The town of Ivaylovgrad in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains and the area around

The town of Ivaylovgrad is located in the farthest parts of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains along the middle reaches of the Arda River and its tributaries Byala and Luda Reka. 

View of the central part of Ivaylovgrad, Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

After the wars and the surrender of Aegean and Eastern Thrace to Greece and Turkey, many Bulgarians left their native places and went to Bulgaria. Thus, the depopulated Ivaylovgrad and villages in the region became home to Bulgarian refugees from Aegean Thrace, Edirne, returned to their homeland Asia Minor and some Bulgarian families from Macedonia.

It is the only city in Bulgaria, from which, heading straight north, you reach Greece. This is a fun fact because Greece in genera is south of Bulgaria. 

The area around is rich in cultural and natural landmarks.

Aterenski Bridge is a late medieval stone bridge over the Armira River (also called Aterenska) in the Eastern Rhodopes, about 7 km east of Ivaylovgrad. It has been declared an archeological and cultural monument of local significance. The current bridge was built in the 16th century on a Roman road leading to the Aegean Sea, and later connecting the fortified town of Lutitsa with the area. The bridge is very well preserved, and a newly built road is leading directly to it.

View of the Aterenski Medivial Bridge in Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

The church “St.St. Peter and Paul” is the only preserved building of the former monastery in the village of Lambuh, Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria. It was built in the first half of the 19th century, in a natural high place. There are steep slopes on three sides, and only on the east side – “Vratnitsite” was possible to enter the monastic complex. The church is a three-nave basilica. There is no bishop’s throne. Two slabs with rosettes are built into the floor. In 1913 the church and the monastery were looted and devastated by the Turkish Army.

View of the church St.St. Peter and Paul in the village of Lambuh, Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Ivaylovgrad Reservoir is located along the lower reaches of the Arda River before the river left Bulgaria’s territory and continued in Greece. The dam was built in 1964. According to a preliminary plan, the dam was supposed to have a wall 105 m high, and then it would be the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. It was not built that high because it would flood the mines near Madzharovo, which are currently closed and abandoned. Today, the dam’s wall is 71 m high, and the dam is the longest in Bulgaria – 30 km., with an area of 15 km².

Herd of cows at Ivaylovgrad Reservoir in Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria


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 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).


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View of the central part of Ivaylovgrad, Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria


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We organise all kind of guided and self-guided tours in Bulgaria based on preliminary designed itineraries and programs published on our web site or based on your request.


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We organise transfers according to your type of stay, the size of your group, your accommodations and your budget.

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