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Mountains of Rila and Pirin

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Mountains of Rila and Pirin

Condições Gerais

The present program/online catalog is the informative document in which the current general conditions are included. They constitute, in the absence of a separate document, the travel contract.
The information is binding for the agency, except for some of the present conditions: 
  • If the changes in the following conditions have been clearly communicated in writing to the client before the conclusion of the contract and they are properly provided for in the program;

  • Any changes subsequent to the conclusion of the contract are subject to prior agreement of both the agency and the client, except as provided in the "impossibility of comply" clause.

These general conditions comply with the provisions of Decree-Law 61/2011 of May 6th, as amended by Decree-Law 199/2012 of August 24th.

The general conditions, which refer to an organized trip described in this program, along with the specific conditions provided to the client in the travel documentation at the time of booking, constitute the travel contract that binds the agency and the client.


The technical organization and sale of the activities included on this website are the responsibility of Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, with home office at Rua Manuel Assunção Mestre, nº22,  7780-199 Castro Verde, registered in the Commercial Registry Office of Lisbon with Taxpayer Identification Number 504163590. It has a share capital of €99,759.60 (ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine euros and sixty cents). Papa-Léguas is also registered with the National Registry of Travel Agents and Tourism Operators (RNAVT) nº2275 and the National Registry of Tourist Animation Agents (RNAT) nº67/2014.


At the time of registration the client must deposit 30% of the service price, paying the remaining 70% up to 21 days before the service begins. If the registration takes place 21 days or less before the service begins, the total price of the service must be paid at the time of registration. Papa-Léguas, Agência de Viagens e Turismo Lda. reserves the right to cancel any booking that has not been paid for under the conditions mentioned above. Reservations are subject to the obtaining of a confirmation from suppliers for all services.

The prices of tours are presented per person and based on the occupation in a room shared by two people. The organizing agency will group clients who sign up individually for the same tour in pairs, by gender, and in chronological order of registration. Clients who are singled out must pay the respective individual supplement, when required by the service provider.


According to Law No. 144/2015 of September 8th, we inform that the customer may resort to the following Alternative Consumer Dispute Resolution Entities:

           i) Customer Authority of Travel and Tourism Agencies at;

          ii) Arbitration Commission of Tourism in Portugal at;

         iii) Or any of the entities indicated in the list provided by the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs at, which we recommend consulting. 


Complaints will only be considered if submitted in writing to the agency within a maximum period of 30 days after the completion of the services.

In the event of a complaint regarding non-compliance with contracted services, the customer may activate the Travel and Tourism Guarantee Fund provided for in DL 61/2011 of May 6, in its current wording, by submitting the respective complaint:

i) To the Customer Authority, as Papa-Léguas, Travel and Tourism Agency Ltd., is a member of the Customer Ombudsman for Travel and Tourism Agencies at To benefit from this service, you must submit your written complaint within 20 business days after the end of the trip. Agencies are bound to comply promptly with any decisions issued by this entity.

ii) To Tourism of Portugal I.P. at within 30 days after: (i) the end of the trip; (ii) the cancellation of the trip attributable to the agency; (iii) the date of knowledge of the impossibility of its realization due to the agency; (iv) the closure of the establishment.

iii) To any of the entities listed on the website of the General Directorate for Consumer Affairs at


1) The agency is responsible for the luggage in the legal terms;

2) The Client has the obligation to complain to the service provider at the moment of subtraction, deterioration or destruction of luggage.

3) In international transport, if the luggage is damaged, the complaint must be made in writing to the carrier immediately after the damage is verified, and no later than 7 days after delivery. If the luggage is merely late in delivery, the claim must be made within 21 days from the date of delivery.

4) The presentation of such a claim will be an essential basis for Papa-Léguas, Agência de Viagens e Turismo Lda. to hold responsible the entity providing the service.


The responsibility of the agency will be limited to the maximum amount that can be demanded from the service providers, in accordance with the Montreal Convention of May 28, 1999, on International Air Transport, and the Bern Convention of 1961, on Rail Transport.

Regarding maritime transport, the liability of travel agencies, concerning their clients, for the provision of transport services or accommodation, when applicable, by maritime transport companies, in the event of damages resulting from their willful misconduct or negligence, will be limited to the following amounts:

a) € 441,436, in case of death or physical injury;

b) € 7,881, in case of total or partial loss of baggage or its damage;

c) € 31,424, in case of loss of a motor vehicle, including the baggage contained therein;

d) € 10,375, in case of loss of baggage, whether accompanied or not, contained in a motor vehicle;

e) € 1,097, for damages to baggage resulting from the damage to the motor vehicle.

