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Bulgaria has an ancient and rich history, the Thracians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgarians, Slavs and Turks have all inhabited the country in their time, all leaving behind their mark either through buildings, language, gastronomy or culture. The country is one of the EU’s newest additions bringing benefits to the visitor.

Our trek takes you through some of the least known and most authentic parts of the Rodopi Mountains. This mountain range is in the south of the country bordering Northern Greece, known as Bulgaria’s most lyrical mountain famed as birthplace of the legendary musician Orpheus. The landscape takes in spectacular gorges and steep rocky slopes which open on to tiered fields and pine forests. The area is littered with small picturesque villages mostly in the valleys. The traditions of Bulgaria's Slavs are strongest in the Rodopi and it is here that most of the Muslim population live.

The Walking

You pass through some of the most spectacular parts of the Rodopi Mountains, namely; the Trigrad Gorge, the Devil’s Throat Cave, the Miraculous Bridges amongst others. The trail affords breathtaking views over high rocky cliffs, woods, alpine meadows and the tiny villages where you can observe Bulgaria at its best untainted by the influence of western society.

Baggage Transfer

Your bag is transferred for you when required to your next hotel so that you can enjoy walking with just a day pack.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 2915m, Descent 2250m, 55 miles.

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On the trek the hotels are all small family owned establishments which offer traditional Bulgarian hospitality. They are simple establishments located in villages all rooms have a bath or a shower and W.C. Breakfast and dinner are included every night, except on the last night in Plovdiv where you are free to eat in one of the many restaurants in the city. The meals will feature typical Bulgarian cuisine many dishes are similar to well known Greek dishes.

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Day 1 Transfer from the airport to your first accommodation in Devin. If you arrive early explore this small village before dinner.

Day 2 You begin following a picturesque nature trail along the valley of the Devinska River. A short transfer then takes you to the entrance of the Yagodinska Peshtera Cave, one of Bulgaria’s longest and prettiest caves which you can opt to explore. The afternoon brings a colourful kaleidoscope of landscapes that will immerse you into the traditional lives of local people, passing through rolling crests and valleys before you reach Trigrad where you will spend the next three nights.

Ascent: 370m. Descent: 285m. Distance: 9 1/4 miles. Time: 6 - 7 hours.

Day 3 Today you enjoy a pleasant walk to the ambient village of Vodni Pad right by the Greek border. A circular trail takes you up panoramic crests, through green meadows past sheltered valleys and traditional stone houses. The final stretch follows the delightful babbling Trigradska River back to Trigrad.

Ascent: 385m. Descent: 340m. Distance: 11 miles. Time: 5 1/2 hours.

Day 4
Magnetic sights follow each other on another circular hiking tour around Trigrad, with the authentic village of Zhrebevo at its distant end. Legend has it, the village was named after a stallion which shielded it from trouble and strife. Along the route, you observe the entry to the Trigradsko Zhdrelo Gorge and enjoy the wonderful panorama to surrounding parts. This is also the best option to visit the Dyavolskoto Gyrlo (The Devil's Throat) Cave, housing the highest underground waterfall on the Balkans - 42m high. (5-6hrs of walking; 18km/11miles, climbing and descending 700m/2150ft.)

Ascent: 880m. Descent: 645m. Distance: 13 miles. Time: 7 1/2 hours.


Day 5 You are collected from your hotel and transferred to the village of Beden to begins today’s panoramic trek. The views of the Rodopi’s green crests change at each turn. Your day ends at the distinctive village of Lyaskovo with unforgettable charm and unique atmosphere. Your stay here will leave you with wonderful memories of Rhodope hospitality.

Ascent: 480m. Descent: 560m. Distance: 13 miles. Time: 6 1/2 hours.

Day 6 A picturesque route through the dense Rhodopes’ spruce forests takes you to the amazing rock formations of the Chudni Mostove (the wonderful bridges), a natural phenomenon that will certainly impress you. From here you are transferred to the village of Kosovo where you stay in a traditional stone house.

Ascent: 800m. Descent: 420m. Distance: 10 miles. Time: 6 1/2 hours.

Day 7 
After breakfast you are transferred to Bulgaria’s second-largest monastery at Bachkovo where you may view the miracle working icon of Virgin Mary. You then transfer onto Plovdiv to the starting point of a tour which you show the main sites of interest in the Old Town. Transfer to Sofia in order to make it in time for city tour (starting at 18.00) which shows you the most famous attractions in Sofia.  

Day 8 Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


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Walking is possible from May until October. July and August can be quite hot but early morning starts will reduce the impact.


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Fly to Sofia the country's capital non-stop from either London or Manchester, also connections available from the UK’s larger cities. The private transfer time is 3½ hours out and 2½ on the return.

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Self Guided Holidays

Included:

·         6 Nights accommodation with half board*

·         1 Night accommodation with bed and breakfast

·         Transfers between Sofia airport and the first/last hotels

·         Additional car transfers as listed in the itinerary

·         Baggage transfers between the hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • 'With Flights' includes in addition a typical flight price* from London Gatwick to Sofia. Flights from many local airports can also be arranged (exact prices for your dates are available on request)
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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices are valid for 2018

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 6 nights half board and 1 night bed and breakfast in a shared twin/double standard room.

Hotel to Hotel Trek

Dates

With flights*

Own International Flights

Extra night per person

Single supplement per night**

All year

714

564

POA

15

POA - Prices on application

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** No single travellers travelling on their own
 

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