The peaks in Bulgaria walking holiday
Description of The peaks in Bulgaria walking holiday
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Picture walking in the Alps – way back when. Affordable, locally run lodgings; not another soul in sight; fabulously fresh food, straight from the soi...
Walking holidays are the oldest form of tourism known to man. For centuries people have travelled by foot whether it is was for a pilgrimage or just f...
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PlanetThis walking holiday in Bulgaria’s Pirin and Rila National Parks, which protect the country’s precious mountain ranges of the same name is, by its very nature, slow and sustainable, with guests walking 8-16km per day. Both ranges are considered of great importance for biodiversity and conservation and the Pirin Mountains is, consequently, also protected by UNESCO, except for the ski resorts.
Responsible travellers can, therefore, explore a very highly protected area, where important flora includes coniferous forests of Macedonian Pine and Bosnian Pine and many species of ferns, and fauna in both parks includes brown bears, wolves and pine marten.
With all of our tours, we offer a facility for our guests to travel to or within Bulgaria using bus and train. When possible, we recommend public transport transfers on our hiking and cycling holidays but, as this is not viable on this particular tour, we use our local driver to transfer customers from place to place. However, we do ask guests to use public transport on the last day to travel back to Sofia or Plovdiv.
PeopleThe accommodation on this holiday is in small locally owned guest houses where breakfast and dinners are included. As lunches are not included in the cost of the holiday, we encourage our guests to buy lunches and snacks in local shops. As this holiday takes guests into very rural areas, this directs tourist spend directly into local Bulgarian’s family coffers, a world away from the mass tourism of Bulgaria’s all inclusive coastline resorts. All of our host accommodations can provide picnic lunches too, paid for locally, and we work closely with them to avoid single use plastics when packaging them. We always advise our guests to bring their own reusable sealable lunch box, and refillable water bottles of course.
Directing guests to local food in the Pirin and Rila Mountains is important to us, not only so that they have an enjoyable cultural experience, but because they are also supporting the local gastro-economy. Katya, our tour manager, knows all the best places to find local specialities such as Katino meze, an appetiser made of pork or veal and vegetables cooked in a clay dish, Banski Starets the regional pork salami, or Banska kapama, a spicy hearty mountain stew.
In addition, our daily trip notes direct guests to good local eateries. Katya also reminds guests to always practise Leave No Trace throughout their holiday.
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