Rila Ride

5.0 (2)
4 days 3 nights
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Embark on a four-day horse trek through Bulgaria's stunning Rila mountain. The terrain varies from gentle slopes to challenging paths, offering opportunities for trots and canters. Starting at Rancho, 70 km from Sofia, ride well-trained Arabian and local Danube horses for 5-6 hours daily. Explore breathtaking landscapes with highlights like the Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes. Depart from Sofia at 09:00, and a 1.5-hour drive takes you to the stables for an unforgettable Rila adventure.

from US$ 734
per tourist for 4 days
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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

Enjoy Rila National Park Views
Ride with a beautiful panoramas of Rila mountains.
Visit Rila Monastery
Known as the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.
Ride Crosses of Arabian and Local Horses
Horses are well-trained, calm, healthy and strong.

Route details

Day 1
Transfer from Sofia to Dospei (2 hours). Ride Mechit Hut (26 km, 3.5 hours)

After a 1.5 hour drive we will meet our guide and horses. Small snack if we bring something. Then we start the journey from our ranch located at the foothills of Rila mountain. 

♦ Your luggage and equipment will be with you on saddlebags!

The route is initially flat and open lowland terrain but will become more mountainous and forested. Thus, we will climb 1000 m in elevation to reach the Mechit hut. We spent the night here.

Day 2
Mechit - Kobilino Branishte - Rila Monastery - Forest nook (34 km, 7 hours)
Day 3
Forest nook hotel - Vada Hut (35 km, 6 hours)
Day 4
Vada Hut - Dospei (30 km, 4-5 hours) Transfer back to Sofia (2 hours)
Tour provider's comments

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



Guest House
3 nights
3 nights
Mountain Chalet

Chalets don’t have their own bathroom.

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
preload map

Tour conditions


  • transfers to/from the Ranch;
  • accommodation in mountain chalets;
  • english speaking guide;
  • saddled horses;
  • saddle bags.


  • flight tickets;
  • meals - paid on spot (allow 25 euros per day);
  • tips;
  • insurance;
  • single room supplement (70 euro).

Group size

up to 6 tourists


4 days
3 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. Hats are not mandatory in Bulgaria.

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Tour reviews

Based on 2 reviews
  • A
    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
    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

Dates and Prices

  • Any dates on request during the season
    1 Apr – 31 Oct
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    28 Jun – 1 Jul 4 days 3 nights
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    5 – 8 Jul 4 days 3 nights
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    12 – 15 Jul 4 days 3 nights

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