Natural wonders, wildlife and culture of the little-known Rodopi Mountains
The Rodopi are the most extensive mountain range in Bulgaria. A hauntingly beautiful and mysterious region, according to legend this was the home of Orpheus.
The way of life seems to have changed little over the last few hundred years, with local people working the fields by hand and tending their livestock on the surrounding meadows and pastures. The Rodopi are a remote refuge for many exceptionally rare plants, as well as brown bears, wolves, wild cats and prolific bird life.
We walk through a variety of landscapes including ancient coniferous forests and rugged limestone gorges, and pass remote timeless villages where we experience the traditional rural way of life. We also visit two impressive caves, and the beautiful Bachkovo Monastery.
Exodus also offers a challenging 8-day walking holiday in the Bulgarian National Parks (Trip Code: TVB). On some dates it is possible to combine the two trips to make a fantastic 15-day itinerary. Ask a member of our sales team for details.
What makes this trip responsible?
Basing ourselves at a small family-run hotel in the village of Yagodina, we are making a direct contribution to the economy of local community, as well as supporting the development of eco-tourism in the region and the preservation of its habitats, flora and fauna. Furthermore, the interest in the traditional local handicrafts shown by clients on our previous tours, and their enthusiasm to purchase such items as souvenirs, has not only provided a useful source of extra income for families in Yagodina, it has also promoted a resurgence in pride amongst the local people for their old crafts and traditions and has helped to prompt a revival in their manufacture.
Vurbovo Church, Rodopi