The walking routes chosen for this tour passes through some of the most spectacular parts of the Rhodopi mountains - Trigrad Gorge, the Devil’s Throat Cave, Yagodina Cave, Chairski Lakes... The trails affords breathtaking views over high rocky cliffs, woods, alpine meadows and remote mountain villages where you can observe Bulgaria at its best, untainted by the influence of western society.
The green and 225 km long mountain ridge of Rodopi Mountains is situated in southern Bulgaria with highest peak around 2,000 m and average height around 800 m. With their pleasant climate, Rodopi Mountains are the perfect place for hiking, offering walkers a rolling landscape with pre-historic caves, ancient Roman roads and bridges, fortresses and churches. Goats and sheep are not just a part of the scenery, they are a significant element of everyday life, providing the locals with milk, meat, wool, and leather.
Day 1. Plovdiv
Arrival at Sofia/Plovdiv airport and transfer to Plovdiv for accommodation in the old town.
Day 2. Plovdiv - Yagodina cave – St. Ilia peak – Devil’s Throat cave - Trigrad village
After visiting the “Pearl” of the Bulgarian caves – Yagodinska, we walk up to St. Ilia peak and Orlovo Oko (Eagle’s eye sky) sky bridge view point, offering great panoramic view. Then we head towards Trigrad village stopping by another nature landmark – The Devil’s Throat cave. Overnight in Trigrad village. Walking time: 6.00 hrs
Day 3. Trigrad village - Chairski Lakes - Chamla - Mugla village
Today we start walking from Trigrad village in the direction of the very remote village of Mugla. On our way we visit Chairski Lakes protected area. Overnight in Mugla village. Walking time: 6 hrs
Day 4. Mugla – Lednitsata cave - Gela village.
Picturesque route passing through old woods and vast meadows will lead us to Gela village, where we stay this night. Walking time: 5.30 hrs
Day 5. Transfer Gela - Zabardo. Walk Zabardo - Wonderful Bridges - Persenk hut (along the Roman road).
After breakfast we start with a short transfer to Zabardo village, from where we hike through century-old coniferous woods and hidden meadows to the Wonderful Bridges rock phenomena. After exploring the area of the nature landmark we continue along well preserved ancient roman road, to Persenk chalet. Overnight in cozy mountain lodge.
Day 6. Persenk hut - Orehovo village. Option for walk around Orehovo (to the waterfalls).
This morning we walk from Persenk in direction to Orehovo village. In the afternoon we can do a loop hike to protected area "Kosten kamak" (Bone stone) and nearby waterfalls. Walking time 4.30 hrs
Day 7. Orehovo - Kosovo village - Bachkovo Monastery – Plovdiv
Today you start with a hike leading you to Kosovo village and its old style houses. Then you will be transferred to Plovdiv with a stop for a visit at Bachkovo Monastery. In the afternoon you can go on a sightseeing tour in Plovdiv's Old Town, which still possesses ancient houses and monuments. You will stay overnight in Plovdiv. Walking time: 5 hrs
Day 8. Transfer to Sofia/Plovdiv airport for departure
Included in the price: ► Accommodation in family-run pensions with en-suite facilities on halfboard ►English speaking guide ► airport transfers on arrival and departure days as set by the itinerary (Day 1 and Day 8) ► all ground transportation ► Luggage transportation ► VAT and all local taxes.
Not included: ►Flight tickets ► Tips ► lunches ► Entrance fees ► Private transfers: Sofia APT - Sofia center: 15 EUR (per vehicle); Plovdiv APT - Plovdiv center: 15 EUR (per vehicle); Sofia-Plovdiv or vv. 60 EUR (per vehicle)► alcohol drinks and other personal expenses.
Other expenses: Single room supplement: 85 EUR
We recommend trip in the period: May - October
How to get there: Wizz Air ; Easy Jet ; Germanwings; Penguin Travel ; Norwegian Air Shuttle ; Airberlin; Ryan Air
Necessary equipment: backpack (15 - 25 l) for the daily hikes, hiking boots/shoes, waterproof gear, hat for sun protection, sunglasses, etc