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The Hike Bulgaria tour starts and ends in Sofia. The Hike Bulgaria is an Adventure tour that takes 9 days taking you through Sofia, Bulgaria and other destinations in Bulgaria.

Discover the highest mountains in Bulgaria on this nine day hiking adventure. Visit one of Bulgaria's most famous landmarks, the Rila Monastery. Steep ascents will be rewarded with spectacular views on this unique hiking experience.
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On arrival at the airport you will be met by your transfer, the details of which can be found on your joining letter. They will take to your hotel in Simeonovo, a small quarter on the outskirts of Sofia to relax ahead of the next few days of hiking! The hotel is conveniently located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, near to where your trekking adventure begins. If you arrive here during the day we recommending picking up some snacks ahead of tomorrow's trek.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels Hotel Zdravets or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
This morning you will meet your guide and the rest of the group, before getting picked up and taken to Borovets. Enjoy a scenic gondola journey up 2300m to Yastrebetz, your base for beginning your loop up to the highest peak on the Balkans, Mt Musala. From the peaks of the Rila Mountains to the marble edges of the Pirin Mountains, this lengthy hike provides breath-taking photo opportunities. You will follow the winter piste and the ridge line over the numerous rocky scree fields before arriving at the Musala Peak. Standing at 2925m, it showcases spectacular views. Once you have made the most of the breath-taking views at the top, you will descend via glacial lakes down the valley. Follow the winter piste route back to the gondola where you will return to Borovets. Your car will be waiting to take you to Govedartsi, your home for the night.

Approximate distance & altitude: Uphill walk - 650 m (2,132 ft); downhill walk - 650 m (2,132 ft) Estimated hours of hiking: 6 hrs
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels Hotel Krusharskata Kushta or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)
There is a short drive to the start of today's ascent to the Prekorechki Lakes, beginning at Maliovitsa resort. Trekking through Rila National Park, you will follow a stream up the valley where huge cliffs dominate the landscape. You will hike through a pine forest where the established trails of rock and gravel give way to meandering trails covered in alpine vegetation and scattered with grazing cattle. The walk becomes more challenging as you climb steep rock faces that offer views of the sweeping valley and the breath-taking glacial lakes. There is a rocky ascent to the peak which is 2729 metres high and offers views of the Rila Monastery in the distance. On your descent you will retrace your steps, stopping for a hot drink in a hut along the way. Return to your hotel in Govedartsi to relax for the evening.

Approximate distance & altitude: Uphill walk - 850m (2,788 ft); downhill walk -850m (2,788 ft) Estimated hours of hiking:6.30 hrs
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels Hotel Krusharskata Kushta or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)
Waking early you will transfer to Pionerska Hut where you will take a chairlift to the Seven Rila Lakes which are 2200m above sea level. This trek takes you on a looped trail that runs along the valley and it is much more tranquil than the other touristic route. Hike through grasslands and rock trails before stopping at the beautiful alpine lakes. Later you will will rejoin the peak-line trail for spectacular views of the lakes from the cliff tops before returning to the chairlift. The car will be waiting to take you to Rila Monastery. Nestled amongst coniferous forests, it is the most famous site in Bulgaria and boasts unique architecture. Marvel at the fortress-style exterior and wander amongst the impressive colonnades. Inside you can see the intricate wood carvings and wall paintings. After you have spent time exploring Rila, we drive to Bansko.

Approximate distance & altitude: Uphill walk - 400 m (1320 ft); downhill walk - 400 m (1320 ft) Estimated hours of hiking: 5 hrs
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels Hotel Hadzi Georgi or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)
You can enjoy hiking through the most breath-taking parts of Central Pirin. Today we pack an overnight bag and embark on our hike to Tevno Ezero Lake. Take a chairlift to Bezbog hut where the trail starts. Pass streams and glacial lakes and scramble up rocks falls. You will follow the ridge route, crossing multiple scree fields, enjoying picture-perfect landscapes along the way. Those with previous climbing skills and energy can summit the nearby craggy peak which offers rewarding views of the spectacular landscapes. Continue this trek to Tevno Ezero hut where you will spend the night.

Please note: You will be staying in a dorm room that are multi-share and multi-sex. Due to the remote location there are limited facilities. Blankets and pillows are provided but will need to bring a sleeping liner for this day

Approximate distance & altitude: Uphill walk - 450 m (1470 ft); downhill walk - 150 m (492 ft) Estimated hours of hiking: 6 hrs
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in basic huts Tevno Ezero Hut or similar . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)
Today you will have a six-hour hike to Demyanitsa Hut passing Pirin glacier lakes. You will be rewarded with views of Valyavishki, Dulgoto (The Long) Lake and Ribno (The Fish) Lake. On arrival at the hut, you will be driven back to Bansko. If time permits, we recommend exploring Bankso's charming Old Town.

Approximate distance & altitude: Uphill walk - 150 m (4922 ft); downhill walk - 650 m (2,132 ft) Estimated hours of hiking:6 hrs
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels Hotel Hadzi Georgi or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)
Your last day of hiking is a challenging ascent to the highest peak in the Pirin Mountains - Mount Vihren standing at 2914m. Waking early, drive to Vihren hut stopping first en-route at the oldest tree in Bulgaria. Today’s trek will take you in a clockwise loop through Vihren National Park. Following narrow rock trails, climb zigzag paths to the saddle point of Mount Vihren. From here you will get your first view of the challenge ahead. Scramble up the steep rocks to Vihren Peak, a large craggy rock offering amazing panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

Spend some time filling up your camera with spectacular photos before its time to tackle the challenging descent down the opposite side. Although previous rock-climbing experience is not needed, it is a steep rocky trail which requires careful footwork. There is a chain embedded into the rock to aid you on your descent. On the way you may be lucky enough to spot the very rare Edelweiss flower.

Approximate distance & altitude: Uphill walk - 1,000 m (3,280 ft); downhill walk - 1,000 m (3,280 ft) Estimated hours of hiking: 6-7 hours
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels Hotel Hadzi Georgi or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)
Today you will be taken to Sofia where you can enjoy a well-earned rest! Bulgaria's capital offers a wealth of cultural entertainment, including Byzantine churches, museums full of ancient archaeological treasures, towering monuments and numerous mineral baths adjacent to the magnificent Mount Vitosha. Laid back and cosmopolitan, Sofia offers a thriving and diverse street life, including open-air cafes, busy markets such as the famous Ladies' Market, rattling trams and buskers all adding to the ambience.

Please note:The group may be roomed in different hotels at this point.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels Sofia Place Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Ethnographical Museum –BGN 3
  • National Art Gallery –BGN 6
  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral –free
  • St Alexander Nevski Crypt –BGN 4
  • National Museum of History –BGN 10
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Today your adventure comes to an end. To fully enjoy everything the city has to offer, we recommend booking extra nights at the end of your hiking adventure.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 7 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in basic huts
Meals
  • 8 Breakfast(s), 6 Dinner(s)
Excursions
  • Arrival Transfer
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on included excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Sofia are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Hike Bulgaria tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 412 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Sofia, Bulgaria/Sofia, Bulgaria
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 22 June 2018 full payment is required.

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The Hike Bulgaria 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.

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For this Hike Bulgaria 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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Hike Bulgaria tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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