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Teteven Balkan Village Trek

Itinerary for Teteven Balkan Village Trek

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1. Arrive Sofia
Transfer to our hotel for overnight. Private transfer is included.
Meals included: -/-/-
Overnight at Hotel in Sofia

Day 2. Ride to Glozene Monastery
The road passes through meadows and mixed forest. We will ascend the heights above the village where we will see the first beautiful view of the central ridge of Stara Planina and the town of Teteven surrounded by rocky peaks. Then, we will descend through an ancient beech forest at the end of which Glozhene Monastery is located. Perched on a high rock, it reveals an even more spacious view of the Danube plain.
We will visit the monastery and find out about its 800 year old history. After our lunch break, we take another route to come back to Goliam Izvor, where we will spend the night.
Duration of the ride: 4-5 hours riding.

Meals included: B/L/D
Overnight at Guesthouse in Golyam Izvor

Day 3. Golyam Izvor Ride
After breakfast we start our ride around Goliam Izvor and the nearby rolling hills. We will see some pretty houses and how the locals live. Then, we will move onto some open plains, perfect for canters with a nice view over the valley.
Duration of the ride: 4-5 hours
Meals included: B/L/D
Overnight at Guesthouse in Golyam Izvor

Day 4. Golyam Izvor to Lopian
The route will take us on the other side of Goliam Izvor and along a small river, supplying the fields, perfect for long galops. Then we pass through the roma neighborhood of Belianovec, before ascending into a pine forest. There we are going to have a nice packed lunch amongst the nature. After the woodlands, we will trek through an open field again and finish at the outskirts of Brusen, where we leave the horses and get a short drive to ‘Starata Furna’ or the Old oven, our super charming guest house. If not too tired, we can make a car trip to Etropole Monastery and the waterfall nearby (30 min drive).
Duration of ride: 5-6 hours
Meals included: B/L/D
Overnight at Guesthouse in Lopian

Day 5. Lopian to Cherni Vit
The start of the trail passes through mixed forests. Then we get on top of unwooded ridge with beautiful 360 degrees view of the nearby mountains. We will continue along the ridge really soaking in the scenery in the beautiful trek. After we will finally descent to the village of Cherni Vit. In the afternoon we will have a trip by car to an approximately 4 million years old Saeva Dupka cave which is known for its beautiful formations.
Duration of ride: 4-5 hours
Meals included: B/L/-
Overnight at Hotel in Teteven

Day 6. Cherni Vit to Teteven
The ride on this day starts from Cherni Vit leading us close to the Boatin Reserve which is part of the Central Balkan National Park which protects the nature in the central part of Stara Planina.
Afternoon will be spent sightseeing in Teteven.
Duration of ride: 4-5 hours
Meals included: B/L/-
Overnight at Hotel in Teteven

Day 7. Teteven to Golyam Izvor. Back to Sofia.
We start with a morning transfer to Cherni Vit village where we have left the horses the previous day. We ride through some forests, hills, slopes and a beautiful ridges. We will enjoy the scenery of Goliam Izvor one last time.
After lunch, transfer back to Sofia for overnight at a hotel.
Duration of ride: 4-5 hours
Meals included: B/L/-
Overnight at Hotel in Sofia

Day 8. Departure.
Meals included: B/-/-

*B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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Teteven Balkan Village Trek
Tour Code: IT-BGRT10M
8 days / 7 nights
Dates : Apr-Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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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A 2024 04/13 - 04/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip 2 /8 Expired
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A 2024 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2024 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2024 10/19 - 10/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Western and English (military style)
Horses: East Bulgarian and Karakachan local br...
Pace: 4 to 6 riding hours per day. Ranges fr...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Sofia Airport (SOF)
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