Bulgaria mountains hiking and culture holiday
Description of Bulgaria mountains hiking and culture holiday
This Bulgaria Mountains hiking holiday is a small group tour, with fully guided walks along trails in the Pirin, Rila Mountains and Rhodope Mountains. With six days of walking on this trip, trails vary in length from between 2-6 hours, and many of them also have a focus on Bulgarian cultural heritage as well as its natural gems.
Hiking highlights along the way include views of Mount Pirin, considered by many to be Bulgaria’s most beautiful mountain and within the eponymous range which is made up of glacial lake cirques, U-shaped valleys and rocky ridges. We also walk in the shadow of Mount Rila and Musala, the latter being the highest peak in the Balkans at 2925m.
We always ensure that you visit some traditional mountain villages and restaurants, many of which are well off the tourist trail, as well as some important cultural sites such as Koprivshtitsa museum town, Plovdiv’s Roman amphitheatre and historic sites, Bachkovo and Rila Monasteries. A perfect holiday, therefore, for people who want to combine walking with Bulgarian culture, and yet with some wild and wonderful hikes that take you into another world completely.
1 Reviews of Bulgaria mountains hiking and culture holiday
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019 by Anon
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Everything. The holiday was the perfect balance between fabulous (but quite hard at times) walking and a real insight into the history and culture of Bulgaria.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Just go! - with some good comfy walking boots and a camera to capture those picturesque mountains and glacial lakes.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We stayed in small renovated, family owned accommodation. Spotlessly clean. Very tasty, home cooked breakfasts and evening meals using local produce. Tourism is helping to restore remote village houses and provides employment. Traventuria also provided handy refillable water bottles.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent and a special mention to our guide, Yordan, who ensured we all had a great time, with interesting talks on history and culture, and pacing the walks to suit all members of the group.
Planet- We always encourage our tourists to learn about the vital ecosystems in Bulgaria and to follow some of the projects of our partners – WWF Danube-Carpathian Program and BALKANI Wildlife Society before arriving to the country.
- Transport – thinking about the reducing the carbon emissions during your travel, starts at home. While in Bulgaria we always use vehicles with low carbon emissions.
- Save paper – try to gather as much information possible online and print trip information sparingly. Only order the brochures you really need.
- All our guides demonstrate environmentally protecting behavior and are inducing such behavior as a standard for the whole group.
- Your guide will provide you with general guidelines, involving staying on trails, maintaining set distances away from wildlife, and not encouraging drivers to move too close to wildlife, even if it is tempting for getting a better picture. Do not buy any animal products while travelling. Do not remove any objects, plants or animal products from nature.
- All our tours and actions comply with local and international environmental conventions and laws.
- During our wildlife observation tours we never approach to a close distance nesting sites, night roosts, endangered species and always try to set as less as possible pressure to the environment.
- Our guides and groups will never leave litter behind.
- During our wildlife observation tours we meet you with local environmentalists and pay a visit to conservation centers, where you can donate directly to a nature protection project.
- Of course, following eco-practices and socially established norms is not enough. That is why besides our responsible travel policy, we have our environmental protection initiatives, to which we are zealously committed, so we know that we are also giving back. We make donations or directly help our partners WWF Bulgaria – The Danube Carpathian Program and BALKANI Wildlife Society in their work for wetland restoration and mitigation of the conflict between large carnivores and humans.
People- We believe that we will achieve our aims far more effectively if we involve local people and organisations wherever possible.
- We strive to recruit local people in both office and field positions wherever possible. These members of staff are trained by us and receive the same remuneration as “foreigners” doing the same job.
- Wherever possible supplies and equipment are purchased locally.
- Small, family-run establishments make up a high percentage of the accommodation we use where it is practical. Almost 100% of such accommodations are used in our wildlife observation tours.
- Although generally more basic, homestays provide an invaluable insight into the local lifestyle.
- We endeavour to work with enterprises that treat both the traveller and the local community in a fair and just manner.
- By recruiting locals we always try not only to capitalize the natural and cultural assets of an area, but also to build their pride of what they can offer as unique product.
- Our guides always act as an example of how to behave and what is appropriate. They will inform you to what the locals are sensitive and how to respect their wealth of traditions.