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8 Days Nature tour itinerary for bulgaria: Enjoy Monastery Cycling Tour In Bulgaria

Gabrovo, Plovdiv, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Tryavna

Nature Tour
Cycling Tour
Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy Monastery Cycling Tour in Bulgaria

Cycling tour


Take a journey through the Bulgarian History, experiencing the atmosphere of Bulgarian monasteries and history on a bike & submerge in the green hug of the mountains (“Balkana”) and admire its outstanding nature!

DAY 01


  • Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the architectural reserve of Arbanasi village and St. Virgin Mary monastery where we stay the next two days. 

  • Dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant (mehana).

DAY 02

Transfiguration monastery - Hotnitsa waterfall - Veliko Tarnovo

  • Today we start with a visit to the picturesque Transfiguration monastery near Veliko Tarnovo. 

  • Then we get on the bikes and reach the beautiful Hotnitsa waterfall and eco trail. 

  • After a short walk, we continue biking near Hotnista gorge until you reach the main road to Sofia. 

  • You get in the car for short transfer and start biking again to Buria (Storm) village,  among beautiful hilly landscapes with nice views to Dryanovo rock cliffs. 

  • You finish cycling near Dryanovo town. 

  • Then we go for sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo and have transferred back to St. Virgin Mary monastery in Arbanasi. 

  • Cycling distance: 34 km

DAY 03

Merdanski monastery - Kapinovo monastery

  • Transfer to Dragizhevo village where you start biking. 

  • En route you pass by Merdanski Monastery and continue in direction to Plakovo and Kapinovo monastery. 

  • We stay overnight in the peaceful Kapinovo monastery and enjoy dinner in the lovely monastery yard. 

  • Cycling distance: 33 km (or 53km with possible extension) km

DAY 04

Kilifarevo monastery - Dryanovo monastery

  • After a short transfer, you start cycling through the villages Plakovo, Golemanite, and Natsovtsi to Kilifarevo monastery. 

  • After lunch and a visit to the monastery, you continue with a short but challenging ascent to Ialovo village. 

  • Then you cycle along Dryanovska River to Dryanovo town. 

  • From there you are transferred to Dryanovo monastery where we stay overnight. 

  • Optional visit to the nearby Bacho Kiro cave. 

  • Cycling distance: 34 km

DAY 05

Bojentsi architectural reserve - Tryavna

  • In the morning, we have a short transfer and then start cycling up and down to Bojentsi village where we spend some time for sightseeing. 

  • After a short transfer back you start cycling before Tsareva Livadia village on isolated village roads to National revival town of Tryavna, where we stay overnight. 

  • Cycling distance: 35 km

DAY 06

Gabrovo - Etura open air museum - Sokolski monastery

  • Cycling from Tryavna up to a mountain pass and then downhill to Gabrovo. 

  • The next stop is the open-air ethnographic museum of Etura. Its 18th-19th-century water driven machinery, crafts, and lifestyle come alive before the eyes of the visitors. 

  • From here you have four more kilometers to the picturesque Sokolski Monastery and cycling back to Etura where we stay overnight. 

  • Cycling distance: 28 km

DAY 07

Shipka monument - Shipka monastery - Plovdiv

  • After breakfast in Gabrovo town in typical Bulgarian pastry, we go for a transfer to the historic Shipka pass and memorial. 

  • You get on the bikes for a 10 km up/down ride in beautiful beech forest to the historic Buzludza area. 

  • A supreme downhill ride on the Southern slopes of the mountains awaits us. 

  • You continue biking to Shipka town where we visit the richly decorated Shipka monastery and church. 

  • Transfer to Plovdiv, where we stay overnight. 

  • Cycling distance: 30 km

DAY 08


  • After breakfast, transfer to Sofia or Plovdiv Airport for departure.

  • 450 EUR Per Adult
  • Accommodation in monasteries (days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6), family run hotels (days 5 ) with en-suite facilities.

  • 6 days on half board (breakfast & dinner included), 1 day on BB (day 7).

  • English-speaking guide/driver with a supporting vehicle.

  • Map and road book.

  • Group transfers from/to Sofia or Plovdiv airport (09.00 - 19.00).

  • All local transfers.

  • Technical support for the bikes.

  • Bike rental - Category 1: 60 EUR, Category 2: 40 EUR.

  • Flights.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Dinner on day 7 (free to choose in Plovdiv).

  • Lunches.

  • Tips.

  • Entrance fees Private transfers: Sofia APT - Sofia center: 17 EUR (per vehicle 1-3 passengers); Plovdiv APT - Plovdiv center: 15 EUR (per vehicle); Sofia-Plovdiv or vv. 60 EUR (per vehicle 1-3 passengers).

  • Alcohol drinks and other personal expenses.

  • Other expenses, like Single room supplement: 80 euro;  rent of a rear saddle bag: 10 euro/week.

Please note:

  • Bikes: hardtail mountain bike or hybrid bike 

  • Roads: we use mainly isolated village asphalt roads with little traffic, road conditions are relatively good with some exceptions (bumpy sections, potholes, rough asphalt), we do not go off road

  • Guide/driver: The guide with the supporting vehicle and the luggage inside checks several times a day if everything is OK with the group, waiting by Crossroads, accompanying them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and giving them talks by the most interesting sites en-route

  • Dress code in monasteries and churches - men are not allowed to enter in shorts and women should not expose their legs and shoulders.

  • Extension at the Black Sea coast - relax at the seaside - more information upon request

  • We recommend trip in the period:   April - October

  • Necessary equipment: We strongly recommend you wear a helmet during the cycling. You can bring your own helmet or use one of ours. Cycling gloves, breathable clothes, waterproof gear, cycling shoes/trainers. (for list of recommended items see “General” in the trip dossier)

Tour highlights:

  • Arbanasi village is famous for its massive houses that resemble minor fortresses, several monasteries and old churches 

  • Dryanovo Monastery “St Archangel Michael” is situated in the gorge of Dryanovska River where limestone rocks rise high on all sides of the gorge as unapproachable forest walls.

  • Tryavna has preserved its old town square, the only one left in the country, which has been proclaimed as a Monument of Architecture. 

  • Etura Open-air Ethnographic Museum Master craftsmen fashion beautiful gold, silver, copper, leather and wooden articles right before your eyes from early morning until late at the night. 

  • Shipka monastery - built in the traditional style of 17th-century Russian cathedrals the monastery stands to the living memory of Russian soldiers and Bulgarian revolutionaries who died during the Russian-Turkish Liberation War.

Gabrovo, Plovdiv, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Tryavna

Nature Tour
Cycling Tour
Sightseeing Tour

Contributed By

Zlatna Dimitrova

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