Mursalitsa National Park Trail

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1100pp

Bulgaria ( Best airport: Sofia)

Ride through one of the most biodiverse mountain ranges in Europe on a one way, rather than circular ride, meaning that you get to travel further, explore more and finish close to Greece. Explore the hidden valleys and rare rock formations found only in this remote region of pristine lakes, evergreen forests and mountain scenery.

Bulgaria is truly unspoilt and is a destination not to be missed by those wishing to explore lush scenery on fit and forward-going horses.

The Riding

Our partners at this destination have been running riding holidays since the 1990s and offer fantastic riding in the picturesque Bulgarian countryside on board safe and forward going horses.

Enjoy long canters across open fields and meadows, riding in all paces each day on varied terrain. This is a thickly forested landscape with an abundance of rivers, lakes and mineral springs that are rich in plant and animal life.

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 4-6 hours in the saddle each day so a good level of current riding fitness is required.

Guides and Group Size

Departure dates are confirmed for 2 riders. The maximum number of riders in a group is 8. Youโ€™ll be guided by the company owner, Bogdan. An experienced vet and guide, Bogdan speaks perfect English and possesses an extensive knowledge of the region as well as the horses.

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.

Mursalitsa National Park Trail
Mursalitsa National Park Trail

Accommodation and Dining

The accommodation during the trail is in simple, clean and comfortable hotels and guesthouses. Single rooms are available for a supplement.

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. On two of the riding days you will have lunch at a local bar. Expect hearty local meat and cheeses and the chance to try several traditional dishes. Bread is served with every meal and vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for. Dinners in the evenings are always three courses starting with a salad.

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Itinerary

Mursalitsa National Park Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
ยฃ1100pp

ยฃ95 single supplement

Flights & Airport transfers

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

Riders can fly into Sofia or Plovdiv. The trail starts in Plovdiv but most guests fly to Sofia as there are a lot of flights into and out of the capital city.

Transfers are included from the two airports at set times. You should ideally arrive into Sofia no later than 16:00, in order to allow time for sightseeing in Plovdiv. On departure day your flight should not leave Sofia before 12:00.

If you are coming into Plovdiv instead then please contact us for timings.

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

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