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Teteven Mountains Balkan Ride


Teteven Mountains Balkan Ride
Mountains Bulgaria

On horseback in Bulgaria... Discover the Southeastern European culture, charm & natural beauty!

Teteven Mountain of the Balkans promises to combine for you some of the most inspiring landscapes that the country has to offer - majestic valleys with shimmering rivers, deep and ancient forest, hidden lush meadows, impressive ridges crowned with rocky peaks. Our riding tour in the Stara Planina (or Balkan Mountains) will let you encounter spectacular views and quaint villages scattered on the foothills, where life is still lived in an old rhythm and with deep traditions. Wonderfully preserved nature and the authentic and honest lifestyle led by the local people will no doubt intrigue travelers and beckon for them to discover more of the unique and mysterious Southeastern Europe countryside. A great part of Teteven mountain is located within Central Balkan National Park, where we find the immense natural beauty of the Boatin and Tsarichina reserves and the caves “Morovitsa” and “Benkovskata” that are reminiscent of old haidouk times. And cultural attractions abound – we highlight the Glozhene Monastery of "St. George", housing its 1000-year icon, sits like a sentinel on high inaccessible cliffs and the Thracian fortress, Chertigrad, dating back to pre-Roman times! We try to offer great diversity with this tour! You will ride in the foothills among pastoral scenery and inhabited villages and climb up to 2000m of rugged and beautiful mountainside; Exciting trots and gallops whenever possible in the flat lands and then naviagte slowly and carefully the impressively steep sections, where we will even need to lead the horses occasionally!  You will admire the natural beauty of the Earth while enjoying the hospitality and cuisine of your fellow man - rakiya and other home-made appetizers is an integral part of the experience!

Tour Highlights...

Stara Planina or Balkans are the longest mountain range in Bulgaria.  It stretches from the western border all the way to the Black Sea in the East, dividing the entire country into two! Fighters against the Ottoman Empire hid in the forests here and the Bulgarian spirit was revived in its towns in the XVII and XVIII centuries.

The Glozhene Monastery (St. George) was founded in the XIII century. Situated on extremely scenic and high cliffs. Vasil Levski - the Apostle of Freedom - found refuge here in Turkish times.

Chertigrad is a Thracian fortress from Antiquity, which was used in the early Middle Ages. Its ruins are located in a beautiful location high above the valley of Cherni Vit river.

The Morovitsa cave is more than three kilometers long and inhabited by a colony of bats! In the ancient times it was also inhabited by the primitive people of the region.

Central Balkans National Park covers the high central part of Stara Planina. 70 000 hectares of ancient forest and including representatives of endangered species. The best preserved beech forest on the Balkan Peninsula is in the Boatin reserve. The average age of the trees here is 130 years old and the area is protected by the UNESCO “Man and Biosphere” Program.



Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Sofia
Airport: Sofia
Transfer: Sofia airport
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 6 riders

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    Teteven Mountains Balkan Ride
    Tour Code: IT-BGRT10M
    8 days / 7 nights ~$745.00
    Dates :

    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 2017 04/08 - 04/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
    A 2017 04/22 - 04/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
    A 2017 05/06 - 05/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 05/20 - 05/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 06/03 - 06/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 06/17 - 06/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 07/01 - 07/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 07/15 - 07/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 07/29 - 08/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 08/12 - 08/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 08/26 - 09/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 09/09 - 09/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 09/23 - 09/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 10/07 - 10/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
    A 2017 10/21 - 10/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
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    Tack: Western, Military style
    Horses: East Bulgarian and Karakachan local br...
    Pace: 4 to 6 riding hours per day. Ranges fr...

    Airport: Sofia
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