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From Plovdiv: Musala Peak Full-Day Trekking Tour

1. From Plovdiv: Musala Peak Full-Day Trekking Tour

Enjoy a full-day hike of the Rila National Park and conquer the summit of Musala, the highest mountain on the Balkan peninsula Boasting more than 180 glacial lakes, the name of the mountain is of Thracian origin and means “Plenty of Water.” Coniferous trees grow up to 170-200 feet (50-60 meters) tall, concealing diverse wildlife that includes bears, wolves, wild goats, and imperial eagles. Following a pick-up in Plovdiv, head towards Borovets, Bulgaria's oldest ski resort. The 19th-century resort is surrounded by old pine forests, and boasts one of the healthiest climates in Bulgaria. Board the gondola lift to the peak of Yastrebet (7,936 feet/2,369 meters) for the start of your trek. Your guide will lead you along the trail to the Musala Mountain Hut, and on to a stunning lake, before hiking to Icy Lake (9,078 feet/2,710 meters), the coldest and highest lake in the Rila Mountains. A short but steep ascent follows all the way to Musala’s summit (9,799 feet/2,925 meters), with spectacular vistas along the way. Gaze across at the alpine Pirin Mountains, Vitosha Mountain, Sredna Gora Mountains, and the green carpets of the Rhodope Mountains. After a break at the summit, hike back down, retracing your steps to the gondola lift and on to Borovets for the transfer back to Plovdiv.

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The 7 Rila Lakes: Full-Day Guided Hike from Plovdiv

2. The 7 Rila Lakes: Full-Day Guided Hike from Plovdiv

Spend an extraordinary day hiking in Rila National Park, as you admire the incredible landscape of glacial lakes and mountain peaks. The Rila Mountains, located within the park, are the highest in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula. On this full-day outing, you’ll see why the 7 Rila Lakes area is the most popular trekking destination in the Rila Mountains. Drive to the Pionerska hut and take the chair lift to the Rila Lakes hut. From this point you’ll do a loop hike of the 7 Rila Lakes and discover the spectacular beauty of the lakes and the towering peaks. The first lake you’ll come to is The Kidney, followed by The Eye, the deepest lake in Bulgaria. Next is the highest lake, The Tear. At this point you’ll have incredible views of all the lakes, and the Balkan range in the distant background. After a break at the top you’ll continue exploring the rest of these lakes on the way down. Next is the largest lake, The Twins, followed by The Trefoil, The Fish Lake, and then The Lower Lake, which collects water from the other 6 lakes. Your trek ends at the Rila Lakes hut, where you’ll take the chair lift back to the Pionerska hut before heading back to Plovdiv.

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Plovdiv: Private Day Trip to Rhodopi Mountain

3. Plovdiv: Private Day Trip to Rhodopi Mountain

Combine the beauty of nature and Bulgaria’s cultural heritage on this 6-hour tour of Rhodopi Mountain. Start at 9:00 AM with pickup by your guide from your hotel and head to the mountain. Your first stop will be a visit to the remains of the old medieval Asen’s Fortress and Church, situated at a point where you can see amazing panoramic views and take astonishing photos. After that, continue to the small village of Bachkovo where you will visit the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria. This place is an important monument of Christian architecture and one of the largest and oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. This monastery is famous for the icon of Virgin Mary, dating back to the 14th century, which is thought to be miraculous and receives thousands of pilgrimages per year. Go for a hike in the mountains on a trail that starts just next to the monastery. Your 1 to 2-hour hike will be of moderate difficulty and take you through beautiful, scenic trails. Finally, have a break for lunch in a traditional local restaurant before returning to Plovdiv at 3:00 PM.

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