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Monday
20 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday
21 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
22 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
23 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday
24 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday
25 August
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
26 August
10:00am - 4:00pm
Traveller hiking in mountains and enjoying a view from above

With its wildlife, high mountains, dense forests and variety of lakes and rivers Bulgaria offers a unique and exciting walking holiday. Join us on this great value, walking themed tour as we explore the magnificent natural, cultural and historical landmarks of this fascinating country. Grade: Easy to Medium

Bulgaria offers perfect walking conditions, with its beautiful scenery and welcoming people. This Eastern European country is also known as the cradle to some of the most ancient civilisations in the world and this tour encompasses the magnificent natural and historical landmarks of Bulgaria, with the secrets of the traditional local culture and cuisine in this fantastic eight day programme, which truly showcases the best of Bulgaria.

Amazing Panorama of Clear waters of Popovo lake and Demirkapiya pass, Pirin Mountain, Bulgaria

Itinerary

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After landing at Sofia airport, meet your Solos Tour Leader and local guide and transfer to the beautiful old town of Bansko. Enjoy a short briefing about your holiday and dinner at a local restaurant tonight.Overnight Bansko

  • Accommodation 4* Hotel Glazne or Hotel Casa Karina
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast we can enjoy our first day hiking in the beautiful Pirin mountain range. We commence our walk at a mountain hut at 2000m located beneath the imposing Mount Vihren – the highest peak of the range. Our hike will take us past the gorgeous Bunderitsa Lakes, just some of the hundreds of glacial lakes in the area, until we reach the Todorka saddle from where you can marvel at the panoramic views. After our walk, we can enjoy a tour of charming Bansko and learn more about its history, architecture and traditions. Dinner is at a local restaurant. Overnight Bansko.

  • Accommodation 4* Hotel Glazne or Hotel Casa Karina
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we will visit Rila – the other mountain range in Bulgaria. We will start with a morning transfer through the lush forests of the "Water mountain" to the "Kirilova" meadow. A fantastically green area, surrounded by rocky summits with vertical faces often referred toas the Bulgarian Yosemite. From here we will start our hike on the legendary Pilgrim's path, through a green valley to the Dry lake - which is like a wild botanical garden. Next we return back to our vehicle and transfer to the Rila monastery, the world famous Rila Monastery founded in the 10th century by St. John of Rila, a hermit, canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity during the centuries of Ottoman occupation. Overnight Bansko.

  • Accommodation 4* Hotel Glazne or Hotel Casa Karina
  • MEALS All meals included

We have a well-earned break from walking today and we can enjoy an included visit the charming village of Melnik. Set in a picturesque valley, with good sandy soil and with 350 sunny days per year it’s no wonder that this region is home to the world famous Bulgarian wine cellars! After an included wine tasting we can enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before heading back to our hotel for the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight Bansko.

  • Accommodation 4* Hotel Glazne or Hotel Casa Karina
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast, we transfer to the village of Dolen, an amazing example of an ancient Bulgarian settlement often referred to as an ‘open air museum’. After a picnic lunch we set off on our hike through lush meadows and forests down to Trigrad, visiting the famous Trigrad gorge and the ‘Devil’s throat’ cave the largest underground waterfall in the Balkan Peninsula. Later, we continue onto the town of Smolyan nestled in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains. Overnight Smolyan.

  • Accommodation 3* Hotel Kiparis Alfa
  • MEALS All meals included

This morning we can enjoy a light hike to the ‘Canyon of the Waterfalls,’ hidden deep in the highest part of the Rhodope Mountains. Later, we visit the village of Shiroka Luka, an amazing perfectly preserved architectural reserve. Overnight Smolyan.

  • Accommodation 3* Hotel Kiparis Alfa
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we can enjoy one of the natural highlights of Bulgaria known as the Wonderful Bridges. These amazing rock formations are shaped by water over millions of years and we can enjoy a short walk to marvel at these amazing bridges. After lunch in a local restaurant we make our way to the Medieval Asen’s Fortress with its beautiful 12th Century church and Bachkovo monastery, the second largest in Bulgaria and home of some of the finest frescoes of Orthodox Christianity. Later we transfer to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and check into our centrally located hotel. Overnight Sofia.

  • Accommodation 4* Hill Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

UK After breakfast, we can enjoy a short walking tour of Sofia city centre where you can see the main sites including Boyana Church and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. This afternoon, we transfer to the airport before our return flight to the UK.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb 0°C, Mar 05°C,
Apr 11°C, May 16°C,
Jun 18°C, Jul, Aug 22°C,
Sep 17°C, Oct 12°C,
Nov 06°C, Dec 01°C

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Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Sofia Airport to our hotel takes approximately 3 hours, depending on weather and traffic.

Walking programme
Five guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium and you can expect to walk between 6 to 12km per day, with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain and high altitudes involved.

Below are the distances for each walk, however please bear in mind these are approximate and subject to change due to local conditions

  • Pirin Mountains ,Length approx 7km
  • Kartala, Length approx 9km
  • Melnik, Length approx 4.5km
  • Trigrad, Length approx 9km
  • Rhodope Mountains, Length approx 9km

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

More to Explore
There may be optional activities available to you during the course of your holiday, full details of which will be given out at your Information Meeting by your Tour Leader. All tours should be paid for in euros only. The exact amount will be given at your Information Meeting. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate percentage on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
Jun 23ºC

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Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
22 Sep 2018 29 Sep 2018 7 All Ages £ 989 Guaranteed Departure BOOK
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What's included:

  • Return flights with British Airways and transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 5 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solo's Tour Leader
  • Visits to Rila Monastery, Boyana Church, Rojen monastery, Trigrad gorge, Shiroka Laka, The Wonderful Bridges, Asen’s Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery
  • Wine tasting in Melnik
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • 6 dinners and 2 lunches in local restaurants and 4 picnic lunches

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Jun- Bankso 23°C, Smolyan 19°C, Sofia 22°C

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Medium
  • Distance: 7 to 14km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential

NB:

  • For important information relating to walking holidays see Medical Conditions on page 211.

 

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