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"The Kingdom of The Tracians" Comfort Trail

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Riding through antiquity - ancient Thracians sanctuaries and temples, antique Roman Imperial Residence and Bulgarian National Revival towns.

This mountain trail ride takes you through the Sredna Gora Mountain - the land of the Thracians, the mineral sources, the roses and lavender. The main goal of this carefully designed holiday is to give great pleasure to your body, senses and mind. This trail ride offers you un extraordinary combination of the physical loading of the riding with the strengthening SPA treatments and the refreshing massages. During the holiday you will enjoy the delicious food, prepared from wholesome local produce and samples of famous Bulgarian wines. Galloping through the boundless meadows, riding through oak and beech forests you will become one with the virgin nature of Sredna Gora Mountains and you will discover part of the archeological, historical and architectural landmarks, hidden in them.

  • Itinerary:
    From the town of Hissar to the village of Starosel, the village of Belovitsa, the village of Crustevich, Belo Kamene hut, the town of Koprivstica, the town of Strelcha and back to the village of Belovitsa.

  • Dates for 2019:
    April - fm 13 to 20;
    April - fm 20 to 27;
    June - fm 08 to 15;
    October - fm 20 to 27;

  • Meeting point:
    Sofia Airport.

  • Ability:
    Novice and higher ability riders.

  • Number of riders:

  • Average hours on the saddle:|

  • Pace:
    Varing from walking on the steeper slopes to a fast pace on the open spaces which are great for long canters.
    Usually we are riding 40 % walking, 30 % trotting and 30 % cantering. This proportion could be changed according to the requirements and the abilities of the riders.

  • Equipment:
    - saddles and tacks: we have both Western and English high quality saddles: Ortho-Flex and Podium.
    - we recommend you to have: riding helmet(obligatory), riding boots or chaps, raincoat and warm clothes, spray against insects, sun protection cream.

  • Horses:
    We have Shagya and pure Arabs, East-Bulgarian breed and crossbred horses with Akhal-Teke blood - all well-trained and calm.
    The height of the horses is from 150 to 165 cm.

  • The riding guides:
    The riding guides are experienced and professional and know all the horses and routes well. They have a sound knowledge and awareness of safety, of looking after horses and guests out on a ride. The leading guide is able to take sole charge of riders and to encourage them to enjoy riding, to plan together with them riding time and breaks.

  • Maximum weight limit of the riders:
    110 kg.

  • Accommodation:
    In high quality hotels or in guest houses, in double rooms with WC and shower. Swimming pools and sauna are available in 4 of the nights.

  • Meals:
    All-inclusive, except for the hard drinks; The hotels and guest houses provide breakfasts and dinners and they offer traditional local dishes. The midday meals are in the open-air during the passages and they consist of warm food, beer, cold and warm drinks. We offer ecologically clean food, international and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

  • Additional activities:
    SPA treatments, swimming, wine tasting, visit to the ancient Roman town Dioclecianopolis, visit to the Thracian complex in Kazanluk, sightseeing.

  • Accompanying children and young people:
    Over 12 years. All the accompanying non-riders will have the possibility to participate in all the above mentioned additional activities.

  • Additional information:
    A jeep follows the group, brings the luggage and supplying food 3 times a day.

Description of the trail

  • Day 1:
    - Pick up from Sofia Airport and transfer to the town of Hissar, placed 180 km South-east from the capital.
    - You will be accommodated in the SPA hotel with swimming pool, sauna, massage centre and fitness.
    - Begin your holiday with an introduction to your itinerary and having a first-hand look at the horses and equipment and choosing suitable ones.
    - Welcome dinner and night at the hotel.

    Hissar health resort

    The Hissar health resort is situated almost in the centre of Bulgaria, on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountin, 336 m above sea level. The first settlers of the small valley where the town is situated were Thracians from the Besi tribe. Eventually, the area was reached by Macedonians, but it was not until Roman times when Hissar developed into a large town and resort, called Dioclecianopolis, after the Roman emperor Dioclecian /284 - 305 AD/. The town was built according to all requirements of Roman town planning - with wide, straight streets, decorated with statues of gods and goddesses, with marble baths, beautiful palaces and villas for Roman aristocracy. To protect the town from enemy invasions, it was surrounded with a wall raised by the skilful hands of Thracian master-builders.

