Bulgaria

Hiking Sofia, Bulgaria

Here at Traventuria, we offer a wide range of guided and self-guided trekking tours through the beautiful Bulgarian countryside. Choose between multi-day hikes and get ready to ramble your way over alpine terrain, through remote villages, and past spectacular peaks. There’s a few glorious meadows, forests, and lakes to admire too!

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Packages at this location

Rila Monastery & Boyana Church Hiking

Rila Monastery is a must-see if you are a tourist with a free day in Sofia and this day tour allows you to do just that. The monastery is the work of one of the most famous Bulgarian Revival Period painters and features arcaded balconies, unique frescoes, and gilded iconostasis and you can enjoy two full hours exploring the narthex's gallery, entering the main church and admiring the exhibits inside the History Museum of the Monastery!

No accommodation required for this tour.

Meeting point: behind Alexandar Nevski Cathedral at 9:00 am sharp; Expected return to Sofia around 16:30-17:00 pm.

Year round (limited availability over Easter).

30 Euros during the Summer, 35 Euro/person for the period November-March

The Best of the Rila and Pirin (4 days) Hiking

This four-day hiking tour takes you through the Pirin and Rila mountains on a whirlwind and demanding adventure, suitable for fit and experienced hikers. As you explore the very best of Bulgaria's picturesque alpine trails, you'll pass alpine meadows and serrated summits, glacier lakes, and stone rivers, stopping for picnic lunches and to admire the views along the way. Those who have extra time in Sofia should consider upgrading to the eight-day tour for more trekking!

  • Breakfast & Dinner

  • Local taxes

  • Cable car tickets

  • English-speaking mountain guide

  • Accommodation and catering according to the itinerary

  • All other transfers in the itinerary

  • Transfers to and from your accommodation in Sofia (on first/last tour date only)

On this tour, we'll stay at family-run guesthouses and three-star accommodation with en-suite facilities.

Day 1
Early morning transfer from Sofia takes you to the beautiful Malyovitsa Valley and then high over to the Strashno Ezero (The Scary) Lake. From here we descend to the Yonchevo Lake and finish the loop again at Malyovitsa resort. We'll stay overnight in a family-run pension in the nearby village of Govedartsi. (walking: 12km/7miles, climbing and descending 900m/3000ft.)

Day 2
Transfer to Panichishte resort and take a chairlift ride to the trailhead where we'll explore the Cirque of the Seven Rila Lakes. After a circular walk among the lakes, we continue to Bansko at the foot of the Pirin Mountains National Park, where we will spend the next two nights. Time permitting on the way to Bansko we can make a short detour to the most famous UNESCO site in Bulgaria: Rila Monastery.

Day 3
The pre-arranged transfer brings us up to the Vihren Hut (appr. 30min) where we set off on a hiking trek through the pretty Cirque of the Banderishki Lakes. For hikers, that are fit (sure-footedness is required as well), we have another option: to attempt the Pirin’s premier summit, Vihren (2914m a.s.l.). We then trek through the Golem Kazan (The Giant Cauldron) area beneath the breathtaking northern wall of Vihren. The views are genuinely overwhelming, yet they are just the prelude to the panoramas that open up from the summit over a sea of jagged peaks all around. (8,50 km; 5,30-6,00 hrs of walking, climbing and descending 1000m/3300ft.).

Day 4
On the final day, we'll take a car transfer to the Dobrinishte resort, at Gotse Delchev Hut (appr. 40min). From here we take a chair cable car to the Bezbog Hut. This is the setting-off point for the hiking trek to the Polezhan Summit which offers one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Pirin. We'll take the classic route through the northeast ridge, which is not difficult or too steep, barring the last 15-minutes of the summit. (5hrs of walking, climbing and descending 650m/2100ft.). Arriving back to our car, we hit the road back to Sofia.

2019 dates are: 22/6, 06/7, 20/7, 03/8, 31/8, 14/9

Single room supplement: 40 € (obligatory for all individual clients)

Peaks and lakes of the Pirin and Rila Mountains (8 days) Hiking

This eight-day walking tour shows you the very best of Bulgaria's picturesque alpine treks and mountains including the summits of Musala in the Rila and Vihren in the Pirin. As you stroll through huge national parks, you'll pass alpine meadows and serrated summits, glacier lakes, and stone rivers and you'll also encounter lots of rare plants and animal life. Before the trip ends, you'll swing by the famous Rila Monastery, listed by UNESCO and one of Bulgaria’s best-known sights! Please note, this walking trek is rather arduous and is suited to fit or experienced alpine walkers as you'll have to carry your own daypack filled with water, food, and clothing.

  • Local taxes

  • Transfers to and from your accommodation in Sofia (on first/last tour date only)

  • Accommodation and catering according to the itinerary

  • English-speaking mountain guide

  • Cable car tickets

  • Airport Transfers

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Choose between three-star hotels and family hotels with the option of double or twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

Day 1
Sofia Airport to Bansko transfer (appr. 2,45hrs).

Day 2
Climb of Mt. Polezhan. (5hrs; 8km; +650m/-650m).

Day 3
Circle trek to Demyanitsa Hut (6-7hrs; 16km; +700m/-1100m).

Day 4
Climb to Mt. Vihren (6-7hrs; 9km; +1000m/-1000m).

Day 5
Rila Monastery + Skakavitsa Waterfalls (3-4hrs; 7km; +300m/-300m).

Day 6
Seven Rila Lakes and Maliovitsa summit (7hrs, 18km; +800m/-1200m).

Day 7
Climb to Mt. Musala (6hrs, 13km, +750m/-750m).

Day 8
Departure from Sofia Airport.

Group departures for 2019: 22/6, 29/6, 06/7, 13/7, 20/7, 27/7, 03/8, 10/8, 24/8, 31/8, 07/9.

Single room supplement: 90 € (obligatory for all individual clients)

About the location

Accommodation

On all our multi-day trekking tours you'll enjoy accommodation in en-suite twin, or double rooms at our favorite tried and tested hotels and guesthouses with the exception of one tour where a mountain hut is used.

Location

The Traventuria head offices are found in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria however our tours take place at multiple locations across the country including the Pirin and Rila mountains, and the towns of Arbanassi, Plovdiv, and Melnik (to name a few)! To help you get around, we offer airport and tour transfers.

Food

Activities

Sightseeing tours, horse riding holidays, ski and snowboard packages, and birdwatching tours.

Amenities

  • Guides

  • Instructors/Coaching

Available activities

  • Daytrips

  • Hiking

  • Climbing