Rhodope Mountains Trail

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1260pp

Bulgaria ( Best airport: Sofia)

The Rhodope is a mountain range with crystal clean air, untouched areas of beauty, and incredible natural phenomenons formed thousands of years ago.

Famous for their magical villages and diverse and unspoiled nature, the Rhodope Mountains offer sceenry rarely encountered in Europe and the wildness of the region and lack of fences make it the perfect place for horse-riding.

The Riding

This area known as the Kingdom of Orpheus offers some fantastic riding in the picturesque Bulgarian countryside and mountains. Enjoy long canters across open fields and vast meadows and ride through the famous vineyards of the Thracian Valley.

You will ride in all paces each day and there are plenty of opportunities for some long canters.

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. The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides and Group Size

Departure dates are confirmed for 3 riders. The maximum number of riders in a group is 8.

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.

The tack used on this trail is English style, mostly made by Wintec, and in good condition.

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Accommodation and Dining

The accommodation during the trail is in comfortable hotels and guesthouses. Some 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.

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Rhodope Mountains Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

ยฃ89 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
  • Spa treatments
  • Drinks outside of mealtimes