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. ”

Highlights

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 |

Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this vacation or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

Toll free 1-866-821-6866 Calling from outside the US?

Map

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
16 May 2020
US $1399
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 16 May 2020 departure
30 May 2020
US $1399
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 30 May 2020 departure
13 Jun 2020
US $1399
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 13 Jun 2020 departure
04 Jul 2020
US $1399
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 04 Jul 2020 departure
18 Jul 2020
US $1399
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 18 Jul 2020 departure
08 Aug 2020
US $1399
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 08 Aug 2020 departure
05 Sep 2020
US $1399
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 05 Sep 2020 departure
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Rodopi mountains hiking vacation in Bulgaria

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
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:
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.

UK Office:
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.

Community

Accommodation 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.

Group Size:
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.

1 Reviews of Rodopi mountains hiking vacation in Bulgaria

5 out of 5 stars
SHOW
1
0
0
0
0

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2018 by

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.

Popular similar vacations

Bulgaria walking vacations

Bulgaria walking vacations

Exciting walking in the undiscovered Balkans

From £598 8 days excluding flights

Bulgaria self-guided hiking and spa vacation

Bulgaria self-guided hiking and spa vacation

Luxury and relaxed self guided walking vacation in Bulgaria

From £550 - £580 8 days excluding flights

Bulgaria self guided hiking vacation

Bulgaria self guided hiking vacation

Explore the hidden delights of Bulgaria's Rodopi Mountains

From US $804 8 days excluding flights

Bulgaria walking vacation

Bulgaria walking vacation

Trek across glacial moraines and high passes

From US $1499 8 days excluding flights

Convert currencies