The Best of the Rhodopes and the Rila

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 16+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
  • +6
  • Explore Rodopi and Rila Mountains
  • See the caves of the Trigradsko & the famous Seven Rila Lakes
  • Climb Musala, the Balkans’ highest summit
  • Enjoy amazing Alpine scenery
This nine-day, self-guided walking tour is a combination of our classic unguided treks in the Rhodopes and the Rila. Book this trip and get the chance to enjoy hiking through some of the best tracks in both these mountain ranges.

We will pick you up at the airport in Sofia on arrival. Start trekking from the second day, exploring the Rhodope Mountains with Trigrad as your base. Next, transfer to the Rila Mountains. See the famous Seven Rila Lakes, traverse the Scary Lake circuit and summit Musala, the highest mountain in the Balkans.

In addition to trekking in scenic mountains, you will also have the opportunity to visit natural and cultural sites such as Yagodinska Cave (considered one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful), the Trigradsko Zhdrelo Gorge with its 300 m sheer walls, Bulgaria’s second-largest monastery at Bachkovo and the old town of Plovdiv among others during this tour.

For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
5 - Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
  • Robin
  • From England
  • On May 21 2019
5 - Excellent
Robin's review for another Traventuria Ltd. tour
“Every transfer was spot-on time with friendly drivers. The hikes were challenging as expected but led to some spectacular scenery. Pre-training and good hiking shoes, preferably boots, a must. Trails were well labelled with coloured markers and the route notes were very detailed and easy to follow. Accommodation was good. An excellent package and well priced.”
  • Averil
  • From England
  • On May 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Averil's review for another Traventuria Ltd. tour
“The service provided by Traventuria was professional from collection in Sofia to drop off in Sofia at the end. The treks were excellent, challenging and offering stunning scenery. The hotels used as bases in the Pirin and Rilas mountains were perfect. The guide, Mitko, was endlessly enthusiastic and guided the group with a high level of professionalism and skill. He was highly informative on every aspect of the mountains, the regional geography, the history, the religious structures visited, the produce, cooking, music of each area. He went to great lengths to cater for the needs of individual I would be very happy and excited to join Traventuria in future for other activities.”
  • Anonymous
  • From England
  • On Dec 28 2019
5 - Excellent
Review for another Traventuria Ltd. tour
“Super service by this company .. highly recommend. They looked after us from the moment we arrived in Bansko and every attention to detail was given.”
  • Day 1: Sofia arrival
  • Day 2: The Caves of the Trigradsko Zhdrelo Gorge
  • Day 3: Trek around Trigrad
  • Day 4: Trigrad continues
  • Day 5: Trigrad – Rila Mountains (via Plovdiv)
  • Day 6: The Seven Rila Lakes
  • Day 7: The Scary Lake Circuit
  • Day 8: Musala peak climb
  • Day 9: Govedartsi – Sofia & departure
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfer to and from Sofia Airport (only on the first & the last days of the tour). All other land transfers as per the itinerary
  • All other transfers according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation and catering as in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route descriptions in English
  • Tourist maps of the Rhodopes and Rila
  • GPS tracks
  • Emergency hotline
  • All local taxes
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Rent of hiking poles
  • Cable car tickets
  • Cave entry charges
  • Extra food and drink
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Personal expenses
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationYou walk every day with just a day pack. The rest/unnecessary luggage either remains inside the transfer vehicle or in your accommodation. The tour includes all transfers, including those from and to Sofia Airport. Hiking treks are of medium and high difficulty. Paths are well marked, with clients receiving maps and detailed descriptions of the route in English. Group size: Min. 2 persons (Traveling solo? Ask us to join you to an existing reservation in order to reduce costs.) Best period: this tour can start every day during the period mid-June – mid-September; October is also possible with a change of the program of Day 8; (advance booking is required as some accommodations are small and get fully booked months in advance) Extension to Rila Monastery: 90 € per person (in a group of 2 persons or more sharing a double room; single room supplement: 25 €) (included: pick-up from Govedartsi on Day 9, transfer to Rila Monastery, a guided tour inside the monastery (in English), entry to the museum in the monastery, transfer to Sofia, overnight B&B in 3-star centrally located hotel on BB, transfer to Sofia Airport on Day 10; not included: lunch and dinner on Day 9).
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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