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8 Day Kingdom of Thracians Horse Riding Holiday in Bulgaria

Hisarya, Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria

Extraordinary Horse Riding Holiday in Bulgaria

This trail ride goes through the Bulgarian Rose Valley and Sredna Gora Mountain - 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. 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 & equipment, luxury hotels, delicious food and more!

We understand that enjoying your horse and feeling safe are some of the most important things for a riding holiday. That is why we carefully select our horses and train them to be reliable, easily controllable and brave.

Your horse will be carefully chosen, according to your requirements and abilities.

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 - all very well-trained, spirited and easily controllable. The height of the horses varies from 150 to 165 cm

Highlights

  • 6-day horseback riding
  • 2 massages during the holiday
  • Destinations full of historical values
  • Luggage transfers and support vehicle
  • Assistance of 2 professional guides
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • 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. You will stay in Hisarya on the first and the last night, at Aqua Termi hotel in Krasnovo on the second night, 2 nights in the new hotel ”Eagle Rock”, situated in the middle of the mountain hills near Koprivsthitsa, in Strelcha on the fifth night and the luxurious Wine & Spa Complex Starosel sixth night, and back to Hisarya on the last night.

Note

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.

Program

Day 1

You will be picked up from Sofia Airport (SOF) and transferred to the famous spa resort in the town of Hissar, placed 180 kilometers southeast from the capital.You will be accommodated in a hotel with a mineral swimming pool and sauna. There will be a welcome dinner served for you.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, you will go to the stable, to meet the horses, final instructions by the guides. Ride among beautiful nature around the village of Starosel and a picnic next to Matenitsa village awaits for you. In the afternoon, you will ride to the village of Krasnovo, famous with its mineral baths, situated on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain.. Accommodation and dinner are in the new spa hotel Agua Termi. Before dinner, you will have aquatic relaxation procedures and massages and swim in the mineral water pool. You will have about 26 kilometers of riding (4.5 hours) during the day.

Day 3

After breakfast at the hotel, you start from Krasnovo village and ride through rose gardens and up into the heart of the mountain. Lunch at the beautiful Buntovna Hut at 1180 m altitude. It is located in an old beech forest in the historic area of Konska Polyana, Kulata and Kanara, offering an amazing view. In the afternoon you will 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.

You will have about 28 kilometers of riding (5.5 hours) during

Day 4

After breakfast, you will have a 2.5 hour ride in the neighboring wildness of Koprivshtitsa. You will have 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. Today, you will have about 12 km (2.5 hour) of riding

Day 5

After breakfast, you will ride through an untouched forest to the Spa Resort Strelcha and reach the very top of the beautiful peak “Wolf” - 1240m, with an amazing panoramic view of the Upper Thracian Plain and the surrounding mountains. You will have dinner and overnight in the hotel. Picnic under a cosy wooden shelter just a few kilometers down the “Wolf” peak. Overnight in a Spa hotel with a hot mineral pool and massage centre. 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. Today's riding is about 25 kilometers (4.5 hours).

Day 6

After breakfast at the hotel, you will ride ride through rose fields and nice vineyards, and along sandy lakes. Open-air picnic in a cherry garden next to the village of Krastevich. You will be accommodated in the luxurious Wine & Spa Complex. Starosel. Before dinner you can enjoy the nice Spa centre or join a wine tour. You will have about 28 kilometers of riding (5 hours) during the day.

Day 7

After breakfas you will visit 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 5th century BC. You will get to learn about the mysterious Thracians and their amazing cultural heritage and historic significance. Then you will have 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 to 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 centre for wounded Roman soldiers.

Farewell dinner in the evening.

You will have about 25 kilometers of riding (4 hours) for today.

Day 8

After breakfast departure to Sofia Airport (SOF).

Pace

The pace is varying from walk on the steeper slopes to a fast pace on the open spaces which are great for long canters. Usually, you will be riding 40% walking, 30% trotting, and 30% cantering. This proportion could be changed according to the requirements and the abilities of the riders.

Equipment

Alfa Riders LTD has both Western and Endurance high-quality saddles of Ortho-Flex and Podium.

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 cm.

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.

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 and 16:00 or anytime very close to these hours. Those arriving outside the mentioned time should have a special transfer.
  • Departure time is between 11:00 and 15:00 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 Hissar, through the village of Krasnovo, to the village of Starosel, the town of Koprivstica, the town of Strelcha.

Hissar health resort is situated almost in the center of Bulgaria, on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain, 336 meters above sea level, has 22 hot water springs that have been actively used since ancient times. This area has always attracted settlers due to the abundance of water. Thracians first settled here IV-III century BC. Later, the Romans arrived to these lands, transforming the town, called Dioclecianopolis, after the Roman emperor Diocletian (284 - 305 AD). 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.

There will be the Thracian cult complex in Starosel. The suppositions are that the temple is from the time of the Thracian King Sitalk, even his own. The rich findings in the stone-built tomb date from the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth century BC. The main staircase with a monumental corridor, ritual landing, and two chambers, leads to the temple. The entrance is outlined with slabs with plastic and color decoration. The inside area is a round domed chamber with semi-columns and color ornaments, where the initiated established connection with gods. It is surrounded by a 263-yard long wall made out of some 4000 stone blocks and was hidden under a 20-meter high mound of earth.

The town of Koprivshtitsa is located in the heart of the Sredna Gora mountain range at 1060 metres 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 centre 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 holiday 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 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 around the historic landmarks
  • Visiting of the Thracian temple of Starosel and Kazanlak
  • Visiting the Roman remains in Hissar

What's included

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • 2 massages during the holiday
  • Assistance of 2 professional guides
  • Luggage transfers
  • Jeep vehicle support
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals and drinks

What's not included

  • Hard drinks

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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Pricing information
  • Private transfer from / to Sofia: 80 EUR net price
  • Small group supplement (2 or 3 in the group): 350 EUR net price
  • Sleeping bag hire: 20 EUR net price
  • Wine tasting with 5 wines and special food for each of them: 20 EUR per person net price
  • 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 17, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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