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Rila, Olympus, Bulgaria, Greece 9 Day Guided Hike

Join a UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team for an amazing 9-day hike in the Rila, Pirin, Olympus mountains of Bulgaria and Greece.

Mountain RangeOlympus, Pirin, Rila Mountains
Duration9 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


Over the course of 9 exciting days, we want to guide you on an adventure that will stretch over 3 different mountain ranges and 2 countries. The mountain ranges are the Rila mountains and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria and the Olympus mountains of Greece. However, there is so much more you will get to see and do throughout this trip. From the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, and the Aegean sea of Greece, to the Rila monastery, the variety is incredible.

This is an extensive trek. There will be a lot of walking. Typically we will be hiking between 5 and 8 hours every day. Hence, all participants should be in good physical condition. They should also have some prior hiking experience.

Throughout the trip, we will be staying in several different forms of accommodation. We will be spending our nights in hotels, family run guesthouses and mountain huts. All of these places offer their own unique advantages and charms.

During the hike, we will be ascending 3 different peaks. Those peaks include the Polezhan peak (2,851m), Mount Vihren (2,914m), which is the highest peak in the Pirin mountains, and Mount Olympus (2,918m) otherwise known as Mytikas.

There are many other wonderful highlights on this trip that stretches from the Rila mountains to Mount Olympus. They include the Belmeken dam, the village of Bansko, The Bezbog lake, various ancient Greek temples, the village of Paralia, the beautiful Rila monastery and so much more. It is also important to note that the views you will get of the natural landscape from the various peaks, as well as along the trails, are truly breathtaking.

It would be our pleasure to guide you on this 9 day adventure. We know you will gain enough exciting memories to last a lifetime. So if you would like to join us on this amazing journey that will take you from Bulgaria to Greece and back again, just send us a request.

We also offer a 5 day, hut to hut hike through the Balkans as well.


Hotel in Sofia, Guest houses, Mountain huts, Hotel in the village of Paralia

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Participants should bring the following items with them: hiking boots, rucksack (35-45L), trekking poles, water and windproof jacket, rain cover, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1.5L), travel liner (optional), torch, personal first aid kit.

Meeting point





Day 1: Sofia

Today, participants will meet at Sofia, were we will spend the day and spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 2: Bansko

Today participants will transfer to the high dam of Belmeken. We will ascent to the Belmeken peak, before hiking down to the village of Bansko where we will spend the night in a local guesthouse.

Day 3: Polezhan Peak (2,851m)

Today participants will take a ride to the Bezbog hut and log before trekking to the Polezhan peak. Afterwards, we will hike back to Bansko, where we will spend the night in the same guesthouse.

Day 4: Mount Vihren (2,914m)

Today we will make our way up Mount Vihren before descending and making our way back to Bansko where we will spend the night in the same guesthouse.

Day 5: Olympus mountain (2,918m)

We will take a long, 5 hour transfer to Mount Olympus, which we will then ascend to the mountain hut at approximately 2000 metres, where we will spend the night.

Day 6: Mount Olympus summit

Today we will finish the ascent of Mount Olympus and reach the summit before making our way back down to the hut for the night.

Day 7: Village of Paralia

Today participants will make our way down Mount Olympus, crossing the plateau of the muses, then enjoying a swim in the Aegean sea before reaching the village of Paralia, where we will spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 8: Rila Monastery

Today we will make our return to Sofia in Bulgaria. However, we will first stop at the beautiful Rila monastery, before reaching the capital, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Day 9: Departure

On the final day, participants will get to enjoy the sights of Sofia before returning home.

About the guide

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Top Guides is an adventure travel company founded by three UIMLA-certified mountain guides Lyuben Grancharov, Dimiter Samounev, Alexander Serafimov. In 2016 we started as an association between certified local mountain guides united by the idea to ease and enrich the travelers’ outdoor experiences in Bulgaria.

Nowadays we are a leading tour operator specialized in authentic and tailored active tours throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Georgia.

We offer a wide-range of activities: hiking, trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ski touring and off-piste skiing.

All our guides are certified, experienced and passionate about their job and will guide you with a smile and care through the wild beauty of the Bulgarian and the Balkan mountains.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1918 each

Group of 2

EUR 1021 each

Group of 3

EUR 887 each

Group of 4

EUR 763 each

Group of 5

EUR 702 each

Group of 6

EUR 629 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• The price includes transfers to and from Sofia, accommodation, and lift tickets.

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