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BULGARIA UNCOVERED ACTIVITIES HOLIDAY – 7 NIGHTS

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Departures in July & August 2018

Join us as we set off to explore the relatively undiscovered and untainted natural beauty of Bulgaria on this multi-activity holiday that will uncover Bulgaria’s hidden gems, millennium old culture and ancient traditions. If adventure is what you seek then this holiday has it all as we discover this beautiful and diverse country on foot, on two wheels, on horseback and by kayak.

THIS HOLIDAY INCLUDES

Return flights & transfers

Twin/double room for single use with private facilities

Welcome drink & information meeting

2 guided walks

1 half day horse riding

1 mountain bike adventure (approx. 3 hours)

1 day kayaking including a lesson with professional kayak instructor

Visits to Bachkovo Monastery, the village of Shiroka Luka, Yagodina cave, town of Batak.

Panoramic tour of the historical centre of Sofia on foot.

Short boat trip

Accompanying Solos Tour Leader and local guide

Board: Breakfast daily at the hotel plus 6 dinners, 4 lunches in local restaurants and 2 picnic lunches

ABOUT BULGARIA

Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with a rich heritage that encompasses a cultural melting pot of Greek, Ottoman, Slavic and Persian influences dating back a millenia. Whispers of history emanate throughout this country and visitors wont fail to be impressed by it’s iconic buildings, religious art and beautiful Orthodox churches that can be found in even the tiniest villages. Boasting a diverse terrain from golden beaches across the Black Sea coastline to untamed mountainous landscapes and rivers that include the Danube, this truly is a country that will stir your soul and where many unforgettable adventures await.

Average Daily Maximum:
July – Smolyan 22°C
Aug – Smolyan 23°C

Designed for those who seek fun, variety and action in the fresh mountain air – this light-hearted week will give you a real feel for the great outdoors and leave you feeling revitalised and full of life with the guarantee a few laughs chucked in.

THE ITINERARY 

Day 1 – Our first stop is Smolyan, a beautiful old town situated in the dense forests of the Rhodope Mountains. On the way we will stop off at the medieval Bachkovo Monastery.

Day 2 – Smolyan. After breakfast we drive to the magnificent “Canyon of the Waterfalls”, hidden deep in the highest part of the Rhodope Mountains. From here we will take a short hike and have an included picnic lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the village of Shiroka Luka, an amazing, perfectly preserved architectural reserve, before returning to our hotel and enjoying a traditional Bulgarian dinner.

Day 3 – Smolyan – Trigrad. Today we will visit Prevala, a pass high (1800m) above sea level, from here we will hike through some beautiful pine forests to the village of Gela. From here we will take the bus transfer to the town of Trigrad renowned for keeping its old traditions alive.

Day 4 – Trigrad – Devin. After breakfast we can visit nearby Trigrad Gorge and the “Devil’s Throat” cave, a popular attraction particularly with budding photographers, where the waters of the Trigrad River plunge 137ft into the “Hall of Thunder”. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, we saddle up and enjoy the wonderful views from horse back as we ride through the lush green meadows. This activity is suited for beginners. Later, we visit the Yagodina Cave, one of the most popular cave systems in Bulgaria.

Day 5 – Devin. Today it’s time for our three hour mountain bike adventure! (All equipment and helmets are provided), after we enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Later on this afternoon we will enjoy a boat trip on the lake to a nearby mountain dam. The rest of the day is at leisure, but why not take a dip in one of the Devin mineral springs and pool.

Day 6 – Devin. Today we travel to Beglika, a high mountain lake, where it is our kayaking day! A professional instructor will give us a lesson in the calm waters before we have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we have some free time where you can practice further with the kayaks or just relax on the shores of a lake!

Day 7 – Devin-Sofia. Today we depart the mountains and head to Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia. Pausing en-route for lunch in a traditional restaurant and a visit to the historical town of Batak.

Day 8 – Sofia-UK. After breakfast, we can enjoy a short walking tour of Sofia city centre where we can see the main sites including Boyana Church (UNESCO) and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. This afternoon, we transfer to the airport before our return flight to the UK

ACTIVITY NOTES

Walking Grade: Easy to Medium

Distance: 7 to 9km per day

Walking boots: Essential

You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen activities according to the different grades. The horse riding and kayak excursions are suitable for complete beginners and accompanied by professional instructors, however you need to be fit and able to complete the walks and mountain bike excursions.

ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION

You will stay in comfortable hotels throughout the holiday as detailed below (or similar).

Hotel Kiparis Alfa *** (Smolyan)
Hotel Arkan Han ** (Trigrad)
Hotel Persenk **** (Devin)
Hotel Niky *** or Hill Hotel **** (Sofia)

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?

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If you want to find out more about the BULGARIA UNCOVERED holiday, you can request more information below or call 0844 826 8515 to speak to a travel adviser.

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