Rodopi Mountain Adventures, Guided Bulgaria Walk

The walking routes chosen for this tour pass through some of the most spectacular parts of the Rhodopi mountains.
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Day 1. Sofia to Trigrad village

Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to Trigrad village in Rodopi Mountains 
Approx 3.5  hrs drive

Day 2. Trigrad village to Yagodina cave

Following the upper edges of Trigrad Gorge through old coniferous woods head up towards the Yagodina Cave. The cave is among the longest ones in Bulgaria (with more than 10 000m mapped so far).  Considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds some with cave pearls in them (these are small, almost spherical concretion of calcite that form in a pool of water in a cave and is not attached to the surface on which it forms). Be prepared for temperatures of 6oC inside the cave during the cave tour.

Walking time: 3.5hrs; uphill walk: 250 m (820 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft)


Day 3. Trigrad to Vodni Pat village

Today we visit a village that, until very recently, has been closed to people due to its proximity to the Greek border. This walk combines forest tracks with an excellent river trail back to Trigrad. Climb through a well-shaded forest passing potato fields and crops. After admiring the views descend to the quiet ambient village of Vodni Pad. The final stretch follows a delightful babbling stream, leading to the upper end of Trigrad Gorge. In the afternoon we visit the Devil’s Throat Cave housing a spectacular underground experience – the highest underground waterfall in Europe, some 42m high.

Walking time: 5hrs; uphill walk: 400 m (1,312 ft); downhill walk: 450 m (1,476 ft) 

Day 4. Trigrad to Chairski Lakes

The walk to Chairski Lakes starts with a charming gentle ascent from the village to a forest trail leading into alpine meadows. During the summer these are full of flowers including orchids . The trail winds its way to the three Chairski Lakes dropping down into the Trigrad Gorge before tracing the Livadnitsa River and the 250m high cliffs to the Devil’s Throat Caves and onward to Trigrad.

Walking time: 6 hrs; uphill walk: 900m; downhill walk: 700m

Day 5. Trigrad to Sofia

Transfer to Sofia airport for departure.

Necessary equipment:

For the full list with recommended items see the detailed trip dossier

Extra Days

The tour provides the opportunity more days to be added to the program if purchased in advance. These could be spent on self-guided walking in the area, more guided walks (to the famous Smolyan or Devin eco-paths), guided sightseeing tours to famous places nearby such as Shiroka Lyka (architectural reserve), Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv.  Also available are cycling, caving, swimming in the mineral pols of Devin and a week on the Black Sea coast Please ask for quotation for any of these possibilities.
 

Trigrad - a small village in the central part of the Rodopi Mountains, which has been closed for tourists for many years. 

Yagodina cave is one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds and cave pearls in them. 

The Devil's Throat cave has one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe, 42 m high. 

Chairski lakes - declared protected area due to the presence of some rare plants, growing within the peat.

Wonderful Views

Unspoilt Bugaria

How to get there

Nearest airport Sofia

There are group transfers from/to Sofia airport between 09.00 & 19.00

For low-cost flights to Bulgaria please check:

Wizz Air - http://wizzair.com/

Easy Jet - http://www.easyjet.com/

Germanwings - http://www.germanwings.com/

Penguin Travel -http://www.flybulgarien.dk/

Norwegian Air Shuttle - http://www.norwegian.no/

Included
  • 4 overnights in family-run pension with en-suite facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Group transfers from/to Sofia airport  between 09.00 & 19.00
  • All ground transfers as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
Excluded
  • Map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)
  • Guidance and transfer for additional days outside the program
  • Lunches (Packed Lunches)
  • Private transfers: Sofia airport to Sofia centre: 15 EUR (per vehicle) 

Day 1. Sofia to Trigrad village

Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to Trigrad village in Rodopi Mountains 
Approx 3.5  hrs drive

Day 2. Trigrad village to Yagodina cave

Following the upper edges of Trigrad Gorge through old coniferous woods head up towards the Yagodina Cave. The cave is among the longest ones in Bulgaria (with more than 10 000m mapped so far).  Considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds some with cave pearls in them (these are small, almost spherical concretion of calcite that form in a pool of water in a cave and is not attached to the surface on which it forms). Be prepared for temperatures of 6oC inside the cave during the cave tour.

Walking time: 3.5hrs; uphill walk: 250 m (820 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft)


Day 3. Trigrad to Vodni Pat village

Today we visit a village that, until very recently, has been closed to people due to its proximity to the Greek border. This walk combines forest tracks with an excellent river trail back to Trigrad. Climb through a well-shaded forest passing potato fields and crops. After admiring the views descend to the quiet ambient village of Vodni Pad. The final stretch follows a delightful babbling stream, leading to the upper end of Trigrad Gorge. In the afternoon we visit the Devil’s Throat Cave housing a spectacular underground experience – the highest underground waterfall in Europe, some 42m high.

Walking time: 5hrs; uphill walk: 400 m (1,312 ft); downhill walk: 450 m (1,476 ft) 

Day 4. Trigrad to Chairski Lakes

The walk to Chairski Lakes starts with a charming gentle ascent from the village to a forest trail leading into alpine meadows. During the summer these are full of flowers including orchids . The trail winds its way to the three Chairski Lakes dropping down into the Trigrad Gorge before tracing the Livadnitsa River and the 250m high cliffs to the Devil’s Throat Caves and onward to Trigrad.

Walking time: 6 hrs; uphill walk: 900m; downhill walk: 700m

Day 5. Trigrad to Sofia

Transfer to Sofia airport for departure.

Necessary equipment:

For the full list with recommended items see the detailed trip dossier

Extra Days

The tour provides the opportunity more days to be added to the program if purchased in advance. These could be spent on self-guided walking in the area, more guided walks (to the famous Smolyan or Devin eco-paths), guided sightseeing tours to famous places nearby such as Shiroka Lyka (architectural reserve), Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv.  Also available are cycling, caving, swimming in the mineral pols of Devin and a week on the Black Sea coast Please ask for quotation for any of these possibilities.
 

Trigrad - a small village in the central part of the Rodopi Mountains, which has been closed for tourists for many years. 

Yagodina cave is one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds and cave pearls in them. 

The Devil's Throat cave has one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe, 42 m high. 

Chairski lakes - declared protected area due to the presence of some rare plants, growing within the peat.

Wonderful Views

Unspoilt Bugaria

How to get there

Nearest airport Sofia

There are group transfers from/to Sofia airport between 09.00 & 19.00

For low-cost flights to Bulgaria please check:

Wizz Air - http://wizzair.com/

Easy Jet - http://www.easyjet.com/

Germanwings - http://www.germanwings.com/

Penguin Travel -http://www.flybulgarien.dk/

Norwegian Air Shuttle - http://www.norwegian.no/

Included
  • 4 overnights in family-run pension with en-suite facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Group transfers from/to Sofia airport  between 09.00 & 19.00
  • All ground transfers as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
Excluded
  • Map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)
  • Guidance and transfer for additional days outside the program
  • Lunches (Packed Lunches)
  • Private transfers: Sofia airport to Sofia centre: 15 EUR (per vehicle) 
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