Home of the Wild-Horses

7 nights, £580 per person sharing

Home of the wild horse is an adventurous trail ride follows part of the famous E-3 hiking Kom-Emine route. The trail features wild mountain landscapes and steep hillsides. On this trail you will reach Balkan highest grasslands, home of the wild horses in the summer. The ride offers long days in the saddle and is suitable for confident and experienced riders. There will also be occasions where you need to dismount and lead your horse for short periods (20 – 30 min). This can be both uphill as well as downhill so you will need to be reasonably fit. Part of the enjoyment of this ride is spending time with the local people the last two days on the trail. Enjoy beautiful nature and spectacular views in the home of the wild horses.

 

Day 1

Arrival and transfer from Sofia airport to the hotel for overnight. As people will have different arrival times, today meals are not included.

Day 2

Transfer from Sofia to Golyam Izvor village in the Teteven Balkan (one hour drive).

Here you get acquainted with the horses. You start riding heading North through meadows and mixed beech and oak forest. You will ascend Mt Lissets above the village where you will see the first beautiful view of the central ridge of Stara Planina. Then you ride through an ancient beech forest at the end of which Glozhene Monastery is located, perched on a high rock. After visiting the church and the little museum you head back to Golyam Izvor. Overnight in a guest house.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. 4-5 hours riding

Day 3

Your ride today goes South-West. You will pass the small deserted village of Slatina before starting climbing among ferns and pasture land. After 3.5 hours in the saddle you reach Chertigrad where you stop for lunch.

After lunch you will have a 1.5 hours ride to the village of Yamna. After leaving the horses in Yamna village, you will have a short transfer to Lopian village. Overnight in a guest house.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. 5-6 hours riding

Day 4

Today we are heading to the crest of Central Balkan to join for the next two days one of the longest European mountain trails Kom-Emine. Stay at Paskal hut for overnight.

Break, Lunch and Dinner included. 6-7 hours riding

Day 5

The next two days you will spend riding through the Central Balkan National Park thus providing superb view towards the Thracian Plain to the South and the Balkan Mountains to the North. Good possibilities for canter crossing the grass highland. You will follow the way marking of E-3 at an altitude of 1500-1900 m. Overnight in Momina Polyana Hut (1640 m.).

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. 5-6 hours riding

Day 6

Today you will leave the high mountain trail E-3 descending through thick beech and oak forests and pasture land along the Cherni Vit river. On some steeper descents you have to dismount and lead the horses. The ride will end in the village of Cherni Vit (800 m) early in the afternoon where your vehicle is waiting and after a short drive you reach the cozy town of Teteven where you stay overnight. You can enjoy the rest of the day by the hotel pool or exploring the town.

Breakfast and Lunch included. 6 hours riding

Day 7

In the morning a transfer back to Cherni Vit, where you left your horses the previous day. On your last day of riding you will climb once more one of the many ridges. Here you will have a last look of the scenery that you have admired in the past week. Time to say good-bye to the horses and guides in the village of Golyam Izvor. Transfer back to Sofia (1 hour) for overnight.

Breakfast and Lunch included. 5 hours riding

Day 8

After breakfast you will have a transfer to Sofia airport and departure.

Breakfast included

 

 

Who can come:

  • Confident intermediate and experienced riders
  • The horses on riding holidays work hard week after week and even with regular breaks and good tack it is hard work for them, therefore the maximum weight is 187lb (85kg). Though an experienced rider, who may exceed the weight limit, may ride very light on the horse’s back. So, please do check with us first.

Included

  • All accommodation as specified
  • All meals as specified
  • All transfers, including airport transfer
  • Luggage transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • Riding
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered