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Riding base ”THE VALLEY OF ROSES”

Horseback riding and SPA or Horseback riding and city stay

A week of riding in combination with SPA is a true kaleidoscope of varied horse riding and wonderful contrasting experiences. The first part of your holiday is super active with the horses and riding through a gorgeous challenging landscape in and around an ancient village with all its charm and patina. And as the dots over i’s - we end the week with a stay in a wonderful spa hotel in the spa-resort Hissarya with access to more than 100 different relaxing treatments and procedures and with the possibility of excursion to the Thracian Tomb in Starosel. Or if you prefer the city, like fancy restaurants, shopping and a pair of new shoes or one more bag, you can choose to finish your stay in Bulgaria in Plovdiv or Sofia offering exiting city life and lots of shopping.

The Valley of Roses
For centuries rose oil (otto) and other essential oils have been extracted in The Valley of Roses, which lies right in the middle of Bulgaria, surrounded by the Balkan Mountains and Sredna Gora mountains. The roses bloom late May and early June, and harvesting is by hand in the early morning hours at sunset and before the evaporation begins. The roses are taken care of all year round, and the bushes may look wild to you at first sight, but that’s the way they must look if you want to extract some of the world's most expensive raw material for the French and American perfume industry. Over 3,000 kg / 6,61 pounds of rose flowers are needed to extract 1 kg rose oil, which in turn will cost more than 8,000 dollars on the world markets.

The Valley of Roses

Riding base ”The Valley of Roses ”
We are deep in the mountains in 600 m/ 1.968,50 ft up to 1100 m / 3.608,92 ft . We call the mountains for “soft” and they just invite to riding tours of all kinds. The open meadows are as created for good gallop – the long trails to trot and the hilly slopes to enjoyable rides in walk. The set up for this ride is intense riding. More than 20.000 hectares / 49.421,08 acres just give possibilities you never dreamt of. We ride in waste and un-spoilt nature with view to the Balkans on the one side and to the other: The Mariza plain. Here is a scent of lavender, roses and blooming grasses. And when the day is over you can enjoy the sunset behind the beautiful mountains. In the summertime you will find a part of the horses from Riding base Balkan here.

Hizha Svezhen
Sveschen Situated in 1050 m above sea level the chalet is three-storeyed and there are approximately 25 beds in 2-3-4-5 and 6 bedded rooms. The rooms are partly renovated. Toilets and bathrooms are on each floor. Further there is a dinning room with an open fireplace. You can play table tennis and different kinds of board games, cards and dice. The standard is simple and nice. Just outside is the summer stable. The Svezhen chalet is about 1 hours ride from the village and there is no asphalt on the road to the chalet.

Svezhen
Far away in the mountains closing up to The Valley of Roses you will find a small forgotten village. Svezhen is full of exiting history and surrounded by mountains, old woodlands; open meadows with cows and fields not bigger than a stamp still cultivated by man and horse. This old village exudes of history and atmosphere. The village is more than 600 years old and today it is like a living museum and has a status of historical – architectural reserve. Many of the houses are several hundred years old. On the square surrounded by a garden with lime trees are the local inn and the church and on banks of the river one can find the grocery, the old school and the post office. Svezhen once was a big town with over 5000 inhabitants and a rich cultural life. The last weekend in August the village is celebrated and families and relatives from all over the country fill the old houses.

SveschenHorseriding
The set-up is for fast riding on the horses from the base in Apriltsi. On the meadows of the summer base, to the lake and when we ride to "Manastira" the pace is slow and fast gallop. On the long forest trails we ride in fast trot and at the peak of the cobblestones through the village, we walk and enjoy the feeling of riding in history. Intense riding is the code-word - about 2 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon.

Saturday:

Arrival to Bulgaria and transfer from Sofia Airport to Riding base ”The Valley of Roses”. Accommodation in the hut and welcome dinner. Introduction to the programme for the week.

