certificate of excellence for traventuria by tripadvisorFind below reviews for the guided and self-guided hiking tours, organized and carried out by Traventuria (Bulgaria). The listed reviews represent the feedback we have received since the beginning of our membership in Trip Advisor, and these are only reviews related to our hiking tours (in the company profile of Traventuria on Trip Advisor you will find more reviews also for other types of tours, run by the company). The high customer ratings have helped Traventuria to gain full 5-star CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE by TRIPADVISOR for 5 years in a row: 2012 - 2016 (based on more than 300 reviews). There is no other adventure travel company in Bulgaria, who has ever achieved such results.

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“Hikers Paradise - Grand Balkans Circle Tour - Self Guided”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed July 14th, 2016


My husband and I really enjoyed our trip. Traventuria did a fantastic job selecting the hikes and the accomodations. The hiking directions and maps were very good, easy to follow.
The accomodations were comfortable. Large, clean rooms, lots of hot water for showers.
The breakfasts were good, with large portions, and varied.
The transfers to and from the trailheads were right on time. Overall a hassle free, well executed itinerary.

Reviewed tour: The Grand Balkans Circle (guided hiking group tour)

Carol A
Niagara Falls, Canada

 

“Trekking Riemst: Rila and Pirin mountains July 2016”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed July 13th, 2016


Very excellent organisation with a big 9/10. We were lucky to have a lovely guide called Annie.....a.very dynamic young lady with a great big smile. It was also a very nice tour we made in the Rila and Pirin mountains with good accomodations in family hotels. A great experience for us was the culture part of the tour. Super en recommanded.......our felicitations

Berto Schoenmaekers
Trekking Riemst

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

berto_schoenmaekers
Riemst, Belgium


“Fantastic walking holiday”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed June, 2016


We went as group of 8 friends on the 'In the footsteps of Orpheus' walking tour in the Rhodope mountains. It was the first visit to Bulgaria for most of us and after this trip we are already looking forward to the next one! The arrangements all worked perfectly, transport was always where it was expected and the drivers were all very friendly. We realise that seatbelts are not compulsory in the back of vehicles in Bulgaria, but on the winding mountain roads would have felt much more comfortable if these had been working. The walks were all superb, through absolutely gorgeous scenery. The directions, backed up by Google Earth printouts, mainly worked well, but we got completely lost on our last day, which was quite worrying for a good hour or so. Accommodation ranged from good to superb. Our first night in Devin was fine, though the dinner was average at best. On the first night in Trigrad the dinner was not good, but the quality improved each night - the rooms were nice and the welcome as warm as could be wished. Our one night stay with Rumen was unforgettable - a mountain of delicious food, music, singing and dancing and an overwhelmingly warm welcome. The final night in Kosovo was luxurious, and just what we needed after our very tiring 5 days walking. All in all this was a memorable trip for all the right reasons, and one we plan to repeat.

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking tour)

debhorn
Harlow, United Kingdom


“Hiking in Bulgaria”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed June, 2016


Fabulous country, people, scenery. Wonderful hospitality. Perfect organisation by Traventuria. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed tour: Hiking trek in the Rhodopes, Pirin, Rila and Vitosha mountains


Valerie M
Paris, France


“6 day Walking trip Pirin and Rila Mountains”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed September 15, 2015


From our first contact with Ivailo in Dec 2014 to our drop off on 5th September everything about the organisation of this walking trip was perfect. Prompt responses to email queries etc left us confident that we were in good hands.Our collection by Alex, (what a superb guide) was on time,and the trip to Bansko was full of infomation, and left us fully prepared for the journeys ahead.There were 4 of us including Alex. 6 days walking in the wonderful Pirin and Rila mountains, was really amazing. These mountains have to be seen to be believed. Our evening meals in local restaraunts and houses showed us all that is good with Bugarian cuisine and culture. We will be returning. Thanks to Ivailo and Traventuria for organising this trip, and a special thanks to Alex our guide and Charley our travelling companion for making this adventure so enjoyable. John & Colette

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

john b
County Dublin, Ireland


“Wonderful walking in the Rhodope Mountains”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed September 12, 2015


From our first contact to the final drop off at our hotel in Sofia we were impressed by the organisation of this self guided tour. Routes were well thought out and the notes and maps clear - inevitably, in an area of active forestry, there were a couple of updates but we never had any concerns following the routes. The hotels / guest houses were all hospitable and the food plentiful with enormous breakfasts! We had great fun communicating with our hosts via Google translate with some wonderful mistranslations on both sides!
The Rhodope mountains are glorious for walking and the tour gives a fascinating insight into the contrast between village life and the rapidly developing urban life of Sofia and the other big towns.
Definitely one to book sooner rather than later!

