Riding and SPA in the Kingdom of Thracians

8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS, 6 DAYS RIDING

Riding and SPA in the Kingdom of Thracians

8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS, 6 DAYS RIDING

The Thracian Valley is an ideal location for riding with smooth, picturesque terrain of rose and lavender fields which allow for a faster pace. The trail combines plenty of canters and amazing scenery with ancient Thracian and Roman ruins, delicious wines and spa opportunities thanks to the healing mineral springs. Accommodations are comfortable throughout and you will often have access to a swimming pool, sauna or spa at your hotels. 

Throughout this ride you will explore many of the region's wonders such as visiting the biggest mound-temple in the Balkan peninsula, dating back to the VI-IV century BC. The itinerary includes visits to the fascinating towns of Plovdiv, Hissar and Koprivshtitsa, riding in the Sredna Gora mountains and a look at the Thracian Cult Complex which dates back to the 4th century BC. A wine-tasting is also included - the Thracian Lowlands are one of the most highly recommended wine regions at present, with Wine Enthusiast magazine describing the region as a place where "archaeological wonders combine with modern wines in a travel fantasyland.

Itinerary highlights 
  • Smooth and picturesque terrain allowing faster pace
  • Visiting the biggest mound-temple on the Balkan peninsula dating back to the VI – IV century B.C.
  • SPA procedures with healing, warm mineral water
  • Culinary delight (only fresh products)
  • Wine tours included
  • Wide variety pf landscapes
  • Small groups of up to 8 riders. 
  • • Swimming pool, sauna and spa at hotels 

PlovdivBulgarias –in the heart of the Balkan peninsular ,there is a city which keeps the remains of civilization much older than the roman, a city more than 8000 years old a contemporary of ancient Troy.Today its name is Plovdiv, but for the Thraians it was Evmolpia,,than the Macedonia king Philip, named it after himself Philipopolis.It was the  center of attractions  of all the great civilizations that inhabited this land,
Sredna Gora. Marvelous sights are revealed from Sredna Gora Mountains due to its central location – views to Balkan Mountains to the north, Rhodopi and Rila Mountains to the south, as well as to the vast Thracian Valley.


Hissar – an ancient town with many Roman ruins – including a several km wall, encircling the modern center. The place is well known for its 22 healing mineral springs. Nowadays Hissar is a famous SPA center.


Koprivshtitsa – it is the most interesting, the most beautiful and the most notable Bulgarian town from the Revival period. Its distinctive architecture, colourful houses, cobblestoned streets and old churches are the embodiment of decades of breakthrough in the life of modern Bulgaria. In the middle of the 19th c. the economic and spiritual rise of Koprivshtitsa had turned the town into a symbol of the reviving nation. The April Uprising against the Ottoman Empire started here in 1876. The prominent revolutionaries Todor Kableshkov and Georgi Benkovski, the writers Naiden Gerov and Lyuben Karavelov, poet Dimcho Debelyanov – they all were born here. Their native houses are open to visitors.


Thracian Cult Complex in Starosel comprises of a vault tomb, another tomb with colonnade and several cenotaphs from 5th-4th c. BC.

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Saturday - Arrival Riding: No riding.
 You will be met at Sofia airport at 16:00 and transferred to Plovdiv city which is considered the cultural capital of Bulgaria. This afternoon you will explore Plovdiv, finding traces of civilisation much older even than the Romans. The historic centre is more than 8000 years old and here you will visit the Ethnographic Museum and the ancient theatre, one of the best-preserved still in existence. Dinner and overnight in a very comfortable hotel in Plovdiv itself.

Day 2 - Sunday - Tsaratsovo to Hisa rRiding: 5 - 6 hours 
After breakfast you will be transferred to Tsaratsovo village from where you will start your journey. The horses will have been transported here already from their home in the Rhodopes. The starting point of the trail is actually one of the biggest and most famous horse sport facilities in Bulgaria. Once you are matched with a suitable horse you will begin your ride towards Hisarya, the most famous spa centre in the country with 22 healing mineral springs. Aside from being a famous health resort, Hisarya is also notable for its history as it is full of archaeological findings dating back to Thracian times and even the Roman Empire. You can walk between Roman baths, aqueducts, bastions and fortified walls. Today's ride is around five and a half hours with smooth fields allowing for good canters. Lunch will be a BBQ picnic beside a river served with wine. Overnight tonight is at a spa hotel with mineral water pool, a sauna, massage centre and jacuzzi.
 
