Botany tours / Eastern Rhodopes

Spring Orchids Short Break, Eastern Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria

Botany Bulgaria

This is a 5 days botany tour with a focus on the outstanding flora in Eastern Rhodope mountains. Travelers enjoy the lovely combination of wild rare flowers, nature walks, authentic sites of interest, and local organic cuisine.

  • Tour type: Guided tour with professional guide botanist. English speaking. Small groups.
  • Group size: 2 up to 12 people
  • Period: May-June
  • NOTE: The botany tour could be tailor made according to your wishes.


Day 1
Transfer from the Airport Sofia to the town of Kardzhali in the Eastern Rhodopi mountains. Accommodation at a guest house in a nice rural setting at the bank of lake Studen kladenets.

Day 2
Exploring the surrounding nature areas for local endemits plants such as Verbascum Rupestre, Lathrea rhodopea, Carpinus Orientalis, Hypericum rumeliacum, galium velenovskyi, Potentilla regis-borissii, Haberlea Rhodopensis, Black pine (Pinus Nigra), Populus nigra, Salix alba, Alnus Glutinosa, Black maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris), etc.

Day 3 and 4
Travel South-east to Ivaylovgrad area to visit nature areas where the vegetation consists of riverine Platanus orientalis forest, mixed oak forest, and pseudo-maquises. On this and the next day you will meet the Dactylorhiza romana, Platanus orientalis, Alnus glutinosa, Salix vitalba, Vitis sylvestris, Humulus lupulus, Phyllirea Latifolia, Asparagus acutifolius, Cistus incanus, Arbutus andrachne tree, Cephalanthera epipactoides, Ophrus cornuta, Ophrus mammosa, Ophrus apifera, Himantoglossum caprinum, Limodorum abortivum, Orchis papilionacea, etc. Also Salvia verbenaca and Polygala monspeliaca.

Day 5
Transfer back to Sofia Airport and departure. Both transfers could be done from Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Plovdiv aiports.

Price per person:

  • 2-3 pax: 560 € per person
  • 4-5 pax: 420 € per person
  • 6-7 pax: 310 € per person
Prices include:
  • Transfers for the whole tour with tour bus/minivan/car
  • 4 overnights HB in family hotels and guest houses 2/3*
  • 3 lunches / picnics
  • Specialist English speaking leader

Prices exclude:

  • Flights to Bulgaria and back
  • Lunch on the first and fifth day
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

Trip information:

  • The accommodation is in double rooms, twin separated beds, private bathroom.
  • Single room supplement – 45 euro PP.
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