Bulgaria; Guided Balkan Cycling KE01

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On this tour we bike along the north and central parts of the Balkan Mountains, famous for their unspoiled nature, green valleys offering plenty of unique biking opportunities.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group - Up To 8 People
Start Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
End Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Accommodation: Hotels & Guesthouses
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Moderate. For bikers in good physical condition.

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Years In Business: 17

On this tour we bike along the north and central parts of the Balkan Mountains, famous for their unspoiled nature, green valleys with sheep peacefully grazing on lush grass, precipitous cliffs and gentle, rolling hills offering plenty of unique biking opportunities. We start the trip from the tiny Goliam Izvor village, passing by the Central Balkan National Park and ending up in Veliko Tarnovo – the Old Bulgarian capital and one of the most charming Bulgarian towns. The narrow roads meander through picturesque villages that look as they have been untouched for the past 200 years. You’ll see wooden carts pulled by a horse or donkey and villagers making hay the old-fashioned way.

Tour Highlights

- Glozhene Monastery was built in the 13-th century by the Ukrainian prince Glozh, housing an icon at the age of about 1000 years.
- Bozhentsi village is an architectural reserve consisting of some 100 houses from The Bulgarian National Revival Period.
- Etura Open-air Ethnographic Museum - Master craftsmen fashion beautiful gold, silver, copper, leather and wooden articles right before your eyes from early morning until late at the night.
- Troyan Monastery “Assumption of Virgin Mary”, being the 3-th largest in Bulgaria, is built in the style of the Bulgarian Renaissance.
- VelikoTurnovo being the former capital of The Second Bulgarian Kingdom, is regally situated along the historical hills of Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora on the two banks of Yantra River.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- 7 nights at family run hotels and guest houses, rooms with private facilities (except on day 1,3), halfboard ( breakfasts & dinners included, except dinner on day 7); bike hire; supporting vehicle and English-speaking guide/driver; map; roadbook; transfers from/to Sofi airport

Excludes
- Flights, travel insurance, tips, entrance fees, dinner on day 7, alcohol drinks and other personal expenses.

Other expenses
- Single room supplement: 80 euro; rent of a helmet: 10 euro/week;rent of a rear saddlebag: 10 euro/week;rent of a handle-bar bag: 5 euro/week.

Good to know
- Bikes: You can choose (depending on the availability) from 2 types of bikes: 1. Hardtail performance mountain bike “RAM” with road tires, 24 gears and 80mm front suspension fork; 2. quality road touring bike “DRAG” with 21 gears, 28 inch rims and Shimano components.

Information about the tour
- All bikers receive a detailed roadbook and map. The guide with the supporting vehicle and the luggage inside checks several times a day if everything is OK with the group, waiting by crossroads, accompanying them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving them talks by the most interesting sites en-route. The guide is also responsible for the technical support of the bikes. Bikers can always skip some harder stages using the supporting vehicle.

Road conditons
- We use mostly two-way roads (one band per direction) with an asphalt covering (the latter usually not brand new!). The country roads are quite peaceful, sometimes without any cars. The road surface in these areas may be not very smooth at some stages. The traffic might be a little bit heavier at some sections but only for a short while.

Necessary equpment
- We strongly recommend you wearing a helmet during the cycling. You can bring your own helmet or rent one from us. Cycling gloves are also advisable .

Extension at the Black Sea coast
- We have a unique proposal, which gives you the opportunity to stay on a sea holiday for extra week after your active tour at an incredibly low price in Sozopol, Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Lozenets, St. Vlas, Golden Sands etc. and all this with arranged transportation right after your tour and before your departure flight. For more information please check "Vacation extensions" below.

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival at Sofia Airport and transfer to the village of Goliam Izvor where we stay in a nice guesthouse.
Day 02. Today's cycling starts in Goliam Izvor village, heading to Yablanitsa town (famous for producing different kinds of “khalva”) and then continue to Malak Izvor village, which is a starting point for a challenging 5 km uphill ride to Glozhene Monastery. Having visited the monastery you go downhill the same way and continue further to the scenic Teteven town. Here you can have a short stop for a walk and visit of the local historic museum and church. and a short bike and hike to a nearby eco trail with 2 beautiful waterfalls. We stay overnight in Ribaritsa village. Cycling distance: 70 km; uphill/downhill cycling: 850/800m
Day 03. Ascent from Ribaritsa village to the highest point for the day - Bogoi pass (1185m). From this pass the road goes all the way down to the town of Troyan passing through the village of Shipkovo where you can take a refreshing bath in the mineral water swimming pools. After lunch in Troyan town centre we visit The Pottery and Craft Exhibition
Day 04. Cycling on isolated village roads from Apriltsi to Gabrovo. Enroute you pass by numerous small villages set in green landscapes and river valleys, visit Batoshevo monastery and have lunch in a local village pub. Nunnery and possible visit of Batoshevo monastery. After a ascent follow by a nice downhill ride you reach Gabrovo town and continue to the
Day 05. You get on the supporting vehicle and start cycling from Gabrovo. After an ascent followed by a descent, you arrive in Tryavna. There you can spend some time on sightseeing and lunch in the centre of this beautiful National Revival town. Ups and downs through open terrain will lead you to the final stop for today - Bozhentsi architectural reserve. Cycling distance: 52 km; uphill/downhill cycling: 950/1000m
Day 06. Having visited by car the Dryanovo monastery in the morning, you start cycling from the turning for Yalovo village. Kilifarevo Monastery is very close. We make a short stop here and continue to the town of Elena passing by the blue waters of Iovkovtsi dam. Cycling distance: 48 km; uphill/downhill cycling: 700/600m
Day 07. From Elena we continue cycling to the last point of the trip – Arbanasi architectural reserve. The landscape includes meadows, pastures, cultivation lands, shrubby hills and finally a beautiful plateau over Veliko Tarnovo. After some free time for rest and walks among the old houses of Arbanasi we go for a lunch and sightseeing tour in Veliko Turnovo - the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Sofia or Plovdiv for overnight. Cycling distance: 43 km; uphill/downhill cycling: 600/600m
Day 08. Transfer to airport. Departure.