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“In the Footsteps of Orpheus self-guided hiking tour”

Traventuria - Day Tours
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$66.43*
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery
Ranked #3 of 50 Outdoor Activities in Sofia
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Owner description: Traventuria Ltd is a fully bonded Bulgarian tour operator, possessing a management with experience of over 10 years in the field of the incoming tourism in Bulgaria and the Balkans. The company offers cultural and active holidays, private transfers, ski and snow board packages. Flexibility, local knowledge and perfection in all our services are our distinctive feature!
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Self guided tours are an excellent way to soak up the scenery and the social, cultural, natural environments experienced along the way - at your own pace. While the majority of the hiking routes were clearly marked and very easy to follow, one or two needed either some way markers better positioned on the trail or better indications given on the guide notes provided. A small glitch in an otherwise extremely well designed hiking holiday. Drivers were always on time to collect our luggage and drop it to the next night stop. All were very polite, friendly, great ambassadors for Bulgaria! Rumen our driver from Sofia to Devin and from Kosovo back to Sofia (via Plovdiv), Carlo who collected us from the Miraculous Bridges and drove us to Kosovo, George our driver in Sofia, and of course our wonderful guesthouse hosts - Rumen and Zakarena in Lyaskovo and Svetlana in Kosovo village: simply superb hospitality!!
I was a last minute addition to an already organised group and with only a week's notice, Ivailo (Traventuria manager) was able to make all my arrangements - some of which fell outside the usual tour package - without a hiccup.
Very easy online payment, all boxes ticked, nothing left to chance. A very sharp operation - can whole-heartedly recommend Traventuria and will be happy to have them arrange my next trip to Bulgaria.

1  Thank Tanya A
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TraventuriaAdmin, Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Dear Tanya,
Thank you very much for the kind words. It is our main goal to improve our products, which is a continuous process and feedback like yours help us and our future clients a lot. The Rhodopes are very special part of Bulgaria, which normally stays outside of the popular hiking itineraries and trails, and the tourist infrastructure is not always so well developed. But this attracts very special people (like you) who are looking exactly for that, as this provides a true taste of Bugaria, far away from the commercial routes. We will surely continue our efforts in the development of existing and new self-guided walking holidays in the region, revealing the Rhodope Mountains and Bulgaria at their best.
Yours,
Ivailo

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

I and two other ladies did this 1 week hike last week. The trek itself was really excellent, not difficult at all, though there are a few steep climbs. The scenery was spectacular, and having strawberries, currents, raspberries growing on the roadside to eat was wonderful.
Traventuria does a 'first class plus' job of organising the trip, with being met and the airport, organising DBB accom, baggage carrying, maps etc. All their drivers arrived early and were happy to accommodate our needs, and our hosts at the accom were so friendly.
Also we had a few problems that meant many last minute changes, Traventuria's manager Ivailo was always happy to accommodate, and all correspondence with him was very efficient.
Totally recommended!

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TraventuriaAdmin, Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2014

Dear Andrea,
Thank you so much for the kind words. We do our best to promote this remote region of Bulgaria, where traditional hospitality and nature are perfectly combined to provide a most relaxing hiking experience away of the crowds and the popular trekking routes. We really hope this had affected in a very positive way your soul in this particular period of your life and we look forward to meeting you again in Bulgaria.
Best wishes,
Ivailo

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Reviewed July 19, 2014

It was a good day out, the monastery is amazing! Our guide was only an occasional staff and you could feel it, however he was nice and flexible. We stopped for a trout at a restaurant close to the monastery, just beside the Rila river. The view was amazing . Overall a great day

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Reviewed July 5, 2014

A great day out. Our driver and guide were so friendly and knowledgable about the history of the monastery and would thoroughly recommend this trip.

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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Amazing 6 days hikes in bulgaria mountains with great scenaries and tracks.. Each of these six days had different tracks allowing you to explore the inner villages of bulgaria. Ee certainly enjoyed the entire hiking program which was very well arranged.

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