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Bansko summer walking program

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The town of Bansko is situated at the northeastern foot of Pirin beneath the highest and the most beautiful Karst part of the mountain. Bansko is one of the biggest winter resorts in the country. If you add to this its architectural and historical value, Bansko is the pearl in the Bulgarian necklace. The most impressive one of the surroundings of Bansko is the legendary mountain of Pirin. To the south of Bansko is the Pirin National Park. Mountain and the park are the alpine type glacier forms. The highest peak there is Vihren – 2915m. At the foot of the peaks in the park, there are more than 180 circus lakes. The biggest groups of lakes are Bandarishki, Vasilashki, Strazishki, Todorini, Valjavishki, Popovi, Kremenski, Prevalski, Polenski and Vlahini.

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May, June, September & October 2016

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  • 3/7 overnights in double/twin room in Hotel Orphey, Basnko, 4*
  • Breakfast, packed lunch ( sandwich, fruit, mineral water), dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Free use of the swimming pool and steam bath
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake
  • Transportation from Sofia airport to Bansko and back
  • 2 walking tours with a guide and minibus transfer:
    - Transfer to Vihren chalet and then walking tour to the lakes above (for details see below)
    - Transfer to Katerina Hotel and then a walking tour along Damjanishka river (for details see below)

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Remarks

The tourists have to carry small backpacks during the tours in the mountain for the lunch and some clothes. The lunch packet is prepared at the hotel. The transfers to the mountain and back are not more than 20-30min which allows for longer trips in the mountain. The programs are flexible and could be changed on tourists' demands. More transfers to different parts of the mountain can be arranged on spot (not included in the price).

1st tour

Bus transfer to Vihren hut. Walking tour in the valley below peak Vihren(2915m - the highest in Pirin mountain) to the most accessible lakes: The Eye and the fish lake with wonderful views to the high peaks around (Distance from the hotel to Vihren hut is about 18km). If you wish and have some experience in the mountain, you can climb on your own Vihren peak (6 hours trip from Vihren hut in both directions).

2nd tour

Bus transfer to "Shiligarnika" (Distance about 12km). Walking tour through a wonderful forest, "Karkamski" lakes, "Todorini Ochi" lakes, "Vasilashki" lakes, hut "Demianica" along "Todorova Ornica" river. Transfer to the hotel.

3rd tour (without guide)

Walking tour in Bansko. You have the opportunity to visit on your own few interesting places connected with Bulgarian history of the town such as the St. Trinity church (1835), the House-museum of Neofit Rilski (born in 1793, a patriarch of the Bulgarian education and enlightenment), Velianovata house and more.

Additional excursions, booked locally (not included in the price)

Full day sightseeing in Sofia

This tour will acquaint you with Sofia's most famous points of interest. First is the Alexander Nevski cathedral, followed by The Crypt, St. Sofia church, Russian church, King's palace, The Rotunda, The mosque and the Synagogue. Visit Boyana church and National history museum. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is an ancient town, dating back from centuries ago. Relics are well preserved and match perfectly to the new modern city. The Icon museum, The Crypt within the Memorial church - St. Aleksander Nevski - has kept an unbelievable treasure of well preserved icons. The tolerant spirit of Sofia could be felt when visiting the Eastern Orthodox church, the Islamic mosque and the Jewish Synagogue. A charming mixture between modern life and a somehow Oriental spirit coupled with extremely friendly people is an experience not to be missed.

Rila monastery

Explore Rila monastery, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hidden away in the Rila Mountains, it is one of the most revered holy places in the country. Rila monastery is a national icon for Bulgarians, and a wonderfully situated monument of the highest architectural and historic interest. It is protected under the shield of UNESCO, and contains the remarkable frescoes and wooden Cross - are historical pieces of medieval art.

Kavala

Take the advantage from the close proximity of Bansko to the southern neighbor of Bulgaria. You will have the pleasure to enjoy a wonderful drive across the Rhodope mountains to Kavala, a nice city in the northern part of Greece with nice beaches on the Aegean Sea.

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