Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus

Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus
Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus
Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus
Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus
Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus
Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus
Horse Riding in the Land of Orpheus

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For centuries it has served Karakachans their long hiking during their seasonal migrations from winter to summer pastures and vice versa. The horses are reared on pasture outdoors regardless of the season. Some of the horses are trained for riding.

The route passes through the Western Rhodopes, where the underworld Orpheus and takes you along the paths of the ancient Thracians between the villages of Borino Chala, Yagodina, Trigrad and Gela.

Day #1 Sofia - Devin
Arrival at Sofia Airport. Meeting with your guide and travel 2.5-3 hours to the town of Devin, where you will be accommodated in the guest house “Starata loza”, which is owned by the family keeping the horses. For dinner you will taste typical Rhodope dishes in the company of local guides, which will explain the program for the next days.

Day #2 Devin - Borino village
After breakfast - travel 15 minutes from the town of Devin to the horse race.

Familiarization with the horses and selecting horse.After short briefing saddled horses and take to the trails that are part of the preserve. Then we head towards reserve "Kastraklii" where marvelous meadows suitable for riding in trot and canter. It downhill path that leads to the village of Borino, where the tour ends, then stay in a local hotel.
Distance of transition: 25 km.
Duration of riding: 4-5 hours.

Day #3 Borino village - Chala village - Yagodina village
After breakfast, saddled horses and go from village of Borino. Will ride and head to natural landmark "Devil's Bridge", which is part of the natural wealth of the Rhodope Mountains. Moving through a beautiful pine forest, then come to the spacious meadows, located near the village of Chala. Riding "Yagodinska gave", which is the third longest in Bulgaria and the longest in the Rhodopes - 10,500 meters. Possibility to visit.

Some free time to rest, after which we expect dinner and overnight in a guest house in the village of Yagodina.
Distance of transition: 25 km.
Duration of riding: 5-6 hours.

Day #4 Yagodina village - Trigrad
The next morning after breakfast mounts horses and head to one of the most interesting places which you can visit in the village of Yagodina is this panoramic site called "Eagle Eye." It is one of the highest peaks in the area – “St. Elias”. Will ride in alternating views of cliffs, rivers and ancient fir forests and come to village of Trigrad, where is one of the phenomenon of the Trigrad Gorge in the Rhodope Mountains - Cave "Devil's Throat", also known as the underworld of Orpheus and Eurydice.

After visiting the cave we stay in a fisherman's hut, where for a dinner will enjoy freshly cooked trout.
Distance of transition: 15 km.
Duration of riding: 4-5 hours.

Day #5 Trigrad - Mugla - Gela village
Early in the morning will ride in the protected area "Chairi" going through beautiful woodland, then through blooming meadows where we can and come galloping to Chairski Lakes - protected area with naturally occurring seven lakes. After a break in the area continue to the village of Mugla, which is adjacent to the Bulgarian-Greek border. From there we head on a panoramic road to Gela, who will enjoy the beautiful views that are revealed along the way. The ride ends with accommodation in guest house and dinner.
Distance of transition: 30 km.
Duration of riding: 6-7 hours.

Day #6 Gela village - Solishta village - Gela village
This day the ride goes towards peak "Turlata", which is 1822 m high and where there are remains of an ancient fortress of the existing II-III century. From the top offers a wide view of the southern slopes of Rodopi Mountains. Than we continue to village of Solishta where you will have lunch. After lunch we are riding back to Gela, where you will spend the night.
Distance of transition: 18 km.
Duration of riding: 4-5 hours.

Day #7 Gela village - Devin
The last day of transition continues with a ride through the mountain massif "Mursalitsa" where freedom of keeping large herds of horses Karakachan. Should ride back to the equestrian center in the town of Devin, where you will get a bye with the horses, helped us to go through the land of the Thracian Orpheus and discover the charm of the Rhodope Mountains. Return to Devin, where we stay at the guesthouse "Starata loza".
Distance of transition: 30 km.
Duration of riding: 4-5 hours.

Day #8 Devin - Sofia
Breakfast, transfer to Sofia airport and departure.

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