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We are delighted that a growing number of wildlife tour companies offer specialised butterfly watching holidays in Europe. As the European Butterflies Group, we are obviously keen to encourage this and many of our members and others are interested to go on such trips. We now offer a regularly updated FREE advert on the European Butterflies Group website for each of the companies offering such butterfly tours in Europe.

Two types of trips are offered: fixed date departures - where the group size, itinerary, duration and dates are pre-arranged by the company - and tailor-made departures - where you decide these details to suit.

Such holidays are not only great fun, but encourage interest in butterflies, provide valuable identification training and also often produce some very interesting records. We encourage all tour companies undertaking such butterfly tours to submit their records to the appropriate National/Local Butterfly Recording scheme in each country. Some companies, notably Naturetrek and Greenwings, use these holidays to raise funds and then make a welcome donation to support Butterfly Conservation.

We are keen to make this listing as comprehensive as possible. Many companies offering butterfly holidays in Europe are included but we are aware that the list is not complete. Please contact me at European Butterflies Group if you offer such holidays and would like your advert to be considered.  We reserve the right to not advertise or withdraw any advertisements at our discretion.

Martin Davies

Disclaimer: Please note that the information shown below comprises advertisements by the travel companies concerned. Each of these companies is separately and solely responsible for delivering the travel services they offer. Butterfly Conservation and European Butterflies Group are not travel operators and can neither warrant nor endorse in any way the information, services or products listed here. The information is provided solely as a resource for European Butterflies Group members and others to use at their own discretion.

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Jude Lock is the European Butterflies Group representative in France and is also involved on a local level with recording schemes for the Parc National des Pyrénées and the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels Midi-Pyrénées.

Jude offers guided butterfly days throughout the summer months and each year organises a week for European Butterflies Group members, usually early July (the 2018 trip is fully booked).

Our local area in the central French Pyrénées is a paradise for butterflies with many rare or very localised species, to date we have identified 135 species in the area.
We are based in the historic village of Luz St Sauveur, which is also our home. Our local knowledge, information on wildlife hot spots and specialist butterfly information will greatly enhance your stay.

The Pyrénées remain one of Europe’s last great unspoiled areas and are a paradise for nature lovers. There is an astounding richness of butterflies, flowers, and birds, with many exceptional local sites to enjoy, including the magnificent Cirque de Gavarnie (a World Heritage Site).
Borderline Holidays have been offering holidays in the French Pyrenees since 1987, when Jude Lock and Peter Derbyshire moved to the village of Barèges.

Please contact me personally – I am always happy to answer your questions. lock.jude@gmail.com Tel: +33 562 926 895

Visit our website www.borderlinehols.com for details of accommodation options, and take a look at our butterfly and flower galleries.

Travel with the British-Bulgarian Society, organisers of special interest tours to Bulgaria for nearly 40 years, and their expert, enthusiastic and experienced leaders. B-BS has been running butterfly (and moth) tours annually since 2002.

Planned butterfly tours for 2018 (prices include flights):

    *   19th – 30th May. Spring butterfly and flower tour. Price: £1,460.
Southeast and south Bulgaria, including Strandzha & Eastern & Western Rhodopi Mountains.
    *   10th – 20th June. Early summer butterfly & dragonfly tour. Price: £1,450.
Northeast Bulgaria, including Black Sea coast, Ludogorie and Eastern Stara Planina mountains.
    *   29th June – 10th July. Summer butterfly & moth tour.  Price: £1,550.
Western Bulgaria and eastern Serbia, including Western Stara Planina mountains and Zemen Gorge.

We expect to see over 100 species of butterfly on all tours. In May target butterfly species include Eastern Festoon, Small Bath White, Grecian Copper, Little Tiger Blue and Large Chequered Skipper, along with a variety of rare and endemic plants of the Balkans. In June target species include Grecian Anomalous Blue, Scarce Fritillary, Spinose and Tesselated Skippers and a wide variety of dragonfly species. In late June and July target butterfly species include Iolas Blue, False Comma, Bog Fritillary, Freyer’s Fritillary and Almond-eyed and Bulgarian Ringlets. We will run moth traps on all three tours.

details can be found on the tours page on our website at: www.b-bs.org.uk. Tours are ATOL protected and IATA accredited.
B-BS can also provide and help plan a tour with an experienced leader for a private group according to your own specifications.

