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Bulgarian mountains and cultural heritage trails

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5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 18-79 yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-23351
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore the best of the Bulgarian mountains through moderate hiking
  • Discover the cultural heritage of the region and the sightseeing highlights
  • Enjoy authentic local cuisine and hospitality
  • Visit Rila Monastery, the UNESCOlisted attraction, and other important cultural wonders
For active sightseers or hikers and culture lovers! This is a well-balanced guided group tour that includes half-day (or shorter) easy to moderate walks through the beautiful mountains of Bulgaria, with lots of opportunities to visit important cultural sites. Visit some of Bulgaria’s remotest and least-known parts and taste traditional local cuisine and hospitality.

The tour focuses on the Rhodope (Rodopi) Mountains, (the famed birthplace of mythical musician Orpheus), Mount Pirin (Bulgaria’s most beautiful mountain, named after the pagan Slav god Perun), Mount Rila (housing more than 200 glacial lakes and the highest peak on the Balkans – Musala, at 2925m) and Mount Vitosha (Bulgaria’s most popular mountain destination due to its close proximity to the capital city of Sofia). Famous sites of cultural importance are also included: Koprivshtitsa, a museum-town, housing well-preserved architecture from the Revival Period; Plovdiv, the second biggest town in Bulgaria; Bachkovo Monastery; Rila Monastery, the most famous UNESCO attraction in the country; Shiroka Laka, an architectural reserve) and more! Join us to experience this exceptional kaleidoscope of beautiful caves, deep gorges, alpine meadows, glacier lakes, monasteries, and museum villages with authentic old-time architecture.

The hiking program is only moderately difficult and designed for people who would not be comfortable on very long and tiring treks but who would yet like to savour the best the landscape and local culture have to offer. Steep but short stages also occur along the trails.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv
  • Day 3: Walk from the Shiroka Laka village
  • Day 4: Hike to the Trigrad Gorge
  • Day 5: Bansko and the Banderishki Lakes Cirque
  • Day 6: Climb the Polezhan summit
  • Day 7: The Rila Monastery and the Seven Rila Lakes
  • Day 8: Departure or a climb to Cherni vrah peak
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 7 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners
  • Transfers to and from Sofia Airport (on first/last tour date only)
  • All other transfers included in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and catering according to the itinerary
  • English-speaking mountain guide
  • Cable car tickets
  • All local taxes
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Rent of hiking poles
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Caves and museums entry fees (appr. 20-25 Euros/pers.)
  • Extra food and drink
  • Mountain maps
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Spa treatments
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Debby Brooks
  • From England
  • On May 20 2019
5 - Excellent
A great mixture of hiking and culture!
I recently completed this trip with this local travel specialist and I cant rate this company highly enough. I took a group of friends and we wanted to see the highlights, while hiking our way through the country. First of all,... Read more
  • Lora Mcferson
  • From England
  • On May 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Exactly the tour I was looking for!
We all had a wonderful time thanks to our super guide Kamen and his great service and personality. Bulgaria has it all - mountains, lakes, caves, wine, salads, history, the sea, religion and art. Go there with Tranventuria to... Read more
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GOOD TO KNOW
CANCELLATION

40% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 60 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 60 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationThe hiking time only is mentioned on each day (not including stops for pictures, picnics, breaks etc.); these are based on an average hiker’s speed of 45km/hr on flat terrain, additional 30min for each 300m elevation gain, and a backpack weighing not more than 1015% of your body weight. Still, this varies a lot on the terrain and hiking experience of each client. For all international group tours you need to plan on landing in Sofia before 15:00 on the tour starting date and leave after 11:00 on the last tour date (otherwise extra fees for private transfers may apply)
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Where to travel in Europe?

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