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Amazing Horse Riding Holiday Bulgaria

Riding a horse will bring you peace, harmony, freedom, and inspiration and will raise you up in any sense of it. If you want to experience horse riding along with visiting historical places and getting close to the local tradition, join this holiday!

Key Information

  • Tack Type: English and Western saddle
  • Horse Breed: Shagia, Arab, and mixed Arab

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  • 1 ride crossing a hilly and flat terrain
  • Approximately daily riding time: 4 - 5 hours
  • A visit to the ancient Thracian Temple of Starosel
  • English and Russian-speaking guide
  • Ezdul's saddle horses
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Luggage transport

Skill level

  • Beginner


1 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Russian
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Restaurant
  • Internet access
  • Wedding

Complex for Wine and Spa tourism "Starosel" is located on the outskirts of the village of Starosel and offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools with hot mineral water as well as a spa center and restaurant with excellent cuisine. The rooms are an excellent combination of the traditional Bulgarian style interior and modern comfort. The hotel's interiors are filled with natural materials and hand-made furniture and fabrics that represent the magic of Bulgarian folklore. The combination of warm colors with the natural curves of the tree offers guests an unforgettable experience.

Hotel "Starosel" offers 22 accommodations places including two suites with a fireplace, five studios, and 15 double rooms. For your comfort, each room has an LCD TV, cable TV, internet access, phone, minibar, individually controlled air conditioner, alarm buttons in the bathroom, and hairdryer.


From the height of the horseback, Edzul will show you the stunning beauty of nature in the Thracian Kingdom such as rivers, dams, forests, fields, meadows, vineyards, orchards, unusually shaped rocks, tumuli, and mountains. You will also have the opportunity to get familiar with the everyday life and the traditions of the hospitable locals who will welcome you not only with their unique open-mindedness but also with their delicious, locally produced bio-food.

Edzul invites you to enjoy this area and all its beauty from the saddle. They have very well-trained, calm, and strong horses (breed Shagia, Arab, and mixed Arab) that are perfect for every type of rider. The saddle types that are offered are English saddle, Western saddle, and endurance saddle.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Length of riding: 4 - 5 hours

You will leave from Edzul's horse stable in the town of Hisarya to Starosel Wine Complex, known as the largest spa center in the Balkans. The crossing is 20 kilometers at the foot of Sredna Gora, an area known as the Thracian Valley, and gives you the opportunity to enjoy dams, gardens and rose fields. A picnic is organized for lunch. You will ride through forests, fields, and meadows and cross the small village of Matenitsa. Before going to Starosel, you will visit the ancient Thracian temple of Starosel. You will be spending the night at the Starosel Winery (a three-star accommodation) where you can taste different types of wines and enjoy the mineral water in the spa zone.

Day 2

Length of riding: 4 - 5 hours

You will start with a visit to the Thracian cult complex Starosel from the 5th century BC (by jeep). The route is 20-25 kilometers from the Starosel Wine Complex to Ezdul Equestrian Base. Riding will reveal wonderful areas in the heart of Sredna Gora. Lunch is a picnic.


The horses excel not only in their unmatched natural beauty but also in their calmness and freedom to express their natural individuality and temperament in a harmonious and human environment. Your relationship with them follows the principles of the natural relationship between a man and a horse (natural horsemanship), involving a great deal of patience, profound understanding, harmonious contact, and disdaining violence against animals. The majority of Edzul horses are of the breeds of Arabian horses and Shagya Arabian horses with a proven and exceptional pedigree.

Edzul also has a few semi-probred horses with predominantly Arabian blood. All the riding horses have been systematically and extensively trained by Pat Parelli and Monty Roberts’s systems which have also been given tremendous affection, joy, and patience. You as human beings are love to people, nature, horses, and every living creature. Love stems from you since the moment of your birth and thanks to the horses you are not only able to keep it, but also to constantly increase it.

Edzul considers every client as a loving guest and a friend. Edzul adores working with children. It is a well-known fact that children’s work contact with animals contributes to their realizing and forming an attitude toward nature and taking care of the living world. In a purely physical aspect, horse-riding is good for the body as it helps to develop a straight posture as well as for the spine and all the muscles of the human body.

