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Breathtaking Horse Riding Tour Bulgaria

Explore the unique nature of Bulgaria on horseback, meet the local traditions and culture, discover the ancient history, and taste the delicious food and wine.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 15 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Western and English tack
  • Horse Breed: Shagya and pure-bred Arabs, East-Bulgarian breed, and cross-bred with Arab horses

Meet the instructors

Maria

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Ride along the valleys, lakes, beautiful forests, and open fields
  • Visits to Etara complex and Bacho Kiro cave
  • Crossing Yantra River on the horseback
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in double rooms with WC and shower in high-quality hotels or guest houses, including Incanto or Helios hotel for the first and second nights, a guesthouse in Zhivko village for the third night, a guesthouse in Gesha village for the fourth night, Eco-hotel Imenieto in Emen for the fifth night, a first-class hunting lodge in Skalsko for the sixth night, and Incanto Hotel for the last night. There will be high-quality hotels and guest rooms. Swimming pools, massages, and sauna are available in all the hotels.

Note

If a single rider wants to share a room with somebody else, but there is no other suitable person to share, then he or she will have a single accommodation and has to pay its additional tax.

Program

This trail takes you to the north side of the Balkan mountain - free and open land without any fences. During the tour, you have the chance to explore the greatest historical, cultural, and natural landmarks in the area. This experience is supplemented by fine Bulgarian wines and delicious traditional dishes, fruits, and vegetables from the local farms and own gardens. Alfa Riders LTD & Alfa Centaur LTD understands that enjoying your horse and feeling safe are some of the most important things for a riding holiday.

That is why they carefully select horses and train them to be reliable, easily controllable, and brave. Your horse will be carefully chosen, according to your requirements and abilities. The guides will prepare the horse for you every day, so you can just relax and enjoy your holiday. The terrain is diverse, but mainly smooth and pleasant, giving you the opportunity to ride free from strain and to enjoy with all your senses the amazing natural scenery. You will ride along the valleys, lakes, beautiful forests, and open fields.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Pick up from Sofia Airport (SOF) and transfer to Sevlievo, placed 190 kilometers northeast from the capital. Arrive in the quiet village Kormiansko and accommodation in a guest house Raya with a beautiful view of the Balkan mountain. Initial instructions by the guides. Dinner and rest in the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Arrive at the stable. Introducing the horses to the riders, final preparations, and instructions by the guides. A round of riding for about two hours through hills and beautiful forests with small creeks. Lunch at the Riding Club. After lunch, there is another ride in the area of the stable for about two hours. Dinner and night in a guest house Raya.

  • Distance: 18 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4 hours

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Packing up the luggage and heading to the Riding Club. Ride to the small and well-hidden village of Zhivko. Riding alongside the foot of the famous rocky chain Vitata Stena (10 kilometers long and more than 120 meters high), which is a nature reserve. Along the ride, you will have an amazing view of the Balkan mountain. Picnic outdoors at the foot of the rocks next to the village of Armenite, situated just in the middle of Vitata Stena. Dinner and night at a beautiful traditional-style guest house in Zhivko village.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4.5 hours

Day 4

Breakfast at the guest house. Visit by car of the Ethnographic complex Etara near Gabrovo city. The complex represents a village from the 19th century with the main crafts developed at that time. The old machines work with the power of running water and the present craftsmen produce traditional pots, garments, food, musical instruments, tools, and souvenirs on them. Pack up at noon and ride in the wilderness towards Gesha village. Picnic outdoors near Yantra river. Arrive at Gesha and spend the night in a nice guest house with a swimming pool.

  • Distance: 21 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4 hours

Day 5

Breakfast at the guest house and the visit by car of Dryanovo Monastery and Bacho Kiro cave above it. The Monastery survived after being set on fire by the Ottoman army in one epic battle with the rebels of the biggest Bulgarian uprising against the Turkish occupation in 1876. Ride north through the valley of Yantra River, enjoying nice canters along the wild meadows. Picnic under the shades near Vetrintsi village. Arrive at the peaceful country-style hotel Imenieto with a swimming pool. Dinner and rest at the hotel.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4.5 hours

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. Walk by foot to the nice Eco path in the Emen canyon of Negovanka river. Ride in the open fields, enjoying nice canters and the beautiful views. Picnic at the lake near to the village of Burya. Dinner and night at Skalsko first-class hunting lodge, situated on the shore of a lake.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4.5 hours

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. Start an amazing ride back to Riding club Alfa through the wilderness and along with the beautiful forests, creeks, and fields of the southwest. You will enjoy the breathtaking view all around. Picnic in the wilderness. Arrive at the stable, saying goodbye to the horses. Farewell dinner and night in the guest house Raya.