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

FormerFlyer19560
Amersham, United Kingdom

“Self-guided tour in the Rhodope Mountains”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed August 30, 2015


My girlfriend and I booked the self-guided tour in the Rhodopes and it proved to be a great experience, thanks to the quality of the services provided by Traventuria.
- Booking: We booked via bulgariawalking.com and communication with the agency was very easy, they answered our emails quickly. They were also very flexible with the organization, as we requested/were offered some additional transfers.
- Walking: The information and the maps provided were very accurate and up to date, and with a minimum of common sense it was not difficult to find our way. We were quite impressed. The timing of the hikes is also very sound, as we always managed to arrive by mid/late afternoon, even when there were transfers and/or visits during the day.
- Accomodation was excellent as well, they did a good job finding such good hotels and guest houses in the remote locations
In conclusion we highly recommend these guys!

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

Emmanuel E

"Pirin and Rila mountains a week of guided hikes"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed August 26, 2015


My daughter and I booked the Pirin and Rila mountains guided tour: http://www.bulgariawalking.com/p114-Hiking-trek-in-the-Pirin-and-Rila-mountains-guided-hiking-trek-in-Bulgaria.
A well organized and well thought of, a great friendly good English speaking local guide - Lyuben Grancharov, 11 charming hikers from all over the world: Australia, Sweden, Israel, UK and Italy. It was a week to remember. Not to mention the Bulgarian food and drinks, the culture. The contact person Ivalio from Traventuria was very helpful at the early contact stage in Emails - every bit of the program was fulfilled. I highly recommend Traventuria, those guys are professionals.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

db0204
Northern

"Self Guided Hiking in the Vitosha and Rila Mountains"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed August 19, 2015


My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our week long hiking tour. All the connections were great, the hotels very comfortable, clean and helpful. The hiking was though some challenging (to us) 'mountainous' terrain and although very exhausting, it was also very satisfying. Our experience in Bulgaria was exceptional. We added a few days at the beginning of the trip and took in a couple of museums; the Museum of Socialist Art (great communist era statues) and the National Museum of Military History (numerous communist era vehicles/tanks and MIGs. Look forward to seeing Bulgaria again!

Reviewed tour: The riddles of the Rila Mountains (self-guided hiking tour)

Don G
Mississauga, Canada

"Guided hiking trek in Pirin and Rila mountains"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed August 18, 2015


What a brilliant holiday! Very well organised, beautiful scenery, excellent guide, good camaraderie in the group, good food and hospitality/places to stay. It made a big difference in only having to carry a day pack since the rest of the luggage was taken care of.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

Tom S S
Windsor, United Kingdom

"Fantastic week of hiking in Pirin and Rila Mountains"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed August 17, 2015


Traventuria did a great job of organizing a well balanced and sufficiently challenging week of hiking in the Pirin and Rila mountains. Lyuben, our guide was excellent, keeping our group of eleven on track and together both while hiking and in the evenings. Accommodation was basic but comfortable and the meals provided filling and enjoyable, especially when experiencing some of the local specialities. Spectacular mountains, beautiful lakes and a huge variety of alpine flowers made this a hiking trip to remember.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

Maryler
Brisbane, Australia

“Hiking Rhodope Mountains”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed August 13, 2015


Very impressive hiking area in Bulgaria. Very professional organisation by Traventuria and special thanks to Martin!

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

Christa C
Lubbeek, Belgium

“Rila Seven Lakes and Rila Monastery Tour”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed August 06, 2015


Wow! What a day. Our fantastic guide Martin picked us up from hotel at 7.30am and drove us to the Rila lakes where we walked with him for 4 hours. We then went on the the Monastery where Martin told us all about the history of this stunning sight. We got home at 8pm. Martin was not in a hurry to get us back to the hotel. He was discreet, professional, kind and polite. The perfect guide! Thank you Martin and thank you Traventuria.

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains - The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Abi S
Lewes


"Pirin & Rila Mountains"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed August 06, 2015


An amazing experience, well organised and full of variety, great simple hotels and food. Guide was fantastic. Thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants challenging walking and spectacular scenery on a very well managed trek.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

Sophia M
Greater London, United Kingdom

“A taste of hiking in Bulgaria, and the Rila Monastery”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed August 02, 2015


Our experience with Traventuria and our guide Kiril was fantastic. We happened to arrive at the Rila Lakes on incredibly busy day, but our guide still found us a slice of peace and serenity in the hills. Kiril knew a huge amount about the lakes and the surrounding area. Having Kiril with us at Rila Monastery was invaluable. In addition to topics directly related to the tour, we talked at length at just about any topic that popped up, whether on the walk or in the car. I learned much about Bulgarian culture, politics, and national character. There is no doubt that these guys are excellent advocates for Sofia, Bulgaria, and the environment. If you only have a short window, this is a good way to get to know Bulgaria better--and the perfect way to see the monastery and another worthwhile activity in the same day.