Greenwings are the only UK company specialising in butterfly & moth watching holidays. We pride ourselves on working with the best guides and local experts (including Tristan Lafranchis, Richard Lewington, Martin Warren and Roger Gibbons) to ensure guests receive a rewarding and enjoyable holiday. It is not uncommon to enjoy 100-120+ butterfly species during one of our European trips, without the need to rush or travel too far.

We are also conservationists at heart, so are corporate members of Butterfly Conservation and donate 10% of profits from Lepidoptera holidays to them. By joining a Greenwings holiday you are also helping support the conservation of butterflies, moths and their environments!

2018 Programme and Dates:
  • Apollo & Spring Butterflies of North Greece (9th – 16th)
  • Butterflies and Botany of the French Pyrenees (24th – 31st)
  • Butterflies & Birds of North Greece (8th – 15th)
  • Swallowtail Weekend in Norfolk (15th – 18th)
  • Butterflies of Bulgaria (21st – 29th)
  • Butterflies of Estonia (22nd – 29th)
  • Butterflies of Southern Greece (23rd – 30th)
  • Butterflies of Hungary (28th June – 5th July)
  • Butterfly Photography in Macedonia (28th June – 8th July)
  • Butterflies of the French Alps (30th June – 7th July)
  • Butterflies of Romania (4th – 12th)
  • Butterflies of Mercantour & Queyras (7th – 14th)
  • Butterflies of the Kaçkars in Turkey (14th – 22nd)
  • Butterflies of Montes Universales (28th – 4th Aug)
Email:enquiries@greenwings.co; Telephone: (0044) (0)1473 254658.
View all our holidays here

Limosa Holidays has 33 years of experience of organizing expert-led birdwatching and wildlife tours to more than 100 destinations worldwide.

Many of our tours to Europe give great opportunities for butterfly watching, but on the following 2018 trips this will be a special feature:
  • Corsica – the Scented Isle (13th – 20th May) – great birding and some endemic butterflies.
  • Spain: Spanish Pyrenees (29th May – 5th June). Based in Jaca, a truly spectacular setting for great birding and 70+ species of butterfly.
  • Italy - Alps and Apennines – birds and butterflies (1st – 8th June). A two-centre tour -Stelvio National Park combined with Lombardy and the Apennine foothills.
  • Spain – Val d’Aran (9th – 16th June). Based high in the Spanish Pyrenees, west of the tiny mountain state of Andorra
  • France: French Pyrenees in summer (13th – 20th June). A birdwatching and butterflies tour, centred on the glorious Gavarnie Valley.
  • Switzerland: Swiss Alps in summer (17th – 24th June). Few countries are as beautiful as Switzerland and on this tour in 2017 we saw 100 species of butterfly!
  • Sweden  – Wild Gotland (23rd – 30th June).  An easy-paced tour to the Swedish islands of Fårö and Gotland in the Baltic Sea.  Birds and butterflies and steeped in Viking history. A NEW tour for 2018.
You can click here to visit our website, or here to email us or call us on 01692 580623.

Naturetrek   - Butterfly Holidays in support of Butterfly Conservation

The following special selection of European butterfly tours, guided by expert butterfly enthusiasts, has been designed to allow you to enjoy and learn about butterflies in the company of fellow enthusiasts. As a top-category ‘Gold’ corporate sponsor of Butterfly Conservation, Naturetrek annually donates around £1,500 to the charity. As well as this, since 2002 the company has donated 10% of all income generated by an annual programme of Butterfly Tours that it runs in partnership with BC, with Naturetrek additionally gifting BC membership to all non-members joining these tours, bringing the total we have raised since 2002 to £178,605. Holidays will focus on butterflies and their habitats, moths (many of our tours feature moth-trapping at night) and to a lesser extent other natural history. All travel arrangements are made by Naturetrek. 

