The walking routes chosen for this tour passes through some of the most spectacular parts of the Rhodope mountains – Trigrad Gorge, the Devil’s Throat Cave, Yagodina Cave, Chairski Lakes… The trails affords breathtaking views over high rocky cliffs, woods, alpine meadows and the tiny villages where you can observe Bulgaria at its best, untainted by the influence of western society.

The green and 225 km (139 mile) long mountain ridge of Rhodope Mountains is situated in southern Bulgaria, with 20 percent of the range extending into Greece. The highest peak is around 2,000 m (6,561 ft) high, with the average height around 800 m (2,624 ft). With their pleasant climate, Rhodope Mountains are the perfect place for hiking, offering walkers a rolling landscape with pre-historic caves, ancient Roman roads and bridges, fortresses and churches. Goats and sheep are not just a part of the scenery, they are a significant element of everyday life, providing the locals with milk, meat, wool, and leather.

Tour Highlights:
♦ Trigrad – a small village in the central part of the Rhodope 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.


Itinerary:

Day 1. Sofia
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to  hotel

Day 2.  Trigrad village – Yagodina cave -Trigrad
Early transfer to Trigrad (3.5 hours drive). Walk towards Yagodina Cave, following the upper edges of Trigrad Gorge through old coniferous woods. 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 and cave pearls in them. Be prepared for temperatures of 6oC inside the cave during the cave tour. Transfer back to Trigrad- Overnight guest house. B/-/D
Walking time: 3.5 hrs; uphill walk: 250 m (820 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft)

Day 3. Trigrad – Vodni Pat village
Today we visit a village that has been closed for people until very recently 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 we 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 42 m high. B/-/D
Walking time: 5 hrs; uphill walk: 400 m (1,312 ft); downhill walk: 450 m (1,476 ft)

Day 4. Trigrad – Chairski Lakes
The walk to Chairski Lakes starts with a charming gentle ascent from the village to a forest trail leading into alpine meadows, full of flowers including orchids during the summer. 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.  B/-/D
Walking time: 6 hrs; uphill walk: 900 m; downhill walk: 700 m

Day 5. Trigrad – Sofia
Transfer to Sofia airport for departure.
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Group Size
2-6

How to get there: Arrival and Departure from Sofia Airport/Bulgaria 

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We recommend the trip in the period: May – September


Price Includes:
 4 overnights in family-run pension with en-suite facilities and with half board (breakfast & dinner included)
 group transfers from/to Sofia
 all ground transfers as per itinerary
 English-speaking guide
 entrance fees for the caves


Not Included:
 Flight tickets
 map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)
 guidance and transfer for additional days outside the program
 drinks and meals not mentioned
 insurance
 tips
 personal expenses


Additional Services:
 Private transfer Sofia airport – Sofia center: 15 EUR one way (1-3 persons)

 

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Text on Whatsapp: +44 77 350 56586

Price of the trip is £ 350

Price Includes:
 4 overnights in family-run pension with en-suite facilities and with half board (breakfast & dinner included)
 group transfers from/to Sofia
 all ground transfers as per itinerary
 English-speaking guide
 entrance fees for the caves


Not Included:
 Flight tickets
 map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)
 guidance and transfer for additional days outside the program
 drinks and meals not mentioned
 insurance
 tips
 personal expenses


Additional Services:
 Private transfer Sofia airport – Sofia center: 15 EUR one way (1-3 persons)

How to get there?

Arrival and Departure from Sofia Airport/Bulgaria

Please Check  www.skyscanner.net

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Itinerary:

Day 1. Sofia
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to  hotel

Day 2.  Trigrad village – Yagodina cave -Trigrad
Early transfer to Trigrad (3.5 hours drive). Walk towards Yagodina Cave, following the upper edges of Trigrad Gorge through old coniferous woods. 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 and cave pearls in them. Be prepared for temperatures of 6oC inside the cave during the cave tour. Transfer back to Trigrad- Overnight guest house. B/-/D
Walking time: 3.5 hrs; uphill walk: 250 m (820 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft)

Day 3. Trigrad – Vodni Pat village
Today we visit a village that has been closed for people until very recently 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 we 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 42 m high. B/-/D
Walking time: 5 hrs; uphill walk: 400 m (1,312 ft); downhill walk: 450 m (1,476 ft)

Day 4. Trigrad – Chairski Lakes
The walk to Chairski Lakes starts with a charming gentle ascent from the village to a forest trail leading into alpine meadows, full of flowers including orchids during the summer. 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.  B/-/D
Walking time: 6 hrs; uphill walk: 900 m; downhill walk: 700 m

Day 5. Trigrad – Sofia
Transfer to Sofia airport for departure.
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Departure everyday
From May to October
Duration
5 Days