The Rodopi Trail (Bulgaria)

The Rodopi Trail (Bulgaria)

The Rodopi Mountains in southern Bulgaria are what many would call a mystery.
Historians believe that the Rodopi are the birthplace of the legendary musician Orpheus and his wife Eurydice, as well as the cradle of the Dionysus- cult. For most Bulgarians, it is the numerous caves from prehistoric time, the Roman roads and the beautiful medieval monasteries that account for the Rodopi’s charm. For others it is the picturesque mountains villages, their authentic lifestyle and the warm local hospitality. Or perhaps the mellow green fields and the reflection of the sun in the bright blue highland lakes. We give you an opportunity to make up your own mind about the mesmerizing atmosphere of the Rodopi – together with our horses we get as close to the heart of the Rodopi and to the authentic life of its people as possible.


Day 1. Arrive Sofia airport, transfer to Plovdiv for overnight. 

Day 2. We drive to Devin (1,5 hours) where we meet the horses and set off to Borino on our first riding day.
/hours in the saddle: 5/

Day 3. The trail continues from Borino to the tiny village Chala and further to Buinovo vilage.
/hours in the saddle: 5/

Day 4. Today we visit Yagodina cave (optional) and continue through pine forests and potatoe fields to the village of Trigrad. Overnight in Trigrad by the famous Trigrad Gorge with 250m vertical cliffs.
/hours in the saddle: 5/

Day 5. We continue the exploration of the territories southwards from the village, making a loop-like ride along Trigradska River back to Trigrad. 
/hours in the saddle: 4/

Day 6. In the morning we start early as the trek today is a bit longer. It will take us to the ancient Chairski Lakes, surrounded by meadows full with orchids in summer. Passing through the picturesque village of Mougla we end the ride above the village of Gela.
/hours in the saddle: 6/

Day 7. Time to get back. Following the ridges of Mursalitsa we reach the quarters of Devin, where the trek ends. In the afternoon we can relax at one of the mineral swimming pools in the city.
/hours in the saddle: 4/

Day 8. After breakfast we get a transfer to Sofia airport for departure.

Accomodation and food:   We stay overnight at local guesthouses  and small  family-run hotels in rooms with private facilities. Breakfast, lunch pack & dinner, (dinner on day 1 is not included)

Practical information:    HORSES AND SADDLING: Saddling is Western, but English saddles are also available upon request. Most of the horses belong to the local East-Bulgarian and Karakchan breed with a mid-height of 1,50 cm, they are well known as thoughtful and tough, and are thus extremely well-adapted to the mountainous region of the Rodopi Mountains. The maximum weight limit of the riders is 95 kg.EXTENSION AT THE BLACK SEA COAST: we have a unique proposal, which gives you the opportunity to stay on a sea holiday for extra week after your active tour at an incredibly low price in Sozopol, Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Lozenets, St. Vlas, Golden Sands etc. and all this with arranged transportation right after your tour and before your departure flight. For more information please check "Vacation extensions" below. LOW_COST FLIGHTS TO BULGARIA: please check: Wizz Air -; Sky Europe -; Easy Jet -; Germanwings -; My Air -; Penguin Travel –; Norwegian Air Shuttle - In summer time there are loads of opportunities to book a cheap flight to Bourgas or Varna Airport instead of landing at Sofia Airport. We can arrange for you a bus or train ticket to the starting point of the active tour with transfer to the central bus/railway station in these towns, picking you up at the airport upon arrival or vice versa at the end of your tour (this would only cost you appr. 20-30 Euro per car + the bus/train ticket price itself).

Recommended travel period of the year:   June - September

Price Includes:
accommodation in guesthouses and family-run pensions in en-suite rooms on fullboard (except dinner on day 1)
riding guide
English-speaking interpreter
saddled horse
luggage transfers from point to point
pick up/drop off at Sofia or Plovdiv airport
VAT and all local taxes.

Not Included:
flight tickets
map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)
alcoholic drinks
entrance fees for the caves and procedures in the hot springs complex
other personal expenses

Additional Services:
Single room supplement: 100 euro


The Rodopi Trail (Bulgaria) (Rated 4.9 / 5 Based on 6 Reviews.)

These tours include trekking which is a little harder, normally on a challenging terrain. We take it for granted that you are in good condition and fit. You should be physically prepared at home to get the maximum of the tour. Most of the trekking is done at a greater height (max 3000m).

Tours of this level demand that you be really in good shape. The paths are not always in the best condition and the marking can be scarce. There are day-treks with big ascents and descents. Changing weather conditions /even in midsummer/ play an important role when trekking/cycling at a very high altitude and may cause changes of the preliminary route. This is to be decided by the mountain guide on the spot. Normally, the treks are 6/8h per day, but some can be longer. Preliminary hiking experience is an advantage, but not necessary if you are really in a good shape. Note that during some of the days, you should personally carry your baggage, which is naturally an additional difficulty. No rock/ice climbing experience is needed.

Group Size
4-6 riders
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