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The Spartacus Trail Ride - Bulgaria from the Saddle

Exploring Bulgaria in 11 Days - 10 Nights and 5 Days in the Saddle

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Información Práctica:

Good to know before you go

Riding level

Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot and canter.

Weight:

Riders weight limit: 95 Kg

Group Size:

Minimum 6 riders

Maximum 10 riders

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  • Horses: Shagya, pure-bred Arabs, East-Bulgarian, and cross-bred Arab horses—all well-trained and spirited, varying in height from 150 to 165 cm.

  • Saddles & Tack: Endurance high-quality saddles (Ortho-Flex and Podium) and Western Saddle.

  • Riding pace: varied, ranging from leisurely walks on steep slopes to brisk trots and exhilarating gallops in open spaces.

  • Riding breakdown: Approximately 40% walking, 30% trotting, and 30% cantering; adaptable based on rider abilities and weather conditions.

  • Guides: professional and multilingual guides – Trip leader: Paul, Simón or Chalas. + Local guide = our very good friend Gaby Terzieva. 

  • Sanitary & Accommodation: comfortable

  • International Passport: non-European residents need to travel with an International Passport to Bulgaria. EU citizen may enter and leave the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria with a valid ID card or valid passport ID card or valid passport.

  • Visa: EU citizens and their family members do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria. Other Nationalities; Contact the Bulgarian Consulate/Embassy in your country for more info and to check whether you need a visa.

  • Vaccinations : not mandatory but recommended (consult your physician)

  • Gateway: Fly in and out of Sofia International Airport. (Airport code SOF)

Are you alone?

Do not worry, you can individually register/book and join in a group with other riders. Most participants are people who register individually and may just like you, not know the other riders in your group. Since everyone has the same points of interest (horseback riding, nature, travel, culture) there is always a good atmosphere and understanding among the participants. Participants come from all corners of the world, so you can be part of a group with riders from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, Brazil and many others countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international! :) A standard group consists of 6 to 10 riders. In general there are as many female as male participants.

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The Food – The Meals:

Bulgarians love to welcome visitors, feed them and talk to them about their lives and culture. A big part of this bonding happens over meals. Bulgarian food, traditional drinks and Bulgarian cheese all complement the splendid hospitality and surroundings. Here’s what you can expect from a traditional Bulgarian meal: Bulgarian cuisine includes a significant contribution from Ottoman cuisine and therefore shares a number of dishes with Middle Eastern cuisine, including moussaka,gyuvetch, kyufte, baklava, ayran, and shish kebab. Bulgarian food often incorporates salads as appetizers and is also noted for the prominence of dairy products, wines, and other alcoholic drinks such as rakia. The cuisine also features a variety of soups, such as the cold soup tarator, and pastries, such as the filo dough-based banitsa, pita, and the various types of börek. 

Luggage: 

The maximum allowable weight of your luggage depends from airline to airline. Check with the airline or travel agent how many kilograms and pieces of luggage you can take. Your personal luggage is transported during the trip to the various stopovers. 

Safety: 

Bulgaria is considered a safe country to travel to. The country is no safer or less safe than any other European country.

Language:

Local language is bulgarian. But many bulgarians speak english.

No worries, our trip leaders speak several languages and will help and translate with pleasure where needed. Trips are always fun as we all speak the same equestrian language.

Health

Bulgaria has good healthcare and doctors. In case of emergency, we will take you to the best place for care.No specific vaccination requirements for travel to Bulgaria. But checking before travel is always recommended as standards can change. 

travel gear... Packing List

  • Valid international passport or EU ID Card (a visa depending on your nationality).

  • Travel Insurance

  • Pocket money -you can change money on arrival at the airport or in town. (credit/debit cards & ATM machines the best option) 

  • At least 1 sweater and a jacket + raincoat 

  • 4 to 5 T-shirts or shirts. long-sleeved shirt is best. (Make sure you take at least 3 shirts with long sleeves!)

  • Riding pants, jeans or bombachas.

  • Boots/riding shoes/mini-chaps or long chaps.  

  • Cotton socks

  • A second pair of shoes for the evening

  • Swimsuit/bikini/shorts

  • Slippers/sandals 

  • Comfortable summer clothing + some warmer clothing for cool days and evenings. 

  • Hat/cap/riding helmet

  • Toiletries

  • Sun Cream 

  • Anti-mosquito spray / lotion

Seguro de Viaje OBLIGATORIO:

Pregúntele a su compañía de seguros local o agente de viajes al respecto. No se le permitirá participar en el programa de vacaciones de cabalgatas "Entre Orejas" sin tener un seguro de viaje personal. Los detalles de su seguro serán solicitados a la llegada.

 

Seguro de Cancelación de Viaje OBLIGATORIO:
Se recomienda un seguro de cancelación de viaje: Para protegerse contra circunstancias imprevistas que interfieran con sus vacaciones "Entre Orejas", le recomendamos que compre un seguro de cancelación de viaje. Puede utilizar cualquier compañía de seguros de viaje con la que se sienta cómodo.

 

Acuerdo de liberación de responsabilidad:

Los clientes de "Entre Orejas" deben firmar un acuerdo de liberación de responsabilidad en el momento del check-in. Esto es obligatorio y los invitados no pueden participar la cabalgata sin firmar el acuerdo de liberación (todos los fondos pagados NO son reembolsables). No dude en leer el acuerdo de liberación antes de su llegada.

Los padres o tutores legales de niños menores de edad deben firmar el acuerdo de liberación en nombre de sus hijos. Por favor, dirija todas las preguntas a la oficina.

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  • Time: https://www.worldtimeserver.com/ 

  • Currency: The Bulgarian lev (BGN) is the official currency of Bulgaria. While Bulgaria is an EU member state, it has not adopted the euro as its currency. Each lev (meaning 'lion' in old Bulgarian) can be divided into 100 stotinki.
    Cash dispensers /ATM’s can be found in all towns and cities. 
    In the cities you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American  Express, ...)

  •  The Electricity and plugs: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/bulgaria/

  • Mobile phone: in towns and villages there is mobile phone coverage everywhere & most of the time in the countryside. 

  • ​Internet: at all accommodations.

  • Rules: We are not so much into rules, but we reserve the right to refuse service to any individual who jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of any of our guests, staff, family & community members, animals & livestock, or who refuses to follow the rules we have established for your safety and welfare during your visit with us.

  • General info about Bulgaria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgaria

  • Tourism Board: https://bulgariatravel.org/

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