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains - The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Daniel J
Brisbane, Australia


"Pirin & Rila Mountains"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed July 29, 2015


My first trek of its kind in Europe and I had the time of my life for the whole 6 days. Kamen our guide was great! His friendly disposition and knowledge of his country along with his stamina made each day very enjoyable and challenging. The hotels we stayed at were all really nice and the food delicious! The trip was so very well organised and I can only recommend Traventuria highly. It is my pleasure to write this review - Bulgaria is one very beautiful country for sure! Thank you Ivailo and all at Traventuria.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

suzanne662015
Copenhagen, Denmark

"Peaks And Lakes Of The Pirin & Rila Mountains"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed July 29, 2015


We engaged Traventuria to do a private tour for 6 of us. It was a week's hiking in the Pirin and Rila mountains. We had a fabulous time. Our guide, Maya, was informative and lovely. We stayed in three little hotels along the way. They were comfortable and the food was consistently good. We also sampled some good restaurants along the way so we had plenty of variety. This trip was similar to those offered by the big adventure travel firms but at half the price. Amazing value for money. The Bulgarian mountains are beautiful, similar to the Alps. I would definitely recommend the mountains in Bulgaria with Traventuria - go before the crowds discover it!

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

LondonAveril
UK

 

"Successful Hiking Week in the Rila and Pirin Mountains in Bulgaria"

(below is the translation in English of the original version in German)
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed July 22, 2015
 

We, 15 hikers had an excellent hiking week in Bulgaria and really enjoyed what was professionally organized by Traventuria. The selection of tours, the hotel, the food were quite to our liking. As for our Guide: we are all full of praise. We always felt safe because of his confidence, expertise and honest kindness. Transfers to the trailheads and back to the hotel were not too long, all with good drivers and organized vehicles, so we could let ourselves entirely on fun and relaxation.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)
Albrecht G
Hayingen, Germany

“Hiking in Rhodope”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed July 10, 2015


Very well organized and a lovely tour in the mountains and to the villages. An extra plus that transfer from and to the airport was included.

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

Annelie K
Sweden

“Seven Lakes and Rila Monastery tour”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed July 04, 2015


We had an excellent day with this company and especially with our guide, Martin. He was right on time to pick us up, gave us really useful information throughout the trip and was easy to talk to. What was most useful was his hiking experience. We got some bad weather near the end of the hike and Martin helped us to decide to turn around before it got worse, and it did; it started pouring and even hailing at one point.

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains - The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Stefanie P
San Francisco, California


“Organised 10-day Hiking in Bulgaria”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed June 27, 2015


Thank you Traventuria for a really well organised trip. We took a chance by booking this on-line but couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. We asked for a part-guided trip for Bird-watching and had a really good time with Tisho, who had a vast knowledge of the area and birds in general. A pleasure to be with and accommodation, food etc was great in the Eastern Rodopes. We then transferred to the Western Rodopes with Tisho again and then had free time for walking in this lovely area. Time spent in Sofia and Plovdiv was also really interesting. A good, all round experience.

Reviewed tour: Tailored itinerary

Chris C
Winchelsea, United Kingdom


“Seven Rila Lakes + Rila Monastery tour”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed June 26, 2015


I only had 2 days and wanted to stay overnight in the mountains. Travenuria was very patient and helpful over rounds of email in tailoring something to my wish. I ended up having an amazing time hiking in the mountains and then staying over-night at the Monastery (to be picked up by a different tour to Boyana church the next day). Huge credit goes to my guide Martin. Without him I would not have made it where I wanted to, or would have gotten terribly lost in the fog! Thanks again for a couple fabulous days.

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains - The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

yc c
Seattle, Washington


“Vitosha Mountains & Cherni Vryh Peak”
 

bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking tours on tripadvisorReviewed May 29, 2015


Traventuria was very concerned about whether we had proper hiking boots as there was still snow in the mountain and even texted and called me to ensure. They were also very prompt in answering all of our queries too. "Martin the tour guide" was prompt in meeting us in the morning. He was really an inspiring and energetic guide, and his positivity rubbed onto us. The climb was not an easy one for us but he kept us going! Overall, Traventuria and "Martin the tour guide" exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend them. Thanks for the memorable adventure, "Martin the tour guide"!

Reviewed tour: Vitosha Mountains & Cherni Vryh Peak (2290m) (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Khairunnissa


“Riddle of Rila (Self-guided Walking Tour)”
 

bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking tours on tripadvisorReviewed November 9, 2014


We booked this trip at short notice and Traventuria were very helpful and efficient in organising the preliminaries for our holiday. Upon our arrival in Bulgaria and throughout the course of our stay, we found all of Traventuria's operatives to be highly reliable, effective and knowledgeable. The itinerary was moderately challenging in places but the directions were very good and offered us the unforgettable experience of being out on our own in the picturesque mountains of Bulgaria. The accommodation in all centres provided everything we needed, and we particularly enjoyed staying in Govedartsi where we were made to feel very welcome by our lovely hosts at Hotel Djambazki. The recommended free walking tours of Sofia are well worth the time as was the fabulous Rila Monastery extension trip.

