Bulgaria • RAZLOG • BANSKO Walking Holiday
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Rugged walking in an ancient landscape
A typical itinerary on this walking holiday in Bulgaria
We reach our mountain hotel in time for a walk around the village before dinner
Goats and the Primrose Trail
Following a wild goat trail, we walk high in the Rila National Park. Returning via woodland and the Primrose Trail, we end up in the village of Dobarsko, with its 12th century frescoed church –a UNESCO heritage site.
Peaks and passes
Starting at 1900m, we follow mountain tracks between rugged peaks, up the Bunderitsa valley to Todorka pass. We descend via the ancient forests and lakes of the Damyanitsa valley.
Along the pilgrims’ path
We visit the fabulously ornate Rila Monastery where we enjoy a traditional Bulgarian mehana. Later our walking is on the pilgrims’ path through glorious meadows
Bezbog Lake and peak
From the chairlift at Bezbog Lake (2240m), we climb its peak with stunning views to the valley floor –the lakes and peaks of the Pirin mountains are laid out before you. We follow the ridge to Polejan peak (2850m) before returning to the chairlift.
Cart tracks and cafes
A gentle valley walk with panoramic views. We follow the ridge to Godlevo, returning along cart tracks via the painted chapel to the village. We’ll take a welcome break in the picturesque village square.
Starting from the Vihren Hut (2195m) we take the easier route up Mount Vihren (2914m), the highest peak in the Pirin range. From here you can see over the Pirin into Greece and Macedonia.
We depart for Sofia airport after breakfast.
Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this walking holiday in Bansko, Bulgaria. Weather conditions will influence the final itinerary.
Where we stay on this walking holiday in Bansko, Bulgaria
Hotel Aspa Vila
Located in Banya village, between the beautiful mountains of Rila, Pirin and Rhodopes, Hotel Aspa Vila is only 5km away from Bansko. Banya is a spa centre, and is a lovely place to visit in both Winter and Summer. Nestled within a pine forest, it feels a very peaceful place. The hotel offers 18 double rooms, 19 luxury rooms and 4 apartments with T.V, mini bar and wireless internet. A perfectly situated hotel for this walking holiday in Bulgaria.
Nestled on a hillside above the tranquil village of Dolno Draglishte, Pirila Hotel boasts uplifting views of the Pirin and Rila mountains.
Airport transfer time
Approximately 2½ hours
Dates and prices
5 full days of walking with professional local guide
7 nights en-suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine
Personal welcome at Sofia Airport and transfers
Visit UNESCO heritage site
Air-conditioned transport for all trips
Local guide for duration of trip
Where we stay
Mostly stony tracks and paths with some steep rocky sections.