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3 Day Horseback Riding Vacation in Rila National Park, Balkan Peninsula

Adventure House Rusaliite, Alexander Stamboliiski' Street 28, Bachevo, 2769 Razlog, Bulgaria

Horse Riding Holiday Bulgaria

Join this vacation for a quick escape from daily life into a dream world of horse riding and nature. You can't afford to be away all week? No problem! Join this weekend of an active break with horse riding and chilling time in the beautiful pristine nature of Bulgaria. It is an all-inclusive package with delicious organic food, made according to your diet request, and riding a horse that fits your level and adventurous soul.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kg / 200 pounds
  • Horse height range: 1.45 - 1.75 m
  • Tack type: English hunting, western
  • Horse breed: Arab, English-Arab, East Bulgarian, Karakachan, and Paint

Meet the instructors

Nadia & Philip

Highlights

  • Approximate daily riding time 4-6 hours
  • 2 days of riding in nature
  • Ride in Rila National Park
  • Different trail each day
  • Visit historical nature sights
  • English and Russian speaking guides
  • Archery lessons and tournaments
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in Bulgarian
The organizer also speaks: English, Russian
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Sofia Airport (US$117 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

You will stay in Rusaliite hotel which is part of Adventure House Rusaliite. Accommodation will be in a comfortable sunny room, single if you come alone and double or family room if you travel with companions. All rooms have private bathrooms, beautiful views of the mountain and forest or garden, and some have a balcony. Due to the fresh clean air and the comfortable mattress, good night sleep is guaranteed.

There is a playground next to the hotel with swings and slides for the youngest visitors. In the garden, there is a mini zoo with exotic birds such as parrots, peacocks, pheasants, and others. The barbecue is built from stone, placed on the riverbank, and holds space for over 30 people.

Rusaliite hotel includes

  • Single rooms
  • Double rooms
  • Triple rooms
  • Family rooms and suites
  • Large shared balcony
  • Conference hall for different events
  • Restaurant with summer garden
  • Free parking on spot
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access

Program

Day 1

You will be shown to your room and, depending on the time of arrival at Rusaliite, you may ride for an hour or two. Then you will have a welcome dinner where you will discuss the riding route for the next day.

Day 2

After a delicious breakfast and drinks, you will have a full day of riding with a picnic lunch or lunch back at the base. In the afternoon, you will have a fun archery lesson and practice. Later, you will have a delicious dinner with local organic products.

Day 3

You will wake up to a traditional Bulgarian breakfast and hot drinks. Depending on your departure time, you may get to have another couple of hours of riding on a new trail. Rusaliite will escort you back to the bus station in Razlog or take you directly to Sofia Airport (SOF) upon request.

Included excursions

  • Chapel of St. George - hidden historical sight on a cliff with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains

Location

Adventure House Rusaliite resort is placed on a sunny mountain hill, in the forest of the highest mountain in Bulgaria, Rila. The name means "water mountain" and comes from the many creeks and rivers that run everywhere on the mountain. Nature here is pristine and clean and the wild water is good to drink on a hike. Rila Mountain has many historical and cultural sights that you can visit and learn about from your guides.

The venue is a half hour away from the ski resort of Bansko, where you can practice winter sports and paragliding. South, close by, there is one of the big Bulgarian rivers, Maritsa, where you can go for rafting in spring and summer! Pirin Mountain, second highest, is right next door - half a day riding away. It has its own beauty and wildlife diversity. Rodopee Mountain makes the region complete with three of the greatest mountains of Bulgaria. You can see them all from the hotel rooms.

Distances

  • Bansko - 30 minutes
  • Sofia Airport (SOF) - 2 hours

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage

General

  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Bulgaria is not only famous for its great nature, but also for the fantastic food! The organic products and traditional Bulgarian recipes make your meals healthy and delicious! You will wake up to an energy-charging breakfast with coffee or herbal tea, gathered from the surrounding hills.

Lunch and dinner are two- and three-course meals with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, that will leave your belly full and satisfied. Meals are served in the restaurant, at the barbeque in the garden or on a picnic during the ride. Meals are considered according to your dietary plans by request, such as vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.

Restaurant

The Rusaliite restaurant is known for its delicious homemade food. They grow many of the vegetables in their garden and the rest they get from local farms. They make sure all food is organic, healthy, and prepared with care and love. The restaurant has 70 seats and a summer garden with 50 seats. It offers both modern and traditional Bulgarian cuisine. The restaurant is equipped with modern sound and light technique, suitable for team buildings, group celebrations, weddings, and other holidays and entertainment events.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Organic
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)

Depending on the season there are many activities that can fill your time. Rusaliite provides transport to nature, cultural sights, and museums.

  • Baikushev's mura - the oldest pine tree in Bulgaria, it grows in Pirin mountain, close to Vihren hut under Vihren peak
  • Mineral pools in the village of Bania - a close by village with inside and outside mineral swimming pools
  • Church of Godlevo - ancient church with incredible history, written in paintings all over the walls
  • Rafting on the Maritsa River - one of the biggest rivers in Bulgaria, perfect for calm or wild rafting
  • Hiking in Rila or Pirin mountains - a private guide will take you to the best spots and peaks of the greatest mountains
  • Ski and snowboard - practice winter sports in Bansko just half-hour away from Rusaliite resort! The diverse slopes allow both beginners and advanced to enjoy their favorite sport
  • Mountain bike - try real mountain bike on the magnificent hills in the resort of Borovets
  • Massage - you can get partial or full body massage after a ride or skiing to relax and tone up your body and spirit for the next adventure

What's included

  • 1 day and a half horse ride
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Full board meals made with organic local products
  • Local guide speaking English or Russian
  • Helmets and raincoat for the ride
  • Visit of natural sights in the mountain during rides
  • Archery lessons and practice

What's not included

  • Transport to Rusaliite resort
  • Health insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF). Once there, you have a few options:

  • Take a taxi or underground train to the central bus station in Sofia, where you jump on a bus to the town of Razlog. Rusaliite will pick you up from there
  • Rent a car and drive here - Rusaliite have free parking on sight
  • Request a pickup service from Rusaliite at an additional cost (transfer service at 100 EUR per go; a standard car for 4 passengers). Rusaliite will wait for you at the gate and drop you back there when you leave.

Arrival by bus

The cheapest way is to use a bus, tickets are 8 EUR one way.

GPS

  • N 41° 56' 15,0''
  • E 23° 25' 51,8''
Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer available: Sofia Airport (US$117 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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 vacation is available all year round, with arrival any day of the week. The best time is from May to September.

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