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“Outstanding guide; wonderful experience visiting Rhodope Mountain villages”

Hiking Guide Bulgaria Day Tours
Ranked #6 of 35 Outdoor Activities in Sofia
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Owner description: We are a group of local mountain guides who offer hiking, mountain bike, ski touring and snow shoeing trips to all of the mountain ranges in Bulgaria.
Reviewed 15 October 2013

Planning a first visit to Bulgaria, we (married couple aged 60) puzzled over how to include some hiking and time in mountain villages. This was complicated by the fact that we don’t speak/read Bulgarian and we prefer to skip car rentals while vacationing. Poking around, I ran across Lyuben’s website and the description of a multi-day hike to villages in the Rhodope Mountains. We hadn’t thought about hiring a guide, but all the hike descriptions sounded like they were written by someone with a deep appreciation and knowledge of the outdoor world and local history. And the Rhodope Mountain hike seemed like exactly the kind of thing we were hoping to do.

Lyuben was quick to respond to our email inquiries and everything sounded good, including costs. We Skyped to discuss things further and soon we had a plan.

Seeing a small section of the Rhodopes on foot and being treated to the terrific hospitality of our village hosts was just an outstanding experience. This kind of trek and the village visits would not have been possible for us on our own and it was our good fortune that the Lyuben’s mountain guide organization is available. As others have commented, Lyuben is an excellent guide in every way, calm, organized, perceptive, knowledgeable, and helpful. He was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish and beyond (I am looking forward to checking on his hike photos which he kindly made available to us after we went our separate ways).

We highly recommend Lyuben /his mountain guide organization to anyone wanting to hike in Bulgaria.

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I contacted Lyuben in may by email enquiring about a guided trip in the Rila or Pirin Mountains. He responses promptly and professionally but I didn't organise anything at the time as I was unsure of my plan. So when in Sofia I Email Lyuben and ask, at very short notice, if he could organise a guide for me in two days to visit the Seven Lakes in Rila Mountains for two days. He can and he does. Lyuben was busy competing in a marathon event so he organised Margi to be my guide. I had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed my walk with Margi through the Rila mountains. She was very knowledgeable of the mountains/routes, had allot of walking/hiking/mountain experience and was allot of fun. I have allot of walking experience but wasn't confident walking alone in the mountains in a new area. I was so pleased to have Margi as my guide, it is a highlight of my travels. I would highly recommend Lyuben and his associates and the guide cost is worth every cent. Highly recommend Lyuben and his guides.

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mgbulgaria, Manager at Hiking Guide Bulgaria Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2013

Hey Sonja,

Thank you very much for the really positive review. All the best from Margi:)

Lyuben

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Reviewed 4 March 2013

In februari 2013 we (my girlfrien an I) did a wonderfulll 8 day snowshoeing trip with our guide, Lyuben, from hiking guide Bulgaria. In the past we've done a lot of summer hikes on our own in the apls, but due to the winter conditions and the fact that we had no expierence with hiking in Bulgaria we decided to hire a guide for this trip.The scenery and local people in bulgaria where amazing and we really enjoyed these 8 days, Lyuben, our guide, really made the trip perfect for us, He had a good feeling for what we wanted and this resulted in beautiful, challeging hikes and interesting encounters with the local people that live in the mountains. One night he even improvised a stay with local people in a small village in the rhodope moutains which made the trip a real adventure for us. Due to his extended knowledge of all mountain area's in bulgaria (Rila, Rhodope, balkan and Pirin) he could also improvise a perfect alternative plan in the rhodope mountians when the weather turned bad high up in the Rila mountains.

Lyuben tailored a program for us and gave a good overview of the costs, accomodations and alternatives at forehand. This resulted in a trip that was perfect for our budget and whiches. When plans changed during the trip, Lyuben also left enough options such that we could have our say in what type of accomodations to stay in.

Thanks to Lyuben we have seen parts of Bulgaria that we had never seen when we did the trip on our own. I'm certain that hiring a guide like this is definitely worth the money and thanks to Lyuben the trip was a great adventure for us!

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Reviewed 2 August 2012

We had a fantastic 5 days hiking in the Rhodope mountains with an amazing hiking guide, who really made our trip. Lyuben, our Bulgarian guide could not have been more helpful. We were really impressed with his local knowledge of the area, accommodation and transport options, and thankfully for us, his excellent English skills. (Our guide also had first aid and mountain rescue experience so we felt we were in safe hands while out in remote areas!)
We traveled over lovely scenery during our hike and Lyuben was really happy to go at a relatively challenging pace that suited us during our trip. We stayed in a range of accommodation depending on the villages we stopped in - including a country hotel style as well as village huts with local families and guesthouses. We definitely felt we got value for money - and a tour tailored to our budget and the level of challenge that we had requested. We were very relieved we hadn't tried to go out and attempt the walks by ourselves - some of the paths were not always marked, signs were impossible to understand at times, and we would have had a very hard time organising accommodation and supplies!
We would definitely recommend Lyuben as a guide to anyone wanting to go out in the Bulgarian mountains!!

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mgbulgaria, Owner at Hiking Guide Bulgaria Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2012

Hi Lisa and Simon,

Thanks a lot for the really nice words and have a nice trip around Europe:)

Lyuben

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