Jagiellonian March cycling tour takes you on picturesque trails among lakes, plateaus, plains and follows the weaving roads through beautiful gorges. This land keeps the memory of the Crusade of Varna led by king Vladislav III Jagiello of Hungary and Poland against the Muslim Ottoman Turk state just 9 years before the Fall of Constantinople known as “the new Jerusalem”. The route follows the historical places and the spectacular landscapes once embracing the armies of Murad and Vladislav III Jagiello till the devastating battle of Varna on 10 November 1444. On the other hand by attending the tour you will observe the friendly common living of orthodox Bulgarians and Muslim Turks nowadays.
|Cycling Tour:||JAGIELLONIAN MARCH|
|LENGTH:||312 km (194 miles)|
|NIGHTS:||6 nights + 1 bonus|
|LOWEST POINT:||2 m (7 feet)|
|HIGHEST POINT:||394 m (1293 feet)|
Day 1 Arrival
Day 2 Cycling from Nikolaevka to Mogila (distance 64 km; elevation +340m/-510m)
ThV (Thematic Version): On some of the volcano-like hills once there were strong fortresses keeping the roads from the medieval capitals of Bulgaria Pliska, Preslav and Turnovo to the port of Varna. The crusaders defeated the Ottomans and take the major of them Stan and Venchan situated on the entrance and on the exit of the gorge.
Day 3 Cycling from Mogila to Kyulevcha (distance 51 km; elevation +410m/-300m)
ThV: The crusaders stayed in this plain for a couple of days, captured the small stronghold of Madara and seized the fortified town of Shumen to secure their back.
Day 4 Cycling from Kyulevcha to Debelec (distance 67 km; elevation +460m/-590m)
ThV: The fall of the strategic and unapproachable fortress of Ovech, a key crossroad connecting Thracia with the Danube and Wallahia made a great impact to sultan Murad , who immediately began to prepare his forces.
Day 5 Cycling from Debelec to Razdelna (distance 45 km; elevation +320m/-220m)
ThV: The recent dam Conevo was a part of Kamchia pass, the main route from Ottoman capital Edirne to Danubian plain. Many garrisons guarded the gorge some of which could be seen on the hills along the lake. Sultan Murad succeeded to join Anatolian and Rumelian armies with the help of the Genovese fleet and relocated them north of the Balkan using exactly this way.
Day 6 Cycling from Razdelna to Konstantinovo (distance 46 km; elevation +130m/-310m)
Optional is to take the road right, cross Asparuch’s Bridge and finish the tour in Varna.
ThV: Vladislav captured Petricha stronghold in the hinterland of Varna and opened his way to the sea. The crusaders had to wait for the venetian fleet to bring them southwards to attack Edirne, the capital of the Turks. The surprise was that the venetians never intended to do this favor.
Day 7 Cycling from Konstantinovo to Varna (distance 39 km; elevation +360m/-310m)
ThV: The Christian army occupied the port of Varna and the coastline of the bay while Murad cut their way back and came from the west. The crusaders lost the battle because of king Vladislav’s lack of experience but didn’t lose their honor and braveness due to the efforts of the great general John Hunyadi the father of the notorious Hungarian king Mathtias Corvinus. The fate of Constantinople, Eastern Roman Empire and the Balkans was signed here and the rest was just aftermath which Ottomans coped brilliant.
- Transfer from/to Varna and Burgas airports to Plateau Cycling Center and to your accommodation at the day before and the day after the tour
- Bike without helmet (Helmets at your disposal by renting - 5 Euro a day)
- English/Russian speaking leader with local knowledge
- Accommodation during the tours at family run hotels and guest houses, spa and other hotels at the quality of 3 stars including breakfasts
- Entrance fees
- Three (3) Picnic lunches and One (1) Wine tasting program at local winery
- Refreshing drinks (non alcoholic) during the cycling time
- Support vehicle and luggage transfer
- Permanent technical bike support
- Medical insurance for Bulgaria
- BONUS for 2014 after-the-tour accommodation in the itineraries
TOUR DATES: 05 April 2014; 31 July 2014; 04 November 2014
PRICE: 630 €