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7 Days Snowshoeing in Bulgaria National Parks

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7 Days Snowshoeing in Bulgaria National Parks

South-west Bulgaria is a land of Rila and Pirin mountains – a rolling sea of independent massifs separated from one another by deep gorges and mountain passes. It’s great fun and you get a great sense of freedom as we make our own paths through snow-covered valleys. Highlights: snowshoeing in Bulgaria National Parks, round hike of the Seven Rila Lakes area, visit Rila Monastery, folklore performance, traditional home-made cuisine, and accommodations.

DAY 1

Welcome to Bulgaria

Arrival in Sofia. If time available, depending on flight details: Sofia guided city tour. Transfer: 0.30 hours Night stop: Sofia Accommodation: 3* hotel Included meals: none

Hotel Nicky***, 1 night
DAY 2

Vitosha Mountains & SPA

Full day of snowshoeing in Vitosha mountain. You will explore the higher parts of the massif and the open plateau above Aleko area, which is one of the two reserve areas of the mountain. Open wide views towards the city of Sofia, Stara planina Mountains and Rila Mountains. Optional: hike to the highest peak of Vitosha – Mt. Cherni vruh, 2290m. Transfer to the city of Sapareva banya, located at the north foothills of Rila Mountains and famous for its hot mineral waters and pools. Transfers: 2.30 hours Snowshoeing time: 4-5 hours; Ascent: 500; Descent: 1000m Night stop: Sapareva banya Accommodation: family – run hotel Included meals: breakfast, dinner Read more

Emaly Green SPA, 2 nighs
DAY 3

The Seven Rila lakes & SPA

Explore the region of the Seven Rila Lakes and Skakavitsa Waterfalls (80m high). During the winter time this is a famous ice climbing area. Today we will enjoy a round walk of the Seven Rila Lakes – the lowest at 2100m and the highest at 2700. This is one of the most emblematic natural areas of Bulgaria. At the end of the day, free time for SPA & Wellness in the hot spring mineral waters of Sapareva Banya. Transfer time: 1.00 hour Snowshoeing time: 4-5 hours; Ascent: 600; Descent 600m Night stop: Sapareva banya Accommodation: family-run hotel Included meals: breakfast, dinner Read more

Emaly Green SPA, 2 nights
DAY 4

Rila Monastery (UNESCO) & Traditional Fo

In the morning, transfer to Rila monastery (1.30 hours). Visit of the largest and most important Christian Orthodox Monastery in Bulgaria. Built in XIc, it is included in the UNESCO heritage list. Short pilgrimage walk to the cave of John from Rila (Ivan Rilski). Later today, visit to another painted church, the 17th century Dobarsko Church and its living heritage, the Folklore Group “Dobarski Babi”, who will perform us the local folklore and traditions. Transfers: 3.00 hours Walking time: 1-2 hours; Ascent 200m, Descent 100m Night stop: Gorno Draglishte village Accommodation: guest-house “Deshka” Included meals: breakfast, dinner Read more

Deshka Guesthouse, 3 nights
DAY 5

Pirin Mountains/Bezbog & Popovo Glacial

Snowshoeing in the heart of Pirin mouintain. Transfer to Dobrinishte area and hike to Popovo glacial lake. In the afternoon, possibility for visit of the public hot spring mineral bath of Dobrinishte. Dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant. Transfers: 1.00 hour Snowshoeing time: 4-5 hours; Ascent 400m; Descent 400m Night stop: Gorno Draglishte Accommodation: guest-house “Deshka” Included meals: breakfast, dinner Read more

Deshka Guesthouse, 3 nights
DAY 6

Mt Vihren Area

Snowshoeing in the area of Mt. Vihren. In the morning transfer to Bunderitsa area – starting point for the hike. Visit of the oldest tree on the Balkan Peninsula – 1300 years old pine tree. In the afternoon sightseeing tour of the city of Bansko – city rich of history and traditional Bulgarian architecture from XVIII – XIXc. Farewell dinner at Deshka’s Guesthouse. Transfers: 1.30 hours Snowshoeing time: 4 – 5hours; Ascent 400m; Descent 400m Night stop: Gorno Draglishte Accommodation: guest-house “Deshka” Included meals: breakfast, dinner Read more

