Bike Bulgaria Balkan Road Cycling

8 Days
Balkan Road Cycling
On this tour you bike along the north and central parts of the Balkan Mountains, famous for their unspoiled nature, green valleys with sheep peacefully grazing on lush grass, precipitous cliffs and gentle, rolling hills offering plenty of unique biking opportunities. You start the trip from the tiny Goliam Izvor village, passing by the Central Balkan National Park and ending up in Veliko Tarnovo – the Old Bulgarian capital and one of the most charming Bulgarian towns. The narrow roads meander through picturesque villages that look as they have been untouched for the past 200 years. You’ll see wooden carts pulled by a horse or donkey and villagers making hay the old-fashioned way.
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Price includes
  • bike and helmet
  • Insurance
  • map and roadbook
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • transfers: from Sofia/Plovdiv airport to Golyam izvor village on day 2, Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia/Plovdiv on day 7, to Sofia/Plovdiv airport on day 8, 24 hours telephone assistance
Price does not include
  • dinner on day 7
  • Flight tickets to Bulgaria
  • luggage transportation
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
Day 1


Arrival at Sofia/Plovdiv airport and transfer to Sofia/Plovdiv city center for accommodation.


Day 2

Goliam Izvor - Ribaritsa village

Early transfer brings you to Yablanitsa town where the cycling starts. You pass through town and then continue to Malak Izvor village, which is a starting point for a challenging 5 km uphill ride to Glozhene Monastery. Having visited the monastery you go downhill the same way and continue further to the scenic Teteven town. Here you can have a short stop for a walk and visit of the local historic museum and church or a short bike and hike trip to a nearby eco trail with 2 beautiful waterfalls. Then you continue with a 12 km ride upstream Vit river to Ribaritsa village, where you stay overnight. Cycling distance: 70 km


Day 3

Ribaritsa village - Apriltsi

Ascent from Ribaritsa village to the highest point of the day - Bogoi pass (1185m). From this pass the road goes all the way down to the town of Troyan passing through the village of Shipkovo where you can take a refreshing bath in the mineral water swimming pools. After lunch in Troyan town centre you can visit The Pottery and Craft Exhibition "Oreshaka" and the famous Troyan monastery. You spend the night in Apriltsii village in the heart of Central Balkan mountains. Cycling distance: 74 km


Day 4

Apriltsi - Gabrovo - Sokolsky monastery - Etura

Cycling on isolated village roads from Apriltsi to Gabrovo. Enroute you pass by numerous small villages set in green landscapes and river valleys, visit Batoshevo monastery and have lunch in a local village pub. After an ascent follow by a nice downhill ride you reach Gabrovo town and continue to the "Etura" open-air ethnographic museum, as well as the beautiful Sokolski Monastery. You stay overnight next to Etura. Cycling distance: 55 km


Day 5

Gabrovo - Tryavna - Bozhentsi

In the morning you cycle back to Gabrovo town. After an ascent followed by a steep descent, you arrive in Tryavna. There you can spend some time on sightseeing and lunch in the centre of this beautiful National Revival town. Ups and downs through open terrain and small villages will lead you to the final stop for today - Bozhentsi architectural reserve. Cycling distance: 52 km


Day 6

Bozhentsi - Elena

You cycle back for some 10 km and get on the main road leading you to Dryanovo monastery where you can stop for a visit. Then you continue to Dryanovo town and further to Kilifarevo monastery where you can have lunch. After an ascend in a forested area you reach the blue waters of Iovkovtsi dam and soon you descend to the beautiful and quiet town of Elena. Cycling distance: 77 km


Day 7

Elena - Arbanassi - Veliko Turnovo

From Elena you cycle to the last point of the trip – Arbanasi architectural reserve. The landscape includes meadows, pastures, cultivation lands, shrubby hills and finally a beautiful plateau over Veliko Tarnovo. You can spend some time for walks and rest among the old houses of Arbanasi and continue with a steep downhill ride to Veliko Tarnovo where you can visit Tsarevets fortress, the old town of Veliko Tarnovo and have lunch. In the afternoon you will be met by your driver and transferred to Plovdiv or Sofia for overnight. Cycling distance: 43 km


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-      Glozhene Monastery

  • Bozhentsi village 
  • Etura Open-air Ethnographic Museum 
  • TroyanDistance: 360 km km round trip  

    Price per person: 


    1 pax


    2-3 pax420 € 4-8 pax380 € 9-15 pax350  16-24 pax     N/A 24-48 paxN/A

Discounts: Children up to 12 years  – 16 EUR.



  • Single room - 80 EUR. 


Additional information:

Recommended period: april - october

Roads: you will bike on 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

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

-Prices may be subject to change without prior notice;

- Advanced booking is required; 

- For groups up to 4 persons, the guide could be also a driver;




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