- Exploring the Central Balkan National Park: a third of the park’s territory comprises nine reserves, four of which Boatin, Tsarichina, Steneto and Dzhendema are part of the world Biosphere Reserves Network under the UNESCO “Man and Biosphere” Program
- Visiting Glozhene Monastery, built in the 13th century by the Ukrainian prince Glozh and housing an icon said to be 1000 years old
- Staying in the beautiful mountain resort of Ribaritsa village
- Exploring Saeva Dupka cave: its corridors offer some of the most beautiful cave formations in Bulgaria
A delightful walk to discover the traditional villages and timeless countryside of Bulgaria. The Balkan Mountains offer keen walkers a series of trails through a diverse landscape that is dotted with tiny villages that brim with traditional hospitality. It's a land where time stands still, evidenced by the old water mills that are still in operation and the use of centuries old methods to produce local specialties such as rakia (brandy), wild berry jams and Balkan brine cheese. Surrounding the villages are immense beech forests, alpine meadows carpeted with flowers, high ridges with endless views and lush river valleys. During this week long self guided walk there is ample opportunity to experience these highlights while on foot, while at night you'll soak up the warm welcome in specially chosen hotels and guesthouses.
Day 1 : Arrive Sofia, transfer to hotel
Day 2 : Transfer to Saeva Dupka cave, walk via Glozhene Monastery to Goliam Izvor (4-5hrs)
Day 3 : Pass by plum tree orchards en route to Brusen, transfer to Lopian (4 or 6hrs)
Day 4 : Walk through pine forests to the village of Cherni Vit (4-5hrs)
Day 5 : Transfer then walk through beech forests of Boatin Reserve to Ribaritsa (3-4hrs)
Day 6 : Ridge walk along 'Debeli Dial' above Ribaritsa and return to hotel (5hrs)
Day 7 : Transfer to Teteven, ascend Cherven Peak and return to Teteven (4hrs)
Day 8 : Transfer to Sofia airport, trip concludes
- 4 nights in simple family hotels with ensuite facilities (days 1, 5, 6, 7), 3 nights guesthouse with shared facilities (days 2, 3, 4)
- 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners - Continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, yoghurt, cheese, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner is generally 3 courses consisting of a mixture of local and international dishes.
- Private transfers to/from Sofia airport (day 1 and day 8)
- Luggage transfers and transfers where specified during the walk
- Map and detailed road book per room booked
- Emergency hotline
- Travel to and from Sofia
- Lunch (allow €5-6 for lunch box or €6-12 for 3 course lunch], drinks, dinner on day 1 and day 7
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- Entrance fees
- Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
- Travel insurance - mandatory
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Balkan Mountains Walk tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 12 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 February 2023, a deposit of 184 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Balkan Mountains Walk tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Balkan Mountains Walk tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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