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5 Day Experience Bulgarian Nature and Traditions with Guided Motorcycle Tour

Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Motorcycle Tour

This tour suggestion is oriented towards riders with limited time, who are crossing Bulgaria or are near it. In these five days, you will ride on beautiful scenic roads and mountain passages, during which you will be introduced to Bulgarian history, archaeology, and culture. You will learn a lot about Bulgarian heritage from their ancestors by the guided visits in multiple places. On this tour, you will have the chance to experience the Bulgarian cuisine and also to admire some of its most beautiful parts - Rhodope Mountain, Pirin Mountain, and the Central Balkan Mountain.

Key information

  • Terrain: road - only asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMT or Yamaha models)
  • Mileage: about 700 kilometers / 435 miles
  • Daily rides: 120 - 220 kilometers / 75 - 137 miles
  • Riding gear: available for rent
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Meet the guides

Daniel, Adrian, & Ivo
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Highlights

  • Tour starts and ends in Sofia
  • Explore popular wine region of Bulgaria
  • Navigate your bike on peaceful roads surrounded by the beauty of the nature
  • Enjoy Bulgarian songs, dances, and spirit drinks at a local's house
  • Experience Bulgarian hospitality and local cuisine
  • Take part in a guided visit of architect reserve
  • Visit Starosel complex, Devil's Throat Cave
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Plovdiv Airport (US$81 per person)
Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport
Airport transfer available:
Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (US$174 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport (US$209 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Niš Constantine the Great Airport (US$127 per person)
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Accommodation

To make this tour an unforgettable experience, Bultrips Ltd is offering you to stay in a guest house, in a village where you will taste the real homemade food, typical for the South part, to hear and learn the local songs and dances. In addition to that, during the five days you will ride in the Trigrad Gorge, sleep in a hotel surrounded only by natural beauty and horses, and visit the Bulgarian most famous wine region.

Program

Day 0

Meet and greet day - In case you rent a bike and arrive by plane, the staff will organize the transfer to your hotel.

Day 1

Bultrips Ltd will pick you up from your accommodation in Sofia at 9:00. When you pack, the tour will start and you will head toward one of the most popular scenic moto roads in Bulgaria. After a couple of hours, you will reach the first stop, where you will have a guided visit of an architect reserve, bringing you back in the 19th century's atmosphere. There you will learn lots of history about the Bulgarian revival period and the struggle for independence from the Ottoman empire. You will continue after that towards Starosel. The region there is related to the mysterious civilization of the Thracians, lived on these land between The Bronze Age and IV century AD. There are some interesting religious and burial complexes left by them in the area. You can visit one of the biggest – Starosel complex. The group will have a guided visit to it.

Another couple of hours of riding will take you to the final destination for the day – Plovdiv. The afternoon will be spent exploring this very ancient city, considered to be one of the oldest in Europe. It is holding heritage from all historical periods. You will visit the famous Roman theatre and the Roman stadium, the oldest Mosque on the Balkans and the Bulgarian 19th-century houses. The overnight is scheduled to be in the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2019. The evening you can spend in the area called "The trap", full of small craft restaurants and bars.

  • Riding time for the day approximately 4 hours, 220 kilometers / 137 miles.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will start the journey south, deep in the Rhodope Mountain. The first stop will be at a fortress from the medieval times, built on the top of a cliff. Climbing some stairs will give you the opportunity to admire a great view. Also, you will see a very well preserved church from the 12th century. The next visit will be at the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria, built in the 11th century by two brothers from Georgia. Later in the day, you will pass the famous Trigrad gorge. After a visit of interesting, beautiful, and full of legends cave – The Devil’s throat, you will check in a hotel in Trigrad and enjoy traditional Bulgarian hospitality and cuisine. 

  • Riding time for the day approximately 3 hours, 120 kilometers / 75 miles.

