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Borovets (summer)

Price €959 8 days
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Borovets (summer)

€959 per person

Once upon a time... The place to be for hiking! Borovets is the oldest and largest winter sports resort in Bulgaria but, in summer, it becomes a haven for the hiker. Situated at 1350 meters altitude on the north side of the Rila Mountains, it offers the regions best hikes, like the 7 Rila Lakes or Mount Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans (2925 m).

As per usual, we offer you a number of different options: you can either join one of our fabulous groups, you can take off on your own, with a close-knit group of family and/or friends… Let’s first address the group trips that Once Upon A Time has planned for Summer 2022. Your holiday starts on Friday, August 5 and ends on Friday, August 12.

We’ve concocted a fantastic program that blends hiking, yoga classes and fabulous moments of relaxation in a 5-star hotel. In fact, our home base will be the Rila Hotel, the most prestigious hotel in Borovets. Even if the sporty side of things is an integral part of this trip… imagine a pool, a gym and a spa at the end of a long day of hiking… I’d call that an extra layer of well-being.

Program

Let us know what you think about the program…
08:00 : yoga class and a early morning physical work-out
09:00 : breakfast
10:30 : mountain hiking (between 3 and 6 hours, depending on your level) and/or excursions
17:00 : yoga class
18:00 : relaxation (swimming, steam bath, sauna, massage…)
20:00 : dinner and other activities (bowling, long conversations by the fireplace…)

As far as the hikes go, we will most definitely be going to the 7 Rila Lakes (an incredible hike that we have already reviewed for you in 2021 - you can read about it here) and Mount Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans, at almost 3000 meters altitude. However, our guide and hike-manager, Asen Rashev will also be taking you on the not-so beaten track. Two different groups (depending on fitness levels) will allow everyone to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that this region offers.

During one of the hikes, we will also be visiting the Rila Monastery. At the heart of the Rila National Park, it is the most visited site in Bulgaria. The monument is typical of Bulgarian Renaissance and serves as a symbol of the Bulgarians' cultural awakening after centuries of Ottoman occupation. The Rila Monastery has been recognised as a cultural heritage by UNESCO, since 1983.

Check out the "Travel Diaries" section where you can read an account of one of our trips, which we undertook with a group of about 20 people, in August 2021, in Pamporovo.

If you prefer travelling alone, or with a bunch of friends or your partner, we’ll be by your side to make things as easy as possible by helping you put together the trip of your dreams. That’s our "As you wish" option: all you need to do is decide on the length of your trip, the number of people who’ll be joining you and what program appeals most to you… we can even tweak that too, if you’d like. That’s it! We take care of all the nitty-gritty for you: transportation, guides, visits…

In any case… we promise you an exceptional break-from-it-all!

Once upon a time... The place to be for hiking! Borovets is the oldest and largest winter sports resort in Bulgaria but, in summer, it becomes a haven for the hiker. Situated at 1350 meters altitude on the north side of the Rila Mountains, it offers the regions best hikes, like the 7 Rila Lakes or Mount Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans (2925 m).

As per usual, we offer you a number of different options: you can either join one of our fabulous groups, you can take off on your own, with a close-knit group of family and/or friends… Let’s first address the group trips that Once Upon A Time has planned for Summer 2022. Your holiday starts on Friday, August 5 and ends on Friday, August 12.

We’ve concocted a fantastic program that blends hiking, yoga classes and fabulous moments of relaxation in a 5-star hotel. In fact, our home base will be the Rila Hotel, the most prestigious hotel in Borovets. Even if the sporty side of things is an integral part of this trip… imagine a pool, a gym and a spa at the end of a long day of hiking… I’d call that an extra layer of well-being.

Program

Let us know what you think about the program…
08:00 : yoga class and a early morning physical work-out
09:00 : breakfast
10:30 : mountain hiking (between 3 and 6 hours, depending on your level) and/or excursions
17:00 : yoga class
18:00 : relaxation (swimming, steam bath, sauna, massage…)
20:00 : dinner and other activities (bowling, long conversations by the fireplace…)

As far as the hikes go, we will most definitely be going to the 7 Rila Lakes (an incredible hike that we have already reviewed for you in 2021 - you can read about it here) and Mount Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans, at almost 3000 meters altitude. However, our guide and hike-manager, Asen Rashev will also be taking you on the not-so beaten track. Two different groups (depending on fitness levels) will allow everyone to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that this region offers.