Where applicable, the liability of travel agencies and tourism for the deterioration, destruction, and theft of baggage or other items in tourist accommodation establishments, while the client is staying there, is limited as follows:

a) € 1,397, in total;

b) € 449 per item;

c) The value declared by the client regarding the items deposited under the custody of the tourist accommodation establishment.

The agency's liability for non-bodily damages may be contractually limited to an amount corresponding to five times the price of the service sold.


For each reservation the following will be charged:

Reservation Expenses:

  • Portugal: 15€ (fifteen euros);
  • Remaining Countries: 30€ (thirty euros).

Alteration Expenses:

For each alteration (names, dates, type of apartment or room, travel, etc) : 50€ (fifty euros). Please note that the acceptance of such changes depends on the acceptance by the respective suppliers.


The client must have their personal or family documentation in good order (identity card, military documentation, authorization for minors, visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents that may be required). The agency disclaims any responsibility for visa refusal or the client's denial of entry into a foreign country. The client is solely responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such a situation.

Travel in European Union: 

  • Clients (regardless of age) traveling within the European Union must possess the respective civil identification document (passport; ID card, Citizen Card).
  • To receive medical assistance, they must carry the corresponding European Health Insurance Card.
  • Nationals of non-EU countries should consult specific information regarding the necessary documentation for travel with the embassies/consulates of their countries of origin.

Travel outside the European Union:

  • Clients (regardless of age) traveling within the European Union must possess the respective civil identification document (passport) as well as a visa, if necessary (get this information from the agency at the time of booking);
  • Nationals of non-EU countries should consult specific information regarding the necessary documentation for travel from the embassies/consulates of their countries of origin.

If the travel suppliers involved allow it, whenever a customer who is registered for a particular trip wishes to change their registration to another trip or the same trip with a different departure date, or any other changes, they must pay a fee as alteration expenses. However, if the change takes place 21 days or less before the departure date of the trip for which the customer is registered, or if the service providers do not accept the change, the customer will be subject to the expenses and charges specified under the “cancellation (termination)” section.

Once the trip has started, if a request is made to change the contracted services for reasons not related to the agency (e.g., extending the number of nights of stay, changing the flight), the prices of the touristic services may not correspond to those published on the website that prompted the contract.


The customer may transfer their registration by being replaced by another person who meets all the required conditions for the trip, provided that they inform the selling agency at least seven days in advance and such transfer is possible under the applicable air transport regulations. In the case of cruises and air travel, the prescribed period will be fifteen days in advance.

The transfer of the registration makes both the transferor and the transferee jointly responsible for the payment of the trip price and any additional charges incurred.



Whenever there are external reasons that justify it, the organizing agency may change the order of the itineraries, modify the departure times, or substitute any of the planned hotels with others of similar category and location. The agency must inform the client of such changes as soon as they become aware of them.


When the tour is dependent on a minimum number of participants the Agency reserves the right to cancel the organized tour if the number of participants reached is less than the minimum. In such cases, the Client will be informed in writing of the cancellation within 15 (fifteen) days.


The prices in the program are based on the costs of services and exchange rates in effect on the date of printing of the program, and are therefore subject to change resulting from variations in the cost of transportation or fuel, duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rate fluctuations up to 20 days prior to the date of departure.


Once the tour has begun, no refund is due for services not used by the client due to unforeseeable circumstances or for reasons attributable to the client, except for refunds by the respective suppliers. Failure to provide services foreseen in the travel program for reasons attributable to the organizing agency and if it is not possible to replace them with equivalent ones, entitles the client receive a refund for the price difference between the originally anticipated services and the services actually provided.




If, prior to the start of the journey and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizing agency, it becomes unable to fulfill any essential service included in the travel program, the client has the right to cancel the trip and immediately receive a refund of all amounts paid, or alternatively, accept a modification and possible price variation.

If the aforementioned circumstances beyond the control of the organizing agency result in the cancellation of the trip, the client may choose to participate in another organized trip of equivalent price. If the proposed replacement organized trip is of a lower price, the client will be refunded the price difference accordingly.


