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“Highly Recommended! Week Self-Guided Trip Rila/Pirin”

Traventuria - Day Tours
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$68.33*
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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 23, 2016

My wife and I did the self-guided "Peaks And Lakes Of The RIla And Pirin Mountains" trip and had a great time. All of the hikes were beautiful and the materials provided ensured we never felt lost. Hikes were physically challenging, but not technical or too difficult for someone in good shape who hikes. The staff was wonderful, transfers invaluable.

It is worth mentioning that Bansko mid-week in July felt almost completely empty. Great for hiking, but a little strange at dinner.

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Reviewed July 22, 2016

Our hike in the Pirin and Rila mountain reserves was wonderful! Organization was tip top. Our guide, Ani, was superb! She was an interesting person, very knowledgeable, very friendly and a great pleasure to spend time with. She paid attention to all details and took care that everyone's needs in the group were catered for. We really felt we were in good hands. The scenery is great and on most days we had the great expanses to ourselves. The only day on which we meet other hikers was on the hike to Musala. The cultural part of the trip was also very interesting. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to any serious hiker. You need to be in reasonably good shape as some days are quite long. But if you are, I don't think you can do better. This sounds like a review a friend writes :) but it is not. We basically meandered into this hike and were very glad we did so. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Reviewed July 20, 2016

The first tour we took was Plovdiv+Bachkovo and Georgi Valiavicharski was our guide. The trip by itself is amazing and highly recommendable but Georgi is just simply a hell of a guide he knows a lot of history and he likes to share his knowledge and experience, he is always prompt to help about anything related to the tour and beyond, he never pressure us and he was always kind. Plovdiv as the advertising in the traventuria website is a MUST and is not enough to see photos or videos of the place, you absolutely have to be there to fully enjoy it. Bachkovo monastery is also impressive but it is going a reconstruction process (July 2016).

The second tour was Boyana+Rila. The driver and guide did a fine job but our expectations after the last tour were I am afraid too high. The Boyana church is nice but in my opinion 10 Lev per person just for 10 min inside is just unfair. Now the Rila monastery is also a MUST see and perhaps is better to combine the visit to Rila with another place apart of Boyana church.

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Reviewed July 19, 2016

We've booked a tout to Rila Monastery via our hotel. We were told to wait at 09:00 in front of Alexander Nievski cathedral. We were there on time and nobody came to take us although we've circlled the cathedral a few times.
We took the same tour 2 days later and they were where they should have been. Our guide, a lady named Constanza who had a lot of knowledge and excellent English. She had shown us all over and explained everything of value to us. Together with the driver Rozen the were an excelent team! We enjoyed this tour very much!

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TraventuriaAdmin, Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2016

Dear Elisha,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. It is a pity that you have missed our minibus at first. Our pick-up point has always been in front of La Cattedrale restaurant, which is on the back of Al. Nevski Cathedral (on the south-east corner of the square). It is clearly marked on our leaflet, which you probably had not been given. I presume that you have not been informed correctly by the receptionist through which you have booked the tour. From your review I judge that you are very positive person and the caused inconvenience has not ruined your overall experience.

Thank you very much for your kind words and for sharing your experience with Konstantsa on your Rila Monastery and Boyana Church tour. We make quite demanding interviews for our guides, to ensure they are the best and to make sure that our customers get the highest quality tours. Konstantsa is brilliant and is a real expert at guiding new explorers through Bulgaria's beautiful and stunning sites.

Happy travels!

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Reviewed July 14, 2016

My husband and I really enjoyed our trip. Traventuria did a fantastic job selecting the hikes and the accomodations. The hiking directions and maps were very good, easy to follow.
The accomodations were comfortable. Large, clean rooms, lots of hot water for showers.
The breakfasts were good, with large portions, and varied.
The transfers to and from the trailheads were right on time. Overall a hassle free, well executed itinerary.

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