Rodopi Trail

Rodopi Trail

6 days riding through Bulgaria's most virgin areas - The Rodopi Mountains /8 overnights/.

•Stunning natural phenomenas – gorges, caves, rock bridges, lakes
 

•Gela village, one of the most ancient settlements in the Rodopi Mountains, believed to be the birth place of the legendary musician Orpheus

 

Prices: 650EUR

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1. Arrival
Transfer from the Airport to the Town of Dewin(4-5hrs drive). Meet your guides and the horses.
Dinner and overnight in a family run guest house. /D

Day 2. Devin - Borino
After breakfast you mount your horse and and head to the village of Borino. Riding through thick pine forest and along gorgeous open fields with stunning views. Picnic lunch and 4-5 hours riding for the day. Accomodation in family run guest house. /BL

Day 3. Borino - Yagodina
We ride along the Buiynovska river pass to reach the Yagodinska cave. We are will visit the cave and continue to our hotel. Lunch – picnick in the countryside.

Yagodinska cave is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds and cave pearls. It is among the longest caves in Bulgaria (more than 10 000m mapped so far). 5 hours riding for the day, acommodation in cosy hotel in Yagodina village./BL

Day 4. Yagodina - Trigrad
The trail continues from Yagodina to the famous Trigrad gorge. Impressive views with 300 m sheer cliffs above the river. 5 hours in saddle and overnight in small guesthouse in the village. /BL

Day 5. Trigrad
We continue the exploration of the territories southwards from the village, making a loop-like ride along Trigradska River back to Trigrad. 4 hours riding, accomodation in the same guesthouse. /BL

Day 6. Trigrad - Cahirski lakes - Gela
Ride throught virgin areas almost reaching the border with Greece. In this part of the mountains there are still villages untouched by the breath of civilization. You will feel as if you have stepped into the past as you wander past the preserved traditional architecture, watch the villagers do their daily chores. Overnight in charmy guesthouse in the village of Solishta./BL

Day 7. Gela - Devin

Last day in the saddles. Following the ridges of Mursalitsa peak we reach the town of Devin at noon. In the afternoon we can relax at one of the mineral swimming pools in the city. 4 hours riding and overnight in a guesthouse./ BL

Day 8.
After breakfast – say goodbye to the guides and the horses. Transfer to the airport./B


ABOUT THE HORSES

 They are an excellent and extremely suitable for the riding terrain selection of  Eastern Bulgarian breed. They are friendly and well trained. Height between 1,50 and 1,60 metres. The saddles are English and Western type, the weight limit for the horse riders is 90kg.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

 It is necessary that the rider feels comfortable on the horse at the three basic paces and to have good control in rough terrain.

TERRAIN

Rough mountain terrain with climbs and descents. There are level sections as well, with smooth road for a faster pace. Getting over natural obstacles, rivers, gullies, dips and fallen trees.

WHAT 'S INCLUDED

  • local English speaking guide
  • accommodations in guesthouses
  • saddled horse
  • luggage transfers from point to point
  • meals as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • airport transfers
  • sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary

WHAT'S NOT

International airfare; meals not noted in itinerary; 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 family run guesthouses with private facilities.

MEALS INCLUDED

As indicated in the itenerary: 8B /breakfast/, 6 L /lunchpack/.
Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Allow 5-10 Euro per dinner per day.

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
  • Backpack and small rucksack for carrying personal items during the day
  • Hard-toed boots with a medium heel
  • Riding pants or jeans
  • Gloves for hand protection
  • Riding helmet
  • Sport sandals
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Swimwear & towel
  • Sun hat
  • Light sweater/fleece top
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • 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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