The client or their companions are free to cancel the trip at any time.

i) Such cancellation implies that the client is responsible for the payment of all charges arising from the beginning of the fulfillment of the contract and their withdrawal, as well as a percentage that can go up to 15% of the price of the trip.

ii) If applicable, the client will be refunded the difference between the amount paid and the aforementioned amounts.

iii) The cancellation of travel services/organized trips whose reservation has been made using the voucher issued under Decree-Law No. 17/2020 of April 23rd is subject to a cancellation fee equal to the price of the service, in order to prevent simulated or fraudulent reservations made solely with the intention of anticipating the receipt of the voucher-entitled values.


If for reasons not attributable to the client, the agency has to cancel the organized tour before the departure date, the client can choose to:

i) Being immediately refunded all amounts paid;

ii) Optionally, choose to participate in another organized tour and be refunded for any difference in price.


The liability of the travel agency organizing the trips included in this program and arising from the assumed obligations is covered by a civil liability insurance policy with Fidelidade Insurance Company, under policy number 9257343, for an amount of 75,000€ (Seventy-five thousand euros), in accordance with the applicable legislation.

18. VAT

The prices mentioned in this program already include the Value Added Tax at the current rate of 23%


This program is valid from 01/01/2022 to 12/31/2022

  • The remaining special conditions will be included on the page of each destination and trip - in the particular conditions - and they are part of the travel contract.
  • These general conditions may be supplemented by any other specific conditions agreed upon by the agency and the client.
  • The program prices are based on the average exchange rate of the dollar, so any significant deviation from this currency may result in a revision of the travel prices, as stated in the "price alteration" clause.
  • Due to constant fluctuations in fuel prices, there may be changes to the fuel surcharge included in the price, as stated in the "price alteration" clause.
  • The hotel categories presented in this brochure comply with the quality standards of the host country. However, they may be replaced by similar ones if, due to reasons beyond the agency's control, it is not possible to maintain or confirm the existing reservation. The agency will promptly inform the client once they become aware of such situations.

Arrival or departure times:

Departure and arrival times are stated in the local time of the respective country of destination and according to respective airline schedules at the time of printing this program, and may therefore be subject to change.

Hotels / Apartments:

Apartments - In case the accommodation is contracted in apartments, the client is responsible for informing the number of people that will occupy the apartment. If there are more people than booked, the apartments may refuse admittance.

Hotels - The prices shown are per person and are based on double occupancy. Not all hotels have triple rooms and usually an extra bed is placed in the room, which may not be of equal quality. In rooms equipped with two beds or a double bed, the triple may consist only of those beds.

The list of hotels and apartments in the program is indicative, as is their category, which is based on local criteria and classifications that are sometimes different from those used in Portugal.


Unless otherwise indicated, the prices shown for the Half Board and Full Board supplements do not include drinks.

On arrivals at the hotel after 7PM the first meal service will be breakfast the next day, on the last day and except for the possibility of late check-out, the last service of the hotel will be breakfast.

Check-in and check-out times:

The check-in and check-out times on the first and last day, will be defined according to the first and last service. As a rule, without binding character, the rooms can be used from 2PM on the day of arrival and should be left free by noon (12PM) on the day of departure.

In the apartments, the entry takes place generally at 5PM on the day of arrival and must be left free by 10AM on the day of departure.

Special conditions for children:

Given the conditions applied for children (destination and provider) it is recommended to always question the special conditions that may apply to the tour in question.


The agency offers the sale of insurance that can be purchased depending on the tour to guarantee assistance situations and cancellation expenses.

The maximum age limit, for the insurance, is 75 years-old.


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Mountains of Rila and Pirin

Condições Particulares

– Travellers who do not purchase flights from Papa-Léguas may not be assured of arrival and departure transfers if their flights are not exactly the same as the flights booked for the group.
If the traveller chooses to book the transfers Papa-Léguas for the flights they have bought on their own, there is an additional fee, which varies according to the destination country and the program.

– The traveler must have a valid citizen’s card or identity card.

– The individual supplement does not apply to nights in refuge.

– Travelers over 65 years old, under consultation for evaluation of the situation.

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Details of viagem
  • Conforto
  • Dificuldade
  • Duração 9 dias
  • Inscrições 4 - 12 people
  • Idade 16 - 65
  • Tipo de viagem Trekking
  • Destinos Bulgaria
  • Alojamento Hotel, Refúgio

On this trip to Bulgaria, we explored some of the most spectacular places in the Rila Mountains, such as the peaks of Musala and Maliovitsa, the Pirin massif crowned with Mount Vihren, and hundreds of breathtaking glacial lakes.

