Itinerary (7 nights)
Available May to October
Total Distance - varies according to your requirements
Average Distance -
varies according to your requirements
Day 1 - Arrive Sofia and travel to Plovdiv
You will be collected from Sofia Airport and transferred towards the southern mountains, arriving at Plovdiv, once the Philippopolis of the ancient Greeks, and the Trimontium (three hills) of the Romans, now known as "the city of the seven hills." (don't know how the extra four got there)
Day 2 - Plovdiv to Pamporova (4 hours)
You will begin with some sightseeing in the Old Town of Plovdiv, with an included free entry to the Roman Theatre and one of the fine old houses in the cobbled streets. From there, you will be transferred by bus to Bachkovo Monastery, and into the mountains to the ski resort of Pamporovo. From Pamporovo there is an optional walk to the peak of Snezhanka (1,926m, 6,315ft).
Day 3 - Pamporovo to Shiroka Luka - (7 hours)
A lovely walk, starting through a fine coniferous forest to the Mecho Grobe Saddle (1,500m, 3,607ft), and an easy descent to the village of Shiroka Luka, a conservation village that is also a centre for local music, with a fine museum (entrance included). Overnight Shiroka Luka
Day 4 - Shiroka Luka to Mugla - (8 hours)
A bit of a climb to begin with, reaching the Odabahiytsa Saddle (1,850m, 6,065ft), and an easy descent to Mugla in the delightful valley of the River Mouglenska, with its waterfalls and fast flowing rapids. The village itself has some lovely old houses and a mosque, noted for its original wooden minaret. - Overnight Mugla
Day 5 - Mugla to Trigrad - (7 hours)
Today's walk takes you up into the hills through the village of Chamla, a place where a number of young artists have gathered, drawing inspiration from the fabulous mountain scenery. You continue, still with ever changing mountain views, to the village of Trigrad, including a visit to the spectacular "Devil's Throat" cave..
Day 6 - Trigrad to Teshel - (7 hours)
More limestone formations and a look at the Yagodinska cave (10k length of an underground labyrinth, with stalactites, stalagmites and the site of a neolithic settlement). From there, you descend slowly to your destination at the Hotel Teshel. Overnight Teshel
Day 7 Teshel to Devin - (8 hours)
In a high mountain valley through the Kastrakli Nature Reserve. Fantastic limestone rock formations, pine forests, and a miraculous concentration of butterflies in May, June and July. Once through the reserve you are on the mountain before descending to the small spa town of Devin, where you might treat your aching feet to one of the many springs that are said to have healing powers.
Day 8 Devin to Sofia and Depart
Transfer to Sofia Airport for your flight home