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Mystic Rhodope Mountains - Road Cycling

Itinerary for Mystic Rhodope Mountains - Road Cycling

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

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

Day 2. Belmeken dam to Velingrad
Drive to Sestrimo. The cycling starts few kilometers before the village of Sestrimo and up to Belmeken dam (2000 m) through old coniferous woods. In the afternoon the road passes the Iundola's mountain meadows before descending to the spa town of Velingrad, where we stay overnight in a hotel with mineral water swimming pool.
Cycling specifics:
Distance: 42 km; time: 3.5 hrs; uphill cycling: 140m (459ft); downhill cycling: 1,440m (4,724 ft)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Velingrad

Day 3. Velingrad to Dospat
We begin few kilometers from Velingrad, passing through the picturesque landscape of Tsigov Chark countryside by Batak dam to the town of Dospat. On the way we go round the blue-green waters of Goliam Beglik and Shiroka poliana dams before reaching the town of Dospat and its dam, where we stay overnight in a hotel.
Cycling specifics:
Distance: 71 km; time: 6-7 hrs; uphill cycling: 1300m (42,65 ft); downhill cycling: 810m (2,657ft)

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Dospat

Day 4. Dospat to Trigrad
The biking starts from Dospat via Borino town to the Buinovsko Gorge, which is also a gate to the next stop - the Yagodina Cave. Here we make a cave tour before going further to Trigrad village, passing among the 250 m high cliffs of the Trigrad Gorge. Here another sinister cave is expecting us - The Devil's Throat Cave, housing one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe.
Cycling specifics:
Distance: 48 km; time: 5 hrs; uphill cycling: 1200 m (3,937 ft); downhill cycling: 1250m (4,101 ft)

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Trigrad

Day 5. Trigrad to Smolyan
A pleasant descent along Trigradska River brings you to the village of Grohotno and the natural rock phenomenon "The Elephant". Then we continue upstream Shirokolushka River to the village of Shiroka Luka. We stop here to savor the spirit of this architectural reserve, famous for its preserved houses dating back from the Bulgarian Revival Period. We pass by the beautiful Smolyan lakes and finish cycling in Smolyan town, where we stay overnight.
Cycling specifics:
Distance: 66 km; time: 6-7 hrs; uphill cycling: 1260 m (4134 ft); downhill cycling: 1510m (24954 ft)

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Smolyan

Day 6. Smolyan yo Rozhen
Cycling from Smolyan to the historic place Rozhen. After a short rest you go uphill to a big picturesque meadow at 1700m which marks the beginning of a gentle downhill ride in direction to Laki town through “Momina voda” protected area. Nearby is the picturesque village of Borovo and the famous religious place with chapels and healing springs – Krastova Gora.
Cycling specifics:
Distance: 58 km; time: around 5 hrs; uphill cycling: 1480m (4856 ft); downhill cycling: 1420m (4659 ft).
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Borovo

Day 7. The Miraculous bridges & Bachkovo monastery
The downhill ride continues along Jugovska River valley to the main road Smolyan-Plovdiv. Short transfer brings you to the Miraculous bridges rock phenomenon for short  walk and sightseeing. The next stop is Bachkovo Monastery (the second largest in Bulgaria). Transfer to Sofia.
Distance: 56 km; time: about 5 hrs; uphill cycling: 1310m (4298ft); downhill cycling: 860m (2822ft)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sofia

Day 8. Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for departure.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Mystic Rhodope Mountains - Road Cycling
Tour Code: ZZ-BGBK02
8 days / 7 nights ~$680.00
Dates: May 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: Plovdiv / Sofia
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