Pirin – the third highest mountain in Balkan peninsula, the marble beauty of Bulgaria. The older name of that mountain was Perun, the Slavic god of Thunder. When Christianity spread all around the land, this was the last stronghold for the Slavic gods.
Later the name was transformed to Pirin. The mountain with its fortune of rivers, lakes, flora and wildlife gave a big inspiration for legends.
Now Pirin is a national park, a part of UNESCO heritage. In the foothills of Pirin is Bansko, which is the biggest ski resort of the Balkan states. Join us to fell the magic of the lakes, hear some legends, to see some wild goats, to reach the top – Vihren, and to enjoy of the thermal springs in the valley below the mountain.
Welcome to Sofia. Transfer from Sofia airport or Sofia hotel to Rila monastery, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria – 2 hours. Guided tour – 1 hour, and free time to enjoy that peaceful place. Transfer to the cave of Ivan from Rila, the holy man, founder of the monastery. The hiking in both directions is 30 minutes. The cave is famous for its altar of wishes and If you pass through the cave your soul will be pure.
Light lunch in one of the restaurants near the monastery. Transfer to the village of Banya, rich with its thermal springs. Rila monastery-Banya – 2 hours. Check-in in a guest house with spa facilities.
Dinner at 7.00 in the near village and enjoy the Bulgarian cuisine and traditional songs.
Night in Banya.