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Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Trekking & Hiking Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 06 Oct 06:00 - 22:30

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Difficulty Level: 8~9km. Easy for long distance walkers. Plain forest paths & narrow earth roads along river. 5~6 Hours of walking including breaks. No uphills, downhills or rough geography.

Three major rivers flow through southern Bulgaria: the Maritsa, the Arda, and the Tundzha. Springing from the most prominent Bulgarian mountain ranges, they carve, wind and splash their way though ravines and canyons and across plains, passing by cities ancient and new, before they finally join together just after the border with Turkey and flow south until they reach the Aegean.

Each of these rivers has its own route and landmarks. Once the Arda leaves the last dam on its course, it frees itself from the Rhodope. Passing through Ivaylovgrad city, the river enters the Thracian Plain, passing through Greece and joining the Maritsa at Edirne, Turkey. This weekend we will walk along the river banks of Arda River in Greece near The Village of Kastanies to experience a different kind of trekking with a painting~like Autumn display. Autumn leaves & moody sky colours with shades of warm gray… wind and shadows… all hints of some sort of mystery in the history of the river… changes in every corner… glorious colors of fall foliage, with the trees silhouetted against sky with shades of indigo and white clouds... changes again…yellowed grass in the distance silhouetted against a green river full of clouds… than some vivid red leaves of trees makes a striking addition to Fall landscapes… all like paintings you knew and loved before.

We will get off the bus at the Turkish side of Turkey~Greece Border and continue to our journey on foot from there on. Once we complete the border procedures at Kastanies Border at Edirne Turkey we will cross to Greece side. Then walk 4km and reach to The VIllage of Rzia. There we will have a coffee&tea break in a village cafè. Than walk again 800m towards South to a region where Maritsa River meets Arda River. An amazing hike along the river awaits us there. Our final destination will be The VIllage of Kastanies where we can settle in fish or other types of restaurants & have some fun until we walk back to The Turkish Border again, this time, following a slightly different path on the same route.

In this trip, you can choose to stay over night at Edirne and join our cultural city tour & wine tasting activity on the next day or return back to Istanbul. Please ask for our stay over program if you wish to stay over.

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns".
~George Eliot.
Join us for a very positive & happy weekend.

Program Includes:
Transportation+Breakfast (to be announced how&where) +Mandatory travel Insurance (that covers up to Protected content guide
PS: You need a VIsa for entry to Greece.
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