Alpine Newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris) photo Mario Langourov
Eastern Spadefoot Toad (Pelobates syriacus) photo Mario Langourov
Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra) photo Mario Langourov
Green Toad (Epidalea viridis) photo Mario Langourov
Balkan Wall Lizard (Podarcis tauricus) photo Mario Langourov
European Glass Lizard (Pseudopus apodus) photo Mario Langourov
Four-lined Snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata) photo Mario Langourov
Kotschy’s Gecko (Mediodactylus kotschyi) photo Mario Langourov
Large Whip Snake (Dolichophis caspius) photo Mario Langourov
Nose-horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes) photo Mario Langourov
Sand Boa (Eryx jaculus) photo Mario Langourov
Snake-eyed lacertid (Ophisops elegans) photo Mario Langourov
Group size: 4-14 persons 1050 EUR
Individual: 2-3 persons 1295 EUR
Single room supplement: 170 EUR
Deposit: 200 EUR
Price include: Transport with comfortable bus and coach, Accommodation in good hotels with private facilities, full board, professional guide and all entrance taxes.
The price does not include: Airfares, travel insurance, alcohol drinks and cigarettes, room service, telephone calls.
HERPETOLOGY TOUR (AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF BULGARIA)
Suitable period: After 7th of May 2021
Day by day itinerary
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to Melnik, about two and a half hours. Accommodation for the next four nights.
Days 2, 3 and 4
These three days we will spend exploring different sites – Kresna Gorge, Rupite, Kozhukh Hill.
We will have short transfers. Beside the common species, here we expect to find also some rare species – Syrian Spadefoot Toad, Yellowbelly Toad, Balkan Stream Frog, Kotschy’s Gecko, Balkan Green Lizard, Erhard’s Wall Lizard, Worm Snake, Dahl’s Whip Snake, Leopard Snake, Four-lined Snake, Montpellier Snake, Cat Snake.
We can also find both species of tortoises – Hermann’s and Spurthighed, as well as the Balkan Terrapin.
Today we have long transfer (about four hours) to our next hotel in Smolyan, in the Western Rodopi Mountain for two-nights stay. We will have a few stops on the way. Late in the afternoon we arrive in the hotel.
Along the road we expect to see some mountain species – Fire Salamander, Alpine Newt, Spring and Common Frogs, Slow Worm, Sand Lizard, Viviparous Lizard, Aesculapian and Smooth Snakes, Adder.
A day at Smolyan Lakes and high mountain zone of the Western Rodopi Mountains.
Today we expect to see some common and mountain species – Fire Salamander, Alpine Newt, Spring and Common Frogs, Slow Worm, Sand Lizard, Viviparous Lizard, Aesculapian and Smooth Snakes, Adder.
Today we have long transfer (about three and a half hours) to the town of Haskovo, in the Eastern Rodopi Mountain. We will have a few stops on the way. Late in the afternoon we arrive in the hotel, which will be our base for the next three nights.
Days 8 and 9
These two days we will explore different sites in the area – near Harmanli and Mandritsa Village. The species we can see here are European Glass Lizzard, Snakeeyed Lacertid, Worm Snake, Sand Boa, Dahl’s Whip Snake, Blotched Snake, Montpellier Snake.
Transfer to our next hotel in Strandzha Mt.
We will stop close to the Turkish border where we expect to see Worm Snake, Sand Boa, Dahl’s Whip Snake, Blotched Snake, Montpellier Snake. Arrival late in the afternoon. Accomodation for one night.
Short transfer to the Black Sea coast - Primorsko.
Again we will have several stops on the way in Strandzha Mt (Strandzha Nature Park) and will look for reptiles and amphibians, especially Snakeeyed Skink, Meadow Lizard, Aesculapian Snake and some other species. Arrival late in the afternoon. Accomodation for the next three nights.
Days 12 and 13
Both days we will the explore the South Black Sea coast. We will make short trips every day. We will visit also Maslen Nos peninsula, Ropotamo river, as well as the sand dunes near Arkutino. This is the only area where the Reddish Wip Snake occurs in Bulgaria. We can have another evening trip looking for the Syrian Spadefoot Toad. Some other species we hope to see – Firebellied Toad, Snakeeyed Skink, European Glass Lizzard, Kotschy’s Gecko, and Blotched Snak.
Transfer to Sofia/Burgas airport with several stops on the way. Departure.