Climbing the highest peak between the Alps and the Caucasus, walking in national park and protected woodland in Eastern Europe, and enjoying early summer on the shores of one of the oldest lakes in the world, where civilization exists for more than 4 000 years. If this is your idea of a well spent holiday in May, than you can RSVP Yes to this event.
This is a 9 day trip, planned for 24.05 -[masked], but you only need four days off because of the May Bank holiday. We will be visiting two Balkan countries - Bulgaria and Macedonia, two capitals - Sofia and Skopje, one National park - Rila, an UNESCO protected lake and city- Ohrid, and picturesque towns and green wood landscapes along the way. We will be hiking on a challenging terrain so you need to be reasonably fit to join this trip, but you don't need special equipment. We will go on walks in woods and meadows, stay overnight in a mountain hut, we'll do cultural sightseeing and of course we'll be debating controversial recent history.
If you want to come on this trip we recommend Wizzair low-cost flights:
(more details below)
The tour starts with late night arrival in Sofia, and half a day sightseeing of the Bulgarian capital the next day. Then we're going to Borovetz, a winter resort town in the foothill of mountain Rila. Early in the morning we start hiking in attempt to conquer the summit Musala.
Musala Peak (2925 m AboveSeaLevel) is practically the top of the Balkan Peninsula. It is located in Bulgaria, between Sofia and the border with Macedonia.
We’ll be climbing this peak from nearby village Borovetz, walking distance 4-5 hours, or, if using a lift + 1hour walk to the top. From that point, we have another 4 hours walking to a mountain hut where we'll spend the night.
Next day, we'll cross the border and move on to a lower mountain area (still above 800 meters ASL) in Eastern Macedonia. Exploring the scenic surrounding and relaxing in a traditional the traditional town of Berovo. We'll stay in a four star hotel with a spa.
Berovo Landscape >>>
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We'll continue our hikes in the Berovo region on easy/moderate terrain to a dairy farm, where we have organic food prepared for lunch.
Macedonia is a country rich with good food, and the cuisine itself is an inventive mix of mediteranean, slavic and oriental influences.
The next day we'll do a wine tasting tour in central Macedonia, so we can sample local wines and food at our own leasure. We will try wine produced from the authentic wine grapes from the Balkans, like Zilavka, and Stanushina - wine grape typical only for Macedonia.
After driving across Macedonia we'll arrive to Ohrid and stay there for the next three days. Fear not there is plenty to do in this UNESCO protected city, we'll swim in one of the oldest lakes in the world, and explore the living chronological thread of civilization in a place which has been a part of the Byzantine empire and a place where the cyrillic alphabet was founded in the 9th and 10th century.
On the last day we'll travel to Skopje, where we'll explore the Macedonian capital by day and night before we leave for the airport at 03:00 am.
The price of of £490 for this trip includes:
Renting a minibus and driver for the duration of the trip which offers great flexibility
All hotels&accomodation (3 and 4 star) and breakfast during the trip, based on two sharing a room.
Mountain guides at Rila Mountain, Bulgaria and Malesh area, Macedonia
The price DOES NOT include flights. The full sum of £490 is due by the end of April.
Bring your hiking shoes, swimsuit and camera!
Local concurrency in Bulgaria is Lev (BGN) £ 1 = лв 2,4285
Localconcurrencyin Macedonia is Denar (MKD) £ 1 = MKD 75,95
Most of the local exchange offices accept EUR which has better rate than GBP.
There ARE a lot of cash machines in the places we visit, except during hiking in the mountains, of course.
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