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2020 – Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria Photography Holiday

April 19, 2020 - April 26, 2020

£1799
An Adult European Tree Frog One Of The Species That May Be Photographed During The NaturesLens Reptiles & Amphibians Of Bulgaria Photography Holiday
  • Reptiles & Amphibians

    of Bulgaria

    Join Victoria & Dobromir, of the NaturesLens guiding team, for this amazing reptiles & amphibians photography holiday in the western part of Bulgaria

    Visit two locations in Bulgaria, taking photo opportunities with 20 species of amphibians & 37 species of reptiles.

    19th - 26th April 2020

    £1799 per participant

    £350 deposit required to secure a place

    Group size: 4 - 6 participants - places available..

    Bookings close: January 15, 2020

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    Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria - £1799 per participant

    When
    19th - 26th April 2020
    Cost
    £1799 per participant
    Availability
    places available.
    £1799 per participant - places available.
  • Join NaturesLens, for the Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria photography holiday, alongside our guides, Victoria & Dobromir, & you will find that Bulgaria in spring offers excellent macro photography opportunities due to its rich biodiversity & variety of well-preserved habitats.
    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.
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of many of the reptiles & amphibians that are found in Bulgaria, in Bulgaria, during the Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1799 per participant.
    During the tour, you will visit some of the best locations for reptiles & amphibians in western Bulgaria. We have timed our tour to coincide with the beginning of these species’ reproduction cycle since this will give you the best chance to find them. We will explore different territories & habitats from the Danube river to the Bulgarian-Greek border, from river banks in low parts to high mountain lakes, cliffs, karst & forests.
    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.
    You will spend a morning in Osogovo Mountain before travelling to your final destination at Kresna Gorge which will be your base for 3 nights. Here, you will spend 2 full days visiting various habitats from gorges, rocky & sandy terrains, big river valleys & small streams, wet meadows, small ponds & forest patches looking for rare & common species as well as species with limited distribution. Most of the exploration will be carried out on foot although you will be driven from location to location. Species you may hope to photograph here include Syrian Spadefoot Toad, Yellowbelly Toad, Stream Toad, 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, & Horn-nose Viper. If you are lucky, you may even find both species of tortoises – Hermann’s & Spur-thighed, as well as the Balkan Terrapin.
    We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs, with the guidance of Victoria & Dobromir as you need it.
    Photographable Species: adder, aesculapian snake, agile frog, alpine newt, balkan crested newt, balkan green lizard, balkan lizard, balkan terrapin, blotched snake, cat snake, common frog, common newt, common spadefoot, common tree frog, common wall lizard, dahl's whip snake, danube crested newt, erhard's wall lizard, european pond terrapin, fire salamander, fire-bellied toad, four-lined snake, grass snake, green lizard, green toad, hermann's tortoise, horn-nose viper, kotschy's gecko, large whip snake, leopard snake, montpellier snake, northern crested newt, northern slow worm, nose-horned viper, sand lizard, slow worm, smooth snake, snake-eyed skink, spur-thighed tortoise, stream toad, syrian spadefoot toad, viviparus lizard, worm snake, yellowbelly toad

    Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria Photography Holiday Itinerary

    day 1

    flight to sofia from home location & transfer to vratsa, afternoon photography session if time permits

    day 2

    morning photography in the vrachanski balkan nature park, transfer to lom

    day 3

    morning photography along the river flows, canals & shore of the danube & transfer to sofia

    day 4

    morning & afternoon photography in vitosha national park

    day 5

    morning photography in vitosha national park & transfer to kyustendil, close to osogovo mountain, afternoon photography session if time permits

    day 6

    morning photography on osogovo mountain, transfer to kresna gorge, afternoon photography session if time permits

    day 7

    morning & afternoon photography in kresna gorge

    day 8

    morning photography in kresna gorge, transfer to sofia & flight to home location

    A Yellow Bellied Toad One Of The Species That May Be Photographed During The NaturesLens Reptiles & Amphibians Of Bulgaria Photography Holiday
  • 10%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

    • Accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable)
    • Airport Transfers
    • All hide sessions & appropriate permits
    • 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
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Jane Hodges - Skomer - 2018

      From the start, the service is second to none with staff being friendly, supportive & very informative. Here’s to many many more photography holidays with NaturesLens.

    Make a Booking Enquiry
    To make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    You are making an enquiry for the Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 19th - 26th April 2020 & costs £1799 per participant

    , this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £350 to secure a place.
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    How to Book
    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
    A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
    Recommended Equipment

    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.

    Recommended Clothing

    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.

    Additional Notes
    NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
    The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
    All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
    NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
    Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria Photography Holiday Summary

    The Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria photography holiday is a photography holiday of 7 night/8 day duration, that costs £1799 per participant

    & takes place in Belene in Bulgaria, between the dates of 19th - 26th April 2020. It is ideal for photographing adder, aesculapian snake, agile frog, alpine newt, balkan crested newt, balkan green lizard, balkan lizard, balkan terrapin, blotched snake, cat snake, common frog, common newt, common spadefoot, common tree frog, common wall lizard, dahl's whip snake, danube crested newt, erhard's wall lizard, european pond terrapin, fire salamander, fire-bellied toad, four-lined snake, grass snake, green lizard, green toad, hermann's tortoise, horn-nose viper, kotschy's gecko, large whip snake, leopard snake, montpellier snake, northern crested newt, northern slow worm, nose-horned viper, sand lizard, slow worm, smooth snake, snake-eyed skink, spur-thighed tortoise, stream toad, syrian spadefoot toad, viviparus lizard, worm snake, yellowbelly toad & more. This photography holiday is led by Victoria Hillman & Dobromir Domuschiev for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 6, plus Victoria & Dobromir. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Sofia International Airport. Transfers between Sofia International Airport & Belene are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £350 to secure a place.

    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 19th, 2020*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: January 15th, 2020.
    • 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.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault
    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.
    This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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    Start:
    19th - 26th April 2020
    Cost:
    £1799 per participant
    Event Category:
    Website:
    https://natureslens.co.uk

    Location

    Bulgaria
    Belene, Bulgaria

    Guides

    Victoria Hillman
    Dobromir Domuschiev