Day 1: A rather long but necessary and hopefully, very interesting transfer to the Black sea coast awaits us. On the way we will stop at many places to watch local and migrating birds. Likely encounters are Lesser Spotted, Booted, Short-toed Eagles, the four European species of Harriers, Red-footed and Peregrine Falcons, Hobbies, Black Storks, White Storks, Syrian Woodpeckers, etc. In the late afternoon we arrive at the sea shore. Accommodation at the local hotel for three nights. Includes: (D).
Day 2: A trip to a lake and its surroundings. This is the best place in Europe for watching large migrating birds: Raptors, Pelicans, Storks It is also one of the best places for watching song birds and waders. We shall witness spectacular sights to remember for life: tens of thousands of Pipits, Wagtails, Larks, thousands of Pelicans, Honey Buzzards and Buzzards, Lesser Spotted Eagles. Hundreds of Red-footed Falcons, Kestrels, Levant Sparrowhawks, a lot of Short-toed Eagles, Booted Eagles and if we have a good luck - the rarest of the European raptors like Pallid Harrier, Saker, Steppe Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: All day long we will be in similar area, lakes with extensive reed-beds on their lakesides. There are flooded meadows, marshes, low hills, and oak forests in surrounding countryside. These diverse habitats make this region one of the best in Europe for wetland and other species of birds. Species of birds likely to be seen there: same as on day 2. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: A transfer to the next main stop for the trip. We'll have a break for a lunch at forest restaurant. On the hills on the upper side of the road there are beautiful oak forests. Interesting birds to spot are: Great Spotted, Middle Spotted, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Green and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, Black Woodpecker, Short-toed Treecreeper. Arrival and accommodation at the local hotel for 3 nights. This hotel is on the outskirts of a small town, perched on a hill overlooking the sea. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Today we visit the sea shore. The steppe along it, is the southernmost outreach of the real East-European steppe. As far as the eye can see there is only steppe interspersed here and there with shrubs and small stunted trees. The steppe is cut by unexpectedly deep valleys. The coast is rocky, with abrupt white and reddish-orange cliffs falling away from over 200m into the clear bluish-green depths of the sea below. Interesting bird species to watch there: White Pelicans, Black Storks, Lesser Spotted, Booted, Short-toed Eagles, the four species of European Harriers, Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcons. Thousands of small birds. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: A trip to the local lake and the surrounding area. A large sandy beach separates the lake from the sea. The lake with its extensive reed-beds and open water is one of the most important wetlands for migrating and breeding birds. Interesting bird species to watch: same as in day 5. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Transfer to the Balkan mountain and accommodation at hotel. The hotel is built in the Bulgarian national architectural tradition of the 19th century, and is surrounded by old broad-leaved forests. Besides watching local birds like Dipper, Syrian and Great Spotted Woodpeckers we can also get acquainted with old Bulgarian architecture, crafts and traditions and buy some typical Bulgarian souvenirs. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: After breakfast we take a trip to the nearby monastery which is at approximately 1000 m above sea level. Beautiful deciduous forests offer the last chance to see Middle Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers, Sombre Tit and some other species on this tour. In an hour or so of birdwatching, transfer to Sofia and departure follow. Includes: (B).
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