Due to its location at the crossroads between the Europe and Asia, the impact of the Mediterranean, its pristine and varied landscapes and habitats here in combination with the relatively small human disturbance, the Rhodope Mountains have a huge variety in species and ecosystems.
The landscape is known for its volcanic cliffs, which are a home to a host of birds of prey such as Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture and Egyptian vulture which are joined by the majestic Wolf populations. Common buzzard, Raven, peregrine falcon, long-legged buzzard, nutcracker and jays all join the party along with foxes, golden jackals and many more wildlife species.
The majority of this birding tour in Bulgaria will be using a photography hide style. The shelters are positioned northeast meaning in the early morning there is a slight backlight. As the sun moves around there is good light illuminating the feeding grounds.
There is so much to do during this nature photography tour. The hides have been designed so you really can create a great portfolio, what ever your target species for the area.
The hides are cosy, supplied with heaters, a proper toilet and office chairs to facilitate for a comfortable long stay (usually from dark to dark, which in the winter is from 06:00 am until 6:00 pm).
We leave the hotel around 1 hour earlier (05:00am). The transportation to the hides is by 4×4 off road vehicles which stop a few meters from the hides. Occasionally, in extremely heavy road conditions this won’t be possible, and photographers would need to walk around 30min.
Day 1 You will be welcomed by your photography tour leader at Sofia airport, where we will transfer to our accommodation.
Days 2-5 After an early breakfast we transfer to our photographic location in the heart of the mountain range.
Day 6 After breakfast (depending on your flight time) You will be picked up and transferred to the Airport for the onward flight.
Accommodation is provided in the heart of the mountains in a beautiful hotel. Breakfast is provided and is prepared for you by local cooks. The food is gorgeous and you wont go hungry with these portion sizes.
Tour Guide(s): Bogdan Boev & Sean Weekly
Departure & Return Location: Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Award Winning Photographer Tour Guide
All transportation in destination location
Fees for hides and reserve permits
Sundries, Evening Meals & Drinks
Any activities not listed on the itinerary
Any additional costs such as snacks & evening entertainment
Booking on our Golden Eagle Photography Holiday is simple. Please complete the booking form on this page with you full name, email, and details on your booking, i.e number of people etc. A member of our team will then be in contact with a booking confirmation email. If you have selected pay deposit only option, your balance will be due upon the payment terms below. Alternatively, you can complete the enquiry form and we’ll respond to your email ASAP.
Tour Cost: £950 per person | Deposit: £200 per person
Deposit: £200 due upon booking
Final Balance: £750 Due 6 weeks before travel
Any flight arrangements made with our partners through us need to be paid in full at time of flight booking.
Please be aware that this trip will mainly be spent long days inside photographic hides. Please be aware that the walk from the car to the feeding grounds is snow covered. Temperatures can be low so warm clothing and several layers is a must. Although when you are inside the hides it will be warm and cosy.
YOU WILL NEED A TRIPOD!