Price per person: 975 €/2 pax, 575 €/4 pax
Duration: 8 days/7 overnights
Best period: Beginning of June – end of October
Trip style: Hiking
Technical difficulty: For experienced hikers (6-8 hours a day; up to 900 m of ascent/descent)
Guided trip: By a local certified mountain leader
Transport: By private car
Joining this tour means that you will walk in Southern Europe’s highest mountain ranges – Rila and Pirin. Both ranges are National Parks and they have rich flora and fauna. For example, in July-August, you might see the Edelweiss in Pirin Mountains!
Our first hikes are in Rila Mountains. Here we attempt to ascend the highest peak – Mussala (2925 m). On the following days, we discover the lovely Malyovitsa valley and the sacred Rila Seven Lakes.
Making our way from one mountain range to the other we stop en route to see the great Rila Monastery – Bulgaria’s biggest monastery. Its architecture, art, history and setting are all fascinating and a visit is a must.
Towards the end of the tour, we explore the alpine Pirin Mountains. We ascend the mountain’s highest peak – Vihren (2914 m) with its marble pyramid. The range is known for its numerous plant species. Among them is the Edelweiss.
Back in Sofia we make a sightseeing walk and see the capital’s cultural highlights – like the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Day 1: Tour starts in Sofia, followed by a transfer to Govedartsi
Day 2: Ascend the Mussala peak at 2925 m
Day 3: Round hike in the Malyovitsa valley
Day 4: Round hike to the Rila Seven Lakes
Day 5: Walk and visit the great Rila Monastery
Day 6: Ascend the Vihren peak at 2914 m
Day 7: Round hike along beautiful lakes – Pirin Mountains
Day 8: Tour ends in Sofia
Required equipment: hiking shoes with firm soles, warm clothes, wind stopper jacket
The price includes:
• Accommodation in family-run guest-houses and hotels
• 7 breakfasts
• 7 dinners
• Local certified mountain guide
• Transfers according to the itinerary
The price excludes:
• International flight
• Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
• Museum entry fees
• Travel insurance