THE KINGDOM OF THRACIANS

This trail will take you into the Bulgarian Rose Valley and Sredna Gora Mountain – land of Thracians, mineral springs, roses and fine wine. The main goal of this carefully designed holiday is to  give great pleasure  to your body, senses and mind. It is awonderful combination of unique nature, ancient culture, healing springs, delicious food and wine. Galloping through gorgeous valleys and Sredna Gora’s untamed nature, then relaxing in hot mineral pools with a glass of fine wine – this trail offers marvelous landscapes, good horses & equipment, luxury hotels, tasty food and more!
We understand that enjoying your horse and  feeling safe are some of the most important things for a riding holiday. That is why we carefully select our horses and train them to be reliable, easily controllable and brave. Your horse will be carefully chosen, according to your requirements and abilities. The guides will prepare the horse for you every day, so you can just relax and enjoy your holiday.

Sredna Gora is one of the smoothest mountains for riding in Bulgaria, without steep climbs or descents, with a level ridge great for canters and an amazing 360-degrees view of all the highest mountains – Rila, Pirin, Rhodope and Balkan mountains. This trail goes on for 3 days into the mountain and 3 days into the valley, so you will get to explore the deep, century-old beech forests and to marvel at the breathtaking sights of the mountain. Lovely canters between rose gardens and free herds of cows in the valley complete the experience.

  • The required level of experience for this ride is Intermediate or Intermediate +

You should be a strong and confident rider, capable of all paces and fit enough for long canters through rough terrain.


Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Ability: intermediate and higher ability riders
  • Number of riders: 4-10
  • Average hours in the saddle: 4-6
  • Tack type -Western and Endurance high-quality saddles – Ortho-Flex and Podium. Some of the horses are ridden in bitless bridles.
  • Horses – Shagya and pure-bred Arabs, East-Bulgarian breed, and cross-bred with Arab horses – all very well-trained, spirited and easily controllable. The height of the horses varies from 150 to 165 cm.
  • Guides-experienced and professional, they perfectly know all the horses and routes. They will take care of the horses and your good mood.
  • They will take care of the horses and your good mood.
  • It is obligatory to have a riding helmet.We also recommend: riding boots or chaps, raincoat and warm clothes, insect spray, sun protection cream.
  • Meeting point: Sofia Airport.
  • Pace-varying from walk on steeper slopes to a fast pace in open spaces.

    Riding consists of 40% walking, 30% trotting and 30% cantering. This proportion could be changed according to the requirements and the abilities of the riders or weather conditions.

You will be accommodated in luxury hotels, the majority of which have hot mineral water. There are swimming pools and opportunities for Spa treatments in nearly all places. Rooms are mostly twin with an en-suite bathroom. Almost all hotels are situated out of towns or villages, so you will be able to rest well in the peace and quiet of nature.
Meals are all-inclusive, except for hard drinks; the hotels and houses provide breakfast and dinner, offering delicious traditional dishes, fruits and vegetables from the local farms and our garden. Midday meals are in the open-air during the passages and they consist of warm homemade food, beer, cold and hot drinks. We offer ecologically clean food, international and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

 

Dates for 2020:       
Oct. – fm 17 to 24

Dates for 2021:
April – fm 10 to 17
April – fm 24 to 1 May
May – fm 22 to 29
June – fm 05 to 12
October – fm 9 to 16
October – fm 16 to 23 

What’s included

  • 6 days of riding
  • All meals and drinks (including beer & wine)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 2 massages
  • Entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Professional guides’ assistance
  • Luggage transfers
  • Jeep vehicle support
  • Airport transfers from and back to Sofia
  • Destinations full of historical values

Price: 1420 EUR per person in a double room. + 160 EUR for a single accommodation.

  • Additional activities: cultural tour of the Town of Koprivshtitsa Architectural and Historical Reserve; visit of Thracian Temple Complex, Starosel; visit to the impressive remains of the ancient Roman city of Diocletianopolis. Massages are available every night upon request for a small additional payment.
  • Additional information:two guides – professional riders – with one leading the group and the other following with a jeep and all luggage.
  • Accompanying children and young people:over 12 years. All accompanying non-riders will get the chance to participate in the above-mentioned additional activities.

Itinerary: From the town of Hisarya to Starosel village, Krasnovo village, Belo Kamene hut, the town of Koprivstitsa, the town of Strelcha, Krastevich village and back to Starosel.

Day 1:

  • Pick up from Sofia Airport and transfer to the town of Hisarya – famous Spa Resort, placed 180 km southeast from the capital.
  • Accommodation in a Spa hotel with mineral swimming pool and sauna.
  • Welcome dinner, briefing and rest at the hotel.

