|Departure Date: from 01-05-2017 to 30-11-2017||Status: Open for booking||Price: 430 €||Duration: 4 days|
|Departure Date: from 01-05-2016 to 30-11-2016||Status: Open for booking||Price: 410 €||Duration: 5 days|
This tour will bring you to the north-western corner of Bulgaria, known for its beautiful and wild landscapes as well as unique sandstone rock formations seen nowhere else. During the trip you will enjoy riding on great panoramic bike trails, and experiencing the Bulgarian culture through meeting the hospitable local people and tasting the national cuisine. A combination of biking adventure and cultural exploration, this trip could be a lifetime experience to be remembered.
♦ Belogradchik Fortress: Also known as Kaleto (its Turkish name), the Belogradchick Fortress is one of the most significant and spectacular cultural sites of Bulgaria. It used to be a strategic fortification point during the Roman, Medieval and Ottoman periods of the region (each leaving its architectural footprint on the site), which makes it one of the most visited national landmarks of Bulgaria. Besides its rich historical background the fortress also offers the best view to the surrounding rock formations.
♦ Belogradchik Rocks: Dating back to the Permian period about 230 million years ago, and covering an area of 50 km2, the Belograchik Rocks are undoubtedly one of the most unique natural sights to be found on the Balkans. The strange shaped sandstone and conglomerate formations (some reaching a height of 200 m) have inspired the imagination of the local people, creating an entire folklore around some of the more picturesque rocks.
♦ Magurata Cave: A 15-million-year-old cave, reaching 2.5 km in length, Magura is considered to be one of the most important and extended European post-Palaeolithic painted caves. Its prehistoric paintings are still an object of anthropological investigation, drawing cave explorers from all over the world.
Day 1. Sofia - Falkovets
Arrive Sofia airport and transfer to Falkovets in the North-West Bulgaria, 3 hours drive.
Day 2. Prevala Village - Gorno Yazovo peak - Gorni Lom – Replyana
Early transfer takes us to Prevala Village where we start cycling uphill towards Gorno Yazovo peak on a nice dirt road up to an altitude of 1571m with fine panoramas to the Western Balkan Mountains massifs. Once we are on the top we make a short break and start our descent on a winding road towards Gorni Lom. From there we head to Replyana where a short transfer takes us to the Falkovets village for overnight. (biking: 41km, uphill/downhill: 1100/1300m)
Day 3. - Belogradchik rocks - Dubravka - Praujda - Izvos – Stakevtsi
Transfer to Belogradchik. After sightseeing the ancient fortress we start our ride to Dubravka and Prauzhda Village where we can stop for a short break. A nice dirt road will take us through an area covered with picturesque sandstone and conglomerate rock formations known as the Belogradchik Rocks, downhill to Izvos village. From there a short asphalt ride will bring us back to our hotel. In the afternoon we visit the Magurata Cave, famous for its prehistoric paintings. Overnight in a restored old house in Stakevtsi. (biking: 39km, uphill/downhill: 260/390)
Day 4. Chuprene - Gorski Rai Hut - Replyana – Falkovets
A transfer brings us to the Chuprene national park where we begin a gradual ascent through a picturesque forest, turning into an open dirt road leading us to the Gorski Rai Hut which is the highest point of the route at 1 450 m. A scenic descent on a winding dirt road takes us down to the Replyana village where we take an asphalt road to our final destination – Falkovets, where we are staying for overnight. (biking: 59.4 km, uphill/downhill: 890 m/ 1180 m)
Day 5. Departure
Transfer back to Sofia for departure.
Included in the price: ►accommodation in family-run hotels/guesthouses with private facilities ► 4 days on halfboard (breakfast + dinner) ►English-speaking guide ►luggage transportation►route map ►airport transfers ►technical support
Not included: ►Bike rental ►travel insurance►lunches► tips►entrance fees ►helmet: 5 EUR ►Supplement pr pers. at 2-3 bikers: 40 EUR
Other expenses: ►Single room supplement: 40 euro;
Good to know:
►Bikes: hardtail mountain bike DRAG 27.5 Hardy COMP and RAM HT 1/2
►Terrain: The terrain is versatile. You will bike mostly on nice dirt and gravel roads, isolated asphalt roads and some forest paths. Biking is made on an altitude from 200 m to 1573 m including elevation of up to 1100 m and downhill riding up to 1300 m.
►You can extend the daily rides with some biking in the region of the accommodation place (upon request)