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Extraordinary Horse Riding Tour Bulgaria

This trail ride goes through the Bulgarian Rose Valley and Sredna Gora Mountain - the land of Thracians, mineral springs, roses, and fine wine. The main goal of this carefully designed holiday is to give great pleasure to your body, senses, and mind. It is the perfect combination between beautiful wildness and earthly delights.

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
  • 2 massages during the tour
  • Program for intermediate and advanced riders
  • Ride through villages, towns, mountains, lakes, and forests
  • Destinations full of historical values
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

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 luxury hotels, the majority of which have hot mineral water. There are swimming pools and opportunities for spa treatments in nearly all places. Rooms are mostly twin with an en-suite bathroom. Almost all hotels are situated out of towns or villages, so you will be able to rest well in the peace and quiet of nature.

Program

Galloping through gorgeous valleys and Sredna Gora’s untamed nature, then relaxing in hot mineral pools with a glass of fine wine, this trail offers marvelous landscapes, good horses and equipment, luxury hotels, delicious food, and more. 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. Sredna Gora is one of the smoothest mountains for riding in Bulgaria, without steep climbs or descents, with a level ridge great for canters and an amazing 360-degrees view of all the highest mountains - Rila, Pirin, Rhodope, and Balkan mountains.

This trail goes on for three days into the mountain and three days into the valley, so you will get to explore the deep, century-old beech forests and marvel at the breathtaking sights of the mountain. Lovely canters between rose gardens and free herds of cows in the valley complete the experience. The required level of experience for this ride is intermediate or higher. You should be a strong and confident rider, capable of all paces, and fit enough for long canters through rough terrain.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Pick up from Sofia Airport (SOF) and transfer to the town of Hisarya, placed 180 kilometers southeast of the capital. You will sleep in a spa hotel with mineral swimming pool and sauna. Welcome dinner, briefing, and rest at the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Arrival at the stable. Introducing the horses to the riders, final preparations, and instructions by the guides. Picnic in a nice wooden shelter next to Matenitsa village, situated at the foot of the mountain. Afternoon ride to Krasnovo village, famous for its mineral baths situated on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain. Accommodation and dinner in the new Spa Hotel Aqua Termi. Before dinner, you can have aquatic relaxation procedures and massages, and swim in the mineral water pool.

  • Distance: 26 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4.5 hours

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Start from Krasnovo village, ride through rose gardens and up into the heart of the mountain. Lunch at the beautiful Buntovna Hut at 1180 meters altitude. It is located in an old beech forest in the historic area of Konska Polyana, Kulata, and Kanara, offering an amazing view.

Afternoon ride through the deep beech forest and the lovely open mountaintop, ending up near the town of Koprivshtitsa. Accommodation in the new hotel Eagle Rock, situated in the middle of the mountain hills, where you can hear the sheep’s bells playing a song. The hotel has a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and a sauna. Dinner of local meals and wine.

  • Distance: 28 kilometers
  • Riding time: 5.5 hours

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will have a two-and-a-half-hour ride in the neighboring wildness of Koprivshtitsa. Lunch at a restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the old town of Koprivshtitsa. You will get to visit some of the most interesting museums. Enjoy some free time for shopping and exploring the charming galleries, craftsman shops, and coffee retreats. Dinner and night at the hotel.

  • Distance: 12 kilometers
  • Riding time: 2.5 hours

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Ride through an untouched forest to the Spa Resort Strelcha and reach the very top of the beautiful peak Wolf - 1240 meters, with an amazing panoramic view of the Upper Thracian Plain and the surrounding mountains. Picnic under a cozy wooden shelter just a few kilometers down the Wolf peak. Overnight in a spa hotel with a hot mineral pool and massage center. Before dinner, you will have time to relax with a massage and swim in the mineral water pool. Dinner at the hotel’s traditional-style restaurant.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4.5 hours

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. Ride through rose fields and nice vineyards and along sandy lakes. Picnic in a cherry garden next to the village of Krastevich. Accommodation in the luxurious Wine and Spa Complex Starosel. Before dinner, you can enjoy the nice spa center or join a wine tour. Dinner at a nice restaurant in the complex.

