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Turkode : WBB
Reisen er levert av
Exodus Travel
Destinasjoner : Bulgaria
Reisen begynner : Sofia
Reisen slutter : Sofia
Gruppestørrelse : 5 - 12
Aldre : 16+
Aktivitet :
8 dager fra
NOK 20 350

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Brown bear conservation project in the remote Rodopi Mountains

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  • Day 1: Start Sofia Airport. Transfer to the village of Yagodina in the remote Rodopi Mountains
    Setting off from Sofia airport we begin a long but interesting 4-hour transfer to the Rodopi Mountains. Our destination is the remote mountain village of Yagodina, where we will be based for the next 6 nights. During dinner, our leader will give an opening briefing about the week ahead and the work of the local NGO ‘Wild Rodopi’ whose Brown bear research and conservation project you will be assisting. Hotel Yagodina or similar
  • Day 2: Visit the caves at Yagodinska Peshtera. Circular bear tracking walk in the forests above Yagodina; evening visit to bear hide
    After breakfast, we start the day with a visit to the nearby Yagodinska Peshtera to discover the rich variety of cave formations and cave life that are found within, including some rare cave invertebrates, several species of bat, and a family of Fat (or Edible) dormice. Part of the cave system was once utilized as a prehistoric dwelling, so provides the ideal place to discuss the evolution of bears and their relationship with early Man. Returning to the village, we then set off on our first bear tracking walk, which will lead us into the surrounding forests searching for, recording and interpreting evidence of Brown bear activity such as scats, prints and various feeding signs. During the walk, there will be an introduction to safe bear/human interaction and behaviour. In the evening, half the group will have their first visit to the bear hide. Visiting the hide usually necessitates having an early dinner so that we can be in position before darkness falls. Bears are attracted to the hide by the presence of corn but are not dependant on this for their diet. Depending on the amount of activity in the clearing we may stay until around 11 pm, or with permission of the group earlier or later. Hotel Yagodina or similar
  • Day 3: Circular bear tracking walk through forests and meadows; evening visit bear hide
    After breakfast, a short drive brings us to the trailhead for the start of a beautifully varied walk in a little-visited part of the region. Having forded a shallow stream, we then follow a series of old forestry tracks that are also used as a convenient network of trails by Brown bears. This area is not only rich in butterflies and birds, but is also of great historical interest. During our walk, we will visit a site which, according to some historians and archaeologists, was the place where Orpheus was torn to pieces by the wild Maenads, the female followers of Dionysus. It certainly seems a suitably mystical and atmospheric spot that fits in well with Ovid’s poetic description of these dramatic events. After dinner, the second half of the group will have its first visit to the bear hide. Hotel Yagodina or similar
  • Day 4: Panoramic walk in rugged and rocky karst terrain, rich in birds, butterflies and orchids.
    Setting off on foot from our hotel, we make a steep, steady climb up the stony flank of the mountain ridge above the village. Here in spring and early summer, there are several interesting species of orchid to be found, as well as numerous butterflies. On reaching the ridgeback, we climb up to the highest peak where we are rewarded with a wonderful cliff-top viewpoint. The rocks here are home to several typical cliff-dwelling species of bird including the beautiful wallcreeper, Peregrine falcon, Rock thrush, Crag martin and Alpine swift. It is also possible to spot other raptors gliding over, such as Golden eagle, Short-toed eagle, Booted eagle, Long-legged buzzard, Eurasian hobby and Common kestrel. The wonderful views remain with us throughout the day as we continue our walk, zig-zagging steeply down into the depths of the Buynovsko Gorge on a rough and stony path that leads through a favoured feeding region for both Brown bear and Balkan chamois. This evening, the first half of the group will have their second visit to the bear hide. Hotel Yagodina or similar
  • Day 5: Bear tracking walk through a mosaic of bear habitats in the mountains south of Yagodina; evening visit bear hide
    Having made our way out of the village on foot and crossed an area of rolling open pastures, we begin a steady climb into the forest, following a route that is frequently used by both wolves and bears. The further we climb, the wilder the landscape feels, and in places, the forests are punctuated with clearings and meadows that are often grazed by Roe deer and Wild boar, and where in early summer a variety of rare flowers and butterflies can be seen. Later in the day, we drop into the dappled shade of a river valley, a favoured place for bears, and also a suitable habitat for more interesting plants and butterflies. After supper, there will be another visit to the bear hide for the second half of the group. Hotel Yagodina or similar
  • Day 6: Circular bear tracking walk through remote carnivore habitat
    After breakfast we set off from the hotel on foot, beginning a strenuous but highly rewarding bear tracking walk. Having left the village pastures behind, we begin a long steep climb that sees us enter a densely forested region that is roamed not only by several Brown bears, but as our camera traps have shown, a variety of other carnivores including Wildcat, Grey wolf, Red fox, European badger, Pine marten and Stone marten. Especially exciting is the fact that Balkan lynx, a species considered extinct in Bulgaria for almost a century, has very recently been recorded here again! The forests here also harbour many secretive birds such as Hazel grouse, Black woodpecker and Crested tit. The midpoint of our trail brings us out onto some wonderful rock outcrops from where there are stunning views towards Greece, across waves of forested ridges that make a perfect trans-border corridor by which the large carnivore populations of Bulgaria and Greece can intermix. Our descent then leads us down through more silent forest, and what is the heart of core Brown bear habitat. Here we should see plenty of signs of bear activity, including several trees that they have bitten, scratched and rubbed, giving us a chance to learn more about other fascinating aspects of Brown bear behaviour. Hotel Yagodina or similar
  • Day 7: Forest and riverside walks in search of orchids, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians; transfer to Sofia
    Leaving Yagodina on foot, we start the day with a short walk along a beautiful forest path, which in spring and early summer is renowned for its exceptional variety of orchids. Formerly an ancient Thracian packhorse route, this path is often used by bears when feeding in the surrounding forests on beech mast and ants. After meeting our bus, a 45-minute drive brings us to the beautiful valley of the Devinska Reka, where we will spend a couple of hours walking a delightful riverside trail. As well as being home to Eurasian otter and a variety of typical riverine birds such as Dipper and Grey wagtail, the valley also forms the heart of a specially designated Prime Butterfly Area and provides the perfect habitat for many rare and beautiful butterfly species. Having enjoyed a picnic lunch beside the river, we then complete the transfer (3 hours 30 minutes) back to Sofia. Boutique Hotel Crystal Palace or similar
  • Day 8: End Sofia.
    The tour ends after breakfast in Sofia.

