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Caves and Waterfalls of the Balkan

Itinerary for Caves and Waterfalls of the Balkan

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Pick up from Sofia Airport and transfer to Sevlievo, located 190 km northeast from the capital, Sofia.
Accommodation in Helios hotel with a sauna and swimming pool.  In the evening, initial Instructions by the guides and dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Helios hotel in Sevlievo

Day 2 (Sunday): Morning Ride & Visit of Ethnographic complex Etara
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the stables. We tack up the horses and listen to the final instructions from our guides. Then, we get in the saddle and ride through hills and beautiful forests, with small creeks and lakes. We stop for our picnic in a beautiful meadow. 
After the ride, we go visit the Ethnographic complex Etara near by the town of Gabrovo, by car. The complex presents a village from the 19th century with the main crafts, developed at that time. The old machines are working with the power of the running water and the present craftsmen produce traditional pots, garments, food, music instruments, tools and souvenirs on them.
Riding: About 18 km (3.5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hunting Lodge near Skalsko

Day 3 (Monday): Visit of Dryanovo Monastery & Ride to Ledenik
This morning, we visit the Monastery and the cave “Bacho Kiro” by car. Then, we ride northward to the village of Ledenik, through beautiful meadows and walking along the small canyon and nice oak forests. An interesting tower has been preserved, that was built during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396). Picnic will be taken next to the village of Kereka.
Riding: About 29 km (5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Complex "Chiflika"

Day 4 (Tuesday): Visit of Veliko Turnovo & Ride to Emen
In the morning, visit by car to Veliko Turnovo the capital of Bulgaria in the time of the second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396). 
Today's riding destination is the village of Emen. You will ride along Yantra River and the fields and forests until you reach the village. Picnic next to the village of Balvan.
Riding: About 22 km (4 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Complex "Imenieto” in Emen

*Highlights: The ancient Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo.
A well-fortified hill has been the house of the Bulgarian tsar (king) and the aristocracy for 2 centuries. The castle and Orthodox churches that have survived from the Middle Ages are telling stories of one impressive history: the year 1185 began with omens. The winter happened to be so mild that the fruit trees all over Europe blossomed even in January. The Bulgarians connected this "God's omen" with the hope of restoring their state, which had been subdued by Byzantium 167 years ago. The brothers, Assen and Peter, which owned a miraculous icon, fascinated the people in the church on the day of St.Dimitar and leaded them to an armed uprising. Both brothers were kings for totally 12 years and they succeeded to restore Bulgaria almost to the size of its First Kingdom (681-1018). Both brothers were killed by traitors. On the 9 of April 1205 the army of the Fourth Crusade took the capital of Byzantium- Constantinople and founded their own Latin Empire, led by the count of Flanders, Boduen. Tsar Kaloyan (the younger brother of Assen and Peter) attempted to conclude peace with the knights, but they refused haughtily the offered hand. The eventful clash occurred on 14 April 1205 near to Adrianopolis (present Edirne). The army of count Louis was defeated and the Emperor Boduen was captured and taken to the capital Veliko Tarnovo, where later died.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Emen to Karpachevo
We start riding in northwest direction to the village of Karpachevo. Our route goes through beautiful forests with meadows and fields, towards the Devetaki plateau (500-600m above sea level) with its extraordinary caves, waterfalls and lakes. Picnic in the shade near the village of Dimcha.
Riding: About 45 km (7 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at G
uesthouse “Ongul” in Karpachevo

Day 6 (Thursday): Morning Ride & Visit of Devetaki Cave
In the morning, we go on a short ride on the Devetaki plateau. After the ride, we go back to the guesthouse for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit by car of the Devetaki cave. A part of the movie “The Expendables 2” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis was captured in the cave in November 2011.
Riding: About 12 km (2 hours)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at G
uesthouse “Ongul” in Karpachevo

*Highlights: Krushuna's Waterfalls
A unique natural water cascade, whose sparkling waterfalls consist of many shoots and small basins. The region is green and wild with a large variety of plant and animal species. This picturesque area is rich of limestone caves with springing streams and rivers. The biggest cave, called Boninska, contains the longest underground lake (800 m) in Bulgaria. The territory of Krushuna’s Waterfalls is a National park.

Day 7 (Friday): Karpachevo to Kramolin Lake
W start riding from Karpachevo village to the vertical cave ”Garvanitsa” on the plateau, then ride to the lake of Kramolin where we can swim in - with and without the horses. Picnic by the lake. In the afternoon, riding forward to the bigger lake, formed from Rositsa river, where the ride is finishing and horses & riders are transported back to the stable.
Riding: About 35 km (6 hours)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at
Helios hotel in Sevlievo

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Breakfast at the guesthouse, then transfer to Sofia.  
Meals included: Breakfast

Additional activities: bow-shooting, swimming in a lake with the horses, rowing with canoe, cultural tour around the historic landmarks, visit to Devetaki plateau caves and special party night. Massages are available every night upon request and against a small additional payment.
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Caves and Waterfalls of the Balkan
Tour Code: IT-BGRT02
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,470.00
Dates : May-June to Sept-Oct

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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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Airport: Sofia airport
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