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"Tour in Medieval Bulgaria" Comfort Trail


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  • Itinerary:
    From the Riding Club”Alfa”, located near to the town of Sevlievo, to the The Rocky Chain Vitata Stena and back to the Riding Club,Teutonic Lake of Belyakovets, village of Zhivko, village of Sabotkovtsi and Bozhentsi, Dryanovski monastery, Veliko Turnovo and more.

  • Dates for 2017:
    May - fm 20 to 27
    July - fm 01 to 08
    September - fm 23 to 30
    November - fm 04 to 11

  • Meeting point:
    Sofia Airport.

  • Ability:
    Novice and higher ability riders.

  • Number of riders:
    4-8.

  • Average hours on the saddle:|
    3-5.

  • Pace:
    Varing from walk on the steeper slopes to a fast pace on the open spaces wich are grate for long canters.
    Usually we are riding 40 % walking, 30 % trotting and 30 % cantering. This proportion could be changed according to the requirements and the abilities of the riders.

  • Equipment:
    - saddles and tacks: we have both Western and English high quality saddles: Ortho-Flex and Podium.
    - we recommend you to have: riding helmet(obligatory), riding boots or chaps, raincoat and warm clothes, spray against insects, sun protection cream.

  • Horses:
    We have Shagya and pure Arabs, East-Bulgarian breed and crossbred horses with Akhal-Teke blood - all well broken and calm.
    The height of the horses is from 150 to 165 cm.

  • The riding guides:
    The riding guides are experienced and professional and know all the horses and routes well. They have a sound knowledge and awareness of safety, of looking after horses and guests out on a ride. The leading guide is able to take sole charge of riders and to encourage them to enjoy riding, to plan together with them riding time and breaks.

  • Maximum weight limit of the riders:
    110 kg.

  • Accommodation:
    In high quality hotels or in guest houses, in double rooms with WC and shower. Swimming pools and sauna are available in 4 of the nights.

  • Meals:
    All-inclusive, except hard drinks; the hotels and houses provide the breakfasts and dinners and they offer traditional local dishes. The midday meals are in the open-air during the passages and they consist of warm food, beer, cold and warm up drinks. We offer ecologically clean food, international and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

  • Additional activities:
    Cultural tour around the historic landmarks. bow-shooting. Body massages are available every night upon request and against a small additional payment.

  • Additional information:
    A jeep follows the group, brings the luggage and supplies food.

Description of the trail


  • Day 1:
    - Pick up from Sofia Airport and transfer to Sevlievo, placed 190 km northeast from the capital.
    - Arrival at a nice hotel with sauna and swimming pool.
    - Dinner and night at the hotel.

  • Day 2:
    - Breakfast in the hotel.
    - Arrival at the stable and having a first look at the horses and equipment, choosing the suitable ones.
    - Start from the stable of "Alfa Centaur".
    - Riding through an old forest and climbing down to the foot of the famous rocky chain ” Vitata Stena” (10 km long and more than 120 m high!), which is Natural Reservation.
    - Lunch at the Riding Club.
    - Dinner and night at the hotel in Sevlievo.
    - About 14 km (2,5 hours) riding.

  • Day 3:
    - Breakfast at the hotel.
    - Packing up the luggage and start to the Riding Club.
    - Start to the small and well-hidden village of Zhivko.
    - Riding alongside the Teutonic lake “Belyakovets”, staying untouched on the top of the rocky plateau for thousands of years.
    - Picnic at the lake.
    - Visit by car of the Ethnographic complex Etara near by the town of Gabrovo.
    The complex presents a village from the 19th century with the main crafts developed at that time. The old machines are working with running water and the present craftsmen produce traditional pots, garments, food, music instruments, tools and souvenirs on them.
    - Dinner and night at a beautiful traditional style guest house in Zhivko village.
    - About 16 km (3 hours) riding.

  • Day 4:
    - Breakfast at the guest house.
    - Start riding towards village of Sabotkovtsi and Bozhentsi.
    - Crossing Yantra River and riding in the wilderness of its caniyon.
    - Arriving at Sabotkovtsi and then going by car to Bozhentsi.
    - Tour around Bozhentsi complex with possibilities of shopping souvenirs.

    Highlights:
    Architectural Reservation - Bozhentsi village

    The village of Bozhentsi is nestling in the picturesque valleys of the Balkan mountain 13 km away from the town of Gabrovo. It is almost the only settlement in Bulgaria that has kept entirely its ancient look from the Renaissance. The well-preserved valuable architectural monuments, the authentic stone roads, the rich ethnographic collections were a serious reason to announce in 1964 the village with its about 100 houses and 7-8 public works buildings, for an architectural-historical reservation. One legend, handed down from one to another generation, brings us back in the tragic for the Bulgarian nation 1393, when the Capital Veliko Turnovo was taken by the turks and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom was destroyed for 500 years. The noblewoman Bozhana lost her husband and left the capital with her kids to look for a shelter. The only possible place to safe their life was the Balkan mountain. In the heart of the mountain, between the sparkling creaks, in the deep forests and hidden from the eyes of the enslaver, she put the first stone of the village, which took her name. Today the beautiful houses of Bozhentsi, sheltered between two opposite hills among luxuriant vegetation, meet the sunrises and the sunsets in peace and silence as though the time has really stopped.


    - About 18 km (4 h) riding.

  • Day 5:
    - Breakfast at the guest house and start towards Dryanovo Monastery, placed Northwest from Sabotkovtsi.
    The Monastery had survived after the fire of the Ottoman army in one epic battle with the rebels of the biggest Bulgarian uprising against the Turkish occupation in 1876. On the way you will ride through hills and beautiful forests with small creeks and lakes.
    - Picnic on a beautiful meadow.
    - Visit by car of the Monastery and the cave “Bacho Kiro” above it.
    - Night in a hotel”Cassa Voley”in the town of Dryanovo, 5 km away from the beautiful Dryanovo Monastery area.
    - Dinner in a cozy restaurant in the hotel.
    - About 16 km (3 hours) riding.

  • Day 6:
    - Breakfast at the hotel.
    - Visit of Veliko Turnovo – the old capital of The Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
    - Start from Dryanovo towards the village of Gostilitsa.
    - Picnic at the middle of the ride.
    - Dinner and night at a beautiful traditional style hotel in Gostilitsa.
    - About 16 km (3,5 hours) riding.

  • Day 7:
    - Breakfast at the guest house and start to the Riding Club ”Alfa”.
    - Amazing ride through the wilderness along the beautiful forests, creeks and fields.
    - Picnic at the middle.
    - Arriving at the stable, say good-bay to the horses.
    - Farewell dinner and night at the hotel”Helios” in Sevlievo.
    - About 20 km(4,5 hours) riding.

  • Day 8:
    - Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to the airport of Sofia.

  • PRICE: 1160 EUR (hard drinks are not included).
    Single supplement: + 100 EUR