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Bulgaria
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Bulgaria
 
Riding base
"Balkan"
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Riding base Balkan
 
Riding base
"The Valley of Roses"
 
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Riding base The Valley of Roses
 

Balkan Trail

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Balkan Trail
 
Trail to Mount Botev
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Trail to Mount Botev
 

Panorama Trail
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Panorama Trail
 
Trail to ”Singing Rocks Reserve"
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Trail to ”Singing Rocks Reserve"
 
Family Nature Adventure
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Family Nature Adventure
 
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AREA

Bulgaria is 110.912 square km. The distance between the eastern coast line and the western border is 530 km and the distance from north to south is 330 km.

 

BAMERA&FILM

Don’t forget to bring your camera, for sure you will need it. We recommend that you bring everything you need of extras to your camera: Film, cards, batteries etc.

BITIES
The biggest cities are: Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Pleven.

BLIMATE and WEATHER
Bulgaria has a temperate continental climate with a long and dry summer – a long and cold winter, a short spring and a short autumn. The best time for a riding tour could be in the early spring when everything is blooming. In the summer the outdoor life could be a real pleasure with the long lasting sunny hours. It could be in autumn when all the colours in the mountains could not be copied in the best paintings. It could be in the winter when the dry snow is covering the mountains.

BOPY
When you travel it’s always a good idea to bring with you a copy of important documents such as passport, flight ticket and insurance – but remember to keep the copies far away from the original documents – and if possible in a waterproof bag. Alternatively scan in your documents before departure and send them to your own mail. If you have a copy (or internet access to a copy) it might be a little bit easier for you to get a new document, if needed.

BURRENCY
The Bulgarian currency is called leva (sing. lev) – pronounced 1 lef / more leva (BGN). We recommend buying the money in advance. You can change in banks and many currency exchange chains as for instance the Swedish Forex. If you don’t have the possibility to change before entering Bulgaria we suggest that you bring EUR or USD in small notes. Small currencies as the Danish and Swedish kroner are not recommended as the rate of exchange usually is very bad. Credit cards we still recommend you to bring as “just in case”. In Riding base Balkan, the Valley of Roses and during the trail we are far away from the nearest bankomat and for sure you can only use leva. The rate of exchange you can find in many web sites or take a look at our links.

DRINKING WATER
You can drink the water, but the contents of bacteria’s is different and this might cause eventual “tourist stomach”. Our recommendation is to drink mineral water which you can buy everywhere in ½ liter up to 5-10 litres. There are many mineral springs in Bulgaria and the most well known names are Devin, Hisarja, Banja. You can buy sparkling or still water.

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DLECTRICITY
220 V.

DMBASSIES
All European countries have an embassy in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia.

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FOOD & DRINKING
The Bulgarian kitchen is very good and if we absolutely have to compare to something it could be the Greek. The fresh and sun ripened vegetables makes the experience and the joy of a good meal even more attractive – whether it’s prepared in the finest gourmet restaurant or in the best farm kitchen (country kitchen). A typical Bulgarian summer meal often begins with a salad and a rakija (brandy). The main course is enjoyed together with a glass of the delicious local wine and the dessert is usually fresh fruit. During the summer period Bulgaria is a paradise for vegetarians. In fact many Bulgarian meals from the traditional kitchen are based on vegetables and it’s possible to prepare them with or without meat. Apart from trout, fish is a rare dish in the mountains.

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HOLIDAYS
1. January; 3.March, 1.Easterday (according the orthodox calendar); 24.May; 25.December.

School holiday: From 1.July to 15.September.

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DNSURANCES
The best insurance when travelling is to use your common sense, but even if you are in a possession of a good one, it is still possible to buy a little more. You have to think of 2 kinds of insurances: Insurance in case of late cancellation due illness and travel insurance covering horseback riding in Bulgaria.

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LANGUAGE
Bulgarian language is written with the Cyrillic alphabet. The most popular foreign language is English. Don’t expect that people in the country side is speaking other languages and look forward to communicate with your hand and a kind of circus language.

PACKING FOR A RIDING TOUR
When you ride out in the mountains you need warm clothes. The differences between morning temperatures and in the middle of the day will easily be over 20 degrees. Please send us an email if you have questions and we can forward you our suggestion of what to bring with you.

PHARMACY
All over the country and in the small villages you will find a pharmacy. Many products are based on natural herbs.

POCKET MONEY
As almost everything is prepaid; you don’t need a lot of pocket money. All you need to buy is what you drink. All tours are based on nature adventure. If you want to shop you have to go to the cities – but take care: Here you can buy everything at a very cheap price: CD’s, clothes, shoes, bijouterie, leather etc.

POPULATION
The population in Bulgaria is app. 8,2 mill. The capital Sofia has over 1 mill. citizens.

PRESENTS
Bulgarians also love to get presents. Traditions are just like ours and they give each other presents for birthday (in many families you celebrate names day more than birthday) and Christmas. If you’re invited on a private visit you also bring a flower, a box of chocolate or a present for the host/hostess – and don’t forget the children.

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RELIGION
Over 85% of the Bulgarian population is Bulgarian orthodox. The church means a lot for many Bulgarians and it means even more for the rest. A visit in a Bulgarian church or monastery is a must. The beautiful fresco paintings, icons and wood carving are unique art exhibitions. Almost all monasteries hide exiting history about the time, when the Turks dominated the Balkans and when the monasteries played an important role for the surviving of the Bulgarian language and literature.

 

RIDING EQUIPMENT
You have to bring your own personal equipment.

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TELEPHONES & INTERNET
The international code for Bulgaria is: 00359 or +359
Area code: Within Bulgaria with a 0 – outside without
These followed by the number.
You can find internet cafes in all cities, but in the villages it’s not possible to communicate over the internet so far.

TIME
Bulgaria has East European time: GMT+2 (summertime as rest of Europe)

TIPPING
Usually it is accepted to leave a tip in restaurants, taxies and accommodations.

TRANSPORT IN BULGARIA
All our tours are starting in either Apriltsi or Svezhen. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you intend to arrive to our riding centres by car and a detailed road description will be send to you. The distance from Sofia to both riding centres is 180 km and in time we calculate 2½-3 hours – depending on the conditions. If you arrive to another airport than Sofia please contact us as well and we can guide you through the country.

TRAVEL TO BULGARIA
You can travel to Bulgaria in several ways:
Fastest is of course by flight. The airport of Sofia has daily several connections to the biggest cities in Europe and during the summer period you can find a lot of charter flights to the big cities Varna and Burgas at Black sea coast.
Another option is by bus or train. Of course it’s taking some more time.
You can also choose to go by own car. A real roundtrip in Europe could be to go Bulgaria through Germany, Austria and Italy. From Italy by ferry to Greece (several options) and through Greece to Bulgaria. On the way back you could pass through Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany.
When you are in Bulgaria you can choose to arrive to our riding bases by rented car or we can pick you up in the airport.

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VACCINATIONS
Vaccinations are always a personal question. We recommend that you contact you own doctor for advice or look for further information on the internet. We think it’s a good idea to think of a vaccination against borealis and hepatitis – these vaccinations are always good to have going to Bulgaria or not.

VISA
Coming from an EU country you can stay in Bulgaria with out any visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 month. If you have another kind of passport please contact the Bulgarian embassy in you country.

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VATER
Look for more information under ”Drinking water”.

 

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