Type of tour:Self-guided
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:39 Miles/day average
Dates: May 9; Jun 20; Jul 4, 25; Aug 8, Sep 12, 2015 (minimum 2 participants)
Tour price:€450
Start city:Sofia/Plovdiv, Bulgaria
End city:Sofia/Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Explore the beautiful Balkans
Rodopi - Mystic Mountains of the Balkans

Tour Description: Self-guided

The Rodopi Mountains are situated in the oldest part of the Balkans and boast some of the loveliest coniferous woods in the country. The landscape is gentle and rounded, consisting of high ridges and deep river valleys with gorges intermingling with river basins and valleys. Here one can also find 70% of the world minerals, as well as some 600 caves. Flora and fauna contain species that have become extinct in other European countries.

In contrast with the tour of the Balkan Mountains, this tour will take you even higher, to around 6,561 feet (2,000 m). Most of the mileage is done on asphalt main roads, with relatively little traffic, that are well-suited for biking. Along them cyclists can see some old-style means of transportation: wooden carts pulled by horses, donkeys or cows.

You may also meet some nomadic gypsies, picking mushrooms and berries in the woods, as well as some local Muslim inhabitants growing tobacco and potatoes, or herds of sheep or goats coming down from the mountain at the end of the day.

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