Hike in the Pirin and Mont Olympe mountains.
D1. Sofia - Rila Monastery.
Arrival at the airport of the Bulgarian capital. Transfer (about 2 hours) to the Grand Monastery of Rila (founded in the 10th century), listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Installation in a bungalow near the monastery.
D2. Rila Monastery - Bansko.
In the morning, walk to the cave of St John of Rila, the hermit who founded the first monastery here in the 10th century. Then visit the monastic complex. In the afternoon, 2 hours drive to reach Bansko. Installation for 3 nights in a family gîte. Town tour.
D3. Mount Bezbog - Lake Popovo - Bansko.
Hike to the largest lake in Pirin, known as Popovo ezero. Climbing the Bezbog summit (2640 m asl) is an option for more motivated people. In the afternoon, descend to the village of Dobrinichtè to enjoy a superb swimming pool with thermal mineral water. Dinner in a traditional restaurant, known as "mehana". 3 h 30 round trip; + 250 m; - 250 m; With the summit option: + 1h30; + 400 m; - 400 m;
D4. Banderitsa - Demianitsa - Bansko Circus.
Very nice hike in the granite part of Pirin. From the Todorina porta pass (2500 m), great views of the ridges and lakes on the other side. In the afternoon, descent into the beautiful valley of Demianitsa. Return to Bansko by coach. 7 h, + 650 m; - 1050 m;
D5. Mount Vihren - Melnik.
Ascent of the Pirin's main summit and the third of the Balkans - Mont Vichren (2914 m). A superb pyramid of limestone and marble. In the afternoon, transfer south (2 h 30) to the Rojène monastery (17th century), very close to the Greek border. Visit of the monastery and walking tour (1 h). Through the fantastic site of Fairy Chimneys, we descend to the smallest town in Bulgaria - Melnik (150 inhabitants), located in an extraordinary place. The city owes its fame to its wine center. Installation in a charming hotel. 6.30 a.m .; + 1050 m; - 1150 m;
D6. Melnik - Spilios Agapitos refuge.
In the morning, visit the Kordopoulos house, one of the tallest buildings built in the 18th century. Transfer (about 3 hours) to the Mont Olympe massif in Greece. From the Prionia car park, where the bus leaves us, we climb the path to the Spilios Agapitos refuge (2100 m). Beautiful views of the Aegean sea coast. Night in a refuge. Large luggage is not routed there. 3 hrs; + 700m;
D7. Mytikas - Leptokaria summit.
The ascent of the main summit of Greece and the second of the Balkans - Mytikas (2917 m). In the afternoon, descent to the Leptokaria sea resort. Installation for 2 nights in hotel. Free time to relax and beach. 7 a.m .; + 900 m; - 1400 m;
D8. Meteora - Leptokaria.
Discovery of the natural and cultural phenomenon of Meteora. After an early transfer (about 2 hours), you arrive at the foot of the imposing rocks on which the famous Greek monasteries are perched. Visit to the Transfiguration monastery and then the Grand Meteor monastery. Walk around the rocks. Return to Leptokaria and free time for relaxation and beach. Free dinner (not included). 1 h, + 150 m; - 150 m;
D9. Dyon - Thessaloniki - departure.
In the morning, depending on the time of your return flight, visit the archaeological site of Dyon, and then transfer (1 hour) to Thessaloniki airport *, the second city of Greece is an important port on the Aegean Sea. Lunch at the expense of the participants. Departure.
- It is anyway possible to take off from Sofia. About 4 hours drive from Leptokaria. The price of this hypothetical transfer is not included. To consult us.
Accommodation and catering:
- 3 nights in a 3 * hotel, a gîte and a mountain refuge
- Breakfasts, picnic at midday and hot meal in the evening included, except dinner D8 at Leptokaria and lunch D9 at Thessaloniki. Some meals at the restaurant.
Graduate French-speaking Bulgarian guide. Minibus available during the whole tour. * For small groups (6-8 people) this will be the guide who will drive you by car.
- Full board (except D8 dinner in Leptokaria and D9 lunch in Thessaloniki)
- All transfers and luggage routing (except on Day 6, at the Agapitos refuge, where there is no car access)
- The French-speaking Bulgarian guide
- Minibus and driver available
- The organization,
- Meals D8 at Leptokaria and D9 at Thessaloniki
- the drinks
- tickets to museums and swimming pools
- ski lifts
- personal expenses and equipment
- the insurance
- single room supplement: + 130 €