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Magic Rhodope Mountains

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8 days/7 nights

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Specific Tour

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Group Size

8 people

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Languages

English

Overview

  • Dates: 16-23 Aug; 6-13 Sep; 4-11 Oct
  • Duration: 8 days/7 nights
  • Departure from: Sofia
  • Interest: Walking, Active holiday, Spa, Nature, Beautiful landscapes
  • Travel style: Guided Groups, Active Holidays, Solo Travellers
  • Min group size: 8
  • Max group size: 8
  • Activity Level: Moderate ( a good mix of driving, walking and time spent enjoying the sights)
  • Driving distance: 780 KM/ 485 MI
Rhodope Mountains, land of Orpheus?

Have you heard about the Rhodope Mountains and the legend of Orpheus and his beloved Eurydice? How about the kingdom of Hades and a cave-resembling devil’s head with a 42 metres underground waterfall rushing down its throat?

The Magic Rhodope tour represent one of Europe’s most beautifully wild and fascinating regions – the Rhodope Mountains. This the birthplace of the legendary musician Orpheus.

The Beauty of this tour:

The beauty of this tour is the right combination between unique nature, breath-taking landscapes, relaxing spa and expertly guided excursions. This 8 days trip combines easy to moderate walks in memorable trails, stunning panoramic views and authentic Bulgarian villages. The Magic Rhodope tour starts in the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia and then moves in the spa town of Devin. The holiday continues into the heart of Bulgaria’s stunning Rhodope Mountains, beautiful caves and the amazing panoramic platform Eagle’s eye. It passes through the unique village of Shiroka Laka, famous for its distinctive Rhodopean houses and bagpipe musicians. The tour continues with the beautiful Canyon of Waterfalls, the natural phenomena – Wonderful Bridges and ends where it starts – Sofia.

Our walking and spa adventures are especially designed to allow you to reconnect with nature, to stress relief and to indulge spa. You will be welcomed with the famous Rhodope hospitality and taste the most delicious food in Bulgaria. You will take amazing photos and remain with beautiful memories with this unforgettable trip.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax and heal spa at the foot of the famous Rhodope Mountains
  • Discover the mystery of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Devil’s Throat Cave
  • Elevate yourself through the unique panoramic platform Eagle’s eye
  • Enjoy the Waterfalls Canyon, blend of 46 isolated phenomenal waterfalls
  • Photograph the Wonderful Bridges, spectacular phenomenon
  • Explore the mediaeval Asen’s Fortress
  • Feel the Rhodope hospitality and taste the most delicious food in Bulgaria

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink
Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink

Our guide will meet you at Sofia Airport and will transfer you to your hotel situated in the city centre.
For those who arrive early, we recommend to join a 2-hour guided sightseeing tour of Sofia, starting at 17:30 from the lobby of your hotel (available on our Extras). You will explore a city with a 7000-year-long history.

Tonight, you dine on your own, before the drink meet up.

At 21:00, the group will meet in the hotel lobby and go for a welcome drink with the tour leader. This is a perfect occasion to meet up with your fellow travel companions for the next 7 days.

Included:
• Welcome drink with your tour leader and all travel companions
• Transfer from Sofia Airport to your hotel
• Company compliment
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4*, or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: N/A
• Daily walking distance: N/A

Day 2: Walk along the eco path of Devin and photograph a beautiful waterfall
Day 2: Walk along the eco path of Devin and photograph a beautiful waterfall

Your journey will start at 09:00 with a 3-hour drive to the attractive eco path Struilitsa-Kaleto-Lakata. It includes metal bridges, staircases and recreation areas. A path to the right leads us through the woods towards the Samodivsko Praskalo waterfall, which is exceptional and worth seeing. This waterfall is over 50 meters high, being among the highest of its kind in the Rhodope Mountains. Its name comes from the legend of the three fairies that are believed to have lived in the fortress nearby. People say that at night you may hear their sad songs. You will visit the remains of Kavurskoto Kale fortress, a cultural monument of local importance.

You will have the afternoon at your own leisure to enjoy a swimming pool with mineral water at the hotel. Spa Hotel Stilyana uses mineral water from Bedenski mineral spring. It is suitable for prevention and treatment of different diseases of the lоcomotor system and cardiovascular system, as well as functional disturbances of the nervous system.

