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Bulgaria – Balkanritt

Bulgaria er perfekt for ridning da det nesten ikke finnes gjerder og porter. Vidåpent landskap og bølgende terreng gir mulighet for lange galopper og interessant ridning. Rideturene gir deg anledning til å besøke klostre og se noen av de fasinerende severdighetene i dette historiske landet.

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  • Åpent april til oktober
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  • fra 7 netter / 6 dager ridning
  • 3-7 timer ridning hver dag
  • Vektbegrensning ca 90 kg
  • Normalt maks antall ryttere: 11
  • Pris fra ca kr 9 300,- (7 netter)

I århundrer har dette landet vært en bro mellom Europa og Asia som har gitt tilgang til Vest-Europa, det nære Østen, Midtøsten og Middelhavet. Bulgaria er et land med en lang, stormende og fasinerende historie. Det har blitt invadert, erobret og fått bosetninger av grekere, romere, bysantinere og tyrkere som alle har satt sine spor i landskapet.

Fem hundre år med tyrkisk herredømme (sluttet i 1878) isolerte landet fra resten av Europa. I nyere tid tilbrakte Bulgaria fire tiår bak jernteppet når landet etter 2. verdenskrig ble erklært republikk og det bulgarske kommunistpartiet kom til makten. Alle politiske partier unntatt ett ble forbudt, økonomien og bankene ble nasjonalisert og jordbruksland ble organisert som kollektiver. Demokratiske endringer i Bulgaria startet i slutten av 1989 og i 2007 ble Bulgaria medlem av EU.

Gitt denne historien kan vi forstå hvorfor bulgarerne er så oppatt av å bevare sin historie og sin kultur som har overlevd så ofte mot alle odds. Rideturene har blitt utformet for å gi deg rikelig anledning til å besøke historiske steder.

For de fleste utenlandske turister er det den lange Svartehavskysen som er mest kjent, i tillegg til skisteder, men det er så mye mere med dette landet, og mye av det forblir stort sett uberørt og ubesøkt av utenlandske turister.

Naturlandskapet i Bulgaria er mangfoldig og består av lavland, sletter, åser og vidder, bassenger og fjell. På våre rideturer har du mulighet til også å besøke klostre og ri gjennom vakre landsbyer.

Våre guider er Alexander Tonev og hans datter Maria. Alex har konkurrert i sprangridning og i distanseritt. Maria har ridd siden hun var ung og er ansvarlig for trening av unghestene. Begge er lisensierte instruktører. Alex’s kone Rumuana (Rumi) er svært kunnskapsrik om bulgarsk historie og hun vil ta deg med på noen av besøkene utenom ridning, som er en del av reisen.

Det er 4 forskjellige turer å velge i mellom:

Krushunas fosser (7 netter) tar deg til nordsiden av Balkan. Med utgangspunkt i basen til eierne ris det en rundtur hvor du overnatter på et nytt sted hver dag. Denne reiseruten er laget for å vise deg slott, klostre og festninger fra middelalderen sammen med de gamle husene og tradisjonelt håndverk. På veien besøker du Krushunas fossefall på Devetali platået, som er et av de mest attraktive landemerkene i Bulgaria. Rytterne må være kompetent i skritt, trav og galopp. Det blir noen lange galopper på stor åpne sletter. Overnatting er på hoteller eller gjestehus. Det er svømmebasseng og muligheter for spa-behandlinger på de fleste hotellene.

Thrakernes land (7 netter) er en tur på sørsiden av Balkan og du blir kjørt direkte til startstedet fra flyplassen i Sofia. Turen går videre hver dag. Avstanden du rir er kortere enn for Krushunas fosser og ridetempoet er mindre anstrengende. Det er litt roligere ridning pga det kuperte terrenget, men det er fortsatt mulighet for noen galopper så du må være kompetent i både skritt, trav og galopp. Det er svømmebasseng og mulighet for spa-behandlinger på de fleste hotellene.

