Bulgaria - Forests & Folklore - Walking Holiday

Bulgaria - Forests & Folklore Walking Holiday


Explore the rich culture, rural life and biodiversity of Bulgaria, one of Europe’s least known natural wonderlands. Along traditional shepherd's paths, forest tracks and ancient Roman roads, we pass through a mixture of silent forests, lush flower-filled meadows, rugged karst terrain and sandstone gorges to explore remote corners of this country. Over 15 days, learn about Bulgaria's fascinating past, visit medieval monasteries and spend time in quiet towns that preserve the charm and tranquillity of earlier centuries. While the human population has declined, in many places that has allowed for the regeneration of flora and fauna. From Sofia we journey south along the Struma Valley, detouring to the Rila Mountains to visit the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue south to the foot of the Pirin Mountains and enjoy the architecture of Melnik. Making our way into the Rodopi Mountains, we explore the rugged beauty of the Kanina, Buynovo and Trigrad Gorges, with their rare flora and fauna and beautiful caves. The unique hospitality and traditions of the region's Bulgarian Muslim villages is also a highlight. Heading north we enter the Thracian Plain, stopping to enjoy wine tasting en route to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's vibrant second city. After enjoying the architectural and cultural treasures of the old town, we visit the Bachkovo Monastery and its frescoes, before visiting the Valley of the Roses. With two nights in picturesque Koprivshtitsa, we enjoy walks in surrounding Sredna Gora Mountains. We then make our way back to Sofia with time enjoy the capital’s main sites.


  • Ramble through rural landscapes with deep gorges, spectacular caves, ancient forests and flowering meadows
  • Absorb the tranquillity of Bulgaria’s finest monasteries including Rila, Rozhen & Bachkovo
  • Discover the hospitality & cultural traditions of remote Bulgarian villages
  • Delight in the architecture & beautifully preserved towns of Melnik, Leshten, Kovachevitsa & Koprivshtitsa
  • Taste traditional Bulgarian & Balkan cuisine with regional wines
  • Explore the Valley of Roses & discover the secrets of its world-famous rose oil
  • Experience the history of Sofia & the unique charm of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s vibrant second city



06–20 July 2018 (14 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Sofia)
Advanced Early Bird: A$3,850 until 24/11/2017
Early Bird: A$4,050 until 08/03/2018
Regular: A$4,350
Single Supplement: A$420
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 6 guests

Special Interest:
History, Culture, Food

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 5–15km per walking day with some challenging options (some rough and undulating sections with steeper ascents and descents). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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