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Mountain Walking Holidays in Bulgaria

Tucked away in the far south-eastern corner of Europe, until recently Bulgaria has remained one of Europe's lesser known destinations for a walking holiday. Although more and more holiday-makers have been visiting Bulgaria in recent years, attracted by the lure of the Black Sea, few of them were initially aware of the spectacular beauty of the country, or the wealth of walking holiday opportunities that could be found within the mountains of Bulgaria.

Although wild and relatively unfrequented, the mountains of Bulgaria are an ideal location for a walking holiday, being crisscrossed by a large network of walking trails. These paths lead hikers through a wide variety of stunning landscapes, introducing them not only to the diverse flora and fauna of the region, but also the unique history and culture, which are such an important aspect of a walking holiday in Bulgaria.

During the course of a walking holiday in Bulgaria, you will discover that each of the Bulgarian mountain ranges has its own unique identity, a distinct atmosphere that has been fashioned, not only by natural processes, but by the interrelationship of its people and history. Whatever your choice, whilst on your walking holiday in Bulgaria, our guides at Balkan Trek will take delight in sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm about the natural and human history of the Bulgarian mountains.

A walking holiday in the Rila Mountains takes you into an alpine realm of spectacular beauty with rocky ridges, bristling peaks, plunging precipices, and a host of sparkling lakes and streams. Similarly, a walking holiday in the Pirin Mountains offers an exploration of the wildest and most rugged of all the Bulgarian mountain ranges, the northern part having a truly alpine form, with jagged peaks, sharp crests and numerous glacially sculpted cirques and valleys. For lovers of history, as well as those wishing to enjoy a wilderness experience, a walking holiday in the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina) is the perfect choice, offering a journey along the backbone of Bulgaria. Alternatively, a walking holiday in the Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains is for those who seek solitude and simplicity, and who want to experience a traditional way of life, rich cultural heritage and have the chance to see a wealth of rare plants and animals along the trail.

Balkan Trek's unique tailor-made mountain walking holidays in Bulgaria offer highly rewarding and memorable walking holidays in some of the most unspoiled and stunning mountain landscapes that can be found in the country. All our tailor-made mountain walking holidays are expertly designed by Julian Perry, one of the leading authorities on walking in Bulgaria. Julian first began exploring the mountains of Bulgaria in 1988, walking the length and breadth of country whilst researching and writing 'The Mountains of Bulgaria: A Walker's Companion', what was  the first foreign language guidebook to walking in Bulgaria, published in 1995. In 2010, Julian published his second Bulgarian walking guidebook 'Walking in Bulgaria's National Parks', focused on those wishing to undertake walking and wildlife holidays in the Pirin National Park, Rila National Park and Central Balkan National Park.

With second-to-none knowledge of walking in the mountains of Bulgaria, you can be certain that Balkan Trek's tailor-made walking holidays in Bulgaria will be of the highest quality, and offer you a safest and most enjoyable way of exploring the Bulgarian mountains. All our walking holidays are guided either by Julian himself or one of his outstanding team of fully trained and qualified mountain guides, all of whom have gained praise and recognition for their outstanding leadership, as evidenced by the glowing reputation they have among their clients.

To find out more about the opportunities for tailor-made mountain walking holidays in Bulgaria, and to discuss your own specific plans and requirements, please email Balkan Trek. We will be happy to design and organize for you a unique and unforgettable mountain walking holiday in Bulgaria.