Bozhentsi turen (7 netter) er en sirkulær tur som starter og slutter på gården i nærheten av Sevlievo og vil ta deg til nordsiden av Balkan. Dette er en flott introduksjon til området og er ideelt for de varme sommermånedene eller for gjester som ikke ønsker så mange timer i salen. Denne reiseruten introduserer deg til Bulgaria og dets varierte historie med slott, klostre og festninger fra middelalderen, sammen med de gamle husene og tradisjonelt håndverk. Rytterne må like både skritt, trav og galopp. Ut fra ønsker og rideerfaringen på gruppen vil det bli noen lange galopper i åpent landskap (3-5 timer ridning hver dag). Overnatting på hoteller og gjestehus.

Balkan nasjonalpark (7 netter) er en sirkulær tur med 5 overnattinger på hoteller / gjestehus og 2 netter i telt. Turen går i de sentrale og høyere regionene i Balkan som er et av de største og mest verdifulle verneområder i Europa. Terrenget er variert og været i området er egnet for ridning i sommermånedene. Denne turen er for ryttere som ønsker en utfordring som tar dem inn i mere avsidesliggende områder. Rideavstanden er ca 25 km om dagen (4-5 timer hver dag). Camping nettene er enkle; du får telt, men alle må bidra til å sette opp og ta ned campleiren og være med på andre gjøremål. Svømmebassenger og badstue er tilgjengelig på noen av hotellene / gjestehusene.

 

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Du må være en trygg rytter i alle gangarter og trygg i rask galopp over ulendt terreng. Bulgaria er perfekt for ridning da det er nesten ingen gjerder eller porter som må åpnes. Store, åpne områder og bølgende terreng gir mulighet for lange raske galopper og interessant ridning.

Thrakernes land og Bozhentsi turen er mindre anstrengende og med kortere galopper pga mere kuppert terreng.

Hestene er Shagya arabere, rene arabere og krysninger av Shagya, Akhal Teke og øst bulgarske hester. Alle er godt trent for turridning og varierer i høyde fra ca 150 – 165 cm i mankehøyde.

Det brukes saler av god kvalitet, både western og engelske saler (laget av Ortho-Flex og Podium (fra Italia)). Normalt med et saueskinn over som vil holde deg komfortbal i salen i mange timer. Noen av hestene ris med bittløst hodelag.

Det er 4 turer å velge mellom:

 

Balkan National Park

Located in the central and higher regions of the Balkan Range, the Central Balkan National Park lies in the heart of Bulgaria and is one of the largest and most valuable protected areas in Europe. The terrain is varied and the weather is suitable for the hottest summer months.

This trail is for riders who want a challenge that takes them into more remote areas. Riding distances are about 25kms a day (4 – 5 hours riding each day). The camping nights are basic and participatory; tents are provided, but everyone is expected to help set up and dismantle camp and help with camp chores. Swimming pools and saunas are available at some of the hotels/guesthouses.

The following is the proposed itinerary but it is subject to change due to local conditions. Riding times and distances are approximate. Sometimes it is necessary for the horses to overnight a short distance away from where you are staying and then you transfer to and from the horses by vehicle.

Saturday
Arrive at Sofia Airport (before 4pm). If you arrive early in the day then the guide will meet you and take you for lunch before collecting more people from the airport. When everyone has arrived you will be transferred 190kms northeast of Sofia to the town of Sevlievo.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sevlievo. The hotel has a sauna and indoor swimming pool. Ride briefing over dinner.

Sunday
Breakfast in the hotel before transferring to the riding centre just outside Sevlievo. Meet the horses, saddle up and prepare for the ride under the guidance of your guides.

Set off riding from the stables and ride along beautiful green hills. Lunch in the shade in the open fields, with amazing views. This day gives you the opportunity to canter in the beautiful area at the foot of the Balkan Mountain, from where you can see the whole central Balkan range and its majestic peaks.

Later arrive at the pretty village of Kastel, where you organise camp and cook dinner in a meadow with great views. About 24 km / 4 – 5 hours riding.

