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Breathtaking Horse Riding Tour Bulgaria

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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. This trail takes you to the North side of the Balkan mountain – free and open land without any fences. During the holiday 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 our own gardens.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 150 - 165 centimeters
  • Tack Type: Western and Endurance high-quality saddles – Ortho-Flex and Podium. Some of the horses are ridden in bitless bridles
  • Horse Breed: Shagya and pure-bred Arabs, East-Bulgarian breed, and cross-bred with Arab horses – all very well-trained, spirited and easy to control.

Meet the instructors

Maria
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Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding, daily riding time: 3 to 5 hours
  • Enjoy a great view of the Balkan mountain
  • 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
  • Daily meals and drinks (including beer and wine)
  • Free airport transfers

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

During the trail, you will be accommodated in nice traditional guesthouses, where you can enjoy homemade delicious dishes, fine wine, fruits, and vegetables from the local gardens. Guesthouses offer traditional Bulgarian breakfast. Rooms are mostly twin with an en-suite bathroom.

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

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

From Riding Club ”Alfa”, located near the town of Sevlievo, to the Novakovtsi village (2 nights), the Rocky Chain Vitata Stena, the village of Zhivko, the village of Gesha, ”Etara” Ethnographic complex, Gabrovo, Dryanovo monastery, Gostilitsa village and back to the Riding Club.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrival in the town of Sevlievo and accommodation in Hotel Incanto, which has a sauna and jacuzzi.
  • Initial Instructions by the guides (can be done the next morning, depending on the arrival time)
  • Dinner and rest in the hotel.

Day 2: Riding (18 kilometers / 11 miles - 4 hours)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Packing up the luggage and heading to the Riding Club. Arrival at the stable. Introducing the horses to the riders, final preparations and instructions by the guides. A round of riding for about 2 hours through hills and beautiful forests with small creeks. Lunch at the Riding Club. After lunch, another ride in the area of the stable for about 2 hours.
  • Dinner and night in a guest house “St. George” (2 nights).

Day 3: Riding (20 kilometers / 12 miles - 3 to 3.5 hours)

  • Breakfast at the guest house. Riding through forests and open fields gives an opportunity for nice canters, disclosing a great view of the Balkan mountain. Picnic near Armenite village. Riding towards the village Novakovtsi where we will spend the night in the quiet guest house “St. George”.
  • Dinner at the guest house.

Day 4: Riding (20 kilometers / 12 miles - 4 hours)

  • Breakfast at the guest house. Ride to the small and well-hidden village of Zhivko. Riding alongside the foot of the famous rocky chain ”Vitata Stena” (10 km long and more than 120 m high!), which is a nature reserve. Along the ride you will have an amazing view towards the Balkan mountain. Picnic outdoors at a lake over the rocks. Arrival at Zhivko village. 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.
  • Dinner and night at a beautiful traditional-style guest house in Zhivko village.

Day 5: Riding (21 kilometers / 13 miles - 4 hours)

  • Breakfast at the guest house. Pack up 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.

Day 6: Riding (22 kilometers / 13 miles - 4 hours)

  • Breakfast at the guest house and visit Dryanovo Monastery by car and the “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, enjoying nice canters along the wild meadows. Picnic near Skalsko Lake. Arrival at the beautiful Guest House Gostilitsa with a swimming pool.
  • Dinner and rest at the guest house.

Day 7: Riding (20 kilometers / 12 miles - 4 hours)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start an amazing ride back to Riding club ”Alfa” through the wilderness and along 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 at ”Incanto” hotel in Sevlievo.
  • About 20 kilometers (4 hours) of riding.

Day 8: Departure

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Leaving for Sofia.
  • Departure from Sofia Airport.

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.

Additional information

  • The minimum number of riders is 4. A trail for 2 or 3 riders will be confirmed to run if the clients agree to pay the small group supplement in case the minimum of 4 is not reached. Small group supplement (2 or 3 in the group) “The Wild Land of Central Bulgaria”: 350 EUR net price
  • If a single rider wants to share a room with somebody else, but there is no other suitable person to share, then he/she will have a single accommodation and has to pay its additional tax.
  • The routes and the dates could be changed on the desires of the customers. If a group of min.4 riders wants to change a planned for one date trail to another one, this could be done in case there are no other bookings for this period.
  • Prices can be changed in case of some extreme change in the fuel price.
  • Accompanying children and young people: over 12 years. All accompanying non-riders will get the chance to participate in the above-mentioned additional activities.
  • Arrival time required: between 12:00 and 16:00 or something very close to this time. The clients, arriving outside the appropriate time should have a special transfer.
  • Departure time required: between 11:00 and 15:00 or something very close to this time. The clients, departing earlier than the appropriate time, should have a special transfer. *The clients, departing later than the appropriate time will not have to pay for a special transfer, but they will be left at the airport together with the earlier departing riders.

Instructors

Maria Toneva

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

All meals are included. Midday meals are in the open-air – picnics – during the passages and they consist of warm homemade food, beer, and cold and hot drinks. The package offers ecologically clean food and 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 (220 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 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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