The wild land of Central Bulgaria

Explore the unique nature of Bulgaria on horseback, meet the local traditions and culture, discover the ancient history, and taste the delicious food and wine.

This trail takes you to the North side of the Balkan mountain – free and open land without any fences. During the holiday you have the chance to explore the greatest historical, cultural and natural landmarks in the area. This experience is supplemented by fine Bulgarian wines and delicious traditional dishes, fruits and vegetables from the local farms and our own gardens.
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.

The terrain is diverse, but mainly smooth and pleasant, giving you the opportunity to ride free from strain and to enjoy with all your senses the amazing nature scenery. You will ride along the valleys, lakes, beautiful forests and open fields.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Ability: novice to higher ability riders
  • Number of riders: 4-10
  • Average hours in the saddle: 4-5
  • 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 easy to control. The height of the horses varies from 150 to 165 cm.
  • Guides-experienced and professional – they perfectly know all horses and routes.
  • It is obligatory to have a riding helmet-We also recommend: riding boots or chaps, raincoat and warm clothes, insect repellent, sunscreen.
  • 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.

During the trail you will be accommodated in nice traditional guesthouses, where you can enjoy homemade delicious dishes, fine wine, fruits and vegetables from the local gardens. Guesthouses offer traditional Bulgarian breakfast. Rooms are mostly twin with an en-suite bathroom.
Midday meals are in the open-air – picnics – 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. All meals are included.

 

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Dates for 2021:
July – fm 17 to 24 

What’s included

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

Price: 1220 EUR, all included, except for hard drinks. Single supplement: + 120 EUR.

  • Additional activities: bow-shooting, cultural tour around the historic landmarks, visit of the Ethnographic complex Etara. 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 Riding Club ”Alfa”, located near the town of Sevlievo, to the The Rocky Chain Vitata Stena, the village of Zhivko, village of Gesha, ”Etara” Ethnographic complex, Gabrovo, Dryanovo monastery, the village of Emen, the old capital Veliko Turnovo, and back to the Riding Club.

Day 1:

  • Pick up from Sofia Airport and transfer to Sevlievo, located 190 km Northeast from the capital.
  • Arrival in the town of Sevlievo. 
  • Accommodation in Incanto or Helios hotel with a sauna and Jacuzzi.
  • Initial Instructions by the guides.
  • Dinner and rest in the hotel.

Day 2:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Arrival at the stable. Introducing the horses to the riders, final preparations and instructions by the guides.
  • A round of riding for about 2 hours through hills and beautiful forests with small creeks.
  • Lunch at the Riding Club.
  • After lunch, another ride in the area of the stable for about 2 hours.
  • Dinner and night at Incanto or Helios hotel.
  • About 18 km (4 hours) of riding.

Day 3:

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Packing up the luggage and heading to the Riding Club.
  • Ride to the small and well-hidden village of Zhivko. Riding alongside the foot of the famous rocky chain ”Vitata Stena” (10 km long and more than 120 m high!), which is a nature reserve. Along the ride you will have an amazing view towards the Balkan mountain.
  • Picnic outdoors in the foot of the rocks next to the village of Armenite, situated just at the middle of “Vitata Stena”.
  • Dinner and night at a beautiful traditional-style guest house in Zhivko village.
  • About 25 km (4,5 hours) riding.

Day 4:

  • Breakfast at the guest house.
  • Visit by car of the Ethnographic complex “Etara” near Gabrovo city. The complex represents a village from the 19th century with the main crafts developed at that time. The old machines work with the power of running water and the present craftsmen produce traditional pots, garments, food, musical instruments, tools and souvenirs on them.
  • Pack up at noon and ride in the wilderness towards Gesha village.
  • Picnic outdoors near Yantra river.
  • After lunch the terrain is nice and smooth, giving opportunity for many canters.
  • Arrival at Gesha and spending the night in a nice guest house with a swimming pool.
  • About 21 km (4 hours) riding.

Day 5:

  • Breakfast at the guest house and visit by car of Dryanovo Monastery and “Bacho Kiro” cave above it. The Monastery survived after being set on fire by the Ottoman army in one epic battle with the rebels of the biggest Bulgarian uprising against the Turkish occupation in 1876.
  • Ride north through the valley of Yantra river, enjoying nice canters along the wild meadows.
  • Picnic under the shades near Vetrintsi village.
  • Arrival at the peaceful country-style hotel “Imenieto”, with a swimming pool.
  • Dinner and rest at the hotel.
  • About 25 km (4.5 hours) of riding.

Day 6: 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk by foot to the nice Eco path in the Emen canyon of Negovanka river.
  • Ride in the open fields, enjoying nice canters and the beautiful views.
  • Picnic at open-air near the village of Burya.
  • Dinner and night at Skalsko first class hunting lodge, situated on the shore of a lake
  • About 25 km (4.5 hours) of riding.

Day 7:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start an amazing ride back to Riding club ”Alfa” through the wilderness and along the beautiful forests, creeks and fields of the Southwest.You will enjoy the breathtaking view all around.
  • Picnic in the wilderness.
  • Arrival at the stable, saying goodbye to the horses.
  • Farewell dinner and night at ”Incanto” hotel in Sevlievo.
  • About 20 km (4 hours) of riding.

Day 8:

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

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