advance and we will do our best to cater for all your dietary needs.

How fit will I need to be and what is the pace of the tour?

A moderate level of fitness is required. The tour consists of very easy walking and relaxed-paced birdwatching on relatively flat terrain. We will never be too far away from our vehicle.

What is your smoking policy on tour?

Wild Herzegovina operates a no smoking policy when in the company of other members of the group, in the booked accommodation and vehicles.

What is the local currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

The currency used in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Convertible Mark (BAM). You can withdraw the local currency from any cashpoint in Mostar. Euros are also widely accepted.

Do you organise private tours?

Yes. Wild Herzegovina can organise a customized private tour for individuals, families, special interest groups, birding and wildlife clubs, as well as other tour operators.

Does Wild Herzegovina look at other wildlife?

We're enjoying whatever other wildlife we encounter (butterflies, dragonflies, orchids) though birds are our main focus and area of expertise.

How to get there?

To participate in Wild Herzegovina birdwatching holiday you will need to book flights from one of the UK airports to Dubrovnik. - There are 11 direct flights to Dubrovnik from UK and Irish airports arriving every Sunday morning in a space of 2 hours (from 09:35am to 11:40am) - Please book flight that arrives before 11:45am. - All tours are from Sunday to Sunday. - Meeting place is at Dubrovnik airport arrivals. GATWICK AIRPORT - British Airways - Departing from Gatwick on Sundays at 06:40 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 10:30 - Easyjet - Departing from Gatwick on Sundays at 05:55 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 09:35 - TUI - Departing from Gatwick on Sundays at 06:05 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 09:40 STANSTED AIRPORT - Easyjet - Departing from Stansted on Sundays at 06:25 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 10:15 BRISTOL AIRPORT - TUI - Departing from Bristol on Sundays at 06:00 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 09:45 EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT - Jet2 - Departing from East Midlands on Sundays at 06:45 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 10:45 EDINBURGH AIRPORT - Jet2 - Departing from Edinburgh on Sundays at 07:20 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 11:40 NEWCASTLE AIRPORT - Jet2 - Departing from Newcastle on Sundays at 06:30 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 10:40 MANCHESTER AIRPORT - TUI - Departing from Manchester on Sundays at 06:00 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 09:55 BELFAST AIRPORT - Easyjet - Departing from Belfast on Sundays at 07:00 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 11:20 DUBLIN AIRPORT - Air Lingus - Departing from Dublin on Sundays at 07:00 & arriving in Dubrovnik at 11:25

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8 Days

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This tour is operated by: Wild Herzegovina

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Tour Facts

  • Herzegovina
  • Set Departure
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1-12
  • 8 days
  • April-June
  • Leisurely
  • + 18 years
  • No
  • English
  • Dubrovnik Airport - Croatia
  • Dubrovnik Airport - Croatia