Day 3 - Monday - Hisar to Starose lRiding: 3 - 4 hours
Today's terrain is a combination of flat and hilly and the trail passes by fields and vineyards, meadows and oak forests. You make your way towards a wine cellar to enjoy a wine-tasting and some superb cuisine, as well as having the chance to indulge yourself in some spa treatments. Along the way you will visit the a spectacular Thracian complex with a temple mausoleum, the largest of its kind in south-east Europe. Situated in Starosel, this was only recently found and is still being excavated but allows you to learn more about the mysterious Thracian people, their amazing cultural heritage and their historic significance. Today's ride time is around three and a half hours and lunch is a picnic from the saddlebags, eaten beside beautiful meadows. Dinner and overnight is in Starosel at a winery and spa hotel.

Day 4 - Tuesday - Starosel to Koprivshtitsa Riding: 5 - 6 hours 
Today's five hour ride takes you to the historic town of Koprivshtitsa which dates back to the Renaissance period. It is located in a picturesque valley alongside the Topolnitsa River, in the heart of Sashtinska Sredna Gora. You will eat lunch in a restaurant on your way to the village. On arrival to Koprivshtitsa the authentic atmosphere of its cobblestone streets will take you back in time and you'll have a guided tour. Tonight you'll sleep in a park hotel about 3km outside of the village.

Day 5 - Wednesday - Koprivshtitsa to Strelcha Riding: 5 hours 
After breakfast you will ride along the ridge of the mountain with magnificent views of the famed 'Valley of the Roses'. At the foot of the mountain there is the resort of Strelcha waiting for you - your spa hotel again offers massages and mineral water treatments. Riding time today is approximately five and lunch is eaten at a restaurant. Overnight at a spa hotel.

 Day 6 - Thursday - Strelcha to Belovtitsa Village Riding: 4 hours 
Today you will ride for around four hours, visiting the Thracian ritual temples around the city which date from between 4th - 6th centuries BC. Lunch will be on the shores of Lake Belovitsa before continuing your ride in the afternoon. Tonight's hotel has a large spa and swimming pool so you can have a well-deserved rest. 

Day 7 - Friday - Belovtitsa Village to Tsaratsovo Riding: 4 hours
 On this last day of riding you will cover the smooth terrain of vineyards and rose fields on your way back to the riding centre. Your route includes crossing a beautiful river and passing by a rose oil factory - you will experience the scent of the famous Bulgarian rose for the last time on this trip. Lunch today is from your saddlebags. The ride today lasts around four hours. Tonight you will sleep in a 4* spa hotel with pool. 

Day 8 - Saturday - Departure Riding: No riding.
 After breakfast there will be a transfer to Sofia for your trip home. The journey takes around 90 minutes (120km) by minibus. NB. The itinerary may be modified for reasons of safety, weather or unforeseen circumstances. 
WARNING
The course may be modified for reasons of safety, weather or unforeseen circumstances.
The names of the accommodations are given for information purposes. Depending on availability, they may be modified and replaced without notice by another accommodation of the same category.

Minimum group size:3

Maximum group size:8


Ability description:Riders should be confident intermediate and above, happy to ride at walk, trot and canter in open country and for long distances. Some of the terrain is rough (and they sometimes trot over difficult ground) with trots and canters sometimes being fairly long. With this in mind, we only recommend the trail for riders who are quite fit.

Type of ride:Trail ride.

Total riding time:6 days of riding with hours varying from 4 to 5 hours each day. 

Travel Information

Guests can fly into Sofia or Plovdiv. The tour starts in Plovdiv but most guests fly to Sofia as there are a lot of flights into and out of the capital city.

Transfers are included from the two airports at set times. You should ideally arrive into Sofia no later than 16:00, in order to allow time for sightseeing in Plovdiv. On departure day your flight should not leave Sofia before 12:00.

If you are coming into Plovdiv instead then please contact us for timings.

Airport: Sofia

Alternative Airport: Plovdiv

Price
1450 €

Dates
Single supplement 150 eur

DATES 2022

MARCH 26  (EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT -200 EUR)

APRIL 09  (EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT -200 EUR)  GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

APRIL 23   FULL

MAY 7  FULL

MAY 21  FULL

SEPTEMBER 10  6 LEFT

SEPTEMBER 24 

OCTOBER 08 

OCTOBER 22 

NOVEMBER
05

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