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The trip destination
— 7 nights hotel, all rooms en suite — Travel by private minibus, 4WD and on foot — 6 days centre-based bear tracking walks — Normally 5 to 12, plus leader. Min age 16 years
Food
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 Mountains. 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.

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TILGJENGELIGE DATOER PRIS (1 VOKSEN) PRIS (1 BARN) STATUS REISE
lør, 29 apr 2023 / lør, 06 mai 2023 NOK 20 350 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 03 jun 2023 / lør, 10 jun 2023 NOK 20 945 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 24 jun 2023 / lør, 01 jul 2023 NOK 20 945 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 08 jul 2023 / lør, 15 jul 2023 NOK 20 945 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 09 sep 2023 / lør, 16 sep 2023 NOK 20 945 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 27 apr 2024 / lør, 04 mai 2024 NOK 21 545 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 11 mai 2024 / lør, 18 mai 2024 NOK 22 145 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 01 jun 2024 / lør, 08 jun 2024 NOK 22 145 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 22 jun 2024 / lør, 29 jun 2024 NOK 22 145 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 06 jul 2024 / lør, 13 jul 2024 NOK 22 145 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 07 sep 2024 / lør, 14 sep 2024 NOK 22 145 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 12 okt 2024 / lør, 19 okt 2024 NOK 21 545 På forespørsel På forespørsel

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Antall dager 8
Pris fra NOK20,350.00
Destinasjoner Sofia
Turkode WBB
Aktivitet Tema & kulturreiser,Dyreopplevelser & fotoreiser,Villmarksopplevelser
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