Wine Valley, Mountains and Spa

From £770 per person sharing

Wine Valley, Mountains & Spa horse riding trail, combines beautiful scenery, ancient Thracian and Roman cultural monuments, superb wines and SPA delights!

The trail runs within the surroundings and the higher parts of Sredna Gora Mountains. It is one of the relatively low Bulgarian Mountains. Offering light height variation of ascent and descent, cool beech forests and open soft ridges. Therefore, the wine valley and mountains trail is ideal for horse riding.

The spirits of the Bulgarian rebels, fighting against the Turks, still roam its forests. The small towns hidden in its folds, are a joy to the eye.  The painted houses from the period of the Bulgarian Revival, and thermal springs flow in its foot. Among the ruins of the ancient civilisations of the Thracians and the Roman Empire.

The horses are in excellent condition and very well trained. The tour is recommended for experienced riders. Because a large part of the trail passes through an area that allows riding at a faster pace. On the other-hand, the terrain is not that hard. For this reason, the tour is suitable for a group of beginners as well. Every day there will be an opportunity to prolong the riding time, depending on the wishes of the participants. The tour can be arranged off-season as well with some changes in the route, excluding the highest parts of the mountains.

The accommodation is at comfortable renovated huts up in the mountains and at first class hotels with thermal swimming pools and wine cellars.

Tour highlights

  • Plovdiv is Europe’s Capital of Culture 2019
  • Sredna Gora mountain range with beautiful views
  • Hissar – an ancient town with many Roman ruins
  • Koprivshtitsa is one of the most beautiful historical towns

 

Day 1

After your arrival at Sofia Airport, you will have a transfer to your hotel for your first overnight.

Today no meals are included.

Day 2

After breakfast you will have a transfer to Hissar (150 km). Here you meet the horses. The first riding day is in the surroundings of the town. The terrain is flat and hilly and the trail passes by fields and vineyards, meadows and oak forests. In the afternoon – walking tour in Hissar to explore the Roman ruins. Free time for leisure and SPA.

Today breakfast and lunch is included. 3 hours of riding.

Day 3

Today you start your trip in the Sredna Gora Mountains. You are still in the lower parts, where there will be a lunch break. Afterwards you will ride on the other side of the ridge, passing by Mount Eledzhik. You will descend to the valley of river Stryama. The night will be spend in the beautiful valley near the town of Karlovo – Chateau Copsa (standard rooms) or Yaev Complex.

Today all meals are included. 4-5 hours of riding.

Day 4

Today you ascend slowly enjoying the beautiful views until you reach Mount Malak Bogdan (1532 m) – the hut lies in its foot. There you will have lunch and afterwards there will be time for walking or riding. Overnight at the hut.

Today all meals are included. 4-5 hours od riding.

Day 5

After breakfast you ride up the highest peak of Sredna Gora – Mount Bogdan (1603 m). You can visit Plachkov as well, where the river Topolnitsa springs from. Then you ride down passing by meadows and fields, galloping to the town of Koprivshtitsa. Afternoon walking tour in the historic city center. Here you will stay overnight.

Today breakfast and lunch is included. 4-5 hours of riding.

Day 6

Today again, it goes up in the mountains. Once you reached the area of Kimera, named after the ancient bridge nearby, you continue to Mount Vlak (1243 m), where you will enjoy a wonderful panorama view. Lunch break. After that we will descend to Buntovna hut for overnight.

Today all meals are included. 4-5 hours of riding.

Day 7

On the last day of your ride you will descend slowly down the southern slope of the mountains heading for the village of Starosel. Along the way you will visit the Thracian tomb. Overnight at Starosel wine cellar, where besides great wine tasting and superb cuisine you can indulge yourself with some SPA treatments as well – the best possible and a really pleasant end of our journey!

Today only breakfast is included. 4-5 hours of riding.

Optional wine tasting.

Day 8

After breakfast you will have a transfer to the airport for departure.

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:

  • Accommodation in comfortable renovated huts up in the mountains and at first class hotels with thermal swimming pools and wine cellars in the foot
  • Meals as specified
  • English speaking riding guide
  • Riding
  • Luggage transport
  • Transport according to the program
  • Transfer to/from Sofia or Plovdiv airport
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered