HIKING AND CULTURE TOUR OF BULGARIA • 9 DAYS TOUR

Concuer the Balkans, explore Rila and Pirin national parks, walk through remote Rhodopean villages, unwind in the old Plovdiv in this complete trekking and culture tour of Bulgaria. 

   
 

DAY 1 SOFIA

Airport pick up, sightseeing tour of Sofia, visit: Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, St. George Rotonda, St. Sofia church, etc. Lunch at the food of Mt. Vitosha, see astonishing 13th century frescoes of Boyana church - one of the most complete and well preserved monuments of East-European medieval art. Afternoon transfer to Borovets - our base in the northern slopes of Rila mountan. 

DAY 2 MUSALA HIKE

Musala peak in Rila mountains - standing at 2,925 m this is the highest peak in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula. A breathtaking 360º panorama of all major mountain ranges in Bulgaria is seen from the top. Late afternoon return to our hotel for dinner and rest. 

   
 

DAY 3 MALYOVITSA HIKE

After breakfast transfer to Malyovitsa valley – one of most spectacular mountain valleys in Bulgaria. Our hike starts in Climbing Training Center Malyovitsa at altitude of 1720 m. In the afternnon we reach Malyovitsa peak at 2,729 m. Start our descent after lunch to ensure enough time to the base (4 hours). Transfer to Borovets for overnight. 

DAY 4 RILA MONASTERY - BANSKO

Morning transfer to Rila monastery - the biggest and most spectacular in Bulgaria, one of Europe’s oldest monasteries. After delicious outdoor lunch we continue to Bansko, sightseeing tour around the old town of Bansko. Dinner in a traditional restaurant, overnight.

   
 

DAY 5 BANSKO - PIRIN HIKE - SANDANSKI 

Transfer to Dobrinishte village, take a cable car to Besbog hut,  hike to Popovo lake (2234 m). This is a relatively easy and really spectacular hike with no sudden attitude changes. We walk  below Polezan ridge and Besbog peak standing at  2645 m. Transfer to Sandanski in the afternoon for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6 SANDANSKI - MELNIK - DEVIN

Today we visit Rhozen monsatery - the biggest monastery in south-western Bulgaria and one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries well preserved until today. Walk throught the peculiar landscape of Melnik Pyramids to the charming Melnik. After lunch we set off on a long drive through Rhodope mountains to Devin. Dinner and overnight.

   
 

DAY 7 DEVIN - TRIGRAD - SHIROKA LAKA

After breakfast drive through the spectacular Trigrad gorge from where we start our walking tour to Yagodina village, here we try some local specialities. Transfer to Shiroka Laka - proclaimed architectural and folklore reserve famous for its authentic Rhodopean houses set in tiers on both sides of the street. Visit Shiroka Laka Ethnographic museum, dinner and overnight. 

DAY 08 SHIROKA LAKA - RHODOPE HIKE - PLOVDIV

This is considered one of the most beautiful hikes in Rhodope Mountain. We hike mainly on the ridge of the mountain surrounded by truly amazing scenery. After lovely homemade lunch in Gela we drive to Plovdiv via Bachkovo Monastery - the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. 

   
 

DAY 09 PLOVDIV - SOFIA

Plovdiv - Bulgaria's second largest city. An ancient fortress, underground stadium, old churches and the best preserved Roman amphitheatre on the Balkans, all that amongst the finest examples of traditional 19-th century architecture. Full walking tour of Plovdiv, visit Ethnographic museum and have lunch in the old town. Transfer to Sofia for farewell dinner and overnight.  

DAY 10 SOFIA Transfer to airport according flight schedule.   

TOUR DETAILS AND INCLUSIONS

TRIP STAFF: professional friendly driver guide
ACCOMMODATION: 10 BB in 3-4 star hotels with all amenities
TRANSPORT: 8 seater minivan or 16  seater coach
MEALS: 3-course delicious local lunch x 9
ENTRANCE FEES: Boyana church, Etnographic museum Plovdiv
 
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