Four days exploring the middle and western Rhodope Mountain in Bulgaria from Sofia

During this trip you will visit and enjoy some of the most interesting places in the middle and partly in western Rhodope Mountain in south Bulgaria. The trip starts from Sofia and your first stop will be in the town of Smolyan. You can have here a short stroll before heading for the village of Smilyan, famous with the Clock Tower, the “Museum of beans” and the dairy called “Milky House”. Here you can taste the local Rhodope Mountain specialities. Then you continue to the village of Mogilitsa, where you will visit “Agushevite konatsi”, the neighbourhood Bukata with its architectural group “Hadjiyski kashti” and the village of Arda, almost at the Bulgaria – Greece border. In the region you can also visit the Uhlovitsa cave. Then you continue to the village of Shiroka Laka, Teshel, Buynovo Gorge with the Yagodinska cave and the panoramic platform “Orlovo oko”.  You will take a walk over the Trigard Gorge, will visit the Devil’s throat cave and will take a walk on the charming road between the villages of Jrebevo and Kesten.  You can try the famous Dospat trout in the town of Dospat on the Dospat Reservoir. On your way back to Sofia/your place, you will pass along the Batak Reservoir, which is one of the most captivating places in Rhodope Mountain.

BASIC INFORMATION

Duration: 3 nights/4 days;
Places to be visited: the towns of Smolyan and Dospat; the villages of Smilyan, Bukata, Mogilitsa, Arda, Shiroka Laka, Jrebevo and Kesten; Buynovo and Trigrad gorges, Yagodinska and Devil’s throat cave; the panoramic platform Orlovo oko, Dospat dam lake, dam Lake Batak and Tsigov Chark area.
Period of travel: all year round;
Tour mileage: ca 616 km;
Price: take a look at the 3 options we offer below;

PROGRAM

You will start your trip from Sofia. You’d need to depart early in the morning in order to reach the area at about noon. The first stop from your journey will be the town of Smolyan. After a short stroll through the town, you continue south to the Greek border, reaching the village of Smilyan.  The next stop will be the Milky House dairy, where besides the traditional milky products, Dutch and Swiss cheeses are also manufactured, using special Swiss and Dutch technologies. The next stop will be the village of Mogilitsa, famous for Agushevi konatsi, the 19th-century winter estate of a rich Ottoman feudal lord, Agush Aga, and his son. Two km away from the village is located in the neighborhood Bukata, where you may see the architectural group “Hadjiyski Kashti”. You will finish the day in the village of Arda, where you will spend the night and have a typical Rhodope dinner.

 

Your first stop for the day will be Uhlovitsa Cave, often called “the underground palace’ and it is one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. After the cave, you continue to the village of Shiroka Laka, famous for its authentic Rhodopean houses set in tiers on both banks of the local river. The next place to visit would be the Buynovsko Zhdrelo, a famous limestone gorge, located near the village of Yagodina. An interesting place to visit here is Yagodina cave. From the cave or from the village of Yagodina you will get on SUV’s, which will take you to the only of its kind in Bulgaria panoramic site Orlovo oko (Eagle Eye) on top St. Ilia, built at a height of 1563 m. Accomodation in the region.

 

After breakfast at the hotel, you head for Trigrad Gorge, sheer limestone cliffs that surround the river Trigradska. After the gorge, you continue the stroll along the road similar to a park alley towards the villages of Jrebevo and Kesten, among some of the most pastorally looking landscapes in Rhodopes. Then you continue to Dospat and Dospat Reservoir, where you will arrive in the early afternoon. The road here is particularly picturesque – ancient forests and lush meadows, herds of cows and sheep create this typical Rhodopes pastoral atmosphere. In Dospat you must try the famous Dospat trout. You will spend the night in a guest house.

 

After breakfast and the coffee at ease at the hotel, you head north through the mountains for Batak Reservoir and Tsigov Chark area, one of the most beautiful and remarkable places in Rhodope Mountains. From there you continue to Sofia.

 

HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM/ITINERARY

The preparation of a guided tour program/offer is free of charge. You’ll get a package price from us up front, which will include the services of a professionally qualified tour guide; pick up and drop off from your hotel/accommodation; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; accommodation, transfers from/to airport and all other additional services you might need.

 

You will obtain from us a Final Trip Plan of this tour in both web and pdf formats. Please have a look at sample web version with photos, maps and video here. Please download a sample version of a Final Trip Plan in pdf format here.   

You can use the Final Trip Plan to make the needed reservations and reservations by yourself.

The Final Trip Plan of the trip will contain: a web version of the tour; a pdf version of the tour (see the sample above), а short description (Resume); Basic information about the trip (duration, places to be visited, tour mileage, the period of travel;  а trip budget with detailed expenses table (downloadable pdf file); а Google map with the itinerary and bookmarks for places, hotels and restaurants; а link to a Google Earth interactive map with features like “Street view”, 3D etc; A link to a Google KML file, which can be uploaded to a cell phone and used during the trip; а detailed program day by day with activities and places to be visited, recommendations for accommodation and nice restaurants with links for bookings and reservations.

 

Additionally to the Final Trip Plan we make all the bookings and reservations on your behalf. We do this through our licensed travel agency “Thousand Voyages” Ltd.

  • Transportation and logistics: We coordinate, book and manage all the transportation elements of your trip – planes, trains, rent-a-cars, busses… everything to and from your destination, and between various places during your trip. 
  • Accommodation: We coordinate, book and manage all of your selected accommodations. We recommend the best selections at every destination on your trip, including hotels, airbnbs, bed and breakfasts, that fit your tastes, budget and are available during your travel dates. You will find the names of the properties in Final Trip Plan, with connections to the websites or booking forms. Sometimes the chosen by us accommodation is not on booking.com or any other platform, especially those in the distant areas. In this example we provide the name of the owner and a telephone number. 
  • 24/7 emergency support with a dedicated travel consultant: 4/7 Support throughout your journey (SMS, Email, Skype).

Secure Payments upon delivery of services: We offer two options: 1) PayPal – You will receive a PayPal invoice with the total amount to be paid. You can pay using your credit card or PayPal account; 2) A Revolut Business Account (in Euro) (UK) for a bank transfer.

Money Back Guarantee: In the unlikely case that you are not fully satisfied with our services, we offer a 100% money back return policy.

Discounts: We offer a 20 % discount voucher for the following service;

 

TRAVEL SERVICES, WHICH MIGHT HELP WITH YOUR TRAVEL TO BULGARIA

We would be glad to help you organise this trip. Please use one of the options above. Please also have a look at all the services we offer here in Bulgaria. For your stay in Bulgaria or to organise the trip by yourself, you may wish to use the travel services we recommend and work with, and which you can book by yourself using the links beneath. Of course, you always can contact us at any time, and we will do our best to help.

 

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