Reviewed tour: The riddles of the Rila Mountains (self-guided hiking trek)

Steven B


In The Footsteps Of Orpheus (Rhodope (Rodopi) Mountains"
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed October 24, 2014


Whenever one books through a new web site there is always a slight doubt that what you booked will be what you get. With Traventuria we were reassured as soon as we walked through the airport terminal, where we were met by Roman who gave us a great drive to Devin. He also passed to us our "Guide Book" and a for each of us drink bottles, neck scarves and money belts, which were unexpected surprises.
The first morning’s walk out of Devin was, indeed, an inspiring introduction to the area, it’s scenery, fauna, flora and geology. The efforts that have been made to build the suspended eco-path walkway over the river, were very impressive. (Is this part of a long-distance path?) we managed to see the waterfalls and, possibly, the ruin of the castle/fort/look-out, though we are not convinced about that! Well worth the haul up to it anyway for the fantastic views from the ridge! On returning to the car park the mini bus was waiting for us and we were greeted by our, second, cheerful and professional driver for a fantastically scenic drive to Yagodina.
After a brief lunch stop we escaped from the tourist trap and headed off for Trigrad. This was really our first opportunity to come to terms with our “book of instructions” and to interpret the directions to the countryside. After the morning’s exertions we were now walking in rain and it is a fair walk to Trigrad from Yagadina, very enjoyable woodland walking with some splendid views from the rare partings between the trees. Part of the route will form a section of a new Long Distance path, The Walk of the Sultan (2000k from Vienna to Istanbul). Once up on the pastures and around the village of Yagodina we had the chance to see a wider variety of flora and broader views. We had been curious about the navigation landmarks but the “alcoves” were welcome shelters and the fountains provided fresh, sweet drinking water throughout. And so to Trigrad and the welcome sight of Hotel Triibia. The text in the “book of instructions”, combined with the Google Earth maps and the printed map had provided perfectly adequate directions and proved to be reliable throughout the week. our smiling driver had delivered our bags and we were greeted cheerily by the Lady of the House, who proved to be an amicable host. After a shower we headed back to the village to find a beer at the bar we had passed on the way to the hotel. It is worth noting that the young lady who seemed to be running the bar spoke good English and was able to help us out. Returning to the hotel we had a substantial meal to end our first, thoroughly enjoyable, day.
Breakfast at the Triibia is an experience! We were served with so much food that more than half of it was wrapped-up for lunch! The walk up through the forest to Vodni Pad provided limited views but Vadni Pad and the return down the valley were a delight. We arrived at the “horse base” at about 13.30, much too early to return to the hotel. So we stopped for a cask beer or two, which made a nice change from the usual bottles. As well as being a well-equipped stables and riding school, offering treks to Vadni Pad and along other local trails, also hires out mountain bikes. We all agreed that today’s walk would have been great fun on a bike! And so after a few beers, back to the Triibia via the fish farm, for a shower and then up to Trgrad to explore the village, returning in time for another excellent evening meal.
The third day’s walk via Zhrebevo started after another substantial breakfast. The start of the walk, after the initial ramp up from the road, gave some inspiring views of the Trigrad Gorge before taking one of the ancient Mycenaean pathways up to some beautiful pastures with masses of wild flowers, even this late in the season. We managed to lose our way twice today but following the advice to retrace our steps and try again, we soon found where we had gone wrong. Wild strawberries and sweet wild plums provided diversions as we walked and the Bulgarian Pyramid provided some interesting photos! Again we completed the walk, as far as the stables bar at about 14.00. walking on through Trigrad we ended our day at “The Hut” for a few beers and a game of “General” with a couple of lads from Sofia. One of our group did go down to the entrance to the Devil’s Throat so that he could get some photos of the Gorge. Back to the hotel to shower and have another fine evening meal.
After breakfast we were again greeted by our smiling driver and his green mini bus for our transfer to Beden. So, well fed again and loaded up we had a spectacular drive down the Trigrad Gorge and along the river before climbing up to Beden. Today’s walk was certainly the least forested and probably the most scenic day of the week. Walking in fine sunshine we were amongst butterflies nearly all day! on one of the, briefer, forest stretches we had a close encounter with a capercaillie who was quite unbothered by our presence as he stomped about his territory. Only one short navigational error today and we were all well in to our stride so we arrived in Liaskovo in “record time” according to (another) Roman, our host for the night, who met us as we turned up from the village square.
If we were to pick out a highlight of the week it would be the walk here and the evening spent with Roman and his wife. They are tremendous hosts and, whilst his wife was running the house, Roman joined us on the veranda and gave his time willingly to talk with us and share his “museum”. The evening meal was without doubt the best of the week! the Rosenovi was comfortable and so friendly that I will certainly put it in my list of places to return to.
After another good breakfast and loaded up with a substantial packed lunch, Roman led us to the start of the last walk. Bidding him a fond farewell we headed up through the woods towards Miraculous Bridges. Where-ever you walk it is a truism that ancient paths are at an angle up and down hill that you can walk all day without becoming breathless. Get on to a “new” linking path and the angle steepens and becomes much less enjoyable. This was particularly true today as we headed up along the old forestry tracks and then dived up between the trees on the stepper trail shortcut. A good day’s exercise certainly but short on scenery until the gorge at the end, which despite the constant rain, we reached in “record time” again according to Roman. Still that gave us plenty of time to explore the sights and get a coffee at the café at the top of the visitors centre.
Roman arrived and drove us to Kosovo for our last night in the Rhodopes. A beautiful village and the perfect spot to end a good week of walking. Again the hospitality was first class and it was very interesting to hear of the history of the village and the issues that are now faced in its conservation and re-development. Sitting on the veranda with a beer watching the cloud slowly rise up the forested valley to reveal the hill tops was a fitting end to a well organised week. an excellent evening meal followed by a well-earned sleep restored us, with the help of a fine breakfast.
We had plenty of time in the morning to follow little used paths across to the far side of the villages and circle back round to have our bags ready to load in to the car when it arrives. Our driver was, once again brilliant. As well as going to the monastery he was able to take us to a ruined fort which protected the route to the Aegean and we managed to see where the amphitheater is in Plovdiv on our way through. He delivered us safely to our hotel in Sofia in plenty of time for us to join the free tour of the sights at 18.00, which is well worth doing. We ended our day at a restaurant just down the road from our hotel (I have no idea of its name but there was a cart suspended over the entrance-way).
Our final taxi took us to the airport in good time for our return flight.

