Land of the Thracians

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1370pp

Bulgaria ( Best airport: Sofia)

This fun ride is run by experienced tour guide and vet Bogdan Syarov. The Thracian Valley is an ideal location for riding with smooth, picturesque terrain of rose and lavender fields which allow for a faster pace. The trail combines plenty of canters and amazing scenery with ancient Thracian and Roman ruins along the way, delicious wines and spa opportunities thanks to the healing mineral springs. Accommodation is comfortableย  and you will often have access to a swimming pool, sauna or spa at your hotels.

The Riding

This trail offers fun, fast and safe riding in the scenic Bulgarian countryside. Enjoy long canters across open fields and vast meadows and ride through the famous vineyards of the Thracian Valley. Expect a fast pace combined with magnificient mountain scenery.

You will ride in all paces each day. Most days offer smooth riding terrain so there are plenty of opportunities for long canters. There are some steep climbs on mountain terrain but the horses are calm, sure-footed and well mannered even at speed.

Level of Riding and Fitness

This trail is suitable for riders from confident intermediate riders upwards. All participants should be in control at all paces out in the open and over varied terrain. You will be spending between 4 and 5.5 hours in the saddle each day so a good level of current riding fitness is required. The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides and Group Size

This trail is organised by a friendly, family-run equestrian centre. Your guide and host Bogan is a qualified vet, experienced guide and a very knowledgeable horseman.

The maximum number of riders in a group is 8, and the trail is confirmed with 3 riders.

The Horses

The horses are the pride and joy of our partners in Bulgaria. They are much loved and well looked after. Their horses are Trakehners, Shagya Arabs and Eastern Bulgarian horses, ranging from 14.3hh to 16.1hh. They are responsive, willing and surefooted on difficult terrain.

Tack and Riding Equipment

The tack used on this trail is English style, mostly made by Wintec, and in good condition. Saddle bags are provided for carrying a bottle of water, camera and other small essentials during the day.

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Accommodation and Dining

The accommodation during the trail is in comfortable hotels. Most hotels will have access to a swimming pool, sauna and spa treatments with healing, warm mineral water. All spa treatments are at additional cost and payable locally.

During the trail riders can enjoy the fresh, local cuisine. Breakfasts and dinners are served in overnight accommodations and lunches are on route picnics or alternatively a packed lunch carried in your saddle bags. The Thracian lowlands come highly recommended as a wine region and the Kingdom of Thracians trail offers you a great opportunity to taste the local wines.

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Itinerary

Land of the Thracians

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
ยฃ1370pp

Single supplement
ยฃ140

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Please plan your flights to/from Sofia as follows:
Arrive at Sofia by 16:00 on the first day of your holiday.
Departure flight on the last day of your holiday should not leave Sofia before 12:00 (midday).

Transfers are included from Sofia airport for flights arriving and departing at set times. Airport transfers outside of these times are at additional cost.

Price Includes
  • 6 full days of riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
  • Shared accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Evening meals
  • Wine tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transfers
  • Services of guide
  • All arrangements for the duration of holiday
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Spa treatments
  • Drinks outside of mealtimes

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25th March 2023 - 8 Saddles Available - ยฃ1370pp
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