Welcome to Pirin Mountains


From Bansko’s southern edge spreads Pirin National Park (Unesco-listed in 1983), where 176 lakes glint among 400 sq km of fragrant pine forests and granite peaks. Fang-toothed predators make their home here – bears, wolves and jackals – but hikers are more likely to spot the park’s abundant birdlife: wall-creepers, peregrine falcons and four types of woodpecker number among 170 species seen here.

West of the park, along the well-maintained route E79 running south from Sofia, lies pleasant student town Blagoevgrad; further south, encircled by dramatic sandstone towers, is wine-producing tourist favourite Melnik.


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Pirin Mountains activities

$79.92 Cultural & Theme Tours

Melnik and Rozhen Monastery

The smallest Bulgarian town Melnik offers an amazing scenery. The town is at the foot of a unique nature phenomena – the Melnik sand pyramids. In the year 1215, Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav. The ruins of his fortress near the town are preserved till the present days. The houses in Melnik date from the National Revival period, with their interesting and typical architecture.The region of Melnik is famous also with its specific sort of grape. The town is the perfect place for wine tasting, and there are numerous very special wine cellars in the area, where one can learn the history of the magic drink. Rozhen Monastery is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria. It’s one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries, well-preserved until today. The unique architecture of the monastery makes it a popular tourist destination. Enjoy this tour of the medieval Rozhen monastery, the picturesque town of Melnik and the best wines of this beautiful corner of Bulgaria.Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2.5-hour transfer, we will reach the town of Melnik for a 2-hour tour. Next is a visit to famous wine cellar for some wine tasting. After lunch there is a short transfer and visitation to the Rozhen monastery (1.5 hours). Transfer back to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

$96.92 Day Trips & Excursions

Pirin Mountain, Melnik and Rozhen Monastery Full Day Tour from Bansko

You will be picked up from your hotel in Bansko at 9am and head straight to the Roshen Monastery. It is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria and one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries.After touring the monastery and admiring its unique architecture, continue to Melnik, one of Bulgaria's smallest yet most scenic towns. In 1215 Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav, and the ruins of his fortress can still be seen close to the town. In Melnik itself, you will have chance to admire the National Revival period buildings, enjoy views of the dramatic Melnik sand pyramids, and stop at a local wine cellar for a wine tasting. Your tour ends with drop-off at your accommodation in Bansko.

$114.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Bansko 4x4 Tour to Melnik with Wine Tasting and Monastery

The smallest Bulgarian town Melnik offers an amazing scenery. The town is at the foot of a unique nature phenomena – the Melnik sand pyramids. In the year 1215 Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav. The ruins of his fortress near the town, are preserved till the present days. The houses in Melnik date from the National Revival period, with their interesting and typical architecture.The region of Melnik is famous also with its specific sort of grape. The town is the perfect place for wine tasting – there are numerous very special wine cellars in the area, where one can learn the history of the magic drink.Rozhen Monastery is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria. It’s one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries, well preserved until today. The unique architecture of the monastery makes it a popular tourist destination.Enjoy this tour of the medieval Rozhen monastery, the picturesque town of Melnik and the best wines of this beautiful corner of Bulgaria

