Day 1: Transfer from Sofia / Plovdiv to Banite village, short afternoon walk
After the short meet and greet session and lunch, you will enjoy a mild walk introducing you to the village of Banite and its surroundings. This will be followed by a followed by short yoga class, dinner and early night.
Day 2: Eco Trail Vishevo - Galabovo - Devil’s bridge
Today we will visit one of the most impressive architectural masterpieces from the Middle Ages in the Rhodopes: the Devil's Bridge. Built between 1515 - 1518 upon the remains of an ancient Roman bridge on the road linking the Aegean region with Northern Thracian valley through the Makaza pass. The bridge is situated 420 meters above sea level and is surrounded on both sides by steep slopes. The bridge is 56m long with its highest point being 12 m. We will reach this landmark via the Eco Trail Vishevo - Galabovo - Devil’s bridge.
Day 3: Soskovcheto Reserve / Eco Trail Waterfall Canyon
We travel to Soskovcheto Reserve, known more as the Waterfall Canyon, situated just outside the town of Smolyan. Here we will follow an Eco Trail up the Elenska River. The highest point of the trail is at about 1,800 m above sea level. The area is enchanting with a great number of water cascades forming into systems of various waterfalls, the highest of them at 68 m is called "Orpheus". Along the trail we cross several beautiful wooden bridges. Our picnic lunch will be at one of the many places for rest around the canyon.
Day 4: Zagrazhden Eco Trail
Today we visit Zаgrаzhdеn vіllаgе, ѕіtuаtеd 1300m аbоvе ѕеа lеvеl оn thе bоrdеr bеtwееn the Wеѕtеrn аnd Еаѕtеrn Rhоdореѕ. Тhе есо trаіl іѕ vеrу bеаutіful wіth mаnу impressive wooden bridges, and rocky paths оvеr thе Zаgrаzhdеn rіvеr. Тhеrе аrе numеrоuѕ wаtеrfalls, thе bіggеѕt of which are the "Сhіѕtіlіѕhtеtо" (Рurgаtоrу) аnd "Коzаrnіkа". The trail climbs high and allows a beautiful view of the mountains and the forest around.
Day 5: Monyak Medieval fortress
Today we take a trip to the village of Shiroko Pole. From here we take a walk to Monyak fortress (586m above sea level) via a not very steep road. The fortress played an important historical role due to its strategic location and is one of the highest and largest Medieval fortresses in the Rhodopes, with a protected walled area of 50 hectares. The ruins are impressive but even more amazing is the gorgeous view of the dam below, as well as the view of local towns and villages. We then head down towards the longest cable bridge in Bulgaria (260 m), connecting the village Lisitsite (the Foxes) with the rest of the world.
Day 6: Yeni Khan Baba Sanctuary - Peak Freedom
Yeni Khan Baba Teke (tomb) is located at the very top of Momchil summit, over Davidkovo village, where, according to myths, is the tomb of Enihan Baba or Jenny Khan (from Turkish "new master-father") - a legendary Turkish hero. To reach the stone sarcophagus is a climb of 609 steps. At the top are stunning views over all of the Rhodope mountains, up to the border with Greece.
Day 7: Banite / Wonderful bridges / Plovdiv / Sofia
On our last day, we will explore one of the most spectacular natural rock phenomena - the Wonderful Bridges (1.5 hours). It is assumed that the formation was once a cave which probably collapsed as a result of an earthquake. The river affected the fallen rocks, and formed the two beautiful marble bridges.
This brings an end to our time together and will be followed by the return journeys to Plovdiv/Sofia.