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.
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.
Like you, we are watching with concern the latest negative developments with the pandemic both in the UK and in our destinations. We are longing to head overseas again, when conditions are right, hopefully next Spring. We are determined that B-BS and Balkania will again be running top quality trips which you like and have supported in the past as soon as we believe this is sensible and safe. With this hope, we have prepared our initial programme for 2022
It is important for us to be able to deliver your holiday and for you to enjoy it without having to be concerned about the possible restrictions for entry and exit in terms of quarantine on return and testing that may be necessary.
Apart from constant contacts with our agents and suppliers we also follow these official and professional sources of information, regularly updated which we recommend that you check as well:
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|
|Winter Wildfowl Tour||February 2022||TBA||-||-|
|Bulgarian Mountains & Greek Wetlands||April 2022||TBA||-||-|
|Spring Butterfly and Moth Tour||23rd April 2022||2nd May 2022||Martin White & Mitko Petrakiev||£1,300||Download|
|Migrants and Mountain Specialities||4th May 2022||14th May 2022||Tihomir Stefanov.||£1,350||Download|
|Wanderlust and Serendipity||29th May 2022||5th June 2022||Dimitar (Mitko) Petrakiev||£1,200||Download|
|Early Summer Butterflies and Flowers||June 2022||TBA||-||-|
|Midsummer Butterflies and Moths||3rd July 2022||15th July 2022||Nick Greatorex-Davies & Zdravko Kolev||£1,550||Download|
|Autumn Migration along the Via Pontica||4th Sept 2022||11th September 2022||Assen Ignatov||£1,200||Download|
|A Taste of Bulgaria Tour||Sept 2022||TBA||-||-|
|The Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria Tour||Sept 2022||TBA||-||-|
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
How to Book
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
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,
DVDs available at www.wildlife-films.com
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