Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear

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5.0 Based on 14 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Safari
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • Become directly involved in a Brown bear conservation projectInformative daily bear tracking walksTwo visits to a hide for wild Brown bear observationElusive mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and rare orchidsRemote landscapes in the Rodopi MountainsDelicious traditional local cuisine
The Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear tour starts and ends in Sofia. The Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear is a safari tour that takes 8 days taking you through Sofia, Bulgaria and other destinations in Bulgaria.

Spend a week in the Rodopi Mountains discovering the realm of the Brown bear. Joined by European Brown bear expert Julian Perry, this holiday gives a unique insight into the behaviour and ecology of these most iconic yet secretive carnivores.During the course of the week we take daily hikes through the heart of prime Brown bear habitat, recording tracks, scats and other signs of bear activity as part of an on-going Brown bear conservation project.On two evenings there will be the chance to visit a specially constructed bear watching hide from where there are good opportunities to see some of the bears whose activity we have been monitoring during our days in the mountains. In addition, we will also be collecting and collating images from several camera traps that will be set up in the surrounding forests.By the end of this holiday we hope you will not only have seen Brown bears in the wild but also have an understanding and appreciation of the fascinating way of life of these mysterious and often misunderstood animals.
5 - Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 09 2019
5 - Excellent
An extra special wildlife based holiday
“From sitting in a hide observing a glittering night time scene , to searching for Chamois from a hillside viewpoint , this trip encapsulates the world of the Brown Bear explained by the expert Julian Perry . He leads the group across an outstandingly scenic mountain terrain and presents the techniques to track and record the presence of Brown Bears in a non-intrusive way .We were very adequately accommodated in a centre-based family run hotel from where we walked or were driven to local forestry trails and areas used by Bears.With a tremendous knowledge of the ecology of the region , the leader identified and enabled us to observe and photograph flora and fauna including many wildflowers , birds , reptiles , mammals , amphibians and insects.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 08 2019
5 - Excellent
A superb week of walking in beautiful scenery
“Our base in a small, traditional village in the mountains was perfect for walks into the surrounding area. The biodiversity of the Rodopi mountains is amazing and our exceptionally knowledgeable leader helped us identify mammal scats and tracks, birds, reptiles, insects and plants, many of which were new to me. The walks were at a gentle pace, allowing plenty of time for photography.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 21 2018
5 - Excellent
A Fascinating Adventure!
“This was a truly wonderful trip that combines hiking, wildlife and scientific research, in a unique blend of 'eco-research-tourism'. Exodus - please offer more tours like this!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 04 2018
5 - Excellent
“An excellent trip in a lovely part of the world. Seeing an adult female bear at the bear hide was amazing. Pity she was scared off by a group of wild boar but they were great to see too. The walks were great and werent too challenging although be prepared for a lot of uphills!”
  • Day 1: Start Sofia Airport. Transfer to the village of Yagodina in the remote Rodopi Mountains.
  • Day 2: Visit the caves at Yagodinska Peshtera. Circular bear tracking walk in the forests above Yagodina; evening visit to bear hide.
  • Day 3: Circular bear tracking walk through forests and meadows; evening visit bear hide.
  • Day 4: Panoramic walk in rugged and rocky karst terrain, rich in birds, butterflies and orchids.
  • Day 5: Bear tracking walk through a mosaic of bear habitats in the mountains south of Yagodina; evening visit bear hide.
  • Day 6: Circular bear tracking walk through remote carnivore habitat. 
  • Day 7: Forest and riverside walk in search of orchids, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians; transfer to Sofia.
  • Day 8: End Sofia.
  • 7 nights hotel, all rooms en suite,All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • Travel by private minibus, 4WD and on foot
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Normally 5 to 12, plus leader.
  • 6 days centre-based bear tracking walks
  • Min age 16 years
  • Any international flights to/from Sofia are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 20 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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