Experience Bulgaria

Tour highlights:
♦ Troyan Monastery “Assumption of Virgin Mary” - the 3rd largest in Bulgaria, built in the style of the Bulgarian Renaissance.
♦ Etura Open-air Ethnographic Museum - showcasing the Bulgarian customs, craftsmanship, architecture and way of life in the region during the Bulgarian National Revival period (18th-19th century).
♦ Bozhentsi village - an architectural reserve consisting of some 100 houses from The Bulgarian National Revival Period.
♦ Veliko Turnovo - the old medieval capital of Bulgaria.
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Price
€599 per person
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
8+
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Join us on this exciting cycling trip in the heart of the Balkan Mountains! We will bike in the north and central parts of the Balkan Mountains, famous for their unspoiled nature, green valleys, precipitous cliffs and gentle, rolling hills offering plenty of unique biking opportunities. We will start the trip in the tiny Goliam Izvor village. We will pass through the Central Balkan National Park and end up in Veliko Tarnovo – the Old Bulgarian capital and one of the most charming Bulgarian towns. The narrow roads meander through picturesque villages, where traditional lifestyle has been preserved and it is not uncommon to wooden carts pulled by a horse or donkey and villagers making hay the old-fashioned way.

What's included

Destination
Plovdiv , Rila mountain , Sofia Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Your accomodation
Return Location
Your accomodation
Tour Start Date & Time
May 21, 2022 9:00 am View other Times
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
Price does not include
  • Current Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Other International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
Day 1

Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to our hotel..

Day 2

Goliam Izvor village - Ribaritsa village

Early transfer brings us to Golyam Izvor village where the cycling starts. We start cycling towards the town of Teteven as we have an optional detour to the Glozhene monastery. As we reach Teteven we can have a short stop for a walk and visit of the local historic museum and church or go for a short bike and hike to a nearby eco trail with 2 beautiful waterfalls. Then you continue cycling to Ribaritsa village where we stay for the night.

Cycling distance: 47.5km; Ascent: 620m; Descent: 510m.

Day 3

Ribaritsa village - Troyan monastery - Apriltsi

Ascent from Ribaritsa village to the highest point for the day - Bogoi pass (1185m). From this pass the road goes all the way down to the town of Troyan passing through the village of Shipkovo where you can take a refreshing bath in the mineral water swimming pools. After lunch in Troyan town centre we visit The Pottery and Craft Exhibition "Oreshaka" nearby and the famous Troyan monastery. We spend the night in Apriltsii village.

Cycling distance: 77km; Ascent: 970m; Descent: 1060m.

Day 4

Apriltsi - Gabrovo - Etura

Cycling on isolated village roads from Apriltsi to Gabrovo. Enroute you pass by numerous small villages set in green landscapes and river valleys. After an ascent followed by a nice downhill ride you reach Gabrovo town and continue to "Etura"- an open-air ethnographic museum, where you can add and additional 6km of cycling reaching the nearby Sokolski Monastery.

Cycling distance: 61km; Ascent: 700m; Descent: 800m.

Day 5

Gabrovo - Tryavna - Bozhentsi

After breakfast you start cycling from Gabrovo. After an ascent followed by a descent, you arrive in Tryavna. There you can spend some time on sightseeing and lunch in the centre of this beautiful National Revival town. Ups and downs through open terrain will lead you to the final stop for today - Bozhentsi architectural reserve.

Cycling distance: 58km; Ascent: 1010m; Descent: 1000m.

Day 6

Bozhentsi - Dryanovo monastery - Elena

A transfer in the morning brings you to the Dryanovo monastery where you can also visit the local cave. You start cycling from the turning for Yalovo village to the town of Elena passing by several villages and the blue waters of Iovkovtsi dam.

Cycling distance: 46km; Ascent: 800m; Descent: 800m.

Day 7

Elena - Arbanassi - Veliko Turnovo - Sofia

From Elena we continue cycling to the last point of the trip – Arbanasi architectural reserve. The landscape includes meadows, pastures, cultivation lands, shrubby hills and finally a beautiful plateau over Veliko Tarnovo. After some free time for rest and walks among the old houses of Arbanasi we go for a lunch and sightseeing tour in Veliko Turnovo - the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Afternoon transfer to Sofia where we spend the last overnight.

Cycling distance: 42km; Ascent: 600m; Descent: 730m.

Day 8

Departure

Transfer to Sofia airport for departure

 

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PRICES

Price includes:

  • 7 nights at family run hotels and guest houses in rooms with private facilities
  • 7 breakfast + 5 dinners (day 2-6)
  • supporting vehicle and English-speaking guide/driver
  • map and road notes in English
  • technical bike support
  • airport transfers on days 1 and 8 and all local transfers

Price do not include:

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Frinks and meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Additional transfers
  • Bike rental - see above "Our bikes"
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Additional Services:

  • Private tour on other than the published dates: 90 EUR pp.
  • Extra transfer: 15 EUR per vehicle

GOOD THINGS TO KNOW

Roads:We use mainly isolated village asphalt roads with little traffic, road conditions are relatively good with some exceptions (bumpy sections, potholes, rough asphalt), we do not go off road

Guide/driver::The guide with the supporting vehicle and the luggage inside checks several times a day if everything is OK with the group, waiting by crossroads, accompanying them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and giving them talks by the most interesting sites en-route

Dress code:In monasteries and churches - men are not allowed to enter in shorts and women should not expose their legs and shoulders.

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      Balkan cycling

      Price
      €599 per person
      Duration
      8 days / 7 nights
      Destination
      More than 1
      Travellers
      8+

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