5 Days Forest Horse Riding Holiday on Rila and Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria

Wonderful Horse Riding Holiday Bulgaria

Are you looking for a wonderful and impressive horse riding holiday? Then join Rusaliite and escape to the hеart of the world famous Pirin and Rila Nature Parks in Bulgaria. During your stay here, you will enjoy superb and fantastic horse riding within the wonderful mountain landscapes. Each day will be unique and include fixed hours of horse riding. Nothing can replace the pleasure of riding on the mountain with its fresh air, beautiful views, quiet way of the horse as you will gallop through green meadows and clear streams secrets of the ancient forest. Come savor your unforgettable horse riding holiday and your dreams will come true!

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: From 145 cm to 175 cm
  • Tack Type: English and western
  • Horse Breed: Anglo Arab, Arabic, Eastern Bulgarian, Karakachanski, and Pinto

Meet the instructors

Nadia & Philip
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Highlights

  • 4 forest horse rides
  • Approximate daily riding time: between 4 and 6 hours
  • Use of a horse, tack, groom, helmet and English-speaking guide services
  • Beautiful surrounding enchanting your eyes
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in Bulgarian
Spoken languages: English, Russian, Bulgarian
The maximum participants in the group is 54
Airport transfer available: Sofia Airport
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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 luxurious three-star hotel “Rusaliite” which is a part of the Adventure House Rusaliite and it is ideal for relaxing after the horse riding. The Adventure House Rusaliite is situated in the midst of three mountains and two nature parks - Rila, Pirin, and Rhodope on a territory of 1.2 hectares close to a crystal clear mountain river from where a trail to Rusaliite peak starts.

The Adventure House Rusaliite is a suitable place for sport, recreation, entertainment, and horse riding. In the complex garden, there is a mini wildlife reserve with peacocks, pheasants, parrots, rabbits, guinea fowl, pigeons and others. There is a playground with swings and slides. There is a barbecue built on the riverbank. The hotel offers 14 double occupancy rooms, six suites, a conference hall with a large terrace, and a restaurant with traditional Bulgarian kitchen. The hotel has free Wi-Fi connection and it is very friendly and welcoming.

Program

Rusaliite's five-day break is a perfect way to enjoy the superb off-road horse riding of the Pirin and Rila Nature Parks. During your weekend with them, you will experience the many delights that the horse riding offers and be able to enjoy the adventure in the mountains. This full board horse riding vacation is ideal for both single and group bookings as the groups will be kept small and create a great friendly atmosphere. You will meet like-minded people and have new friends by the end of the holiday. The rides will be led by instructors. Rusaliite Adventure Holidays' aim is to provide a value for a horse riding vacation that 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 mountains.

Superb riding location

The trails provide superb off-road horse riding through the Pirin and Rila Nature Parks. With a direct access to the parks rich in biodiversity and hay nature value pastures, you will have fantastic riding through unspoiled forests and unforgettable days on the mountains. With long wide firebreaks and twisty forest tracks, the park could have been designed for horse riding. Each day, there will be plenty of opportunities for long collected canters and exhilarating gallops. In-between canters, the pace is leisurely, enabling you to take in the tranquillity of nature with amazing landscapes and forests.

The horses

Rusaliite currently has 15 well-trained horses of the breeds Anglo Arab, Arabic, Eastern Bulgarian, Karakachanski, and Pinto. Rusaliite provides the horses with plenty of shelter from sun, wind, and rain. The horses are brought in each day, fed with hard feed, and checked over. With a specific system of horse care, the horses socialize with each other and are a happy family group. On riding days, the horses are turned out to the highest standard, fit, and happy to be ridden. Born locally, Rusaliite's horses stay with them for life. The horses are kept in the most natural way possible turned out together.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

You can be transferred from Sofia Airport (SOF) to Bachevo Village. During your transfer travel, you can visit the most impressive monument of Bulgarian architecture and the biggest spiritual center of the Bulgarian lands which is Rila Monastery. It is located in the northwestern part of Rila Mountain and is 120 kilometers away from Sofia in the territory of Rilski Monastir 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. According to your arrival time, you can have horse riding around Rusaliite Adventure House and then you will have dinner in the evening when the holiday break will be discussed.