Despite being a trekking journey with long daily marches, we also had the opportunity to discover places like the Rila Monastery, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, or explore the treasures of Sofia.

This trip brings together all the ingredients reflected in a variety of cultures and traditions, showing us the true spirit of the Balkans.

Why this viagem is a must?
  • Seven Lakes of the Rila Mountains and Malyovitsa peak;
  • Ascent of Mount Musala (2925m), Bulgaria's highest point;
  • Rila Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • Ascent of Mount Vihren (2914m) in the Pirin Mountains;
  • Sofia City.


  • Accompanied by local English-speaking guide;
  • Transfers to and from the airport, in the country to be visited (see particular conditions);
  • 7 hotel nights in double room and 1 night in dormitory;
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts and 5 dinners;
  • Transport in private minibus;
  • Chairlift tickets;
  • Travel insurance and assistance.


  • International flights;
  • All personal extras (internet, laundry, etc.);
  • 100 EUR to be paid in cash to the local representative;
  • Any entrance fees to monuments or museums;
  • All personal expenses;
  • Any type of gratuity;
  • Any item not mentioned as included.

Dia 1 Flight city of origin - Sofia

Flight to Sofia, wiht possible layovers.
Note: the arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification.

Arrival, meet your representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in form 2PM and free time.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: X
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 2 Sofia - Borovets. Ascent to Mount Musala (2925m) - Govedartsi

Breakfast and check-out of the hotel.

After meeting the guide, drive by private transport to the ski resort of Borovets (43 miles). Arrival and transport by chairlift to the peak Yastrebets (2300m).

Hike through coniferous forests to Musalenski Lakes, situated at the base of Mount Musala, the highest point in the Balkans (2925m).

Since this is a "trekking peak", there is no climbing required. Climbing is optional but highly recommended. At the top, the views are truly superb. We can see the summits of the Rila Mountains and in the distance the snow-capped peaks of the Pirin Range, especially Mount Vitosha, the Sredna Gora and Rodopi Mountains. Return to the vehicle to drive to Govedartsi, about 40 minutes away.

Arrival and check-in at the lodge.

Trekking: 6 hours duration; positive slope 650m; negative slope 650m

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 3 Trekking in the Malyovitsa mountain region (Rila mountains)

After breakfast in the quiet village of Govedartsi, we drive to the ski resort of Maliovitsa to start the trek.

We climb up the valley along an easy trail, towards the Prekorechki Lakes Glacier Cirque. Here we have the opportunity to contemplate very high rock walls crowned by mountains, many of them above 2700m and descending in steps to the lakes region. We visit Scary Lake before descending to Lake Yonchevo, which is surprisingly 200m long.

Trekking time: 6,5 hours; positive slope: 850m; negative slope: 850m

Optional Trekking: Ascent to Maliovitsa Peak (Duration 6 hours; positive slope: 1016m; negative slope: 1016m

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 4 Trekking the Seven Lakes of the Rila Mountains - Rila-Bansko Monastery

Breakfast and transport to the Pionerska refuge, to continue by chairlift to the Seven Lakes area (2200m).

We walk through beautiful coniferous forests to the spectacular Razdela region and the spectacular Zeleni Rid Ridge which offers us excellent views of the region. We return by chairlift to our vehicle for transfer to the Rila Monastery, which is one of Bulgaria's most famous pilgrimage sites, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

After the beautiful Rila Monastery, we will go by private transport to Bansko, where we stay overnight. Check-in at the lodge and free time.

Trekking: 5 hours duration; positive slope: 400m; negative slope: 400m.

Note: Overnight in dorms with shared bathrooms.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 5 Trekking in the Pirin Glacial Lakes and Valleys (Bezbog - Tevno Ezero Refuge)

Transport from Bansko to the beautiful Pirin region, where we spend two days exploring its mountainous landscapes on foot. We start the trekking at Bezbog shelter (2236m) and about 4-5 hours later we reach Tevno Ezero refuge, where we spend the night.

Trekking: 6 hours duration; positive slope: 450m; negative slope: 150m

Alojamento: RefúgioRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 6 Continuation of trekking in Pirin - Bansko

Today's trek offers us spectacular views of the numerous lakes in the Pirin region, such as Prevalski and Valiavishki. Arrival at the vehicle in the vicinity of the Demyanitsa refuge for our return to Bansko.

