Bears & Balkans - East Europe - Wild Voyager
May 2018

Bears & Balkans - East Europe

INTRODUCTION

Savor the best of Eastern Europe – both the Landscapes and Wildlife – with this trip of a lifetime. This is a roadtrip which starts with capital city of Slovenia – Ljubljana and ends there as well. Here is a day by day itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive at Ljubljana by evening and transfer to the town of Markovec which is a one hour drive. Overnight at Markovec.
Day 2 – Morning session for Bear watching in a Bear hide nearby. Come back by 11am for lunch and break. Again depart to a different Bear hide at 2.30pm, and return by 8.30pm. Overnight at Markovec.
Day 3 – Morning session at Bear hide again. Checkout from resort by 12pm and depart for Lake bohinj. Evening around Lake Bohinj for photography and small treks in Triglav National Park. Overnight near Bohinj.
Day 4 – Morning visit to the famous lake Bled. Photography and trekking sessions near the lake. Depart from lake by 9am after breakfast. Reach Skocjan Caves by afternoon and visit the caves. Post that we drive into Croatia and stay at Rijeka overnight.
Day 5 – Drive through the Croatia sea side and reach Krka national park by noon. Visit some beautiful waterfalls and mountain ranges in Krka. Reach Mljet Island by evening via a ferry that transports our cars. Overnight at Mljet.
Day 6 – Explore the Mljet Island and national park in the morning. Catch a noon ferry to reach mainland. Depart for Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Enroute visit the nature reserve of Hutovo Blato in Bosnia. Stay overnight at Mostar.
Day 7 – Morning drive towards Foca, visit Sand Pyramids. In Afternoon visit Primeval forest of Foca which is the only primeval forest in Europe. As we drive to the top there are some beautiful waterfalls and lakes along the way. Overnight at town of Foca
Day 8 – We head to the town of Sarajevo and a brief visit to Vrelo Bosne, a beautiful park in outskirts of the town. From there we head towards Una national park and arrive by evening. Visit the beautiful strbacki buk falls and other local attractions. Stay overnight in nearby town of Bihac.
Day 9 – Morning visit the plitvice lakes national park in Croatia. Visit the beautiful waterfalls and lakes in the park. Post lunch drive towards Ljubljana and spend some time in the town. Overnight at Ljubljana.
Day 10 – Early morning return flight.

Later you will be transferred to the airport in time for check in and later connect to your onward flight.

Date

22 to 31 May 2018

MORE DETAILS

Stay

Accommodation will be at at comfortable twin sharing rooms at all the places.

Travel

Travel happens in self driven SUVs in groups of 4. Every group of 4 members is allotted a SUV car, there will be a pilot car to lead the group.

What to pack

While we will provide a detailed packing list before the trip, temperatures will be pleasant (15 to 25 degrees) mostly during the trip. So tropical and light woolens should be packed

FAQ

  1. I am not a photographer or just a beginner in photography. Is this tour for me?

The primary purpose of this trip is to enjoy the best landscapes of the Balkan region along with Brown Bears.
Since this trip is designed for photographers, and by photographers, rest assured we have handpicked the best locations and you will be at the right places at the right time.

    1. Would you teach photography on this trip

There will be on-field guidance while shooting for those interested. In the evening there will be image reviews and talks on specific photography techniques and local habitat awareness. However it is expected that you are aware of the camera basics before you join the trip, to make the most of it.

  1. What camera gear do you suggest for this trip

We suggest a good wide angle lens for landscapes. For Bears, a 70-200mm or 70-300mm range lens is good. Feel free to discuss your gear requirements with us before the tour, we can also help to arrange camera rentals through our partners

  1. What physical fitness is required to join this trip

If you are fit enough to carry your regular work and shuttle between office and home, then you can join this trip! All tours are by vehicle, so no need to walk anywhere, except in small stretches for light treks.

    1. We have kids with us, can we join

Yes. Kids above 3 years of age are good to go when accompanied by parents. Infants are not recommended due to irregular schedules.

GALLERY

Check out some of the images made by our team at Balkans

WHY US?

For every destination we offer a tour, our team has been there multiple times before and have done all the background work on the ground logistics and photography opportunities. So every trip we offer is meticulously planned to offer the best photography opportunities in that place while ensuring a safe and comfortable stay for you.

You can just wind off from your mundane world, leave the hassles of logistics to us and enjoy your date with the wilderness. All this with the company of an experienced nature photographer who is there to help you with your photography needs. Read more about us here

COST AND TERMS

Terms

1. 40% advance payable for booking – Rs. 88,000
2. 60% of amount payable one month before the booking – Rs.132,000

Cancellation charges

1. More than 60 days before the trip – 20%
2. 30-60 days before the trip – 60%
3. Less than 30 days before the trip – 90%


Inclusions
1. Stay at twin sharing all through the trip
2. All meals and mineral water through the trip
3. Travel in self drive SUVs (4 in a vehicle) with fuel, toll, parking etc
4. Entry fees to all national parks and attractions
5. Ferry costs for Croatia Islands

Exclusions

1. Airfare till ljubljana
2. Visa Charges –only Schengen visa needed
3. Any tips or gratuities


BOOKING AND PAYMENT

If you have any questions for us and need any additional information, shoot us a message by filling the form below

If you are sure of everything and wish to book the trip, please proceed for payment by clicking on the button below. After the booking is confirmed, we will reach out to you with your welcome kit and schedule a consultation with the tour skipper to plan your photography expectations from the trip.
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Quick Book

Quick facts

Date:
22 to 31 May 2018
Location:
Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia
Skipper:
Alankar Chandra

Enquiry

What our guests say

  • Excellent management with reasonable cost safaris . Looking forward for more as time permits
    Dr. Sandeep Kaushal
    Eye Surgeon
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    Jodhpur medical college
  • I had travelled with Alankar to Tal Chhappar for a birding trip in November 2015. The entire logistics was seamlessly managed, from stay to our vehicles. There were immense learning opportunities on the field and we spotted over 40 species of birds including many birds of prey for which Tal Chhappar is famous. I wish Alankar the best in his future endeavours.
    Sougata Ganguli
    Director of Sales
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  • I had a great time with Wild Voyager team at Rajaji National Park. Wish them the best for future.
    Praveen Sinha
    Co-founder
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  • The Jim Corbett National Park has recently opened after monsoon season of 2016. We were excited about staying within Forest Guest houses of Dhikala and Bijrani zones. The trip was not disappointing at all with lush green forests, good guides to ensure that the vehicle was well kept and ride was not very bumpy. The fauna was in full glory in the park. The tiger show on Sambhar road was a delightful experience. There was a slight hiccup in Dhikala Forest Rest house, but was sorted out soon. The stay in Malani Forest Rest house was a very soothing experience, sleeping along with jungle sounds. It was not the first visit for us to Jim Corbett National Park, and will not be the last one also.
    Sarthak Singhal
    Engineer
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  • It was my first visit to Kenya. Loved the places. Loved the way it was arranged. Came back with happy memories.

    Rajendra Masanta
    Senior Associate
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About the Mentor
Alankar Chandra is a passionate traveller and one of the leading natural history photographers from India. His works have been published in international and domestic media and he is widely followed on social media. His passion has taken him to remote wilderness destinations in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Iceland and Thailand. He is a management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad and engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, and has held senior leadership position in corporates before chasing his passion with Wild Voyager.





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