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Rodopi Ride - 5 days, Bulgaria

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Departure Date: from 23-10-2017 to 20-11-2017 Status: Open for booking Price: 320 Duration: 5 days
Departure Date: 27-08-2018 Status: Closed Price: 320 Duration: 5 days
Departure Date: 10-09-2018 Status: Open for booking Price: 320 Duration: 5 days
Departure Date: 24-09-2018 Status: Closed Price: 320 Duration: 5 days
Departure Date: 08-10-2018 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.
Airport transfer and hotel overnight.

Day 2. Sofia- Galabovo (Plovdiv region) –Kuklen Monastery - Plovdiv
Transfer to Gulubovo  (2 hours drive). After we get acquainted with our horses we leave for a short ride (2-3 hours) at the foot of the Rodopi mountains. 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. Overnight hotel in Plovdiv
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: ►2 nights hotel in Plovdiv, one night in Sofia, room with private facilities, one night in bungallow, ►breakfast  & 1 dinner included ►riding guide ►luggage transport on a packhorse day 3-4 ►group transfer to Sofia airport on day 5 (09.00 - 19.00)

Not included: ►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