This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 16 Year(s)
Guided bike tour on easy to ride terrain of Dobrudja, the easternmost region of EU, shared between Romania and Bulgaria. This land embraced by Danube River and the Black Sea keeps a lot of Antique, Christian and Muslim heritage inspired by the Ottoman, Bulgarian, Roman and Hellenistic cultures. Cycle on the mild trails of the "golden" Dobruja Plateau and explore its different Black Sea coast, visiting impressive ancient sanctuaries, picturesque towns, and resorts, discover fabulous capes and fantastic bird-nesting sites. Enter the summer palaces of the Balkan royal families and see the 6000-year-old golden treasure of Varna necropolis.
Fit for cycling
Arrival and transfer to the hotel in the village of Kalimantsi. We have tour details and safety instructions meeting. Take a short escape walking, cycling or horse riding nearby the village.
Day 2: Cycling from Kalimantsi to Dobrich (distance 53 km)
Our bike tour begins on the great greenways of the Kalimantsi Plateau. We pedal in front of a great open space, looking at the magnificent green scenery all around. At lunch we'll have a picnic at Odrintsi Lake, overlooking the flooded valley. Cycling through the vineyard area of Dobrich we enter the town's forest park and finally reach our hotel, placed in the central garden. From Ottoman times Dobrich is known with the craft goods, the marketplace and the tasty cuisine.
Day 3: Cycling from Dobrich to General Toshevo (distance 55 km)
After having a cup of Turkish coffee in the old town, we pedal out of Dobrich. Only greenery and some small settlements are on our way to the beautiful village of Krasen. It is a legendary place, where almost every house is described in the stories of the great Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov, although the spirit of the 19th century is lost during the Communist rule. We'll stay in clean, simple, middle-class Hotel in the border town of General Toshevo.
Day 4: Cycling from General Toshevo to Mangalia (distance 55 km)
We'll bike across the border with Romania in the morning and then the route continues among endless cornfields and scattered stepped slightly going down toward the Black Sea. At lunch, we have a traditional Dobruja shepherdsâ€™ picnic. In the afternoon, we reach Mangalia, the ancestor of the ancient Callatis, and the sea coast. The town offers many sightseeing and bike paths for urban cycling.
Day 5: Cycling from Mangalia to Krapetz (distance 36 km)
We ride along the seashore just to visit Vama Veche. Crossing in Bulgaria,we find lonely beaches and sites, which are far away from the tourist paths. The Durankulak Lake is a famous place for bird-watching and research. We'll visit ruins of the Big Island in the lake as it is the archeological site of great importance, known as "Bulgarian Troy" tracing cultures from the 5th millennium till the Middle Ages. Seaside 3*** hotel in the fishing village of Krapets will host us for the night.
Day 6: Cycling from Krapets to Bulgarevo (distance 44 km)
This day offers the opportunity to discover the amazing cliffs area of the southern Dobrudja coast. The starting point of the rising rocks is at the mighty lighthouse of Shabla. Our next stop is the charming fishing pier of Tyulenovo embraced by the cliffs. In the afternoon, we cycle to Yailata archeological site. The spectacular rocky terraces rise straight from the waves. After a short ride, we'll face the stunning landscape of Rusalka, where a coastal lagoon is stretched between the high cliffs and the sea.
Day 7: Cycling from Bulgarevo to Balchik (distance 38 km)
Again on the bikes, we are going to the awesome cape of Kaliakra. This imposing 60 meter-high cape, there are ruins of antique and medieval fortresses. Leaving Kaliakra Cape, we soon enter the town of Kavarna which is the very pleasant place with a lot of history and well preserved Ottoman buildings. A great downhill dropped us from the plateau to the beautiful hilly seaside. Finally, we arrive at Balchik. Balchik is the ancestor of the Hellenistic DIONYSOPOLIS. Balchik still keeps the Mediterranean spirit with its architecture of local white limestone, renowned in Ottoman times.
Day 8: Cycling from Balchik to Golden Sands (distance 38 km)
Leaving Balchik, we cycle on a picturesque coastal road to Albena seaside resort and Baltata riverine forest. Pedaling inland we stop en route to see Ak Yazili Tekke, a medieval dervish monastery and taste the delicious wines of Varna winery. At lunch, we are on the beach again at the restaurant in Kranevo. The road along the coastal Franga Plateau offers spectacular views of the sea and the Bay of Balchik. Passing by the crowded Golden Sands resort, we stay for the night in a luxury hotel nearby.
Day 9: Cycling from Golden Sands to Varna (distance 28 km)
In the morning, we pedal uphill among the villas to reach Golden Sands Natural Park. The coastal forest hides the remains of the medieval Aladja Monastery, carved in the rocks with beautiful scenery towards the sea. Next sightseeing is the Sts Constantine and Helen monastery around which is founded the oldest summer resort in Bulgaria. Finally, we cycle to the city of Varna, major cultural and economic center of the Bulgarian part of Lower Danube region.