Near the refuge is Lake Popov, the largest and deepest lake in the entire mountain range. Some say it is also the most beautiful. We continue towards the Valiavishki lakes and reach the green valley of the Demianishka River. From here we continue by vehicle to Bansko.

Trekking time: 6 hours; positive slope: 150m; negative slope: 650m

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 7 Ascent to Vihren Mountain (2914m) and return to Sofia

Breakfast at the hotel in Bansko and off to the start of a full day and the most difficult of the journey.

Ascent to the Vihren Mountain, the highest point of the Pirin Mountains, at an altitude of 2914m and start the march in the Vihren Hut. Along the trail we have the opportunity to contemplate many peaks of the Pirin mountain range, as well as rugged valleys and glacial lakes that paint the palette with various reflections of light and color. We can find the mythical Edelweiss flower, among other rare flowers that hide in the karst landscape of this massif.

End of trekking and return to Sofia. Check-in in the hotel and free time.

Trekking: 7 hours duration; positive slope: 1000m; negative slope: 1000m

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 8 Free day in Sofia

Free day in Sofia to explore the city.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 9 Flight Sofia - city of origin

Breakfast and at the appointed time, transfer to the airport to fly back to the origin city with possible layovers.

End of Papa-Léguas services.
Note: the arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification.

Alojamento: XRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:


Is this trip for me?

This trip is for trekking and mountain lovers. If you wish to reach the top of three summits in the Rila and Pirin mountains, which are accessible without needing ropes or climbing techniques, then this trip is for you. This trip includes beautiful mountain treks.

Who will guide this trip?

This trip will have a local English-speaking guide.

What kind of accommodation do I stay in during this trip?

You will have two types of accommodation, most nights you will stay in a double room with bathroom and shower included. But since this is a trekking and mountain trip, we want you to experience a night in a mountain refuge, in dorms, also for logistics, because when you wake up, you will be very close to the summit that you will reach that day.

What kind of transportation do we use on this trip?

We will use a private vehicle, the model of which will depend on the number of participants.

Are arrival and departure transfers included?

Yes. They are included if they are within the itinerary dates. If you decide to go earlier or extend your trip, consult us.

Does Papa-Léguas handle the flights?

Papa-Léguas sends you a flight proposal. Note: the arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification. After you receive the flight simulation, you can choose to buy from Papa-Léguas or another agency, or online.

Where do I meet the group?

You will meet the group in Sofia, at the accommodation. After your registration you will receive more detailed information about the meeting times.

If I sign up alone, do I have to pay an individual supplement?

Not necessarily. If you do not wish to stay alone in the accommodations, you can share them with another person who is signed up. Papa-Léguas may group travelers who sign up individually for the same trip in pairs, by sex and chronological order of registration, and if the number of participants is odd, the traveler who stays alone must pay the respective individual supplement.

Can I drink tap water in Bulgaria?

Yes and no. In the cities, we don't advise that you do it. Take your own filter or fill your canteen at places that the guides tell you are safe. You can always buy bottled water or ask someone to fill your canteen with boiled water at breakfast. On the mountain, it may be possible, but make sure first.

How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?

For basic expenses, such as meals not included in the program or gratuities, we can say that about 250 euros will be enough.

Is insurance included in the land program?

Yes, it is included. The exception is for travelers not departing from national soil, whether or not they hold Portuguese nationality. The included insurance does not cover Covid-19, but you can trigger an optional insurance policy suggested by Papa-Léguas that does cover Covid-19. For more information regarding available insurance policies, see our page about travel insurance.

What documentation do I need to go on this trip?

The necessary documentation may vary, depending on your nationality, the country of origin and the places you will travel to. For further information, consult the relevant embassy websites or contact Papa-Léguas.

What equipment is essential for this trip?

Trekking equipment is the most obvious answer. Besides the basics, you should take hiking boots, waterproof (torso and legs), daypack with raincoat, thermal clothing and bathing suit, towel, head flashlight, repellent and earplugs for use in the refuge, etc. all kept in a backpack or duffel bag. Rigid suitcases are not suitable. When you sign up you will receive a detailed list of the equipment needed.

What are the health restrictions for entering the country?

Health restrictions may vary, depending on various factors, such as your country of origin. We recommend scheduling a Travel Medicine consultation before your trip. For further information, consult the websites of relevant agencies or contact Papa-Léguas.


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