Bulgaria

Winter Skiing Adventure

Level

Easy

Duration

8 days

Route

Arrival Sofia, Borovetz, Rila Monastery, Bansko, Sofia , Departure Sofia

Time to travel

Best time is considered from Jan to end of March (depending on the weather conditions).

During this trip you will have the opportunity to learn skiing in ( classes included) while witnessing the stunning winter landscapes of  Rila and Pirin Mountains; you  will visit the Rila Monastery – 9th century colorfully painted Orthodox monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site;  explore the capital city  Sofia city; you will enjoy the  traditional cuisine .

Borovets is among the largest Bulgarian ski resorts in terms of length and capacity of its ski trails and facilities. It is situated on the Northern slopes of the Musala ridge in the Eastern part of the Rila mountain. Huddled amid the century old pine forests on 1300 m. of altitude Borovets is the perfect place for winter sports and vacation.The town of Bansko – your next stop is situated at the foot of the Pirin mountain in the south-western Bulgaria, 160 km from Sofia. The resort offers excellent ski and snowboard conditions and infrastructure and rich cultural history.

Facts:

  • Activities: skiing (beginner level), culture sightseeing
  • Our operation:

    • All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity and understanding of the local culture and environment
    • Our staff is highly experienced and has excellent knowledge, committed to provide exceptional service at all times.

    Sustainability:

    • We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.
    • We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.
    • As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival

Arrival at Sofia airport. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative.

If thearrival flight time is no later than 1-2pm, you  will have 2-hour guided Sofia Walking City Tour (if flight times are not appropriate, the city tour will be done in day 8 before departure).

Sightseeing tour of Sofia which includes:

  • St. Sunday square
  • Statue of Sofia
  • The Old Public Baths
  • Rotunda St. George – 4th century
  • The Royal Palace and the city garden
  • St. Alexander NevskiCathedral

Transfer from Sofia to Borovets (1.30 – 2.00 hours).

Dinner in hotel.

Overnight:Borovets ski resort

Accommodation:4* Hotel “Lion”

Included meals: dinner

Day 02: Half-day Ski Classes in Borovets

Breafkast in hotel and half-day private skiing lessons with English-speaking instructor.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight: Borovets ski resort

Accommodation: 4* Hotel “Lion”

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 03: Half-day Ski Classes in Borovets

Breakfast in hotel and half-day private skiing lessons with English-speaking instructor.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight: Borovets ski resort

Accommodation: 4* Hotel “Lion”

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 04: Guided Visit of Rila Monastery

We start the day with a private transfer (2 hours) to the largestholy place and monastery in Bulgaria – Rila Monastery. The sanctuary was founded in the 10th c. by the saint hermit Ivan Rilski. Nowadays the monastery is UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of the church of  the Holy Virgin, monastery museum, medieval kitchen, and medieval tower.

In the afternoon, second transfer to Bansko resort (1.30 hours).

Dinner in hotel.

Overnight: Bansko ski resort

Accommodation: 4* Hotel “Lion”

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 05: Half-day Ski Classes in Bansko

Breafkast in hotel and half-day private skiing lessons with English-speaking instructor.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with live folklore music (walking  distance)

Overnight: Bansko ski resort

Accommodation: 4* Hotel “Lion”

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 06: Half-day Ski Classes in Bansko

Breafkast in hotel and half-day private skiing lessons with English-speaking instructor.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight: Bansko ski resort

Accommodation: 4* Hotel “Lion”

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 07: Half-day Ski Classes in Bansko

Breafkast in hotel and half-day private skiing lessons with English-speaking instructor.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight: Bansko ski resort

Accommodation: 4* Hotel “Lion”

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 08: Transfer back to Sofia / Departure

After breakfast you will have a private transfer from Bansko to Sofia airport (2 hours).

Included meals: breakfast

1,584 USD

per person in a group of 4, Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

Open Dates

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

This includes:

  • 3 overnights on HB in 4* hotel in Borovets
  • 4 overnights on HB in 4* hotel in Bansko
  • 1 special dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant
  • transfers from hotel to cabin lifts
  • private transfer Sofia airport – Borovets resort
  • private transfer Borovets resort – Rila Monastery – Bansko
  • private transfer Bansko – Sofia airport
  • guided Sofia city tour
  • guided Rila Monastery tour
  • full ski pack: lift pass, skis, poles & boots, 4hrs daily private tuition for 2 days in Borovets and 3 days in Bansko,+ ski equipment overnight storage in the ski rental shop

This excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • High season supplements
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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