(The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control)
Arrival and transfer from the airport in Apriltsi. You will be welcomed with a nice dinner.
You will get acquainted with your horses and then take a ride in the countryside around Apriltsi. You will ride about 10 kilometers (6 miles) and picnic by a small river. After a break of 1-1½ hours, you will ride back to Apriltsi. The terrain varies and provides the opportunity for a varied riding tempo. Overnight in Apriltsi.
The trail starts in the morning and you ride in north-east direction through remote villages with traditional architecture from the Bulgarian Revival. You ride through thick beech forests with good stretches for trotting and cantering and after about 6 hours in the saddles and riding along the Balkan ridge over beautiful meadows you reach the small village Troentsi right under the foothill of the mysterious mountain Mara Gidik. You stay in an old style and comfortable guest house. The panorama view from the village to the great national park is astonishing.
From Troentsi you start trotting through wood, farm land and creeks. You pass through or near the picturesque mountain villages Stokite, Kupen and Emiliovo – a peaceful settlement with an amazing view to the Balkan ridge. In the afternoon you ride in trot and gallop through an area with many red and roe deer, chamois, and brown bear. The days ride is about 6-7 hours before you reach the mountain chalet “Partizanska Pesen” (1000m).
After breakfast you ascent through old wood and well up on the pastures on the top you enjoy the fantastic views over north and south Bulgaria at the same time! The pastures give you the possibility to trot and gallop. At a nice little stream in 1450 m you have a rest and after 2-3 more hours on the horse back you reach the mountain chalet “Mazalat” (1620m)for lunch. After lunch you cross the mountains and ride directly deep into the “Central Balkan National Park” to the reserve “The singing rocks” – and if the wind is blowing you’ll hear the rocks sing. Through the reserve there are two small distances of 10-20 meter where you have to stay off and lead the horse. Today you’ll ride about 7-8 hours.
You wake up in the comfortable lodge Tabite with an amazing view to the mountains. Todays ride is on the top of the mountains and lunch in cowboy style will be well prepared in a mountain chalet Triglav. You have a rest and it is possible to go for a walk on an eco-path for a splendid view to the Valley of Roses on the south side of the Balkan Mountains. On the way back you pass a water fall. Dinner and overnight in the lodge Tabite and why not enjoy a Bulgarian sundowner while the sun is going down behind the mountain peaks Maragidik (1889m) and Botev (2376m).
After breakfast you ride in the northern direction and the circle ride is closed. You ride down the mountains, leave the national park and right down to the villages. The ride of the day is about 5 hours. You will overnight in the same house as the first 2 nights.
Breakfast and departure. You will be driven to the airport for your trip home.