Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

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4.5 Based on 21 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Trekking
  • Safari
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Stunning mountain landscapes with deep gorges, spectacular caves, ancient forests and flowering meadowsUnique flora rich in orchids and endemic speciesOutstanding fauna, including brown bear, wallcreeper and an exceptional variety of rare butterfliesUnique opportunities to experience daily life in a traditional Bulgarian villageDelicious homeproduced local cuisine
The Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains tour starts and ends in Sofia. The Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains is a trekking tour that takes 8 days taking you through Sofia, Bulgaria and other destinations in Bulgaria.

The Rodopi Mountains are a hauntingly beautiful and mysterious region which, according to legend were the home of Orpheus. Today they offer a refuge for many exceptionally rare plants, as well as brown bears, wolves, wild cats and a prolific number of butterflies and birds.This holiday provides the opportunity to discover the amazingly rich cultural and natural heritage of these remote mountains as we walk through a variety of landscapes including ancient coniferous forests and rugged limestone gorges, we also visit two impressive caves, and engage with the local people who maintain their traditional rural existence, working the fields by hand and tending their livestock on the surrounding meadows and pastures.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 21 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Walking in wonderful Rodopi mountains
“A memorable walking holiday. The walks were through forests, gorges and beautiful wildflower meadows. Lovely views! A very pastoral feel to the whole holiday - and very relaxing. Yagodina is a small friendly village in a peaceful location. The hotel was clean and comfortable. Food was good - lots of local produce was used.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 22 2019
5 - Excellent
A great walking holiday in unspoilt Bulgaria
“This was an excellent trip in a relatively unspoilt and bucolic part of the world. The Rodopi mountains in southern Bulgaria, near the Greek border, make for relatively gentle but sublime walking. We ambled along easy trails through deep gorges, natural forest and woodland, and, best of all, high alpine meadows, with carpets of wild flowers.The hotel in Yagodina was excellent - clean, with plenty of hot water after a day out. The food, even as a vegetarian, was varied, using a lot of local produce, and generally excellent. At the hotel, local beers were cheap, about 1.25 a bottle, though the wines were less so - think UK supermarket prices. It even had fairly good wifi!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 21 2019
5 - Excellent
As the Nike Ad says "Just Do It"
“Having travelled extensively but not to Bulgaria previously I was very interested to see what I would think of the country and I wasn't disappointed. I flew direct from Ireland on Thursday and spent two days in Sofia before I joined a group of 15 others on the Saturday. I am not surprised that our trip was full/sold out. We spent a great week enjoying all aspects of rural Bulgaria. The walks averaged out at ten miles a day based in Hotel Yagodina that is ideally situated and very well run. The weather was perfect, despite many forecasts that predicted otherwise.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 15 2019
5 - Excellent
A fantastic walking holiday in remote and beautiful mountains
“We had five strenuous but not exhausting days walking through really beautiful gorges, meadows and mountains and came back to a welcoming and comfortable simple hotel each evening. Our guide was exemplary in her local knowledge of flora and fauna so there was much to learn as well as to enjoy. Highly recommended if you want to be out all day amidst a fascinating landscape.”
  • Day 1: Start Sofia Airport; transfer to Yagodina.
  • Day 2: Walk from Zmeitsa along route of ancient Roman road through meadows, forests and fields to the Buinovo Gorge.
  • Day 3: Walk along the Chairska Gorge; cross the Trigrad Plateau and visit the Devil's Throat Cave.
  • Day 4: Walk around Mt Durdaga through a variety of habitats with rich flora and fauna.
  • Day 5: Traversing the highest peaks of the Rodopi along the Perelik Ridge and Mt. Golyam Snezhnik.
  • Day 6: Sveti Ilia ridge walk with panoramic views over Yagodina and most of the Rodopi.
  • Day 7: Buinovo Gorge and Devinska Reka. Transfer to Sofia.
  • Day 8: End Sofia.
  • Village, 1 night in a comfortable hotel in
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • Travel by minibus  
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Group normally 6 to 16 plus leader.
  • 6 nights in a traditional rural settlement in
  • Yagodina
  • Sofia.
  • All rooms en suite
  • 6 days centre-based walking
  • Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2188m, average 1350m
  • All accomodation
  • Any international flights to/from Sofia are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 20 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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