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All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Led by a local guide
The itinerary includes: winery and fortress in from Mezek, Ivaylovgrad, the valley of Byala reka and the extraordinary villages of Odrintsi, Mandritsa, Dolno Lukovo, Gorno Lukovo. We will continue to the abandoned neighbourhoods of the village of Djanka; will pass by the dam lake of Studen Kladenets, reaching the guesthouse Tepavitsata, in the village of Rabovo. We will visit the villages in the area of the Valley of Borovitsa River. We continue to Western Rhodopes and Ardino, the abandoned village of Dyadovtsi and Devil's Bridge, Shiroka Laka. We finish this journey with walks along the gorges of Trigrad and Buynovtsi, before we leave to Sofia/Varna.
Day 1 Varna/Sofia - Mezek - IvaylovgradThe itinerary starts from the winery in Mezek village, where we have wine tasting and will get familiar with the production process. We will make a short tour of the Mezek fortress. Continue towards Ivaylovgrad and Eastern Rhodopes. Before our accommodation in the hotel, we will visit the sole working tahini workshop in Bulgaria. Overnight. Day 2 Ivaylovgrad - meanders and villages near Byala Reka Head for meanders and villages near Byala Reka river and the villages Odrintsi, Mandritsa, Dolno and Gorno Lukovo. Mandritsa is the sole Albanian village in Bulgaria, and a part of the population still speaks Albanian. In Dolno Lukovo we will see the 200-year-old St. Constantine and Helena church. Continue to the village of Meden Buk, where we will take a tour through the meanders of Byala Reka river. Day 3 Ivaylovgrad - village of Djanka - barrage Studen Kladenets - village of RabovoContinue to neighbourhoods of Djanka and the fulling mill of Rabovo village, not far away from the dam lake Studen Kladenets. Our host will guide us around, telling us about the bread of spelt, which he produces, as we have the opportunity to participate in the process of leaven and baking of bread and manual grinding of spelt in millstone. We stay in a guesthouse for the night. Day 4 Rabovo - Komuniga - Bezvodno, dam lake Borovitsa - Borovitsa valley - Nenkovo - the old Turkish bridge - ArdinoWe leave for Komuniga village, where we head for the valley of river Borovitsa, which is one of the most beautiful nooks in Rhodopes Mountain. We will go through countless hamlets, scattered on the mountain slopes, many of them abandoned or semi-abandoned. We will arrive in the village of Bezvodno, located at the end of the road. There are splendid houses in the typical style of the region, but many of them are abandoned. We go back to the dam lake Borovitsa and there we head for the village Nenkovo, along Borovitza river, which forms its very picturesque valley, one of the truly unique places in Rhodopes. Day 5 Ardino - village Dyadovtsi - Devil's Bridge - Smolyan - Shiroka Laka - village Kukuvitsa - TeshelWe continue to abandoned village Dyadovtsi (about 10 km). The Devil's Bridge was built in the XV century, as part of the way to the Aegean. At noon, we head for the architectural reserve Shiroka Laka. We end off the day in the village of Teshel, in family hotel with restaurant Orpheus, where will eat trout from Rhodopes and will spend the night. Day 6 Gorges of Trigrad and Buynovtsi - Varna/SofiaAfter breakfast at the hotel, will go through extremely picturesque Trigrad and Buynovtsi Gorges. Optionally, we can visit the caves Devil's Hole and Yagodinska. In the afternoon, we go back to Sofia/Varna.
All taxes, fees and handling charges
services of a professionally qualified tour guide
transportation by A/C vehicle
fuel and parking expenses
pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation
5 nights accommodation
Lunch and dinner expenses
Any personal expenses
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Most travelers can participate
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive (for the self-drive option)
Your accommodation in Varna/Sofia
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time