During one of the hikes, we will also be visiting the Rila Monastery. At the heart of the Rila National Park, it is the most visited site in Bulgaria. The monument is typical of Bulgarian Renaissance and serves as a symbol of the Bulgarians' cultural awakening after centuries of Ottoman occupation. The Rila Monastery has been recognised as a cultural heritage by UNESCO, since 1983.

Check out the "Travel Diaries" section where you can read an account of one of our trips, which we undertook with a group of about 20 people, in August 2021, in Pamporovo.

If you prefer travelling alone, or with a bunch of friends or your partner, we’ll be by your side to make things as easy as possible by helping you put together the trip of your dreams. That’s our "As you wish" option: all you need to do is decide on the length of your trip, the number of people who’ll be joining you and what program appeals most to you… we can even tweak that too, if you’d like. That’s it! We take care of all the nitty-gritty for you: transportation, guides, visits…

In any case… we promise you an exceptional break-from-it-all!

Practical information

The Wanderers
Join one of our groups, our participants are fabulous people! From:
959
Per person
8 days/7 nights
The price includes:
• 7 overnights (1 night in Sofia 5* and 6 nights in Borovets 4*)
• 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
• 1 lunch
• All yoga classes (2 per day in Borovets)
• One sports training per day with a coach
• 4 excursions (transport, lift and guide): Mussala, Malyovitsa, 7 Rila lakes, Rila Monastery
• Spa & swimming pool at Rila Hotel
• Guided tour in Sofia
• Guided tour of Rila Monastery
• Transportation: airport-hotel, Sofia-Borovets, Borovets-Airport Sofia (group transfers)
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Options:
• Single supplement: 278 euros
-/-
The price does not include:
• Airline ticket
• Meals and drinks not included in the program
• Entrance fees for museums and monuments
• Additional services
• Insurance for your trip abroad
-/-
Next trips:
Limit maximum 20 participants.
From Friday August 5 till Friday August 12
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As you wish
I’m travelling alone, as a couple or with a few friends. We’re right by your side! From:
1259
Per person
8 days/7 nights
The price includes:
• 7 overnights (1 night in Sofia 4* or 5* and 6 nights in Borovets 4*)
• 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
• 1 lunch
• Transportation: airport-hotel, Sofia-Borovets, Borovets-Airport Sofia (group transfers)
• Spa & swimming pool at Rila Hotel
-/-
Options:
• Yoga classes & sports trainings
• Excursions (transport, lift and guide): Mussala, Malyovitsa, 7 Rila lakes, Rila Monastery,...
• Guided tour in Sofia
• Guided tour of Rila Monastery
• Single supplement: 278 euros
-/-
The price does not include:
• Airline ticket
• Meals and drinks not included in the program
• Entrance fees for museums and monuments
• Additional services
• Insurance for your trip abroad
-/-
Next trips:
Whenever you want, between the end of May and the end of September.
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  • Included
    Breakfast
    Hotel
    Meals and drinks
    Personal Guide
    Transportation/Car
    Yoga classes
  • Not Included
    All Museum Tickets
    Plane tickets
    Ski equipment
    Ski Pass
    Train
    Transport
1
Day 1: Arrival in Sofia
  • Transfer to the Intercontinental Hotel (5*) followed by an evening in Sofia
2
Day 2: Exploring Sofia & departure to Borovets
  • 07.30: Breakfast
  • 08.30: Exploring Sofia (St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia Church, the National Theater, St George Rotunda from the IV century, the emblematic buildings and sites of the communist time,...)
  • 12.00: Departure to Borovets  (Rila Hotel 5*)
3
Day 3-7: Borovets
  • Morning: yoga class and sports training with a coach
  • Late morning/afternoon: mountain hike (between 3 to 6 hours, according to your physical abilities) and/or other excursions
  • Late afternoon: yoga class
  • Early evening: relaxation (swimming, hammam, sauna...)
4
Day 8: Rila, Sofia and return
  • Morning: yoga class and sports training
  • Departure from Borovets, in the early afternoon.
  • A visit to the Monastery of Rila. This monastery is the largest in Bulgaria.
  • Late afternoon: Sofia airport

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Hotel Rila

The Rila Hotel Borovets welcomes you in the heart of Borovets, the first ever ski resort in the Balkans, about 70km from Sofia. Located at the base of the slopes and only 200 meters from the ski lifts, Hotel Rila also has a spa, an indoor pool and several restaurants within the complex.

All the rooms have a balcony or a terrace with magnificent mountain views. The suites also have a separate day/living room…

   
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