Snowshoeing in Bulgaria

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Snowshoeing in Bulgaria

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From $975USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotel, Huts

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Highlights

Explore two of Bulgaria’s staggering mountain ranges by snowshoe

Snowshoe through the Rila and Rhodope mountains, where snowy peaks and valleys will mesmerize you.

Discover the breathtaking view of one of Bulgaria’s most renowned natural hotspots: the Seven Rila Lakes.

Spend the evenings immersing yourself in a cozy environment, complete with hearty dishes and red wine in warm mountainside hotels.

Enjoy a mid-trip morning soaking in an open-air mineral pool, giving your muscles a chance to relax and reenergize!

Snowshoe across mystical mountain ranges that immerse you in storybook-like images on the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour. The trek will have you exploring Rila—the tallest mountain range in Bulgaria—where you’ll encounter staggering peaks cradling lush valleys and lakes glimmering with beauty, as well as the Rhodope mountains. Expect the folklore and character spanning the villages and natural scenery to propel you to forget that you’re traversing across the land by snowshoe and transport you to a calming dreamland.

The snow sweeping the region paired with breathtaking views makes the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour the ideal winter getaway. To top it off, you’ll spend the evenings next to warm fireplaces munching on authentic Bulgarian dishes with a glass of red wine in hand in a cozy family hotel nestled in faraway woodland.

Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Sofia to Rhodope Mountain

Meet up with your tour guide at Sofia airport. Begin your journey to a pleasant family hotel tucked in the depths of Rhodope Mountain. Go over a short briefing discussing the tour with your group. Enjoy a delicious meal before going to sleep.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Smolyan
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Trigrad

Experience total winter wonderland bliss on day two of the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour. After a 15-minute transfer to the trailhead, embark on a four-hour snowshoe that winds by frozen falls and scenic mountain views. Regain your energy over a picnic lunch. After you eat, you will travel one hour to Trigrad, a peppy village cradled by layers of hills. Spend the night recharging in this charming village.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trigrad
Distance
4 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Rhodope Mountain continued

After consuming breakfast, you will go on a relaxed three-hour journey. The expedition will begin with a visit to Devil's throat cave—a marvellous natural masterpiece that embodies the ideal setting for a chapter in a fantasy novel. Next, you will meander through Rhodope Mountain, encountering aged pine forests, staggering rock formations, and vast meadows en route. Enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting the Yagodina cave and the Buinovo gorge. Stay in the same hotel as day two.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trigrad
Distance
3 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Rila

Let your muscles relax in an open-air mineral pool during the morning. Consume lunch at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant before travelling over three hours to Rila mountain, where you will spend the night in a hotel tucked in the foothills of the Rila mountain range.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Govedartsi
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Malyovitsa summit

Today’s ascent requires a hearty breakfast! After you fill your body with energy, you will go on a seven-hour round-trip trek to the summit of Malyovitsa. This journey will be the most technical on this entire eight-day tour. Admire the pointed peaks, sleek glaciers, and rock formations as you snowshoe. Spend the night in the same hotel as the night before.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Govedartsi
Distance
7 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Seven Rila Lakes

Commence on a five-hour meander along a forested path that will guide you to the stunning Seven Lakes area, one of Bulgaria’s most coveted views. Continue your journey admiring the vistas blanketing the Rila mountains along the way. Replenish your body with a friendly picnic lunch. The end of the trail will take you to a quaint, remote hotel, which sits below the Seven Rila Lakes.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rila
Distance
5 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Seven Rila Lakes continued

The trek today will give you a closer look at the Seven Rila Lakes sprawling across the mountain range. A gondola will take you to a trail that leads to the fifth lake. After munching on a picnic lunch, you will have the chance to try ice climbing with the help of a licensed instructor. Stay in the same hotel as the night before.

Overnight Location
Hotel is Rila
Distance
5 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Back to Sofia

Travel back to Sofia airport for your departure.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour Price and Dates

Enjoy your own private guided snowshoeing tour in Bulgarian Mountains! Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided Groups of 2-3: $1,825USD
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: $1,095USD
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $975USD
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Accommodation on Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour

We hand-picked a mixture of two-star and three-star hotels for this journey. All hotels offer the necessary amenities to elevate the overall pleasantness of your stay. Some rooms may have additional amenities like fireplaces or access to relaxing luxuries like hot tubs or steam rooms. Expect to stay in a double room, but feel free to upgrade single occupancy for an additional price.

Note that specific accommodation may vary based on availability but will be substituted with accommodations of a similar standard.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $150USD to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group.

Hotel Kiparis in Smolyan

Not only does Hotel Kiparis offer mountain views, but it has a hot tub, an on-site spa centre, a sauna, a pool, and free Wi-Fi, as well as a bar.

Hotel Arkan Han, Trigrad

Hotel Arkan Han blends a rustic design, modern amenities, and a good time. This hotel has free Wi-Fi, a TV in the restaurant, a playground for kids, a library, and a bar.

Hotel St. George, Govedartsi

This cozy hotel offers a pleasant combination of sweeping mountain views, amenities (free Wi-Fi, TV in the room, à la carte restaurant), and friendliness!

Hotel Bendida in Panichishte

Great views, tasty local food, comfortable amenities and friendly staff – this hotel has everything to make your stay in Panichishte enjoyable.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights during the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Tickets for gondola
  • Ice climbing lesson
  • Equipment rental
    • Snowshoes
    • Trekking poles
    • Inventor for ice climbing
  • Licensed English-speaking mountain guide

Not included

  • Drinks during the dinner
  • Tickets for museums and historic monuments
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Insurance
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’

    Frequenty Asked Questions about Snowshoeing in Bulgaria

    How hard is the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour?

    We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be in good shape and have some experience using snowshoes.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Bulgaria?

    Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

    Are meals included on the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour?

    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

    Do I need insurance?

    Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

    How do I get to Sofia to start this tour?

    Book a flight landing in Sofia Airport. This airport has connections with several major cities in Europe, including London, Munich, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Vienna, and others.

    Do I need to have my own snowshoeing equipment?

    No, all the equipment is already included in the package!

    Is the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour in English?

    Yes, the tour guide speaks English.

    Where does the Bulgarian Mountains Snowshoeing Tour end?

    The tour ends where it starts—in Sofia.

    Do I need special vaccines to travel to Bulgaria?

    Check with your family doctor.

    Are there any travel restrictions for Bulgaria?

    Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

    When is the best time to travel to Bulgaria for this tour?

    The best time to travel to Bulgaria for this snowshoeing tour from mid-January to mid-April.K‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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    We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be in good shape and have some experience using snowshoes.


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