  • Day 2:
    - Breakfast in the hotel.
    - Panoramic tour of the town of Hissar.
    You will visit the remains of a fortress wall of an ancient Roman town "Dioclecianopolis", the third largest town in the ancient province of Thrace, after Philipopolis (Plovdiv) and Beroe (Stara Zagora). The wall is one of the best preserved of its kind not only in Bulgaria, but also on the entire Balkan Peninsula!
    - Saddling the horses and preparing for start.
    - Ride among beautiful nature around the village of Starosel.
    - Picnic - lunch in the neighborhood of the village.
    - In the afternoon you will ride to the village of Belovitsa, situated on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain.
    - Accommodation and dinner in a family hotel.
    - About 21 km (3 hours) riding.

  • Day 3:
    - Breakfast at the hotel.
    - Start from Belovitsa village and ride trough hills and oak forests to the village Starosel, witch made a sensation in the year 2000 when the archeological expedition lead by Dr. George Kitov found for the world's largest preserved Thracian king's complex with a temple-mausoleum in Southeast Europe.
    - Your guide will escort you to visit the recently found Thracian cult complex, still in excavation. Learn about the mysterious Thracians and their amazing cultural heritage and historic significance.
    - Picnic in the beautiful oak forest under the temple.
    - In the afternoon you will ride to "Belokamene" hotel in the middle of the forest, with a large swimming pool and whirlpool.
    - Dinner with local meals end wine by the fireplace.
    - About 19 km (3 hours) riding.

    The Thracian cult complex in Starosel

    The suppositions are that the temple is from the time of the Thracian king Sitalk, even his own. The rich findings in the stone-built tomb date from the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth century BC. A main staircase with monumental corridor, ritual landing and two chambers, leads to the temple. The entrance is outlined with slabs with plastic and colour decoration. The inside area is a round, domed chamber with semi-columns and colour ornaments, where the initiated established connection with gods. It is surrounded by a 263 yard long wall made out of some 4000 stone blocks and was hidden under a 20 m high mound of earth.

  • Day 4:
    - Breakfast in the hotel.
    - You will ride trough a forest in the middle of the mountain "Sredna Gora" via foot of Bogdan peak (1603m).
    - Picnic at the beutiful meadow next to the mountain creak.
    - In the afternoon you will ride to the Koprivshtitsa town of Bulgarian Revival, which is a unique architectural preserve.
    - You will be accommodated in the traditional old style guest house.
    - Dinner in the restaurant in the town of Koprivshtitsa.

    The town of Koprivshtitsa is situated near to the Topolnitsa river at 1060 meters above the sea level. It is a town - museum and unique settlement in Bulgaria, which has preserved in compactness over 250 patterns of the Bulgarian Revival Period architecture. The greatest wealth of Koprivshtitsa are its Revival Period houses with colorful courtyards, surrounded with high stone walls and gates, the disorderly built curved and narrow cobblestone little streets and plots, the numerous stone fountain contributes to the attractiveness of the little town. Part of these houses were turned into museums.

    - About 30 km (5.5 hours) riding.

  • Day 5:
    - Breakfast at the house.
    - You will be taken on a guided tour of the town of Koprivshtitsa where you will visit some of the most interesting Museums in the town.
    - Lunch at a restaurant in the town.
    - After a refreshing break in the afternoon, prepare for a short ride in the neighborhood of Koprivshtitsa.
    - Enjoy some free time for shopping and exploring the charming galleries, craftsman shops and coffee retreats.
    - Dinner and night in the town of Koprivshtitsa.

  • Day 6:
    - Breakfast at the house.
    - You will ride trough the untouched forest, heading to the peak "Wolf" (1243m) in the heart of the mountain.
    - Picnic under the peak "Wolf".
    - Going down from the mountain and enjoying the amazing view of the Tracian plane.
    - Overnight in a SPA hotel in the town of Strelcha, with a hot swimming pool and massage centre. Before dinner you could try the aquatic relaxation procedures or massages and swim in the mineral water pool.
    - Dinner in the local pub in national style.
    - About 28 km (5 hours) riding.

  • Day 7:
    - Breakfast in the hotel.
    - You will ride along the rose fields, trough the cherry gardens in the Tracian plane.
    - Picnic in a cherry garden.
    - You will be accommodated in a beautiful vinery complex in Starosel, where many animals live freely in the gardens. A copy of the Starosel Thracian Temple is made in the cellar of the complex. When you stand in its center, your voice sounds like coming from the Cosmos, but only you hear it. This is a part of the Thracian mysteries.
    - In the evening enjoy a Farewell dinner, prepared in your honour by the hosts.
    - About 25 km (4 hours) riding.

  • Day 8:
    - After breakfast you could say good-bye to your horse.
    - Visit to the ancient town of Plovdiv and start to Sofia.
    - Departure from the Sofia Airport.

  • PRICE: 1300 EUR (hard drinks are not included).
    Single supplement: + 150 EUR