The Orpheus Mountains - Bulgaria Walking Tour

Enjoy a self guided walking tour in The Orpheus Mountains in Bulgaria. This walking trail follows breath-taking views over high rocky cliffs, dense woods and luscious alpine meadows. On this walking tour you will pass through some of the most spectacular parts of the Rodopi Mountains and enjoy pleasures such as unrestricted walks through the wilderness of the native place of the mythical Orpheus.

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Mixed
  • Start/Finish: Plovdiv
  • Distance: 88km / 54 miles
  • Duration: 7 nights - 8 Days
  • Availability: From May until October
  • Altitude:

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1: Sofia 
Arrive Sofia and transfer to Plovdiv for accommodation in the old town.  Check into your hotel and explore the local area

Day 2: Shiroka Luka - Gela

Enjoy the village of Shiroka Luka.  Spend about an hour in the village taking a walk along its cobbled streets and then continue for another 20 min. drive to Gela, Rodopis highest situated village.  Gela hosts an annual Bagpipe Festival in August. The afternoon offers a delightful introduction to the Rodopi Mountains by taking a circular walk from the guest house to the nearby villages of Stikul and Solishta.
Walking time: approx 5 hrs - Walking distance: 16km (10 miles) -  ↑770m ↓770m; 

Day 3: Gela - Lednicata Hut - Mugla - Chairski Lakes

A long and rewarding day of walking through the heart of the Rodopi. Walk mostly above the tree line enjoying the magnificent views over Mt Turlata and Mt Perelik. This walk combines forest tracks with old mule trails without any steep ascents and descents. After a short rest in the tiny village of Mugla, you reach your destination Chairski Lakes Hut for overnight. The hut is named after the seven lakes nearby formed by melting glaciers during the Ice Age. The origin of the name of the lakes is Turkish. It comes from the word “chair”, meaning “meadow”.
Walking time: approx 6 hrs - Walking distance: 18.5km (11.5 miles) - ↑950m ↓960m; 

Day 4: Chairski Lakes - Trigrad Cave - Trigrad

An easy day walking lies ahead. About two hours along a dirt road following the Chairska River before reaching the main road Devin-Trigrad and then another 30 min. to reach the Devil Throat cave of Trigrad. The caves waterfall is one of the highest in Europe, some 42 m and a spectacular underground experience.
Walking time: approx 4 hrs - Walking distance: 8.5km (5 miles) - ↑305m  ↓ 500m; 

Day 5: Trigrad - Yagodina Cave - Yagodina - Lyaskovo

A gentle start with an ascent from the village to a forest trail leading into alpine meadows offering views over Trigrad Gorge. The spectacular, 8 km Yagodina Cave is the longest known in the region and with its many abysses and labyrinthine tunnels, also one of Bulgaria’s deepest. A 45-minute tour highlights the remarkable stalagmites and stalactites, which resemble curtains, and mentions the Neolithic settlers who lived here 8000 years ago.
Walking time: approx 4 hrs - Walking distance: 8.5 km (5.3 miles) - ↑305m ↓ 500m; 

Day 6: Lyaskovo - Zaburdo
Leave the village and follow ancient trails criss-crossing streams as the trail ascends. Then its a steep climb to the highest point in the trek at 1470 m enjoying the panoramic views. Now descend through thick pine forests to the village of Zaburdo where you will stay overnight.
Walking time: approx 6 hrs - Walking distance: 17.5km (11 miles) - ↑920m  ↓ 795m; 

Day ​7​: Miraculous Bridges – Kabata Hut – Orehovo​ - Bachkovo Monastery - Plovdiv​

After breakfast there is a transfer to the ​Miraculous​ Bridges, two natural bridges of solid rock rising up to 45 m, peacefully set among the pinewoods. From here, climb to the Tsirikova Church - a small chapel at 1740 m asl. There are breathtaking views over Chaya Valley and Chernatitsa Ridge. From here descend to Orehovo ​where a ​guide will be waiting to take ​you ​to the Bachkovo Monastery, one of southern Bulgaria’s architectural gems, ​and ​then onto Plovdiv​ for overnight.​​
Walking time: approx 7 hrs - Walking distance: 21km (13 miles) - ↑850m ↓1180m; 

Day 8: Departure
Private transfer to Sofia airport for departure (1.5 hours drive).

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Plovdiv.
  • The total distance of this walking holiday is approximately 88km / 54 miles.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your walking holiday in Bulgaria including:

  • The Rodopi Mountains: The oldest mountains on the Balkan Peninsula
  • Yagodina Cave: The longest cave in Bulgaria and the most beautiful in Europe
  • The Devil’s Throat Cave
  • The Miraculous Bridges: Two unique rock formations
  • Bachkovo Monastery: The second largest Bulgarian Monastery

Getting to Bulgaria:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Bulgaria.

By Car – Bulgaria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Sofia Airport.

For more information on getting to Bulgaria please visit the Bulgaria Tourism website.