Monday
After breakfast in camp, your ride takes you to a small mountain paradise, where your picnic awaits next to the Rositsa River. Spend a few hours relaxation by the river, with the opportunity to swim if you wish.

After lunch you ride, or perhaps walk, into the Lagut National Reserve and hopefully spot some of the native wildlife. At the end of the day you arrive at the guesthouse in the village of Valevtsi for the night. After dinner, if you wish, you can visit the Summer Bar ‘Bedouin’ for a lively evening and perhaps a swim in the river. About 15 km / 3.5 hours riding.

Tuesday
After breakfast at the guesthouse, you ride uphill to the heart of the National Park. The trail follows the Rositsa River deeper into the forest, with beech trees over 100 years old. Stop by the river for your picnic and the opportunity to cool down in the river if the weather is hot.

Later in the afternoon you arrive at Mazalat hut, situated under the natural formation known as the ‘Singing Rocks’. When the horses are settled for the evening, take a walk up Mazalat Peak, from where you can see for 60km in every direction. Tonight you can choose to sleep in the hut in shared rooms, or in a tent. About 21 km / 5 hours riding.

Wednesday

Breakfast in the hut before mounting your horses and following the trail to the crest of the Balkan Mountain, with amazing views on both sides.

After a picnic at the top your trail takes you down to the hotel in the Uzana region, the geographic centre of Bulgaria. Later in the afternoon you visit the Sokolki Monastery, just a few kilometres away from your hotel. About 16 km / 5 hours riding.

Thursday
This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you ride down to lake Hristo Smirnenski, the main water source for Gabrovo city, the Bulgarian ‘capital of humour and satire’.

You picnic next to the village of Mechkovtsi then ride on to your guesthouse in the village of Kovachite, near Gabrovo. About 30 km / 6 hours riding.

Friday
This morning you are taken by car to visit the folk museum of Etara which is near to the town of Gabrovo. This is a beautifully rebuilt and restored village from the 19th century illustrating the main crafts of that time. The machines are powered by running water and the craftsmen produce souvenirs for you to buy (take some money with you – there are some interesting things to buy). You have about one hour here and then return to the hotel to change into your riding clothes.

The trail today completes the full circle. You picnic next to the village of Armenite, situated at the foot of Vitata Stena before continuing on the final leg following the rocky chain back to the farm. Overnight and dinner at a hotel in Sevlievo. About 26 km / 4.5 hours riding.

Saturday
After breakfast transfer to Sofia Airport (4 hours drive) for flights departing late afternoon.

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

This trail sets off from the riding base and takes you to the north side of the Balkans, moving on each night and doing a loop in an anti-clockwise direction. This itinerary is designed to show you castles, towers, monasteries and fortresses from the Middle Ages, together with the old houses and traditional crafts. The trail takes you to the Krushuna waterfalls on the Devetaki plateau, one of the most attractive landmarks of Bulgaria.

Riders should be competent at walk, trot and canter. There will be some long canters on wide open spaces (4 – 7 hours riding each day). Accommodation is in hotels and guesthouses.

The following is the proposed itinerary but it is subject to change due to local conditions. Riding times and distances are approximate. Sometimes it is necessary for the horses to overnight a short distance away from where you are staying and then you transfer to and from the horses by vehicle.

Saturday
Arrive at Sofia Airport (before 4pm). If you arrive early in the day then the guide will meet you and take you for lunch before collecting more people from the airport. When everyone has arrived you will be transferred 190kms northeast of Sofia to the town of Sevlievo.

Your first night is in a hotel in Sevlievo. The hotel has a sauna and indoor swimming pool. Meet your guide and have a discussion about the week ahead over dinner.

Sunday
This morning you are taken by car to visit the folk museum of Etara which is near to the town of Gabrovo. This is a beautifully rebuilt and restored village from the 19th century illustrating the main crafts of that time. The machines are powered by running water and the craftsmen produce souvenirs for you to buy.

