Bulgaria

Day 1
Bulgaria – an emerging country with many contrasts: On the one hand, donkey and horse carts accompany us through the countryside. On the other hand, we see the vibrant business life of the cities. Wonderful hotels in an idyllic landscape, an unspoiled natural countryside with a diverse flora and fauna, and many sights and attractions accompany us on our tour. The Bulgarian climate and its mineral springs already attracted the hedonistic Romans.
Fertile plains and ancient mountain ranges such as the Balkans run through the whole country to the Black Sea. The Sredna Gora Mountains can be found in the central part of Bulgaria, between the Balkan Mountains and the Thracian plain. The Rhodope Mountains form a huge labyrinth of mountains, valleys, and canyons. In the Orthodox monasteries, there are beautiful paintings of the Byzantine era. In extensive caves, we can find evidences of prehistoric times, and in the cities, we will see magnificent Renaissance facades..

Arrival in Sofia.
Transfer from the airport/train station to the hotel. The capital of Bulgaria has about 1.1 million inhabitants and looks back onto a 7,000-year-old history. Already the Romans left behind their architectural traces in the city of Sofia. Whole urban ensembles preserved the style around the turn of the century.

Day 2
Sofia-Ribaritza approx. 45km.
The day will start with a two-hour city tour. Then, transfer by bus to the monastery Glozhene (the monastery, built in the 13th century, is located on a mountain and looks like a fairytale castle from the distance) and lunch. Bike tour to Ribaritza.
Day 3
Ribaritza-Apriltzi approx. 55km
Bike tour via Trojan to the monastery Trojan (beautiful icons and wall paintings in the three-nave church); Then, we will continue our tour to Apriltzi
Day 4
Apriltzi-Hissarja approx.55Km
Bike tour to Gabrovo and to the open-air museum Etara (the museum of architecture and regional studies provides a comprehensive and impressive insight into crafts, culture, and the architecture of the 18th and 19th century). Afterwards, we will continue our tour by bus to Hissarja (approx. 2.5 hours). At the foot of the Sredna Gora Mountains, today’s health resort Hissarja, with its more than 20 mineral springs, a mild climate, and a rich cultural and historical past, is located. In Roman times, the city was called Augusta and was already been a famous spa.
Day 5
Hissarja-Plovdiv apprx. 60km
Bike ride to the Thracian cult temple Starosel (The largest Thracian cult site is surrounded by an up to 5 m high and 240 m long wall of stone blocks. The temple has a ceremonial entrance and two side entrances, and a long corridor with 5 m high walls) and to Saedinenie. Short transfer to Plovdiv. City tour and dinner. On both sides of the Evros River and on 6 stone hills lies the world-famous, listed old town of Plovdiv. The Roman Stadium, the ancient amphitheatre, valuable mosaics, and the pretty houses from the period of the Bulgarian Renaissance are well preserved.
Day 6
Plovdiv-Devin approx. 50km
The day will start with a visit the monastery Bachkovo (the great monastery building and the beautiful church architecture prove the high skill of its builders) and the stone bridges (beautiful huge rock formations). Bus transfer to Pamporovo – the largest skiing area in the Rhodope Mountains. Bike ride via Shiroka Luka to Devin.
Day 7
Devin-Welingrad approx. 65Km
Cycling tour to the cave Jagodinska (this cave is one of the longest – 10 km – and most beautiful in Bulgaria). We will cycle via Dospat to Velingrad (the biggest spa resort of Bulgaria with 70 mineral springs; Kleptuza is the largest karst spring delivering 1,200 litres of ice cold water per second).
Day 8
Departure or extension of trip
Tour Rating- moderate

We will cycle on roads with little traffic (bike lanes do not exist) and side streets with some hilly sections. For tough climbs, we will take the bus. Often we will cycle on flat terrain or downhill. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as well as being comfortable cycling with traffic.

 

 

 

Schedule & Price Independent Tours

 

Departure Dates 2015: May 30, July 4, 18, August 8, 22

Price per person CAD $1310
Single Surcharge $300
Upgrade to electric bike $160
Airport / transfers

Your gateway city is Sofia. Transfers by bus on the days of arrival and departure (Saturday) included in the tour package price!

 

This tour includes:

7 nights in good 3+ and 4 star hotels, all rooms with private facilities
Breakfast buffet and multi-course dinner daily
Luggage transfers
Well planned routes and etailed travel information
Accompanied by an experienced tour guide
Support van throughout the whole tour
All admission fees, guided tours and required fees in the programme
Wine tasting
Traditional folk evening
Transfer by bus from and to the airport on the days of arrival and departure
7 day rental of a 24-gear unisex hybrid bike with pannier, lock and tool kit