Day 2: Forest ride

You will have breakfast and enjoy a forest (nature) horse riding between four and six hours followed picnic lunch in nature. In the afternoon, there will be leisure opportunities for archery monument visits to Razlog Town or Dobarsko Village. Dinner will be with traditional Bulgarian food and beverages.

Day 3: Forest ride

You will savor breakfast and experience a forest horse riding to St. George chapel which is resting on a Thracian sanctuary, a visit to the “Dancing Bears” Reserve, and guided tour. Thereafter, you will have your lunch and back horse riding to Risaliite. Dinner will be with traditional Bulgarian food and beverages.

Day 4: Forest ride

On day four, you will enjoy breakfast and horse riding to Bansko - visit Baykusheva's mura - the oldest tree in Bulgaria and St. Bogoroditsa chappel which is placed on the way to village of Godlevo, under Radonov Grob (grave of Radon) peak. 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 Bansko. Then, you will savor dinner with “green” homemade food produced in the small farms around the municipality of Razlog and in the garden of Rusaliite Adventure House.

Day 5: Departure

You can be transferred to Sofia Airport (SOF) for your return flight.

Non-riders

Non-riders are welcome and with plenty to do. The area can be a good base for non-riding vacations as it has many sports and attraction 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 and / or walking for you in the pristine forests of the Rila and Pirin Mountains abundant with berries, herbs, and mushrooms, two chapels built near the mountain, one of which is built on an ancient Thracian sanctuary. If all you want is relaxation, you can spend the whole holiday on Rusaliite Adventure House.

Important information

  • Advanced riders can ride without instructor just near the base.
  • Advanced riders can ride out of the base required by one or more guides according to the size of the group.
  • For beginners and those who are picked up for the first time on horseback, riding in the base and beyond are required one or several instructors according to the size of the group.
  • If you have not ridden so far, you can count on horse calm and confident instructor who is constantly by your side and lead the horse to the occasion.
  • For advanced riders, challenges are numerous: rugged terrain, open meadows, complex forest trails, crossing rivers,
  • and breathtaking natural landscapes. You will ride along with an excellent instructor who knows the mountain.

Included excursions

  • A visit to the “Dancing Bears” Reserve
  • Baykusheva's mura visit

Instructors

Nadia Popova
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.
Philip Popov
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.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place at Hotel Rusaliite in Bachevo Village, Razlog Municipality, Blagoevgrad District, Bulgaria. The natural park, Rila, is one of the youngest Bulgarian parks covering half of the mountain and famous with the Seven Rila Lakes. Meanwhile, The natural park, Pirin, was created because of the unique nature of the mountain in 1976. Given its exceptional value beyond the borders of Bulgaria in 1983, UNESCO decided to declare the 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

  • The 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 and homemade food daily which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a restaurant at 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 the Rila and Pirin mountains
  • Shooting with Huns bows and rifle at targets
  • Walking to nearby natural phenomena (natural hot tubs carved into the rock by the river, places suitable for rock climbing, mermaid garden trail, Gergeva Rock, Avramov Stone, Thracian sanctuaries, etc.)

What's included

  • 4 forest horse rides with instruction in English
  • Approximate daily riding time between 4 and 6 hours according to clarified holiday program during your first dinner
  • A visit to the “Dancing Bears” Reserve
  • Baykusheva's mura visit
  • Guided tour
  • Use of a horse, tack, groom, helmet and English-speaking guide services
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • 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
  • Baykusheva's mura 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). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer available: Sofia Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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Availability

This horse riding holiday is available from April 1 to October 31, 2018. Please select an arrival date below.

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