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Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear



Brown bear conservation project in the remote Rodopi Mountains

8 Days
Next Departure
Starting at
± USD 1,677.00
Price per day
± USD 210.00

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Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear
Travel Style
Small Group Tour with More Flexibility
Group Size
5 - 12
Age Group
16 - 99 Years


Brown bear conservation project in the remote Rodopi Mountains

Day 1.
Start Sofia Airport. Transfer To The Village Of Yagodina In The Remote Rodopi Mountains.
Day 2.
Visit The Caves At Yagodinska Peshtera. Circular Bear Tracking Walk In The Forests Above Yagodina; Evening Visit To Bear Hide.
Day 3.
Circular Bear Tracking Walk Through Forests And Meadows; Evening Visit Bear Hide.
Day 4.
Panoramic Walk In Rugged And Rocky Karst Terrain, Rich In Birds, Butterflies And Orchids.
Day 5.
Bear Tracking Walk Through A Mosaic Of Bear Habitats In The Mountains South Of Yagodina; Evening Visit Bear Hide.
Day 6.
Circular Bear Tracking Walk Through Remote Carnivore Habitat. 
Day 7.
Forest And Riverside Walk In Search Of Orchids, Butterflies, Reptiles And Amphibians; Transfer To Sofia.
Day 8.
End Sofia.



Spend a week in the Rodopi Mountains discovering the realm of the Brown bear. Joined by European Brown bear expert Julian Perry, this holiday gives a unique insight into the behaviour and ecology of these most iconic yet secretive carnivores.During the course of the week we take daily hikes through the heart of prime Brown bear habitat, recording tracks, scats and other signs of bear activity as part of an on-going Brown bear conservation project.On two evenings there will be the chance to visit a specially constructed bear watching hide from where there are good opportunities to see some of the bears whose activity we have been monitoring during our days in the mountains. In addition, we will also be collecting and collating images from several camera traps that will be set up in the surrounding forests.By the end of this holiday we hope you will not only have seen Brown bears in the wild but also have an understanding and appreciation of the fascinating way of life of these mysterious and often misunderstood animals.



  • * Become directly involved in a Brown bear conservation project
    * Informative daily bear tracking walks
    * Two visits to a hide for wild Brown bear observation
    * Elusive mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and rare orchids
    * Remote landscapes in the Rodopi Mountains
    * Delicious traditional local cuisine

  • Included in Price

    • Hotel ‘Yagodina’ is renowned for its delicious traditional local cuisine,
      offering generous sized servings of hearty, healthy food, much of it made
      from home-produced or locally sourced products. Typical meals whilst in the
      mountains will comprise of:

      Breakfast: tea, coffee and milk, with bread, jam, honey and cheese,
      supplemented in Yagodina by fresh home-made yoghurt and traditional local
      specialities such as thick pancakes known as 'katmi' and a rice-based dish
      called 'rodopski klin'.

      Lunch: picnic lunches will be eaten in the mountains and typically comprise
      bread, cheese, salami, salad, a chocolate bar and fruit. Many guests also
      like to take with them an extra portion of the local speciality that was
      served up for them at breakfast.

      Dinner: will be taken in our hotel restaurant, and will normally include
      three courses comprising either a salad or vegetarian soup, followed by a
      main course, and a dessert of fruit, ice cream, or cake/pudding. The cuisine
      reflects a mixture of Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish and Slavonic influences. We
      sample many traditional local specialities including 'smilyanski fasul', a
      delicious bean soup, and 'patatnik', a local delicacy made with grated
      potatoes, onions, and cheese, then seasoned with mint and other herbs. Jugs
      of tap water will be provided on the table with the evening meal. Bottled
      mineral water, soft drinks and alcohol are not included but can be purchased.

      There are several Bulgarian wines that you may wish to try, including an
      excellent red 'Mavrud' from vineyards on the northern slopes of the Rodopi

      Vegetarians and Vegans: Bulgaria is famed for its fresh vegetables and fruit,
      so vegetarians are usually well catered for, although in the mountains the
      variety may sometimes by limited to what is seasonally available. 'Vegans
      need to be aware that eggs and dairy produce, especially cheese, form the
      staple part of the diet in the Rodopi region, and occur in the vast majority
      of traditional meals, so they may find their daily menu somewhat more
      restricted and less varied. Likewise special gluten-free products are not
      available, so those clients with wheat/gluten intolerance should, if needed,
      bring with them something to replace the local bread and pastries that make
      up the breakfasts and picnic lunches.

    • * All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included
      * All accommodation
      * Transfers for group flights

    NOT included in price

  • * Travel insurance
    * Visa's and Vaccinations
    * Single Supplement

  • Travel Package

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    Tour (Round Trip) Sofia Sofia

    This is an Organised Group Tour: the itinerary has been predefined by the tour operator. The tour destinations, duration, accommodations, departure dates and the price are fix. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

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    Next Departure: 03-Jul-2021
    Starting at: ± USD 1,397.00



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