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Walking the Rhodope Mountains

8 days | From £899 | Guided Group Departures

Discover the lesser known Rhodope Mountains with beautiful trails through coniferous forests, vast meadows and local villages. Explore the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of the area including picturesque lakes, caves and valleys.


8 days | From £899 | Guided Group Departures

This exciting adventure takes you through the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, home of the legendary musician and singer Orpheus. The Rhodope, being the oldest land in the Balkans houses magical landscapes including coniferous woods, vast meadows, high ridges, deep valleys river basins. As well as various species of flora and fauna now extinct in other European countries, 70% of the world's minerals and over 600 caves can be found here. Your trail takes you mainly on marked paths and dirt/macadam roads, with undulating and sometimes uneven terrain. There are some more challenging parts of the route but they are short, on day 4 in particular, you will pass by Ussipa peak at 1830 meters above sea level. Expect to discover spectacular mountain views, unique culture and architecture, intriguing cuisine, customs and local people.
Day 1. Arrive Sofia, transfer to Plovdiv for afternoon sightseeing
Arrive at Sofia Airport before midday; you will be transferred to Plovdiv for you first night in Bulgaria. This afternoon you will take part in a guided sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 2. Bachkovo Monastery and Kosovo Village walking
After breakfast you will drive to Bachkovo Monastery, the second largest Bulgarian Monastery. This afternoon?s walk will cover a loop circuit of the Kosovo area, starting on a scenic dirt road and heading in the eastern direction.
Day 3. The wonderful Bridges and walking the Sivskovska River trail
You will take a short drive to Zornitsa Village for the start of your hike; on route you will visit The Wonderful Bridges, a famous landmark and natural phenomena in the Rhodope Mountains.
Day 4. Walking around lakes and peaks to Shiroka Laka
Todays walk will start from the beautiful Smolyan Lakes, known as the emerald eyes of the Rhodope Mountains, the once 20 something lakes are now only 7. The nearby Orpheus Rock (Orfeeva skala) offers spectacular views over the valley below. Your walk continues to Mechi chal peak until finally reaching Shiroka Laka.
Day 5. Devil's Throat Cave and Trigrad Village walking
You will start your day with a visit to Devil's Throat Cave. Todays walk will be a loop circuit around the Trigrad Village area.
Day 6. Local village walks, the Eagle's Nest and Yagodia Cave
With a short transfer back to Trigrad, your walk will start in the centre of the village, you will walk uphill towards Yagodina Village; here you will climb to the famous Eagle's Nest view point and platform for stunning 360 degree views. Next you will visit Yagodina Cave, before a short transfer will take you back to your hotel in Buinovo Village.
Day 7. Beden to Liaskovo Village
Todays walk will start in Beden Village, a short uphill stint on a dirt road weaving through meadows and forest brings you to Piassachnik peak. Enjoy the panoramic views before heading down to Liaskovo Village.
Day 8. Morning Sofia city tour before your evening departure
This morning you will do a guided city tour of Sofia, the capital and largest city in Bulgaria. In the afternoon you will be transferred back to the airport in time for your evening flight home.
  • Trip Grade: B/C - moderate/demanding
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip Code: TBRM
  • Accommodation: Hotels
  • Joining Point: Sofia Airport
  • Ending Point: Sofia Airport
  • Important Information: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements

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