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Bulgaria

Stroll through Rila,Pirin, and the Rhodopes

Self-Drive

Les point forts du voyage

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This trip focuses on the Southwest region of Bulgaria, with the route passing through the Rila, Pirin, and Rhodope Mountains. Despite the nature theme of the trip, this region features a number of cultural sites to visit, allowing you the chance to diversify your journey. In the Rhodopes you will find typical villages of the Bulgarian Revival period, which will allow you to see into the past and discover what life was like here in the 18th and 19th centuries. In these tucked away corners of our land, you will enjoy the distinct flavors of Bulgarian homemade cuisine made with homegrown products, courtesy of the friendly and welcoming guesthouse owners.

The route, despite its short duration will allow you to visit numerous sites, such as:
- The Bulgarian capital city of Sofia and the Boyana Church (UNESCO site)
- The antiquities of the millennial city Plovdiv
- The Bachkovo Monastery
- Picturesque Rhodope villages (Kosovo, Shiroka Laka, Leshten, Kovachevitsa, and Delchevo)
- The Yagodina and Devil’s Throat caves
- The Buinovo and Trigrad gorges
- Melnik, its winemaking traditions, pyramid formations, and the Rhozhen Monastery
- The mountain village of Bansko
- The Rila Monastery (UNESCO site)
- The Seven Rila Lakes


The route can be changed according to places of your interest and the time you wish to spend there. You will no doubt be surprised by the wealth of the country and the diversity of cultural and natural sites. For more information, take a look at the destinations listed below. You can also download and print a detailed program of the trip by clicking on the Download button.

We remind you that the proposed trips are created by our team. Feel free to contact us if you wish to make corrections to either the route or its duration. We are at your disposal to answer all your questions about the trip or any possible changes (if you want to make changes to the trip, please fill out the Tailor-Made Request form).

Thoughts from Balkania Tour:
This trip is the culmination of a number of established routes aimed at examining the natural and cultural heritage of Bulgaria. The route can be modified according to your wishes. For those who wish to spend more time on the trip, we suggest the following adjustments:
- You can lengthen your stay in Plovdiv, freeing up more time to explore Sofia on day 2.
- It is possible to spend a night in Shiroka Laka, a town that offers many opportunities for walking (including the Smolyan region)
- You can also add a few nights in Greece, in the town of Kavala and its surroundings, where you can relax on the beaches of the Aegean Sea.
- You can lengthen your stay in Bansko, allowing you more time and choices for walks throughout the region.
The accommodations are one of the strengths of this trip. We have mainly chosen family hotels and guesthouses, which allows for more authenticity, as well as proximity and contact with the locals. If your expectations are different we can switch the hotels, however this may have an impact on the route.

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Duration

9 days / 8 nights

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490 €

par personne, hors vols internationaux
details du prix
Period per person / in double room per person / in single room
from 01 April from 30 June 490 € 840 €
from 01 July from 31 August 650 € 760 €
from 01 September from 31 October 650 € 760 €
Price includes
- Delivery and return of rental car at Sofia Airport.- Rental Car - Economy class (2 passengers - example Opel Corsa , Ford Fiesta , etc . ) , Middle class (3 passengers - example Opel Astra, Renault Megane , Ford Focus , etc . ) Or high class (4 passengers - Ford Mondeo example , Skoda Octavian , Opel Vectra and others. ) , unlimited mileage , insurance Auto Casco , vignette for Bulgaria, included option for a second driver , emergency line 24/24 ) - Accommodation (based on accommodation - double room) .- Board - Breakfast- Electronic guide with practical tips- Access to the Balkania Tour team 24 hours a day- Exclusive special discounts for customers of Balkania Tour
Price does not include
- Flight ticket / return ( check the price of flights in real time and book directly on our web site )- Airport taxes- Cancellation insurance, repatriation and medical expenses ( Cancellation - 3.3% of the travel price with a minimum of 16 € / person ; all risks - 4.8% of the travel price with a minimum of 32 € / person).- Local guides - We can offer you a guided tour in Bulgarian of the following cities - Sofia, Plovdiv , Veliko Tarnovo 120 lev for half a day and 200 lev for all day.- Visits to sites mentioned in the program- Fuel- Parking fees for sites mentioned in the program
Additional information
Plane tickets -  you can check the prices of plane tickets at any time and book them from our Airline Tickets page, accessed from the home page.
Discounts for Children
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Children under 2 years - free. Does not include child seat. Children will share a room with parents (crib or extra bed).
- Children from 2 to 12 years - 20% discount. Children will share a room with parents (extra bed).
- Maximum of 2 children can share a room with 2 adults.

