For the high quality of the tours we organize in Bulgaria (sightseeing, hiking, horseriding etc.), Traventuria Ltd. has been awarded 5-star Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014. More details and positive reviews you can find on Trip Advisor.
Joining the tour
In recent days there are loads of opportunities to book a cheap flight to Bourgas or Varna airports instead of landing at Sofia Airport. We can arrange for you a bus or train ticket to Sofia or Plovdiv, where most of the tours start. Here are some approximate prices for transfers:
By bus: Bourgas or Varna to Sofia – appr. 15 Euro/person one way (appr. 6-7 hrs drive)
By train: Bourgas or Varna to Sofia – appr. 10 Euro/person one way (sleeping compartments +10 Euro). For train schedules please check: http://bdz.creato.biz/en (appr. 7-8 hrs drive)
In The Steps Of Orpheus (Self-guided Tour)
Impressive trail exploring some of the most hidden and authentic parts of Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains, known as the birth place of the legendary musician Orpheus. Along with the pleasant climate the mountains are the perfect place for walking and exploring the pastoral sceneries with rolling landscapes, open valleys dotted with tiny villages, green meadows with grazing goats and sheep, dense century-old coniferous woods, ancient Roman roads and bridges and a large variety of nature phenomena, namely The Trigrad Gorge with its 250m vertical cliffs, Yagodina Cave (considered one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria and also among the longest ones with more than 10km mapped so far), The Devil’s Throat Cave (housing one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe - 42m), The Miraculous Bridges etc. Unlike a typical inn-to-inn walking tour where people are responsible to work out their own way to the starting point and from the last place of the trek, this self-guided holiday is fully inclusive of all transfers and luggage transportations from airport to airport meaning that clients will not have to look for public transportation or private transfers elsewhere.
Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains are probably the best place in Bulgaria for unguided walking vacations not only due to their natural and cultural merits but also because of the mentality of the local hoteliers, known for their hospitality and acquaintance to foreigners travelling without a guide.
- Rodopi Mountains (also called Rhodope or Rodope; highest peak – Golyam Perelik, 2191m a.s.l.) are the oldest mountains on the Balkan Peninsula.
- Yagodina Cave is among the longest caves in Bulgaria (with more than 10 km mapped so far), considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds and cave pearls in them.
- Bachkovo Monastery is the second largest Bulgarian monastery.
- Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria
- The Miraculous Bridges are result of an earthquake that made a huge cave in the marble bed of the river to collapse; due to their striking appearance the well-polished rock formations nowadays are declared protected area
Day 1. Welcome meeting at Sofia airport and transfer to the town of Devin for overnight (3-3,30hrs drive).
Day 2. In the morning you will make your first walk in Rodopi Mountains – a delightful trail following the new eco-path with a number of bridges along Devinska River, taking some 2 hrs. Having walked this stage you will be picked up and transferred to the entrance of Yagodina Cave, where you will be able to take a cave tour of appr. 1 hr and have lunch at the restaurant by the river nearby (be prepared for a temperature of 6C inside the cave). From the cave short ascent brings you steadily to a nice scented pinewood, followed by the traditional tranquility of Yagodina village. Right after the village you will be able to walk through potato fields, barns, old farms, grid of lands under cultivation, which delivers a thorough impression of the local agriculture. From now on following the upper edges of Trigrad Gorge the trail continues through shady coniferous forest to the village of Trigrad (1250m a.s.l.), where you will be accommodated for the next 3 nights. (15km; uphill walk: 700 m; downhill walk: 350 m)
Day 3. Trekking to the remote tiny village of Vodni Pad that has been closed for visitors until not so long ago due to its proximity to the Greek border. It has been famous in the past as a base used by many people trying to escape in Greece through the mountains during the communism. This circular trail is well graded, again passing through pine forests dotted with glades, revealing on the other hand in the best way the typical rural way of life in this part of the mountains. The return hike is a real pleasure as you follow the riverbed of Trigradska River back to the village of Trigrad. (20 km; uphill walk: 400 m; downhill walk: 450 m).
Day 4. More charming landscapes await you today as you take a new circuit walk, exploring another magnificent area around Trigrad. Once on top of the hill above the village you will have a great chance to enjoy vast meadows full with orchids in summer. Then you continue clockwise around the hill and through the village of Zhrebevo you end up in Trigrad again from the same place as you did the previous day. From here you can either continue to The Devil’s Throat Cave or just relax in your hotel. (22km; uphill walk: 800 m; downhill walk: 800 m)
Day 5. An early morning transfer takes you to Beden village which is the starting point for the day. While you walk your luggage will continue to your next overnight place – the village of Liaskovo, and will for you there. Today is probably the most panoramic day. As you walk up towards the Dry Peak ridge the trail weaves through rolling hills and meadows where you will find yourself facing a dilemma whether to enjoy them or the superb views of the mountains and the neighbouring ridges. The trek ends in Liaskovo. (24 km; uphill walk: 350 m; downhill walk: 315 m)
Day 6. Another quite dirty road, where you can easily spot a startled deer, will take you up and then down to the rocky phenomenon The Miraculous Bridges. The walk traces old coniferous woods dotted with tiny green meadows, where semi-wild horses graze. Once arriving at the nature wonder you will be picked up and transferred to the village of Kosovo, where you will stay overnight in a traditional and cozy mountain stone house. (18 km; uphill walk - 635 m; downhill walk - 200 m).
Day 7. In the morning you will have some free time after breakfast for a stroll along the charming cobbled streets and ancient houses of the village. Before noon you will be picked up again and transferred to Bachkovo Monastery where you will have appr. 1 hr for sightseeing before continuing further to Sofia, where you will be presumably around 15-16.00. The afternoon is free (also dinner is not included). A normal sightseeing tour on foot normally takes some 2-3 hrs and we highly recommend you to go for this option (you will get a map of the city with short notes on directions and what to see first).
Day 8. Transfer to the airport for departure (30min drive).
DETAILED ROAD BOOK AND MAP WILL BE PROVIDED UPON ARRIVAL
Days 1 and 7 - 3 star hotels with en-suite facilities. Rest days - small family-run pensions and guesthouses with en-suite rooms. Mealplan is based everywhere on halfboard (breakfast and dinner included) except for Day 7, when no dinner is provided. Luggage is taken care of throughout the tour.
Best period: mid April-September
Group size: Min. 2 persons.
Price: 435 € (limited time price)
Single room supplement: 85 €
The price includes: a trip, fully inclusive of all ground transfers from airport to airport (pick up/drop off at Sofia Airport); detailed roadbook in English and map; luggage transportation; accommodation and boarding as mentioned above; VAT and all local taxes.
The price does not include: tips, entrance fees for caves and museums, alcohol drinks, cigarettes and other personal expenses.