The Legend of Orpheus

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Price
€359 per person
Duration
3 days / 2 nights
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2-16

The oldest city in Europe - Plovdiv and much more

Tour highlights:
♦ Visit the oldest city in Europe - Plovdiv (around 8,000 years old).
♦ Learn the legend of Orpheus and dive into two magic caves.
♦ Experience the magnificent Trigrad gorge and ride on amazing jeep safari.
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A memorable transit through some of the least-known and most authentic parts of the Rhodopes: Bulgaria’s most lyrical mountain famed as birthplace of the legendary musician Orpheus. Along with its wonderful climate, the mountain offers the perfect setting for gentle hiking amid pastoral landscapes, valleys dotted with picturesque villages, verdant meadows with grazing flocks of goats and sheep, ancient deciduous forests, Roman roads and bridges, and an enormous diversity of natural phenomena like the Trigradsko Zhdrelo Gorge, the Yagodinska Peshtera and Dyavolsko Garlo (The Devil’s Throat) caves, the Eagle’s Eye observation platform, and the Chudni Mostove (Wonderful Bridges) rock bridges. A visit to Bachkovo Monastery (the second largest in Bulgaria) and options to join free walking tours of Sofia and Plovdiv cities are also included in the program.

What's included

Destination
Plovdiv , Rhodope mountain , Rila mountain , Sofia Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Your accommodation
Return Location
Your accommodation
Tour Start Date & Time
December 14, 2022 9:00 am
Price includes
  • A guides tour of amazing places
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • First class accommodation or best available
  • Transportation in comfortable car / passenger van
Price does not include
  • Gratitutes
  • Meals and beverages not included in the tour description

Plovdiv

Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria and an administrative center of Plovdiv County. It is situated in the Upper Thracian Plain (Gornotrakiyska Nizina), on both banks of the Maritsa river. The climate is transitional–continental with mild winters and hot summers. The average temperature in January is +1°С, and +24°С in July .
The town in its present appearance was built around seven hills – the hills of Plovdiv (Plovdiv Tepes) which are an inseparable part of the city’s history.
Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe – the beginning of its history dates back to 4,000 years BC. In the beginning, the ancient settlement was situated on the natural elevation between Nebet, Taksim and Dzhambaz hills (the Three Hills). In ancient times Thracians inhabited the Three Hills and built a fortified settlement – the largest city in Thrace. In the 4th century BC, Plovdiv was conquered by Phillip of Macedonia. He gave the city one of its many names – Phillipopolis and had it surrounded by thick fortified walls. Later the Thracians regained their power over the city, but after a series of battles in the 1st century AD, it became a part of the Roman Empire.

Plovdiv remained the second largest and economically important city after Sofia to the present day. The city is a large industrial and commercial center. The famous Plovdiv International Fair, which annually hosts the presentation of goods and exchange of contacts and experience between sellers from all around the world, is conducted here. The town hosts theater, dancing and movie festivals, and the numerous archaeological finds of Thracian, Roman and Byzantine times not only recall the glorious past but are successfully combined with the modern architecture of the city. An example of this is the Roman aqueduct, which has become an indispensable part of Komatevsko Shose road; the Amphitheatre was successfully restored and is presently used for performances. The city has several museums – historical, archaeological, ethnographic, and natural science museum, as well as an Art Gallery and a Drama Theatre. One of the most famous landmarks is the architectural complex of the Ancient Plovdiv, where many beautiful houses from the times of the Bulgarian Revival had been preserved and restored. Many of them are inhabited to the present day.
The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and a cultural and economic center of southern Bulgaria. There are many accommodation options here – from luxurious hotels to hostels. The main street of the city offers excellent opportunities for entertainment and shopping; the restaurants options are numerous.

Devil’s throat cave

Devil’s Throat Cave is located in the Western Rhodopes, 17 km from the city of Devin. It is among those caves that do not offer dazzlingly exquisite rock formations. What entrances visitors is the possibility of embarking on a real journey of discovery, partaking of a mysterious and awe-inspiring underground kingdom. The cave’s entrance resembles a devil’s head, and down its throat rushes a massive waterfall that from ancient times has captivated imaginations and given birth to numerous legends.
The most popular of these is that Orpheus descended down this orifice to the subterranean kingdom of Hades, to seek his lost love Eurydice.
The cave descends straight down without branching in either direction. The water from the Trigrad River falls from a height of 42 meters down the cave’s “throat”, making it the highest underground waterfall on the Balkan Peninsula. Because of the muffled roar of the waterfall, the cavern into which it falls is known as The Hall of Thunder. It is enormous – the second larges cavern in Bulgaria. Roughly 400 meters from the entrance the water disappears down a funnel. This funnel is more than 150 meters deep, and when it emerges from the funnel into another cavern about 60 meters long, the underground river exits the cave and flows out among the mountain peaks through another cave.

