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Special Red-breasted Geese Tour, Bulgaria - 5 Days

Special Red-breasted Geese Tour, Bulgaria

Red-breasted Geese Watching Tour

A 5-day Red-breasted Geese Tour which is relaxed paced available on set departure (or on request). Around the Durankulak and Shabla lakes in north-east Bulgaria, between 20,000 and 30,000 Red-breasted Geese can be seen in January and February, making up virtually the whole global population.

It is a flat terrain, and happily the moderate climate, proximity to the sea, nearby winter wheat fields, and two freshwater lakes provide the best circumstances for the species to survive the winter.

You may take in the breathtaking winter concentrations of Red-breasted Geese throughout the course of these three days. You won't find anything like it anyplace else.

We will have enough time to tour the area after your arrival at the airport in Varna. We will witness roughly 80 other species in addition to the Red-breasted Geese.

They will include the Lesser White-fronted Goose, Pygmy Cormorant, Long-legged Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, White-tailed Eagle, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Spotted Eagle, Syrian Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, possibly Great Black-headed Gull, Black and Red-throated Divers, Smew, Eagle Owl, Shag, Calandra Lark, Corn Bunting, etc.

Exploring the area all day. One hour prior to sunrise, our day will begin. We'll be waiting at the lakeside observation area. The birds leave their roosting locations at sunrise. Numerous thousands of  geese will fly over us.

We will drive around and look for the Red-breasted geese feeding areas later in the morning and during the remainder of the day. We shall make an effort to approach the flocks. Of course, we'll explore the area's beaches, woodlands, and steppes in search of more fascinating species.

Alternative Tour Name: Red-breasted Geese Special
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival at Varna Airport, Drive to Shabla for Four Nights Stay.

Arrival at Varna airport. Short transfer to our hotel in to the town of Shabla.

Day 2
Days 2 to 4 - Exploring Durankulak and Shabla Lakes and Kaliakra Steppes.

All day exploring the region. Our day will start hour before sunrise. We will waiting on the watching point close to the lake. In the sunrise time the fly away from the roosting sites. Thousands geese will pass over our heads. Later in the morning and rest of the day we will drive and searching around where are the feeding places of the geese. We will try to be closer to the flocks. Of course, we will visit beach, forests and steppes in the region for another interesting species.

Day 3
Day 5 - Transfer to Varna Airport and Departure

Depend from the flight time, morning session is possible. Transfer to Varna airport. Departure

Wildlife species expected to see:

Birds: Olive-tree, Paddyfield warblers, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Isabelline, Pied wheatears, White-backed Woodpecker, Masked Shrike, Rock Nuthatch, Black-headed Bunting, Levant Sparrowhawk, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Rock Partridge, Hazel Hen, owls, the woodpeckers, raptors, storks, pelicans, waders, passerines, Red-breasted Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican, and Spotted Eagle. Many other raptors, geese, ducks

Mammals: Brown bears, Golden Jackal, Common Otter, Wild Cat, Badger, Suslick

Flora: Primula deorum, Lilium rhodopaeaum, Oxytropis urumovii, Betonica Bulgaria, Pinus peuce, Haberlea rhodopensis, Sideritis cardiac, Aquilegia aurea, Centranthus kellererii, Geum bulgaricum, Viola delphinantha, Early purple orchid, Green-winged Orchid, Common spotted orchid, Fragrant orchid, Early marsh orchid, Red and White helleborine, LadyпїЅs slipper, Violet birdпїЅs-nest orchid, Ghost orchid

What is included?

  • Ground transport
  • Full board
  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Entrance
  • Fees for all nature reserves

What is not included?

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Hard drinks
  • All items of a purely personal nature
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is inlcuded"

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Why should I book with Wild Echo Ltd?

Wild Echo Ltd is a trusted well renowned tour operator in Bulgaria. They started the operation from 2001

Group Size

Our groups are restricted to a maximum of twelve participants plus one or two leaders depending on the particular tour. We reserve the right if the last free place is booked by a couple to include both of them in the group. Thus the maximum number of participants will never exceed thirteen plus leader. Some of the tours are restricted to eight, two or even one person. Our minimum group size is normally four participants. Most of the wildlife photo tours we will run even with only one participant. For only two of our tours пїЅ Bulgaria and the Danube delta in Romania and for the Birds and Culture tour, the minimum party is six.

How The Typical Day Looks Like?

In every itinerary the daily program is given. Depending of the particular tour we are starting in the morning after having breakfast. It is rare that sometimes we first go birdwatching and than back for our breakfast. Within some tours early starting is required, but it is clearly described in the itinerary. Our lunches are sometimes picnics as this proved to be highly appreciated by all of you. Additionally this gives us more time to stay and explore particularly sites. Walking in the tours is generally easy, sometimes moderate walks are necessary in order to reach special places which can reveal rare or difficult to observe species. Following the itinerary, we can be flexible according the group common desires within a single day. This may be a bit early start or late return to our hotel, as well as longer stay on certain place or watching special species. Despite that within some of the tours we will see over 200 bird, of over 100 butterflies species, the tour is not rushing and stressing, but with relaxing schedule. It is forbidden to collect any wild specimen.

