Bulgaria in summer offers excellent macro photography opportunities due to its rich biodiversity and variety of habitats. Our main targets will be the butterflies, but the summer season and the various sites we visit will provide numerous other insects - dragonflies and damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles etc, as well as flowers and orchids. We will have early start and late evenings in order to take advantage of the best light and it is also the time when butterflies and other insects are normally motionless. Early afternoons we may have siestas to rest, avoiding the harsh midday sun.
Our tour will start with two night stay in a small village east of Sofia, where we will explore the areas around for fritillaries, blues, gliders and emperors. After that, we will be based in Koprivshtitsa for the next two nights, a nice traditional village. One of the very few in Bulgaria designated as architectural reserve, situated in the heart of Sredna Gora Mountain. These days we will explore the immediate surroundings, having only short transfers. At the end we will move to the beautiful Dobrostan ridge in the Western Rhodope Mountain, where we will stay for three nights, exploring the butterfly rich mountain meadows and river valley. We will also have a moth trap with us which will allow us to photograph a good number of moths, additional to the many butterflies we will get.
- Price €1100
- Duration 6+ days
- Group Size 5+
- Date 22/06/2020 - 29/06/2020
- Professional photo guidance
- Diverse range of habitats including mountains, meadows, forests, lakes & pastures
- Small group
- High diversity of species, including rare and endemic species
Day 1 Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the village of Mirkovo, about an hour drive, for a two nights stay. If time permits, we will have an afternoon session along a small river, not far from the hotel, where we can find Map Butterfly, Spotted, Niobe, Twin-spot and Marbled fritillaries.
Day 2 Day in the same area, looking for fritillaries, hairstreaks, Freyer's Purple Emperor, Southern White Admiral, Yellow-banded Skipper, Lattice Brown, Large, Sooty, Lesser Fiery and Purple - shot coppers and many more.
Days 3 and 4 Short transfer will bring us to our next base, the picturesque village of Koprivshtitsa, where we will stay again for two nights. Both days will be spent in local meadows, having only short transfers. Here we will find Chequerred, Large, Alcon and other blues, Russian Heath, Black-veined White, White Admiral, many fritillaries and skippers, as well as dragonflies and damselflies.
Days 5 to 7 We will have morning session, followed by a transfer to our last base for the holiday - the beautiful Dobrostan plateau, in the Western Rhodope mountains. Here we will stay for three nights in a lovely hotel, situated in a tiny village, providing excellent panoramic views. In the afternoon, as well as the following two days we will explore the meadows around, looking for Apollo, Balkan and Scarce coppers, Niobe, High Brown, Dark Green, Twin-spot and other fritillaries, Great Sooty Satyr, many blues, hairstreaks and skippers. Here we will also find many orchids.
Day 8 Option for another early session, time permitting, followed by three hours transfer to the airport for your flight back home.