Tour for nature lovers, easy walks /turns/, in the most beautiful parts of Rhodope mountains and along the Black sea coast. Class of hardship - 1.
Class of hardship for the hiking tours:
1: - Turns, 5-6 km walking per day on level road.
2: - Easy hikes, 2-3 hours walking per day on level road and hilly countryside.
3: - Hikes, 2-4hours walking per day in rough and mountain countryside, with 100-300 m displacement.
4: - Hikes, 3-5 hours walking per day in the mountains and 300-600 m displacement.
5: - Hard hikes , 5-8 hours per day in mountains and 600-1200 m displacement.
Day 1: Our tour begins with transfer from Sofia to the mountain resort of Pamporovo. The Perelik hotel where we'll spend two nights is at 1500 m above sea level and is surrounded by old and beautiful coniferous forests. There is a breathtaking view of the pine clad mountains from the hotel. This is likely what you will remember of the Central Rodope. Along the road we'll stop for sightseeing at Bachkovo monastery. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 2: Transfer/ about two ours/ to Trigrad gorge/ Rodope mountain. The Trigrad gorge area is part of the Rodope mountains but it is something other than the rounded hills covered with coniferous forests near the Perelik hotel, where we'll be accommodated in the evening. The first thing that impresses the person are the huge cliffs towering above us and the deep rocky valleys, where one can hardly see the meandering of the Trigrad river. Strange trees of black pine (local subspecies) grow straight from the rocks without any soil. Time and again we are convinced of nature's grandeur strangeness. Well, this is but a sketchy description of this extraordinary site with caves and rumble of the waterfalls. A person can hardly get a real impression of the gorge if he does not see it with his own eyes. This exceptionally beautiful area is 1200 m above sea level. It is approximately an hour away from the hotel in Pamporovo. We will have an easy hike about 2 km , along the road to reach the real gorge. Depending on the time left we expect to visit also Yagodina Cave, where we'll have another 2 km easy hike. The cave is an exceptionally long underground formation. 1500 m of it are made suitable for visit. It is exceptionally beautiful with its inner halls, narrow corridors, and thousands-of-years-old stalactites, stalagmites and stalactons, which descend and ascend from everywhere around us. Temperature is about 5 C so be prepared with some extra clothing. The walk is very easy and pleasant, we are accompanied by a local guide. In the evening our vehicle will bring us to Perelik hotel. Dinner and spending the night at the hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: A long but necessary transfer, to the coastal lowlands of the Southern Black Sea. We will spend 2 nights at Park hotel, which is situated outside of the town of Burgas close to the Atanasovo salty lake reserve and the beach. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Visit the Ropotamo reserve. We'll have an easy hike about 2 km along the beach, till we reach the river of Ropotamo. A boat trip to the estuary of the river follows. In the afternoon we'll visit the picturesque coastline just south of Sozopol museum town where we'll have another walk in the old town and the harbor in the afternoon. Late afternoon we come back to Park hotel for dinner and Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Transfer to Kavarna with stop for sightseeing and lunch at Nesebar old town. Late afternoon accommodation at Panorama hotel for 2 nights . The hotel is situated outside of the town, on a hill just above the sea. Two nice woody valleys are also visible from the hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: A trip to Kaliakra reserve. This is the real steppe for as far as the eye can see there is only steppe interspersed here and there with scrub and small stunted trees. The steppe is traversed by unexpectedly deep valleys. The coast is rocky, with vertical reddish orange cliffs descending over 150 m into the clear bluish green depths of the sea. In front of us are the remains of the ancient Kaliakra fortress, which is shrouded in legends. We'll have here an easy hike about 2 km along the rocky coast and among the ruins. A lunch at the local restaurant follows. In the afternoon we'll visit the Yailata reserve, with another easy hike, of 2 km along the rocky sea coast. In the afternoon we came back to Kavarna for visiting the small but very interesting local ethnographic museum. Last dinner for the trip at Panorama hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Transfer to Varna for internal flight to Sofia, where our tour is over. Includes: (B).
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