Bulgaria self-guided hiking and spa vacation
Relaxed walking vacation in Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains. Walk from one hotel to the next where luggage and spa facilities will be ready and waiting.
Plovdiv (European City of Culture 2019) Devil’s Throat Cave Yagodina Cave Shiroka Laka village the Canyon of Waterfalls Devin spa resort hotel to hotel walking itinerary Mainly 3 or 4-star spa hotels Average daily distances: 14kms
£720 excluding flights
Price includes internal ground transfers as per itinerary and excludes flights, connecting travel and airport transfers.
Description of Bulgaria self-guided hiking and spa vacation
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
5 Reviews of Bulgaria self-guided hiking and spa vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 11 Jul 2023 by David BrandmanOutstanding. Already thinking about where our next destination will be & would book a trip like this again for sure. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2023 by Amba HarbourThe beautiful walks and waterfalls - path around the gorge Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019 by Prue MitchellIt was very relaxing, with beautiful scenic mountains and forests. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2018 by Morven JenkinsThe most memorable part of the trip was... walking from Yagodina to Trigrad - the path was easy to follow and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. To be so high up in the mountains with nature and eventually descend to overlook Trigrad on the way down was amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2018 by Jo Cohen JonesWalking in the mountains through unspoilt meadows where the only sounds were birdcalls and an occasional sheep bell was balm to the soul. Read full review
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PlanetThis walking vacation in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains is, by its very nature, slow and sustainable, with guests walking 5-24km per day, in ancient forests that provide a vital carbon sink for this Balkan region. The Rhodope Mountains are considered of great importance for biodiversity, with Rewilding Europe earmarking them for preservation and restoration because of their bird, bear, wolf and jackal habitats. Most recently, they introduced 14 black vultures, which disappeared from the region in the early 1990s.
With all of our tours, we offer a facility for our guests to travel to Bulgaria using bus and train. When possible, we recommend public transport transfers on our hiking and cycling vacations, but as this is not viable on this particular tour, we use our local driver to transfer customers from place to place.
PeopleOnly breakfast is included on this walking vacation and so we encourage our guests to buy lunches and snacks in local shops. As this vacation takes guests into some rural areas, this directs tourist spend directly into local Bulgarian’s family coffers, a world away from the mass tourism of Bulgaria’s all inclusive coastline resorts. All of our host accommodations provide picnic lunches too, paid for locally, and we work closely with them to avoid single use plastics when packaging them. We always advise our guests to bring their own reusable sealable lunch box, and refillable water bottles of course.
Directing guests to local food in the Rhodope Mountains is important to us, not only so that they have an enjoyable cultural experience, but because they are also supporting the local gastro-economy. Katya, our tour manager, knows all the best places to find local specialities such as patatnik potato dish, cheverme or slow cooked lamb, smilyan beans and kapama, a spicy hearty mountain stew. In addition, our daily trip notes direct guests to good local eateries. Katya also reminds guests to always practise Leave No Trace throughout their vacation.
This walking vacation includes a visit to Shiroka Laka, famous for its 17th-century traditional stone and wooden houses, which line the riverfront here. This village is not only in the heart of trekking land, it is also an important architectural and cultural artery, and we are proud to contribute towards sustaining it. Folklore is fundamental here, and The National School of Folk Arts was established in Shiroka Laka in 1972. Every first Sunday in March, there is a mummers festival, which is a cultural eye opener for visitors.
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