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Orpheus Trail (8 days progressive ride in Rodopi mountains)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Bulgaria  
Specialty Categories: Horse Riding   Caving  
Season: April - November
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 670 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 730 Euro (EUR)

Six days of riding in the Rodopes –the land of high peaks and deep river gorges, weird rock formations, lush meadows and dense forests.

The region has a wealth of traditional architecture and folklore: en route we visit remote villages, old churches and one of Bulgaria’s finest monasteries Bachkovo. According to mythology, this is the homeland of Dionysus, the God of wine. Today this is the area where a native grape variety Mavrud is cultivated. The robust Mavrud red wine can be sampled at the well-known wine cellar, included in our itinerary. Beautiful landscapes, picturesque small villages, exotic sites, great wines – come join us for an unforgettable holiday!


Day 1. Arrival
Our guide welcomes you at Sofia / Plovdiv Airport. Transfer to Plovdiv – the second biggest city in the country, and one of the main cultural centres of Bulgaria.

Day 2. Plovdiv - Galabovo - Plovdiv
A short transfer takes us to Galabovo, 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.
/hours in the saddle: 3/

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.
/hours in the saddle: 5-6/

Day 4. Lilkovo - Persenk hut
We continue the ride, passing through several tiny villages, following Varhovrah ridge with great panorama views, to reach Persenk hut, where we stay overnight.
/hours in the saddle: 4-5/

Day 5. Persenk - Wonderful bridges - Orehovo village
The ride today takes us to Orehovo. We have lunch there and a short transfer to Chudnite Mostove – a unique rock formation in the heart of the mountain. Continue to Orehovo village where we stay overnight. Here if you are not tired we can ride one more hour around Orehovo.
/hours in the saddle: 3-4/

Day 6. Orehovo - Kosovo - Bachkovo Monastery - Kosovo
From Orehovo we head up the ridge, once there we have the opportunity for a nice gallop through deep woods and vast meadows to Biala Cherkva. We have lunch there and then a descent to Kosovo awaits us (2,30 hrs). 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. Overnight in Kosovo.
/hours in the saddle: 5-6/

Day 7. Kosovo - 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 the horses. Wine-tasting is planned for the last afternoon of our programme. An optional stop to see the "Red Church" in Perushtitsa on our way back to Plovdiv. The Red Chuirch is a large, partially preserved, late Roman (early Byzantine) Christian basilica, dating back to the late 5th–early 6th century.
/hours in the saddle: 4-5/

Day 8. Departure
After breakfast we get a transfer to the airport in Sofia/ Plovdiv for departure.

Departure dates: 01 April 2015
Departure dates: 18 April 2015
Departure dates: 02 May 2015
Departure dates: 16 May 2015
Departure dates: 30 May 2015
Departure dates: 13 June 2015
Departure dates: 27 June 2015
Departure dates: 11 July 2015
Departure dates: 25 July 2015
Departure dates: 08 August 2015
Departure dates: 22 August 2015
Departure dates: 05 September 2015
Departure dates: 19 September 2015
Departure dates: 03 October 2015
Departure dates: 17 October 2015

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Included in the price: ►7 overnights in local guesthouses and mountain hotels in rooms with private facilities ►breakfast, 6 lunch packs & 4 dinners included ►riding guide ►English-speaking interpreter ►wine tasting►saddled horse ►luggage transport ►group transfer from/to Sofia or Plovdiv airport (09.00 - 19.00) ►VAT and all local taxes.

Not included: ► 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)

Other expenses: Single room supplement: 85 EUR