Included:
• 3-hour transfer from Sofia to Devin
• Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Overnight stay: Spa Hotel Stilyana 4* or similar, Devin
• Daily walking distance: 4km/3 hours

Days 3: Walk through the famous Devil's path and visit the amazing Devil's Throat Cave
Days 3: Walk through the famous Devil's path and visit the amazing Devil's Throat Cave

You will head to Devil’s path, with worth visiting en route the Elephant rock formation. You will continue along the Devil’s path, which is the most extreme trail in Bulgaria. An attractive part is the passage under the famous Devil’s Bridge. It is a natural rock arch, carved over millions of years, through a narrow gorge section and hidden waterfalls.

After lunch, your next stop will be the Devil’s Throat Cave, a birthplace of numerous legends. According to one, musician Orpheus descended to the Kingdom of the Dead to bring back to life his beloved Eurydice. The cave’s entrance resembles a devil’s head and down its throat rushes the highest underground waterfall on the Balkans – 42 meters high. To resurface from the abyss you will have to climb up a steep metal ladder with 280 slippery rungs leading up to the natural exit.

Included:
• Transfer from the end of Devil’s path to your bus
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Devil’s Throat Cave
• Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Overnight stay: Spa Hotel Stilyana 4* or similar, Devin
• Daily walking distance: 4km/2.5 hours and 280 stairs

Day 4: Make your own homemade jam and visit the beautiful Yagodina Cave
Day 4: Make your own homemade jam and visit the beautiful Yagodina Cave

You will have a short drive to the village of Yagodina, where you will pick up fruits in the forest. (black pines, wild strawberries, raspberry, rosehip and local mursal tea) You will have a unique opportunity to prepare a homemade jam by yourselves. Once you collect all needed ingredients, you will brew them in the afternoon and make the jam in a special fruit workshop. You will stop for a picnic lunch and visit on your way the amazing Yagodina Cave. This is the longest and one of the most beautiful caves in the Rhodopes. The 45-minute tour highlights the remarkable stalagmites and stalactites and cave pearls.

You may spend the rest of the day on the outside hot Jacuzzi or in the spa centre.

Included:
• Pick up fruits and prepare a homemade jam
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Yagodina Cave
• Overnight stay: Hotel Mursal 3* or similar, village of Yagodina
• Meals included: breakfast, lunch (picnic) and dinner
• Daily walking distance: 5 km/5 hours

Day 5: Enjoy stunning panoramas and touch the Lyre of Orpheus
Day 5: Enjoy stunning panoramas and touch the Lyre of Orpheus

This morning you will enjoy a safari jeep experience to the stunning panoramic mountain viewpoint Eagle Eye (alternatively, you may select a 2-hour horse riding available on our Extras). It is a unique and breath-taking platform, 1563 meters high, next to mount St. Eliah.
Then you will head to Shiroka Laka – a famous architectural and folklore reserve hosting the National School of Folk Arts. You will have a free time to walk along the cobbled streets. During lunch, you will enjoy an unforgettable bagpipe music show and folk singing performed by the local young talents.

Your next stop will be the Smolyan lakes where you can take some photos with the Lyre of Orpheus in the forest. You will continue your journey to explore one of the symbols of the town – Nevyastata rock. The eco path ends at cliffs with an incredible 360-degree panorama.

You will have the rest of the day to explore at your own leisure.

Included:
• Safari jeep experience to Eagle Eye
• Music show and folk singing performed by young talents of Shiroka Laka
• Overnight stay: Kiparis Alfa Hotel 4* or similar, village of Smolyan
• Meals included: breakfast, lunch (traditional lunch and bagpipe music show) and dinner
• Daily walking distance: 4 km/2 hours

Day 6: Walk through the Waterfalls Canyon and see the Orpheus Rocks
Day 6: Walk through the Waterfalls Canyon and see the Orpheus Rocks

You will have a morning transfer to the starting point – the Waterfalls Canyon eco path. The trail goes up into the woods and passes through Soskovcheto – a unique natural reserve. The Waterfalls Canyon is a collection of 46 isolated phenomenal waterfalls. They are spraying their waters in a magnificent gorge with century old trees and unique flowers. The biggest and the most popular waterfall is Orpheus, peaking at 68 metres. You will have a transfer back to Smolyan so you can enter at 14:00 one of the largest Planetariums in Europe. There, you will enjoy an amazing session held in the stellar hall – space flights, an artificial starry sky and different astronomical objects. Your next site will be the Orpheus Rocks and its panoramic view.

You will have the afternoon at your own leisure to enjoy the swimming pool and the spa.

