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Progressive Horse Riding Tour Bulgaria

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Come and join Horse Riding Bulgaria for this amazing tour. The Rhodopes, occupying the southern part of Bulgaria and part of Greece, is the homeland of the mythological singer Orpheus. This ride spends 6 days riding in this enchanting mountain - the land of high peaks and deep river gorges, unique rock formations, lush meadows, and dense forests.

Key information

  • Tack Type: Western / English
  • Horse Breed: Karakachan horses, East Bulgarian, and Arab crosses


  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 - 6 hours
  • The natural stone phenomenon of the Marvelous Bridges (Chudnite Mostove)
  • Visit Orehovo, a magical mountain village located at 950 meters above sea level
  • Services of an English-speaking guide and use of saddled horses
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary

Skill level

  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport
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You will be accommodated in local guesthouses and mountain hotels in rooms with private facilities.


The western part of the Rhodopes where the ride takes place, offers a variety of terrains in which one can experience all types of riding and paces. You'll visit remote villages, and stay with local people enjoying their hospitality, local food, and excellent wines. You'll spend also some time in Plovdiv, Europe's oldest inhabited city and the 2019 European Capital of Culture.


Day 1: Sofia

Arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF) and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Sofia - Brestovitsa - Plovdiv

After breakfast at the hotel, you are heading to the base in Brestovitsa at the foot of the Rhodope mountain (10 kilometers from Plovdiv). Here, you will meet your horses and do a short loop-like ride. While riding, you will pass through meadows and forests. According to the season, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the ripe fruits in the area and meet the local people, who work in the fields. Transfer to Plovdiv for overnight.

  • Hours in the saddle: approximately three hours
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Plovdiv - Brestovitsa - Dedevo or Boikovo

After breakfast, you are heading back to the base in Brestovitsa from where you will start today's ride. Passing through green pastures and picturesque villages, you will reach the village of Dedevo overnight. Alternatively, you can take a slightly different route and spend the night in another charming mountain village, Boikovo.

  • Hours in the saddle: approximately six to seven hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Dedevo - Orehovo

Today you are heading to the village of Orehovo, one of the most picturesque ones in the mountain. Today's ride will take about six hours. On the way, you will stop for lunch near the scenic region of Bash Mandra.

  • Hours in the saddle: approximately six hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Orehovo - Lyaskovo

Today, you will ride through pine forests and vast meadows on your way to the village of Lyaskovo. You will take a short stop at the unique rock formation Chudnite Mostove (Miraculous Bridges). You will spend the night in Lyaskovo in a local family-run guesthouse.

  • Hours in the saddle: approximately six hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Lyaskovo - Vruhovruh

Today you are heading south and up in the mountains to the small resort of Varhovruh. Following the Varhovrah ridge, you will enjoy the great panorama views before reaching Persenk hut, where you will stop for lunch.

  • Hours in the saddle: approximately three to four hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Vruhovruh - Brestovitsa - Sofia

Time to get back. First, you are heading back to the base in Brestovitsa. Then you are continuing with a transfer back to Sofia where you will spend the night.

  • Hours in the saddle: approximately six hours
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, drive to Sofia Airport (SOF) for departure.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Good to know

  • Recommended travel period of the year: April - October
  • Riders need to be fit and capable of being comfortable with trots and canters in open countryside.
  • There is a minimum age of 12 for children on this trail.
  • Maximum weight limit is 90 kilos.
  • Horse Riding Bulgaria recommends bringing your own riding hat. There are some available ones to borrow, but there are limited sizes. Hats are not mandatory in Bulgaria.
  • You are welcome to groom your horse if you like but saddling is not required as this will be done by your guide.


The tour will take place in Bulgaria. You will go through Sofia, Brestovitsa, Plovdiv, Dedevo, Orehovo, Lyaskovo, and Vruhovruh.

Bulgaria is a horse country. Nowadays, there are hundreds of wild horses in Central Balkan who live outdoors all year at 30 degrees Celsius in summer down to minus 20 degrees Celsius in winter and search for food on their own.

Bulgaria is the perfect horse riding destination. Like Mongolia, this is a country where fences and gates are a rare sight, especially in the mountain regions where your rides take place. Here, most of the land, though private, is not cultivated, which leaves vast open areas - forests, pastures, etc.


You will be served seven breakfasts, six lunches, and four dinners every day included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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)

  • Optional excursions

What's included

  • 6 days of riding
  • 7 nights accommodation in local guesthouses and mountain hotels in rooms with private facilities
  • All meals according to the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Saddled horses
  • Luggage transport
  • Airport transfers on arrival/departure days (day 1+day 8)
  • VAT and all local taxes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned
  • Tips (5 EUR per person per day)
  • Additional airport transfers with pre- and post-tour accommodation in Sofia (20 EUR per vehicle) or Plovdiv-Sofia (100 EUR per vehicle)
  • Optional excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Saturday August 3, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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