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Bansko: Thermal Pool Escape

1. Bansko: Thermal Pool Escape

Located in the village of Banya, these thermal pools are only a 15-minute ride away from Bansko. The mineral thermal pools are open daily at 11:00AM in the morning. Your experience will begin as you depart from the rental shop at a time of your choosing (after 10:30AM). At your disposal are 3 pools with natural mineral water from the nearby thermal springs: Thermal pool number 1: the big main pool where the water isn’t unbearably hot and great for swimming; Thermal pool number 2: a smaller pool which is shallow and warmer where your children can safely enjoy the benefits of mineral water and those of you who cannot swim can comfortably relax; Thermal pool number 3: a really hot pool, where the water temperature is well over 40 degrees Celsius, but at the same time nice (and not to mention healthy) There are changing rooms right next to the pool and a restaurant at your disposal, and at the conclusion of your experienced you will be returned to your point of origin.

From Bansko: Horse Riding Experience

2. From Bansko: Horse Riding Experience

Start your day of adventure by arriving at the meeting location at your selected time slot. Upon arrival, enjoy a pleasant meet and greet with the local staff who will direct you to your drive. After a scenic, 15-minute drive to the nearby small town of Dobrinishte, you'll arrive at the horse ranch where you'll meet your instructor for this experience. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, this tour is perfect for you. For beginners, you'll learn the basics of horse riding and ride in a closed field. If you are more experienced at horse riding, you can explore the countryside with your instructor. When you complete the activity, you'll be driven back to Bansko, returned safely to the original starting location.

From Sofia: Rila Monastery, Scenic Train Ride & Bansko Town

3. From Sofia: Rila Monastery, Scenic Train Ride & Bansko Town

In the morning - meet your local English-speaking host at the centrally located meeting point. A 2-hour minibus transfer through the Bulgarian countryside takes you to the Rhodope mountains, where you climb aboard the narrow gauge train for a scenic ride through the mountains. Meet local Bulgarian people on the train and learn about the history of the area. Get off the train at Avramovo station for a short transfer to Bansko town at the footsteps of Pirin National Park. Your driver will drop you off at the convenient location, close to the Old Town. Explore at your own speed the ancient streets, visit the main church or take the opportunity to taste traditional local food at one of the traditional restaurants called mehana (lunch is optional and not included). In the afternoon, meet again your host and driver for a minibus transfer to the Rila National Park. You will arrive at the UNESCO listed Rila monastery after the crowds have gone, for a truly intimate experience. Explore on your own the ancient monastic complex. Later in the afternoon, get on the minibus for the final transfer back to Sofia city.

Bansko: Guided ATV Adventure

4. Bansko: Guided ATV Adventure

Explore the mountains in a unique way. Our ATV safari will take you to stunning and beautiful locations where you could enjoy the slopes again as well as some breathtaking views. You could choose a convenient time slot from the booking form and your unforgettable experience will start from our rental shop Ski and Board Traventuria. А 3-4 minute drive will take you to the starting point, where the instructor will be waiting. Short training on the terrain, safety instructions, and the necessary equipment (helmets, goggles) are included in the price. The safari lasts for about an hour. Customers are driving the ATVs on a track following the instructor, who is looking after the safety of the participants in the event. After your tour, you will be transferred back to our store. Note! Only customers with valid driving licenses are allowed to drive the ATV. Children above the age of 7 may ride the ATV behind the instructor or an adult. Children under the age of 7 cannot take part in the rides.

Bansko:Shared Transfer with fixed departure to Sofia Airport

5. Bansko:Shared Transfer with fixed departure to Sofia Airport

The meeting point is at our ski rental shop "Ski & Board Traventuria", and the driver will be there. You will be assisted with you luggage before boarding your vehicle. Your shuttle will run on scheduled times during the day. The trip takes up to 2:30hours.

Bansko: Snowshoe and Poles Rental

6. Bansko: Snowshoe and Poles Rental

Trek through the snow at your own pace with a snowshoe rental in Bansko. Discover Bulgaria's biggest winter destination with the most ideal conditions for outdoor activities. Immerse yourself in nature by following the trail of your choice and admire breathtaking mountain views. Discover Bulgaria’s picturesque nature during the winter season by embarking on a snowshoe walk along the marked eco-trails in the area. Acquire your snowshoes for a full day and make your way through scenic paths covered in deep snow for a true wintertime adventure. Choose from a variety of comfortable snowshoe models and poles to make the most of your experience. Take advantage of a variety of non-retractable aluminum poles and foldable telescopic poles. Even if you are a first-timer, you will notice that snowshoeing is not difficult to master.