No maximum number of participants. For groups larger than 6 people, please send us an inquiry to make you a custom offer for your group. If you do not use the designated hotels in the program, there will be no compensation and hotels will be at your expense.

Rental car
A depost of 100 € to 300 € must be paid upon delivery of the car, depending on the category of the car. It will be refunded upon return of the vehicle, if there are no damages to it.

Rental car with a driver or with a driver/guide
In the case of traveling with a driver/guide, they are responsible for the vehicle, and no deposit is required.

Tour with rental car with driver
Driver services are limited according to the instructions previously specified by Balkania Tour and the customer. Drivers speak the language of the destination and English.

Tour with rental car with driver/guide
In addition to driving throughout the journey, the guide will provide you with information on the different aspects of life in the destination you are interested in, and provide you with tips for a more rational and succesful trip.

GPS
IMPORTANT:
In the event of a failure or problem with a GPS during the journey, Balkania Tour does not replace the faulty unit with a new one.

Hotels
The proposed hotels can be replaced with others of the same category.

Route
The proposed route may be changed without notice in the event of unforseen circumstances, bad weather conditions, or local circumstances. During national or religious holidays, some visits may be limited or eliminated, and will not be eligible for compensation.

Day 1

Walk through the center of Sofia

SofiaSofia
...
Day 2

Plovdiv - Ancient and Timeless

SofiaPlovdiv
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Day 3

Charm of the Rhodopes

PlovdivAsenovgradBachkovoKosovo
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Day 4

Traditional Rhodope villages

KosovoShiroka LakaKovachevica
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Day 5

Beautiful nature and winemaking traditions in Melnik

KovachevicaMelnik
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Day 6

In the Pirin Mountains

MelnikBansko
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Day 7

Spiritual moment in Rila

BanskoRilski manastir
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Day 8

Return to Sofia

Rilski manastirPanichishteSofia
...
Day 9

Departure

SofiaSofia
...
Day 1
Sofia

Budapest

Hotel ( 63 Rooms )

Budapest

Price includes

Breakfast
City tax
VAT
Insurance
Parking
Wi-Fi
LAN internet
Hotel Budapest is one of the newer hotels in the Bulgarian capital. It is situated near the Central Railway Station, main administrative buildings, and tourist sites.
A young, dynamic, and loyal staff with a strong feel for service will be at your disposal during your stay. The hotel offers an easy place to park and free wireless internet. If you are feeling tired from your day of exploration, you can take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant and its delicious and well-presented courses.
Hotel Budapest, in our opinion, is one of the leading hotels in its category, with a good balance of location, price and service. The slight noise from the nearby passing trains may disappoint those seeking full serenity, but this is difficult to achieve in the center of a relatively large and fast growing European capital.

Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
+ English + French + Spanish + German
Day 2
Plovdiv

Belle Ville

Hotel ( 8 Rooms )

Belle Ville

Price includes

Breakfast
City tax
VAT
The hotel is located in an authentic Renaissance house that has been declared a cultural monument, and restored according to the original plans. It formerly belonged to Nedyalko Nemski, the first director of the Plovdiv Archaeological Museum.
The hotel is small, cozy and family-owned. All eight of its spacious rooms are decorated differently, but still retain the typical Renaissance style. Located in the Old Town, the hotel features a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, which you can enjoy in the hotel garden. This is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in the Old Quarters.

Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
+ English + French
Day 3
Kosovo

Kosovskite Kashti

Guesthouse ( 19 Rooms )

Kosovskite Kashti

Price includes

Breakfast
City tax
Parking
Wi-Fi
Kosovskite Kashti (Kosovo Houses) includes several restored houses which bear the architectural style of the Bulgarian Revival. Built on a slope in the hills of the village of Kosovo, one of the least known traditional villages in the Rhodope Mountains, the houses offer a wonderful view of the green surroundings of the village. The main house features a restaurant where you can try typical Rhodope specialties.
The small cobbled streets are a very inviting place to take a walk. Other paths will take you high above the village, where you can enjoy a magnificent view.
Your stay here will be refreshing and ideal for active recreation, with very hospitable hosts.

Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
+ English + Russian
Day 4
Kovachevica

Zharova kashta

Guesthouse ( 7 Rooms )

Zharova kashta

Price includes

The Zharova Guesthouse is located in the small, picturesque village of Kovachevitsa, which is undoubtedly the most prominent representative of typical Rhodope architecture. Located near the edge of the village, the house offers a great view over the village and the surrounding area. Constructed in the traditional local style, the Zharova house impresses with its size and harmonious forms.
This is a wonderful place to relax, with a garden and veranda from which you can enjoy an amazing scene from a long gone era.

Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
Day 5
Melnik

Lumparova Kashta

Guesthouse ( 6 Rooms )

Lumparova Kashta

Price includes

Breakfast
City tax
VAT
Wi-Fi
Lumparovata Kashta is a great example of the architectural style in Melnik. Built at the foot of the Melnik Pyramids, here you will find a warm welcome, great home cuisine cooked on request, good wine made in the house winery, which is carved into the rock (a local tradition), spacious rooms and good service.
Tranquility, beautiful scenery and pleasant memories await you in this beautiful house.
Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
+ French
Day 6
Bansko

Sveti Ivan Rilski

Appartment-hotel ( 207 Rooms )

Sveti Ivan Rilski

Price includes

Breakfast
City tax
VAT
Insurance
Wi-Fi
LAN internet
Indoor pool
Sauna
Thermal bath
Fitness center
Located at the foot of the beautiful Pirin Mountains, the hotel offers a wonderful view not only of the mountains, but of the town of Bansko as well. It is well-suited for a stay during the winter and the summer, thanks to the varied tourism opportunities.
At your disposal is the 1,000 square meter entertainment center, which features a spa and pool. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the apartments include a small kitchenette for those of you who would prefer a longer stay.

Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
+ English
Day 7
Rilski manastir

Rilski Manastir

Monastery ( 13 Rooms )

Rilski Manastir

Price includes

The Rila Monastery is undoubtedly the largest spiritual center of Bulgaria, a guardian of the Bulgarian spirit and traditions. A place for reflection, spiritual worship, and travel, it will provide you with a unique experience that will leave lasting memories in your mind.
Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
Day 8
Sofia

Budapest

Hotel ( 63 Rooms )

Budapest

Price includes

Breakfast
City tax
VAT
Insurance
Parking
Wi-Fi
LAN internet
Hotel Budapest is one of the newer hotels in the Bulgarian capital. It is situated near the Central Railway Station, main administrative buildings, and tourist sites.
A young, dynamic, and loyal staff with a strong feel for service will be at your disposal during your stay. The hotel offers an easy place to park and free wireless internet. If you are feeling tired from your day of exploration, you can take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant and its delicious and well-presented courses.
Hotel Budapest, in our opinion, is one of the leading hotels in its category, with a good balance of location, price and service. The slight noise from the nearby passing trains may disappoint those seeking full serenity, but this is difficult to achieve in the center of a relatively large and fast growing European capital.

Les equipement de l hotel
Languages spoken by staff:
+ English + French + Spanish + German
Day 9

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