Bulgaria - Trail Ride over the Balkan Mountains
This trail ride combines Apriltsi’s beautiful location with riding over two mountain chains staying overnight along the way. The ride follows the ancient paths that for centuries have linked northern and southern Bulgaria.
You will ride along the old paths and roads that for centuries have linked southern and northern Bulgaria. From the little village of Apriltsi on the northern side of the Balkan Mountains up over the mountain chain, through the small village of Kalofer with its exciting architecture and old monasteries. Further on through the Valley of the Roses which is in full bloom at the end of May. The roses grown here are used in France’s perfume industry. Riding then continues to the Balkan Mountains’ little brother, Sredna Gora, the mountains where the Sveschen mountain cabin is situated high over the little country village of the same name.
Every day offers new experiences and new terrain. The trail ride is an adventure filled ride that takes the horse and rider far away from everyday life. The daily rides vary from between 6-8 hours. When you stay two nights in the mountain cabin above the village of Sveschen you have an entire day to ‘play’ with the horses and you can gallop freely through the beautiful meadows that lie on the top of the Sredna Gora Mountains – there are few opportunities otherwise to gallop on this ride.
The central part of the Balkan Mountains is national park. Here you will see flora and fauna that are so unique that they are under UNESCO’s protection. Many plants are found nowhere else and are protected.
Minimum number of participants is 1 and the maximum number of riders is 8.
Arrive and transfer from the airport in Apriltsi. You will be welcomed with a beautiful evening meal.
You will familiarize yourself with the horses in the morning and maybe have time for a ride in the beautiful surroundings of Apriltsi. After lunch you will start riding and take a
tour of approximately 3 hours up into the mountains to the first mountain cabin.
The tour continues through the National Park, over the Balkan Mountains and past Mount Botev (2,376 m; 7,795 ft) to the top of the mountains where the Plovdiv Plains lie open to the horizon. After 6-7 hours you will arrive at a little village in the shadow of the mountains where you will stay overnight in a ‘living’ monastery.
In the morning, there is time to stretch your legs and walk the newly created nature path deep into a narrow gorge. You will then ride on through the ‘Valley of the Roses’ and after about 5 hours you ride over the top of the Sredna Gora Mountains and arrive at the ‘mountain cabin’ where you will spend two nights. This is where they have built a ‘Summer Cottage’.
The entire day is set aside for riding in varying terrain around the riding center. In the magnificent meadows, there are lots of opportunities for fast gallops, or perhaps you would prefer more relaxed riding on the paths in the untouched wilderness? The day is very flexible. If you want to take it easy, you can take a trip down to the lake or visit the nearby village.
After breakfast you will ride north again taking different paths than you have ridden earlier. After about 7 hours you will arrive at the lodgings where you will stay the night.
After breakfast, the ride continues over the Balkan Mountains and on to Apriltsi where you started the week’s riding. After approx. 6 hours riding you are ‘home’ again after having ridden in a giant circle during the week.
Breakfast and farewell to the horses. 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)