Bulgaria self-guided walking and spa holiday

Relaxed walking holiday in Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains. Walk from one hotel to the next where luggage and spa facilities will be ready and waiting.
Plovdiv (European City of Culture 2019) Devil’s Throat Cave Yagodina Cave Shiroka Laka village the Canyon of Waterfalls Devin spa resort hotel to hotel walking itinerary Mainly 3 or 4-star spa hotels Average daily distances: 14kms
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£550To£580 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
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Tailor made
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Price includes internal ground transfers as per itinerary and excludes flights, connecting travel and airport transfers.
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Description of Bulgaria self-guided walking and spa holiday

This week of self guided walking in Bulgaria also carries the reward of a few overnights in 4-star spa hotels which always proves popular with those who prefer to be pampered upon returning from a hike.

Local Rhodopean cultural heritage also features throughout this week-long Bulgarian break with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the traditional hearty fare of the mountains after working up an appetite on average daily distances of 14kms.

Thanks to the slow pace, this self guided itinerary offers every chance to connect with the natural, silent world of the Bulgarian wilderness where steep canyons and thick forests lead to lakes and waterfalls right in the heart of the resplendent Rhodope Mountains.

From the historic old town of Plovdiv (the European city of culture 2019) to the village of Shiroka Laka and the spa setting of Devin, this week of self guided walking in Bulgaria is as culturally intriguing as naturally uplifting.

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Price information

£550To£580 excluding flights
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Price includes internal ground transfers as per itinerary and excludes flights, connecting travel and airport transfers.
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019 by

It was very relaxing, with beautiful scenic mountains and forests. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2018 by

The most memorable part of the trip was... walking from Yagodina to Trigrad - the path was easy to follow and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. To be so high up in the mountains with nature and eventually descend to overlook Trigrad on the way down was amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2018 by

Walking in the mountains through unspoilt meadows where the only sounds were birdcalls and an occasional sheep bell was balm to the soul. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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Our aim is to operate in the most ecologically responsible manner possible. And we think this should be the essence of the ‘self-guided’ concept. We choose to offer and present our holidays in a way that offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy everything that this beautiful region offers while leaving the smallest discernible footprint on the environment.

To minimize environmental footprint, we limit the size of our parties to maximum 6 people for this holiday. Our detailed tour information packs include a section on environmental responsibility and detailed instructions related to the ‘leave no trace’ policy, protected animals and plants in the area, etc. We encourage our clients to use the info packs and maps in electronic format and not print them out.

This specific holiday is particularly good for wildlife lovers. In the Rhodopes we work closely with and support the Madjarovo section of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and the Trigrad Bear Museum.

On this itinerary, we have arranged most walks to be hotel to hotel, so that environmental impact related to car transfers is minimized. Connecting travel (airport transfers) are not included in the trip price, so clients must use public transport (train or bus). We encourage our clients to use public transport where possible and offer private car transfers only where there are no alternatives, or as additionally charged options.

People

All our accommodation in each destination is hand-picked and regularly tested by us. In remote locations like this where we believe the hiking includes spectacular views and nature we stay in locally (family) owned 3-star hotels or local guesthouses. We encourage our accommodation suppliers to prepare locally sourced fresh food, keeping the income locally rather than channeling it to big chains and providing to them additional streams of revenue apart from the accommodation. We also encourage them to be creative and offer to our clients additional activities (eg homemade wine and honey testing, crafts courses, spices foraging, horse riding, short guided excursions) which are paid locally and entire revenue from them goes to the local supplier.

We try to pay fairly to local suppliers (guesthouse owners, drivers, guides) and at or above market levels even in a poor region like this. In many cases, we do not ask for discounts from local accommodation suppliers but instead, try to motivate them to pay extra attention and better service to our customers. We want to build long-term relationships with them and be trusted partners. Baggage transfers between hotels are typically made by local drivers and not by taxi companies. By using local transport services we support the local economy in the regions where we operate.

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