Kayak Camping

Kayak Camping

Combined tour for a 12-day active holiday

•Explore 2 rivers & national parks

•Learn to kayak with expert guides in a remote conservation area

•Fantastic activities available – kayaking, hiking, cave exploration, abseiling

•Stunning scenery, wildlife & culture

•9 Days camping under the stars

•Visiting rock monasteries and ancient fortresses

 

Price without flight ticket: 790 EUR


 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival day. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in your hotel room or sightseeing in Sofia. In the evening you can enjoy a full course Bulgarian meal at a popular restaurant for your welcome dinner!

Day 2

We leave Sofia at 8 a.m. We arrive at the starting point at Yantra River near the town of Byala in the afternoon. Yantra River is 285 km. long and is one of the biggest water tributaries of the Danube River. Passing through the mountains, the river forms numerous meanders and gorges which are very suitable for kayaking in the lower and upper course. The meanders and the overhanging rocky banks make it very attractive for paddlers from Bulgaria and abroad. Every spring the Water Tourism Federation organizes a national water passage. Our section of the river is very suitable for kayaking, with no difficult or hard passages. We set up the tents on a big meadow at the river bank for the first night under the stars.

Day 3

After breakfast and coffee we pack up the camp and launch the boats on water. Today we cover about 25km by kayaks along the beautiful course of Yantra River. We stop for a lunch break noon. We arrive in Tsenovo village in the afternoon where we set up our second camp. Then we gather firewood so that we can have the deserved rest in the evening around the camp fire.

Day 4

After packing up the camp we get on the kayaks again. Today our route includes passing between the overhanging rocky banks of Yantra River. The route is about 30 km long. We enjoy exciting views. At noon we stop again for rest and lunch. In the evening we make the camp next to Belyanovo village. The campfire is a pleasant ending of the day.

Day 5

Breakfast and coffee are a must. We pack up the camp and dip again in the charisma of kayaking in this beautiful river. About noon we reach Yantra River’s mouth near Krivina village. The river flows into the Danube there. The view is very exciting. We stop for rest and lunch.
This interesting day ends on the Danube River bank near Pirgovo village. There is a nice tavern near the camp where we can have a glass of cold beer and fresh fish meal.


Day 6

We collect the camp and load the kayaks on the bus. We head for the natural and historical reserve of Rusenski Lom. There we visit the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo which are listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. We arrive at Nisovo village in the late afternoon where we check in a three star hotel complex.

Day 7

After we get up and have breakfast we set off for the famous Old-Bulgarian fortress Cherven and after that - for the village of Krushuna. There is a rare karst complex of caves and waterfalls.


Day 8
Today we enter the Vodopada water cave on inflatable boats. In the afternoon we will enter one of the largest caves in size - the Devetashka cave.  We spend the evening in the camp again.

Day 9

Today we head for Karlukovo village - the cradle of Bulgarian speleology. The biggest passable cave on the Balkans - Prohodna cave, is situated there. The height at its big entrance is 42 m. We will visit the unique Fracture Canyon near Reselets village on the way.

Day 10

After breakfast and coffee we will have training on climbing and abseiling, then we make a zip-line trolley in Prohodna by which everybody can abseil. At dusk we enter Svirchovitsa cave not far away from the camp.


Day 11

After breakfast we set up our camp for the last time and set off for the eco-path in Zadanen Dol. This is a very beautiful and interesting karst canyon. After that we get on the bus and leave for Sofia.
The last night we stay in a 3* hotel in the city.

Day 12
Today everybody is transferred to the airport separately depending on the time of the flight.


WHAT 'S INCLUDED

  • local English speaking guides
  • accommodations in hotels and camps
  • sleeping bags and camping equipment
  • all meals
  • airport transfers
  • sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary
  • ground transportation
  • all activities

WHAT'S NOT

International airfare; insurance (we strongly recommend you purchase the World Nomad’s insurance. A link to them you can find on our website ); optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; airport taxes; and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, etc.).

 

ACCOMODATION

We stay in 3-star hotels (days 1, 6, 11); campsite (days 2,3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)

MEALS INCLUDED

All meals during the tour.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Includes moderate hiking, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy. No experience of the activities necessary but you must be happy in moving water and a confident swimmer. The minimum age of clients on this trip is 16 years. Please note that children aged 16 or 17 years of age must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.

TRANSPORT

Private AC Van

WHAT TO BRING

  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • Euros
  • Credit or debit card
  • Cobeya Tours vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
  • Any entry visas required
  • Camera
  • Tote bag in which you can put things, like cameras, that shouldn’t get wet
  • Backpack and small rucksack for carrying personal items during the day
  • Water shoes you don't mind getting wet and dirty or sport sandals
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Light sweater/fleece top
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • batteries
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Pocketknife

INSURANCE

Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a trip organized by Cobeya Adventure Tours. It is mandatory that this travel insurance covers adequate personal accident, medical, evacuation and repatriation expenses, as well as cancellation, curtailment, loss of effects and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client. Clients, together with their personal property including baggage, are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance.
You can use any travel insurance you wish although we recommend you to buy it with World Nomads Travel Insurance. This Travel Insurance Agency is also partnered with Lonely Planet, so it is cheap and reliable! You can very easily purchase it online by just clicking on the folowing link...

 

FLIGHTS

Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. But please check with our staff before purchasing or obtaining your tickets, so we may verify your arrival and departure schedule.

Cobeya Tours has competitive airfares to get you to the starting point of your chosen adventure. Contact us for a full quotation including airfares, stopovers and any additional travel you wish to organize pre or post tour.

PRE OR POST TOUR ARRANGEMENTS

Because our tours are extremely suitable to be part of your total Bulgarian holiday, we offer you the possibility to extend your holiday by booking your accommodation before or after your tour by us. We suggest several unique accommodations on The Black Sea or in the mountains for very special prices.

PASSPORT&VISA

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months
beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the
correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is
necessary
EU nationals may travel to Bulgaria using only an EU identity card. If
you think this may apply to you please check with your local authorities.
Visa regulations can and do change without notice and if you are not a
EU passport holder please check the current regulations in good
time to obtain a visa if one is required. Additional information...

 

MONEY MATTERS

As there are no banks or ATMs once you enter the mountains you may wish to exchange approx. 75-100 Euros into local Bulgarian currency to cover entrances and for the purchase of drinks with meals and traditional handicrafts as souvenirs. Please note that the banks located within the arrivals hall at Sofia airport are typically closed at the weekends, so please make sure you obtain Bulgarian currency either in your home country or before passing through customs into the arrivals hall. When ordering your Bulgarian currency it is advisable to request as small denomination notes as possible. Shops and restaurant in the small villages rarely have much in the way of small change and often refuse to accept larger denomination notes. Credit cards and traveler’s cheques are not a convenient way of payment.
ATM are available in Sofia, but not in the small villages of our itenerary.
Tipping (leader and local staff)
If you receive good service it is customary to tip staff in Bulgaria in appreciation of their help and friendliness, although this is in no way compulsory.

 

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