Included:
• Transfer to Waterfalls Canyon eco path
• Entrance fee to Planetarium, Smolyan
• Overnight stay: Kiparis Alfa Hotel 4* or similar, village of Smolyan
• Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Daily walking distance: 7 km/5 hours

Day 7: Smolyan – Take photos with the Wonderful Bridges and visit the remarkable Asen’s Fortress
Day 7: Smolyan – Take photos with the Wonderful Bridges and visit the remarkable Asen’s Fortress

You will head north towards the marvellous rock formations called The Wonderful Bridges, a natural rock phenomenon composed of two bridges above a small river. After taking some photos, your tour will continue to Bulgaria’s second-largest monastery – Bachkovo, established in 1083. There, you will view the miracle-working icon of Virgin Marry. Your next stop will be a visit to the remarkable Asen’s Fortress. This medieval fortress sustained for centuries and it is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the region. In the afternoon, you will journey to Sofia.

There, you will have a free time to explore the city centre and buy souvenirs. You will have a dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant.

Included:
• Transfer and guided tour of The Wonderful Bridges
• Transfer and guided tour of Bachkovo Monastery
• Entrance fee and guided tour of Asen’s Fortress
• Transfer from Smolyan to Sofia
• Overnight stay: Rosslyn Central Park Hotel 4*, or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Daily walking distance: 2km/ 2hours

Day 8: Departure from Sofia Airport
Day 8: Departure from Sofia Airport

When it is time for your Rhodope adventure to end, we will arrange your transfer to Sofia Airport about two hours before your flight.
Included:
• Overnight stay: N/A
• Meals included: breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to Sofia Airport
• Daily walking distance: N/A

Extras

• Single room use for 140 EUR per person (If you are a single traveller and do not wish to share double room with another traveller of the same gender, select Single room use available on our Extras)
• Enjoy a 2-hour guided sightseeing tour of Sofia on arrival day for 10 EUR per person (available on our Extras)
• Personal medical insurance for 12 EUR per adult up to 65 years (available on our Extras). For adults aged 65 and above, please contact us by email
• Enjoy a 2-hour horse riding to Eagle Eye on Day 5 for 40 EUR per person (available on our Extras)

Included/Exclude

  • 7 overnights at 4 star and 3 star hotels as per itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches (2 picnic lunches) and 6 dinners
  • Transfers from/to Sofia Airport on arrival and departure
  • Hotel Spa facility included: Swimming pools, sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi
  • Licensed English speaking driver-guide
  • Transportation by a/c bus for the whole trip and all ground transfers
  • Entrance fees for all sites described as per itinerary
  • Welcome drink on arrival day
  • Special daily activities as per itinerary (Safari experience, fruit jam workshop, bagpipe show and stellar session)
  • Compliment of the company
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Porter service at hotels and during the whole tour

Tour's Location

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FAQs

Deposit and Payment
All customers are required to pay the full amount if want to benefit from the special price available by 25 July 2019. Alternatively, a non-refundable deposit or the full amount will be required at the time of booking, depending on when the booking is made, as in this case the General Terms and Conditions will be applied (https://spatoursbg.com/new/terms-conditions/).
Booking Confirmation
By purchasing this tour online on our website www.spatoursbg.com or by the staff of the Company you are making a booking request. In both cases, an email confirmation along with an invoice for the ordered services will be sent to you. A booking will exist as soon as we issue our booking confirmation (the “Booking Confirmation”).
Cancellation Policy
Please note that the deposit you paid (150 EUR) is non-refundable. No additional cancellation fees apply besides the deposit, if you cancel the tour 40 or more calendar days prior departure. No refund applies for cancellations within 14 or fewer calendar days prior departure and we will retain all funds paid by you. For more information, please read our General Terms and Conditions: https://spatoursbg.com/terms-conditions/
Flights Information
Flights are not included in the tour price.

There are direct flights on affordable prices currently operating from Europe to Sofia with: British Airways, EasyJet, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Austrian Airlines and Bulgaria Air.
Visa & Travel Insurance
For this tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Spa Tours Bulgaria highly recommend having a valid insurance covering medical and personal accidents. In case you didn’t get one yet, take advantage of our personal medical insurance available on our Extras. For more details, please read here: https://spatoursbg.com/medical-insurance/
Accommodation
We carefully selected for you 3-star and 4-star hotels in order to assure your best experience. All places have been carefully handpicked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We selected accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Please note: Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. Exact accommodation details will be provided to you upon booking confirmation.
I am a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?
A single supplement is available on our Extras if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveller and do not wish to book a single room, you will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender.
What about the pace and the activity level?
The pace will be standard for a sightseeing tours and our guide will wait for everyone, regardless of their age. Please note that tour doesn't include a lot of walking during sightseeing tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk less than 1 kilometre per day.
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