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Horse Riding Holiday in Bulgaria

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Explore Rila National Park towards some of the highest peaks of Rila Mountain. Full day ride into Rila National Park with an elevation of about 1500 m. Pine forest trail ride will take you to an open meadow revealing the whole Balkan valley at exactly 2000m above sea level. Moving on into the beech forest and towards the Rusaliite peak - wide open space with no trees and outstanding views.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: Maximum rider weight - 75 kg / 165 lbs (please be honest)
  • Tack Type: English tack

Meet the instructors

Nadia & Philip
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Highlights

  • 6 to 8 hours of horse riding per day for 2 days
  • Ride among Rila National Park
  • Possibility of encountering wildlife
  • Conquer high peaks more than 2000 m above sea level
  • Spectacular landscapes and views
  • English-speaking guide
  • English-style riding
  • 3 nights nature accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Bulgarian, Russian
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Sofia Airport (US$ 120 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

First and last nights take place in the 3-star hotel that is part of the riding club. Single, double, or triple rooms are available according to the client's wish.

Second night is in a Makedonia hut, located in a high mountain valley as the end destination. Shared rooms are available (5 beds max in a room).

Program

2 full days of horse riding

  • English-speaking guide
  • Saddlebags for meals, equipment, and personal belongings

Meals:

  • First day - dinner
  • Last day - breakfast
  • The 2 riding days - all meals provided

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

  • Check-in at the accommodation
  • Free time to meet the horses and explore
  • Dinner time

Day 2: First day of the ride

  • Early breakfast
  • Start the ride
  • Multiple stops for short breaks and a longer lunch break
  • Arrive at destination - Makedonia hut
  • Brush down your horse and put the tack away. Each rider takes care of their own horse during the trip. The guide is there to assist as well.
  • Check-in at the accommodation
  • Dinner time

Day 3: Second day of the ride

  • Early breakfast
  • Prepare your horse for riding
  • Multiple stops along the way for lunch and short breaks
  • Arrive back at the ranch - brush down your horse
  • Dinner time

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Relax and explore
  • Good-bye kisses for your horse
  • Departure

Instructors

Nadia Popova

Philip Popov

Location

The riding club is located on a southern hill right into nature neighbouring a mountain creek with Rila National Park nearby. The nearest town is 2 km away.

Food

Enjoy breakfast and dinner at the accommodations facilities. Accompany the horses for a lunch break on a juicy green meadow with a prepacked meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Ride on arrival and/or departure days
  • Available vehicle to bring larger personal items and equipment that you wish to bring to the final destination, that does not fit on the horse - extra clothes, sleeping bag, or other items
  • Extra meals in the restaurant on arrival and departure days

Excursions to local attractions:

  • Dancing Bears Sanctuary in Belitsa
  • Bansko ski resort (also good to visit in summer)
  • Oldest pine tree on the Balkans - Baykushev's Mura
  • Visit hot mineral spring/swimming pool

What's included

  • 6 to 8 hours of horse riding per day for 2 days
  • Helmet
  • Private guide
  • Saddlebags for meals, equipment, and personal belongings
  • 3 nights nature accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary

What's not included

  • Any other riding equipment besides helmet, boots, body protector, etc.
  • Airport transfer available for an additional price
  • Alcohol drinks: feel free to bring cash (BGN) to purchase drinks
  • Additional snacks: any extra snacks you wish to bring

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF).

Once landed at Sofia airport there are 4 options to arrive at the ranch:

  • rent a car
  • take a bus
  • traventuria shuttle
  • request airport transfer from your hosts

Arrival by train

Arrive by train from another country or anywhere inside Bulgaria. Aim towards Razlog. Your hosts will pick you up from there.

Arrival / departure:

Official room check-in starts at 15:00, with the possibility of early check-in or luggage storage in case of an early arrival. Official check-out is at 12:00 pm, with the option of a later check-out depending on hotel occupancy. Luggage storage is also available to facilitate later departures.

Arrival by car

Rent a car:

  • Search in Google maps / another navigation system for "Adventure house Rusaliite" near Bachevo.
  • GPS:
  • N 41° 56' 15,0''
  • E 23° 25' 51,8''

Transfer from and to Sofia airport is available upon request and additional price:

  • 1 - 2 passenger - 110 EUR
  • 3 - 4 passengers - 150 EUR
  • 5 - 8 passengers - 300 EUR

The prices are per direction.

Arrival by bus:

The cheapest way is to take a bus, the ticket is 8 EUR per direction. From the airport take a taxi or underground train to the Central bus station in Sofia and jump on a bus to the town of Razlog. Your hosts will pick you up from there. Please note that the last bus leaves at 16:45 from Sofia.

Traventuria shuttle - need to book in advance. Get a ticket to Razlog. Your hosts will pick you up from there.

Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer available: Sofia Airport (US$ 120 per person) Additional charges may apply. 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 on arrival.

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