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Bansko: Guided Pirin Mountains 4x4 Tour and Thermal Baths

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.

Sofia: Pirin National Park Hike & Bansko Visit with Lunch

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.

Pirin National Park: Glacial Lakes and Jagged Peaks Day Trip

Pirin National Park: Glacial Lakes and Jagged Peaks Day Trip

Your adventure begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel, followed by a scenic 30-minute car transfer to the starting point of your hike in the breathtaking Banderitsa Valley. Embarking on a 3 to 5-hour easy to moderate hike, you'll explore the stunning Pirin National Park, surrounded by towering peaks and impressive alpine walls. As you make your way through the valley, you'll visit several pristine glacial lakes, each more beautiful than the last. Your first stop is the serene Eye Lake, known for its crystal-clear waters and picturesque surroundings. Next, you'll encounter the Fish Lake, where the reflections of the surrounding peaks create a mesmerizing view. Continuing your journey, you'll come across the charming Frog's Lake, a tranquil spot perfect for a short rest and some photos. As you hike further, you'll reach the expansive Long Lake, a perfect place to soak in the majestic landscape and the tranquility of the mountains. Your final lake visit is to the stunning Muratovo Lake, set against the dramatic backdrop of Pirin’s highest peaks. To conclude your memorable hike, you'll visit one of the oldest pine trees in Pirin National Park—a Bosnian Pine tree that is over 1300 years old. Standing beneath its ancient branches, you'll feel a profound connection to the history and natural beauty of the region. This hike offers not just physical activity but a deep immersion into the pristine beauty and timeless majesty of Pirin National Park. Enjoy the stunning vistas, fresh mountain air, and the unique experience of witnessing nature's wonders up close.

Bansko: Easy snowshoeing Pirin National Park & thermal spa

Bansko: Easy snowshoeing Pirin National Park & thermal spa

Dramatic landscapes and breathtaking alpine sceneries, centuries old pine forests and rugged mountain peaks make the UNESCO listed Pirin National Park one of the most beautiful protected natural environments in Europe. Enjoy a gentle easy to moderate snowshoe hike followed by relaxation in the thermal water pools of Banya village, fed by one of the hottest springs in Europe. All this within a day tour from Bankso. Your guide will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Bansko, Razlog, or Pirin Golf for a wonderful journey to the Pirin Mountains. After an easy to moderate hike with snowshoes the driver will take you for a deep relaxation after the hike in the hot thermal water pools of Banya village. At the end of the day you will be dropped off back into your hotel.

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What people are saying about Pirin National Park

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(7 reviews)

We took a short ride to the hut Vihren (named after the highest peak). It is situated at the bottom of the mountain circus surrounded by some of the most spectacular peaks of Pirin. We climbed to one of the lakes and from there continued around the circus keeping the same altitude to see another lake. Great views of the peaks and the valley. It took around four hours to do that and return to the hut. There we had lunch ant the surprisingly high quality traditional Bulgarian restaurant. In the afternoon we visited the tree (Baykusheva mura), which is claimed to be the oldest in Bulgaria and then a place which is the source of several tubular springs. There the locals use to picnic. Our guide was Michail, very professional as guide and a true lover of Bulgarian mountains and their nature.

Had an absolutely amazing day with Kiril. He is an absolutely incredible host! Very easy-going and full of information. He went above and beyond for my friend and I and we cannot thank him enough. The views were stunning and it was so peaceful out there. The spa at the end was very much needed and was a great spot. Would highly recommend!

KB our guide was excellent very chatty and friendly and took us on an interesting tour and told us a lot about local history we would recommend him. We decided not to go to the thermal baths but we did have a very good lunch at the trout farm He also has a very good command and understanding of English 😀😀

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done! Pirin national park is amazing! My guide Lubo knew the trails well and was very accommodating. Would recommend this activity to anyone visiting Bulgaria.

Beautiful and our guide was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.