This hiking tour includes all transfers, including those to and from Sofia Airport. Walking treks are moderately arduous. Paths are well marked and in addition each client receives a map and route highlights in English.
Day 1: We meet you at Sofia Airport and transfer you to overnight in Devin.
Day 2: Your first hiking trek across the Rhodopes follows a picturesque nature trail along the valley of the Devinska River. A short transfer takes you to the entry of the Yagodinska Peshtera Cave: one of Bulgaria’s longest and prettiest caves, which you can opt to view. The afternoon brings a colourful kaleidoscope of landscapes that immerse us in the traditional lives of local people and the idyll of rolling crests, forests, and valleys. Three overnight stays at Trigrad. (walking: 15km/9miles, climbing 700m/2300ft and descending 350m/1200ft.)
Day 3: Today, you enjoy a particularly pleasant walking trek to the village of Vodni Pad right by the Greek border, until recently within a closely guarded strip proscribed even for those living down the road. A circular trail takes you up panoramic crests, through pine forests dotted with green meadows and smallholdings, sheltered valleys, and traditional stone houses. The valley of the Trigradska River takes you back to Trigrad. (walking: 20km/12miles, climbing 700m/2300 and descending 350m/1200ft.)
Day 4: Magnetic sights follow each other on another circular hiking tour around Trigrad, with the authentic village of Zhrebevo at its distant end. Legend has it, the village was named after a stallion which shielded it from trouble and strife. Along our route, you observe the entry to the Trigradsko Zhdrelo Gorge and enjoy the wonderful panorama to surrounding parts. (walking: 22km/14miles, climbing and descending 800m/2600ft.)
Day 5: A transfer to the village of Beden begins today’s particularly panoramic trek. The views of the Rhodopes’ green crests change at each turn. The day ends at the village of Lyaskovo, one of the most distinctive local communities, with unforgettable charm and unique atmosphere. Your stay will leave you wonderful memories of Rhodope hospitality. (walking: 24km/15miles, climbing 350m/1200ft and descending 315m/1000ft.)
Day 6: A picturesque hiking route through one of the Rhodopes’ most beautiful forests (yet one little known among tourists) takes you to the amazing rock formations of the Chudni Mostove: a natural phenomenon that will impress you. From here, you are transferred to the village of Kosovo: a unique mountain community where you overnight in a traditional stone house. (walking: 13km/8miles, climbing 635m/2100ft and descending 200m/700ft.)
Day 7: After breakfast, you may walk the cobbled streets of Kosovo and imbibe the ancient atmosphere that still pervades its venerable stone walls and houses. You are then transferred to Bulgaria’s second-largest monastery at Bachkovo where you may view the miracle-working icon of Virgin Marry. A transfer then takes you to Sofia, with time to tour the city’s major sights in the afternoon.
Day 8: Transfer to Sofia Airport.
A DETAILED ROUTE BOOK AND MAP WILL BE PROVIDED UPON ARRIVAL
Notes: you may book additional nights in Sofia or Plovdiv before or after the tour, and/or day trips with us to heritage sites like Koprivshtitsa or Veliko Tarnovo, or a mountain day trip to the Musala summit in the Rila Mountains (the Balkans’ highest at 2925m/9596ft) and the Seven Rila Lakes.
Accommodation and luggage transfers: three-star and family hotels; en-suite rooms; breakfast and supper except Day 7, when supper is not included. Luggage is transported between accommodations.
Best period: mid April – September
Price includes: transfers to and from Sofia Airport and all other transfers in the itinerary; accommodation and catering as in the itinerary; luggage transfers; detailed route descriptions in English; a Rhodopes tourist map and all local taxes.
Price does not include: cave entry charges; extra food and drink; medical insurance; personal expenses; spa procedures.
Group size: Min. 2 persons.
- Price: 440 €
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