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Great Spring Birding in Serbia 2013 - 8 days / 7 nights

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Ortolan bunting on Fruska Gora Ortolan bunting on Fruska Gora

On this new, exciting and original tour we are based in two great areas: the Fruska Gora National Park, located in Vojvodina, northern province of Serbia, located between Danube and Sava River and Maljen Mountains, located in western part of Serbia, and most popular place on this mountain are Divčibare, place where we will be accommodated. During the week we will look for many Balkan specialties such as raptors, owls, woodpeckers and passerines.

 

Day 1. Belgrade - Fruska gora (D) (approx. 90 km)

Arrive Belgrade Airport, meet with guides and head northwest by private bus to the Fruska Gora National Park. Overnight stay in mountain lodge on Fruska Gora.

 

Days 2 & 3. Fruska gora (2 x BD) (approx. 25 km)

We have two full days in and around Fruska Gora. In particular we will visit areas for raptors, woodpeckers and passerines. We will work the area on short drives and easy walks and take picnics in scenic spots. There will also be the option to visit an old wine-cellar. Overnight stay in mountain lodge on Fruska Gora.

 

Day 4. Fruska gora mountain – Zasavica – Divčibare (BD) (approx. 150 km)

Today we head southwards for our second base in the Maljen Mountains. On the way we will stop at Zasavica Nature Reserve and then continue to our second base for the week in the tranquil Maljen Mountains. Overnight stay in 3* mountain lodge on Divcibare.

 

Days 5-7. Divčibare surrounding (3 x BD) (approx. 25 km)

We have three full days to explore the upland meadows, pastures, traditional worked farmland and oak, beech and pine woodlands of these seldom birded mountains. We will almost certainly be the only birdwatchers here. We will certainly visit the scenic limestone cliffs of the Tresnjica Gorge: home to a colony of often photogenic Griffon Vultures. Other birds hereabouts include Golden and Short-toed Eagles, Peregrine, Rock Partridge, Eagle and Scops Owls, Nightjar, Woodlark, Red-rumped Swallow, Grey Wagtail and Rock Thrush. Other birds are Hazel Grouse, Grey-headed, Middle Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Sombre, Crested and Willow Tits, Nutcracker and Common Crossbill amongst others. There are also genuine Rock Doves and a chance of Wallcreeper in the limestone gorges we visit. Overnight stay in 3* mountain lodge on Divcibare.

 

Day 8. Divcibare – Belgrade (B) (approx. 120 km)

This morning we return to Belgrade and the airport (which is around 130 km and 2 hours way) to take our flights home.

Price includes:

- Transfer with mini van during the program

- Accommodation in mountaing lodge on Fruska gora and Divčibare (6 HB, 1 bed and breakfast)

- 1 dinner in local restaurant

- Local guide during the tour

 

Price does not include:

- Flight to/from Belgrade

- Beverage at meals

- Other costs not included in the program

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