Dates & Prices


Dates: 15th – 23rd June 2025 Confirmed departure

Price: £1,645 places available

Single Room Supplement: £195

Deposit: £150 per person

Price Includes: Accommodation, all meals, ground transport, services of guides & holiday report

Not Included: International travel, travel insurance, drinks & other personal items

Conservation Donation: Butterfly Conservation

Leader(s): Adrian Hoskins & Lajos Nemeth

Group Size: Minimum 4 & maximum 6 guests + 2 leaders

Grade: Generally easy walking at a gentle pace

Holiday Highlights

  • A unique 9 day tour designed to see an exciting range of butterflies in one of the least visited countries in Eastern Europe
  • Butterfly highlights include the rare False Comma, Apollo, Zephyr Blue, Cardinal, Southern Festoon, Freyers Purple Emperor, Balkan Copper, False Eros Blue, Lesser Lattice Brown, Hungarian and Common Glider, and many more!
  • Genuine small group tour with 6 guests and 2 leaders, which means you get a high quality experience & sensitive habitats get protected
  • This small group size will suit those into photography perfectly too
  • Led by two of the best butterfly guides in Europe, with decades of experience leading similar tours in Europe & worldwide
  • Plenty of great flora to enjoy
  • Contribute to conservation with Butterfly Conservation

A new & exciting 9 day butterfly adventure in Serbia – searching for False Comma, Apollo, plus an excllent array of blues & fritillaries!


A new & exciting butterfly adventure in Serbia – searching for False Comma, Apollo, plus an excllent array of blues & fritillaries!

We are delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to go butterflying in Serbia & seek out a range of fantastic species – including False Comma!

Serbia’s nature is amongst the most intact in Europe with absolutely breathtaking scenery and many superb butterflies, including the much sought-after False Comma, False Eros Blue, and many others. Post-war Serbia is now an absolutely safe place, where the local people’s warmth welcomes tourists and nature enthusiasts from all over the world. This tour will guide you from unique sandy habitats to indigenous forests – some of Serbia’s most threatened natural areas.

Over 40 possible sites were visited before these were chosen and the itinerary is carefully planned to ensure trouble-free land travel and comfortable overnight accommodation, taking you at the same time to some of the best butterfly spots in the east, and central part of Serbia.

There are several more reasons why we believe this is the best butterfly tour you will find in Serbia:

  • It is a 9 day trip, giving you more time in the field and a more relaxing holiday
  • No more than 6 guests in the group mean viewing and photography opportunities will be maximised for everyone
  • 2 expert guides with decades of tour leading experience and a vast bank of knowledge about butterflies and other wildlife. They can also give a lot more attention to each of our guests with such a small group size

Serbia is a land-locked country of 88.000 km2 and 7+million inhabitants, with a typical continental climate of warm summers and cold winters. The main geographical units in Serbia are the Pannonian region in the north, the peri-Pannonian region in the centre, and the mountain-and-basin region in the South. The northern province, Vojvodina is strikingly flat, while the central part we will visit is hilly and mountainous.

There are 12 Prime Butterfly habitats designated in the country with 57 of the total 207 native butterfly species considered to be threatened by the National Red Data book. Our tours’s main goal is to see and photograph the now extremely scarce False Comma, but we will have a chance to see other great butterflies, including False Eros Blue, Zephyr Blue, Lesser Lattice Brown, and many others.

Since Serbia is still considered to be a relatively unexplored country regarding butterflies, our data gathering will have a definite scientific value, with high possibility of finding new or interesting records for the country’s fauna.

This holiday promises to be popular so please register your interest or book soon to avoid disappointment!


Day 1-2, Sun,  15-16 June 2025 Deliblato Sands NP

Arrival at Belgrade Airport, from where a short drive of around 50km takes us to Deliblato Sands nature reserve, only 40km from the Romanian border. Mostly wooded by now (pine, birch and false acacia), the sands are still 35 km long and 11 km wide, an absolutely unique habitat, referred to as the “Pannonian or European Sahara”. Key species here include the endemic and rare local subspecies of Zephyr Blue, and the habitat in general is simply stunning. 

We will explore the Deliblatsko Sands and at the nearby hills of the gorgeous Zagajicka Brda.  Deliblato is a UNESCO World Heritage site originally formed in the ice age and covering some 35,000 hectares.  It has a rich flora of some 900 species and is considered one of the most important centres of biodiversity in all of Europe.  Birds include Imperial Eagle, Steppe Falcon and, nearer the Danube, Pygmy Cormorant.  It is a prime butterfly area of Serbia with 88 species recorded.  Aside from Zephyr Blues, Cardinals are often plentiful here and, if we are lucky, we may see some late Southern Festoons. 

Overnight in Vrsac

Day 3-4, Tues 17-18 June Iron gates NP

After breakfast, we continue along slow roads towards the Djerdap Gorge National Park, internationally known as Iron Gates after its old Roman name Porta Ferea. The Park stretches along the right bank of the Danube River from the well preserved 15th century 9-tower Golubac Castle to the Iron Gates Dam near the town of Kladovo.  The Danube represents the border between Serbia and Romania and the two countries share responsibility for this huge protected area.  The gorge cuts through the Carpathian Mountains for over 100 kms with cliffs rising to 300m in places. 

