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5 Day Wild Rafting Adventure and Horse Riding Holiday in Rila National Park, Balkan Peninsula

Hotel Rusaliite, Bachevo, Razlog, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Horse Riding and Rafting Adventure

This is a great holiday for adventure seekers! Explore the Rila National Park with a trusted horse that fits your attitude and capability, enjoy each breath of unique fresh pine air before it is taken by the magnificent views of the landscape. Next, you will boost your adrenaline rafting on the great Struma river! At the end of the day, you will get to relax in a warm and hot swimming pool. On a bonus trip, you will see the dancing bears in Belitsa Park while delicious homemade meals await for you after every trip.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14.27 to 17.22 hands
  • Tack Type: English and Western
  • Horse Breed: Arab, English-Arab, Eastern Bulgarian, Karakachan, and Painted

Meet the instructors

Philip
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Highlights

  • Rafting activities with professional instructors
  • 4 half-day rides in nature with a different trail every day
  • Ride in Rila and Pirin National parks and visit historical nature sights
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with organic local products
  • An archery lesson from a horse (if you dare)
  • English or Russian speaking guides
  • Visit of Dancing Bear reserve
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Bulgarian, Russian
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Sofia Airport (US$94 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 the Adventure House Rusaliite resort. This is an ideal place for relaxing after the horse riding or skiing. 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 it starts a trail to Rusaliite peak.

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 are 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 the 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 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 with 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 the flora and fauna and the history of the land from the 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, a small forest, and a creek. In winter, they sleep inside their warm cozy stable. The horses are part of the Rusaliite family and their happy natural life is the priority. Most of the horses are born there and form a united family group.

Day 1: Arrival

Rusaliite offers transfers from Sofia Airport (SOF) to Bachevo Village at an additional price. On your way from the airport, upon request and for an additional excursion price, you can visit Rila Monastery. According to your arrival time, you can have a short introductory ride around the 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 a locally-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 the Croatian bows and you will have a chilled break; later, a delicious organic dinner will be served in the 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. Dinner and local beverages will be served in the Rusaliite restaurant.

Day 4: Forest Ride

On day four, after breakfast, the horse ride will take you to the 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 a picnic. Lunch will be served in a Bulgarian traditional tavern in Godlevo. Later, you will savor dinner with a “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 you can be transferred upon request to the airport for your return flight.

Rafting

In one of the days, you will have rafting activities. It will be added to the horse-riding of 4-5 hours. Adventure Net has a team of professional instructors for rafting and other activities, they will provide all the gear and everything needed. Adventure House Rusaliite provides the transport there. The day of the activity will be picked upon booking since they tend to be busy and can't always promise to have it on the same day.

Non-riders

Non-riders are welcome to take part in 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 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 to relax in peace and quiet around nature, Rusaliite Adventure House is the place for you.

Important Information

  • Advanced riders can ride without instructors only on the territory of the base.
  • Advanced riders can ride out of the base with one or more guides according to the 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 a calm horse and experienced instructor who will be 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 backyard.

Included excursions

You will be visiting Baikusheva mura, the oldest pine tree in Bulgaria.

Instructors

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 a “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.

Distances

  • 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 a 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:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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)

  • Hiking in the pristine forests of Rila and Pirin mountains
  • Practice archery with Huns bows and shoot with an 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, the stone of Avram, Thracian sanctuaries, and many others.
  • Massages upon request and additional price.

What's included

  • 4 trail rides in the mountain with an English or Russian-speaking guide
  • Rafting activities with a professional instructor
  • Visit the oldest pine tree on the Balkans, the Mura of Baikushev
  • Guided tour and transport in the area between the sights
  • Use of a horse, tack, groom, helmet
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Additional excursions
  • Insurances - travel and medical support
  • Mura of Baikuchev visit for non-riders (20 EUR 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 the central bus station in Sofia. Jump on a bus to the town of Razlog where Adventure House Rusaliite will pick you up from the bus station. Please note that the last bus leaves at 4:45 p.m. from Sofia. Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request and additional price, for more information, please send an inquiry.

Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer available: Sofia Airport (US$94 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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Availability

This horse riding holiday is available from April to November, please select an arrival date below.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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