Arrive and transfer from the airport to Apriltsi (about 3 hours). Accommodation in a cosy and new Guest House in the centre of the village in double rooms with shower/toilet. Welcome dinner.
After your first real Bulgarian breakfast inclusive the famous Bulgarian yogurt we go off to the saddled horses at the stables. Together with the riding guides you will meet your horse for the week. We have chosen the horses for the week according the information we receive in advance about the riders. We start riding in the fields of the base, continue through small villages and at a creek we know a good place for the lunch. During hot days it is possible to jump into the pool or the cooling mountain creek. After lunch the first mountain experience of the trail is waiting and you ride uphill in roughly 3 hours and enter the Central Balkan National Park. Overnight in a lodge on the top of the mountains.
The trail continues through the National park, one of the most valuable and largest protected areas in Europe, over the Balkan Mountains and with splendid views to the highest peak in the Balkan Range; Mt. Botev (2395 m) and from this hight the Mariza plains open up in the horizon. After 6-7 hours ride the day ends at a small monastery, still functioning and with a nice monastery garden and a small church. After the ride we recommend a short walk to Byala reka; an eco-path in the canyon with plenty of bridges over the flossy river). Dinner and overnight in the monastery.
In the morning we have time to explore the monastery and the life on the fields. Here we meet sheep and shepherds and busy farmers in the field. After lunch the trail is passing through the Valley of Roses, blooming from mid May to mid June, followed by a beautiful old forest. After nearly 5 hours we are exactly on the top of the Sredna Gora Mountains, where we will overnight in the chalet Svezhen (1050m). From the top you have a splendid view to the Rila and Rhodopi mountains.
Todays ride is in the terrains around the village of Svezhen. The morning ride is downhill to the village more than 600 years old and we will introduce you to modern village life in a living museum with a status of historical – architectural reserve. The village has a blooming summer life and you will experience the history of the country in every corner of the village. Lunch in the restaurant next to the river. Riding back to the mountain chalet we have the best possibilities to break into trot or gallop or to be a pathfinder together with the riding guide at the edge of a small lake in the waste surroundings.
After breakfast we are facing north through remote villages. In one of them we have lunch in a beautiful private garden and the traditional summer meal is homemade by the lovely baba Miche. After lunch we start ascending the mountain passing one of the checkpoints of the national park and we pass the scenic waterfall Babsko (54m) until we reach a mountain complex for the overnight. Once the complex was an attractive resort, now it is most of all a surreal adventure to enter into a scene from another era.
We continue over the mountains with great views to the peaks Zelenikovets, Kurtbashitsa, Kolata and the sharp pyramid of the peak Maragidik (1889m). We start the descent riding through the centuries-old beech forest and at Ostershka River we have our last lunch before we start riding through the villages and back to the base where it all started. After 6 hours ride you can see the meadows, the horses and the base. The loop ride is about to finish.
Breakfast. You will be driven to the airport for the flight home. You can take your memories home with you.
(The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control)