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Superb Horse Riding on the Black Sea
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Superb Horse Riding on the Black Sea

By VisitBulgariaOn Bespoke Experiences
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Ages 5-70
Duration: 1h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Russian, English
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  • Horse and all equipment (pony for the children)
  • Private guide
What's not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfer from and to your hotel (payable on spot)


Start:
  • AquaLife, ул. Черно море 41, 9649 Kranevo, Bulgaria
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8728P202

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • We recommend to you to take outdoor shoes. You can rent your riding helmet at the horse riding base.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8728P202

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      AquaLife
      ул. Черно море 41, 9649 Kranevo, Bulgaria
      See address & details
    • 1
      Kranevo
      Stop: 60 minutes
      We use Kranevo beach for this activity
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      Pass by
      Albena
      Golden Sands
      Saints Constantine and Helena
      THERMA PALACE Hotel & SPA
      Therma Beach
      Therma ECO Village
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • VisitBulgariaOn Bespoke Experiences
      158
      Sliven, Bulgaria
      Joined in July 2015
    • Sherpa704667
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unreasonable and inconsiderate
      We booked a trip last minute whilst in Bulgaria, Varna but unfortunately we were taken to the wrong port, so I heard. We tried on several occasions to reason with the operator and help them understand our problem but to no avail. Each time I tried to call I would be asked to call again and I bet they were just buying their time to ensure the funds had been released from my bank. Even though they had promised to give us vouchers now they are no longer reachable. I feel this is so bad business practice. I regret 100% why we had a last minute booking and for £226, this is no easy money.
      Written November 23, 2023
    • Tsai-luan L
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      It’s mistake and couldn’t get the answer as soon as possible. Very schaam
      I made on a reservation for Sunday 12 November Private Day Trip Rila Monastery on Saturday in the evening late 11 November. When I recieved the confirmation I found out the date, is wrong. I made contact with local adviser the same night. It’s schaam. So I’ll get the money back. Thank you
      Written November 11, 2023
    • Kelly C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommend this amazing hike
      Really great guided walk with knowledgeable and experienced local mountaineer, it was tough at the start, steep ascent but worth it, beautiful scenery and panoramas, really recommend it!
      Written October 16, 2023
    • EKaterina1710
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The Varna boat trip
      We love boats and this one was another business trip to Varna. We decided to try it and it was great. Our partners enjoyed it very much. Recommend with both hands
      Written October 1, 2023
    • EKaterina1710
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Totally recommended operator and tour
      We chose the self-guided optionas we had transportation with us. Extremely useful and well organized tour. Our business partners had the chance to see this beautiful sight and fully enjoy it.
      Written September 30, 2023
    • EKaterina1710
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      If you want to visit the Rila monastery thats a gem
      We used the car rental to reach the sight. And this activity is a real gem we found out. All the guides notes and audio in our pockets. Extremely nice!
      Written September 30, 2023
    • viktorkR8064CI
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super experience
      Super experience Whit my friend . Really enjoy the day and the trip. That was the first time for me in Bulgaria 🇧🇬
      Written September 14, 2023
    • attilab749
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Professional
      They are fast and we got a professional service. The driver was there in time and helped us everything.
      Written September 14, 2023
    • MaggieYou92
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A short drive from the motorway and you are here
      One of the best Bulgarian wineries in such settings that is Wow! The wines were fantastic, the food delicious and the place very unique. What a combination. We are happy we booked this tour and we got so much out of it.
      Written September 1, 2023
    • Compass10490261752
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super fun and well organized rafting adventure offered in English and Bulgarian
      Rafting tours offered in both Bulgarian and English! We had an amazing 3 hour rafting trip. I brought my parents and my friend on this trip. We had our own raft with a guide, but there were other rafts that couple hold several more people. Despite the water not being as high in this time of season, it was still very fun with 8-10 different rapids sections. Water and weather temperature were perfect for being on the river. Our guide Ivo was equally knowledgeable and hilarious
      Written August 27, 2023
    • Joan S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Once-in-a-lifetime-level amazing experience
      I wonder if the creators of this festival had any idea how deeply and powerfully the bulgarian people would respond. It's impossible to describe the variety and creativity and beauty of just thousands of representations of traditional ethnic outfits from different regional cultures, large and small, and periods in history. The dancing and music were incredibly beautiful and fun. Many were not like anything i'd ever seen or heard before. Lots of fantastic food and happy people. My guide Chris arranged a traditional outfit for me and helped me overcome a few logistical problems--he just wouldn't give up! He's a sweet person with a lot of interesting and fascinating information about all of it. Spending the day with him at the festival and walking through gorgeous historic Zheravna was a fantastic experience. If you're lucky enough to book a place to stay during the festival time -- i stayed in Sliven about an hour away -- then do yourself a favor and get Chris to be your guide to an unforgettable experience!