At about midday you are taken to the riding centre just outside Sevlievo. Meet the horses, saddle up and prepare for the ride under the guidance of your guides. You ride through hills and beautiful forests with small creeks and lakes towards Dryanovo Monastery, southeast from Sevlievo. Overnight at a hotel in the village of Dryanovo, 5 km away from the beautiful Dryanovo Monastery area. The hotel has a swimming pool. About 22 km /5 hours riding.

Monday
The day starts with a visit the Dryanovo Monastery and the cave ‘Bacho Kiro’ above it.
At about midday you are driven back to the horses and ride northwards to the village of Ledenik through beautiful meadows.

Picnic next to Kereka villige. After lunch, there is a short section, through a small valley and oak forests, where you will have to lead your horse. There is an interesting tower built during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396). Continue riding and arrive at the Chiflika hotel. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool and later have dinner. About 20 km / 4 – 5 hours  riding.

Tuesday
After breakfast at the hotel you visit the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo by car. Veliko Tarnovo was the Bulgarian capital during the second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396). After visiting Veliko Tarnovo, you set off riding towards the village of Emen, along the Yantra River and through fields and forests.

Picnic next to Balvan village and later arrive at the comfortable holiday complex of Imenieto, which has a swimming pool. Dinner and overnight at Imenieto. About 22 km / 4 hours riding.

Wednesday
This is the longest riding day, and after breakfast you ride in a northwest direction to the village of Krushuna. The ride takes you through beautiful forests with meadows and fields towards the plateau of Devetaki with its extraordinary caves, waterfalls and lakes.

Picnic at a meadow nearby the village of Dimcha. Later continue riding towards Krushuna and overnight at Ongul Guesthouse in the village of Karpachevo. The guesthouse has a swimming pool and you stay here two nights. About 43 km / 7-8 hours riding.

Thursday
After breakfast you are taken by car to Devetaki cave which is 15 km from Krushuna. A part of the movie ‘The Expendables 2’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis was filmed in the cave in November 2011.

Return to the guesthouse for lunch, and then in the afternoon visit the beautiful Krushuna’s Waterfalls, which cascade from the cliffs and caves. If the weather is hot, you may wish to swim in the small cold lakes under the waterfalls. Krushuna’s waterfall is a unique natural water cascade, whose sparkling waterfalls consist of many shoots and small basins.

There will be time today for a short ride (about 1.5 hours) on the trails around Devetaki plateau, above the waterfalls. Depending on the weather, this could be in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler. Dinner and night at Ongul Guesthouse in Karpachevo.

Friday
Another long riding day, as you leave from Karpachevo village towards the vertical cave ‘Garvanitsa’ on the plateau, then on to Kramolin Lake. If you wish, and depending on water levels and the temperature, it may be possible to swim in the lake, perhaps also with the horses.

Picnic at the lake. Continue riding to a larger lake formed from the Rositsa River and towards Sevlievo. Rather than riding through the busy town of Sevlievo, you finish the ride just north of the town. The horses are transported by lorry the last few miles back to the riding centre and you are taken to your hotel in Sevlievo. Have a farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel. About 33 km / 6 hours riding.

Saturday
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Sofia for your flight home. Flights should depart after midday.

Kingdom of Thracians

This trail is on the southern side of the Balkans and you transfer from Sofia directly to the start of the ride (to where the horses will have been trucked from their stables). The ride moves on each night.

There is slightly slower riding due to the hilly terrain but still with some canters and so you do need to be competent at walk, trot and canter. There are opportunities for spa treatments at most of the hotels.

This is a mountain trail ride taking you through the territory of the Sredna Gora Mountain – the land of the Thracians with healing mineral springs, roses and lavender. Enjoy the wonderful combination of daily riding with strengthening spa treatments and refreshing massages at the end of the day.  Canter through the endless meadows and ride through beautiful oak and beech forests. The region has always been populated because of the moderate climate and you will visit some of the archaeological, historical and architectural landmarks to be found in the area.

The following is the proposed itinerary but it is subject to change due to local conditions. Riding times and distances are approximate. Sometimes it is necessary for the horses to overnight a short distance away from where you are staying and then you transfer to and from the horses by vehicle.

