Balkan Village Trek (8 days progressive ride in Teteven Balkan area)

Balkan Village Trek (8 days progressive ride in Teteven Balkan area)

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Balkan Village Trek (8 days progressive ride in Teteven Balkan area)

8 Days Starting and ending in Sofia, Bulgaria

Visiting: Sofia, Golyam Izvor, Glozhene Monastery, Brusen, Cherni Vit, Teteven

Tour operator:

Penguin Travel

Tour code:

BGBLKRID

Recommended For:

18-30 somethings, Family-Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 6

Physical rating:

Low, Medium

Age range:

16-80

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Wildlife Tours

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Tour Overview

Many and varied are the mountains in Bulgaria, but Teteven Balkan combines the best of them all - picturesque valleys with sparkling rivers and ancient forests with hidden meadows, high ridges and tops, crowned with rocky peaks revealing spectacular views, and villages scattered at the foothills, where life is lived with an old rhythm. This part of Stara Planina is loved by tourists both for the preserved nature and for the pleasure of touching the authentic life of the local people: tasting home-made rakiya with home-made appetisers is an integral part of the experience. The trek runs in the relatively low part of Stara Planina - between 400 and 1100 m asl. You will ride along dirt roads and trails. The terrain is rugged and rocky in places, with an option to trot and canter. We spend between 4 and 6 hours in the saddle every day, and the duration of each ride in most of the days can be changed according to the abilities and will of the riders. Luggage is transported by car and the saddling is western or English.

Highlights

  • Central Balkan National Park

  • The Glozhene Monastery „St. George“

  • Saeva Dupka cave

Places You'll See

Central Balkan National Park

The Glozhene Monastery „St. George“

Saeva Dupka Cave

Central Balkan National Park

The Glozhene Monastery „St. George“

Saeva Dupka Cave

Itinerary

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Day 1. Arrive In Sofia
Location: Sofia
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

Transfer to our hotel for overnight. Airport transfer is included. -/-/-

Day 2. Golyam Izvor - Glozene Monastery-Golyam Izvor
Location: Golyam Izvor, Glozhene Monastery, Golyam Izvor
Accommodation: Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The road passes through meadows and mixed forest. We will ascend the heights above the village where we will see the first beautiful view of the central ridge of Stara Planina and the town of Teteven surrounded by rocky peaks. Then, we will descend through an ancient beech forest at the end of which Glozhene Monastery is located, perched on a high rock, it reveals an even more spacious view of the Danube plain. We will see the monastery and find out about its 800 year old history. Then have a soup for lunch, made by the local staff. After, we take another route to come back to Goliam Izvor, where we will spend the night. (B/L/D)
Duration of the ride: ~ 4 - 5 hours

Day 3 : Around The Village Of Golyam Izvor
Location: Golyam Izvor
Accommodation: Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we start a village trek around Goliam Izvor and the nearby rolling hills. We will see some pretty houses and how the locals live. Then we will move onto some open plane areas, perfect for gallops with a nice view over the valley. B/L/D
Duration of ride: ~ 4 hours

Day 4 : Golyam Izvor - Brusen
Location: Brusen
Accommodation: Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast

The route will take us on the other side of Goliam Izvor and along a small river, supplying the fields, perfect for long galops. Then we pass through the roma neighbourhood of Belianovec, before ascending into a pine forest. There we are going to have a nice packed lunch amongst the nature. After the woodlands, we will trekk through an open field again and finish at the outskirts of Brusen, where we leave the horses and stay at Naso guesthouse. If not too tired, we can make a car trip to Etropole Monastery and the waterfall nearby (30 min drive). B/-/-
Duration of ride: ~ 4-5 hours

Day 5 : Brusen - Cherni Vit
Location: Cherni Vit
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

The start of the trail passes through mixed forests. Then we get on top of unwooded ridge with beautiful 360 degrees view of the nearby mountains. We will continue along the ridge really soaking in the scenery in the beautiful trek. After we will finally descent to the village of Cherni Vit. In the afternoon we will have a trip by car to Saeva Dupka cave , known for its beautiful formations. Overnight hotel in Teteven. B/-/-
Duration of ride: ~ 5 hours

Day 6 : Cherni Vit – Teteven
Location: Teteven
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

The ride on this day starts from Cherni Vit leading us close to the the Boatin Reserve which is part of the Central Balkan National Park which protects the nature in the central part of Stara Planina. Overnight in Teteven. B/-/-
Duration of ride: ~ 5 hours

Day 7 : Teteven – Golyam Izvor. Back To Sofia
Location: Sofia
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

We start with a morning transfer to Cherni Vit village where we have left the horses the previous day. On that last day we have a little bit of forest, some hills, slopes and a beautiful ridge to go through. Then a last scenery of Goliam Izvor, lunch and a transfer back to Sofia for overnight at a hotel. B/-/-
Duration of ride: ~ 4-5 hours

Day 8 : Departure From Sofia
Location: Sofia
Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to Sofia airport for departure. B/-/-

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 hotel overnights with breakfast (two in Sofia and two in Teteven) rooms with private facilities; 3 in guest houses incl. breakfast (2 rooms sharing one toilet/bathroom)

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Entrance Fees

  • English speaking guide and local guide

  • Saddled horses

  • Luggage transport

  • Fully Guided

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals

    all meals according to the tour program

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

    drinks and meals not mentioned in the program

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Insurance

Accommodation

4 hotel overnights with breakfast (two in Sofia and two in Teteven) rooms with private facilities; 3 in guest houses incl. breakfast (2 rooms sharing one toilet/bathroom)

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 6 people.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, on request.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, they are included on te first and the last day.

  • Is there weight limits for the pariciants?

    The maximum weight limit of the riders is 100 kg.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, they are.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Weik   Poland

Best horseriding trip!

12-Oct-2023

That was the best horseriding trip ever! Everything was organized perfectly. Healthy, good horses, comfortable saddles, delicious food, very nice accommodation and super patient and nice guide Lubo! If you consider horseriding in Bulgaria, i highly recommend Pinguin Travel and Lubo!

Asia   Bulgaria

Wonderfull guide and horses

31-May-2023

Wonderfull guide and horses. A lot of ride, horses are safe and brave, views at the mountainward beautiful. Guide was lovable and funny, he paid attention to the riders how they are doing. Also very hospitable hosts at places where we slept. I recommend :)

.  

"great fun"

16-Jun-2023

The guides ( Marian, Lyubo and Vladimir were all great fun to be with and took care of us well. I loved their funny stories and sense of humour. The views and woodlands were beautiful, horses relaxed and easy going, food lovely and the hosts in the villages were very friendly. A great relaxing holiday.

MichalPiskorski  

Pleasure to spend vacation

09-Sep-2020

It was a real pleasure to spend vacations in Stara Planina with Lubo, Marian & their horses. Mountains give amazing views. Horses are brave and calm. Lubo is a very nice and helpful guide. His English was better than expected. We spent many unforgettable moments e.g. singing karaoke at Janko's place. Will miss traditional Bulgarian cousine served by Panka. All in all I really enjoyed stay there and hope will come back there again.

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