      Written August 22, 2023
    • andreeaiulia
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good experience, quality and information
      Perperikon is trully an impressive site. For the self-guided tour, we have been provided with audio and text (PDF) guides that had interesting and complementary information. We liked the most the references with the local miths and legends, as these are not always easy to find by browsing the internet. For the audio guide, the voice was pleasant with good and clear English, with a duration of approx 9 min. The organizer was available to support and answer any of our question or request quickly. We received the guides in the morning of the day the tour was booked via Dropbox.
      Written August 19, 2023
    • MaggieYou92
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      One of the gems out there. We wanted to save money and had a car rental so we drove to the monastery and used the e-guide which was sent beforehand. Really interestingly written by the local guides with everything you need. Very cheap price.
      Written August 17, 2023
    • Tony C
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      IMPORTANT: BEFORE MAKING YOUR BOOKING, PLEASE CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
      We feel it's crucial for you to have a complete understanding of what to expect before committing to booking the self-guided option with this provider: · The option labeled as "self-guided" does not include any form of transportation; you will need to arrange your own means of getting to the destination. · Contrary to the name, the "self-guided" option actually involves being part of a guided group tour. · The specified 9 am start time is non-negotiable due to the tour guide's commitments to the group. · While this ticket does cover “admission”, please be aware that entrance to the monastery complex itself is already free. · There are multiple museums located within the monastery premises, each requiring an additional fee. It remains unclear whether these fees are incorporated into the guided or private tour options. It's evident from numerous other reviews and our own experience that the advertisement intentionally leaves room for ambiguity. We are far from the only individuals who have been left feeling misinformed. We were sent a voucher for our “Private day tour from Sofia” the day before but it wasn’t until we tried to arrange our pickup that we were informed the meeting point was, in fact, the monastery itself at 9am This presented a significant challenge without personal transportation. We ended up getting transportation from another tour provider, hoping for museum access as advertised through our original tour. Sadly, we paid extra for museum entry (8 lev for ecclesiastical museum, 4 lev for kitchen museum). Furthermore, there is a lack of clarity regarding whether the guided tour facilitates group entry to the museums, a detail that is also absent from the advertisement. It's worth noting that the alternative provider we found offered a more economical option including transport and a legitimate e-guide. Our interactions with the provider proved challenging due to their unwavering belief in the clarity of their advertisement. Their inability to comprehend our confusion and their outright dismissal of constructive feedback left us immensely frustrated. In our opinion, the two tour options (Private and self-guided) should be distinctly separate advertisements, as their only shared aspect is the involvement of the monastery itself. We sincerely hope that this review eliminates any uncertainty for potential travellers and assists them in avoiding these mistakes.
      Written August 17, 2023
    • nick6BG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very delighted
      We took the self-guided option of the tour and we are very delighted as we got the wine tasting at a beautiful mansion with a very experienced sommelier, tried more types of wine than advertised and had all the guides notes for Varna in an electronic guide. Very flexible, cost effective and well done.
      Written June 27, 2023
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    3.0
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    WorldTravelerDora
    London, UK61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    Horse riding by the sea in the winter is not everyone's dream but i did it. It was great and reading the reviews before it makes me laugh at the people. Everything i so well organized, the horses are good, the itinerary is great, only the guide's English is not perfect. That's understandable, he is a local horseman. Thumbs up for this trip!
    Written January 4, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hi and thanks for your review! We always try to please all our customers and devise interesting and bespoke experiences in Bulgaria. You took our horse riding picnic and the weather allowed you to enjoy it the most. We welcome you back anytime you are in Bulgaria again! Best regards, Hristo
    Written January 11, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Yane
    Sliven, Bulgaria3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic! Everything was in perfect! From the pick up to the drop off my hotel! Great day out on a Western saddle!!! Strongly recommend to anybody on the Northern Black sea coast
    Written July 12, 2018
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    Hello, Thanks for your positive feedback! We are happy that you enjoyed all! We always do our best and go the extra mile! You are always welcome back to try our other tours. Best regards, Hristo
    Written July 13, 2018
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Hannah L
    6 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    To say this horse ride was horrible would be the understatement of the century. I’m just going to start with the simple stuff... The guide had no idea where we were going and had to ask people for directions. We’d get yelled at if we weren’t doing something “right” but got no help with what to do instead. We didn’t do half of what was advertised, and apparently got “the best horses.” I honestly was afraid I would die. When booking this trip, and when we arrived, we were asked which type of saddle we’d prefer: English or Western, only to be automatically given English saddles. I’m not very comfortable in English saddles as I’ve only ridden in them maybe four times, (which is why we requested Western) but that honestly wasn’t too bad in comparison to the rest of the trip. So our guide decided that each horse needed about five meters of space between it and the next horse at all times, which is understandable, only the horse I was given loves to ride up the butt of the horse in front of him. I think I held him back so much, to keep that five meters of space and avoid getting yelled at, that I probably rode the worst I’ve ever ridden. On top of that, my friend had a wild-hot-head of a horse (who liked to rear and canter in place) and when we were trotting it felt like her horse was breathing down my neck, grunting, and ready to kill. This may not have been a huge issue for some people, but with my anxiety disorder I went into a full blown panic attack for probably 15 minutes (even though it felt like an hour). The guide didn’t even notice I was bawling and unable to actually breathe. Every time he turned around he just told us to “keep going” and “make sure to keep the distance.” After that first attack I just gave up on trying to ride and contemplated getting off the horse and just walking back to the stable without telling anyone. I kept going though, stubborn as I am, but I was not having fun and just tried to keep my horse in line, for the sake of not getting yelled at. Eventually, the guide noticed that I didn’t have a smile on my face. You’d think any normal person or guide would ask what’s wrong or if there was a problem... not this guy. Instead, he turned to me and told me something along the lines of: “men don’t look at girls who don’t smile. You won’t meet a man if you don’t smile and look like you want to have fun.” To say I was angry would be an understatement, but I ignored the comment in hopes the ride would end sooner if I didn’t fight with our guide. In short, the whole experience was horrible and I’m honestly surprised I’m not terrified of ever riding again after this whole fiasco.
