Arrival and departure airport transfers
Accommodation at nice family-owned hotels on BB basis
Transportation with comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
Rental of equipment for the activities in the itinerary: 2 persons kayaks and life jackets; bikes and helmets; horses and tack
Entrance fees and lift passes in the itinerary
Professional English-speaking guide/instructor
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Meals (lunch and dinner) and drinks
Personal expenses, entrance fees for tourist sites visited individually
Tips for the guide and the driver
Visa support (if required) and any other documentation and services required by the authorities for entering Bulgaria
Sofia - Vitosha mountain - Plana mountain - Iskar Dam - Rila mountain - Sofia
8-day excursion from €490
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer from the airport and accommodation. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Short transfer to the first station of Dragalevtsi chair-lift which takes us to Mount Goli Vrah (meaning Bare Peak - 1428 m a.s.l.). Trekking to Cherni Vrah (The Black Peak – 2290 m a.s.l.) – the highest point of the mountain which reveals stunning panoramic views. From Cherni Vrah we go down passing by Skoparnik Peak in the foothills of Rezniovete Massif reaching Aleko Mountain Base. The route follows grassed dirt roads and well-marked pathways in the higher outdoors of the mountains. The terrain is moderate, without challenging parts. Walking time: 4 – 5 hrs. uphill/downhill: 500m / 500m. Return to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. One hour bus transfer to Plana village. We start cycling through the mountain to reach the valley of Iskar River. Transfer to the vacation village Shtarkelovo Gnezdo (“Stork’s Nest”) for overnight in the bungalows near the bank of Iskar Dam. This mountain route is nice and easy, going along some grassed dirt roads through meadows and deciduous woods. The landscape is pastoral with wonderful views inviting you for long breaks for contemplation. Cycling specifics: Duration 3-4 hrs; uphill/downhill cycling: 250m/ 550m. Overnight by Iskar Dam.
Breakfast. Today the main goal is to reach the opposite side of the dam which is about 4-5 km away. You could go on exploring the dam depending on your wishes and abilities. Transfer from the opposite shore to Borovets Ski Resort, in the foothills of Rila Mountains. Accommodation and overnight in Borovets.
Breakfast. In the morning we take the lift up to Yastrebets Peak (2369 m a.s.l.). Enjoyable walk along Dwarf Pine massifs takes us to Musala Hut and Musalenski Lakes Circus. Passing by the Icy Lake (2709 m a.s.l.) and shelter we reach the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula – Mount Musala (2925 m a.s.l.). We start our descent back to Yastrebets Peak where we take the lift down to Borovets. Walking time 7 – 8 hrs. uhill/downhill: 560m / 560m. Overnight in Borovets.
Breakfast. Today we take a stroll with the horses around Borovets and the lower parts of Rila Mountains. We aim for Malka Lukovitsa and Golyam Gyol areas where we stop for lunch. The trail makes a loop back to Borovets passing by Shumnatitsa chalet to reach our hotel. Duration: 5 hrs. The route may be changed and customized on spot depending on participants’ wishes and abilities. Overnight in Borovets.
Breakfast. Today we take the asphalt road from Borovets to Beli Iskar from where the cycling continues to Govedartsi and CMS Maliovitsa. We can stop and have a rest in Govedartsi en route or have a picnic at the nice meadows which we pass. Distance: 32 km. The cycling route is a bit hilly with a slight uphill at the end. Transfer from CMS Maliovitsa to Sofia. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.
Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia airport and departure.