Would I use Traventuria again, YES most certainly. I am hoping that a group of us will be able to book through them for their Pirin and Rila self-guided walking tour next year.
Did this trip represent good value for money, YES without doubt.
Was the walking good, YES as good as it could be in such forested country. It was certainly a pleasure to walk all day and see virtually no one.
Was the accommodation satisfactory, YES better than satisfactory it was VERY GOOD.

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

Andy B
London, United Kingdom

Rila Mountains
 

5 of 5 stars traventuria and bulgariawalking.com at trip advisorReviewed September 19, 2014


Having very limited time, but looking for something special for our wedding aniversary trip we decided to use the support of Traventuria to organize a hiking trip in the highest mountains of Bulgaria (not romantic? c'mon :)) And I must admit that it was a perfect choice.
Everything was perfectly prepared. The hiking routes were described very precisely - maybe even too precisely for experienced hikers, but remember that it is prepared for all kind of people. Even if you have no experience in walking in the mountains you would not get lost. Our drivers were always on time. Some of them were a bit quiet, but some of them loaded us with a lot of interesting information about Bulgaria. The choice of the hotel in Sofia is perfect - great location, nice room - what more do you need? And the family pension in Govedartsi... even better.
I'm also very much pleased with the email communication with the company. Their answers were always comprehensive and they give you a lot of valuable tips. Don't be afraid to ask or suggest anything. Your points will always be taken into consideration and the final choice will be yours.
So if you don't have time to organize everything yourself or just want to learn about Bulgaria - don't hesitate to use Traventuria.

Reviewed tour: Tailored itinerary

Radek L
Warsaw, Poland

Hiking in Rila mountain & Rila monastery
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on trip advisorReviewed September 17, 2014


We booked a day excursion to Rila mountain & Rila monastery. Our guide, Simeon, was very friendly and knowledgable about the history of Rila monastery and Seven Rila lakes we visited. With only one day to spend sightseeing for Rila Mt. & Rila monastery it was a comfortable and economical way. Lunch was delicious - fresh fish in a local restaurant. I can highly recommend Traventuria to everybody who likes to go hiking in Bulgaria!

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains (The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery) (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Schwabing12
Seoul, South Korea

"Hiking trek in the Pirin and Rila mountains"
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed September 3, 2014


I did the hiking trek (8 days) with Traventuria and everything was perfect organized. Our Guide Orlinko was friendly, knowledgeable, professional and enthusiastic about sharing all his knowledge and experience with us! I can highly recommend Traventuria to everybody who likes to go hiking in Bulgaria!


Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

Reinhard2014
Salzburg, Austria

“Rocking the Rila Mountains”
 

bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking tours on tripadvisorReviewed August 5, 2014


We booked the one week Riddles of the Rila self guided walking tour with a days extension to the Rila Monastery. All our arrangements were completed over the internet with no fuss. Every detail of our trip, including transfers, accommodation and meals ran without a hitch.
The accommodation arranged in Govedartsi was especially fantastic with Georg and family being perfect hosts, and meals some of the best in Europe.
Our walking notes were pretty good, although a few of the distances were understated, and a couple of the directions were a little unclear. Make sure you can hike with a map and compass! Having said that, the choice of walks was brilliant, and especially the mountain climbs were some of our most memorable ever!
The trip to Rila Monastery was fine and interesting - it is a very important place to Bulgarians. We did feel that we were up sold on the lunch stopover, which ended up our most expensive meal in Bulgaria! And the stopover to the "auto museum"/ junk yard was odd to say the least!
We will definitely be back to for another self guided walk with Traventuria in the amazing mountains of Bulgaria!

