Bulgaria

Why choose a self-guided walking holiday in Bulgaria? Bulgaria is one of the few countries in Europe which is a EU member but still excites as an exotic destination. The country is rich in traditions and culture. Bulgaria features notable diversity with the landscape ranging from the snow-capped peaks in Rila, Pirin and the Balkan Mountains to […]

From wild, wooded mountain ranges speckled with remote villages and enchanting monasteries to vibrant modern cities and long sandy beaches hugging the Black Sea coast, Bulgaria rewards exploration.
 
The Natural Adventure Company’s Bulgaria self-guided walking holidays include the mystical Rhodopes, one of Europe’s oldest mountain ranges, the Rila Mountains with the Balkans’ highest peak and seven lakes and the lesser known Pirin mountains and national park, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Eagle’s Eye & Canyon of Waterfalls
Easy

A self-guided walking holiday in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. Visit the impressive Buinovo Gorge, then hike to the Eagle’s Eye viewing platform offering spectacular views of the whole Rhodopean Range. Trace the footsteps of Orpheus through the mighty Devil’s Throat cave in the Tirgrad Gorge, said to be the mythical Hall of Hades, then take in the splendour of the Canyon of Waterfalls before moving to the comfort of your spa hotel. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels (spa facilities available on Days 5 and 6).

Rhodopes Family Adventure
Easy

This trip is especially designed for families with children aged above 6. It is twin centre-based to minimize transfer time and features two of the most welcoming regions of the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria – Trigrad with its impressive gorge and numerous optional activities and Smolyan Lakes with the Canyon of Waterfalls. Accommodation is in hand-picked family friendly 3 and 4 star hotels (spa facilities available on Days 2 and 6).

Girls Go Wild! Rhodope Mountains and Spa Adventure
Easy

Whether it’s a couple of friends or group of girlfriends, our “Girls Go Wild” adventures are specifically designed with women in mind and allow you to re-connect with nature and experience the wilderness and great outdoors. The trip is mostly centre-based and features hand-picked accommodation in 4 star spa hotels on Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and finishes in a mineral water spa resort surrounded by an eco pine forest in Velingrad (known as the spa capital of the Balkans).

Girls Go Wild! Rhodope Mountains and Spa Adventure
Moderate

The “Girls Go Wild” Rhodope Mountains and Spa Adventure – moderate itinerary starts in Plovdiv (2019 European City of culture) and then into the heart of Bulgaria’s stunning Rhodope mountains and the beautiful Canyon of Waterfalls near Smolyan Lakes. The holiday continues with circular hikes from the unique village of Shiroka Laka (famous for its distinctive Rhodopean houses) and includes the village of Gela, set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Rhodope mountains. The trip is mostly centre-based and features hand-picked accommodation in 4 star hotels spa hotels on Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and finishes in a mineral water spa resort in Velingrad (known as the spa capital of the Balkans).

Rhodope Mountains
Moderate

The Rhodopes: Mountain of Orpheus is a self-guided walking holiday in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. Visit the impressive Buinovo Gorge, then hike to the Eagle’s Eye viewing platform offering spectacular views of the whole Rhodopean Range. Trace the footsteps of Orpheus through the mighty Devil’s Throat cave in the Tirgrad Gorge, said to be the mythical Hall of Hades, walk to Chaira Lakes and then take in the splendour of the Canyon of Waterfalls before moving to the comfort of your spa hotel. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels (spa facilities available on Days 5 and 6).

Why choose a self-guided walking holiday in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is one of the few countries in Europe which is a EU member but still excites as an exotic destination. The country is rich in traditions and culture. Bulgaria features notable diversity with the landscape ranging from the snow-capped peaks in Rila, Pirin and the Balkan Mountains to the mild and sunny Black Sea coast; from the typically continental Danubian Plain (ancient Moesia) in the north to the strong Mediterranean climatic influence in the valleys of Macedonia and in the lowlands in the southernmost parts of Thrace. Most of the country is situated within the humid continental climate region, with Alpine climate in the highest mountains and subtropical climate in the southernmost regions.

The Rilo-Rhodope region where our self-guided walking holidays take place covers the south-western regions of Bulgaria. It includes the Rhodope Mountains, Rila, Pirin, Osogovo, Vlahina, Maleshevo, Ograzhden and Belasitsa, as well as the valleys of the rivers Struma and Mesta. The Rhodopes are the most extensive mountain range in Bulgaria, spanning an area of 14,730 sq km with an average altitude of 785 m, characterized with gentle and densely forested slopes. Their length from west to east is 249 km and reach width of 100 km. The altitude decreases from west to east.

To the west are located Rila and Pirin, Bulgaria’s two highest mountains. Rila includes Mount Musala, whose 2,925 m peak is the highest in the Balkan Peninsula, while Pirin’s highest peak Vihren at 2,915 m is the third-highest in the Balkans. Both Rila and Pirin have rocky peaks, stony slopes, extensive Alpine zone and hundreds glacial lakes.

Exploring Bulgaria with a self-guided walking holiday will give you a chance to experience people’s hospitality and enjoy spectacular scenery. The lower prices (compared to other EU member countries) are only a bonus to what will certainly be an epic holiday!

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