Rodopi Mountains walking holiday in Bulgaria
Optional single supplement £170.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Rodopi Mountains walking holiday in Bulgaria
This week-long walking in Bulgaria holiday provides the perfect introduction to the Rhodopes mountain range, situated on the border with Greece. The setting for this walking tour offers a unique insight into the natural beauty of the area as well as a glimpse into the mythological origins of Orpheus the fabled musician and poet from Homer's Odyssey.
Legends aside, hiking in Bulgaria will take you into the habitat of an inordinate amount of animals with wolves, wild cats and even bears all known to inhabit the higher slopes of the Rhodopes. Smaller creatures can also be found throughout the mountain foothills with birds and butterflies making the most of old growth coniferous forests, agricultural meadows and some extremely rare types of plant.
Over the course of eight days you'll be introduced to a rich array of cultural and natural heritage with a wonderful variety of landscapes providing ideal conditions for walking holidays in Bulgaria amongst limestone gorges featuring a couple of enticing hidden caves.
Life in the Rhodopes is like stepping back in time and walkers will find plenty of chances to interact with local people who still tend to livestock and agricultural fields using traditional farming methods surrounded by some sublime meadow and pastoral settings.
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1 Reviews of Rodopi Mountains walking holiday in Bulgaria
Reviewed on 29 Aug 2018 by Caroyl Mead
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I enjoyed the whole holiday, we were particularly lucky with the weather and although August is getting a little late there were still some flowers to see. The caves were particularly interesting. Still quite a few flowers to see
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Possibly to take a travel plug for the wash basin.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Presumably as we stayed in a family run hotel which employed local people then it did benefit the local people.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and our group leader Nelly Radkova was excellent.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, and to purchase traditional crafts. We also leave behind a positive impact by paying entrance fees to certain areas and sites which contribute to their upkeep e.g. the ‘Devil’s Throat’ cave at Trigrad Gorge, where Orpheus is claimed to have emerged from the Underworld after failing to reclaim his wife.
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
You will spend most nights in Yagodina village, which is a traditional rural settlement, known for its self-sufficiency, hospitality and agricultural lifestyle. The hotel is family run and produces some of its own food. By using this smaller, yet characterful accommodation, we are improving the employment and income opportunities in this remote community. They endeavour to supply cleints with fresh, locally grown produce and regional specialities, such as Yagodina yoghurt, thick pancakes called ‘katmi’, bean soup- ‘smilyanski fasul’ and ‘patanik’, which is a delicacy made from grated potatoes, onion, cheese and mint.
Local Craft & Culture:
This trip really aims to celebrate and share the rural, agricultural lifestyle of the people in the Rodopi Mountains, which in other places has been overtaken by modern life. There are plenty of products in Yagodina which have been made by the villagers that are totally unique to this area, such as food, wine and handicrafts. We aim to support these traditional processes of manufacturing with our commerce. During the trip we also arrange for the local folk dance group to perform for our clients and teach them traditional songs and dances. Again, we pay the folk group a fair wage and they often receive tips from this as well, so we are really making a positive impact on local people.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.