Departure point is the city of Kardzhali from where you will be transferred by bus to the starting point of the kayaking trip - lake Kardzhali.
Every day will let you experience the divine beauty of Eastern Rhodope Mountains and its rich history. Wildlife diversity is one of the highest in Europe - here is the kingdom of the birds of prey. The kayak experience in day 2 will capture your mind with dramatic scenery of mountains that rise from the lake shores. You will be unfolded the exciting story of the wetlands in the Eastern Rhodope being part of the biggest river in South Bulgaria - Arda river.
Day 3 will reveal before your eyes the impressive wall of the lake Kardzhali with its special round form and 109 m height. Then a short lunch break in the city of Kardzhali will let you dive in the local colourful life. Afternoon paddling in the second lake in this paddling trip will surprise you with spectacular setting of dramatic green slopes, Thracian remains of prophecies on the rocks and majestic fortress walls on top of the mountain hills.
Blue lake water surrounded by picturesque shores and rich flora welcomes you to jump into the kayak and paddle. Rare birds like griffon vulture and black stork roam in the sky. Many herons and cormorants will also share this lake adventure. You will arrive on the shores of a small island where the Follow deer is the host - dozen of them roam freely on the island and give a birth to their babies here. This is a land of absolute peace, managed by the nature itself.
The impressive start of the fifth day will load you up with energy for all day long. Abrasive mineral rocks on Arda river is a place likened to the moon surface. A deep canyon was formed in the rocks by the river flow. The sharp abrasive minerals brought by the the frantic water pace, furrowed the rock surface into tiny sharp fragments. Paddling in the canyon surrounded by these impressive rocks is breathtaking. The kayak trip goes ahead to discover the great area of the ancient volcano of Madzharovo. The river meanders through green forests and rich wildlife territories reaching the dramatically sculpted volcanic rocks. Your eyes will become green and your soul - white of all this beauty.
On this day you make a memorable crossing of Ivaylovgrad lake which features exceptional experience and wild nature. If you need an escape from the noisy modern life, this lake is the perfect location for you. Impressive rocks rise from the water and romantic gulfs capture your eyes and soul. Hidden in the forest camp sites give you opportunity to relax in solitude. The final destination is the end of the lake which comes with a nice meadow for the last camping.
On the last day of this amazing kayaking adventure you will visit the Ancient Roman villa to discover more hidden secrets of past and present in this incredibly diverse mountain. A bus will transfer the group back to the city of Kardzhali. Expected time of arrival in Kardzhali is 14:00 o'clock.
The tour is organized with a luggage transportation - a car is carrying the main luggage during the day. You bring only a small backpack with the basics for the day.
€ 397 with 6 people in the group
Difficulty grade: You need to be in average physical condition. Some parts could be a challenge, but in general the trip is easy going.
Level of comfort: Sleep in a tent, showers not available, but there will be plenty of fresh lake water, main luggage is carried by a car during the day. The itinerary goes through villages and shelters, where water and some beverages are available.
Kayak experience: Not necessary.