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Monday
20 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday
21 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
22 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
23 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday
24 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday
25 August
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
26 August
10:00am - 4:00pm
Springtime mountain biking around Belogradchik rocks , Balkan mountains, Europe, Bulgaria.

Bulgaria: a melting pot of natural beauty, millennium old culture and ancient traditions. Together we can explore this fascinating, and relatively undiscovered country on foot, by kayak, on horseback and on two wheels!

Join us on this multi-activity adventure as we explore this beautiful and diverse country. Venturing off the beaten track we can uncover some of Bulgaria’s hidden gems and the warm summer temperature make this perfect time to visit this wonderful country. Our multi activity holiday has been specifically designed for those who seek fun, variety and action in the fresh mountain air. This light-hearted week will guarantee a few laughs, give us a real feel for the great outdoors and leave us feeling revitalised and full of life!

Waterfall canyon in Rhodope Mountains

Itinerary

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Our first stop is Smolyan, a beautiful old town situated in the dense forests of the Rhodope Mountains. On the way we will stop off at the medieval Bachkovo Monastery. This evening we will enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and a short briefing about what we can look forward to over the next week.

  • Accommodation 3* Hotel Kiparis Alfa
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast we drive to the magnificent “Canyon of the Waterfalls”, hidden deep in the highest part of the Rhodope Mountains. From here we will take a short hike and have an included picnic lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the village of Shiroka Luka, an amazing, perfectly preserved architectural reserve, before returning to our hotel and enjoying a traditional Bulgarian dinner.

  • Accommodation 3* Hotel Kiparis Alfa
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we will visit Prevala, a pass high (1800m) above sea level, from here we will hike through some beautiful pine forests to the village of Gela. From here we will take the bus transfer to the town of Trigrad renowned for keeping its old traditions alive.

  • Accommodation 2* Hotel Arkan Han
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast we can visit nearby Trigrad Gorge and the “Devil’s Throat” cave, a popular attraction particularly with budding photographers, where the waters of the Trigrad River plunge 137ft into the “Hall of Thunder”. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, we saddle up and take turns to enjoy the wonderful views from horse back as we ride through the lush green meadows. This activity is suited for beginners. Later, we visit the Yagodina Cave, one of the most popular cave systems in Bulgaria.

  • Accommodation 4* Hotel Persenk
  • MEALS All meals included

Today it’s time for our three hour mountain bike adventure! (All equipment and helmets are provided), after we enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Later on this afternoon we will enjoy a boat trip on the lake to a nearby mountain dam. The rest of the day is at leisure, but why not take a dip in one of the Devin mineral springs and pool.

  • Accommodation 4* Hotel Persenk
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we travel to Beglika, a high mountain lake, where it is our kayaking day! A professional instructor will give us a lesson in the calm waters before we have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we have some free time where you can practice further with the kayaks or just relax on the shores of a lake!

  • Accommodation 4* Hotel Persenk
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we depart the mountains and head to Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia. Pausing en-route for lunch in a traditional restaurant and a visit to the historical town of Batak.

  • Accommodation 3* Hotel Niky
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast, we can enjoy a short walking tour of Sofia city centre where we can see the main sites including Boyana Church (UNESCO) and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. This afternoon, we transfer to the airport before our return flight to the UK.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb 0°C, Mar 05°C,
Apr 11°C, May 16°C,
Jun 18°C, Jul, Aug 22°C,
Sep 17°C, Oct 12°C,
Nov 06°C, Dec 01°C

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Useful Information

 

Transfer Time

The transfer from Sofia Airport to our hotel is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, dependent on weather and traffic.

Gratuities

We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of 40 Bulgarian Lev (equivalent to €20) per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % add on.

What to Wear/Equipment

Jumper/fleece for evenings

Walking boots

Walking poles (if used)

Comfortable shoes/flip flops/trainers (cycling/horse riding)

Beach towel

Swimming gear

Long, comfortable trousers for the horse riding

Sunhat/cap

Lightweight mackintosh or poncho

Sunglasses

Sunlotion

Watershoes

More to Explore

There may be some opportunities for optional tours available to you. Please note that prices shown may vary according to numbers. Full details will be given at your Information Meeting. All tours must be paid for in euros only. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

 

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Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 2 guided walks
  • 1 half day horse riding
  • 1 mountain bike adventure (approx. 3 hours)
  • 1 day kayaking including a lesson with professional kayak instructor
  • Visits to Bachkovo Monastery, the village of Shiroka Luka, Yagodina cave, town of Batak.
  • Panoramic tour of the historical centre of Sofia on foot.
  • Short boat trip
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader and local guide
  • Solos Board:Breakfast daily at the hotel, 6 dinners and 4 lunches in local restaurants and 2 picnic lunches

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Easy to Medium
  • Distance: 7 to 9km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential

NB:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen activities according to the different grades. The horse riding and kayak excursions are suitable for complete beginners and accompanied by professional instructors, however you need to be fit and able to complete the walks and mountain bike excursions.

 

 

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