Sofia: Adventure of a Lifetime - Retro Train Journey & SPA

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This spectacular adventure is rated by The Guardian in top 10 of the best scenic narrow gauge railway journeys in Europe. Visit Velingrad -the hidden gem of the Rhodopes and a SPA capital of Bulgaria.

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  • Scenic retrotrain experience, rated by The Guardian as one of the best in Europe
  • Visit of two of the greatest Bulgarian Mountains - Rila and The Rhodopes.
  • Enjoy Velingrad - the hidden gem of the Rhodopes and a SPA capital of Bulgaria


We start or journey from Sofia towards the stunning Belmeken high mountain lake. Located in a beautiful and peaceful environment at nearly 2000 m above the sea, the area offers lots of amazing itineraries for all levels of mountaineering. We will admire that magical part of Rila mountain and then we return to Yundola high mountain pass where we will try some bargain in a local market - honey, jam, spices, herbs, mushrooms and more. Our day then continue to Avramovo - the highest train station on the Balkans - this is where our retro train experience starts. The section between Avramovo and Velingrad was a technical and engineering challenge since it covers a great altitude with many tunnels, serpentines, following a fascinating valley. We reach Velingrad - the hidden gem of the mighty Rhodopes and a SPA capital of Bulgaria. The town is famous for the natural mineral water springs and attracts hundreds and thousands of visitors all year around. Relaxing in the hot springs is the best end of an epic day in the mountains. Then we return back to Sofia.


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