Reviewed tour: The riddles of the Rila Mountains (self-guided hiking trek)

Jeanette C
Canberra, Australia


"Pirin and Rila trek"

(below is the translation in English of the original version in Italian)
 

tripadvisor reviews about bulgariawalking.com and traventuria hiking toursReviewed August 5, 2014
 

Me and my 6 other friends of CAI Camerino (MC), we did the tour of the Pirin and Rila mountains in Bulgaria from July 26 to August 2, 2014 with Traventuria.
Superb. From all points of view, and the independent opinion of myself and all my friends.
Traventuria has proved to be efficient, helpful and professional in every aspect. Kamen, the guide who accompanied us, was perfect and prepared. Available to consider every request and flexible in cases where, because of the rain, we had to change the program. On the last day, for example, because of the bad weather we were unable to make the last trip to Mount Musala, the highest peak in Bulgaria (2925 m). Kamen and Traventuria agreed with us and modified the program allowing us to see Sofia on the same day and moved the climb to Musala for the next day, when the weather was fine.
The accommodations on half board have always been excellent. In the first three days of the tour we based in Bansko and every evening Kamen was taking us to different restaurants, all of them great. It was all included in the price.
Finally, we all natural wonders which we should have seen as per itinerary. The Pirin and Rila mountains are gorgeous. There are really no words to describe them. Glacial lakes in a mountain environment perfectly preserved left us literally speechless.
Finally, if you like nature and the mountains, do not hesitate to make this holiday in order to discover a very interesting country like Bulgaria.
The quality / price ratio of this tour is unmatched and the standard of Traventuria is excellent. Highly recommended.


Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)
massimou6
Camerino, Italy

In the Footsteps of Orpheus self-guided hiking tour
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed July 24, 2014


Self guided tours are an excellent way to soak up the scenery and the social, cultural, natural environments experienced along the way - at your own pace. While the majority of the hiking routes were clearly marked and very easy to follow, one or two needed either some way markers better positioned on the trail or better indications given on the guide notes provided. A small glitch in an otherwise extremely well designed hiking holiday. Drivers were always on time to collect our luggage and drop it to the next night stop. All were very polite, friendly, great ambassadors for Bulgaria! Rumen our driver from Sofia to Devin and from Kosovo back to Sofia (via Plovdiv), Carlo who collected us from the Miraculous Bridges and drove us to Kosovo, George our driver in Sofia, and of course our wonderful guesthouse hosts - Rumen and Zakarena in Lyaskovo and Svetlana in Kosovo village: simply superb hospitality!!
I was a last minute addition to an already organised group and with only a week's notice, Ivailo (Traventuria manager) was able to make all my arrangements - some of which fell outside the usual tour package - without a hiccup.
Very easy online payment, all boxes ticked, nothing left to chance. A very sharp operation - can whole-heartedly recommend Traventuria and will be happy to have them arrange my next trip to Bulgaria.

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

Tanya A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In The Footsteps Of Orpheus - self-guided walking trek in Rodopi Mountains, BULGARIA”
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed July 22, 2014


I and two other ladies did this 1 week hike last week. The trek itself was really excellent, not difficult at all, though there are a few steep climbs. The scenery was spectacular, and having strawberries, currents, raspberries growing on the roadside to eat was wonderful.
Traventuria does a 'first class plus' job of organising the trip, with being met and the airport, organising DBB accom, baggage carrying, maps etc. All their drivers arrived early and were happy to accommodate our needs, and our hosts at the accom were so friendly.
Also we had a few problems that meant many last minute changes, Traventuria's manager Ivailo was always happy to accommodate, and all correspondence with him was very efficient.
Totally recommended!

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

Andrea H
New Zealand


In The Footsteps Of Orpheus - self-guided walking trek in Rodopi Mountains, BULGARIA
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed June 29, 2014


Amazing 6 days hikes in bulgaria mountains with great scenaries and tracks.. Each of these six days had different tracks allowing you to explore the inner villages of bulgaria. Ee certainly enjoyed the entire hiking program which was very well arranged.

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

Yfarsi
Oman


Fantastic Trekking and tours
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed September 29, 2013


My partner & I recently returned from a trip to Sofia Bulgaria where we were lucky enough to spend two days trekking in the Rilla mountains guided by Orlin. The experience was wonderful; Orlin was helpful, fun and knowledgeable. We felt we were in very safe hands and could not fault our time spent on the mountains with him in such beautiful & breathtaking scenery. The guys at the Ivan Vasov hut were incredibly welcoming and we had a lovely stay, enjoying their lovely cooking, company and hospitality. We strongly recommend using Traventuria for hikes and tours . We also went on the day tour to the Rilla Monastry and Boyana church with Rusi who was also a superb guide, fun and enthusiastic, a pleasure to be with. We were given lots of interesting information and had such a fun & enjoyable day, thanks to all for providing such a brilliant service.