Saturday
You will be collected from Sofia Airport. The trail commences in the town of Hissar, 180kms southeast of Sofia on the southern side of the Balkans (to where the horses will have been trucked from their stables).

Tonight you stay at a spa hotel with swimming pool, sauna, massage centre and gymnasium. Welcome dinner with ride briefing and overnight at Hissar health resort. 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 that Hissar developed into a large town and resort, called Dioclecianopolis after the Roman emperor Dioclecian (284 – 305 AD).

Sunday
In the morning have a tour of the town of Hissar and visit the remains of the fortress wall of the ancient roman town Dioclecianopolis, the third largest town in the ancient province of Thrace. The wall is one of the best preserved of its kind not only in Bulgaria, but also on the entire Balkan Peninsula.

In the late morning saddle the horses and set off for your ride through the beautiful countryside around the village of Starosel. You will be met by the support vehicle and have a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon continue riding to the village of Belovitsa, situated on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain. Accommodation and dinner in a guesthouse. About 21 km / 3 hours riding.

Monday
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Set off riding from Belovitsa village through hills and oak forests to the village Starosel. In 2000, an archaeological expedition led by Dr George Kitov found the largest preserved Thracian king complex with a temple-mausoleum in Southeast Europe. You will have the opportunity to visit this recently found Thracian complex, still in excavation.

Lunch and rest in the beautiful meadow next to the temple. In the afternoon continue riding to the Belo Kamene hotel which has a large swimming pool and whirlpool. You stay in a comfortable chalet in the middle of the forest. Dinner by the fireplace. About 19 km / 3 hours riding.

Tuesday
Breakfast in the hotel. Today you ride through the forest alongside Bogdan peak (1,603m.) to the Barricades Chalet.

Have a lovely picnic lunch in a beautiful meadow next to a river. In the afternoon you continue riding to the Koprivshtitsa town of Bulgarian Revival, which is a unique architectural preserve.
You stay in a traditional guest house (for two nights). Dinner in a restaurant in the town of Koprivshtitsa. About 30 km / 5.5 hours riding.

Wednesday
Breakfast at your guesthouse. Later you will be taken on a guided tour of the town of Koprivshtitsa to visit some of the most interesting Museums in the town. Have lunch at a restaurant in the town.

After a refreshing break you have a one hour ride on the trails around Koprivshtitsa. Later enjoy some free time for shopping and exploring the charming galleries, craftsman shops and coffee retreats. Dinner and overnight night in the town of Koprivshtitsa. About 7 km /1 hours riding.

Thursday

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Set off riding through untouched forests to the health resort Strelcha.

Picnic in a beautiful spot with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in a spa hotel with swimming pool with warm water and massage centre. Dinner in a local restaurant. About 28 km / 6 hours riding.

Friday
Breakfast in the hotel. Set off riding through the rose fields.

After lunch you visit a beautiful winery 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 centre, 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. About 25 km / 4 hours riding.

Saturday
After breakfast say your goodbyes to horses and humans. Depending on flight times there may be time to visit the ancient town of Plovdiv before setting off for Sofia at around noon.  Departure from Sofia Airport late afternoon.

Medieval Bulgaria

This circular trail starts and finishes at the horse farm near Sevlievo, and takes you to the north side of the Balkans. This is a great introduction to the area and ideal for the hot summer months, or for guests not wanting so many hours in the saddle.

This itinerary is designed to introduce you to Bulgaria and its many facetted history, with castles, towers, monasteries and fortresses from the Middle Ages, together with the old houses and traditional crafts.

Riders should be happy at walk, trot and canter. Subject to the wishes and capabilities of the group, there will be some long canters on wide open spaces (3 – 5 hours riding each day). Accommodation is in hotels and guesthouses.

The following is the proposed itinerary but it is subject to change due to local conditions. Riding times and distances are approximate. Sometimes it is necessary for the horses to overnight a short distance away from where you are staying and then you transfer to and from the horses by vehicle.