$30.06 Transfers & Ground Transport

Shared Transfer Sofia-Bansko

Airport Arrival ProcedureDrivers monitor the airport websites and will meet passengers 30 minutes after the scheduled flight arrival time, this usually allows enough time to disembark, collect luggage and clear through customs. Please meet in the Short Stay Car Park in front of the terminal.The company will have provided the car description and plate number. The driver will try to contact you by mobile phone,with a board showing your name and destination. If you have provided a mobile contact number, we ask that you switch this on once you are in the arrivals hall to enable the driver to contact you if needed.Sofia Airport has a free Wi-Fi facility.If you are struggling to locate your driver, please contact the duty manager on +359899912080Professional English Speaking  drivers’ approach to clients – they always wear a business suit with a tie and provide: *Clean Non-Smoking Cars*One to One Assistance*Porter AssistanceDelayed FlightsThe customer is advised to contact the office as soon as He/She is aware of any delay to your flight. Drivers do monitor the airport website, however they will only watch the flight the passengers are due to arrive into, and not any previous connecting flights.If the flight the customer has asked  to be met is delayed, the driver will aim to meet the flight as promptly as possible.If the flight is more than 4 hours late, the company would appreciate it if the customer could establish contact and inform the company of the estimated new time of arrival. If the flight is more than 4 hours late, the company cannot guarantee to meet the customer under its normal policy, but will endeavour to monitor your flight and meet it as soon as is reasonably possible.In the event that a customer's inbound flight is cancelled or redirected to another airport, then the journey will be deemed as cancelled and cancellation terms will apply.In the event of a delay, amendment or cancellation, please contact the office by telephone on +359899912080Outward JourneyPassengers will be picked up at their home address or their chosen pick up point ( the customers are asked to be contactable by phone, as the driver may need to contact them prior to pick up. In the event the driver is more than 10 minutes late, the customers are asked to contact the office on +359899912080When making the booking customers should allow plenty of time for their travel to the airport. Any pick up time given to the customer is an advisory time or may be the only remaining time available on that date.

$97.05 Transfers & Ground Transport

Transfer from Bansko to Sofia

Passengers will be picked up and driven to a convenient for them location. All we require from our customers is a full name and the arrival time or departure of their flight if picked up from an airport. Our team has a great experience with routes planning that will save you time from unexpected traffic on the way to your destination!  You will travel fast enough, but safety is always a priority! You get the best service balanced between quality and price which you can find in Bulgaria! Our priority is customer satisfaction and loyalty! Our nice and kind drivers will make sure you have the best experience possible during your journey.

