FAMILY MULTIACTIVITY TRIP IN RHODOPE MOUNTAINS

Enjoy our white family vacation – plenty of winter activities for kids and adults under the sunny Bulgarian sky.

Program 8 days (7 nights)

LAND ONLY Price by full paying persons: from 3 to 5 persons = 595 euro and from 6 to 12 persons = 474 euro

SGL supplement = 55 euro

Children 0-2 years = free and Children from 2-12 years  = 50 % of the adults price

 

Day 1: Sofia – Chepelare (Rhodope mountain)

Arriving in Sofia and transfer about 2.30H to the Rhodope mountain. Accommodation in hotel. D.

The Rhodopes (also spelled Rodopi) are a mountain range, with over 83% of its area in southern Bulgaria and the remainder in Greece. Its highest peak is Golyam Perelik (2,191 m). Very interesting are the Karst areas with their deep river gorges, large caves and specific sculptured forms - Trigrad Gorge, the caves Devil's Throat, Uhlovitsa, Yagodinska, the Wonderful Bridges.

Western Rhodopes

The bigger part (66% of the total area), the higher, more developed and visited part of the mountain. The highest and best known peaks are also here (more of 10 are over 2,000 m) including the leader — Golyam Perelik (2,191 m). Among the interesting peaks are Shirokolushki Snezhnik (2,188), Golyam Persenik (2,091), Bataski Snejnik (2,082), the wonderful Turla (1,800).

Some of the deepest and most picturesque river gorges are here too – the Trigrad, Byunovsko, of the Mostova Sushitca River. The Rocky phenomenon Wonderful Bridges, the Chaira Lakes and the dams Dospat, Batak, Shiroka Polyana, Iglika, Toshkov Chark excellently fit into the environment. The architecture reserves Shiroka Luka, Kovachevitza, Momchilovtsi, Kosovo, and many other interesting villages are in the Western Rhodope too.

 

Day 2: Chepelare – ski or snowboard

Ski or snowboard in Chepelare:

Chepelare occupies a small valley at the heart of the Rodoppi Mountain. The beautiful Chepelare River passes through the pretty town. Chepelare is 222 kilometers away from Sofia and just 72 kilometers sought of Plovdiv. The Pamporovo resort is just 10 kilometers away. Chepelare is a beautiful mountain town and the nature that surrounds it – venerable fir trees, mountain springs green meadows (in the spring) and deep snow slopes in the winter makes it a place for complete and thorough relax. The longest ski run in Bulgaria is in Chepelare. The skiing infrastructure is basic, but very well maintained; a 2-chair lift with total length of 2471 m and capacity of 700 persons reaches the top of the mountain to Mechi Chal (Bear mountain) peak (1873 m), where the starting points of the ski runs is located, for just 17 minutes. A few smaller drag/towrope lifts are also in favour of the skiers. The ski runs are open from December usually through to April depending on the snow. The resort also offers a lighted piste for children and beginners right in the center of the town.
The runs vary in difficulty from black to green and are some of the longest in Bulgaria. There are a total of 11,400 meters of runs are three main ski tracks:
• Mechi Chal 1 is a black level run and is 3150 meters long and 50 meters wide with a total elevation change of 720 meters and is qualified to be used for international competitions.
• Mechi Chal 2 (Turisticheska) is a combination red/green run that is 5250 meters long and 25 meters wide with a total elevation change of 720 meters.
• The cross country track is 30 kilometers long located at an elevation of 1,282 meters above sea level.
• Also nearby is a 5 kilometer biathlon track.

Same accommodation. BB.

 

Day 3: Chepelare – winter activities

Morning – cross country skiing – included in the price

Afternoon - dog sledding or skidoo ride – NB! Not included in the price

Same accommodation. BB.

 

Day 4: Chepelare – free day

Optional activities

Hire of equipment:

 

Ski: 7,5  euro/ day

Snowboard: 16 euro/ day

Snowshoes: 6,5 euro/ day

Ski pass: 9.5 euro/ day

 

For the evening, visit of the Rojen Observatory (transfer about 30 min) and night observation of the sky – included in the price!

Same accommodation. BB.

 

Day 5: Chepelare - Devin

Short morning transfer to the village of Shiroka laka, situated in the valley of Shirokolushka River, 20 km north-west of Smolyan. It is architectural and ethnographical reserve. Revival town planning construction has been preserved. 90 sites have been proclaimed monuments of culture. Many houses have been preserved also 6 bridges and the complex of the old school St. Panteleimon (1888) and the Church of the Holy Virgin (1834).

The oldest houses date back to the beginning of the 19th C. (1802, 1829). The houses built towards the middle of the 19th C. are bigger, varied in design by the introduction of overhanging bays and forthcoming protrusions. These resemble fortresses - the ground floors of economic importance are built of stone, levelled by means of wooden girdles (santrachi); topmost one will see the residential quarters - glazed, with protruding bays, white-washed and framed in wood. The roofs are stone-tiled, and the chimneys - of original multiform design.

Transfer to the village of Trigrad, famous with the biggest Bulgarian canyon.

The village is situated 26km from the town of Devin . The remains found in the cave dwellings from the copper-stone age as well as from the Thracin period, shows the old origin of the village.
Here in Trigrad you can see a Christian Church and a Muslim Mosque built side by side. The Christian and Muslim culture and traditions have become interwoven within the village, insuring that visitors will have a unique experience.

Lunch in a local family. Visit of the Devil’s Throat cave.

In the afternoon transfer to the city of Devin, famous with the thermal pools.

The town of Devin (6018 inhabitants, 710 meters above sea level) is situated on the two banks of Devinska River , in a small hilly valley.
The town is mostly famous for its mineral springs known from ancient times. The Thracians settled this area around 1400 B.C. The most ancient document, which mentions the name of Devin, is of Turkish origin and represents a list of dzhelepkeshani (cattle breeders) in 1576. Later, during the 17th century, many Christian Bulgarians in this area were cruelly forced to convert to Islam. However, they keep their Bulgarian traditions and language alive to this day. The town was under Turkish Rule until the year 1912. After 1912 many newcomers moved from the surrounding villages to Devin and thus they helped its economic growth. Today the town offers many possibilities for an exciting holiday. Its microclimate is one of the most healthy climates in Bulgaria - the rocky and green hills prevent the town from the strong and cold north-west winds. There is a great number of sunny days within the year, the winter is extremely mild, the summer is cool and there is not a single industrial polluter. There is a nice pool of mineral water situated 4 km near Devin, as well comfortable hotels offering wide variety of therapeutic services.
Interesting places to visit are the town's Museum of History , St. George Chapel that dates back to 18th century and St. Joan Rilski Church in the central part of the town

Accommodation in hotel. B, L, D.

 

Day 6: Devin

Snowshoeing and thermal pools

Walk about 4.30H via small gorge. Return to Devin and swimming in the thermal pools (one with Olympic size - those 3 indoor pools are situated in another hotel in the city – included in the price)

Same accommodation. B.

 

Day 7: Devin – Sofia

Short morning transfer.

With a snowshoes, hunting for animal tracks and observation of wild animals.

After lunch, return to Sofia – transfer about 3h. Accommodation in hotel, downtown location.

Same accommodation. B

 

Day 8: Sofia - Depart

Visit Sofia.Transfer to the Airport about  and depart!