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“Trekking in the Pirin and Rilas Mountains Bulgaria”

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 July 17, 2017

The service provided by Traventuria was professional from collection in Sofia to drop off in Sofia at the end. The treks were excellent, challenging and offering stunning scenery. The hotels used as bases in the Pirin and Rilas mountains were perfect. The guide, Mitko, was endlessly enthusiastic and guided the group with a high level of professionalism and skill. He was highly informative on every aspect of the mountains, the regional geography, the history, the religious structures visited, the produce, cooking, music of each area. He went to great lengths to cater for the needs of individual I would be very happy and excited to join Traventuria in future for other activities

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Reviewed July 16, 2017

We did the day trip to the Seven Rila Lakes, organized by Traventuria, and it was amazing. Although it was a little cloudy during our hike, the sites were still amazing and so worth it. The whole tour was very well organized and the company was great. We were picked up by the van from our hotel and they purchased our lift tickets ahead of time so there was no waiting in line. Our guide, Vasco, was amazing! He was very friendly and aware of the group's different climbing abilities, always giving tips on how best to climb. and descend, offering support where needed. There was always lots of time to take pictures, and he made sure to take us to some great vantage points. He was very informative of the region and answered all our questions, and also told stories of the lakes and different myths associated with them that were very interesting. I would highly recommend this tour.

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Reviewed July 15, 2017

Visited the nice town of Plovdiv, I enjoyed it very much. Well organized visit, comfortable bus with, thank God, air conditioned. Martin, our guide, spoke an excellent English, he was very kind, helpful, patient and fun. Thank you very much Martin. Ciao and grazie :)

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Reviewed July 13, 2017

My sister and I took an 8-day self-guided hike in the Rila mountains organized by Traventuria and enjoyed every minute of it!
The organization of this hike was very good - transfers always exactly on time, friendly and helpful drivers, good communication. We did not have any previous mountain hiking experience and were suggested to choose a guided hike but we didn't - and had no problems what so ever during the hikes as the route notes were very clear and easy to follow. Got lost only once during the trip :) and found our way easily again with a little help from Google Maps.
The daily hikes were mostly marked with rather high difficulty levels 4-, 4, 5- (out of 5) but despite our lack of mountain hiking experience we managed well (a fit physical condition is needed of course). Some of the hikes would have been difficult in case of bad weather (lot of climbing on the rocks, some parts would have been slightly dangerous when rocks would be wet) but luckily we only had sunshine and great weather (with the exception of the last day with morning till night rain and thunder, so we chose to skip the last hiking day and spent time in the ski resort instead).
During some of the daily walks we almost saw no other hikers / people at all (during weekdays) which is nice if you prefer to stay away from crowded hiking routes like we do. More people were out there on weekends but still did not feel too crowded.
The accommodations were nothing too fancy but nice and clean and well located. Meals (breakfasts and some half-board dinners) were good and service fast and friendly. A bit of language challenges in some places (as only Bulgarian was spoken; English nor Russian did not help much).
Nothing to complain about, really :) I would recommend Traventuria to anyone (and actually already have).

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

We did the 8 day self-guided Riddles of Rila walking tour in the first week of July 2017. The tour was well organised with comfortable accommodation and good customer service. The walking maps were complemented with useful detailed directions in English and Traventuria staff were friendly and helpful. The walking was tough, with some long distances & a lot of climb on quite rocky terrain. Rewards were incredible views. Highlights of the week were: 7 lakes (day 4); scary lake (day 5); and Mt Musala (day 7). We took the short 10k walk on day 6 as we were too tired for the 30k option, and were able to spend the rest of the day at a swimming pool & spa at Hotel Rila (20 Leva per person). Great food in Borovets, more basic in Govedartsi (particularly for the vegetarian). Sometimes the walks were a bit longer as measured by GPS compared to the descriptions in the written guide. Sofia was great and it was a shame only to have one night there so would recommend extending the trip a couple of days either before or after to see more of the city. Borovets also had mountain bikes for hire, horse riding, swimming and zip wires - all activities it would have been fun to try if we'd had the time...
We are averagely fit in our mid-thirties with reasonable hiking experience and wouldn't have wanted to be any less fit than we are to cope with this tour!

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