Deshka Guesthouse, 3 nights
DAY 7

Transfer to Sofia/Sofia Airport

Transfer to Sofia city (2.30 hours) *If the flight times permit: guided walking sightseeing tour of the main highlights in Sofia (if not done in day 1). Transfer to Sofia Airport. Transfers: 2.30 hours Included meals: breakfast Bulgaria National Parks tour ends.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Sofia
Hotel Hotel Nicky
Day 2
Location Sapareva Banya
Day 4
Location Gorno Dragliste

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation in a family-run guesthouse and 3* star hotel
  • 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 1 Folklore performance in Dobarsko
  • Tickets for chairlifts (Seven Rila Lakes and Bezbog Area)
  • Professional English-speaking mountain guide
  • Snowshoes and trekking poles rent
  • Transfers and drives according to itinerary

Package excludes

  • meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • museum entrance fees
  • personal expenses
  • flights and taxes

More information

  • Single Room Supplement: 80 EUR
  • Walking with snow-shoes requires no previous experience and is easily mastered.

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THE TEAM

Lubomir Popiordanov

Lubomir Popiordanov, CEO of Odysseia-In, has a huge background: master of law, mountaineer, passionate traveler, photographer, painter, author of a book, producer of films, publisher and philanthropist, freelance journalist…!

Momchil Damyanov

Momchil is a mountain guide, who has turned his hobby – trekking and climbing in the mountains – into a profession. He prefers working in the high mountains, but also likes going to all places with beautiful and well preserved nature. He speaks French.

Denitsa Petrova

Denitsa leads many of our Spanish and English groups in summer. She is an active ecologist and in the front lines of the Bulgarian organizations for nature protection. She loves flowers and all little creatures on earth.

Simeon Dimitrov

Simeon is passionate about travel and takes every opportunity to hit the road. It could be the dirt road on his bike, or the 1300steps to reach Machu Picchu, or the fresh snow up in the Mountains…He speaks English and Spanish.

Zornitsa Lasarova

Zornitsa or just "Zori" is really passionate about being in the mountains and exploring the world by hiking. She is qualified mountain guide in English and German language and works as an interpreter too.

Bilyiana Nikolova

Biliana is an experienced mountain guide. Her favorite mountain ranges are the alpine Rila and Pirin. She also has a passion for medieval art and music. Bilyana speaks German, English and Italian.

Martin Nedelchev

Martin is a very experienced mountain guide. Apart from that he is also a team-building instructor. Martin is a big fan of free riding and off piste skiing. Martin speaks Spanish, French and English.

Ivailo Katerski

Ivaylo is our wine expert - WSET® CERTIFIED Level 2 Wines & Spirits by the London Wine & Spirit School, also a certified tour guide. He speaks fluently English and German, regularly visits wine events in Bulgaria and also adores travelling.

Mihail Mihov

Mihail or just Misho is a licensed mountain leader and in the summer is usually “outdoors”. He loves working in the field of responsible tourism and education of mountain guides. Mihail speaks German and English.

Mitko Samounev

Mitko is a mountain guide with a lot of knowlidge about nature and wildlife. He has graduated the University of Forestry and leads summer and winter snowshoeing groups. Mitko speaks English and Spanish.

Stela Samouneva

Stela is is a passionate traveler, nature enthusiast and active mother. She has graduated as Bachelor in Geology and International Travel and Tourism. Her interests are: hiking, ski-touring, folklore dances and children education.

Ivan Dinkov

Ivan has climbed 18 peaks in the Alps including Montblanc and Dufourspitze. Travelling a lot across the whole Balkan Peninsula, he has climbed almost each mountain in Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Romania and Montenegro.

Odysseia-In was a visionary project for its time, founded 28 years ago by Lubomir Popiordanov.

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