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains & The Seven Rila Lakes (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

bekbeak
Worthing, United Kingdom

Excellent Trekking in Pirin and Rila Mountains
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed July 23, 2013


We had a great holiday in Bulgaria, 6 days trekking in the Pirin and Rila mountains.
Everything was just excellent from the beginning when we looked for trekking in Bulgaria through Traventuria Web site, going through the very informative email exchange and finally the holiday itself.
The pickups from and to the airport and from Govedartsy were very accurate and comfortable and the drivers were very polite and gentle.
The guide, Kamen, is really great, very good, full of knowledge and very helpfull. We enjoyed him very much. The group members were very nice and it contributed for the entire trekking atmosphare.
And finally, Bulgaria mountains, Pirin and Rila, are excellent trekking areas with very beautifull views.
So, to summarize, we enjoyed it very much and definitelly will recommend others to do so.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

Eran A
Yuvalim

Absolutely fantastic experience
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed June 30, 2013


My dad and I took three tours with Traventuria and had an excellent time on each one. Each day was easy, relaxing, enjoyable, fun, and very informative. The tours are very personalized, the guides are great, and the company is flexible. For example, my dad and I wanted to go to Belogradchik Fortress, which is not on one of the normal tours with the company, but it was very easy to arrange a trip there anyway. Similarly, our last tour was meant to be a hike through the Rila Lakes; unfortunately, the evening before our tour a cold front blew through and the day dawned with freezing rain. We decided rather late the day before that we didn't want to do it, but unfortunately had no way of contacting Traventuria so late. That morning, when our guide came to pick us up, we asked to change the tour, and it was completely fine, no problem at all. Great, flexible people in charge of the company.
Our guides themselves were also awesome (we had tours with both Orlin and Rusi). Examples of the amazing things they did:
Guiding us on an impromptu hike when we expressed it might be fun to hike for a little while
Clearing away the branches on the trail in front of us while on the hike!
Offering to take pictures of us all the time without us having to ask them to
Knowing which gas stations had clean bathrooms and stopping there
Knowing the back routes to the important sites which avoided traffic/had more beautiful scenery
Offering to call ahead at the restaurant and place my order when I indicated I wanted a dish that he knew took a while to prepare
Taking the time to mark on our city map restaurant recommendations for Sofia when we indicated we were having trouble finding a place to eat
In addition to doing all this, both guides were very knowledgeable, not just about history, but about little quirks about the places we were visiting--they knew which restaurants were good, which place offered the best wine tasting, what was good at what restaurant, etcetera.
I would definitely recommend this tour company. Not only are the guides exemplary and the company flexible, but unless you read Cyrillic, you'll want a guide escorting you around Bulgaria, and you can't find any better than the ones at this company.

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains & The Seven Rila Lakes (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

scottishowlgirl
Budapest, Hungary

EXCELLENT TOURS, EXCELLENT GUIDES
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed June 20, 2013


I took 2 tours with Traventuria while I was in Sofia and they were both perfect. The 7 Rila Lakes hike was absolutely great with my guide Orlin Koychev being really exceptional, very friendly and helpful, he made the tour very enjoyable! The second tour to the Rila monastery and Boyana church was also amazing with our guide Kristian being perfect, very informative and friendly!

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains & The Seven Rila Lakes (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

George E
Limassol, Cyprus

Rila Monastery- 7 Lakes Tour / Vitosha Mountain tour
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed August 9, 2012


I found Traventuria on internet and booked two tours (Day 1:Rila Monastery and 7 Lakes + Day 2: Vitosha Mountain) for 2 consecutive days, in the middle of our 4-day stay in Sofia. The booking went quite easy and confirmation came quickly. We were picked up at our hotel, perfectly on time both days.
The first day we went to the Rila Monastery which is a very beautiful place and worth visiting. Our guide explained us all he knew (which was a lot :-) and took us as well to a 'bar' to have typical Bulgarian donuts for breakfast. After that we drove to the the start of the 7 Lakes tour. Apparantly, we were in quite good shape so we did an extended route up in the hills which was incredibly beautiful (around 4 hours of hiking). I also found it very nice that most of the time we were just hiking, no chatting was necessary which allows you to enjoy the beautiful nature around you. We had our picknick while sitting on the edge of a cliff with the view over the lakes.
This day was quite tiring as they picked us up at 7.30am and were back at the hotel around 7pm, but it is it totally worth.
Next day we hiked up the Vitosha mountain with the same guide, had some tea with brandy in a wooden hut on top of it and saw all kind of vegetation on our way back down. The hike is much easier than the one into the Rila mountains, but remains nice due to the change between rocky mountain, forest, flowers etc.
We are very happy to have booked those tours, it offers a different way of learning the Bulgarian country, especially if you are found of nature, and I can highly recommend it to everybody!
Thanks Traventuria!

Reviewed tours: Rila Mountains & The Seven Rila Lakes (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia); Vitosha Mountains & Cherni Vryh Peak (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Deborah A
Thun, Switzerland

Rila Monastery & 7 Lakes tour
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on trip advisorReviewed July 16, 2012


I went on the Rila Monastery & 7 Lakes tour in one day, which started at 7am and ended about 7pm. It was a long day but very well worth it. If you have little time and would like to do the monastery and 7 lakes in one day, this is the best (or only?) option you have. Everything was very well organized and yet with no rush whatsoever-unlike on some organized tours! I had plenty of time to look around, taste some delicious Bulgarian yoghurt, take an endless number of photos and ask my wonderful guide, Simeon, a bunch of questions, which he answered happily (thank you, Simeon, you're the best ;)). His knowledge was impressing and he took care of me perfectly well, even when an unexpected thunderstorm set in and we got soaked pretty quickly :) This day was the highlight of my trip to Bulgaria and while it is expensive, unfortunately, you'll have fond memories for a long time to come (and no, for the suspicious one out there: Traventuria didn't write this comment themselves, hahaha).

