You will be met at the airport by your guide or representative of the company and transferred to the first accommodation according the itinerary. Later on that day or in the morning next day (depending your time of arrival) you will meet your crew and have an info meeting discussing all details of the trip and any questions you might have.
The approximate day routine is:
– Breakfast at 7.30 – 8:30 am and a short info meeting in which we discuss the day’s route and plan;
– Stop for lunch at noon time (13:00 – 14:00) – picnic lunch or small restaurants en route;
– Depending on the route, we end the day of riding between 16.00 – 19:00. You can use your free time before dinner for relaxation or short walks in the area we stay.
– Dinner is usually served at around 19:30 – 20:00 when we will have time to reflect on the ride and overall experience, and have a short briefing about next day’s route. If there are any attractions nearby like spa, natural or cultural sights worth visiting, you will be advised by your guides.
We use local guesthouses, family hotels and huts owned by locals. As a part of our responsible policy for supporting small local businesses we tend to avoid big hotel chains. We like to keep things simple, clean and friendly. We think that staying in locally owned properties will give you a better knowledge of the area where you stay and will help you interact more with local people and learn more about their traditions and culture. Our package prices include accommodation in a double room, single room accommodation is also available with an extra payment. We try to accommodate our clients in rooms with private facilities, but some villages and huts do not have that option, thus, you will have to share facilities at rare occasions.
Breakfast consists of tea or coffee, orange juice, ham, sausage or salami, hot milk, marmalade, jam, honey, butter, cheese, bread, fruits. Where possible, we have a typical local breakfast like “banitsa”, “mekitsi”, homemade yogurt etc.
Lunch. Where possible, we have hot soup or other nutritious meals. The picnic lunch consist of bread, vegetables, salami and ham specialties, cheese, tuna fish, different Bulgarian sauces, olives, mayonnaise, chocolates, fruits etc.
Dinner takes place mostly at the places of accommodation or in specially selected restaurants. The menu consists of soup or salad, dishes with meat and vegetables or fish; desserts: cakes, fruits, chocolate or other creams, pancakes etc.
Should you have any special diets or food preferences please inform us in advance so that we can take proper actions to ensure that your preferences are met. All the places we eat offer vegetarian menus. Common vegetarian meals in Bulgaria are hotch – potch, omelettes, shopski style cheese in clay pot, vegetable dish in clay pot, potato dishes, bean soup, lentil soup, fried eggplant, zucchini, rice, salads, etc.
Depending on the group size we use estate wagons, mini vans or bigger buses all equipped with bike racks or a trailer. Most of our tours have a driver with a supporting vehicle who travels with your luggage and is available if you happen to need anything, skip a ride or have special transportation needs.
We encourage you to bring your own bike and helmet to guarantee yourself as much pleasure of riding as possible. However, if you don’t want to bring your bike we offer several bike rental options. Contact us for more details.
List of recommended items – day pack (10 – 25l), biking or hiking shoes (light shoes – trekking type), cycling jerseys, cycling shorts, a lightweight weather proof jacket, a fleece, a sun hat, sunglasses, gloves, a hat for cold spells, multi functional bike tool , MTB gloves, MTB helmet, water bottle or hydration pack, suncream, personal first-aid kit, headlamp or torch, swimming suit, insect repellent. Prior to the beginning of the tour you will receive detailed information on what to bring depending on the season and weather forecast.
Personal bike spare parts – although we do carry some spare bike parts, we recommend that you take the following list of equipment in case of a breakdown:
– derailleur hanger;
– extra pair of brake pads;
– spare tubes.
Please read the SKILL/FITNESS LEVEL GUIDELINES and make sure that your trip of interest matches your level of skill and fitness prior to booking. If you are not sure whether a particular tour is right for you, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Passport and Visas
Prior to booking a trip with Bike Ventures you need to ensure that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of any emergency medical treatment. You are strongly advised to take out your policy at the time of booking to protect your holiday payments in the event of cancellation.
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