Itinerary Changes

Our itineraries are carefully prepared and no changes occur without a serious reason. We reserve the right to change the itinerary upon circumstances which are out of our control i.e. harsh weather, closed roads, not working chair or cabin lifts etc. However, in such a case we will discus the situation with you and the group. We will just offer different options and the final decision will be taken in mutual agreement.


The hotels we use are usually small, mainly family hotels, situated close to the areas we explore. The majority of them are new, reflecting the recent development of the country. Many of them offer excellent home made typical Bulgarian food. All the rooms have their own facilities and bathrooms with hot water. Even when in developed tourist resorts, we do not use larger hotels, as this does not coincide with our view regarding responsible tourism. The basic hotels we use are very few, but they are the only available in the area. Again, the rooms here have their own facilities.

Food And Drinks

The Bulgarian national cuisine is a mixture of mediterranean, continental and oriental cuisine. It is delicious and healthy. Because of the economic situation, agriculture is still largely traditional and therefore mostly organic. Because of this, fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat products are full of flavour. Ready-to-cook food is not popular in Bulgaria, and all the meals are prepared after they have been ordered and served immediately after they are ready. This may result in everybody around the table receiving their food at a slightly different time, but it is worthwhile and the food is excellent. Bulgarian wines also are of very good quality. The very appropriate climate and soils, as well as the long tradition in producing wines, result in several red and white wines typical only of Bulgaria with excellent taste.


For our transfers we use mainly minibuses seating up to nine people. The Bulgarian roads are still not the best, and in some places fast travel is not possible because of the terrain and therefore slow roads. But in any case, all our routes pass through beautiful scenery, and the transfers we make are restricted to a minimum level.

Whats Included In The Price?

We are the ground operator and our tour price includes everything once you arrive in Bulgaria. This includes accommodation, full board plus coffees and refreshments, guides, ground transfers, all entry fees and taxes for natural and cultural sites we visit during the tour, plus 25 EUR donation for nature conservation activities in Bulgaria (please see bellow). For our photo tours, hides and chairs are included. There are no hidden extras. The price excludes airfare, travel insurance, alcohol and all items of a purely personal nature. The price conditions are given for each tour described inside this brochure.

How To Book Your Holiday?

Once you decide which tour you want to book, just let us know sending an e-mail. You will be provided with all the needed information. After you send the deposit, we will send you your tourist voucher where all the tour details are described and thus your place is reserved. The payment of the balance has to be done 45 days before the tour starts. Balance payment for overseas tours outside Europe is due 90 days prior the tour start.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for the tours in Europa: 45 days prior to the tour - 100% of the deposit. 44 - 0 days - 100 % of the tour price. Cancellations for overseas tours: 91 days prior to the tour - 100% of the deposit. 90 - 0 days - 100 % of the tour price.

Tour Alterations

We reserve the right to cancel any tour that donпїЅt have the minimum required number of participants. If so, you will be informed at least two months in advance and your deposit will be reimbursed with now charges.

Passport, Visa And Health Requirements

To enter Bulgaria, a valid passport is required. European citizens, except those from Russia and Turkey, do not need a visa to visit the country. Bulgaria is not a country with dangerous diseases. However, some insects can be a problem, so the usage of an appropriate repellent is recommended if you visit the country in the summer months. Being high in the mountains in the summer months means that sun cream is also essential in order to prevent sun burn.

Tailor - Made Tours And Extensions

In case you want to choose one of our tours but the dates announced, the period end the length does not fit you, or you want to have a shorter, or longer species list, adding more species, we are able to do it for you for nearly every tour we offer. Our team will do our best to comply with your requirements Almost any of the watching and photography tours offered in our tour calendar can be transformed according to your requirements. Our photographic hides can also be used according to your chosen period and after discussing with our team about the best optimal period for photography of species. By choosing to set up a customized tour to tailor-made tour, you need to: • Let us know the exact dates that suit you; • Choose the dates that best suits you (our scheduled tours always run at the “best” time of year but it does not mean that this is the only time of year to travel to a certain destination and many other months offer excellent birding / wildlife watching as well); • Let us know about the other tour participants you will come with. Many of our regular guests travel with their friends and /or family members; • The group size/number of people you would like to be on the tour is your choice; • Share with us about the pace and other features of the tour you prefer; • Do you want to include other subjects beside the wildlife tour – historical and cultural sites. • Choose the accommodation type – luxurious where possible or budget ones. • Looking forward to your requirements and we will do our best to fits them.

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Price & Availability

EUR1,050 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement EUR 110
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Tour Facts

  • Bulgaria
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 11 px
  • 5 Days
  • January to February
  • 14+ Years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Varna Airport
  • Varna Airport