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Rhodope Mountains Ride - In the Land of Orpheus


Itinerary for Rhodope Mountains Ride - In the Land of Orpheus




Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrive Sofia
Transfer to our hotel in Sofia for overnight.
Meals included: None
Overnight at Hotel in Sofia


Day 2 (Sunday): Ride around Lyaskovo
Transfer to our riding base in Lyaskovo at the foot of the Rodopi mountains (2.5 hours drive from Sofia), where we meet the horses. Today we make a loop-like ride to get acquainted with the horses. The night is spent with a local family in their guesthouse, enjoying local specialities and bagpipe music.
Riding: 3 hours
Meals included: B/L/D
Overnight at Guesthouse in Lyaskovo

Day 3 (Monday): Lyaskovo to Borino
We start riding South-West, toward the SPA town of Devin, where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our ride in the direction of the small village of Borino, where we spend the night in a local family's guesthouse.
Riding: 6-7 hours
Meals included: B/L/D
Overnight at Guesthouse in Borino

Day 4 (Tuesday): Borino to Trigrad
We continue our ride, passing through the heart of Mursalista National Park, on our way to Trigard. The trail offers stunning views over the Trigard Gorge, a canyon made of vertical marble rocks. After lunch, we visit Devil's Throat Cave, a spectacular sight! 
Riding: 6 hours
Meals included: B/L/D
Overnight at Hotel in Trigrad

Day 5 (Wednesday): Trigrad to Gela
Today, we start early. Our day's trail will take us to the ancient Chairski Lakes, surrounded by meadows full with orchids in summer. Passing through the picturesque village of Mougla we end the ride above the village of Gela.
Riding: 6 hours
Meals included: B/L/D

Overnight at Guesthouse in Gela

Day 6 (Thursday): Gela
The village of Gela is located at approximately 1500 m above sea level, at the foot of the most impressive peaks of the Rhodope Mountains - Grand Perelik (2191 m), Orpheus (2188 m) and Tourlata (1825 m). Scattered among 7 different hamlets, the village of Gela seems to have changed little over the last few hundred years. A legend associated with the history of the area says that it is the birthplace of Orpheus who came to search for Eurydice in the nearby Devil's Throat cave. Every summer the village hosts a National Bagpipe Festival.
The terrain is perfect for long trots and canters and we ride to the nearby villages Solishta and Stikul.
Free afternoon to relax or take a short tour to the famous village Shiroka Luka, visiting the local museum and school for folk music.
Riding: 3-4 hours
Meals included: B/L/D
Overnight at Guesthouse in Gela

Day 7 (Friday): Gela to Lyaskovo 
Following the ridges of Mursalitsa we reach the quarters of Devin, then continue to Lyaskovo, where the ride ends. We say good bye to our horses and drive back to Plovdiv (1.5 hours) where we spend the night at a hotel in the old town. 
Riding: 6 hours
Meals included: B/L/-
Overnight at Hotel in Plovdiv

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Transfer to Sofia airport for departure (1.5 hours drive).
Meals included: B/-/-


*B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
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Rhodope Mountains Ride - In the Land of Orpheus
Tour Code: IT-BGRT10
8 days / 7 nights ~$890.00
Dates : May-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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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...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Sofia International Airport (SOF)
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