Bulgaria on Foot

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4.5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-20234
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Experiencing the untouched Rila Mountains, the highest in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula, including the highest peak Mt Musala (2925m)
  • Trekking in the Pirin Mountains, the second highest in Bulgaria and third on the Balkan Peninsula, including the highest peak Mt Vihren (2914m)
  • Visiting Rila Monastery (1147m), Bulgaria's most impressive monastery due to its size, natural surroundings, architecture, wall paintings and ancient history
  • Bansko (925m), situated at the northeastern foot of the Pirin Mountains beneath the highest and the most beautiful Karst part of the mountains, and a major ski resort
The "Bulgaria On Foot" trip starts and ends in Sofia. It is a walking trip that takes 8 days taking you through Bansko, Sofia and Govedartsi in Bulgaria. "Bulgaria On Foot" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Explore the highest mountain ranges of the Balkan Peninsula on foot. The Rila and Pirin mountain ranges of Bulgaria are home to vast alpine meadows, glacial lakes, rare vegetation and a rich variety of fauna. In the Rila Mountains, the highest peak, Musala (2925m) is a focal point of this engaging walk on which you only need to carry a day pack. Superb mountain vistas, hidden villages brimming with traditional culture and a visit to Rila Monastery, Bulgaria's most famous monastery, are some of the many highlights of the program. Based in 3 star hotels in Govedartsi and Bansko and a mountain hut in the Pirin Range, this trip will appeal to keen walkers seeking an alternative mountain experience in a country that simply teems with history and beautiful natural landscapes.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Sofia, transfer from airport to your hotel (for arrivals 9am-7pm only)
  • Day 2 : Transfer to Borovets and ascend Musala Peak (2925m/6hrs), transfer to Govedartsi
  • Day 3 : Walk to Prekorechki Lakes and return to hotel (6.5hrs)
  • Day 4 : Seven Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery (5hrs)
  • Day 5 : Trek across the Central Pirin (6hrs)
  • Day 6 : Continue trek to Demyanitsa Hut, transfer to Bansko (6hrs)
  • Day 7 : Ascend Mt Vihren (2914m)(6-7hrs), transfer to Sofia (2.5hrs)
  • Day 8 : Transfer to Sofia airport, trip concludes
  • 6 nights in standard hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities, 1 night multishare dorm in mountain hut (mixed dormitory room with outside WC and no showers)
  • Arrival & departure transfers between Sofia airport and the hotel on days 1 and 8
  • 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.
  • Transfers throughout as described in the itinerary
  • English speaking mountain guide
  • Lift tickets as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer except days 5-6, 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess
  • VAT and all local taxes
  • Travel to and from Sofia
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Maps (may be requested in advance when the trip is booked)
  • A supplement will apply if you book a single room, excluding the mountain hut
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Luggage transfer on days 5/6 where you will be required to carry your overnight requirements
  • Hotel taxes if applicable – payable directly to the hotel
  • Items of a personal nature
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 17 2018
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Well run and organised trip from the point of view of logistics. Guiding quality suboptimal. Beautiful scenery in the Rila and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria. Well chosen hikes.
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 14 2017
5 - Excellent
Bulgaria is an amazing destination with a wealth of history, great food and excellent walking. For this walk, you need to be confident on rock. The scenery was varied but typical of a glaciated area. The food at all the hotels... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Bulgaria on Foot 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.


For any tour departures within 01 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 01 August 2024, a deposit of 191 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Bulgaria on Foot tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Bulgaria on Foot 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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