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Bulgaria Walking Holidays

Walking Holidays in Bulgaria

Our self guided walking holidays in Bulgaria 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.
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Bulgaria Walking and Spa Adventure

This holiday includes circular hikes from the unique village of Shiroka Laka 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 and finishes in a mineral water spa resort in Devin (known as the spa capital of Bulgaria).

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Eagle’s Eye and Canyon of Waterfalls

A self-guided walking holiday in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, appropriate for novices to walking holidays and all those who enjoy their vacations at a slower pace. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4-star hotels (spa facilities available on Days 5 and 6).

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Bulgarian Alps: Rila and Pirin

See some of Europe’s most spectacular alpine scenery, including the highest summits in the Balkans. Visit the impressive Pirin Mountain and climb Pirin’s highest peak, Vihren. Then move to Rila with a stop at the famous Rila Monastery. Hike to the Seven Rila Lakes and reach the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula, Musala (2,925 m).

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Seven Rila Lakes and Mount Musala Short Break

Seven Rila Lakes and Mount Musala is a short walking tour in the most beautiful parts of the Rila Range. Rila offers impressive peaks and beautiful glacial lakes, including the famous Seven Rila Lakes. Mount Musala (2,925 m) is the highest summit in the entire Balkan peninsula. Another highlight is the famous Rila Monastery.

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Rhodopes Slow-Paced Spa Walking Holiday

Our walking and spa adventures are specifically designed to allow you to re-connect with nature. The holiday includes hikes around the forests of the lovely village of Shiroka Laka and finishes in the spa town of Devin. The trip is mostly centre-based and features hand-picked accommodation in 3 and 4 star spa hotels on all days.

Where Do our Walking Holidays in Bulgaria Take Place?

Bulgaria is one of the few countries in Europe which is an 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 of 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 an Alpine climate in the highest mountains and subtropical climate in the southernmost areas.

The Rilo-Rhodope region where our self guided walking holidays take place covers the south-western areas of Bulgaria and 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, characterised with gentle and densely forested slopes. Their length from west to east is 249 km and reach a width of 100 km. The altitude decreases from west to east.

To the west are 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, afer Mount Olympus in Greece. Both Rila and Pirin have rocky peaks, stony slopes, extensive Alpine zone and hundreds of glacial lakes.

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

Rhodope Mountains

Our Rhodope Mountains Bulgaria walking holidays include visits the impressive Buinovo Gorge, then hikes to the Eagle’s Eye viewing platform offering spectacular views of the 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.

Rila and Pirin Mountains

Hike through some of Europe’s most spectacular alpine scenery, including the highest summits in the Balkan region. Our Rila and Pirin self-guided walking holidays include the impressive Pirin Mountain and the lively town of Bansko; a climb of Pirin’s highest peak, Vihren. Then move to Rila Mountain with a stop at the famous Rila Monastery. Hike to the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and reach the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula, Musala. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4-star hotels.

Spa Adventures

Our walking and spa adventures are specifically designed to allow you to reconnect with nature and experience the wilderness and great outdoors. Included in the majority of nights are some hand-picked 4-star hotels with spas, so if you feel like a bit of pampering after your days hiking it’s all here too! The holiday also gives you the opportunity to experience the unique local culture and try some traditional Rhodopean food and wine. As these hiking adventures are self-guided, maybe you’ll have the chance for a little self-discovery along the way.

When to Go

Depending on the region, our Bulgaria walking holidays are available from May or June till September or October. Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in the Bulgarian mountains with colourful foliage in May, gorgeous sunsets in summer and warm panoramas in fall.

Additional Reads about Bulgaria

If you’d like to learn more about Bulgaria before going on one of our Bulgaria walking holidays, we recommend the following reads:

 


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