Bansko: Touring Ski Set Rental

7. Bansko: Touring Ski Set Rental

Rent a pair of versatile touring skis to discover the natural landscape of Bansko at your own pace. Whether you're gliding downhill or climbing uphill, this type of ski will allow you to move across the snow easily. Explore Bulgaria's beautiful winter scenery in a convenient way. Pick up your pair of skis with all their necessary gear and make use of them for up to a day. Explore the striking untouched landscape around Bansko, and follow along marked trails or create your own route. Attach special ‘skins’ to your skis to prevent you from sliding backward. Take advantage of brand-new skis from renowned brands, such as Dynastar and Völkl. Receive poles and boots as well, so you can get straight to skiing without the need to bring your own gear.

Bansko: Traditional Folklore Experience

8. Bansko: Traditional Folklore Experience

You'll begin by arriving to the meeting point, where you'll meet your driver and board your vehicle. Following a 25-minute drive, you'll arrive to the nearby small village of Gorno Draglishte. This village is a place filled with history, tradition, and culture. The starting point of your activity is the guest house of Deshka, where you'll be greeted by the cheerful and energetic babi (grandmothers). You will then participate in traditional local dances, weave a razboi, and dress in traditional local nosii (folk costumes). There's going to be plenty of traditional local dishes to eat, which will guarantee you won't stay hungry. There's also going to be locally brewed rakia, which is a traditional Bulgarian alcoholic drink.

Bansko: Rare Bulgarian Pets Experience

9. Bansko: Rare Bulgarian Pets Experience

During a special 3-hour guided experience, discover rare breeds of domestic Bulgarian animals that have been rescued by animal welfare enthusiasts. Get introduced to these creatures by a local expert guide. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the association has been working to save the authentic Karakachan dog and two other breeds of Karakachans (the sheep and the horse), all of which were on the brink of extinction during the socialist rule of Bulgaria.  Learn all about these lovely creatures: how they should be cared for and what makes them special. Hear about their history, their unique nature, and their breeding habits. Take part in a fun photo session with these furry creatures and snack on some delicious organic food from the region.

From Bansko: Rila Monastery Half-Day Tour

10. From Bansko: Rila Monastery Half-Day Tour

Meet your driver in Bansko and board the air-conditioned vehicle to travel to Rila Monastery. Relax during the 1.5-hour drive as you admire the beautiful Bulgarian landscape. Arrive at the monastery at approximately 3 PM, giving you plenty of time to explore the complex inside and out. Admire its balconies and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostasis and enjoy the fabulous mountain views. Stop at one of the 2 restaurants in the complex to have something to eat or drink. Take the opportunity to discover more at the museum, or purchase souvenir icons and other items in the nearby shops. The departure time from Rila Monastery will be between 5 and 5:30 PM. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Bansko.

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What people are saying about Bansko

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 28 reviews

We arrived at the meeting point which is very well explained on the ticket. Then there was a driver which took us to the farm where there are the horses. Apart from horses there are other animals which are super super cute. We then started the horse riding experience, where by the owner and the helpers were very attentive to us. The experience in general was very nice and I highly recommend it to someone going to bansko.

It was an amazing experience, definitely recommend it. Despite not great weather conditions we had a great time. Our guide Georgi was quiet knowledgeable and had the patience to answer all our queries. We explored many lakes and the beautiful Bansko, but unfortunately the town was quite, due to off season, however our guide gave us a tour around the town and it was nice to walk around.

This tour is an unique and interesting way to see more of Bulgaria. We loved all the activities and the transport is comfortable. Our host, Bobby, is a wealth of knowledge and brings a fun element to the group. I would highly recommend this tour!

Me and my mum had the best day with our guide, Ivo. He was so lovely and answered any and all of our questions. A super day, with a super guide :)

Tsvetan was just fabulous. Knowledgable and witty throughout. Happy to answer any questions. Would highly recommend this tour and tour guide