Calendar of 2018 European Butterfly Holidays (though please note that some of our tours are full for this year):


•    Hungary (12th – 19th June)
•    Spain’s Picos de Europa (14th – 21st June)
•    The Cévennes (15th – 22nd June)
•    Southern Greece (16th – 23rd June)
•    Andalucia (21st – 25th June)
•    Armenia (23rd – 30th June)
•    Sweden (24th – 29th June)
•    La Brenne (28th June – 3th July)  
•    Spanish Pyrenees (4th – 11th July)
•    Normandy (5th – 9th July)
•    French Pyrenees (6th – 13th July)
•    Italian Dolomites (11th– 18th July)
•    France - Vercors (18th – 25th July)

Call us now on 01962 733051 or visit: www.naturetrek.co.uk for a detailed Trip Itinerary for any of these tours.

Neophron Tours offers a variety of birdwatching and other wildlife and natural history tours in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, including butterfly and dragonfly tours, botanical tours, Brown Bear and Wolf viewing, wildlife photography tours and mountain hiking. Nature tours can always be combined with visiting landmarks and places of interest included in the UNESCO list of the world cultural and natural heritage sites.

For 2018, we offer the following special tours focussed on butterflies:
  • 9-day wildlife holiday to Bulgaria’s south-western mountain ranges (Rila and Pirin National Parks, the Struma Valley and Slavyanka Mountain) in search of some the most desirable species of butterflies on the Balkan peninsula (best time: Mid June to mid August). Please click here for more details  http://neophrontours.bg/tour/butterfly-tour/
  • 13-day wildlife holiday combining a tour of Bulgaria’s south-western mountain ranges (Rila and Pirin National Parks and the Struma Valley) and the Western and Eastern Rhodope Mountains with a visit to Lake Kerkini in northern Greece (best time: Mid May to mid August). Please click here for more details:  http://neophrontours.bg/tour/mountain-birds-flowers-and-butterflies/
Neophron Tours, P.O.Box 90, BG-9000 Varna, Bulgaria
tel/fax +359 52 605 155 ; mobile +359 888 420 159
Email: neophrontours@gmail.com; inquiries@neophron.com
Web: www.neophrontours.bg

Pandion Wild Tours is a Bulgarian company specialized in offering wildlife and nature holiday tours in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula. Bulgaria is one of the richest for butterflies among all European countries outside the Mediterranean zone. With some 218 species recorded, you can expect a lot of rarities and plenty of interesting species.

For the 2018 season, we are offering three butterfly watching holidays:

BULGARIA (9th – 17th JUNE 2018)
Key Species: White-banded Grayling, Freyer's Grayling, Eastern Rock Grayling
Balkan Marbled White , Little Tiger Blue, Powdered Brimstone , Russian Heath, Balkan Heath, Oriental Marbled Skipper, Inky Skipper, Mountain Apollo, Balkan Fritillary, Ottoman Brassy Ringlet, Balkan Copper.

(7th – 14th JULY 2018)
Key Species: Balkan Copper, Grecian Copper, Freyer's Purple Emperor, Twin Spot Fritillary , Lesser Spotted Fritillary, Almond-eyed Ringlet, Black Ringlet, Lattice Brown,  Lesser Bath White, False Eros Blue, Ripart's Anomalous Blue, Eastern Large Heath.

BULGARIA - Butterflies of North Black Sea Coast and Dobrudzha area
(22nd JUNE – 1st JULY 2018)
Key Species: Sandy Grizzled Skipper , Zephyr Blue, Nickerl’s Fritillary, Lesser Purple Emperor, Iolas Blue, Scarce Fritillary, Clouded Apollo, Yellow-banded Skipper,  Scarce Tortoiseshell,  Lesser Fiery Copper, Common Glider, Clouded Apollo,  Balkan Copper, Eastern Short-tailed Blue, Alcon Blue, Russian Heath, Freyer’s Purple Emperor, Freyer’s Fritillary, False Heath Fritillary, False Grayling.
Contact us or visit our website for more details:  Petar Dilchev, Pandion Wild Tours, Blvd.Cherni Vrah 20A, Sofia, Bulgaria. Tel: +359 2 9630436     http://www.birdwatchingholidays.com/ ; http://www.pelican-birding-lodge.com/en/

For more than 30 years The Travelling Naturalist has been taking small groups around the world in search of wildlife.

