Rila, Pirin & Rodopi (5 Days)

Rila, Pirin & Rodopi Hiking Tour

Features 3 different mountains and Seven Lakes of Rila

Rila, Pirin and Rodhope Mountains Overview

Rila is a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria and the highest mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkans, with its highest peak being Musala at 2 925 m. The massif is also the sixth highest mountain in Europe (when each mountain is represented by its highest peak only). The larger part of the mountain is occupied by the Rila National Park.

The name Rila is believed to be of Thracian origin and is thought to mean "well-watered mountain", owing to Rila's abundance of glacial lakes (about 200) and hot springs in fault areas at the base of the mountain. Some of the Balkans' longest and deepest rivers originate from Rila, including the Maritsa, the Iskar and the Mesta.

Pirin is the second highest mountain range in southwest Bulgaria. The ski resort Bansko is located in its Northern part and it is formed mainly from massive granite and is covered with ancient metamorphous rocks. It has some tiny glaciers that almost melt in summer. The mountain is also abundant with water and beautiful high-altitude lakes. Its flora and fauna is so rich that Pirin Natural Park has been under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage since 1983. Pirin is the most alpine-looking mountain in Bulgaria and it is a wonderful nature park to visit.

Rodhope Mountain

The Rodopi Mountains is the largest mountain in Bulgaria and takes about 1/7 from the territory of the country. For some people this is the most scenic mountain in Bulgaria! The Rodopi mountains are located some 200kms south-east of Sofia. 

Your 5 Days in Rila, Pirin and Rodope Mountains


Day 1. Departure from your accommodation in Sofia at 7:30. At 9:30 you will start a hiking trek to Malyovitza peak - the favorite place of Bulgarian alpinists. This beautiful trail is medium difficult and will grant you with its beautiful views over lakes and alpine peaks. Overnight in Govedartzi village or Borovets ski resort.

Day 2. Departure from Govedartzi village to Trigrad village. The road is very scenic, winding through mountains, along lakes and mountain villages. You can enjoy rural life and stop for pictures. 12:00-13:00h arrival in Trigrad  for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the Devil’s throat cave and Haramiiska cave. If you wish, you can hike to Jagodinska cave (2-2.5hr). Dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Departure from Trigrad village at 8:00 h for a visit of the area Eagle’s Eye 2h - 2h 30min, followed by a lunch break. Departure by car to Pirin Mountains. The road is winding through scenic and stunning mountain views and places. On the way you can visit Leshten (famous for its clay house) and Kovatchevitsa (architectural reserve) villages. Arrival in Bansko ski resort where you can enjoy the old town houses and mehanas (taverns). Here you can opt for a dinner or dinner and overnight stay in local nearby village house and experience an unforgettable evening with songs, dances and homemade food.

Day 4Departure from Bansko to Vihren or Bunderitsa hut (depending on which trail you choose to hike Vihren peak) from where you start your full day hike to the second highest peak in Bulgaria and one of the most beautiful landscapes in Bulgaria. After the day hike you continue with a drive to Panicishte resort. Accommodation in local hotel or guest house.

Day 5. In the morning you get on a chair lift to Rila lakes hut and from there you start your hike to the Seven Rila lakes, a well deserved “creme de la creme” for your 5 day tour around the wild and beautiful Bulgarian mountains. Departure by vehicle to Sofia and return in Sofia around 19:00h.


Start: 8:00  /End: 19:00h 4 days later

Recommended period: June - September

Driving time: 5h 00m approximately

Walking time: 15h 30m approximately

DifficultyChallenging to Difficult

Special requirements: Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, snacks, sandwiches, bottle of water.


New in 2018! Guaranteed departures for the special price of 249 Euro per person :

11th of July till 15th of July 2018
6th of August till 10th of August 2018


Prices

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2 persons

3 persons

4-8 persons

           9-14 persons

 

 549 € / 1076 BGN

 299 € / 586 BGN per person

 249 € / 488 BGN per person

199 € / 390 BGN per person

149 € / 292 BGN per person

             The price includes: return door to door transfer from your hotel in Sofia to Rila and Pirin mountains,  English-speaking mountain guide for the whole time, entrance fees for the mentioned sights, parking, overnight and breakfast in 3*- 4* hotel or guest house. Meals, tips  and personal expenses are not included.

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