  • Distance: 20 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4 hours

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. Leaving for Sofia. Departure to Sofia Airport (SOF).

Pace

Varying from walk-on steeper slopes to a fast pace in open spaces. The riding consists of 40 percent walking, 30 percent trotting, and 30 percent cantering. This proportion could be changed according to the requirements and the abilities of the riders or weather conditions.

The horses

Shagya and pure-bred Arabs, East-Bulgarian breed, and cross-bred with Arab horses - all very well-trained, spirited, and easily controllable. The height of the horses varies from 150 to 165 centimeters.

Riding guides

The riding guides are experienced, professional, and know all the horses and the routes well. They have a sound knowledge and awareness of safety and looking after horses and guests out on a ride. The leading guide is able to take sole charge of riders, encourage them to enjoy riding, and plan the riding time and the breaks. There is one leading the group and the other following with a jeep and all luggage.

Notes

The routes and the dates could be changed upon request. If a group of a minimum of four riders wants to change the date, this could be done if there are no other bookings in this period. The arrival time is between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. or anytime very close to these hours. Those arriving outside the mentioned time should have a special transfer. The departure time is between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or anytime very close to these hours.

Those departing earlier than mentioned time should have a special transfer. Those departing later than the mentioned time will not have to pay for a special transfer, but they will be left at the airport together with the earlier departing riders. It is obligatory to have a riding helmet. Accompanying children and young people are over 12 years old. All accompanying non-riders will get the chance to participate in additional activities.

Location

The horse riding will start from Riding Club Alfa, located near the town of Sevlievo, to The Rocky Chain Vitata Stena, the village of Zhivko, the village of Gesha, Etara Ethnographic complex, Gabrovo, Dryanovo monastery, the village of Emen, the old capital Veliko Turnovo, and back to the riding club. Bulgaria is one of the best-kept secrets of Europe, a beautiful mountainous country that offers travelers untouched villages, rich spiritual traditions, spectacular granite peaks, deep rivers, green valleys, blue sea, and an old-world culture with an impressive history.

Bulgarians were deeply connected to their horses. History tells curious facts. The great Hungarian scholar Professor Geza Feher (1890-1955) said in his writing, in "Strategicon" by Psudomavrikius (seventh century), it is written: "the horses, which the Bulgarians use in battle, graze freely on the meadows and nobody can ride them except in wartime. If they catch someone riding them at other times, they would kill him".

If you wish to enjoy exciting moments, riding in this splendid different world, and going wherever you like with no forbidden roads, come to this lovely country! The relief is smooth and pleasant, and you will see the spectacular sceneries of the land in the best possible way from the horseback.

Food

The meals are all-inclusive, except for the hard drinks. The hotels and houses provide breakfast and dinner and they offer traditional local dishes. The lunch will be in the open-air during the passages and they consist of warm food, beer, and cold and warm-up drinks. You will be served ecologically clean food, international and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bow-shooting
  • Cultural tour around the historic landmarks
  • Massages
  • Visit of the Ethnographic complex Etara

What's included

  • 6 days of riding
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and drinks (including beer and wine)
  • Transfers from and back to Sofia Airport (SOF)
  • Entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Professional guides’ assistance
  • Luggage transfers
  • Jeep vehicle support

What's not included

  • Hard drinks
  • Private transfer from and to Sofia (80 EUR)
  • Small group supplement (2 or 3 in the group - 350 EUR)
  • Sleeping bag rental (20 EUR)
  • Wine tasting with 5 wines and special food (20 EUR per person)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday July 16, 2022
Departure: Saturday July 23, 2022

Pricing information

Prices can be changed due to the extreme change in the fuel price.

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