Saturday
Arrive at Sofia Airport (before 4pm). If you arrive early in the day then the guide will meet you and take you for lunch before collecting more people from the airport. If there is time when everyone has arrived, you will be taken on a tour in the centre of the capital before being transferred 190kms northeast of Sofia to the town of Sevlievo.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sevlievo. The hotel has a sauna and indoor swimming pool. Ride briefing over dinner.

Sunday
After breakfast you are transferred to the horse farm to meet the horses, saddle up and prepare for the ride under the guidance of your guides. This introductory ride takes you through an old forest and down to the foot of a limestone plateau, ‘Strazhata’. Over 10km long and more than 120m high, the trail ‘Vitata Stena’ (‘the winding path’) follows the karst plateau.

Return to the riding centre for lunch and then in the late afternoon return to the hotel and perhaps enjoy a sauna or swim before dinner. About 19 km / 3 hours riding.

Monday
Having packed your bags for the start of the trail, you leave from the horse farm and ride to the small village of Zhivko. The route takes you along the foot of the famous rocky chain “Vitata Stena” (10km long and more than 120m high) which is also a nature reserve. Picnic next to the village of Armenite, situated in the middle of the Vitata Stena.

Dinner and overnight at a traditional guesthouse in Zhivko village. About 16km / 3 hours riding.

Tuesday
After breakfast you are taken by car to visit the folk museum of Etara which is near to the town of Gabrovo. Etara is a beautifully rebuilt and restored village from the 19th century illustrating the main crafts of that time. The machines are powered by running water and the craftsmen produce souvenirs for you to buy.

After lunch set off riding from Zhivko towards the villages of Sabotkovtsi and Bozhentsi, crossing the Yantra River and riding through the wilderness of the valley. Dinner and overnight at Sabotkovtsi. About 21 km / 4 hours riding.

Wednesday
Breakfast at the guest house. Visit by car to Bozhentsi where you are able to spend time looking around and there is the opportunity to buy souvenirs. You ride today northwest of Sabotkovtsi, through hills and beautiful forests with small creeks and lakes, towards Dryanovo Monastery.

Picnic in a beautiful meadow next to the village of Tsareva Livada, which was the summer residence of the war horses of Bulgarian kings during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, 1185-1396 A.D.

Overnight in a hotel in the village of Dryanovo, 5 km away from the beautiful Dryanovo Monastery area. About 16km / 4 hours riding.

Thursday
After breakfast at the hotel you visit Dyanovo Monastery and the cave “Bacho Kiro” above it. The monastery survived the bombardment of the Ottoman Army in one epic battle with the rebels during the biggest Bulgarian uprising against the Turkish occupation in 1876.

After visiting the monastery, you set off riding towards the village of Gostilitsa, stopping for a picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight at a traditional hotel in Gostilitsa. About 16 km / 3 hours riding.

Friday
After breakfast at the hotel you visit the old Bulgarian capital, Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo was the Bulgarian capital during the second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396). A well-fortified hill was the home of the Bulgarian tsar (king) and the aristocracy for two centuries.

Return to your horses, and your last ride takes you from Gostilitsa through open meadows and beautiful forests. After a picnic lunch you arrive back at the horse farm near Sevlievo and say a fond farewell to your horses. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sevlievo. About 25 km / 4.5 hours riding.

Saturday
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Sofia for your flight home. Flights should depart after midday.

Old Bulgarian Capitals

This is an eight night riding expedition for experienced riders who want a challenge. The riding journey visits Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396) and continues to the capitals of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, Pliska and The Great Preslav (681-1018), and finishes at a famous monument of the 8th century ‘The Horseman of Madara’.
On this trail you explore a wild and beautiful countryside, meeting few people following the trails of ancient Bulgarians.

The following is the proposed itinerary but it is subject to change due to local conditions. Riding times and distances are approximate. Sometimes it is necessary for the horses to overnight a short distance away from where you are staying and then you transfer to and from the horses by vehicle.

