Enjoy up-close the breathtaking alpine beauty of what was recently branded Europe’s best kept secret – Bulgaria!
The country is still rather unknown as an adventure & outdoor travel destination, which means that you can experience its tranquil and still unspoiled beauty in relative solitude.
Excedo Travel’s seven day multi-sport adventure takes you to Europe’s sixth highest mountain range – the majestic Rila Mountains, which also happen to be the highest on the Balkan Peninsula.
We will hike, we will bike and to make it a little more interesting and challenging, we will spend a full day of kayaking on Bulgaria’s largest sweet water reservoir and visit the world-famous Rila Monastery in the company of Excedo’s experienced guides. And since we appreciate the importance of some quality recreation time after a day of sweet torture, our tried-and-tested 4-star hotel with its friendly and customer oriented staff and SPA facilities, incl. warm-water pool, jakuzzi, Finnish sauna аnd steam bath, are at your full disposal.
Day 1: Welcome to Bulgaria!
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the mountain resort Borovets (75 km)
Day 2: Rila’s Mystique Eyes
Our vehicle will take us some 50 km away for the hotel, where we will begin our hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bulgaria – Skakavitsa (1750 m). After that we will continue our walk to the world renowned Seven Rila Lakes (the highest at 2535 m) and have lunch, while enjoying the spectacular view of the area. On our way back we will use the cable car to where our vehicle awaits. The drive back to the hotel is about 55 km.
Walking time & difficulty: 6-7 hours; +900/-500 m; T3 difficulty*
Day 3: How about a challenge?
After breakfast, we storm the highest peak on the Balkans – Musala. Having climbed the 2925 m high peak, we will discover how it must feel like to have lunch on top of the world, or at least come close, before we head back down to our hotel.
Walking time & difficulty: 5-6 hours; ±600 m; T2 difficulty
Day 4: Let’s bike!
We will spend the morning in the beautiful Rila forests, biking along the trails of Borovets Mountain Bike Park and have a picnic lunch in the wild.
Free afternoon to relax in the hotel spa and/or gather your strength for what is to come.
Day 5: Let’s hike!
We will get up for a very early breakfast, as this is our longest and most challenging day by far. Our vehicle will take us some 30 km away to Malyovitsa Sports Base (1720 m) from where we will begin our accent of Malyovitsa Peak (2729 m). Our final destination is the famous Rila Monastery (1147 m), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We will have a 1 hour tour of the ‘St. John of Rila’ Monastery, followed by ride back to the hotel (110 km).
Walking time & difficulty: 7-8 hours; +1000/-1500 m; T3 difficulty
Day 6: Let’s kayak!
Having spent three full days in the breathtaking Rila Mountains, it’s time for a change of scenery. We will take you on a daytrip on the biggest sweet water reservoir in Bulgaria – Iskar. We will spend a pleasant day kayaking and have a nice picnic lunch somewhere along the shores, before returning to our hotel.
Transfer to/from Iskar Reservoir (25 km each way).
Day 7: Saying Goodbye!
Departure from Borovets. Transfer to Sofia (75 km)
* You may find detailed info on EXCEDO’s Hiking Difficulty Scale here.
** Please, ask us about available optional activities in and around Sofia.