    Written June 29, 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hello, With all my respect for you as a customer I tell you that you are the only ones to complain about this tour for the past 9 years when we started it! I was also on spot and could see you smiling and being happy with everything. I really do not understand your attititude as everything you requested was taken care of with the single thought to keep you happy, relaxed and return! I could assure you that we all go the extra mile because we know that the customer is number 1 for us. Even that your opinion on spot and this expressed here differs so much, huge difference, I was happy to provide you with free tour for all of you when you visit any destination in Bulgaria again! Best regards, Hristo
    Written July 13, 2018
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    EKaterina1710
    Rostov-on-Don, Russia85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This activity brought us horse riding in a forest and on the beach. Wonderful experience with great horses, beautiful views and a nice guide. The most important - the horses are calm and behave good
    Written October 11, 2020
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    Hello Ekaterina, You took a lot more activities with us during your stay in Bulgaria. We are happy to have made you happy on all of them. This horse riding is in the Kranevo/Albena area and proves to be growing in popularity with the value it provides. We thank you for being customer of ours!
    Written October 13, 2020
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    Jan L
    Sebastopol, CA14 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2018 • Solo
    Where do I even start??There was really nothing right about this ride.
    The day before they emailed me to say a picnic was not possible because the animals in the forest were in mating season So we got a 3 hour ride and no picnic for the same price.
    We had emailed requesting Western saddles and the rider level of each of the 3 riders, but getting horses and riders organized was very chaotic. We ended up riding English instead of Western, with 1 good horse and 2 terrible ones.
    The guide who did not introduce himself until after the first 30 minutes of riding, was just telling us what to do, but the horses would not do it. He did not even hold up his hand to show when stopping from a gallop (1 x only) or trot and then yelled at us to keep 5 meters behind (space between the horses).
    We were on the beach for only 20 feet. When I asked about riding on the beach, he said you have to go early morning or late evening. So much for the picture...
    We have completed a 6 day ride in both the Rhodopi and Balkan Mountains and had a wonderful time, so we know about rides in Bulgaria.
    My 20 year old daughter and her friend were in tears on the way home with blisters on their hands from holding the horses back. Spare yourself from this experience.
    Written June 29, 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hello, With all my respect for you as a customer I tell you that you are the only ones to complain about this tour for the past 9 years when we started it! I was also on spot and could see you smiling and being happy with everything. I really do not understand your attititude as everything you requested was taken care of with the single thought to keep you happy, relaxed and return! I could assure you that we all go the extra mile because we know that the customer is number 1 for us. Even that your opinion on spot and this expressed here differs so much, huge difference, I was happy to provide you with free tour for all of you when you visit any destination in Bulgaria again! Best regards, Hristo
    Written July 13, 2018
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Karina L
    Sebastopol, CA6 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2018 • Friends
    This was BY FAR the worst horse ride I've ever done. I've been riding and training horses for 16 years and this was the worst three hours I've ever spent in the saddle. The horse I was given was extremely high strung and impossible to stop. The entire time he was cantering in place, rearing, and spinning. Instead of trying to help the situation, the guide only started yelling at me to keep more room between my horse and the horse in front of me. I have ridden in ten different countries and never felt so helpless and terrified on a horse in my life. I think the worst part was they tried to put my mother (who is a beginner rider) on this horse. I had to tell the guide that she would not be riding that horse. On top of that, we did not ride on the beach for more than 20 feet and did not ride in the forest at all. There was also no picnic lunch as advertised. I would not wish this experience on my worst enemy. If I had less riding experience, I would never want to get on a horse again.
    Written June 29, 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hello, With all my respect for you as a customer I tell you that you are the only ones to complain about this tour for the past 9 years when we started it! I was also on spot and could see you smiling and being happy with everything. I really do not understand your attititude as everything you requested was taken care of with the single thought to keep you happy, relaxed and return! I could assure you that we all go the extra mile because we know that the customer is number 1 for us. Even that your opinion on spot and this expressed here differs so much, huge difference, I was happy to provide you with free tour for all of you when you visit any destination in Bulgaria again! Best regards, Hristo
    Written July 13, 2018
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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