Highlights of Bulgaria by Bicycle

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US$ 2,350
10 Days / 9 Nights
390 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days7
Average Distance Per Day: 56
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 861
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance390 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 225
Single SupplementUS$ 220

About this Cycle Tour

The storied and beautifully weathered city of Sofia, one of the oldest cities in Europe, welcomes us to Bulgaria. Riding starts in the northern foothills of the Balkans, alongside the Beli Vit River, before climbing up to the Bogoi Pass en route to the village of Chiflik – where a tasty local plum brandy, or two, awaits.

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Day 1

After airport pick-up and hotel check-in, a walking tour of historic Sofia followed by a welcome dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant.

Day 2

We start point in the north foothills of the Balkan mountains, winding upwards to the small village of Malak Izvor and on to the picturesque Glozhene Monastery. An undulating afternoon takes us alongside the Beli Vit River to the charming mountain village of Ribaritsa.

Day 3

We climb from Ribaritsa to the Bogoi pass, a challenging 12-km ascent. An easier afternoon takes us on a long descent through small Arcadian villages and picturesque countryside. We end the day at a remote spa resort.

Day 4

We start at the top of the highest pass in the Balkan Mountains, Beklemeto Pass, where ruins of an ancient Roman road can still be seen. It's a scenic downhill ride into South Bulgaria and the Valley of Roses. We end at Koprivshtitsa, the best preserved 19th century Bulgarian town studded with characteristic architecture.

Day 5

We visit two famous 'house museums' before we pedal through rolling terrain among the vast meadows. A long descent into Strelcha town passes interesting rock formations, once used by ancient Thracians for sacred rituals, and a 5th-century BC cult temple. After lunch at a local winery, we ride on to the thermal spring town of Hisarya.

Day 6

A day for rest and sightseeing. We drive to Bulgaria's second city and spend the day walking around the well-preserved old quarter with beautiful houses, churches, and narrow paved streets.

Day 7

A spectacular day starts with a visit to Bachkovo Monastery, the country's second largest, and continues with a downhill descent from a ski resort to the village with its many authentic Rhodopean houses. We then ride along the Trigrad River, through a stunning marble rock gorge, and visit the thrilling Devil’s Throat Cave, featuring a 40-m high underground waterfall.

Day 8

We ride back through Trigrad Gorge before a gradual incline takes us up into and through Bulgaria's longest gorge, the 10-km Buinovo. You'll spot entrances to many caves along the way and stop to visit the beautiful 5-story Yagodina cave, filled with fascinating formations. We end our ride at Dospat village, located picturesquely on the shores of a dammed lake.

Day 9

We ride among three beautiful dams, a centuries-old coniferous forest, and vast meadows, finishing in Velingrad, Bulgaria's spa capital . Here you can find over 90 curative and preventative springs and other natural phenomenons, as well as Bulgaria's biggest Karst spring. Relax in the thermal water pools to recover and reflect on a great ride before our farewell dinner.

Day 10

Transfer back to Sofia for your departure or to extend your stay.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Yablanitsa - Ribaritsa Village Ride 50km. +840m / -737m.
Day 2 - Yablanitsa - Ribaritsa Village Ride 50km. +840m / -737m.


A unique opportunity to meet people, share culture and exercise.

Luzeni BorgesMay 2017

Orlon and Kiril were fantastic and entertaining guides and made our trip so memorable. We did so much along the way and their knowledge of places and history was very valuable and informative. The food was amazing and so plentiful. What a beautiful scenic ride. Highly recommend the Bulgarian Highlights bike ride. I will always look back and be so glad I had that wonderful experience.

Fiona McCarthyMay 2016

This was an excellent trip. Well organized, great guides, good food, lovely riding.........it exceeded my expectations...liked this trip a bunch!

Paul Michael BuchananMay 2015

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