Birds, nature and sightseeing tour around the Varna - Beloslav Lake
This one-day guided tour will take you to explore the western vicinity of the city of Varna by car/minivan. The region's nature and birdlife are exceptionally rich and diverse in all seasons, as are the cultural heritage sites to be visited. We will be driving along the shores of the Varna - Beloslav Lake and will stop at Yatata Protected Area for birdwatching, then we will cross the lake complex and visit the in-situ Museum of Roman Mosaics in the town of Devnya. Driving further west we will pass through the town of Provadia and enjoy the stunning views from the fortress above the town, finishing our tour with the nature monument called The Stone Forest on our way back.
Bird species to be seen on this tour: Pygmy Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Purple Heron, Little Bittern, White Stork, Long-legged Buzzard, European Roller, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Great Reed Warbler, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Black-headed Bunting, Eagle Owl.Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this productStop At:
Municipality Beloslav, Улица Цар Симеон Велики 23, 9178 Beloslav, Bulgaria
The tour starts at 9 AM from Varna with a drive west along the shores of the Varna - Beloslav Lake. Our first stop is Yatata Nature Reserve - a site with a great variety of birds in all seasons. During the tour we will drive most of the time along the Varna-Beloslav Lake Complex, which includes two lakes – Varna and Beloslav, located west of Varna and connected by an artificial canal. Annually, over 20,000 waterbirds of 64 species concentrate there. 201 bird species have been recorded in the complex, 79 of which are listed in the Red Data Book of Bulgaria. The Varna – Beloslav Lake Complex is especially rewarding in spring and autumn, when thousands of soaring birds pass overhead following the Via Pontica migration flyway.
Duration: 1 hourStop At:
Museum of Mosaics, Devnya 9163 Bulgaria
Crossing the lake complex at the town of Beloslav, we will shortly reach and visit the in-situ Museum of Roman Mosaics and Roman villa of the III – IV c. in the town of Devnya. A big Roman building with exquisite mosaics was discovered in this place during archaeological excavations. The museum is erected over the foundations of this building.
We will have our lunch at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with ethnographic exposition and a pleasant garden and park in the vicinity of Devnya.
Duration: 3 hoursStop At:
Ovech Fortress, 9200 Provadia, Bulgaria
After lunch we will continue our trip further west, with a visit to the Ovech fortress – another picturesque site with a medieval stone stronghold located east of the town of Provadia. The area abounds in unique natural formations such as attractive surface and underground karst caves. There are also ponors, sinkholes, picturesque valley formations shaped as small canyons and inaccessible rock rims, etc.
Duration: 1 hourStop At:
Stone Forest, Varna-Sophia Old Road N 43° 13.7 E 027° 42.35, Varna 9000 Bulgaria
Having enjoyed the panoramic views to the surrounding countryside and the birds animating the craggy landscape or passing over, we will continue our trip driving back, with a visit to the Stone Forest - a natural landmark located at about 18-20 km west of the city of Varna. It consists of an ensemble of stone columns, up to 10 meters high, hollow or thick cylinders, crossed cones, variously shaped and sized rock blocks and stone pieces. It is an entirely natural formation, famous as a sacred place since antiquity.
The tour finises in the late afternoon in Varna.
Duration: 1 hour
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
Duration: 8 To 9 Hours
Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact the local provider to set a meeting point (your hotel or some other convenient spot) and time for your tour at least a day in advance.Airports
- Varna Airport, Varna Bulgaria
Cancellations and refunds:
- Port Varna, Varna, Sq. Slaveykov 1, 9000 Pristanishten kompleks, Varna, Bulgaria
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.