FAMILY RURAL VACATION IN THE RHODOPES

Bulgaria is one of the few European countries, which has preserved the traditional spirit of the local picturesque villages. Literally hundreds of romantic small settlements have almost stopped in to time and offer the opportunity to merge into the lifestyle of the old Bulgarians. Some of the most charming rustic villages are located in the Rhodope mountains – here guests can learn the traditions and ways, cuisine and folklore of the locals, admire the unique combination of stunning landscape and beautiful architecture, and most importantly, enjoy a good, relaxing vacation with their families in a green and quiet environment.

Day 1. Arriving at Sofia airport. Meeting with your local vacation assistant and transfer to a traditional, rustic family guesthouse in the village of Trigrad, deep in the very heart of the Rhodope mountains. Accommodation, traditional local cuisine dinner and overnight.

Day 2. After a local style breakfast, our hosts will show us everything about their farm: how it works, how it is maintained, what agricultures and farm animals are grown and herded here, what traditional ways of care for them are still used until our days. We will have the opportunity to receive lunch, made out from the products of the farm. After lunch, it is time to visit the nearby Trigrad gorge and the Devil’s throat cave – some of the most amazing natural landmarks of the Rhodope mountains. Return to our guesthouse. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Breakfast. It’s a day for one of the most peaceful hobbies – fishing. Near Trigrad, we will visit a local fish farm, where we will be given fishhooks and will enjoy our time. Lunch will be a picnic. Everything we catch, will be prepared for us in a traditional style dinner. Afternoon it is time to visit the nearby village of Shiroka Laka – an open - air architectural museum. Return to our guesthouse in Trigrad. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 4. Breakfast. Visit to the nearby horse ranch, where we will be able to enjoy some horse riding and admire the beautiful scenery of the Rhodope mountains. Traditional lunch will take place at the ranch. In the afternoon, after a 30 minute transfer, we will visit the famous Yagodina cave. Return to our accommodation. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 5. Breakfast. Today is children’s favorite entertainment: we will have a picnic in the woods. A short, pleasant walk will take us to a stunning location in the forests, where we will make our own campfire, and prepare lunch. Our guide will tell us more about the wildlife in the Rhodopes, and how to recognize the bird songs. In the afternoon, return to our nice guesthouse. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 6. After breakfast we will visit some of the highlights of the Rhodope mountains - Pamporovo, Smolyan and Rojen. After a 45 minute transfer we will reach Pamporovo, one of the biggest ski resorts in Bulgaria, situated high in some old pine forests. From here we will continue through the spectacular rock formation “The Brides” and the beautiful Smolyan lakes to the old town of Smolyan – the heart of the Rhodopes. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Rojen meadows, a place of highest significance for every Bulgarian, and the nearby Space Observatory (the largest in the Balkans). Return to our guesthouse in Trigrad. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 7. Breakfast. Breakfast. After a 20 minute transfer, we will reach the town of Devin – one of the SPA centers of Bulgaria. We will enjoy our time in a hot mineral water pool. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in the town. In the afternoon, on our way back, we will visit the rock phenomenon “The Elephant”. Return to our lovely guesthouse. Free time. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 8. Breakfast. Departure to Sofia. On the way we will enjoy the view to the big system of dams on the Vacha river. Arriving at Sofia airport. Goodbye.

Price includes:

  • All the accommodations, mentioned in the program
  • All the dinners, mentioned in the program
  • All the breakfasts, mentioned in the program
  • All the lunches, mentioned in the program
  • All the transportations
  • The instant assistance of a licensed, english speaking mountain guide
  • All the tickets for museums and hitorical monuments
  • Entrance fees for all entertainments, mentioned in the program

Price does not Include:

  • All the drinks, during dinners
  • Tips and personal expenses

Minimum/maximum participants: 2 to 14

Period: April - October

Highlights: Relaxing vacation in the old village of Trigrad, south Rhodope massive, which includes: Farming, Fishing, Horse riding, Picnic, Mineral pool and visitation to various tourist attractions