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From Bansko: Horse Riding Experience

1. From Bansko: Horse Riding Experience

Start your day of adventure by arriving at the meeting location at your selected time slot. Upon arrival, enjoy a pleasant meet and greet with the local staff who will direct you to your drive. After a scenic, 15-minute drive to the nearby small town of Dobrinishte, you'll arrive at the horse ranch where you'll meet your instructor for this experience. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, this tour is perfect for you. For beginners, you'll learn the basics of horse riding and ride in a closed field. If you are more experienced at horse riding, you can explore the countryside with your instructor. When you complete the activity, you'll be driven back to Bansko, returned safely to the original starting location. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

Bansko: Guided Pirin Mountains 4x4 Tour and Thermal Baths

2. Bansko: Guided Pirin Mountains 4x4 Tour and Thermal Baths

Journey to the outskirts of Bansko mountain resort, situated at the foot of the UNESCO listed Pirin National Park, where you will partake in a tour of the mountains with a local guide. Visit the St. Nikola archeological complex and the “Nameless Settlement”, dating back to the end of the II century AD, enjoy lunch at a restaurant with own Balkan trout fish farm situated at the shore of a picturesque mountain lake and relax deeply at the end of the tour in the thermal spas fed by hot spring waters in Banya, or Dobrinishte village.

From Bansko: Private Transfer to/from Sofia Airport

3. From Bansko: Private Transfer to/from Sofia Airport

- private quick, safe and 100% reliable transfer service - door-to-door transfer to or from your hotel in Bansko ski resort or the surrounding area - if you land at Sofia Airport, our driver will meet you with a sign with your name and take you directly to your destination address - if you book your return transfer, our driver will wait for you in front of your hotel or address in Bansko for a direct transfer to the Airport - no waiting, no additional payment - plenty of room for your ski equipment (please request) - free child/infant seats (please request) - 24/7 English speaking customer service - fully licensed and bonded company

Sofia: Pirin National Park Hike & Bansko Visit with Lunch

4. Sofia: Pirin National Park Hike & Bansko Visit with Lunch

Hike to admire Banderishki Lakes and see the highest peak of the mountain, Vihren. Go down to the biggest ski resort in Bulgaria, Bansko, to tuck into a traditional Bulgarian lunch. Take a guided walk in the historical part of the town and learn about the history and architecture of the Revival period. At 8:00 AM, be picked by your guide from your accommodation in Sofia. Enjoy a 2-hour drive on a very beautiful scenic road. See the highest mountain on the Balkans—Rila Mountain—on the way. Then, reach the starting point of your hike, Vihren hut. The hiking takes approximately 3.5 hours in both directions, during which you pass by 3 of the Banderishki Lakes. When back in your vehicle, head towards Bansko Ski resort, just 15 minutes from the parking. Upon coming down from the mountain, relax in Bansko, nestled in a valley. Have a Bulgarian lunch in the heart of the historical part of Bansko. Afterward, join a 30-minute walking tour of the place. Be introduced to the local Revival period architecture. Learn about the beginning of the Revival period in the 18th century. At around 04:30 PM, start your journey back to Sofia. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

Krupnik: Rafting Adventure on the Struma River

5. Krupnik: Rafting Adventure on the Struma River

Experience the beauty of the Kresna Gorge and the irresistible rapids of the Struma River. This activity is bound to be a wonderful combination of active fun, team excitement, and refreshing splashes of water. You will enjoy 1-1.5 hours in the water, depending on the water levels, and the total tour will take around 2.5-3 hours. The length of the track is 11 kilometers, with the main route consisting of class-3 rapids. You will also pass by 13 of the most attractive rapids of the Struma River. Throughout your activity, enjoy views of the peaks of Pirin, and pass through the Tisata Reserve. If you have the power, you can complete your day with some interesting activities such as archery, rope courses, a climbing wall, horseback riding, an eco-path walk, a visit to the healing mineral baths in Oshtava, and a visit to the colorful Vlahi Village.

