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.
A report on one of our tours, written by a participant, can be seen here here. 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.
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.
Cultural Tours Brochure 2016
We are again offering this expanded programme in response to many requests from clients. We have our regular wine tours in early spring (Sv. Trifon Zarezan Festival) and at the vintage. The latter, called The Taste of Bulgaria tour has been developed to include tastings of Bulgarian food specialities, and an opportunity to participate in cooking some of them.
We are now also offering bespoke luxury tours to the spectacular folklore occasions of the Pernik Mummers, Eastern Orthodox Easter traditions and the Rose Festival, plus Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria, showcasing some of the recent spectacular archaeological discoveries.
with early booking discounts!
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
|Tour||Start Date||End Date||Leaders||Price||Download PDF|
|Autumn Migration Tour||10th September 2016||17th September 2016|| Assen Ignatov
|Taste of Bulgaria||18th September 2016||23rd September 2016||Mrs Jordanka (Dani) Kotseva||£1,200||details|
|The Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria||9th October 2016||16th October 2016||£1,500||details|
|Bulgaria's Jewish Heritage Tour||16th October 2016||22nd October 2016||£895||details|
|Mummers Folklore Festival Tour
||27th January 2017||30th January 2017||£690||details|
|Valentine and Vine Tour
||10th February 2017||15th February 2017||£800||details|
|Winter Wildfowl Tour||12th February 2017||19th February 2017||Tihomir Stefanov||£995||details|
|Orthodox Easter Celebrations and Traditions||13th April 2017||19th April 2017||£1,350||details|
|Bulgarian Mountains and Greek Wetlands Birdwatching Tour||15th April 2017||24th April 2017||Assen Ignatov||£,1,200||details|
|Spring Birdwatching Tour||22nd April 2017||29th April 2017||Mitko Petrakiev||£1,050||details|
|Spring Butterfly and Moth Tour
||6th May 2017||15th May 2017||Leaders: Martin White and Tihomir Stefanov||£1,300||details|
|The Rose Fields of Bulgaria Tour||31st May 2017||5th June 2017||£995||details|
|Summer Butterfly Tour||24th June 2017||5th July 2017||Nick Greatorex-Davies and Mitko Petrakiev||£1,500||details|
|Midsummer Butterfly and Moth Tour
||14th July 2017||23rd July 2017||Leaders: Martin White and Assen Ignatov||£1,300||details|
|High Summer Butterfly & Dragonfly Tour||26th July 2017||6th August 2017||Nick Greatorex-Davies and Tihomir Stefanov||£1,400||details|
|Autumn Migration Tour||11th September 2017||18th September 2017||Assen Ignatov||£990||details|
|Taste of Bulgaria Tour||17th September 2017||22nd September 2017||£1,120||details|
|The Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria
||8th October 2017||15th October 2017||£1,350||details|
|Bulgaria's Jewish Heritage Tour||15th October 2017||21st October 2017||£990||details|
Call Balkania Travel Ltd ( 020 7536 9400) to check availability.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 020 7237 7616.
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