Rodopi mountains hiking vacation in Bulgaria
Walk the valleys, gorges, forests and mountain foothills of southern Bulgaria with ridge walks, in particular, providing perfect panoramas.
Sofia Buinovo Gorge Kastrakli Nature Reserve Zmeitsa Chairska Gorge Trigrad Plateau Devil's Throat Cave Mount Durdaga Sveti Ilia ridge walk ancient tracks and Roman roads Devinska Reka
US $2249ToUS $2399excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £360 - £376.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Rodopi mountains hiking vacation in Bulgaria
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
1 Reviews of Rodopi mountains hiking vacation in Bulgaria
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 29 Aug 2018 by Caroyl Mead
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
I enjoyed the whole vacation, we were particularly lucky with the weather and although August is getting a little late there were still some flowers to see. The caves were particularly interesting. Still quite a few flowers to see
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Possibly to take a travel plug for the wash basin.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Presumably as we stayed in a family run hotel which employed local people then it did benefit the local people.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation and our group leader Nelly Radkova was excellent.
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Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, and to purchase traditional crafts. We also leave behind a positive impact by paying entrance fees to certain areas and sites which contribute to their upkeep e.g. the ‘Devil’s Throat’ cave at Trigrad Gorge, where Orpheus is claimed to have emerged from the Underworld after failing to reclaim his wife.
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
You will spend most nights in Yagodina village, which is a traditional rural settlement, known for its self-sufficiency, hospitality and agricultural lifestyle. The hotel is family run and produces some of its own food. By using this smaller, yet characterful accommodation, we are improving the employment and income opportunities in this remote community. They endeavour to supply cleints with fresh, locally grown produce and regional specialities, such as Yagodina yoghurt, thick pancakes called ‘katmi’, bean soup- ‘smilyanski fasul’ and ‘patanik’, which is a delicacy made from grated potatoes, onion, cheese and mint.
Local Craft & Culture:
This trip really aims to celebrate and share the rural, agricultural lifestyle of the people in the Rodopi Mountains, which in other places has been overtaken by modern life. There are plenty of products in Yagodina which have been made by the villagers that are totally unique to this area, such as food, wine and handicrafts. We aim to support these traditional processes of manufacturing with our commerce. During the trip we also arrange for the local folk dance group to perform for our clients and teach them traditional songs and dances. Again, we pay the folk group a fair wage and they often receive tips from this as well, so we are really making a positive impact on local people.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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