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Internationale groepsreis Wild Bulgaria: Winter Walk & Snowshoe

Explore remote winter landscapes of Bulgaria


  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners are included in this trip. *Breakfast:* Will usually include tea or coffee, bread, jam, honey and cheese, supplemented in Yagodina by fresh home-made yoghurt and traditional local specialities such as thick pancakes known as 'katmi' and a rice-based dish called 'rodopski klin'. *Lunch:* Picnic lunches will be eaten in the mountains and typically comprise of bread, cheese, salami, salad, biscuits and fruit. Our hotel in Yagodina provides us with picnic food, but on other days you will need to buy your own provisions in local shops. *Dinner:* Will be taken in our hotel restaurant, and will normally include three courses comprising a salad or vegetarian soup and main course, followed by a dessert of fruit, ice cream, or cake/pudding. The cuisine reflects a mixture of Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish and Slavonic influences. We sample many traditional local specialities including 'smilyanski fasul', a delicious bean soup and 'patatnik', a local delicacy made with grated potatoes, onions, and cheese, then seasoned with mint and other herbs. Jugs of tap water will be provided on the table with the evening meal. Bottled mineral water, soft drinks and alcohol are not included but may be purchased. There are several local wines that you may wish to try, including an excellent red 'Mavrud' from vineyards on the northern slopes of the Rodopi. Vegetarians and Vegans: Bulgaria is famed for its fresh vegetables and fruit, so vegetarians are usually well catered for. However, as dairy produce and eggs form the staple part of the diet in this region and occur in the vast majority of meals, it is more difficult for vegans who will find the variety of their menu more restricted.


  • Winter
  • Snowshoeing

Route 8 daagse rondreis Wild Bulgaria: Winter Walk & Snowshoe

This winter adventure explores a remote and largely untouched part of the Rodopi Mountains that lies seemingly cut off from the outside world. A varied selection of routes will lead us through ancient forests, across panoramic ridges and into deep gorges studded with mysterious caves, discovering more about the amazingly rich wildlife and heritage of the region.

  1. Dag 1 - Start Sofia Airport
  2. Dag 2 - Walking tour of old Plovdiv, transfer to Rodopi mountains stopping at Bachkovo Monastery; gentle walk in the valley behind and on to Yagodina
  3. Dag 3 - Walk or snowshoe up to ridge behind the village to 'Eagle's Eye' viewpoint for fabulous views over the mountains; evening cookery lesson.
  4. Dag 4 - Transfer to 'Devil's Throat' cave in Trigrad Gorge for exploration; snowshoe back to Yagodina, stopping at Yagodina Cave.
  5. Dag 5 - Head out into the surrounding forests to experience this wild region, home to boar, deer and the grey wolf; evening demonstration of folk dancing.
  6. Dag 6 - Transfer to Devin, meet local guides and set off tracking local species such as the Balkan Chamois and Mouflon.
  7. Dag 7 - Follow the Devinska Reka Valley along the eco trail along the water's edge; afternoon transfer across Thracian Plain to Sofia.
  8. Dag 8 - End Sofia.
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