About Bulgaria Tours

Bulgaria Tours

The B-BS, founded in 1952, has been running tours and exchanges since the 1970s. Its programme of special interest tours, which focus on bird watching and natural history, produces an income which is given away to a variety of conservation and educational causes. The tours are priced competitively to encourage people to visit Bulgaria and learn about its rich natural history. This is made possible by the British organiser and some tour leaders acting as volunteers.

Atol Protected

Tours are organised in partnership with our tour operators, Balkania Travel Ltd who are ATOL bonded for your financial protection.

B-BS Tours - the friendliest way to visit Bulgaria!

British-Bulgarian Society Tours

Our programme of birdwatching tours to Bulgaria includes birding in spring, autumn and winter. The wealth of Bulgaria's nature is incredible, with over 400 bird species.

Favourites on our tours include Paddyfield Warbler, Imperial Eagle, Isabelline Wheatear, Wallcreeper, Levant Sparrowhawk and Rose-coloured Starling.Tours for observing the numerous butterflies and wild flowers as well as birds are run every year.

Butterfly and Moth Tours are very popular in spring and summer, visiting different parts of Bulgaria, and occasionally northern Greece or Serbia, and sometimes combined with dragonflies or wild flowers. Folklore, Archaeology and Wine and Food Tours are increasingly well-supported.

Details of each of our tours may be seen in our brochure here. For details of individual tours please click on the links in the list below.

British-Bulgarian Society Tours


Taste of Bulgaria tour

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A Note from Balkania Travel on Covid.

Like you, we have watched with concern for over two years the negative developments during the pandemic both in the UK and in our destinations. The newly emerged Omicron virus seems to have made the disease much less severe and convinced governments to remove almost all restrictions. Individuals and organisations of different sizes, both public and private are trying to learn to live with this new virus and deal with the consequences. We have a limited programme of tours in 2022, our Phoenix year, and are hoping to once again run a full programme in 2023.

Apart from constant contacts with our agents and suppliers we also follow the following official and professional sources of information, regularly updated which we recommend that you check as well:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria
https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/36/bulgaria#COVID-19
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers

We have discussed with our agents the need for absolutely safe travel in Bulgaria and our other destinations, including rules for sanitising and safe accommodation at hotels, attending restaurants, travelling in buses, minibuses and other vehicles.

Your continued support will give us the opportunity to help our partner agents, family hotels, overseas guides and leaders, colleagues we rely on to make your holiday a great success as well as continue to make our charitable donations to cultural and conservation causes we support. 

Should we need to cancel your holiday due to

1. An FCO travel advice against all but essential travel relating to Covid (or any other reason)
2. The country for which you are booked to travel to being put on the red list or barring entry to UK Nationals

We will offer you a full refund or the option to rebook your holiday with us.

We appreciate your understanding and hope that you, your family and friends remain safe and well during this challenging period. Together we will get through this and soon we will be able to once again visit the wonderful nature of Bulgaria and the Balkans we all love and enjoy.

Tour Start Date End Date Leaders Price PDF

Winter Wildfowl Tour

01 February

08 February

Tihomir Stefanov

£1,375

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Bulgarian Mountains and Greek Wetlands

10 April

20 April

Assen Ignatov

£1,880

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Spring Butterfly and Moth Tour

22 April

01 May

Martin White and
Mitko Petrakiev

£1,800

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Migrants and Mountain Specialities

01 May

11 May

Mitko Petrakiev

£1,650

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Wanderlust and Serendipity Tour

29 May

05 June

Mitko Petrakiev

£1,360

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Summer Butterflies and Flowers

Available in 2023 as a bespoke tour, please enquire if interested.

Midsummer Butterflies and Moths

02 July

14 July

Nick Greatorex-Davies and Mitko Petrakiev

£1,830

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Autumn Migration Tour

03 September

10 September

Assen Ignatov

£1,350

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Taste of Bulgaria

Available in 2023 as a bespoke tour, please enquire if interested.

Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria

Available in 2023 as a bespoke tour, please enquire if interested.

We had a wonderful week in Bulgaria.  All went exactly to your well organised plan including the weather. The Thracian sites were spectacular, particularly Perperikon, with marvellous mountain scenery.  We much admired the local and National museums with extensive exhibits which were well displayed and informatively labelled, in English as well as Bulgarian.

