2019 – Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria Photography Holiday
April 17, 2019 - April 24, 2019£1899 £1799
Our main targets on this tour will be the 20 species of amphibians & 37 species of reptiles, many of whom can only be seen in this part of the continent, thanks to Bulgaria’s bio-geographical location.
The days will consist of early starts & late evenings to take advantage of the best light. Luckily, these are also the times when the amphibians & reptiles are normally motionless. Take advantage of the harsh midday sun to have a siesta or enjoy the excellent panoramic views.
Our tour will start in the Western Balkan Mountain close to Vratsa town. From there, you will travel to shores of the Danube River & some of the flooded agricultural areas where you may find amazing species such as the Danube Crested Newt, Fire-bellied Toad, Common Spadefoot, Green Toad, Common Tree Frog, Agile Frog, European Pond Terrapin, Northern Slow Worm, & Blotched Snake.
The mountain plateau of Vitosha Mountain is a short drive from your hotel in Sofia City. Here you may find rare, high mountain species such as Fire Salamander, Common Frog, Slow Worm, Sand Lizard, Viviparous Lizard, Adder, & Alpine Newt.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria Photography Holiday Itinerary
day 1 - sunday - 17th april, 2019
flight to sofia from home location & transfer to vratsa, afternoon photography session if time permits
day 2 - monday - 18th april, 2019
morning photography in the vrachanski balkan nature park, transfer to lom
day 3 - tuesday - 19th april, 2019
morning photography along the river flows, canals & shore of the danube & transfer to sofia
day 4 - wednesday - 20th april, 2019
morning & afternoon photography in vitosha national park
day 5 - thursday - 21st april, 2019
morning photography in vitosha national park & transfer to kyustendil, close to osogovo mountain, afternoon photography session if time permits
day 6 - friday - 22nd april, 2019
morning photography on osogovo mountain, transfer to kresna gorge, afternoon photography session if time permits
day 7 - saturday - 23rd april, 2019
morning & afternoon photography in kresna gorge
day 8 - sunday - 24th april, 2019
morning photography in kresna gorge, transfer to sofia & flight to home location
- Accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable)
- Airport Transfers
- All in-trip transportation
- All photography sessions & appropriate permits
- Food on a full board basis
- Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guides
- Transportation between photographic locations
- All Drinks
- Any activities not listed on the itinerary
- Meals not listed on the itinerary
- Personal expenses of any type
- Required Insurances
- Tips & Gratuities
- Transportation to start location
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Recommended Camera Equipment
For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you have available, an array of lenses at the lower end of the scale, the longest lens you will require will be a 70-200mm, but a dedicated macro lens or extension tubes is going to the be the workhorse for this photography holiday. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some birds in the environment shots.
If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.
You should also pack a tripod to help steady your lens, especially when you are out photographing at dawn & dusk.
For this photography holiday, the weather can be changeable so we would recommend that you pack layers of thin fleeces or mid shirts & jumpers since you can remove items of clothing as you start to warm up. You don't need to bring camouflage clothes but please do pack neutral coloured clothes so that you blend into the landscape. You should also bring a warm waterproof coat & waterproof trousers in case it rains, so you are covered for all eventualities.
Silk gloves or a thin pair of thermal gloves with rubber grip on the fingers & palm will help to keep your hands warm. Silk gloves are great for wicking away moisture from your hands, leaving them dry & therefore lovely & warm. Gloves where the fingers are cut away so that you can operate your camera with them on would be a good substitute.
Don't forget to pack sensible waterproof walking boots & a warm hat to protect your head.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria Photography Holiday Summary
Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria Photography Holiday Payment Details
- Deposit required to secure a place: £350 payable upon making a booking.
- Final balance payment due: January 17th, 2019*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
- Bookings close: March 17th, 2019.
- No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
- * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.
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