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Cycling across the Balkans

Itinerary for Cycling across the Balkans

Sample itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1. Arrival
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to our hotel.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Sofia

Day 2. Goliam Izvor to Ribaritsa
Early transfer brings us to Golyam Izvor village where the cycling starts. We start cycling towards the town of Teteven as we have an optional detour to the Glozhene monastery. As we reach Teteven we can have a short stop for a walk and visit of the local historic museum and church or go for a short bike and hike to a nearby eco trail with 2 beautiful waterfalls. Then you continue cycling to Ribaritsa village where we stay for the night.
Cycling distance: 47km; Ascent: 370m; Descent: 220m.
Detour to Glozhen monastery - Distance: 27km; Ascent: 510m; Descent: 520m.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Ribaritsa

Day 3. Ribaritsa to Troyan monastery & Apriltsi
Ascent from Ribaritsa village to the highest point for the day - Bogoi pass (1185m). From this pass the road goes all the way down to the town of Troyan passing through the village of Shipkovo where you can take a refreshing bath in the mineral water swimming pools. After lunch in Troyan town centre we visit The Pottery and Craft Exhibition "Oreshaka" nearby and the famous Troyan monastery. We spend the night in Apriltsii village.
Cycling distance: 77 km; Ascent: 970m; Descent: 1060m.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Apriltsii

Day 4. Apriltsi to Gabrovo or Etura
Cycling on isolated village roads from Apriltsi to Gabrovo. Enroute you pass by numerous small villages set in green landscapes and river valleys. After an ascent followed by a nice downhill ride you reach Gabrovo town and continue to "Etura"- an open-air ethnographic museum, where you can add and additional 6km of cycling reaching the nearby Sokolski Monastery.
Cycling distance: 61 km; Ascent: 700m; Descent: 800m.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Etura

Day 5. Gabrovo to Tryavna & Bozhentsi
After breakfast you start cycling from Gabrovo. After an ascent followed by a descent, you arrive in Tryavna. There you can spend some time on sightseeing and lunch in the centre of this beautiful National Revival town. Ups and downs through open terrain will lead you to the final stop for today - Bozhentsi architectural reserve.
Cycling distance: 50 km; Ascent: 900m; Descent: 890m.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Bozhentsi

Day 6. Dryanovo monastery to Elena
A transfer in the morning brings you to the Dryanovo monastery where you can also visit the local cave. You start cycling from the turning for Yalovo village to the town of Elena passing by several villages and the blue waters of Iovkovtsi dam.
Cycling distance: 53 km; Ascent: 800m; Descent: 800m.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Elena

Day 7. Elena to Arbanassi & Veliko Turnovo
From Elena we continue cycling to the last point of the trip – Arbanasi architectural reserve. The landscape includes meadows, pastures, cultivation lands, shrubby hills and finally a beautiful plateau over Veliko Tarnovo. After some free time for rest and walks among the old houses of Arbanasi we go for a lunch and sightseeing tour in Veliko Turnovo - the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Afternoon transfer to Sofia where we spend the last overnight.
Cycling distance: 42 km; Ascent: 600m; Descent: 730m.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Veliko Turnovo

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to airport after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Cycling across the Balkans
Tour Code: ZZ-BGBK01
8 days / 7 nights ~$580.00
Dates: April to Oct

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Sofia
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