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  • Rhodope Mountains Bike Explorer
  • Rhodope Mountains Bike Explorer
  • Rhodope Mountains Bike Explorer
  • Rhodope Mountains Bike Explorer
DAY 1. Arrival in Sofia. Accommodation in the city centre. Info meeting and a welcome dinner.  

DAY 2. Early transfer brings us to the blue waters of Beglika dam at 1500m. Today we take it easy and ride in the coniferous forests along the lake shores of Beglika and Shiroka Poliana dams. We spend the night in nice villas on the lake shore.
Biking distance: 35km, ascent/descent: 400/300m

DAY 3. After breakfast the tour commences with a gradual descent on a dirt road to Zmeica village. On the way we can stop at an ancient second century Roman bridge. The ride continues with uphill biking in a forested area which then goes through vast meadows and potato fields above Buinovo village- very near the Greek border, where we have lunch. In the afternoon we ride through another small village and then finish in Trigrad village, famous for its stunning gorges and the Devil's throat cave located nearby. Here we stay in a family hotel overlooking the village and for dinner we enjoy a tasty grilled trout accompanied with traditional homemade brandy.
Biking distance: 50km, ascend/descend:1100/1300m

DAY 4. One of the most scenic rides of the tour will first take us down through the majestic Trigrad gorge, with an option to visit The Devil's throat cave. Afterwards we do a long climb in a valley which takes us to the picturesque area of the natural Chairski lakes. Here we will enjoy a tasty lunch in a mountain hut. The ride continues with some more climbing and finishes with a long descent to Mugla village, settled deep in the mountain. There is an option for a short hike to the nearby waterfalls. Local specialties are served for dinner.
Biking distance: 24km, ascend/descend: 700/700m

DAY 5. After a special breakfast we continue with a climb up to Prevala pass set in beautifully stretched vast pastures with grazing sheep. The route then continues to the so called "panoramic road" that traverses the highest parts of the Rodopi mountain and reveals stunning natural sights and panoramas. The ride ends with a thrilling descent all the way down to Smolyan town – the biggest town in the area. We dine in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant. 
Biking distance: 40 km, ascend/descend: 1000/1300 m

DAY 6. Short transfer will bring us up to Pamporovo ski resort where the ride starts. Today we bike southward exploring the forests and ancient Roman roads of Chernatitsa ridge. We will also visit the stunning natural rock formations "The Wonderful Bridges". The ride ends with a 12 km long descent down to the picturesque village of Orehovo.
We stay in a family hotel and enjoy homemade food and live folklore music performed by the host.
Biking distance: 50 km, ascend/descend: 1100/1200 m

DAY 7. On the last day of our trip we will explore the picturesque Assenovgrad area, famous for its medieval fortress, many chapels and stunning views to the rocky valley of Chepelarska river. We can also make a short visit to the Bachkovo monastery (the second biggest in Bulgaria). In the afternoon we travel to Plovdiv (European capital of culture 2019) where we will have time to explore the charming 19-centuries-old town famous for its beautiful cobbled stone streets, colourful houses and charming people. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner.
Biking distance: 20 km, ascend/descend: 500/500 m

DAY 8. Transfer to Sofia airport for departure.