We offer specialist birdwatching holidays, mammal watching holidays, whale and dolphin watching holidays, flora holidays, nature photography tours and in 2018/19 the following butterfly, dragonfly and moth watching tours:

France – Butterflies, Dragonflies in Wild Dordogne
16th – 23rd June 2018
An 8-day trip observing the superb range of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies to be found in this beautiful region, accompanied by two leading experts David Simpson and Richard Askew. Price from £1,895.

Poland – Butterflies and Moths of Southern Poland
14th – 22nd July 2018
This tour focusses on the rich diversity of butterflies, dragonflies and moths which thrive in the scenic mountainous region surrounding Krakow. Price from £1,495.

Bulgaria – Butterflies & Birds of Bulgaria
21st – 29th June 2018
Search the mountainous southwest and southeast regions of Bulgaria for some of the richest butterfly species in Europe, including some exciting rarities and endemics. Price from £1,195.

Check out our website for further details of these and all our wider programme of tours
www.thetravellingnaturalist.com or email us on sales@thetravellingnaturalist.com or phone us on 01305 267994.

Since 1988 Wildlife Travel has organised natural history and wildlife holidays to support nature conservation. Our profits are donated to the Wildlife Trusts. Our holidays are aimed at those who enjoy wildlife at a relaxed pace, with comfortable travel, good company and expert leaders.

From Mull and the Isles of Scilly to Ecuador, Costa Rica and Australia, the Alps to the Carpathians and the Danube Delta, travel with us to some of the finest wildlife destinations and support nature conservation along the way.

Butterflies are among the attractions on many of our tours, which include a wide range of destinations in Europe.

For more details of all our holidays, please visit our website www.wildlife-travel.co.uk

Wild Echo (formerly Spatia Wildlife) is a special interest wildlife tours and photography company based in Bulgaria but also offers tours in neighbouring Balkan countries, Turkey, the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa.

For the 2018 season, we offer the following butterfly tours:

•    False Apollo (1st – 8th April).
The very first spring butterflies in Northern Greece
•    Early Butterflies - in Bulgaria and Greece (23rd April - 5th May).
The early spring butterflies.

•    The Butterflies of Morocco (9th - 21st May).
Wide range of habitats, from mountains to desert. Moroccan endemic species.

•    The Butterflies and Beauty of Armenia (26th May – 8th June). NEW TOUR
A fascinating mixture of European and Near East butterfly species.

•    Scarce Butterflies  - in Bulgaria (9th - 20th June)
Some of the rarest butterflies in Bulgaria.

•    Butterflies of the West Balkan (9th - 20th June)
Beautiful Stara Planina Mountains along the border between Bulgaria and Serbia.

•    Butterflies of Poland (23rd June – 5th July). NEW TOUR.
A unique mixture of Middle and Northern European butterfly species.

•    Mountain Butterfly and Macro Photography (1st – 9th July) NEW TOUR
New itinerary with exciting new target species and attractive sites.

•    Butterflies of the Balkans - Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece (8th – 22nd July)
Some of the prime butterfly habitats on the Balkan Peninsula.

•    Butterflies of Turkey (8th - 22nd July)
Central, eastern Mediterranean and NE in search of local speciality butterflies.

•    Jewels of Macedonia (30th July – 7th August)
Looking for very local endemic butterflies.

For further details, please visit our website: www.wildechotours.com
Wild Echo, Pozitano street, bl. 76, entr. 2, ap. 44, Razsadnika, Sofia 1309, Bulgaria
E-mail: info@wildechotours.com  Tel: +359 2 8223850;

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