Skill level

Program is available for beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders (the level of riders in a group should be the same).

Included excursions

You will have a visit to the ancient Thracian Temple of Starosel.




Sredna Gora Region is an average-height mountain located in the center of Bulgaria that provides excellent conditions for riding. The climate is mild and gives suitable conditions for riding in all seasons including winter. The tour allows you to enjoy a mixture of historic, archaeological sites that are remains of the Thracian culture dating back to the 5th to the 4th century before Christ. Edzul's stable is located in the town of Hissarya, a famous spa resort in the center of Bulgaria.

With its 22 mineral springs and exceptionally mild climate, the area has been inhabited since 5000 years Before Christ. The Roman Baths that relocated to the beautiful parks in the old town are one of the few preserved on the Balkan Peninsula. You can enjoy also the ruins of the Roman city Dioklitsianopolis and its fortress there. Edzul invites you to enjoy this area and all its beauty from the saddle.


The complex wine tourism "Starosel" is situated at the foot of the hill near the historic village of Starosel, where in 2000 the largest Thracian cult center. Starosel Village is located in the central part of the municipality of Hisar, on the southern slopes of the Central forest. The average altitude of the area is 300 meters n.m.r. The terrain of the region is formed by the soft slopes of the Central forest, which gradually turns to the south in the Upper Valley. The highest peaks of the mountains are about Starosel Aleksitsa (1530 meters) and lanterns (1450 meters).

The Starosel Winery

The Starosel winery is located on the outskirts of the village of Starosel and offers an outdoor and indoor swimming pool with hot mineral water as well as a spa center and restaurant with excellent cuisine. The rooms are an excellent combination of Traditional Bulgarian style interior and modern comfort.


Hisarya is a town that has been popular through its spa and wellness center since ancient times. It is located in the most northern part of the Thracian Valley in the south-eastern foot of Sredna Gora Mountain range which keeps it from the cold northern winds. This is why the town is blessed with its microclimate and is very pleasant. Hisarya has 22 springs which are located in a small area, each with different physical-chemical characteristics and temperature and with proven healing effects. When it is sunny, a must-see place is the Thracian temples in Starosel.

At the beginning of March, the streets of the town are decorated with the parade of the kukeri (people wearing traditional masks) called by the locals ‘dzhoumali’. They are different from the kukeri in any other part of Bulgaria and as such wear their unique masks. In case they venture to pull your hair, please don’t pull away. This is a part of a ritual that brings health and luck. Once the winter is over, the town of Hisarya will enchant you with the most mesmerizing parks you have ever seen.

There are acacias, linden trees, lilac trees, and black and white pine trees. There are also Canadian beech and Picea pungens, magnolias, the exotic ginkgo biloba trees, paulownia, albizia, rhus, and Acer palmatum. In Hisarya, there are four types of linden trees with different blooming periods, responsible for the pleasant scent around the town for more than 30 days. The most impressive historical sites in Hisarya are as follows:

  • The fortified walls, the best preserved in Europe fortified wall from the late Antiquity (fourth century Anno Domini). Nowadays, it reaches a height of 11 metres with its tallest gate perched at 13 meters
  • The ancient amphitheater located in the Momina Salza Park is a perfectly preserved semi-circular arena, a stage for shows, fights, and games during Antiquity
  • The basilicas
  • The Roman tomb



  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant


  • Hair dryer
  • Wedding


You will be served breakfast and dinner included in the price. However, you will not get lunch. Edzul offers vegetarian and vegan food options upon request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

Excursions below are available at additional costs.

  • The ancient amphitheater visit
  • The basilicas tour
  • The complex of public buildings in Momina Salza Park visit
  • The fortified walls trip
  • The Roman tomb tour
  • Thracian temples in Starosel trip

Spa treatments

One spa package is included in the price.

What's included

  • 2 horse riding sessions
  • 1 visit to the ancient Thracian Temple of Starosel
  • Wine tour (without wine tasting)
  • 1 spa package
  • 1 night accommodation
  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 dinner
  • English and Russian-speaking guide service
  • Saddle rental
  • Use of an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi
  • Luggage transport

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips

How to get there

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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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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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