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“Awesome self-guided hiking in Rila and Pirin”

Traventuria - Day Tours
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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 6, 2016

Through another provider we booked the self-guided walking tour "Peaks And Lakes Of The RIla And Pirin Mountains". Traventuria was the on-the-ground service provider in Bulgaria, responsible for the itinerary, booking all accommodation and arranging all ground transportation.

We spent our first two days hiking in the Rila range, based in Govedartsi. Day 1 was the summit of Musala, Bulgaria's highest peak. This was a very manageable hike for anyone with hiking experience. It was a Saturday and was packed with people which took away from the experience somewhat. I'd much rather go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Day 2 was a tour of the Seven Rila Lakes, which was phenomenal. Very challenging hiking (especially to reach the top two lakes) but we were rewarded with breathtaking scenery.

On Day 3 we stopped at the UNESCO World Heritage Rila Monastery on our way to our next base (Bansko). The monastery was incredible and well worth the two-hour visit we spent there.

We spent our last three hiking days based in Bansko, which felt almost deserted in early August. Day 4 was a fairly easy day (an out and back to Popovo Lake from the Gotse Delchev Hut). Day 5 (a tour of the Byderishki Lakes from the Vihren Hut) was also beautiful and rewarding. For the final day, instead of tackling Vihren as per the itinerary, we decided to go back to Gotse Delchev Hut and climb Mount Polezhan. This was about four hours of fairly challenging hiking, particularly the final 300m of ascent, but again the reward at the top was amazingly breathtaking scenery.

The route book provided by Traventuria was fantastic and we felt the directions provided for each hike were very clear. The accommodations were fine for a walking trip (comfortable bed and a good shower) but are fairly basic. There was no air conditioning - it was extremely hot but did cool down enough in the evening with the windows open for it to be manageable. The drivers were great, very friendly, excellent English and were always on time. We felt the organization of the trip and all the support was first class.

If you find yourself in Bansko we would highly recommend Mehana Voivodata on Pirin Street - great atmosphere, friendly service and huge portions of delicious traditional Bulgarian food at very reasonable prices.

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Reviewed August 6, 2016

Thank you for your super organized 7 days treks in Pirin & Rila Mountains.
The guide Kamen, was excellent in everything.
We intend to recomand all our friends about your travel agency.

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Reviewed August 3, 2016

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are both fantastic places to visit. However, our guide slept all the way through. He was quite knowledgeable when he woke up though.

Thank W_H_Can
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TraventuriaAdmin, Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2016

Dear Sir,
Thank you for your feedback. It is highly appreciated by me as a manager. All necessary measures have been taken for this not to happen again. As a company and a young enthusiastic team we always strive to provide excellent services. On behalf of our guide and the rest of Traventuria's team I would like to apologize. I hope you will use our services again, so we can try to exceed or at least meet your expectations.
Happy travels and all the best!

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Reviewed August 1, 2016

The daytrip I took to Boyana Church and Rila Monastery was amazing, very well organised, and great value for money. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, the minibus was new and clean, wifi on board. The two sites were well worth a visit, as they both are UNESCO heritage sites.

I highly recommend the company and the trip!

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Reviewed July 30, 2016

We went to Boyana Church and Rila Monastery with Traventuria. We got picked up at our hotel on time and driven to both locations. We went in July 2016 while the road to the monastery was being renovated, which added some time onto our journey. The roads were slightly precarious but the driver got us back to Sofia quickly and safely. Our tour guide (I've forgotten her name) was really good - very warm, friendly and informative. She obviously knew a lot about the history of both sites and of Bulgaria in general and gave us lots of information throughout the journey and was happy to answer all our questions. The sites we saw were interesting, the tour was well organised and both our driver and guide were really good - would definitely recommend.

Thank FRJW
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