Rhodope mountains tour - on the steps of Orpheus
7 Days / 6 Nights
Sofia - Plovdiv - Assenovgrad - Bachkovo Monastery - the Wonderful Bridges - Pamporovo - Chepelare - Mt. Rozhen - Uhlovitsa Cave - Smilian - Smolyan - Smolyan lakes - Iagodina Cave - the Devil’s Throat - Shiroka Luka - Pamporovo - Sofia
The Rhodopes are one of the cradles of European civilization. Pieces of the Roman roads connecting Aegean towns with the Upper Thracian Valley can still be seen at many places around the area - the village of Gela, the Persenk Hut, the Chairski Lakes, etc - together with the ruins of fortresses from the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom near Assenovgrad and the village of Shiroka Luka.
Although inhabited for thousands of years, the Rhodopes still harbor in their bosom wild places that seem to be untouched by humans. The Rhodopes are one of the few mountain ranges in Europe where the Brown Bear and Wolf still breeds. Old-growth forests are home to deer, elk, fox, wild goat, and other rare European species.
The Eastern part of the Rhodopes is a true heaven for bird lovers but the western part should not be overlooked as it contains over 200 species, many of them quite rare. The Trigrad Gorge is the kingdom of the famed Wallcreeper - you can observe this wonderful bird while sipping your coffee at the entrance to the Devil's Throat Cave.
Dippers and King Fisher will dart around you as you walk along clear creeks and streams. A Golden Eagle hovering high in the sky presents an unforgettable sight. If you come to the Rhodopes during spring you might hear the early-morning mating call of the Capercaillie.
Lush, grassy meadows pop into mind when thinking of the Rhodopes. For many centuries locals have kept herds of sheep, as a result of which, they have created meadows outrests. These meadows now are home to an abundance of rare flowers, many of which are not found anywhere else on Earth. In early spring you can see the pink petals of Silivriak (Heberlea rhodopaensis), the symbol of the Rhodopes, which has the unique quality of being able to spring back to life even after being pressed for years. Legend has it that the flower bloomed out of the blood of Orpheus after he was dismembered.
The Rhodopes are also well known for their mushrooms. Here you can also pick yourself a multicolored bouquet of herbs; the most fragrant thyme grows here.
If you are still not convinced that the Rhodopes are a slice of true, wild nature, then the only other option that remains is for you to come here and see it for yourself.
Dates: every Friday
- prices are calculated depending on the desired class of the hotels for accommodation - 3*, 4* or 5* - please ask for rates
- 2HB (in Sofia and Plovdiv - 4* hotels) and 5FB (in the Rhodope villages)
- transfer Sofia - Plovdiv - the Rhodope Mountains - Sofia: with A/C coaches or car;
- guide in English;
- participants - min 2 pax