$2888.58 Classes & Workshops

Dancing adventure - tour the unique folk dances of Bulgaria - 15 days

ItineraryDay 1: Sofia - the capital of BulgariaStop At: St. Kyriaki Cathedral ChurchWe start the day meeting our instructor-choreographers for about 2 hours. The training is focused on two of the most widely known Bulgarian folk dances – Ra-che-‘ni-ca and ’Pra-vo Ho-‘ro. Lunch follows, and then a walking tour and some free time in the capital Sofia. The day ends with dinner at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with a folklore show program.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sofia city centerDay 2: Arbanasi or Veliko TarnovoStop At: Tsarevets FortressWe depart to the old capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo. There will be sightseeing and free time. The training presents the beautiful E-’le-ni-no Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Arbanassiand the outstanding town-museum of Arbanasi. In both places there will be sightseeing and free timeDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Arbanassi or Veliko TarnovoDay 3: Varna town and Aladzha monasteryStop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna ProvinceAfter breakfast we are going to the Northern part of the Black Sea coast. We will visit Varna – the third biggest town in Bulgaria, also known as the sea capital of the country. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Aladzha Monastery, Varna, Varna ProvinceThe same day we visit the magnificent Aladzha Monastery – one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria. The dance of the day is ’Sbo-ren-ka.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight 3-star hotel in one of the best Black sea resorts Sts. Konstantin & Helen or AlbenaDay 4: Sts. Constantine and Helen resort or Albena Black sea resort - second day on the beachStop At: AlbenaWe are not touring – just a day to enjoy the fine sand beach, sea and sun. We will have a repetition of all the dances we learned till the day and get a bonus dance from the area, the easy and enjoyable – ‘Var-nen-sko Ho-’ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight 3-star hotel in one of the best Black sea resorts Sts. Konstantin & Helen or AlbenaDay 5: Sozopol - the most romantic ancient Black sea townStop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas ProvinceWe are moving south to the romantic and artistic ancient town of Sozopol. We’ll have fun along the cobblestone streets of the old town and its bustling beaches. Here we learn the Thracian Ra-che-‘ni-tsa (a bit different from the one you know from day 1 - you’ll have to tell the difference).Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in SozopolDay 6: Sinemorets - the smallest Black sea townStop At: Strandja Nature Park, Sinemorets, Burgas ProvinceIn the morning we depart further down south to the small village of Bulgari in The Strandzha Mountains. This is the only place where the barefoot dance on smoldering embers called “nestinari” is still performed as a ritual in its almost authentic form. During the day we will repeat the dances we already know, out in the open air. We will have the opportunity to witness the ritual activities around the celebrations dedicated to Sts. Constantine and Helen and to dance together with local people. In the evening we will have a unique experience watching the authentic nestinari dance.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in SinemoretsDay 7: Eastern part of Rhodope mountainStop At: Mezek Thracian Tomb, Mezek, Haskovo ProvinceHeading towards the town of Ivaylovgrad, we will pass through the Thracian beehive tomb at the village of Mezek. It is the largest and one of the most impressive tombs of Mycenaean type in Bulgaria, famous for the remarkable archaeological find – a bronze sculpture of a wild boar in natural size. We will have the opportunity to taste some outstanding Bulgarian wines at the Katarzhina wine cellar, which will help us learn easily the next dance in our tour from the Rhodope area – ’Svor-na-to Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in IvaylovgradDay 8: Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Europe in 2019Stop At: Villa ArmiraWe get a break from the dance training and visit 3 significant places: an exquisite architectural monument. The first one is from the Roman era – villa Armira.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali ProvinceThe second is the archaeological complex of Perperikon – one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks, where the famous Temple of Dionysius is located; Duration: 1 dayStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceAnd the last for the day is Bachkovo Monastery – one of the largest and oldest East Orthodox monasteries in Europe dated back to the 11th century AD.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in PlovdivDay 9: Plovdiv - second day in the cultural capital of Europe in 2019 Stop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceThe day is dedicated to Plovdiv – the oldest city in Europe and second biggest Bulgarian town. Remains of ancient, medieval, National Revival and modern culture coexist and are interwoven into the unobtrusive, irresistible and eternal beauty of this city. During the training we will learn a new dance – Pai-‘dush-ko Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in PlovdivDay 10: Pirin mountain - Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutStop At: Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Dobrinishte, Blagoevgrad ProvinceWe will enjoy The Pirin Mountains. First we will visit Bansko ski resort and then go up the mountain. There will be walking tours, hiking and open air dance trainings. It is time to start learning some extraordinarily beautiful dances from the Pirin area like Dzhan-‘gu-ri-tsa and ‘Ma-le-shev-sko Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutDay 11: Second day in Pirin mountain - Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutStop At: Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Dobrinishte, Blagoevgrad ProvinceWe have the same program as the previous day.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutDay 12: Koprivshtitsa - charming town-museum from Revival timeStop At: Municipality KoprivshtitsaDeparture to Koprivstitsa – an authentic village from the Bulgarian National Revival period.Nestled in the foot of The Sredna Gora Mountains, the village charms with its picturesque ornamented old houses and their large eaves, stone fences and wide wooden gates. Learning Chet-‘vor-no Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in holiday houses in KoprivstitsaDay 13: Roman town Hisarya famous for its mineral springsStop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv ProvinceAgain, the day will be a mixture of sightseeing and dancing. We will start with Starosel – the Thracian temple complex, which is the oldest ever found Royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum. Duration: 1 dayStop At: HisaryaThen we continue to Hisarya – a town founded in 4th – 3rd century BC, famous for its healing mineral waters. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak - CopyLast for the day, we will visit the most significant tombs in The Valley of The Thracian Kings.The last new dance will be ‘Tri-te ‘Pa-ti.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in HisaryaDay 14: Roman town Hisarya famous for its mineral springs - second SPA dayStop At: HisaryaTrainings, SPA and relax. Repetition of all dances.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in HisaryaDay 15: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for the return flightsStop At: Sofia Airport Transfer, Sofia, Sofia RegionArrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for the return flightsDuration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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