Saturday
Arrive at Sofia Airport (before 4pm). If you arrive early in the day then the guide will meet you and take you for lunch before collecting more people from the airport. When everyone has arrived you will be transferred 190kms northeast of Sofia to the town of Sevlievo.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sevlievo. The hotel has a sauna and indoor swimming pool. Ride briefing over dinner.

Sunday
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the stables to meet the horses, saddle up and prepare for the ride under the guidance of your guides. Set off riding from the stables and ride along beautiful green hills. Picnic in the open fields by the Yantra River.

After lunch the ride takes you along the river through beautiful forests and hills until you arrive at the Tower of Ledenik. This interesting tower was built during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396). Its first floor is a museum, showing regional culture and traditions from the past 150 years. Later arrive at the Hotel Chiflika for overnight and dinner. About 34 km / 6 hours riding.

Monday
After breakfast in the hotel, visit the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo (by car). Veliko Tarnovo was the Bulgarian capital during the second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185-1396).

Start riding from the tower of Ledenik through beautiful countryside and some small villages until you arrive at the village of Merdanya with its monastery.  During the day you have a picnic next to Prisovo village before continuing to your destination, a lonely fountain on the plain where you set up camp. Dinner and night in camp. About 30 km / 4.5 hours riding.

Tuesday
Breakfast in the open fields. Start from the fountain and ride through beautiful fields, wild and exotic mountains and forests around Stara Reka River. You will cross the river several times. Tonight you camp near the village of Bankovets, in a nice meadow and oak forest. About 30 km / 5.5 hours riding.

Wednesday
Start from Bankovets, riding on an old stony road from the Roman times eastwards through the old forests, deep valleys and creeks. Overnight in tents next to a small river nearby the village of Velikdenche. About 35 km / 5 hours riding.

Thursday
Starting from the village of Velikdenche you ride along vineyards and open fields on the plateau of Omutag. The ride continues on an ancient Roman road and leads you to the remains of the Byzantine basilica of the 13th century.

Ride from the foot of Preslavska Mountain up a steep path to the top. Overnight in tents by a mountain hut on the top of the mountain. If the weather is inclement you eat in the hut. About 37 km / 5 hours riding.

Friday

Set out riding through the old forests of Preslavska Mountain to the remains of the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, The Great Preslav. The town of Veliki (The Great) Preslav is situated at the foot of the Preslavska Mountain, near to where the River Gorna Kamchia flows into a vast valley following its way to the Black Sea.

Picnic in the open fields next to the ruins. Horses and riders are transferred by truck over the ‘Crazy Kamchia’ River, and then continue riding towards the village of Kulevcha. Overnight at a guesthouse in Kulevcha. About 25 km 4-5 hours riding.

Saturday
After breakfast you visit by car the ‘The Horseman of Madara’ in the village of Kulevcha, and Pliska, the fist Bulgarian capital, returning to the guesthouse for lunch. Transfer to the Helios hotel in Sevlievo for dinner and overnight.

Sunday
After breakfast transfer to Sofia Airport (4 hours drive) for flights departing late afternoon.

I løpet av turen overnatter du på gode kvalitets hoteller eller gjestehus. Rommene er stort sett tomannsrom meg eget toalett og dusj. Svømmebasseng og badstu er tilgjengelig på enkelte netter. Vær oppmerksom på at i løpet av høstmånedene september og oktober er utendørsbassengene trolig stengt.

Balkan nasjonalpark uken har to netter i telt. Dette er enkel camping uten dusj og toalettfasiliteter, men du vil campe i nærheten av vannforsyning.

Frokost og middag er inkludert i innkvarteringen og lunsj vil bli brakt ut til gjestene i løpet av dagen med følgebilen.

På grunn av relativt varmt klima er det gode vekstforhold for en rekke grønnsaker, urter og salat som er en betydlig ingrediens i hvert måltid. Kjøttrettene er gjerne grillet, ovnsbakt eller i form av lapskaus. Svinekjøtt og kylling er det vanligste kjøttet i det bulgarske kjøkken, men fisk spises også mye selv om det ikke alltid er tilgjengelig. Mens biff er mindre vanlig kan det finnes i retter som moussaka.

