Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

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4.5 Based on 21 Reviews
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  • Trekking
  • Safari
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  • Wildlife
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
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  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
  • +4
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  • Stunning mountain landscapes with deep gorges, spectacular caves, ancient forests and flowering meadows
Start and end in Sofia, the "Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains" tour is a guided wildlife trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Devil's Throat Cave, Gela, Sofia and 3 other destinations in Bulgaria. "Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains" is a small group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

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.
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • Transfer for group flights
  • 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 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 31 March 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 31 March 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 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 traveling 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.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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