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5 Days Wild Riding Holiday in Rila National Park, Bulgaria

Hotel Rusaliite, village of Bachevo, municipality of Razlog, Blagoevgrad province, Bulgaria

Wild Bulgarian holiday on horseback

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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!

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 1.45m - 1.75m
  • Tack Type: English and Western
  • Horse Breed: Arab, English-Arab, Eastern Bulgarian, Karakachan, and Painted

Meet the instructors

Nadia & Philip
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Highlights

  • 4 half day rides in nature, different trail every day
  • English or Russian speaking guides
  • Ride in Rila and Pirin National parks
  • Visit historical nature sights
  • Visit of Dancing Bear reserve
  • Archery lesson on targets
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with organic local products, made by dietary request
  • 4 nights accommodation in cozy private rooms with mountain views

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in Bulgarian
The organizer also speaks: English, Russian
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
Sofia Airport (US$89 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 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.

Program

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.

Superb riding location

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.

The horses

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

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.

Day 2: Forest ride

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.

Day 3: Forest ride

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.

Day 4: Forest ride

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.

Day 5: Departure

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

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.

Important information

  • Advanced riders can ride without instructor only on the territory of the base.
  • Advanced riders can ride out of the base with one or more guides according to size of the group.
  • For beginners riding in the base and out is always with one or several instructors according to the size of the group.
  • If this is your first time on horseback, you can count on calm horse and experienced instructor who is constantly by your side.
  • For advanced riders, challenges are numerous: rugged terrain, open meadows, diverse forest trails, crossing rivers, hidden little paradise spots in the forest and breathtaking landscapes. You will ride along with an experienced instructor who knows the mountain like his back yard.

Included excursions

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.

Instructors

Nadia Popova

Philip Popov

Location

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.

Nearby place

  • Ski resort of Bansko, 15 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain walking

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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)

  • Hiking in the pristine forests of Rila and Pirin mountains
  • Practice archery with Huns bows and shoot with air rifle at targets
  • Walking to nearby natural and historical sights and phenomena - natural pools carved into the rock by the river, rock climbing spots, Mermaid garden trail, rock of St. George, stone of Avram,Thracian sanctuaries and many others.

Spa treatments

Massages upon request and additional price.

What's included

  • 4 trail rides in the mountain with English or Russian speaking guide
  • Approximate daily riding time 4 - 6 hours according to experience and weather conditions
  • Visit the oldest pine tree on the Balkans - the Mura of Baikushev
  • Guided tour and transport in the area between the sights
  • A visit to the “Dancing Bears” Reserve
  • Use of a horse, tack, groom, helmet
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfer
  • Excursions
  • Insurances - travel and medical support
  • A visit to the “Dancing Bears” Reserve for non riders, price is 20 Euro per person
  • Mura of Baikuchev visit for non riders, price is 20 Euro per person

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Check bus schedule here:

http://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/index.php#b

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

Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer available: Sofia Airport (US$89 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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 horse riding holiday is available all year round. The best time due to weather is from May 1 to October 31, 2019. Please select an arrival date below.

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