Birding & Wildlife Tours

Romania – Bears and Mountains

15 – 22 May 2019


7 days/6 overnights

Bear in Romania

16 May
Bucharest to Bucegi Mountains

Following our late-evening arrival in Bucharest, we will transfer (1.5 to 2 hours) to our hotel at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.

Two nights in Bucegi Mountains

17 May
Bucegi Mountains

Transylvania is famous for its wildlife and it hosts Europe’s largest populations of Brown Bear.  Wolf, and Chamois are quite common and a rich diversity of birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and plants is also on offer.  In the morning, we’ll enjoy the unbroken vista of the Carpathian Mountains and the vast stretches of spruce, beech and oak forests by taking the Busteni Cable Car to reach “the roof of the Carpathians” where we’ll search for alpine specialities such as Alpine Accentor, Caucasian Horned Lark, Ring Ouzel and Water Pipit. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the mature beach forest zones of Bucegi Mountains at lower levels for Grey-headed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Crested and Alpine Tits, Crossbills, Collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers and Ural Owl. There will be an optional evening walk close to the hotel.

18 May
Székelykő Mountains

Following some early-morning birdwatching in the forest zones to search for anything missed the previous afternoon, we’ll then transfer northwest to Székelykő Mountains with stops for birding on the way.
Two nights in the area of Székelykő Mountains

19 May
Székelykő Mountains

We will visit the limestone crag in the Székelykő Mountains area and search for Golden Eagles, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Alpine Swifts, Crag Martins and Rock Buntings

20 May
Sânpaul Fish Ponds

This will be our transfer day east to the Hargita Mountains with stops at Sânpaul Fish Ponds en route. Here we should expect Night Herons, Little Bitterns, Ferruginous Ducks, Whiskered Tern, Great Reed, Marsh and Savi’s Warblers and Bee-eaters. The area is known for its huge population of Lesser Spotted Eagles and Northern Grey and Red-backed Shrikes, so we should expect frequent stops on the way.

Two nights in Desag

21 May
Hargita Mountains – Bears and birds

In the following two days we will be exploring the alpine and conifer forests zones of the Hargita Moutains – the highest part of this mountain chain. White-throated Dippers and Grey Wagtails will be frequenting mountain streams. There should be a good variety of forest birds, including Black, Middle-spotted and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, Spotted Nutcracker, Alpine and Crested Tits and Bullfinch, but if we are lucky we may also see Hazel Hen.  We will visit the Bicas Gorge, a spectacular ravine with a towering cliffs and a fast-flowing river where we have a very good chance to observe the most beautiful and sought-after birds in the world – the Wallcreeper.  This is a very good area to watch the Chamois, but the most sort-after mammal will be the bears, so from late afternoon, we will station ourselves in the bear hide and await the arrival of Brown Bears that should be foraging directly in front of us – the stars of the tour.

22 May

Transfer (about 5 - 6 hours) back to Bucharest to get the return flight to UK



Single room supplement £95/person

The above tour prices include:

  • The ground transport to and from Bucharest airport by an 8-seated minibus (for groups of 4 to 6 persons), driven by local guide or a 15-16 seated bus with a separate driver for larger groups
  • Accommodation in small middle-standard hotels in twin bedded en-suite rooms
  • All the breakfasts and dinners (half-board)
  • English speaking local guide during the whole tour
  • Accommodation and meals of the driver of the bus and the local guide
  • Use of the Bear hide for one afternoon-evening
  • Use of the cable car in Bucegi Mountains
  • Entrance fees in the protected sites

The tour prices do not include:

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches (we’ll eat at small restaurants or stop at supermarkets for drinks and snacks)
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a purely personal nature

Group Size

Minimum number for tour to go ahead: 4; maximum group size: 12

Your Guide

Steve Piotrowski is an accomplished tour guide and has birded The Balkans on many occasions.  He is familiar with the best wildlife sites and will be able to locate key species that inhabit the mountains and marshes.

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