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Rodopi Ride - 5 days, Bulgaria

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 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.

Horses:
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.

Saddles:

Western and English saddles are available. We provide saddle bags. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Sofia.
Airport transfer and hotel overnight. -/-/-

Day 2. Sofia- Purvenets (10 km from Plovdiv) – Red Church - Plovdiv
Transfer to our riding base in Purvenets at the foot of the Rodopi mountains (2 hours drive from Sofia), where we meet the horses. Today we make a loop-like ride, passing along the Red Church - a late Roman basilica dating from 5-6 AD. After the ride we drive back to Plovdiv, where we can enjoy the old quarters of the town, where we stay at hotel for overnight. Optional wine tasting in the Todoroff wine residence, Brestovitsa village. B/-/-
Riding: 4 hours

Day 3. Purvenets - Leshtensko - Bryanovshtitsa Hut
We head south-west riding through meadows and beech forests with good stretches for trotting and cantering.. We will make a stop at Leshtensko area, enjoying the beautiful views on both sides of the trail. Overnight in Bryanovshtitsa hunting lodge, rooms with shared faciliies. B/L/D
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 4. Bryanovshtitsa Hut - Hrabrino - Dedevo
Now the trail goes to the east, following some dirt roads. We reach the village of Hrabrino where we stop for lunch. Then we saddle up and make for the village of Dedevo, a small mountain village standing at 1050 m above sea level.
The night is spent in a bungalow, two rooms sharing WC/shower. B/L/D
Riding: 5 hours

5. Dedevo - Zdravets Hut - Purvenets - Sofia
This is the last riding day and will take us back to the starting point of this trail. we ride along the crest of Chernatitsa (Black Mountain) Ridge, having our lunch close to Zdravets Hut. Then the trail descends to Purvenets village where we say farewell to our horses before heading back to Sofia. End of tour. B/L-
Riding: 4 hours



Price Includes:
- 2 nights at hotel in Sofia and Plovdiv - rooms with private facilities
- one night in bungalow and one night in a hut - shared facilities
- all meals acc. itinerary
- riding guide
- luggage transport on a packhorse
- transfer from/to Sofia
- saddled horses

Not Included:
- Flight tickets
- insurance
- drinks and meals not mentioned
- additional excursions and transport
- insurance
- tips
- personal expenses

Extra Services:
- Single room supplement: 50 EUR
- wine tasting day 2: 15 EUR per person
- visit to Bachkovo Monastery: 50 EUR per vehicle (1-3 persons)