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Hiking getaway to the Central Balkans

4 days / 3 nights
Bulgaria - Walking short trips
Guided - Families

price from 340 €

Let's explore a lesser known part of Bulgaria: the Central Balkans Natural Park! The park is one of the three national parks in Bulgaria. Founded in 1991, today it is the third largest protected area in the country. Superb hikes await us!

Your day by day program

1
Arrival in Bulgaria

Our short holiday to Bulgaria begins with our arrival in Apriltsi, 200 km from Ruse. We stay at a guesthouse and enjoy the first night here.

2
Vidimsko Praskalo waterfall

Today we start with a first easy hike to Vidimsko Praskalo waterfall, the second highest in Bulgaria. Three streams gather their waters and flow into the waterfall, flowing through an alpine meadow. After a car transfer of approx. about 10 km, we start from the last point of the asphalt road. Then we climb to the Pleven mountain hut (1500 m) at the foot of Botev Peak, where we will spend 2 nights overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hiking duration: 3.5 hours to the waterfall, + 80m; 1.5 hours to the hut, + 200m

3
The highest point of the Balkans

Today we advance towards Botev peak (2376m), the highest point in the Balkan Mountains, depending on the weather conditions. We also have the opportunity to do a round trip and to climb a few other peaks - Kostenurkata, Golyam Kupen and others. We will spend tonight in the Pleven Hut as well.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hiking duration: 7h, +/- 900m

4
The last day

We are descending on our last day, back to the village of Apriltsiand we have 3 trails options, with duration ranging from 1 to 2 hours. Before returning home, we stop for a guided visit to the beautiful town of Veliko Tarnovo with its Tsarevets fortress and the Ivanovo rock church near Ruse).

Breakfast, lunch
The end of the trip.

Departure board

Departures for groups formed on request

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Apriltsi village
End
  • Apriltsi village
Accommodation
  • 1 night in guesthouse
    2 nights in a basic mountain hut with rooms with 3 & 4 beds, common bathrooms on each floor and a cozy restaurant and living room
Number of people
  • Minimum of 6 people. Maximum of 12
Level of difficulty
  • Easy to medium level.
Options
  • Single room supplement : 13€
Included
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 picnic lunches
  • 2 dinners at the mountain hut
  • Authorized Bulgarian, English-speaking guide from day 1 to day 4
  • Guided visit of Veliko Tarnovo & Tsarevets fortress
  • Local transfers mentioned
  • Transport to / from Bulgaria (departure from Bucharest)
Not included
  • Other meals
  • Other expenses not mentioned

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