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Bansko is currently the premier ski and snowboard destination in Bulgaria and in Eastern Europe. It’s a small town, with a historic quarter, located at the base of the majestic Pirin Mountain, 160 km away from Sofia (about 2 hour drive). Recent multimillion Euro investments in facilities and infrastructure have put Bansko on the map as a major, world class ski resort, and the town was a host to men’s and women’s World Cup Finals. A modern Gondola lift takes you up to the mountain to 17 slopes, over 70 km long, with extremely challenging runs or ones ideal for beginners. At the end of the day, the he 7 km long gentle ski - road will lead you down to the parking lot, where most hotel have shuttles to/from.

The massive investments in the sport facilities have naturally boosted the development of new luxury hotels and holiday apartments. Yet the “Old Town” of Bansko preserves its historic character and charm and there are multiple museums and landmarks in the town of national significance. Traditional restaurants, called mahanas, are plenty in the Old Town and serve local culinary specialties as well as the customary Bulgarian cuisine. The place is a favorite among tourists and locals, and the town literally bursts with visitors around major holidays and peak season.

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Day 1

Locations: Bansko Sofia (150km, 2Hr)

Transfer to Bansko.

Your Bansko vacation can be as long as you want it to be. It can be combined with additional sightseeing or extended stay in Sofia (or any other city) upon arrival or before departure.  

Day 2

Locations: Bansko

Ski or Snowboard | Eat | Sleep | Repeat

Day 3

Locations: Bansko

When relaxing from the slopes, some suggested sightseeing activities (guided or not) are:

-          Museum House of the poet Nikola Vaptsarov

-          Velyanova House

-          Museum House of Neofit Rilski

-          Icon Exhibition

Day 4

Locations: Bansko

If you happen to be in Bansko around New Year, then do visit the Kukeri (Mummer’s) Festival in the town of Razlog, 2 km away from Bankso. The clothes and the masks are very colorful and remarkable. The dance and the traditions- even more. 

Day 5

Locations: Basnko

On the way to/back from Basnko, we suggest a visit to the spectacular Rila Monastery, a unique symbol of Bulgaria.
Originally founded in the 10th century, it was destroyed by the Ottomans in the 15th century, only to undergo a major reconstruction in the 19th century during which the residential complex and the Virgin Mary Temple were built. Surrounded by 20 m-high stone walls, the monastery also includes the monastery courtyard, Hrelyo’s Tower, the museum and the farming buildings. There are around 300 rooms in the monastery, 100 of which are monastic cells.

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Nicolas Mayer  (11 October 2013 01:36)

Bansko is the best!!!!!! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.... Looking forward to Bansko Ski Season 2013/2014 and of coarse to the great food at the \"mehanas\" at night.

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