MAGICAL WINTER VACATION IN BULGARIAN COUNTRYSIDE

Discover the hidden beauties of Bulgaria! The pearl of eastern Europe, can offer to its guests much more. Away from the world - famous sea coast resorts, deep in the majestic forests of the Rhodope mountains, one can feel the real meaning of a relaxing vacation. This tour will allow you to plunge into the atmosphere of the traditional Bulgarian lifestyle, have time for leisure and try some various winter activities. The result always is an amazing mixture of fun and relaxation.

Day 1. Arriving at Sofia airport. Meeting with your local vacation assistant and transfer to a traditional, rustic family guesthouse in the village of Zornitsa, deep in the very heart of the Rhodope mountains. Accommodation, traditional local cuisine dinner and overnight.

Day 2. Local style breakfast. After a short transfer, we will take a chair lift op to the Mechi Chal ski area. Here we will be able to learn how to ski, with the assistance of a professional ski teacher. Those, who have enough experience can do it on their own. Lunch in a nice restaurant nearby the ski tracks. Afternoon return to our guesthouse. Free time. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Breakfast. It is a day for more leisure and fun. After a short (20 min.) transfer we will reach Pamporovo – one of the largest ski resorts in Bulgaria. Here we will have the opportunity to ride a sledge car up to the summits above and enjoy the views, and try the dog sled, with the assistance of a professional dog trainer – an unforgettable experience. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Pamporovo. In the afternoon we will return to our guesthouse in Zornitsa and have some free time for leisure. Later we will have a traditional dinner. Overnight.

Day 4. Breakfast. Once again, it is a day for skiing. We will continue our learning course with the professional instructor, in the Mechi Chal ski area. Lunch will take place in the traditional restaurant next to the tracks. Return to our nice accommodation in Zornitsa village. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 5. Breakfast. Today it is time for more relaxation and to merge more into the countryside life of the region. After a short transfer we will visit a hot mineral water pool in the town of Devin, known for its SPA. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Devin. Return to our guesthouse, where our hosts will tell and show us more about the farm life and the maintaining of a ranch. We will be shown how to prepare some traditional and special Bulgarian winter meals, and have them for dinner, along with some hot red wine and rakia. Of course, we will also learn some traditional folklore songs and dances too. Overnight.

Day 6. Breakfast. Transfer (40 min.) to the town of Smolyan – the regional center of the Rhodopes. Here we will get to know better the beautiful landscape of the mountain. Short and pleasant hike (2 hours) through the dense pine forests will lead us to the frozen waterfalls at the “Canyon of the waterfalls” river – truly an amazing scenery. Return to Smolyan for lunch in a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, return to our guesthouse in Zornitsa village. Free time for leisure. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 7. Breakfast. Today we will cross the Rhodope mountains from south to north. We start with a 1 hour transfer to the stunning natural phenomenon, the Wonderful Bridges. The gigantic rock arches, remotely situated in the forest are a sight not to forget. One more hour drive will take us to the famous Bachkovo monastery (11 c.), the second biggest in Bulgaria and the medieval Asen fortress. In the exit of the mountains is Plovdiv – the country’s second largest city. Here we will have a short tour and lunch in a traditional restaurant. In the evening we will arrive in the capital Sofia. Accommodation in a nice hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8. Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia airport. Goodbye.

Price includes:

  • All the accommodations, mentioned in the program
  • All the dinners, mentioned in the program
  • All the breakfasts, mentioned in the program
  • All the lunches, mentioned in the program
  • All the transportations
  • The instant assistance of a licensed, english speaking guide
  • All the tickets for museums and hitorical and monuments
  • Entrance fees for all entertainments, mentioned in the program

Price does not Include:

  • All the drinks, during dinners
  • Tips and personal expences

Minimum/maximum participants: 2 to 16

Period: December - March

Highlights: Refreshing vacation in the beautiful remote village Zornitsa, south Rhodope massive, which includes: Skiing, Sledge car riding, Dog sled experience, Hiking, Mineral pool and visitation to various tourist attractions.