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains - The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Berni O
Toulouse, France
traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed December 29, 2011


The guides on my excursions to Rila and Troyan monasteries, Svet and Phillip, were not merely knowledgeable. Both spoke excellent English, and were interesting people. I enjoyed conversing with them during the lengthy road trips, and strongly recommend them to anyone who wants a better than average tour experience.

Reviewed tour: Tailored itinerary

Linichka
Gdynia, Poland

A very well, managed, friendly and professional organisation judging from our experience
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on tripadvisorReviewed October 20, 2011


I want to thank you for the very professional way in which your company organised the trip for Mike and I. Everything was clear before we left the UK, the materials for our self-guided days were very helpful and we were entirely satisfied with the accommodation in Govardartsi and Bansko. We were met on time by your representative when we arrived and our tour guide for the week could not have been in any way more helpful or more charming than she was. Despite the disappointing weather, we enjoyed our visit to Bulgaria. Both Mike and I would like to return one day to climb Vihren and Maliovitsa.

Reviewed tour: Summits and lakes of the Rila & Pirin mountains (self-guided hiking trek)

Alan B
Swansea, United Kingdom

Seven lakes and Rila monastery - a pretty good full day trip from Sofia
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com on trip advisorReviewed September 26, 2011


Perfect organization - which enabled us to do the hike in front of most of the others, no queues... Plus the background stories were really a great bonus. I got an impression of the local landscape and learnt something about Bulgaria. To have an educated, enthusiastic guide, with a deep knowledge of history and so being able to give an answer to all our questions is priceless - everything else you can buy using your credit card...
Safe back home at our appartment in the evening - exactly at the time calculated :)

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains (The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery) (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Koi H
Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany

Amazing day hiking on Mount Musala.
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com at trip advisorReviewed September 11, 2011


A long day, but really worth the effort and it will need some effort :-)
Ivailo our guide, collected us from our hotel in Sofia, and drove us to the gondalla lift.
Thats where the easy part finished, and the walking began.
Ivailo walked at our pace, stopping when needed, and I needed to stop regularly.
The views were stunning, from the moment you start walking to the moment you get to the top.
Just point a for the ladies, go to the toilet before you start, the one toilet on the whole hike, is a little basic squat one!
There are stop off points for food its cheap and simple but tasty.

Reviewed tour: Rila Mountains & Musala Peak (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia)

Goodandhard
Manchester, United Kingdom

Impeccable
 

traventuria and bulgariawalking.com at tripadvisorReviewed September 6, 2011


I have just come back from a walking holiday in Bulgaria. With Traventuria I have made the self-guided Tour in the Rhodope Mountains called "In The Steps Of Orpheus". It was a wonderful experience walking in this Pomak region in the south-east of Bulgaria. The organization by Traventuria was really impeccable! The walks were nice, the documentation very good, the hotels very well chosen and the assistance of Simona was excellent and very professional.

Reviewed tour: In the footsteps of Orpheus (self-guided hiking in the Rhodopes)

BelgianWanderer
Lier, Belgium

Great Service
 

5 of 5 stars traventuria and bulgariawalking.com at trip advisorReviewed September 4, 2011


During my eight day stay in Sofia I travelled three full days with Traventuria in Bulgaria. The staff was very helpful to customize these trips to meet exactly what I wanted: see the natural scenery and interesting, also lesser known, places and explore culture. Svet and Atanas are pleasant company and have a very good grounding in their specific area and Bulgarian history in general. They deliver excellent value for money. And they drive very safely.

Reviewed tour: Tailored itinerary

Jean-Marie S
Brussels, Belgium

Enjoyable
 

4 of 5 starstraventuria and bulgariawalking.com at tripadvisorReviewed August 15, 2011


A long day but worth it. The Rila lakes were just beautiful and we had a friendly tour guide. It was well organised.

Reviewed tours: Rila Mountains & The Seven Rila Lakes (1-day guided hiking treks from Sofia);

Agropuff
London, United Kingdom

Perfect service, great country
 

5 of 5 starstraventuria and bulgariawalking.com at tripadvisorReviewed July 22, 2011


If you wish to travel to the Bulgarian Rila and Pirin mountains for a week of hiking, do not hesitate : trust Traventuria. They have the perfect skills to organise and provide a perfect holiday. I was particularly happy with the high quality of the mountain guide, her skills to adapt herself to a somewhat heterogeneous group and her constant good mood; but also with the choice of restaurants and hotels. I cannot complain about a single thing and am contemplating going back next year.

Reviewed tour: Peaks and lakes of the Pirin & Rila mountains (guided hiking group tour)

Lucafieu
Brussels, Belgium