5-Day "The Best of Rhodope Mountains" Walking Holiday

Ancient forests, deep gorges, mystical rock formations and flowering meadows are only a part of the legendary beauty of the Rhodope Mountains, described as “rural charm of an unexploited corner of Europe” in Conde Nast Traveller.

Known as the mountains of Orpheus in ancient Greek mythology, the Rhodope possess the secrets of the Thracian culture and their sacred sanctuaries, and is certain to leave you in awe of the beauty of nature.

 

Its serene landscapes fill you with inspiration and inner peace, excitement and joy, as if the Rhodope magically breathe renewed life into all who come to them.   

During our 5-day “The Best of Rhodope Mountains” Walking Holiday, you will hike spectacular mountain landscapes, view scenic waterfalls and rock arches, meet local people who maintain their traditional rural existence, pick fresh herbs and maybe even encounter wild orchids and eagles soaring high above.

So what are you waiting for?  The Rhodope mountains are calling you...

The best hand-picked hikes, natural phenomena and things to see in the Rhodope Mountains, packed in an epic 5-day trip of the most legendary mountain range in Bulgaria. 

Holiday Information

What is included

  • All ground transportation with a minivan/car included in the tour’s itinerary

  • 4 nights accommodation in a Historic Boutique Complex in an authentic mountain village

  • Breakfast and packed lunch on all hiking days

  • Guided mountain walks

  • English speaking professional mountain guide

What is not included

  • Flight tickets

  • Private transfers

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance is a must

  • Visa fees, if applicable

  • Extras and incidentals

  • Tips

2019 Dates

Available June through September

Group Size

Minimum 2 persons 

Maximum 8

*Contact us for customised tour & groups bigger than 8 people

Suitable For Families With Kids

Status

Open for bookings

Price and payment

4 nights / 5 days The Best of Rhodope Mountains

  • 1 person shared room € 475

  • 1 person private room € 525

Payment:

  • A deposit of 30% of the total holiday cost is required to be paid within 7 days of the invoice issue date, unless otherwise agreed

  • The balance of the amount due must be paid no later than 20 days before departure

Payment method:

  • Payments are made in euros by bank transfer. Details would be provided in your booking confirmation email

I've never been to Bulgaria before and knew little about the country. The pictures of incredible natural beauty and my desire to explore new authentic destinations got me interested in the Rhodope mountains. I was looking for a nature holiday that combines enough forest walks and new interesting things to experience, and what a delightful surprise Rhodope mountains turned out to be! The whole holiday was very well organised. We went to some impressive places, every day a different hike with stunning scenery, and one day we even walked to 46 waterfalls in the Canyon of Waterfalls! Incredible! This trip certainly exceeded my expectations and I'm coming back! Highly recommended to anyone who loves nature and seeks new adventures! Oh, and when they say Slow Tours, they mean it, we had plenty of time to enjoy each experience without rush or keeping up with tight schedules :)

Emily.B., UK

Itinerary*

Day 1 

  • Meet your private guide at Plovdiv. Group transfer to the Historic Boutique Hotel in Kosovo Village (or similar)

  • Free time to unpack and relax and join us for a walk around the village

  • Meals included: dinner

Day 2 

  • Breakfast

  • After breakfast, we travel by minivan/car to Krastova Gora for our first hike to Karadzhov Kamak, an ancient Thracian sanctuary. Krastova Gora (Forest of the Cross), Karadzhov Kamak (Rock) & Belintash form The Sacred Triangle of the Rhodope, ancient sanctuaries of great significance for the Thracians. 

  • Walking distance: about 8 km total

  • Total walk time: about 4-5 hours

  • Terrain: low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

  • Meals included: breakfast & packed lunch

Day 3 

  • Breakfast

  • After breakfast, we depart to Smolyan for an exciting day exploring the Waterfalls Canyon. On this spectacular hike, we see 46 waterfalls and enjoy plenty of panoramic views of the beautiful Rhodope Mountains. The trail consists of several trails and crosses numerous wooden bridges, zigzagging on both sides of the river. Wooden ladders and rails help the 700-meter ascent. 

  • Walking distance: about 10-11 km total

  • Total walk time: about 6 hours

  • Terrain: good paths with some steep ascents and wooden stairs (ladder) climbing, total ascent 700 meters

  • Meals included: breakfast & packed lunch 

Day 4

  • Breakfast

  • After breakfast, we leave to Zaburdo from where we depart on a 9 km hike to Wonderful Bridges. Situated at 1450 meters above sea level, at the foot of Mount Persenk, Wonderful Bridges are made up of three natural arches above a small river forming one of the most interesting rock phenomena in the Rhodope Mountains. The largest is 96 meters long and 70 m. high and its arch rises 45 m. above the river. They were formed as a result of a collapsed roof of a cave created by an ancient underground river. 

  • Walking distance: about 10 km total

  • Total walk time: about 4 hours

  • Terrain: low altitude; good walking paths 

  • Meals included: breakfast & packed lunch

Day 5 

  • Breakfast

  • After breakfast and check-out, we leave to Plovdiv. On the way back we will visit Bachkovo Monastery, UNESCO Red Wall Reserve and Asen's Fortress.  

  • Meals included: breakfast

*We reserve the right to make changes to this itinerary due to weather or other valid reasons.

Accommodation

Accommodation 

Complex Kosovo Houses or similar

Complex Kosovo Houses

The property is comprised of 3 large houses built in Revival style in 1853.  They were fully restored in 2005 complete with stone rooves and with the help of local carpenters trained in the traditional style.  The complex was awarded the Authentic Bulgaria Certificate and is recognized as an eco-friendly property.  Booking.com ranks the property Superb 9.3 with over 100 raving reviews.

The Village of Kosovo

Kosovo (which means “blackbird” in Bulgarian) is one of the most picturesque villages in the Rhodope mountains, with views of hilltops and creeks throughout.  With a total population of 7 permanent residents throughout the year, this small traditional village is the ideal choice for a nature holiday.

Or contact us for customised tour and groups bigger than 8 people. 

Meet Your Guides

Born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Irina is a city insider with love for outdoors and nature. She is an avid advocate of Immersion Travel, Nature Exploration and Mountain Hiking. During her mountain guide training, Irina discovered the joy of rock climbing and now this is one of her favorite pastime activity. As part of the foundation work, Irina is working towards the development of Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe in Bulgaria and the popularization of Bulgaria as a top European destination for Green and Sustainable Tourism

Before founding Slow Tours Bulgaria, Irina stepped out of 15-year career in international marketing having lived and worked in countries like Bahrain, Greece and the UK. 

Together with Paul, Irina runs Slow Tours Bulgaria and is sure to pass on to you her contagious excitement and love for Plovdiv and the Rhodope Mountains.

Paul is a native Texan with a background in Anthropology and international business who is passionate about finding and sharing authentic cultural and geographic wonders all over the world.

He is fluent in Spanish and has lived, owned a business, or traveled extensively in over thirty countries.

 

With plans to only travel through the country, he fell madly in love with Bulgarian culture, the relaxed, easy-going atmosphere of Plovdiv, and the enchantment of the Rhodope mountains.

When not leading tours and retreats, he is most likely enjoying some Bulgarian Mavrud red wine in Kapana or is somewhere out exploring in the mountains.

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