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Are you looking for a wild adventure on horseback? Join Rusaliite and escape to the hеart of the magnificent Pirin and Rila National Parks in Bulgaria's highest mountains. Each day will take you to a unique trail to explore the nature, wildlife and local history. Nothing can replace the pleasure of riding on the mountain with beautiful views, fresh air, the quiet walk of the horse or wild canter through green meadows and clear streams, discovering the secrets of the ancient forest. Savor your unforgettable horse riding holiday and make your dreams will come true!
You will be staying at the cozy hotel “Rusaliite” which is a part of Adventure House Rusaliite resort. This is an ideal place for relaxing after the horse riding or skiing. The Adventure House Rusaliite is situated in the midst of three mountains and two national parks - Rila, Pirin, and Rhodope on a territory of 1.2 hectares, close to a crystal clear mountain stream, where starts a trail to Rusaliite peak.
The Adventure House Rusaliite is a suitable place for sport, recreation, entertainment and outdoor activities. The summer garden hosts a playground for children, a mini wildlife reserve with exotic animals and a barbeque on the riverbank. The hotel offers twin rooms, suites, family rooms, a conference hall, a large common terrace and a restaurant where traditional Bulgarian organic food is served. There is a free parking and Wi-Fi connection on the hotel territory.
Bulgaria is famous for its diverse nature and big wild mountains. Enjoy riding on the colorful trails of Pirin and Rila Nature Parks in the two highest mountains of Bulgaria. This vacation is ideal for both single and group bookings as the groups will be kept small and create a warm friendly atmosphere. You will meet like-minded people and have new friends by the end of your stay. Rusaliite Adventure Holidays aims to provide a value for a horse riding vacation that feels like a dream come true. All your needs will be well taken care of so that you can enjoy a stress-free holiday in the heart of the mountain.
The terrain is diverse - steep hills and flat gallop meadows, twisting forest trails and wide opened landscapes that reveals the character of the magnificent hills around. You will explore the wildlife and learn about our flora and fauna and the history of the land from our guides.
Rusaliite currently has 15 well-trained horses of the breeds English-Arab, Arab, East Bulgarian, Karakachan, and Painted. The horses are kept free in large paddocks that include meadows, small forest and a creek. In winter they sleep inside their warm cozy stable. Their horses are part of their family and their happy natural life is priority. Most of their horses are born there and form a united family group.
Rusaliite offers transfer from Sofia Airport (SOF) to Bachevo Village for additional price. On your way from the airport, upon request and additional excursion price, you can visit Rila Monastery. According to your arrival time, you can have a short introducing ride around Rusaliite Adventure House area and then you will have dinner in the evening where the holiday schedule will be discussed.
You will meet the morning with a traditional Bulgarian breakfast and localy gathered herbal tea. Then you will enjoy a forest ride for half of the day with a picnic lunch in nature. After returning to the base you will get to try your archery skills with our Croatian bows and you will have a chilled break. Later delicious organic dinner will be served in our restaurant.
You will savor breakfast, then experience a forest horse riding to St. George chapel which is resting on a Thracian sanctuary. After lunch at Rusaliite restaurant you will have a guided tour in the “Dancing Bears” reserve - a rescue center for European brown bear with great history. Dinner and local beverages will be served in Rusaliite restaurant.
On day four after breakfast the horse ride will take you to village of Godlevo, under Radonov Grob peak (grave of Radon). It is a very interesting area with cold water to drink and a good place for picnic. Lunch will be served in Bulgarian traditional tavern in Godlevo. Later you will savor dinner with “green” homemade food produced in the organic local farms and in the garden of Rusaliite Adventure House.
After breakfast you will be taken to the bus station in Razlog or can be transferred upon request to Sofia Airport for your return flight.
Non-riders are welcome to take part of all the non-riding activities and excursions. The area can be a good base for non-riding vacations as it has many sports and attractions available. You can experience a superb range of activities, have time to sunbathe on the mineral swimming pool in Banya Village or visit the famous historical and cultural sites around Razlog and Bansko, visit to Beliza village and Pirin Nature Park.
Rusaliite Adventure House can also arrange hiking for you in the pristine forests of the Rila and Pirin Mountains abundant with berries, herbs, and mushrooms. There are two chapels built in this part of the mountain, one of which is built on an ancient Thracian sanctuary. If all you want is relax in peace and quiet around nature - Rusaliite Adventure House is the place for you.
Baikusheva mura - the oldest pine tree in Bulgaria.
Dancing Bear park - rescue center for European brown bear.
Rila Monastery - the most impressive monument of Bulgarian architecture and the biggest spiritual center of the Bulgarian lands. It is located in the north-western part of Rila mountain and is 120 kilometers away from Sofia in the territory of Rilski Manastir Nature Park. The murals in the church were painted by the best Bulgarian artists - the brothers Zahari and Dimitar Zograf and there are many old icons which together with the central iconostasis, there is one of the Bulgarian national treasures. In the monastery museum, there are valuable antiquities, icons, and gospels. The Rila Monastery is the most famous tourist site among all monasteries in Bulgaria. It is declared a national historic monument and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Born and bread in Sofia. Did a lot of hiking and tourism in Bulgarian nature while growing up. Studied fine arts and English, later Graphic design in university. Work with horses and riding tourism for 15 years, certified riding instructor and a FEI Endurance judge. Experienced riding race horses in UK. Biggest passion animals and nature, also interested in sports - fencing, swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc., and traveling around the world.
Born in Bachevo, studied in Technical univercity of Sofia. Certified horse riding instructor and judge, professional climber, ski instructor. Has 30 years of equestrian experience. Interested in exotic birds, hiking and camping - traveled in all Bulgarian mountains. Inherited the love for animals from his mother, who is a zoo technician.
This horse riding holiday will take place at Hotel Rusaliite in Bachevo Village, Razlog Municipality, Blagoevgrad District, Bulgaria. Rila national park is one of the youngest Bulgarian parks covering half of the mountain and famous with the Seven Rila Lakes. Meanwhile, Pirin national park was created in 1976 because of the unique nature of the mountain. Given its exceptional value beyond the borders of Bulgaria in 1983, UNESCO decided to declare Pirin National Park as “World Heritage” site under the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Both Parks are Natura 2000 zones according to the Bird and Habitat EU Directives.
You will be served traditional homemade meals daily, including breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant of Adventure House Rusaliite. The restaurant has 70 seats and summer garden with 50 seats. It offers both modern and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.
Massages upon request and additional price.
Transfer available for additional US$89 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF). Take a taxi or underground train to Central bus station in Sofia. Jump on a bus to town of Razlog where we will pick you up from the bus station.
Please note that the last bus leaves at 16:45 from Sofia.
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Transfer from and to Sofia airport is available upon request and additional price.
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