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Orpheus Trail (8 days progressive ride in Rodopi mountains)

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The Rhodopes,  occupying the southern part of Bulgaria and part of Greece,  are the homeland of the mythological singer Orpheus. This ride spends 6 days of riding in this enchanting mountain – the land of high peaks and deep river gorges, unique rock formations, lush meadows and dense forests.
The western part of the Rhodopes where our ride takes place, offers a variety of terrains in which one can experience of all types of riding and paces.
We visit remote villages, stay with local people enjoying their hospitality, local food and excellent wines.
Before the ride starts we spend a coupe of days in Plovdiv - Europe's oldest inhabited city and Bulgaria’s nomination for 2019 European Capital of Culture

 

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Sofia, transfer to Plovdiv
Our guide welcomes you at Sofia airport  or picks you up from your hotel in Sofia before driving to  Plovdiv at 4.00 pm. 120 km/1.5 hours drive. Overnight in the Old City. 

Day 2. Plovdiv - Galabovo - Plovdiv
A short drive to Galabovo (15 km) , where we meet the horses. Today we make a loop-like ride, passing along the small Kuklen Monastery. A transfer takes us back to Plovdiv, after some rest we make a short stroll in the old quarters of the town in the afternoon.
/3 hours riding/

Day 3. Plovdiv - Galabovo - Lilkovo
We start in Galabovo again, this time heading south and up in the mountains, to reach Zdravets resort and then continue to the small village of Lilkovo where we stay overnight.
/5 hours riding/

Day 4. Lilkovo - Persenk hut - Lyaskovo
We continue our ride, passing through several tiny villages, following Varhovrah ridge with great panorama views, to reach Persenk hut, where we stop for lunch. Continue to the village of Lyaskovo where we stay for overnight with a local family, 
/6 hours riding/

Day 5. Lyaskovo - Zaburdo
The ride today takes us to the village of Zaburdo. Good possibilities for trot and canter. 
/ 6 hours riding/

Day 6. Zaburdo - Chudnite Mosotove - Orehovo
From Zaburdo  we head up to Chudnite Mostove (Miraculous Bridges) - a unique rock formation. In the afternoon the trek continues  through pine forests  and vast meadows to Orehovo, where we stay at a family run hotel. 
/ 5-6 hours riding/

Day 7. Orehovo - Galabovo - Plovdiv
After breakfast we head to Zdravets hut, where we stop for lunch. We continue our ride and reach the meadows of Galabovo, where we say goodbye to our horses. 
An optional visit to Bachkovski Monastery in the afternoon. Bachkovo Monastery is established in the beginning of XI century and is the second largest Bulgarian Monastery nowadays. We suggest an early start of the day if Bachkovo Monastery will be visited.
/6 hours riding/

Day 8. Departure
After breakfast group  transfer to Sofia airport at 08.00 am.

 

Included in the price: ►7 overnights in local guesthouses and mountain hotels in rooms with private facilities and including breakfast ► 6 lunch packs & 4 dinners  ►English-speaking guide and  saddled horse ►luggage transport ►group transfer from/to Sofia on set times ►VAT and all local taxes.

Not included: ► international  flight tickets ►3 dinners and alcoholic drinks ►tips ► Bachkovo visit (50 EUR per vehicle) ► Private transfers: Sofia APT - Sofia center: 17 EUR (per vehicle); Plovdiv APT - Plovdiv center: 15 EUR (per vehicle); Sofia-Plovdiv or vv. 60 EUR (per vehicle)


Video by www.roesreport.nl

Other expenses: Single room supplement: 85 EUR

 

How to get there?: Wizz Air - http://wizzair.com/; Easy Jet - http://www.easyjet.com/; Germanwings - http://www.germanwings.com/; Penguin Travel – http://www.flybulgarien.dk/; Norwegian Air Shuttle - http://www.norwegian.com/; Airberlin - http://www.airberlin.com; Ryan Air - http://www.ryanair.com/

Recommended travel period of the year:   May - October