Horse riding in the Rodopi Mountains: Bulgaria

BACKABUSH XPLORERS - Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Meetup Group
BACKABUSH XPLORERS - Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Meetup Group
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There is a mountain in Bulgaria like no other – Rodopi!

An ancient mountain surrounded by ancient legends. Dark forests and bright meadows, deep gorges and spacious views, stone villages scattered on its slopes and cattle grazing on its pastures.

We will experience the northern part of the Rodopi Mountains on horseback, with all rides starting from the village of Galabovo, just 20 minutes drive from Plovdiv.

Three days of a complete union with the nature!


Our horses are comparatively small at 14.1hh to 15.5hh and are locally bred Karakachan along with Arab crosses. They are strong, agile and used to hard work. Their stamina and agility are outstanding. They are also tough and extremely sure footed over rocky or even snow covered mountains. The horses are ridden in snaffle bits.


Western and English saddles are available. Saddle bags are provided.



22 June - Monday

Arrival in Plovdiv and check into the hotel. You can then explore Plovdiv on your own or with the group. No meals included on this day but there are many great dining options in the city.


23 June - Tuesday

Transfer to Purvenets. Ride to Leshtensko - Bryanovshtitsa Hut.

We head south-west, riding through meadows and beech forests with good stretches for trotting and cantering. We will make a stop in the Leshtensko area, enjoying the beautiful views on both sides of the trail.

Overnight in Bryanovshtitsa hunting lodge. Rooms with shared facilities.
Dinner included. Approximately 4 to 5 hours riding.


24 June - Wednesday

Bryanovshtitsa Hut - Hrabrino - Dedevo.

Now the trail goes to the east, following some dirt roads. We reach the village of Hrabrino where we stop for lunch. Then we saddle up and make for the village of Dedevo, a small mountain village standing at 1050m above sea level.

The night is spent in a bungalow with two rooms sharing WC/shower.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Approximately 5 hours riding.


25 June - Thursday

Dedevo - Zdravets Hut - Purvenets - Sofia.

This is the last riding day and it will take us back to the starting point of our trail. We ride along the crest of Chernatitsa (Black Mountain) Ridge, having our lunch close to Zdravets Hut. Then the trail descends to Purvenets village where we say farewell to our horses before heading back to Sofia/Plovdiv and the end of our tour.

Breakfast and lunch included. Approximately 4 hours riding. Night in a hotel in Sofia.


26 June - Friday

A chance to explore Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Price: £295 per person.

Price includes:

Two nights hotel accommodation sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available for an extra £40 supplement.

English speaking riding guide.

Rental of saddled horses.

One night in a bungalow and one night in a lodge.

All meals listed on the itinerary.

Luggage transport plus transfers from Sofia/Plovdiv and return transfer to Sofia/Plovdiv.

Price does not include flights, personal expenses, insurance, drinks and meals not mentioned in the program.

Recommended flights:

• OUTBOUND - Monday 21 June
Departs - 16:10 London Stanstead
Arrives - 21:20 Plovdiv

• INBOUND - Friday 25 June
Departs - 18:45 Sofia
Arrives - 19:55 London Stanstead