Included
  • 6 nights Accommodation in en-suite hotels and B&B's
  • Breakfast
  • 1 night Accommodation in a shared bathroom B&B's (day 3)
  • 5 dinners (days 2-6) 
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure days (Day 1 and Day 8)
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
  • VAT and all local taxes
Excluded
  • Dinner days 1 & 7
  • Transport to and from Bulgaria
  • Entrance fees for the caves and other landmarks

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1: Sofia 
Arrive Sofia and transfer to Plovdiv for accommodation in the old town.  Check into your hotel and explore the local area

Day 2: Shiroka Luka - Gela

Enjoy the village of Shiroka Luka.  Spend about an hour in the village taking a walk along its cobbled streets and then continue for another 20 min. drive to Gela, Rodopis highest situated village.  Gela hosts an annual Bagpipe Festival in August. The afternoon offers a delightful introduction to the Rodopi Mountains by taking a circular walk from the guest house to the nearby villages of Stikul and Solishta.
Walking time: approx 5 hrs - Walking distance: 16km (10 miles) -  ↑770m ↓770m; 

Day 3: Gela - Lednicata Hut - Mugla - Chairski Lakes

A long and rewarding day of walking through the heart of the Rodopi. Walk mostly above the tree line enjoying the magnificent views over Mt Turlata and Mt Perelik. This walk combines forest tracks with old mule trails without any steep ascents and descents. After a short rest in the tiny village of Mugla, you reach your destination Chairski Lakes Hut for overnight. The hut is named after the seven lakes nearby formed by melting glaciers during the Ice Age. The origin of the name of the lakes is Turkish. It comes from the word “chair”, meaning “meadow”.
Walking time: approx 6 hrs - Walking distance: 18.5km (11.5 miles) - ↑950m ↓960m; 

Day 4: Chairski Lakes - Trigrad Cave - Trigrad

An easy day walking lies ahead. About two hours along a dirt road following the Chairska River before reaching the main road Devin-Trigrad and then another 30 min. to reach the Devil Throat cave of Trigrad. The caves waterfall is one of the highest in Europe, some 42 m and a spectacular underground experience.
Walking time: approx 4 hrs - Walking distance: 8.5km (5 miles) - ↑305m  ↓ 500m; 

Day 5: Trigrad - Yagodina Cave - Yagodina - Lyaskovo

A gentle start with an ascent from the village to a forest trail leading into alpine meadows offering views over Trigrad Gorge. The spectacular, 8 km Yagodina Cave is the longest known in the region and with its many abysses and labyrinthine tunnels, also one of Bulgaria’s deepest. A 45-minute tour highlights the remarkable stalagmites and stalactites, which resemble curtains, and mentions the Neolithic settlers who lived here 8000 years ago.
Walking time: approx 4 hrs - Walking distance: 8.5 km (5.3 miles) - ↑305m ↓ 500m; 

Day 6: Lyaskovo - Zaburdo
Leave the village and follow ancient trails criss-crossing streams as the trail ascends. Then its a steep climb to the highest point in the trek at 1470 m enjoying the panoramic views. Now descend through thick pine forests to the village of Zaburdo where you will stay overnight.
Walking time: approx 6 hrs - Walking distance: 17.5km (11 miles) - ↑920m  ↓ 795m; 

Day ​7​: Miraculous Bridges – Kabata Hut – Orehovo​ - Bachkovo Monastery - Plovdiv​

After breakfast there is a transfer to the ​Miraculous​ Bridges, two natural bridges of solid rock rising up to 45 m, peacefully set among the pinewoods. From here, climb to the Tsirikova Church - a small chapel at 1740 m asl. There are breathtaking views over Chaya Valley and Chernatitsa Ridge. From here descend to Orehovo ​where a ​guide will be waiting to take ​you ​to the Bachkovo Monastery, one of southern Bulgaria’s architectural gems, ​and ​then onto Plovdiv​ for overnight.​​
Walking time: approx 7 hrs - Walking distance: 21km (13 miles) - ↑850m ↓1180m; 

Day 8: Departure
Private transfer to Sofia airport for departure (1.5 hours drive).

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Plovdiv.
  • The total distance of this walking holiday is approximately 88km / 54 miles.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your walking holiday in Bulgaria including:

  • The Rodopi Mountains: The oldest mountains on the Balkan Peninsula
  • Yagodina Cave: The longest cave in Bulgaria and the most beautiful in Europe
  • The Devil’s Throat Cave
  • The Miraculous Bridges: Two unique rock formations
  • Bachkovo Monastery: The second largest Bulgarian Monastery

Getting to Bulgaria:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Bulgaria.

By Car – Bulgaria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Sofia Airport.

For more information on getting to Bulgaria please visit the Bulgaria Tourism website.

Included
  • 6 nights Accommodation in en-suite hotels and B&B's
  • Breakfast
  • 1 night Accommodation in a shared bathroom B&B's (day 3)
  • 5 dinners (days 2-6) 
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure days (Day 1 and Day 8)
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
  • VAT and all local taxes
Excluded
  • Dinner days 1 & 7
  • Transport to and from Bulgaria
  • Entrance fees for the caves and other landmarks
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