Trail through three Mountains of Southbulgaria - Rhodope Mountains, Slawjanka, Pirin Mountains- with visit of Rita monastery (8 days)
During your adventure the three mountains will reveal to you the magic of their nature, history and ethnography. The Rhodopes, the most ancient mountain on the Balkan Peninsula, will let you have a look in its mythical world. Galloping over miles of stunning views at the bottom of Slavyanka mountain you will enjoy magnificent scenery. The mighty Pirin mountain is soaring over the smallest Bulgarian historical town - Melnik. And you will be absorbed in the authentic atmosphere of the town nestling at the foot of the mountain. There you will have the chance to have a sip of our ancestors' sacred drink - wine. You will observe rare birds, wild animals and plant and endemic species.
Day 1: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to Trigrad in the South of Bulgaria to the family riding centre. After the check-in you will meet your guides and get to know the horses.
Day 2: After breakfast you mount your horse and head to the village of Bujnovo. Here in the Rhodopes you can see the ancient Bulgaria from his best side. You will enjoy beautiful mountains and little villages. In noon you will have lunch with sandwiches. The day has short riding itinerary for getting used to the horses and the saddles. In the afternoon you arrive the village Bujnovo and you accomodation. Here you visit the Yogodinska cave (cave pearls) on of the most beautiful flowstone caves in Buldgaria. Dinner on the terrace of the hotel. Riding time around 4 hours.
Day 3: After the breakfast you will enjoy a beautiful ride through the virgin forests. The picnic is taken at a very romantic place in an old wooden hut near the Roman Bridge. After the break you ride along the 19 km lake of Dospat. If you want you can enjoy the unique adventure and swim with the horses. You let the horses rest at the lake and go on a lovely boat trip at the sunset. Your hotel will sleep on the picturesque coast of the dam and enjoy a freshly caught fish for a dinner. Riding time around 6-7 hours.
Day 4: Today you start the ride along the lake. Then you enter the deep woods. In the noon you enjoy the leisure time and lunch in a wooden summer-house. There you get a Barbecue around the fire served. In the afternoon you will ride on to Dikchan Natural Reserve where you can expect to meet some wild animals.
A unique experience attends you, a live polyphonic singing "Aloud" in Dolen and Satovcha villages. After this day full of emotions you will relax at the fireplace in the Dikchan hunting hut. Overnight in a hunting hut. Riding time around 4-5 hours.
Day 5: Today you will ride through the small village of Pletena and stop at the village of Dolen, which is an architectural reserve and most of the houses are more than 150 years old. There you will be absorbed in the authentic atmosphere of the Rhodopes Mountain, you will experience the rich folklore and ethnographic heritage of the Bulgarian people. In the afternoon you have a visit to the 18th century church with unique architecture and icons in the village of Dolen. In the evening you can retire at a delicious bonfire evening in the company of the horses. Riding time around 3-4 hours.
Day 6: After breakfast you have a ride from the village of Dolen through a valley of Mesta river. On this route you have wonderful possibilities for long trots and galopps before you arrive the picnis location at the waterside of the river. Again, you are heading into mountainous territory, and see the Slavianka mountain rising up before you. In the afternoon you will visit a local dairy and you can taste the local specialities. This night you stay in a mystery and magic monastery, the "St. Dimitar" cloister in Teshovo. Riding time around 6-7 hours.
Day 7: On the last riding day you continue through the ancient woods to the Northwest slopes of Slavyanka reserve, passing along an old caravan road to Kalimantsi village. You enjoy your lunch below the Ali Botush mount.
In the afternoon you have to say goodbye to the wonderful horses. Wuth a minibus you drive to Melnik (20 minutes) where you stay in a iconic old Melnik houses, built on the slopes of the sand pyramids. Dinner at the authentic tavern and wine tasting at the rock cellar of the house. Riding time around 6 hours.
Day 8: Breakfast and transfer to Sofia. Frühstück und Transfer nach Sofia. If the earliest flight departure time of the group is past 5:00 pm (17:00h), riders will have the opportunity of visiting and taking a tour of one of the ancient, most remarkable and the largest monasteries in Bulgaria - The Rila Monastery. (Subject to change)
Program: riding tour
Lodgings: hotels, hunting lodge, monastery
Catering: full board
Rooms: double/single room
Bring own Horse: -
Capacity min/max: 4/8
Your expert: Denise Neufeld
local crossbred horses. All the horses are friendly and well trained. Height between 1,50 and 1,60 metres.
& tack: Cavalry and Western saddles with saddlebags.
Riding level & experience:
Experience in outriding and experienced in all gaits. Riding in different and mountained terrain. Sometimes you have to overcome little obstacles (trees, rivers etc.) Riders clean and saddle their horses themselves. Riding time between 4-7 hours.