Day 3

This day will give you the pleasure to enjoy peaceful secondary roads, surrounded by the beauty of nature. You will pass around water reservoirs, rivers, and mountain passes. Your final destination will be a region called the Bulgarian Tuscany. This is Bulgaria's most famous wine region and nature also helps a lot for the nickname.

You will pay a visit to one of the very good Bulgarian wineries, Villa Melnik. Bultrips Ltd can organize a visit to the cellar with wine tasting. Also, their shop can supply you with provisions for the rest of the trip. You will overnight in Melnik.

  • Riding time for the day approximately 3 hours, 170 kilometers / 106 miles.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of the smallest town in Bulgaria. You will visit a wealthy 18th-century Bulgarian house, owned by a family, involved in the wine trade at that time. They were exporting wine to Venice and importing the famous glass in the Ottoman empire. You will walk around the medieval remains of Melnik and will ride to a nearby monastery, situated in that beautiful place for around 1000 years.

After that your riding will begin. You will pass another nice river gorge – Kresna and will head toward the Bansko area. This is the biggest ski resort in Bulgaria. You will visit the old historical part and if you have the strength, you can ride to the hut, below the highest peak - Vihren. From there you can make a nice walk and see three natural lakes. In the evening you will check in a local house in a village nearby, where you will have typical Bulgarian homemade dinner and you will be introduced to the Bulgarian songs, dances, and spirit drinks. 

  • Riding time for the day approximately 3 hours, 120 kilometers / 75 miles.

Day 5

This is your last day. After breakfast, you will start your journey back to Sofia. You will pass around the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula, Rila. You will stop to visit a UNESCO site, Rila monastery, which is the biggest and the most important monastery in Bulgaria. After the guided tour of the place, you will have lunch in a restaurant nearby, where you can try fresh trout fish, typical for the region. After an hour and a half ride, you will be back in Sofia.

  • Riding time for the day approximately 3 hours, 140 kilometers / 87 miles.

During the tour, you will navigate your bike on mountain and scenic, curvy roads in good condition and well marked. In some sections, there will be heavy traffic.

Motorcycle rental

BMW F 800 R

  • Engine displacement: 798 cm³
  • Horsepower: 87 HP at 8000 R
  • Fuel capacity: 4.2 gallons (16 liters)
  • Dry weight: 177 kg

Honda GoldWing

  • Engine displacement: 1832 cm³
  • Horsepower: 118 HP at 5500 R
  • Fuel capacity: 6.6 gallons (25 liters)
  • Dry weight: 377 kg

BMW R 1150 RT

  • Engine displacement: 1130 cm³
  • Horsepower: 95 HP at 7250 R
  • Fuel capacity: 6.6 gallons (25.2 liters)
  • Dry weight: 266 kg

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate and advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Daniel Milushev

Adrian Zlatkov

Ivo Stefanov

Location

This tour will bring you to amazing places in Bulgaria.

Food

Four breakfasts and one dinner are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • English speaking educated biker guides
  • 5 days guiding
  • 4 nights in recommended three star hotels in private room
  • 4 Breakfast
  • Guided visits of the mentioned places
  • Entrance fees
  • Dinner at the guest house in Bansko area
  • Medical insurance

What's not included

  • 1 night accommodation in Sofia (on day 0)
  • Optional support vehicle service (120 EUR per day)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

Transfer from Niš Constantine the Great Airport (INI), Plovdiv Airport (PDV), Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (SKG), and Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport (SKP) is available upon request for the additional cost.

Airport: Plovdiv Airport Airport transfer available: Plovdiv Airport (US$81 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" Airport transfer available: Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (US$174 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport Airport transfer available: Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport (US$209 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Niš Constantine the Great Airport Airport transfer available: Niš Constantine the Great Airport (US$127 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Bultrips' attention to their customers is very personal and the guides and itinerary are flexible and could be adjusted to the needs of the participants. The guides are medically checked for Coronavirus and Bultrips Ltd guarantees for the safety of hotels used during the tour.

 

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