Orpheus Trail

5.0 (2)
8 days 7 nights
Bulgaria
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
100 kg / 220 lb

The Rhodopes, situated in the southern region of Bulgaria and extending into Greece, serve as the legendary birthplace of the mythological musician Orpheus. This journey spans six days, exploring the captivating landscapes of this mountainous region—marked by towering peaks, deep river gorges, distinctive rock formations, verdant meadows, and dense forests. Our expedition unfolds in the western part of the Rhodopes, offering a diverse range of terrains that cater to various riding styles and speeds. Along the way, we venture into secluded villages, immersing ourselves in the warm hospitality of local residents, savoring their traditional cuisine, and indulging in exceptional wines. Additionally, we set aside time to explore Plovdiv, Europe's oldest continuously inhabited city and the designated European Capital of Culture in 2019.

from US$ 950
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Sofia
Tour starts
Available dates
Number of individuals
up to 6 tourists over 12 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Lyuben S.
Lyuben S. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Lyuben was born in 1990 and began climbing at the age of 13. Since then nature and adventure have been his passion. Graduated with Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Master's Degree in Financial control and Auditing, he became part of the team at the beginning of 2011. He considers himself lucky to have a job that largely involves communication with highly motivated and experienced people in travelling. He finds inspiration in undiscovered destinations and customers' desires.

Tour highlights

Ride Through the Rhodope Mountains
Rhodope mountains - home to the mythological singer Orpheus
See Authentic Places
The natural stone phenomenon of the Marvelous Bridges (Chudnite Mostove)
Visit a Unique Village
Orehovo - a magical mountain village located at a height of 950m.above sea level

Route details

Day 1
Arrive to Sofia

Arrive Sofia airport, transfer to your hotel for overnight. 

No meals included this day.

Day 2
Sofia - Villa Yustina - Plovdiv
Day 3
Villa Yustina - Leshtensko - Bryanovshtitsa Hut
Day 4
Bryanovshtitsa Hut - Orehovo
Day 5
Orehovo - Lyaskovo
Day 6
Lyaskovo - Vruhovruh
Day 7
Vruhovruh - Villa Yustina - Sofia
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

Riders need to be fit and capable of being comfortable with trots and canters in open countryside.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
7 nights

Overnights in local guesthouses and mountain hotels in rooms with private facilities

7 nights
Guest House

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Sofia
preload map

Tour conditions

Included

  • overnights in local guesthouses and mountain hotels in rooms with private facilities;
  • all meals acc. itinerary;
  • English-speaking guide;
  • saddled horses;
  • luggage transportation;
  • airport transfers on arrival/departure days (day 1 and day 8);
  • VAT and all local taxes.

Extras

  • international flight tickets;
  • drinks and meals not mentioned;
  • tips (EUR 5 per person / per day);
  • additional airport transfers (in connection with pre- and post tour accommodation in Sofia - 20 EUR pr. vehicle) or Plovdiv-Sofia or vv. 100 EUR (per vehicle);
  • optional excursions;
  • entrance fees;
  • insurance;
  • personal expenses;
  • single supplement (120 euro).

Group size

up to 6 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

We recommend bringing your own riding hat. There are some available ones to borrow, there are limited sizes. 

Riding helmet is not mandatory in Bulgaria.

Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 2 reviews
  • A
    Arnold
    23 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    The tour was excellent, with highlights including Sarajevo, Mostar, Ohrid, and more. The itinerary was relaxed, perfect for a group tour, with no rushing. A big thank you to Bobby, our driver, for keeping us safe back in Sofia. And special thanks to our Tour Leader, Georgi, who was incredibly accommodating, helpful, and always available when needed. Highly recommended tour! Thank you!!
    23 Mar, 2024
  • L
    Lotte
    27 Jul, 2022
    about provider
    I recently enjoyed a 3-day horse riding holiday in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria and it was fantastic! The horses were well-trained and suitable for riders of all levels. The scenery was breathtaking, whether through villages, forests, or along mountain ridges. Accommodation at Guest House in Lopyan was clean and comfortable, with delicious food that accommodated my vegetarian diet. Our guide, Nikolay, was friendly, punctual, and provided excellent service. Overall, it was a wonderful short holiday in a beautiful country at a very reasonable price.
    27 Jul, 2022

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