Bansko: Guided ATV Adventure

6. Bansko: Guided ATV Adventure

Explore the mountains in a unique way. Our ATV safari will take you to stunning and beautiful locations where you could enjoy the slopes again as well as some breathtaking views. You could choose a convenient time slot from the booking form and your unforgettable experience will start from our rental shop Ski and Board Traventuria. А 3-4 minute drive will take you to the starting point, where the instructor will be waiting. Short training on the terrain, safety instructions, and the necessary equipment (helmets, goggles) are included in the price. The safari lasts for about an hour. Customers are driving the ATVs on a track following the instructor, who is looking after the safety of the participants in the event. After your tour, you will be transferred back to our store. Note! Only customers with valid driving licenses are allowed to drive the ATV. Children above the age of 7 may ride the ATV behind the instructor or an adult. Children under the age of 7 cannot take part in the rides. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

Bansko: Fixed departure shared transfer to Sofia Airport

7. Bansko: Fixed departure shared transfer to Sofia Airport

The meeting point is at our ski rental shop "Ski & Board Traventuria", and the driver will be there. You will be assisted with your luggage before boarding your vehicle. Your shuttle will run at scheduled times during the day. The trip takes up to 2:30 hours.

Bansko: Rare Bulgarian Pets Experience

8. Bansko: Rare Bulgarian Pets Experience

During a special 3-hour guided experience, discover rare breeds of domestic Bulgarian animals that have been rescued by animal welfare enthusiasts. Get introduced to these creatures by a local expert guide. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the association has been working to save the authentic Karakachan dog and two other breeds of Karakachans (the sheep and the horse), all of which were on the brink of extinction during the socialist rule of Bulgaria.  Learn all about these lovely creatures: how they should be cared for and what makes them special. Hear about their history, their unique nature, and their breeding habits. Take part in a fun photo session with these furry creatures and snack on some delicious organic food from the region.

Bansko: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

9. Bansko: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Тake a two-hour walking journey throughout Bansko's historical district. Absorb the culture while reliving the lifestyle of the 18th century. By exploring the hidden corners of the Old Town, you will explore its history, legends, and the unique architecture of its fortified houses. Experience daily life in the Old Town, feel the spirit of the past, and dive into the local cuisine by hearing about local recipes shared from generation to generation. Admire the hand-painted murals of the Holy Trinity Church to discover the local art of Bansko. Learn about the first days of Bansko's history as a ski resort and how it reached the popularity of today, while finishing up the tour at the newest pedestrian street in the town.

Transfer from Sofia Airport to Bansko

10. Transfer from Sofia Airport to Bansko

Pre-arranged transportation for travelers between Sofia airport and their final destination - the city of Bansko. Whatever are your needs & requirements from Corporate & Executive airport transfers, events, personal shuttle transport you can trust Rapsody Travel services. Our first priority is customers satisfaction, thus we strive at providing high level service, by focusing on professional behavior, hospitality and comfort. You will not have to go around the airport to look for the taxi stand and do the queue (often long) to get into a car. Or even worse, you won't have to look for buses or train stations, queue for tickets and walk with luggage to the departure point. In addition, in case of a flight delay the driver will wait for you anyway, without additional charges, as all the flights are constantly tracked (this is the reason for which you need to provide arrival flight number on the booking application). As already mentioned, the rate written in the booking confirmation e-mail matches exactly what you will pay, regardless of any unpredictable situations such as red stop lights, detours, traffic, bad weather or any other type of unexpected event. Your driver will wait for you in the arrival hall, so you will have the opportunity to collect your luggage without any tension or rushing.

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We arrived at the meeting point which is very well explained on the ticket. Then there was a driver which took us to the farm where there are the horses. Apart from horses there are other animals which are super super cute. We then started the horse riding experience, where by the owner and the helpers were very attentive to us. The experience in general was very nice and I highly recommend it to someone going to bansko.

It was an amazing experience, definitely recommend it. Despite not great weather conditions we had a great time. Our guide Georgi was quiet knowledgeable and had the patience to answer all our queries. We explored many lakes and the beautiful Bansko, but unfortunately the town was quite, due to off season, however our guide gave us a tour around the town and it was nice to walk around.

Everything went smoothly, all staff were very nice, great to see how all the animals are well kept. And you could see the relationship between the owners and horses . Great break from skiing, with beautiful views ♥️

Me and my mum had the best day with our guide, Ivo. He was so lovely and answered any and all of our questions. A super day, with a super guide :)

Tsvetan was just fabulous. Knowledgable and witty throughout. Happy to answer any questions. Would highly recommend this tour and tour guide