It is an arresting fact that nothing carried into The Devil’s Mouth Cave by the river emerges back from it. Many attempts have been made to track pieces of wood and other material through the cave, but they all vanish without a trace on the underground river, arousing curiosity and tantalizing the imagination. Experiments performed with dyes have shown that it takes more than 1½ hours for the water to traverse the short distance from one opening to the next, fueling speculations about an extensive system of underground streams in the cave.Source

Trigrad Gorge

Trigrad Gorge is a 7-kilometer defile north of the village Trigrad, beneath towering marble cliffs cut over millions of years by the Trigrad River. The gorge was declared a protected reserve by Decree № 4021 on December 6, 1963.
In places, the cliffs are some 300 meters apart, but in a considerable portion of the gorge, for some 2-3 km, they are only separated by about 100 meters. On the western side of the gorge, the cliffs rise roughly 180 meters, while on the east they are 300-350 meters high. These gargantuan dimensions place the gorge third among all such geological formations in Bulgaria. The road to Trigrad winds along the river that in places pours from the rocks. It is a typical Bulgarian one-lane mountain road, with traffic in both directions. To drive this narrow, winding road requires considerable attention and tolerance, since cars traveling in opposite directions can’t pass each other. Because this narrow road is squeezed between the river on one side and the sheer cliffs on the other, travelers get the impression that Trigrad is much more distant than it is, and that the village is guarded by stone fortress walls closely guarding the mountain’s secrets. The massive cliffs that toward the upper part of the road seem to almost touch each other, that seem to steal the very sunlight, present visitors with a humbling sight, and the considerable natural beauty of the surrounding Rhodopes completes the unforgettable picture.The Trigrad River disappears into the earth at the entrance to The Devil’s Throat Cave, only to reappear some 530 meters below in a different cave. The Devil’s Throat Cave is a favorite tourist destination and one of the country’s most impressive developed caves, in part because of its huge waterfall fed by the river – a 42-meter drop. There are many other caves in the area, but most of them are relatively small (only 12 are more than 100 meters long). A particularly interesting cave for tourists is the Haramiyska Cave on the cliff face opposite The Devil’s Throat Cave. Remains from Neolithic cave dwellers have been discovered there. However, the cave can only be visited with the use of climbing and spelunking equipment and accompanied by an experienced guide. Not far from these caves is the beautiful Yagodina Cave. The road through the Trigrad Gorge leads to the picturesque village of Trigrad, where tourists will find a warm welcome. The village offers overnight accommodations and can arrange other tourist activities. Near the village, there are a number of hiking trails that allow visitors to further appreciate the beauty of the region.Source

 

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
Day 1

We leave Sofia!

9:00 - Departure for Plovdiv.

11:00 - We start our exploration of the oldest city in Europe. We will cover the Roman culture as well. In Plovdiv we will see the beautiful old town, Ethnographic museum, the famous amphitheater, Nebet tebe, Aliosha, and we will finish with wine tasting and option for a pleasant dinner.

18.00 Free time. Overnight.

Day 2

We head out to Trigrad.

8:00 - Breakfast. We metaphorically set sail for Trigrad across the Rodopha mountain. Photo break!

11:00 - We will leave our luggage in the hotel.

11:30 - Our first stop will be the "Devil's throat" accompanied by a mesmerizing story of Orpheus.

13:00 - Following by the "Yagodina" cave and than we will get on several jeeps and visit the Trigrad gorge with amazing view!

 18.00 We will head out to the hotel. Several dining options will be offered.

Day 3

10.00 Breakfast. Departure for Sofia

13.00 Stop by the Boyana church - one of UNESCO's sites

14.00 Arrive at your hotel 

More about this tour

Accommodation and luggage transfers: three-star hotels (Sofia, Devin) and rural family pensions / guesthoues (Trigrad, Lyaskovo, Kossovo); en-suite rooms; breakfast. Luggage is transported between accommodations.

Other information:

  • You can use your own insurance or we can arrange it for you through our partners.
  • Listed price is for two people / per person.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.
  • Hotel pick-up costs an additional 5/10 Euro per reservation, depending on the location of your hotel.

Please ask us about our group discounts.

 

Covid19 Update: Restaurants in the area have 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. You can also prepare sandwiches or small snacks sold everywhere in Sofia.

Attire: The weather conditions can change very rapidly. We advise you to pack some warm clothing even during the summer months. Comfortable shoes are recommended as some of the streets are cobbled.

Photos

Photos are allowed everywhere with the exception of churches and monasteries.

Cash is important

Please have cash with you as not all places accept debit / credit cards and ATMs.

Food:

There are numerous restaurants in the area that offer authentic food. We will have time to stop and enjoy a nice lunch for the multi-day tours and at certain instances in the daily tours.

 

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
      • No shows are fully charged
  • The experience requires a minimum of travelers. If it’s canceled we will offer you another experience or fully refund your money.

BEST PERIOD

  • May-October (other months also possible)

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!

 

 

 

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      The Legend of Orpheus

      Price
      €359 per person
      Duration
      3 days / 2 nights
      Destination
      More than 1
      Travellers
      2-16

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