Rodopi Road Cycling (Bulgaria) Sofia, Bulgaria Bike Tours
Sofia, Bulgaria Bike Tours

Amazing cycle trip in the heart of the mystic Rodopi mountains - home of Orpheus.

From $561.00 / trip

Active Adventure

The Rodopi Mountains are situated in the oldest part of the Balkans and boast some of the loveliest coniferous woods in the country. The landscape is gentle and rounded, consisting of high ridges and deep river valleys with gorges intermingling with river basins and valleys. In contrast with our tour of the Balkan Mountains, this tour will take you even higher, to around 2,000 m, or 6561 ft. Most of the mileage is done on mountain roads, with relatively little traffic. Along them cyclists can see some old-style means of transportation: wooden carts pulled by horses, donkeys or cows. You may also meet some nomadic gypsies, picking mushrooms and berries in the woods, as well as some local Muslim inhabitants growing tobacco and potatoes, or herds of sheep or goats coming down from the mountain at the end of the day.

Tour highlights:

♦ Velingrad is the largest Bulgarian spa resort famous for its healing hot mineral waters.
♦ Yagodina cave is among the longest caves in Bulgaria (more than 10 000m mapped so far), considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe with its outstanding stalactites, stalagmites, columns, ponds and cave pearls in them.
♦ Shiroka Luka - numerous houses preserving the typical Rodopean architecture, speech, songs and customs of local people have given the village the status of an architectural, ethnographic and folklore reserve.
♦ The Miraculous bridges are 2 unique natural rock arches (about 40 m. high).
♦ Bachkovo Monastery is the second largest Bulgarian monastery.

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival
Arrival at Sofia/Plovdiv airport and transfer to Sofia/Plovdiv city center for accommodation.

Day 2. Belmeken dam - Velingrad spa town
The cycling starts few kilometers before the village of Sestrimo and up to Belmeken dam (2000 m) through old coniferous woods. In the afternoon the road passes the Iundola's mountain meadows before descending to the spa town of Velingrad, where we stay overnight in a hotel with mineral water swimming pool. Cycling distance: 76 km

Day 3. Batak dam - Beglik dam - Dospat
We begin few kilometers from Velingrad, passing through the picturesque landscape of Tsigov Chark countryside by Batak dam to the town of Dospat. On the way we go round the blue-green waters of Goliam Beglik and Shiroka poliana dams before reaching the town of Dospat and its dam, where we stay overnight in a hotel. Cycling distance: 71 km

Day 4. Yagodina cave - Devil's throat cave - Trigrad
The biking starts from Dospat via Borino town to the Buinovsko Gorge, which is also a gate to the next stop - the Yagodina Cave. Here we make a cave tour before going further to Trigrad village, passing among the 250 m high cliffs of the Trigrad Gorge. Here another sinister cave is expecting us - The Devil's Throat Cave, housing one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe. Overnight in Trigrad in a family hotel. Cycling distance: 50 km

Day 5. Shiroka laka - Smolyan lakes - Smolyan
A pleasant descent along Trigradska River brings you to the village of Grohotno and the natural rock phenomenon "The Elephant". Then we continue upstream Shirokolushka River to the village of Shiroka Luka. We stop here to savour the spirit of this architectural reserve, famous for its preserved houses dating back from the Bulgarian Revival Period. We pass by the beautiful Smolyan lakes and finsh cycling in Smolyan town, where we stay overnight. Cycling distance: 66 km

Day 6. Rozhen - Borovo
Cycling from Smolyan to the historic place Rozhen. After a short rest you go uphill to a big picturesque meadow at 1700m which marks the beginning of a gentle downhill ride in direction to Laki town through “Momina voda” protected area. Nerby is the picturesque village of Borovo and the famous religious place with chapels and healing springs ' Krastova Gora. Overnight in Borovo. Cycling distance: 39 km

Day 7. The Miraculous bridges - Bachkovo monastery - Plovdiv
The downhill ride continues along Jugovska River valley to the main road Smolyan-Plovdiv. Short transfer brings you to the Miraculous bridges rock phenomenon for short walk and sightseeing. The next stop is Bachkovo Monastery (the second largest in Bulgaria). Transfer to Plovdiv for overnight. Cycling distance: 80km

Day 8. Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to Sofia or Plovdiv airport for departure.

Map & Directions

Orfei 9, Sofia, Bulgaria 1421
Points of Interest
Rodopi Road Cycling (Bulgaria)
Orfei 9, Sofia, Bulgaria
Velingrad
Velingrad, Bulgaria
Dospat
Dospat Municipality, Bulgaria
Trigrad
Trigrad, Devin, Bulgaria
Smolyan
Smolyan, Bulgaria
Borovo
866, Девин, България
Plovdiv
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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APR 28 - MAY 5
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MAY 19 - MAY 26
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JUN 9 - JUN 16
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Jul 21 - Jul 28
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Aug 4 - Aug 11
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Sep 1 - Sep 8
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