In the footsteps of Orpheus (Rhodopes)
A memorable transit through some of the least-known and most authentic parts of the Rhodopes: Bulgaria’s most lyrical mountain famed as the birthplace of the legendary musician Orpheus. Along with its wonderful climate, the mountain offers the perfect setting for gentle hiking amid pastoral landscapes, valleys dotted with picturesque villages, verdant meadows with grazing flocks of goats and sheep, ancient deciduous forests, Roman roads and bridges, and an enormous diversity of natural phenomena like the Trigradsko Zhdrelo Gorge, the Yagodinska Peshtera and Dyavolsko Garlo (The Devil’s Throat) caves, and the Chudni Mostove rock bridges (Wonderful Bridges).
A visit to the Eagle’s Eye viewing platform, Bachkovo Monastery (the second largest in Bulgaria) and options to join free walking tours of Sofia and Plovdiv cities are also included in the program.
This hiking tour includes all transfers, including those to and from Sofia Airport (contact us for details in case you land on the different airport). Walking treks are moderately arduous. Paths are marked and in addition, each client receives a map and route notes in English. You walk every day with just a daypack! The rest/unnecessary luggage either remains inside the transfer vehicle or in your accommodation.
Duration8 Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
What is includedTransfers to and from Sofia Airport (on first/last tour date only) and all other transfers in the itinerary; 3* hotels (Sofia, Devin) and rural family pensions / guesthouses (Trigrad, Lyaskovo, Kossovo); en-suite rooms; breakfast and supper (except Day 7, when supper is not included); luggage transfers; detailed route descriptions in English; a Rhodopes tourist map; GPS tracks; Emergency hotline.
What is not includedCave entry charges; extra food and drink; travel/medical insurance; SPA procedures.
Best periodMay, June, July, August, September, October
Day 1: Sofia Airport - Devin (or Plovdiv Airport for a small fee)
Day 2: Devin - Yagodina/Yagodina Cave/Eagle's Eye viewpoint - Trigrad (3-5,30-6,45hrs; 9,50-16-21km)
Day 3: Trigrad - Zhrebevo - Trigrad (18,3km, 5-6hrs, +700m/-700m)
Day 4: Trigrad – Kesten/Vodni Pad – Trigrad (5,30hrs; 17km; +670m/-760m)
Day 5: Trigrad - Beden - Lyaskovo (20,8km, 6hrs, +823m/-859m)
Day 6: Lyaskovo - The Wonderful Bridges - Kossovo (17,2km, 5-6hrs, +1160m/-780m)
Day 7: Kossovo - Bachkovo Monastery - Plovdiv - Sofia
Day 8: Transfer to Sofia Airport
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
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