Horse riding tourism

Ancient Trail in the Balkan Range. 7 nights, €940

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Dates for the year 2016: 16/4, 23/4, 30/4, 7/5, 14/5, 21/5, 28/5, 11/6, 25/6, 2/7, 9/7, 16/7, 23/7, 6/8, 20/8, 3/9, 10/9, 17/9, 1/10, 22/10. 

If you dream about a ride on an ancient trail through majestic mountain ranges, among the noise of the waterfalls and wildlife, vast pastures and villages hidden in the mountains, this tour is for you! Each day of this journey brings a new challenge, a new land to discover and a new adventure.

You will also learn a lot about the history and culture of Bulgaria, and the open and hospitable nature of its people. We will visit an adorable little town of Apriltsi, as well as the mountain shrines and churches. We will also see the world-famous Valley of Roses.

Throughout the tour, you will be provided with delicious, nutritious and homemade meals composed from naturally grown and local products. Our full board meals will keep you going even during the most extreme horse riding tours! 

Day 1
Greeting at the airport and transfer to our base in the mountains. Overnight in a cosy and new guest house.

Day 2
Choosing of horses and a trip through beautiful lands to the town Apriltsi. At lunch we will have a picninc. Overnight in a mountain chalet and a former mountain diary.

Day 3
The trail will lead us through a national park. After approx. 7 hours of riding we will rest behind the hospitable walls of the monastery.

Day 4
After exploring the monastery we will continue our trip and go through the fields with sheep and their shepherds until we reach the Valley of Roses, and, after riding through the mountain ridges of Sredna Gora, we will spend another night close to the incredible surrounding nature, in a mountain chalet with a dining room and an open fireplace.

Day 5
Day will be spent in the Valley of the Roses, where we will have a lot of fun and games with the horses on the flat terrain and a bit of relax by the lake. There will also be an opportunity simply gallop into the unknown and enjoy the speed.Overnight in the same mountain chalet.

Day 6
We will travel north through amazing landscapes to our next charming mountain chalet at the foot of Mt. Triglav (2276m). Lunch at the private garden of a very hospitable granny who makes delicious food! Overnight in a mountain complex. 

Day 7
Once again we find ourselves in the town Apriltsi, where we started our trip. The town is famous for its incredible panorama and the surrounding countryside. we will ride about 6 hours through lovely meadows. Accommodation in a cosy guest house. 

Day 8
After breakfast, we will have some free time before the transfer back to the airport.

Price per person:
- €940 

LAST MINUTE PRICE: €940 €840 for the tour starting on 24/10, 2015.

The price includes:
- Two transfers from/to the airport Sofia
- 2 or 3 nights in an authentic Bulgarian guest house - double room sharing
- 4 or 5 nights in the mountains as per programme (pls.request)
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
- Own horse, fully equipped
- Riding guide during the trail 

The price does not include:
- Plane tickets 
- Personal expenses

Upon booking please inform about year of birth/hight/weight/riding experience/ any special requirements (confirmation needed). 

EUR 100 not later than 7 days after booking.

Final payment:
35 days before the arrival. 

ATTENTION! Due to the character of the tours, our horse riding tours have separate terms and conditions, which you can find below.

General terms: 
- Arrival day and departure day is Saturday.
- You can book as a single rider, a couple, a small group or a full group. 
- The trail will take place when we have min. 4 riders – added fee if 2 or 3 riders + 50 EUR pp. 
- There is no extra fee for single riders if the room is shared (f/f or m/m).
- Single room available on request (extra fee). Please contact us for further information.
- Full board: From dinner on the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is arranged as picnic, lunch bag, or normal lunch depending on the programme and the weather. Mineral water is served at all meals; other drinks such as soft drinks, wine and beer are paid on the spot. 
- Transfer from/to the airport is organised as one transport for all arriving and departing guests. We recommend arrival no later than 18:00 and departure no earlier than 12:00. The transport is planned after the latest arrival / first departure in the group. Individual transfer or arrival/departure earlier/later must be pre-ordered and confirmed. Extra fee EUR 150 one way for a car up to 3 persons.
- All guests must be in a possession of an insurance covering your riding holiday in Bulgaria. 
- Cancellation after deposit is paid: The deposit of 100 EUR is non-refundable. By cancellation earlier than 14 days before arrival 50 % is non-refundable. 14-2 days before arrival 75 % is non-refundable, less than 2 days before arrival there is no refund. We recommend that you contact a travel insurance company for further advice.

Group discount: 
Book 8 riders at the same trail/date and pay for 7. Mitkulishev Photography Ivan Mandevski © Photo: Svetoslav Todev

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