Highlights:
Hisarya is a small resort town in central Bulgaria, located in Plovdiv province. It sits at an elevation of 368 m. Hisarya has 22 hot water springs that have been actively used since ancient times. Water temperatures vary from 44-55˚C. This area has always attracted settlers due to the abundance of water. Thracians first settled here IV-III century BC. Later, the Romans arrived to these lands, transforming the town. They built a marvelous city, wide streets, stunning courtyards, villas, marble baths, aqueducts, sewage systems and an amphitheater. Ruins from the Roman period are still well-preserved in the modern city of Hisarya.

Day 2:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Arrival at the stable. Introducing the horses to the riders, final preparations and instructions by the guides.
  • Picnic in a nice wooden shelter next to Matenitsa village, situated in the foot of the mountain.
  • Afternoon ride to Krasnovo village, famous for its mineral baths situated on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain.
  • Accommodation and dinner in the new Spa Hotel Aqua Termi. Before dinner you can have aquatic relaxation procedures and massages, and swim in the mineral water pool.
  • About 26 km (4,5 hours) of riding.

Day 3:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start from Krasnovo village, ride through rose gardens and up into the heart of the mountain.
  • Lunch at the beautiful Buntovna Hut at 1180 m altitude. It is located in an old beech forest in the historic area of Konska Polyana, Kulata and Kanara, offering an amazing view.
  • Afternoon ride through the deep beech forest and the lovely open mountaintop, ending up near the town of Koprivshtitsa.
  • Accommodation in the new hotel ”Eagle Rock”, situated in the middle of the mountain hills, where you can hear the sheep’s bells playing a song. The hotel has a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a sauna.
  • Dinner of local meals and wine.
  • About 28 km (5.5 hours) of riding.

Day 4:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • After breakfast, you will have a 2,5-hour ride in the neighboring wildness of Koprivshtitsa.
  • Lunch at a restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the old town of Koprivshtitsa. You will get to visit some of the most interesting museums
  • Enjoy some free time for shopping and exploring the charming galleries, craftsman shops and coffee retreats.
  • Dinner and night at the hotel.
  • About 12 km (2.5 hour) of riding.

Highlights:
The town of Koprivshtitsa is located in the heart of the Sredna Gora mountain range at 1060 metres above sea level. It is a town-museum and a unique settlement in Bulgaria, which has preserved over 250 patterns of the Bulgarian Revival Period architecture. Koprivshtitsa was once centre of Bulgaria’s revolution against the Ottomans. It was here that the first shot of the April Uprising against the Ottoman domination was fired in 1876.

Day 5:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ride through an untouched forest to the Spa Resort Strelcha and reach the very top of the beautiful peak “Wolf” – 1240m, with an amazing panoramic view of the Upper Thracian Plain and the surrounding mountains.
  • Picnic under a cosy wooden shelter just a few kilometers down the “Wolf” peak .
  • Overnight in a Spa hotel with a hot mineral pool and massage centre.
  • Before dinner you will have time to relax with a massage and swim in the mineral water pool.
  • Dinner at the hotel’s traditional-style restaurant.
  • About 25 km (4.5 hours) of riding.

Day 6: 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ride through rose fields and nice vineyards, and along sandy lakes.
  • Picnic in a cherry garden next to the village of Krastevich.
  • Accommodation in the luxurious Wine & Spa Complex Starosel.
  • Before dinner you can enjoy the nice Spa centre or join a wine tour.
  • Dinner at a nice restaurant in the complex.
  • About 28 km (5 hours) of riding.

Highlights:

Wine tasting of 5 different wines, each of them accompanied by special food – available for 20 EUR per person net price.

Day 7:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit of the Starosel Thracian Cult Complex. It is the largest preserved Thracian King Complex with a temple-mausoleum in Southeast Europe. It dates back to the 5th century BC. You will get to learn about the mysterious Thracians and their amazing cultural heritage and historic significance.
  • Beautiful, long gallops among meadows, riding near Pyasachnik artificial lake – the biggest in the area – with a panoramic view of the mountain.
  • Picnic in the meadows near Panicheri village.
  • Afternoon ride across forests, meadows and along lakes, doing a full circle which ends in Hisarya.
  • Accommodation in a Spa hotel with a mineral swimming pool and sauna.
  • Visit to the remains of a fortress wall, belonging to the ancient Roman town Diocletianopolis – the third largest in the ancient Thrace province. Hisarya was an active Roman Spa Resort and was at one point used as a rehabilitation centre for wounded Roman soldiers.
  • Farewell dinner in the evening.
  • About 25km (4 hours) of riding

Day 8:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Leaving for Sofia.
  • Departure from Sofia Airport.

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