Datoer 2017:

Turene kan bekreftes ved minimum 2 personer (utenom Caves, Waterfalls & Castles of Bulgaria turen og Kingdom of Tharcians trail, som trenger 4 gjester). Turene kan imidlertid arrangeres for 2-3 personer mot et tillegg i prisen – se prisdetaljene nedenfor.

I tillegg til de oppsatte tidspunktene er det mulig for grupper (6 eller flere) å få egen spesialtilpasset tur.

Kingdom of Thracians: 8 – 15 april; 22 – 29 april; 21 – 28 okt 

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria: 6 – 13 mai; 17 – 24 juni; 19 – 26 aug;  9 – 16 sep (FULL); 7- 14 okt

Medieval Bulgaria: 20 – 27 mai; 1 – 8 juli; 23 – 30 sep; 4 – 11 nov

Old Bulgarian Capitals: 3 – 11 juni

Balkan National Park: 22 – 29 juli; 5 – 12 aug

Priser 2017
Per person Enkeltromstillegg
Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria (7 netter) 11 350,- 1 150,-
Kingdom of Thracians (7 netter) 12 100,- 1 400,-
Medieval Bulgaria (7 netter) 11 000,- 950,-
Balkan National Park (7 netter) 9 300,- 850,-
Old Bulgarian Capitals (8 netter) 10 050,- 850,-

Prisen kan variere med valutakurs. Prisen er fastlagt når turen er bestilt.

Våre ferier koster ikke mere enn om du skulle bestilt direkte. Dette er i vår pris garanti: Skulle du mot formodning finne en lavere pris for den samme rideferien fra et annet reiseselskap vil vi matche denne prisen.

INKLUDERT: Ridning, overnatting med fullpensjon, vin eller øl til middag, inngangspenger i henhold til program, transport til og fra flyplassen i Sofia (på bestemte tidspunkt)

ENKELTROMSTILLEGG: Betales for enkeltrom. Hvis du er villig til å dele og vi finner en du kan dele med blir dette tillegget refundert
LITEN GRUPPE TILLEGG: The Caves, Waterfalls & Castles of Bulgaria, samt Kingdom of Thracians turen trenger minimum 4 gjester for å bekreftes at avhyoldes. For 2 eller 3 gjester kan turene bekreftes og avholdes mot et «liten gruppe tillegg» på 2 850,- per person, eller endres til Medieval Bulgaria turen inntil 4 gjester har bekreftet at deltar.
Alle de andre turene kan bekreftes med 2 personer.
BETALES LOKALT: Barregninger, sterkere alkoholholdig drikke, spa behandlinger, evt tips

NÆRMESTE FLYPLASS: Sofia

TRANSPORT: Inkludert fra Sofia på bestemte tidspunkt

IKKE INKLUDERT: Internasjonalt fly til Sofia

Beliggenhet:

Bulgaria ligger i sørøst Europa, i den nordlige delen av Balkanhalvøya. Det grenser til Romania i nord og i øst til Svartehavet, i sør til Tyrkia og Hellas og i vest til Macedonia og Serbia. Balkanfjellene er over 600km og «deler» Bulgaria i to.

Kart

Turkart:
Trail Map

Klima:

Bulgaria har et temperert klima med varme, tørre somre og kalde, våte vintre, ofte med mye snø.

Våren (spesielt april til midten av juni) er en utmerket tid å reise. Sommer (midten av juni til begynnelsen av september) er bra for ridning, men noen synes det kan bli for varmt. Innsekter er på det verste i juli og august. September og oktober er en fin tid å besøke Bulgaria. Trærne er flotte med høstens farger og det er rikelig med frukt og grønnsaker.

Årlig regnfall & temperatur:

Climate

In The Saddle – Tilbakemeldinger Balkanritt

 

Omtaler

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