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Rhodope Mountains Ride - In the Land of Orpheus


Rhodope Mountains Ride - In the Land of Orpheus
Mountains Bulgaria
The Rhodopes are the greenest and most picturesque Bulgarian mountain range, known as the homeland of the mythological singer Orpheus. The140 mile long green mountain ridge is located in southern Bulgaria - with 20% of its range extending into Greece. With their pleasant climate the Rodhopi Mountains are the perfect place for horse riding, offering a variety of terrains in which one can experience of all types of riding and paces. This ride spends 6 days of riding in the enchanting Rodopes – the land of high peaks and deep river gorges, unique rock formations, lush meadows and dense forests. The mountains will infatuate you with their prehistoric caves, ancient Roman roads, bridges, fortresses and churches. 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 and today this region is where the native grape variety Mavrud is cultivated. The robust Mavrud red wines can be sampled at the well-known wine cellar, and is included in our itinerary.
Beautiful landscapes, picturesque small villages, exotic sites, great wines – come join us for an unforgettable holiday!


Special Highlights: 

-- Plovdiv – one of the oldest towns on the Balkan Peninsula that has seen the glory of Thracians, Greeks and Romans. Plovdiv played a key role in the Bulgarian Revival as witnesses the old part of the town.
-- Kuklen monastery – the ten centuries old monastery hidden in the northern slopes of the mountain has its stories to tell. They say that the water that springs there is healing.
-- The Miracle bridges –a natural phenomenon in the heart of the mountain and presents two stunning stone arches made from the collapse of a huge cave.
-- Bachkovo monastery - one of the biggest monasteries in Bulgaria, and the biggest in the Rodhopi Mountain. It has been built in the 11th. century, and has been a bastion for the Bulgarian culture over the dark ages of the Ottoman rule. In the monasteries are one of the oldest and best preserved religious wall paintings.


Holiday Extensions:
We have unique offers for other activity holidays as cycling, walking or family adventure. You can rent a car directly with our Plovdiv office.
If you just want to relax on the beaches of Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast or Northern Greece we can help you with bus/train tickets and hotel reservation!

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Plovdiv
Airport: Plovdiv / Sofia
Transfer: Included from Sofia or Plovdiv Airport
Riders: Min 3 riders
Max 6 riders

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    Rhodope Mountains Ride - In the Land of Orpheus
    Tour Code: IT-BGRT10
    8 days / 7 nights ~$770.00
    Dates : May to Oct

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 07/23 - 07/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 riding day... 3 /6 Expired
    A 2016 08/06 - 08/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 riding day... 3 /6 Expired
    A 2016 08/20 - 08/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 riding day... 3 /6 Expired
    A 2016 09/03 - 09/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 riding day... 3 /6 Expired
    A 2016 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 riding day... 3 /6 Expired
    A 2016 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 riding day... 3 /6 Reserve
    A 2016 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 riding day... 3 /6 Reserve
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    Bachkovo Monastery
    Tack: Western, but there is English tack ava...
    Horses: Most of the horses belong to the local...
    Pace: (6-7 hours in the saddle each day).Ran...

    Airport: Plovdiv / Sofia
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