The legend of the Rhodopes was told by the Thracians to Herodotus, the father of history, and he recorded it. It tells the story of the mystical king Hemus, who loved his wife Rhodope so much that he called her by the name of the deity Hera. She, in turn, called him Zeus. In their love game, they unconsciously mocked the gods. Understanding, Zeus decided to punish them. He turned the sinners into mountains that were forever separated by miles. Love like a flower, torn off forever … but not dead, because their memory remains eternal!
The fame of the musician Orpheus spread over the territories of Thrace and Greece. On his wedding day, his wife Eurydice was bitten by a snake and died. He embarked on a long journey to the Underworld, the kingdom of Hades, to save his beloved and bring her back to the world of the living. With his sad songs, he captured not only Hades but also his wife Persephone, who asked the king to make an exception. The king of the dead agreed on one condition – Orpheus must not turn to see Eurydice while they were within his kingdom. The singer broke the stipulation – he wanted to make sure Eurydice was following him, he wanted to see her face – the next moment her shadow disappeared.
Orpheus was left alone in the world of the living. With his music and poems, Orpheus became a reformer for his time, creating a doctrine. The Orpheus Mysteries competed with the Dionysus.
Тoday the Rhodopes are an attractive place for archaeologists, adventurers, poets, wine lovers, people looking for love, and harmony of nature.
BECOME A PART OF THE LEGENDS!
Sofia-village Dorkovo-Tsepina fortress- Shiroka Polyana reservoir- Devin
9:00. Welcome to Bulgaria! Pick up from the hotel/airport. Transfer to the village of Dorkovo – 2 hours. The village of Dorkovo is famous for its sites of prehistoric animals from the Pliocene era (late Tertiary). Immerse yourself in the Balkan savannas, where saber-toothed cats, rhinos, three-toed horses and mastodons lived! Visit the Pliocene Park, where we will see a fossil exhibition. From there we go on a panoramic walk to the fortress Tsepina. It was built in the XIIth century when one of the nobles named Alexy Slav disagreed with the rule of his cousin and king of Bulgaria – Boril. For more than 20 years, Despot Slav ruled the region as an independent state.
Lunch stop at Tsigov Chark. A short photo break at Shiroka Polyana and Dospat reservoirs. Transfer from Tsigov Chark to Devin -2 hours. Devin is known for its richness in mineral waters. Accommodation in a 3 * hotel with SPA services. Dinner and overnight.
Devin- Borino-The Devil’s trail- cave Yagodina- Trigrad
7:30. Breakfast. 8:30. Leaving the hotel. Transfer from Devin to Borino – 40 minutes. 9:20. We are located in front of the Devil’s Eco-trail, where our program will start.
Option 1: Devil’s eco-trail – Yagodinska cave – Yagodina – Trigrad Duration: 7 hours. Elevation: 400 m.
Option 2: Devil’s eco-trail (small circle) and transfer to Trigrad with a stop for the Yagodinska and Devil’s Throat caves. Duration (on foot): 4 hours. Elevation: 400 m.
Today we will be in the Devin Mountains and we will pass through several gorges – Buynovo and Trigrad; caves – Yagodinska and Devil’s Throat, and we will see the museum of the tar. All the area is full of karst rocks. We will be among coniferous forests of pines, firs, and spruces. In the beginning, we will walk along the river Chitak Dere, which flows into the Yagodinska River, where the Buynovo Gorge is located. Above us will be the Eagle’s Nest, a peak known for its panoramic site and successful marriage proposals.
We will see the landscaped Yagodina Cave, known as the pearl among Bulgarian caves. We will see cave formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, stalactites, and cave pearls. In the afternoon we will have a marked route of about 7 km to the village of Trigrad, Rhodope Tyrol. Arrival in the late afternoon in Trigrad. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Trigrad- Chairski lakes- village Mugla- village Gela- Shiroka Luka
7:00. Breakfast. 8:00. Leaving the hotel.
Option 1 – the whole route. Duration: 12.5 hours. Elevation: 600 m.
Option 2 – the route is to the village of Mugla, where transport will be waiting for us. From there transfer to Shiroka Laka and Gela, where the guide will tell you about the national bagpipe competition, the school of folk arts, and authentic Rhodope architecture. Duration (on foot): 8 hours. Elevation: 410 m.