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Land of the Thracians


Itinerary for Land of the Thracians



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Pick up from Sofia Airport and transfer to the famous SPA Resort –the town of Hissar, located 180 km South-east from the capital.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at SPA Hotel Hello in Hissar


*Highlights: Hissar health resort is situated almost in the centre of Bulgaria, on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain, 336 m above sea level.
The first settlers of the small valley, where the town is situated were Thracians from the Bessi tribe. Eventually, the area was reached by Macedonians, but it was not until Roman times when Hissar developed into a large town and resort, called Dioclecianopolis, after the Roman emperor Dioclecian /284 - 305 AD/. The town was built according to all requirements of Roman town planning - with wide, straight streets, decorated with statues of gods and goddesses, with marble baths, beautiful palaces and villas for Roman aristocracy. To protect the town from enemy invasions, it was surrounded with a wall raised by the skillful hands of Thracian master-builders.

Day 2 (Sunday): Hissar to Krasnovo
Breakfast in the hotel. After saddling the horses and preparing for the ride, we start our ride among beautiful nature around the village of Starosel. Picnic in a wooden shelter in the middle of the forest, close to Matenitsa village. In the afternoon you will ride to the village of Krasnovo, famous with its mineral baths, situated on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora Mountain next to a big dam.  Before dinner you will have aquatic relaxation procedures and massages and swim in the mineral water pool.
Riding: About 26 km (4.5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at SPA Hotel Agua Termi


Day 3 (Monday): Krasnovo to Koprivshtitsa
Breakfast at the guest house. We start our ride from Krasnovo village through the rose garden, before going uphill into the heart of the mountain. We have lunch in the beautiful Hut Buntovna at 1180 m altitude, located in an old beech forests with amazing view.
In the afternoon, we will ride through the deep beech forest and the beautiful open tops of the mountain. In the evening, we reach the town of Koprivshtitsa.
Riding: About 28 km (5.5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel ”Eagle Rock”

Day 4 (Tuesday): Koprivshtitsa
After breakfast, we go riding in the surroundings nature before coming back to the village for lunch. We will eat our lunch in a local restaurant and then enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town.
In the afternoon, free time for shopping and exploring.
Riding: About 12 km (2 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel ”Eagle Rock”


*Highlights: The town of Koprivshtitsa is situated near to the Topolnitsa River at 1060 meters above the sea level.
It is a town - museum and unique settlement in Bulgaria, which has preserved in compactness over 250 patterns of the Bulgarian Revival Period architecture. The greatest wealth of Koprivshtitsa are its Revival Period houses with colourful courtyards, surrounded with high stone walls and gates, the disorderly built curved and narrow cobblestone little streets and plots, the numerous stone fountain contributes to the attractiveness of the little town. Part of these houses was turned into museums.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Koprivshtitsa to Strelcha
Breakfast at the hotel. You will ride trough the untouched forest to the SPA resort Strelcha and go on the very top of the beautiful peak “Wolf”-1240m, with an amazing panoramic view of the Tracian plane and the surrounding mountains. Picnic under the cosy wooden shelter, a few kilometres down the peak “Wolf”. Overnight in a SPA hotel with hot mineral pool and massage centre. Before and after dinner you will have a time to relax with massage and swim in the mineral water pool. Dinner in the local pub in national style.
Riding: About 25 km (5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at SPA Resort

Day 6 (Thursday): Strelcha to Starosel
Breakfast in the hotel. You will ride trough the rose fields, nice vineyards, and along sandy lakes. Picnic in a garden, next to the village of Krustevich. You will be accommodated at the beautiful Vinery Spa complex in Starosel. A copy of the Starosel Thracian Temple is made in the cellar of the complex. When you stand in its centre your voice sounds like coming from the Cosmos, but only you can hear it. This is a part of the Thracian mysteries.
Before dinner, you can enjoy the spa or go on a wine tour.
Riding: About 28 km (5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Winery & SPA complex

*Highlights: Wine tasting with 5 wines and special food for each of them - 20 EUR per person.

Day 7 (Friday): Starosel to Hisaraya
After breakfast ,you will visit the Thracian complex in Starosel. It was only discovered in 2000 by the archaeological expedition of Dr.George Kitov. It is the largest preserved Thracian complex with a temple-mausoleum in Southeast Europe. The temple dates back to the 5th century BC. You will learn about the mysterious Thracians and their amazing cultural heritage and historic significance.
Later on, you will enjoy beautiful long gallops among the meadows, and ride by one of the biggest lake of the area (Pyasachnik) with a panoramic view of the mountain.
Picnic lunch in the meadows near village Panicheri.
In the afternoon, we ride across the forest, meadows and along lakes, making our way back to Hisarya.
Accommodation in a SPA hotel with mineral swimming pool and sauna. In the evening enjoy a Farewell dinner.
Riding: About 25 km (4 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at SPA Hotel Hello in Hissar


*Highlights: The Thracian cult complex in Starosel.
The suppositions are that the temple is from the time of the Thracian King Sitalk, even his own. The rich findings in the stone-built tomb date from the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth century BC. A main staircase with monumental corridor, ritual landing and two chambers, leads to the temple. The entrance is outlined with slabs with plastic and colour decoration. The inside area is a round, domed chamber with semi-columns and colour ornaments, where the initiated established connection with gods.
It is surrounded by a 263 yard long wall made out of some 4000 stone blocks and was hidden under a 20 m high mound of earth.

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
After breakfast transfer to Sofia.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Land of the Thracians
Tour Code: IT-BGRT03
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,605.00
Dates : Apr-June, Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Airport: Sofia airport
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