Tour type: Guided hiking tour. Small groups, up to 10 pax.
Period: May to October
Distance: average 18-20 km, approximately 6-8 hours per day
Start & end city: Sofia, Bulgaria
Transfer from Sofia Airport to the bank of the lake Studen kladenets, region of Kardzhali. Accommodation is at a beautiful cottage in a lovely rural setting.
Motor boat will transfer the group to the nature reserve where this walking day begins. Lake Studen kladenets is absolutely stunning and boat tour is a must do when visiting the area. Scenery lake views, abundant deciduous forest and smiley local people feature today's hike adventure. Highlight is the great wall of the lake and the Abrasive canyon - 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. This is where the second day accommodation is settled - nice guest house in the nearby village.
The hike trip goes ahead to discover the great area of the ancient volcano of Madzharovo. The river Arda meanders through green forests and rich wildlife territories reaching the dramatically sculpted volcanic rocks. Vultures and eagles will escort you all along on this epic walking adventure. Madzharovo area is a famous birding area where you will stay overnight in the lovely hotel rooms of the BirdLife nature conservation center.
The impressive start of the forth day will load you up with energy for all day long. The itinerary follows the edge of the former volcano with exceptional mountain views. Great oak forest, fresh springs, view points and culture monuments on the way. On this evening you will dive into the natural hospitality of the local people because accommodation is organized in private rental houses of people from the village of Gornoseltsi. There is no other adventure like this one where taste of the food and freshness of the air are simply unforgettable.
Last hiking day in the area between village of Gornoseltsi and Ivaylovgrad highlights a catholic village with interesting old church, game reserve area and panoramic point over the town of Ivaylovgrad. Besides the lovely countryside the area is rich in nature making this walking day an intriguing visit full of pleasant surprises. Last accommodation is at a nice family hotel in the town of Ivaylovgrad.
Before heading to Sofia, you will visit the Ancient Roman villa to discover more hidden secrets of past and present in this incredibly diverse mountain. Expected time arrival in Sofia is 16:00 o'clock.
€ 435 with 4 people in the group
€ 370 with 6 people in the group
NOTE: This hike tour could be tailor made according to your preferences.
Difficulty grade: Relaxed walking, leisure, suitable for all levels.
Level of comfort: Generally comfortable. Some accommodations have shared bathroom facilities. Lunch is package. Transfer of main luggage is included.
Hiking experience: Not necessary.