Sunday:

After breakfast we meet the horses together with the riding guides and you will get the first introduction. We ride out on the meadows behind the base and in the afternoon we ride down to the little lake for a swim. We have dinner at the terrace and enjoy the sun going down behind the mountains

Monday:

When the horses are saddled we start up riding on top of mountains over large and small fields along the river, through beautiful valleys and ancient forest. It's just us, the horses and the nature. We eat lunch at the inn and visit the little church. In the late afternoon we are back in the chalet.

Tuesday:

Today we are riding on the other side of the valley with breathtaking views over the red roofs. We ride to "Manastira" and from there to the southern part of Svezhen where we eat lunch in the patio of Lelja Anka (lelja = aunt in Bulgarian). In the cosy courtyard we eat a great lunch from the Bulgarian village kitchen. From here we are riding through the village with the beautiful old houses, the old school, the bakery and the grocery.

Wednesday:

On horseback we ride in the eastern direction to the hut Bratan. We follow the tracks from the game in the mountains – the homeland to red deer and wild boar. If we are lucky we can see the beautiful eagles circle over the mountains. We eat lunch along the way. The last evening at Riding base "The Valley of Roses" we eat a fine dinner, enjoy a glass of good red wine, while the sun goes down behind the mountains.

Thursday:

After breakfast we start riding to the rocket station from where hail clouds are shot broken and after that to the lake for a swim. In the late afternoon we leave Riding base "The Valley of Roses" and the mountains and drive down through the hilly landscape to the well known resort Hisarya or Plovdiv. Dinner at the hotel.

Friday:

The whole day is dedicated to you – If you choose the SPA: in the pools with mineral water; in the SPA and wellness with nice relaxing procedures; in the small town or we can arrange an excursion to the famous Thracian tomb in Starosel. If you choose the city stay you can enjoy sightseeing in the old part of the city and when the shops are opening you can expect surprises and temptations. Breakfast and dinner is included.

Saturday:

Breakfast at the hotel and time on your own until departure for the airport.

 

Hisarya
Just like the ancient Romans, who took over the town from the Thracians in the 3rd century, we have been seduced by the 22 hot springs and the pleasant climate and finish the riding holiday with a relaxing stay in the historical town. The springs have different physical and chemical values and the water temperatures between 41 to 52°С, it is clear, colourless and pleasant to drink and the mineral water is purchased in bottles all over Bulgaria. The water is used in a wide range of treatments in the SPA centres of the town and of course also in the basins of the hotel. And do you want to look at the historical remains from Roman times, several kilometres of the 3m / 9,84 ft thick city wall stands as testimony to a bride time in the past, and there are ruins of the roman theatre and the Roman Bath - a forerunner of what we know as spa centres. There is not more than 30 km /18,64 miles from Svezhen to Hissarya.

Sveschen

 



The SPA Hotel
Sveschen

 

The famous hotel Augusta, the Roman name of the city, is the final stay for this horseriding and SPA holiday. We are accommodated in spacious rooms with balcony, telephone, TV, Internet access, air conditioning, mini bar, bathtub und shower with hot mineral water and hair dryer. There are large indoor and outdoor pools with mineral water, which can be freely used. The hotel has one of the largest SPA centres in Bulgaria and offers over 100 different procedures and treatments. There is a restaurant, summer terrace, pool cafe, lobby bar, SPA and wellness centre, billiards, table tennis, bike rental, etc.

Plovdiv
Famous for its past and loved for her present. A glorious city with shopping, art and design, fancy bars and cafes. Alluring urban life as a nice finale to a week in Bulgaria. In the old town, situated high above the pedestrian street Roman excavations alongside the beautifully decorated town houses from the Bulgarian Renaissance. Behind the high walls are shaded gardens hiding restaurants, galleries and museums.

Guaranteed departures:
Riding & SPA or Riding and city stay is guaranteed with arrival Saturdays in 2015 from: 13/6 – 12/9

Price: EUR 870  (Min. 4 riders). More details here

More information / book your horse riding vacation right here

Procedures and wellness treatments at the SPA hotel are not included. We provide our own insider suggestions to alternative city walks in Plovdiv/Sofia.

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