We will have a full day butterflying along the dirt roads through the dense deciduous forests of the National Park which extends to 64,000 hectares.  Habitats here include a large lake, exposed limestone cliffs and broad-leaved deciduous woods. We will looking for Freyers Purple Emperor, Camberwell Beauty, Lattice Brown, Lesser Lattice Brown, Tufted Marbled Skipper, Orbed Red-underwing Skipper, Eastern Festoon, Hairstreaks, Torquise Blue, Amandas Blue, Russian Heath and Balkan Marbled White in the area. This is a great area to watch our for Golden and Short-toed Eagles. Black Stork Rock Partridge are amongst some of the specialist birds and 104 species of butterfly have been recorded.  The scenery is spectacular and the whole area has been classed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.  Possible Chamois sighting!

Overnight in Donji Milanovic.

Day 5-7, Thurs, 19-21 June     Stara Planina NP

Drive to Stara Planina (Old Mountains) NP, the prime butterfly region of the country.  This is the most mountainous region of Serbia which is close to the Bulgaria border and 116 species of butterfly have been recorded here, together with 200+ species of birds and some 30 mammals. 

Two full day’s butterflying in different and remote parts of Stara Planina, looking for the famous False Comma, also False Eros Blue and Lesser Lattice Brown.  Other target species include Balkan White, Northern Wall Brown, Russian Heath, Eastern Large Heath, Bulgarian-, Almond-eyed and  Bright-eyed Ringlets, Geranium and Mountain  Argus, Amandas Blue, Balkan Copper, Hungarian and Common Glider, Emperors, Freyers and Bog Fritillary. 

Overnight Stara Planina

Day 8, Sun, 22 June Jelasnica Gorge

A full day around Jelasnica Gorge, one of the best hotspots for butterflies, near the city of Nis. Although only 4 miles in length, scenically Jelasnica is very attractive and rich in wildlife.  Habiprot have been working to control the spread of Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) which is proving highly invasive and is threatening some of the best habitats in the Gorge.  Target species here include Yellow-banded Skipper, Eastern Rock Grayling, Great Sooty Satyr, Marbled Skipper and Osiris Blue.  At the end of the day, we head back to Belgrade on a highway (about 250 km, 2,5 hours). 

Overnight in Zemun, close to Belgrade and only 15 mins from the airport.

Day 9, Mon, 23 June

Transfer to airport for departures.

Mallow Skipper

Marbled Skipper

Tufted Marbled Skipper

Orbed Red Under Skipper

Safflower Skipper

Yellow-banded Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Large Chequered Skipper

Chequered Skipper

Essex Skipper

Small Skipper

Lulworth Skipper

Large Skipper

Southern Festoon

Eastern Festoon


Common Swallowtail

Scarce Swallowtail

Wood White

Orange Tip

Black-veined White

Large White

Green-veined White

Small White

Southern Small White

Balkan G-v White

Eastern Bath White

Clouded Yellow

Berger’s Clouded Yellow


Small Copper

Sooty Copper

Large Copper

Scarce Copper

Purple Shot Copper

Lesser Fiery Copper

Balkan Copper

Purple Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak

Blue-spot Hairstreak

White-letter Hairstreak

Ilex Hairstreak

Sloe Hairstreak

Long-tailed Blue

Small Blue

Short-tailed Blue

Holly Blue

Eastern Baton Blue

Chequered Blue

Green-underside Blue

Large Blue

Alcon Blue

Balkan Zephyr Blue

Silver-studded Blue

Idas Blue

Reverdin’s Blue

Blue Argus

Brown Argus

Mazarine Blue

Amanda’s Blue

Turquoise Blue

Chapman’s Blue

Common Blue

False Eros Blue

Meleager’s Blue

Anomalous Blue

Silver-washed Fritillary


Dark Green Fritillary

High Brown Fritillary

Niobe Fritillary

Queen of Spain

Lesser Marbled Fritillary

Marbled Fritillary

Twin-spot Fritillary

Bog Fritillary

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Weaver’s Fritillary

Knapweed Fritillary

Glanville Fritillary

Lesser Spotted Fritillary

Spotted Fritillary

False Heath Fritillary

Heath Fritillary

Nickerl’s Fritillary

Freyer’s Fritillary

Red Admiral

Painted Lady


Small Tortoiseshell


Large Tortoiseshell

False Comma

Camberwell Beauty


White Admiral

Southern White Admiral

Poplar Admiral

Purple Emperor

Lesser Purple Emperor

Freyer’s Purple Emperor

Common Glider

Hungarian Glider

Speckled Wood

Large Wall Brown

Northern Wall Brown

Wall Brown

Lattice Brown

Lesser Lattice Brown


Meadow Brown

Small Heath

Chestnut Heath

Pearly Heath

Russian Heath

Eastern Large Heath

Large Ringlet

Woodland Ringlet

Bright-eyed Ringlet

Almond-eyed Ringlet

Bulgarian Ringlet

Marbled White

Balkan Marbled White

Great Sooty Satyr

Great Banded Grayling

Eastern Rock Grayling

To follow later