|Departure Date: from 06-03-2017 to 10-04-2017||Status: Open for booking||Price: 320 €||Duration: 5 days|
|Departure Date: from 23-10-2017 to 20-11-2017||Status: Open for booking||Price: 320 €||Duration: 5 days|
There is a mountain in Bulgaria like no other – Rodopi! An ancient mountain, surrounded by ancient legends. Dark forests and bright meadows, deep gorges and spacious views, stone villages scattered on its slopes and cattle grazing on its pastures.
We experience the northern part of Rodopi Mountains on a horseback, all rides starting from the village of Galabovo, just 20 minutes drive from Plovdiv.
We stay in the Old city of Plovdiv enjoying its unique atmosphere - churches, art galleries, the Roman amphitheatre, museums, cafes and restaurants.
Our horses are comparatively smaller 14.1hh to 15.5hh, locally bred Karakachan along with Arab crosses. They are strong, agile and used to hard work. Their stamina and agility are outstanding and they are tough and extremely sure footed over rocky, even snow covered mountains.
The horses are ridden in snaffle bits.
Western and English saddles are available. We provide saddle bags.
Day 1. Arrive Sofia, transfer to Galabovo and Plovdiv
Our guide welcomes you at Sofia Airport. Transfer to Galabovo - 1,5 hours. After we get acquainted with our horses we leave for a short ride (2-3 hours) at the foot of the Rodopi mountains. Drive back to Plovdiv for overnight.
Day 2. Galabovo (Plovdiv region) –Kuklen Monastery - Galabovo
Our ride starts from Galabovo again. On our way we will stop by a small chapel to enjoy a wonderful view to the Thracian valley with Plovdiv, Assenovgrad and Kuklen in front. Then we will have the opportunity to trot and gallop. Thus we will reach Kuklen Monastery |St.St Kosma and Damian) and then ride back to Galabovo following another route. Free time to explore the town of Plovdiv or optional trip to Bachkovo Monastery.
3-4 hours riding
Day 3. Plovdiv - Galabovo - Dedevo
We head North-West riding through meadows and beech forests. We will make a stop at Zdravets area and then continue to a flatter terrain, where we can gallop or trot. Enjoy the beautiful views on both sides of the trail. We arrive at the village of Dedevo, where we will overnight in a bungalow, two rooms sharing WC/shower.
4-5 hours riding
Day 4. Dedevo - Galabovo - Plovdiv
Following another route we ride back to Galabovo, where we say goodbye to the horses that have helped us discover the beautiful Rodopi Mountains. Back to Plovdiv. Optional winetasting in one of Bulgarias best winecellers in Brestovitsa.
4-5 hours riding
5. Transfer to Sofia for departure
Price includes: ►3 nights in Plovdiv Guest House www.plovdivguest.com, room with private facilities, one night in bungallow, ►breakfast & 1 dinner included ►riding guide ►luggage transport on a packhorse day 3-4 ►group transfer from/to Sofia or Plovdiv airport (09.00 - 19.00)
Not included: ► flight tickets ►other meals, alcoholic drinks (allow 3 EUR for a lunch pack and 8-10EUR for evening meal) ►tips ► Bachkovo visit (50 EUR per vehicle) ► wine tasting (25 EUR per person), single room supplement 50 EUR