Balkan Village Trek

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Price
€899 per person
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
1-6

Experience the beauty of Bulgaria

Tour Highlights:
♦ Stara Planina is the longest Bulgarian mountain, stretching from Bulgaria's western border all the way to the Black Sea, dividing the country into two. Its old name is “the Balkans” from where the name of the Balkan Peninsula originates.
♦ Central Balkan National Park covers the high central part of Stara Planina. On an area of 70 000 hectares ancient forests and many animals, including representatives of endangered species, find tranquility from the aggressive human impact. The reserve is protected under the UNESCO “Man and Biosphere” Program.
♦ The Glozhene Monastery „St. George“ was founded in XIII century. It is situated on an extremely scenic place, perched on high cliffs from where a spectacular view is revealed. Vasil Levski - the Apostle of Freedom - found refuge in it in Turkish times.
♦ Saeva Dupka cave is one of the most beautiful Bulgarian caves. It is 205 meters long and over 1 million year old. Its five halls and numerous galleries are full of bizarre cave formations. It is illuminated and urbanized.
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The tour is diverse and combines horseback riding with seeing cultural sights and immersing in the atmosphere of this beautiful Bulgarian area.

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Price does not include
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums

Many and varied are the mountains in Bulgaria, but Teteven Balkan combines the best of them all – picturesque valleys with sparkling rivers and ancient forests with hidden meadows, high ridges and tops, crowned with rocky peaks revealing spectacular views, and villages scattered at the foothills, where life is lived with an old rhythm. This part of Stara Planina is loved by tourists both for the preserved nature and for the pleasure of touching the authentic life of the local people: tasting home-made rakiya with home-made appetisers is an integral part of the experience.

 

 

The tour is diverse and combines horseback riding with seeing cultural sights and immersing in the atmosphere of this beautiful Bulgarian area. The trek runs in the relatively low part of Stara Planina – between 400 and 1100 m asl. You will ride along dirt roads and trails. The terrain is rugged and rocky in places, with an option to trot and canter.
We spend between 4 and 6 hours in the saddle every day, and the duration of each ride in most of the days can be changed according to the abilities and will of the riders. Luggage is transported by car and the saddling is western or English.

Apart from the overnight at a hotel in Teteven, all other nights we will stay at guest houses where the food is cooked by the hosts or in small rural restaurants. Thus, the contact with local culture is closer and the impressions – more vivid and immediate.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
Day 1

Arrive in Sofia
Transfer to our hotel for overnight. Private transfer is included.

Day 2

Golyam Izvor - Glozene Monastery-Golyam Izvor
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 see the monastery and find out about its 800 year old history. Then have a soup for lunch, made by the local staff. After, we take another route to come back to Goliam Izvor, where we will spend the night. B/L/D
Duration of the ride: 4 - 5 hours

Day 3

Around the village of Golyam Izvor
After breakfast we start a village trek 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 plane areas, perfect for gallops with a nice view over the valley. B/L/D
Duration of ride: 5 hours 

Day 4

Golyam Izvor – Brusen - 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 trekk 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). B/L/D
Duration of ride: 5-6 hours

Day 5

Lopian – 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. Overnight in a guest house in Cherni Vit. B/L/-
Duration of ride: 5 hours

Day 6

Cherni Vit – Teteven
The ride on this day starts from Cherni Vit leading us close to the the Boatin Reserve which is part of the Central Balkan National Park which protects the nature in the central part of Stara Planina. Overnight in Teteven.
Optional trip by car to Troyan Monastery (80 km) and Chiflik Spa.B/L/-
Duration of ride: 5 hours

Day 7

Teteven – Golyam Izvor. Back to Sofia
We start with a morning transfer to Cherni Vit village where we have left the horses the previous day. On that last day we have a little bit of forest, some hills, slopes and a beautiful ridge to go through. Then a last scenery of Goliam Izvor, lunch and a transfer back to Sofia for overnight at a hotel. B/L/-
Duration of ride: 4-5 hours

Day 8

Departure
Transfer to Sofia airport for departure. B/-/-

More about this tour

Good things to know:
►Horses: Most of the horses are crossbreeds between the local East-Bulgarian and Karakachan with a mid-height of 1,50 cm, they are well known as thoughtful and tough, and are thus extremely well-adapted to the mountainous region of the Stara planina Mountains. The maximum weight limit of the riders is 100 kg.
►Saddles: Western and English. Riding helmet is not mandatory.

Accommodation and luggage transfers: three-star hotels rural family pensions / guesthoues;

En-suite rooms;

breakfast and supper except Day 7, when supper is not included.

Luggage is transported between accommodations;

3 hotel overnights with breakfast (two in Sofia and one in Teteven) rooms with private facilities; 4 in guest houses incl. breakfast (2 rooms sharing one toilet/bathroom);

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • You walk every day with just a day pack! The rest/unnecessary luggage either remains inside the transfer vehicle, or in your accommodation.
  • This hiking tour includes all transfers, including those to and from Sofia Airport (contact us for details in case you land on different airport). Walking treks are moderately arduous. Paths are well marked and in addition each client receives a map and route highlights in English.
  • You can use your own insurance or we can arrange it for you through our partners.

BEST PERIOD

  • May-October (other months also possible)

Price includes:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • Transfers from/to Sofia airport and private transportation with convenient car or Minivan throughout the tour;
  • The price includes a breakfast in your hotel

(Traveling solo? Ask us to join you to an existing reservation in order to reduce the above price)

  • Accommodation and boarding as mentioned
  • Entrance fees, VAT and all local taxes.

Price does not include:

  • Rent of hiking poles: 15 €/person
  • Other food and beverages
  • Gratuities(optional)


GOOD THINGS TO KNOW:

Covid19 Update: Some restaurants are with limited capacity until further notice, due to the state of emergency in Bulgaria.
It’s recommended that you check with us prior to your trip or go to this link for up to date information.

Attire: We recommend to dress according to the season as it is always a good idea to have and umbrella and comfortable hiking shoes. Trekking sticks are also recommended. A warm piece of clothing is also a good idea as it can get chilly during the nights.

Photos

Photos are allowed on most places with the exception of some churches and monasteries.

Admissions
The admissions are included in the pricing.

Cash is important
Please have cash with you as not all places accept debit / credit cards and ATMs!

 

Cancellation policy - we offer free cancellation and a full refund*

  • Daily tours
    • If you are unable to attend a daily tour and let us know 24 hours in advance we will provide you with a full refund. We will try to accommodate any changes at the last moment, but we cannot guarantee it.
    • If you are unable to attend a multi-day tour please let us know as early as possible. The refunds are listed below
      • Up to 30 days before the start date -> 100%
      • Up to 21 days before the start date -> 70%
      • Up to 14 days before the start date -> 50%
      • Less than 14 days before the start date - unfortunately we will not be able to refund you
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      Balkan Village Trek

      Price
      €899 per person
      Duration
      8 days / 7 nights
      Destination
      More than 1
      Travellers
      1-6

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