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“A taste of hiking in Bulgaria, and the Rila Monastary”

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 August 2, 2015

Our experience with Traventuria and our guide Kiril was fantastic. We happened to arrive at the Rila Lakes on incredibly busy day, but our guide still found us a slice of peace and serenity in the hills. Kiril knew a huge amount about the lakes and the surrounding area. Having Kiril with us at Rila Monastery was invaluable.

In addition to topics directly related to the tour, we talked at length at just about any topic that popped up, whether on the walk or in the car. I learned much about Bulgarian culture, politics, and national character.

There is no doubt that these guys are excellent advocates for Sofia, Bulgaria, and the environment. If you only have a short window, this is a good way to get to know Bulgaria better--and the perfect way to see the monastery and another worthwhile activity in the same day.

Thank Daniel J
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Reviewed August 1, 2015

We took the tour to Boyana church and Rila Monastery with Martin and had a wonderful time, seeing two World Heritage Listed jewels and learning tons about Bulgarian culture and history. The frescoes at the Boyana church, our first stop, evoked the Orthodox world of the 10th and 13th centuries when pictures were essential in telling the story of Christ and St. Nicholas. The Rila Monastery nestled in the mountains was breathtakingly impressive, beautifully restored with a background of green wooded mountains. At the center of the monastery that still houses monks is a church resplendent in its pictorial richness. After the visit we ate at a local restaurant that featured grilled trout fresh from the nearby streams. A more pleasant outing from Sofia cannot be imagined.

Thank Bijougirl1441
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Reviewed July 29, 2015

My first trek of its kind in Europe and I had the time of my life for the whole 6 days. Kamen our guide was great! His friendly disposition and knowledge of his country along with his stamina made each day very enjoyable and challenging. The hotels we stayed at were all really nice and the food delicious! The trip was so very well organised and I can only recommend Traventuria highly. It is my pleasure to write this review - Bulgaria is one very beautiful country for sure! Thank you Ivailo and all at Traventuria.

Thank suzanne662015
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Reviewed July 29, 2015

We engaged Traventuria to do a private tour for 6 of us. It was a week's hiking in the Pirin and Rila mountains. We had a fabulous time. Our guide, Maya, was informative and lovely. We stayed in three little hotels along the way. They were comfortable and the food was consistently good. We also sampled some good restaurants along the way so we had plenty of variety. This trip was similar to those offered by the big adventure travel firms but at half the price. Amazing value for money. The Bulgarian mountains are beautiful, similar to the Alps. I would definitely recommend the mountains in Bulgaria with Traventuria - go before the crowds discover it!

Thank LondonAveril
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Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had a great time and the tour was very interesting and beautiful. Especially Rila Monastery ! One of the most amazing places.
Our guide Martin was very good. He was very helpful , he gave us lots of informations. (not to long, not to short)
He brought us (an other day) to the start of the walking tour around the Rila Lakes.
This walking tour was amazing. We liked it very much. It took nearly a day to see the 7 lakes but it was worth it. (good shoes , water, food, a pull are necessary)

Thank Els H
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