This is a truly off-the-beaten-track honeymoon adventure trip that will bring you to the enchanting little world of the Rhodope Mountains, known as the birthplace of the mythological hero Orpheus. The trip will give you the chance to try new things together: sleeping under the stars, kayaking, horse-back riding and will leave you experience the serenity of the Bulgarian mountain villages.
Day 1: Sofia – Plovdiv
Your trip will start with a meeting with a representative of our company who will give you all documents needed for the trip (trip dossier, maps), orientation and rent-a-car. Then you will be free to head on your own to Plovdiv – the most beautiful and culturally rich Bulgarian city! Plovdiv is famous for its Roman amphitheater and Roman Stadium, built 2nd c. AD. Part of Plovdiv charm comes from its Old Revival-style town with beautifully restored Baroque houses and cobble stoned streets. Mostly built in the 19th Century, these houses typically feature overhanging upper floors with jutting eaves, porticos with colonnades, and brightly colored facades. In the evening you will have a romantic dinner in the Old Town.
Driving distance: 150km/ 2.00 hours
Day 2: Plovdiv – Bachkovo Monastery – Kosovo Village
In the morning take your time to explore the city center again and a second chance walk through Plovdiv Old Town. Visit to the Kapana art quarter (right behind the main mosque), famous for its numerous art ateliers, craft shops and cafeterias is one of the not missed. Heading south straight to Rhodope Mountains, you have a few interesting highlights for visit in less than an hour drive. The first one is Assenova Fortress – medieval fortress from the 10th century perched on a hill will beautiful views to Rhodope Mountains. The second one is Bachkovo Monastery – the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria, dating back to the 11th c. The monastery is situated right next to the “Chervenata Stena” Nature Reserve and is famous for its annual pilgrimage walks to a nearby cave where the Holy Icon of the Virgin Mary was found. Worth a visit is also the monastic dining room with magnificent frescoes from the 17th century. Sunset walk through Kosovo village and home-made dinner at Kosovo House. The village represents the best example of the typical architecture of the Rhodopi region. One, of the best architecture ensembles in the Rhodope Mountains.
Driving distance: 50km/ 1.00 hour
Day 3: Kosovo village – Gela village
The day starts with a breakfast on a balcony with views. Then you head further south to the heart of Rhodope Mountains. Today you have a few options for hikes on your way to the next charming village, Gela.
In the afternoon you will arrive in Gela village, known as the birthplace of Orpheus (Yes, that same mythical musician with his tragic story that has inspired many operas and books). It is good to arrive early enough so that you can enjoy the SPA treatments offered in this small high-mountain retreat house. Be ready for a honeymoon surprise! At the end of the day – homemade dinner with traditional recipes
Driving distance: 100km/ 2.00 hours
Day 4: Gela village – Trigrad village – Yagodina village
After a home-made breakfast, you will visit Devil’s Throat cave, its entrance resembles a devil’s head, and down its throat rushes a massive waterfall that from ancient times has captivated imaginations and given birth to numerous legends. The most popular of these is that Orpheus descended down this orifice to the underworld kingdom of Hades, to seek his lost love Eurydice. You can choose how to continue your day:
In the afternoon once you reach the village of Yagodina, you will have free time to relax or simply read a book in the cozy relax room. On sunset, you will have a glass of nice wine at the panoramic platform Eagle Eye (height of 1563 m.), located near your hotel. From there you can enjoy the magnificent views of the hills of the Rhodope Mountains and even Rila and Pirin. Honeymoon dinner will be made for you in the hotel restaurant.
Driving distance: 70km/ 1.30 hours
Day 5: Yagodina village – Goliam Beglik dam
The morning stars with a home-made breakfast. Next, you will head to the west. In around 2-hours drive you will reach the high mountain dam Goliam Beglik. There you will be met by your local guide. He will get you familiar with the kayaks and the basic techniques of rowing in tandem. You will have time to explore the artificial lake and row to from shore to shore. This water adventure will end on an island where you will find a small cave, hidden in between the pine trees. The only way to get in it is only by rope and rappel (all safety applied). Then set up a camp for an overnight in the outdoors*. Your guide will leave you and will come back in the next morning to help you to “check out”. Your local will help you for dinner, cooked on fire.
Driving distance: 60km/ 1.30 hours
*If this option is too adventure, after the meeting with the local guide you will make a short exploration of the dam with kayaks to the camping area. The overnight will be in located nearby hotel.
Day 6: Goliam Beglik Dam – Kovachevitsa village
Breakfast on your own in Chatuma camping place. After leaving the island you will have a free time to explore the beautiful surrounding nature of Beglika Nature Reserve, on bikes or by foot (a guide can be arranged, if necessary).”Around lunch, you will reach Kovachevitsa. It is a small village with traditional Bulgarian mountain architecture. Declared as “Architectural and Historical Reserve of National Importance”, he was used as decor for numerous Bulgarian movies. The numerous tourist routes start from the village and may lead you to hidden meadows, waterfalls, small chapel with beautiful frescos and even old Roman cobblestone road. In the evening you will have a home-made dinner with traditional Bulgarian recipes.
Driving distance: 100km/ 2.00 hours
Day 7: Kovachevitsa – Rila Monastery – Sofia
After breakfast with a homemade meal, you will drive to the biggest Orthodox sanctuary of Bulgaria – the Rila Monastery. It is the biggest monastery in the country and one with over 1000 years of history, nowadays in the UNESCO List. The monastery is surrounded by magnificent century-old beech forests. Worth a visit is the nearby sanctuary of St. Ivan Risky, situated a few kilometers up the road and accessible after a nice half-an-hour walk through the forest. From there you drive around 2 hours to reach Sofia. Have time to explore the Bulgarian capital and its rich history. Here you can find a lot of interest places like largo complex – an excellent example of totalitarian architecture, roman ruins dated back to IV century, Alexander Nevski Cathedral with its golden domes, the mineral springs etc. We will leave the dinner on your own. Our recommendations will be given you upon arrival.
Driving distance: 220km/ 3.00 hours (or 270km/4.00 hours)
The program can be modified upon your desires. We can give you offers for rent-a-cars.
Price: 730 € / pp