What a delight to see the Roman remains splendidly exhibited in Sofia and Stara Zagora. For us the last was the best: the Neolithic dwellings and the burial at Karanova, stunning!

The hotels and meals were good and our driver/guide was superb.  

Thank you for organising such a satisfying tour and look forward to further archaeological trips with Balkania.

- F. & D.F

This was a very successful tour. The list of 230 species was, according to our tour leader, one of the longest ever for such a trip, and included almost all the big target birds such as Wallcreeper, Masked Shrike, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture, Olive-tree Warbler and Pied Wheatear. The seemingly constant supply of good luck extended to tricky species such as Ruddy Shelduck, Black-winged Pratincole, Eagle Owl and Black Woodpecker. The few 'misses' included Paddyfield Warbler and Grey-headed Woodpecker, but provided a ready excuse for a rapid return visit, and I know that this is what several people are already planning.

– B-BS SPRING BIRDWATCHING TOUR

Call Balkania Travel Ltd ( 020 7536 9400) to check availability.

How to Book

To book please print our Booking Form, complete and return to Balkania Travel with appropriate deposit. Please see our Booking Conditions

Tailor Made Tours

We can make a tour to your exact requirements - no special interest subject is beyond us! We arrange Reader Offers for magazines, tailor-made arrangements for individuals, couples, or groups of any size, and commercial birdwatching companies. There is no size limit, we have arranged tours for groups of 1, to groups of 75. The special interest can be birdwatching, wild flowers, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, photography, painting, gardening, roses, the Rose Festival, forestry, wine-tasting and food, cookery, vine-growing, wine-making, folk music and dancing, textiles and crafts, fish, fungi, choral singing, archaeology and geology. Just ask!

I write to say what an excellent trip it was, with over 200 birds seen, and excellent hotels and food (often difficult for me as I am a vegetarian). The Bulgarian leader was very knowledgeable and helpful. As there was quite a lot of travelling involved, it was good to have a coach that was somewhat over-sized for us, giving us all plenty of room to spread ourselves around, and an excellent driver for whom narrow roads and tracks were no problem. Thank you for helping to organize such a lovely tour.

– TAILOR-MADE SPRING BIRDWATCHING TOUR

Tour Reports

"Bulgarian Mountains and Greek Wetlands April 2019" by Derek Elmer

"North Northumberland Bird Club Trip to Bulgaria 22nd- 29th September 2017" by Liz Harrison »

"A Bulgarian Recipe" by Liz Harrison. Bird Watching Report Autumn 2017 »

"To Fulfil a Dream!" By Derek Elmer. Winter Wild Fowl Report 2017 »

North Northumberland Bird Club Trip to Bulgaria 22nd- 29th September 2017


We've arranged tours for
  • East Dorset RSPB
  • Southeast Hertfordshire RSPB
  • East Yorkshire RSPB
  • Croydon RSPB
  • Birdwatchers 22ºEast
  • Eurotwitchers Autumn tour
  • Photographers Taste of Bulgaria tour
  • Private Butterfly and Moth tour
  • Private Autumn Migration tour
  • Private Winter Wildfowl tour
  • Norfolk RSPB
  • Private botany tour of Western and Central Stara Planina

Can we arrange a tour for you?

Further details from Annie Kay, British-Bulgarian Society Tours Organiser,
email:
annie.kaym1@gmail.com


Tailor Made Tours

 

Tour participants booking for the first time with us receive a complimentary copy of the Bradt Guide to Bulgaria.


birdwatching tours to Bulgaria

Tailor Made Tours


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The itinerary worked well. Our guide was superb, fun-loving and taking part in all that we did. You have another very satisfied group to add to your list of customers.

– TAILOR-MADE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

I wanted to write to you to say how much I enjoyed the B-BS Autumn Migration Tour which I have just returned from. The small family hotels were wonderful and exactly the kinds of places I wanted to stay at, with great rooms, good food, friendly staff and perfect locations. Our guide was superb – his patience, kindness, good humour and knowledge were limitless. I learnt so much from him. The fantastic spectacle of migration has to be seen to be believed, we didn't want each day to end. I will certainly recommend B-BS tours to others and hope that you continue to introduce people to this wonderful country.

– AUTUMN MIGRATION TOUR

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