  • Distance: 28 kilometers
  • Riding time: 5 hours

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the Starosel Thracian Cult Complex. It is the largest preserved Thracian King Complex with a temple-mausoleum in Southeast Europe. It dates back to the fifth century BC. You will get to learn about the mysterious Thracians and their amazing cultural heritage and historic significance. Beautiful, long gallops among meadows, riding near Pyasachnik artificial lake - the biggest in the area - with a panoramic view of the mountain. Picnic in the meadows near Panicheri village.

Afternoon ride across forests, meadows, and along lakes, doing a full circle which ends in Hisarya. Accommodation in a spa hotel with a mineral swimming pool and sauna. Visit the remains of a fortress wall, belonging to the ancient Roman town Diocletianopolis - the third-largest in the ancient Thrace province. Hisarya was an active Roman Spa Resort and was at one point used as a rehabilitation center for wounded Roman soldiers. Farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers
  • Riding time: 4 hours

Day 8

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

Pace

The pace is varying from walk-on steeper slopes to a fast pace in open spaces. 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.

Equipment

Alfa Riders LTD has both Western and Endurance high-quality saddles - Ortho-Flex and Podium. Some of the horses are ridden in bitless bridles.

Horses

Alfa Riders LTD has 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.

Guides

The riding guides are experienced and professional and know all the horses and 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 and to encourage you to enjoy riding and plan together with you the riding time and the breaks. There will be two guides of professional riders, one leads the group and the other is following the group with a jeep and all the luggage. They will take care of the horses and your good mood.

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. 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.

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.

Location

This holiday in Bulgaria will take you from the town of Hisarya to Starosel village, Krasnovo village, Belo Kamene hut, the town of Koprivstitsa, the town of Strelcha, Krastevich village, and back to Starosel.

Hisarya

Hisarya is a small resort town in central Bulgaria, located in Plovdiv province. It sits at an elevation of 368 meters. Hisarya has 22 hot water springs that have been actively used since ancient times. Water temperatures vary from 44 to 55 degrees Celcius. This area has always attracted settlers due to the abundance of water. Thracians first settled here IV-III century BC.

Later, the Romans arrived at these lands, transforming the town. They built a marvelous city, wide streets, stunning courtyards, villas, marble baths, aqueducts, sewage systems, and an amphitheater. Ruins from the Roman period are still well-preserved in the modern city of Hisarya.

Koprivshtitsa

The town of Koprivshtitsa is located in the heart of the Sredna Gora mountain range at 1060 meters above sea level. It is a town museum and a unique settlement in Bulgaria, which has preserved over 250 patterns of the Bulgarian Revival Period architecture. Koprivshtitsa was once the center of Bulgaria’s revolution against the Ottomans. It was here that the first shot of the April Uprising against the Ottoman domination was fired in 1876.

Food

This tour includes all meals prepared from wholesome local produce, except for hard drinks. The hotels and houses provide breakfasts and dinners and they offer traditional local dishes. The midday meals are in the open-air during the passages and they consist of warm food, beer, cold, and warm-up drinks. Alfa Riders LTD & Alfa Centaur LTD offers ecologically clean food, international and traditional Bulgarian cuisine, and samples of famous Bulgarian wines.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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)

  • Cultural tour of the Town of Koprivshtitsa Architectural and Historical Reserve
  • Massages
  • Visit of the impressive remains of the ancient Roman city of Diocletianopolis
  • Visit of Thracian Temple Complex, Starosel

What's included

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

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

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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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Pricing information

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

Tour information

You can, however, pay a small group supplement of 350 EUR if there are less than four riders or you can choose the 8 Days Medieval Tour and Horse Riding Holiday. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Saturday April 16, 2022
(8 days / 7 nights)

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