Day 1: Welcome
Arrival at Sofia Airport and transfer to your hotel. If time available walking sightseeing tour of the center of the Bulgarian capital Sofia (Roman, Christian and Ottoman heritage and totalitarian architecture legacy). We may visit also the archaeology museum.
Overnight in Sofia
Day 2: Sofia – Panaguirishte (34 miles/54km)
In the morning short transfer (1 hour) to the outskirts of Sofia. You start from Vakarel and right through Sredna Gora mountain to finish close to the town of Panaguirishte in "Oborishte" - an area where the first Bulgarian National Assembly was found. Lunch in a traditional mehana (restaurant) on the way.
In the afternoon, if time permits, walking sightseeing tour of Panaguirishte city – famous for being one of the strongholds of the Bulgarian Revival movement which resulted in the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire. The History museum in Panaguirishte boasts the most outstanding Gold treasure ever found in Europe (piece of art of the Thracian civilization, 4th century BC).
Overnight in Panaguirishte
Day 3: Koprivshtitca – Bulgarian Revival / Starosel – wine sampling (29 miles/46km)
In the morning short transfer to the nearby town Koprivshtitca – it is dotted with many houses left from XIXc. related to the Bulgarian history, arts and crafts from that period. Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour (1.5 hours) and visit several houses from the Revival Period (XVIIIc.).
Afterwards, you cycle from Koprivshtitca to Starosel village with open vies towards the Thracian and Rose valley and the Rhodope mountains, which you will cross over to Greece in the next days.
Lunch and Wine tasting in Starosel Winery – the Thracian valley is famous for grape growing and wine producing area. Afterwards, visit of a Thracian temple complex dating back to V-IV century BC.
In the afternoon transfer (2 hours) to Plovdiv city for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Plovdiv / Peshtera / Kostandovo’s Rug factory / Velingrad (25 miles/40km)
In the morning walking sightseeing tour of the second largest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv. You will explore the Old Town with numerous cultural monuments from different historical periods. Among them are the Roman Theatre, the Roman stadium, the Ethnographical Museum, the East Gate from the 4th century, mansions from the 19th century and more. The modern town is dotted with shops and bars – a pedestrian street crosses from one end to the other and was elected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Afterwards, you cycle from the outskirts of the town towards the foot of Rhodope mountains. Finish at Peshtera city. Lunch in a traditional restaurant on the way to Peshtera.
Transfer from Peshtera to Velingrad (2 hours). On the way stop at Kostandovo village to pay a visit to a local rug factory where generations of women are still carrying on the old fashion way of weaving. Among their clients is Charles, Prince of Wales.
Dinner and overnight in Velingrad.
Day 5: Velingrad – Dospat Dam / Shiroka Laka Village (37 miles/60km)
Today you get deeper in the Rhodope Mountains the land of the legendary Orpheus. We ride alongside Chepinska river passing through valleys at the foot of Golyama Suitka mountain. The ride finishes at the shores of dam Dospat. Picnic lunch on the way.
We continue to Shiroka laka village (1 hour) - architectural reserve that preserve the Bulgarian architecture style from XVIII –XIXc. and is also the birth place of the Bulgarian bagpipe music. Every first weekend of August a folklore festival takes place here.
Dinner and overnight in Trigrad city.
Day 6: Trigrad Gorge & Trigrad Devil's Throat Cave / Cycle Shiroka Laka – Smolyan (25 miles/41km)
In the morning transfer explore the gorge of Trigrad river – a natural phenomenon carved 300m into the rock and visit the Devil’s Throat Cave – related to the Greek history and the myth of Orpheus and Evridika. The local people believe that Orpheus entered the underworld from here. (Every July there is a two day festival that represents the myth). After that transfer west to Satovchav village from where you start cycling towards Gotse Delchev town.
Overnight in Delchevo village.
Day 7: Delchevo – Stavroupoli / Bulgara to Greece (25 miles/40km)
In the morning transfer from Delchevo village to Drama town in Greece, crossing the Bulgarian – Greek border at Ilinden – Eksohi. From Drama we get on the bicycles and cycle towards the bed of Mesta river and follow it until we reach Stavroupoli village. During the complicated history of the Balkan Peninsula, this part of Greece belonged to the territory of Bulgaria during the Second World War and therefore the diversity of the culture and architecture.
Dinner and overnight in Stavroupoli village.
Day 8: Greece / Thassos Island (1-3 hours cycling)
In the morning transfer (3 hours) to Keramoti, Greece to catch the ferry to Thassos island. After arrival sightseeing of the capital of the Island, lunch and then cycle from there to Skala Potamia village.
Afternoon at your leisure.
Overnight in Thassos Island
Day 9: Greece / Round trip of Thassos Island (22 miles/35km)
Morning at your leisure in Skala Potamia village. Afterwards, get on the bus for a trip around the Island. Stop for a lunch and relaxing at Psili Ammos Beach. Then get on the bikes and cycle alongside the sea.
Dinner and overnight in Skala Potamia.
Day 10: Thessaloniki
In the morning transfer to Thassos and catch the ferry to Keramoti / Kavala and then transfer to Thessaloniki - the second largest city in Greece and the most important centre of the area. Built near the sea (at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf), it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm.
Places of interest include Aristotelous Square, Nikis Avenue, White Tower, Palace of Galeriu, Ancient Agóra, Byzantine Bath, Hamza Bey Mosque, Royal Theatre, and more. Free lunch in a restaurant at your taste.
Overnight and farewell dinner in Thessaloniki.
Day 11: Departure
Transfer to Thessaloniki airport for onward flight.