_Bansko

Bansko is located in the Pirin Mountains, an area that Unesco has included in its World Heritage Sites. Together with Pamporovoand Borovetsit is the magic trio of the big ski resorts of Bulgaria! The traditional village atmosphere with picturesque streets and tavernas (“mehana” in Bulgarian) blends with luxury hotels, an ice rink and a shopping mall at the foot of the ski resort. But the most important thing is the distance from Thessaloníki. Just 210km away!

The base of the ski resort is at an altitude of 936m, at the boundaries of the village and its peak at 2560m. Bansko is the newest and most modern ski resort of Bulgaria and the entire Balkans! It has a total of 11 lifts, a 6315m eight-sit gondola and 14 pistes covering 75km and reaching the village boundaries next to Kempinski and the Sport Hotel! Covering every scenario, there are 240 (!!!) artificial snow cannons which guarantee snow cover from December until mid-April! ! For skiers and snowboarders there are slopes of all difficulty levels with the stunning “Tomba” for the experts. For our little friends there are three kindergartens, three children’s lifts and a carousel playground.

_our excursion

Every winter, usually from mid-December, our excursions from Thessaloniki to Bansko begin. With multiple departures during the holiday season and every Friday though the rest of the season, you can find the combination you desire at amazing prices!

All partner hotels are close to the base of the gondola and the new village center with shops, the shopping center, the ice rink and taverns.

_tips of the trip

  • get your daily lift card from the previous afternoon and plan the first ascent with the remote cabin for early in the morning
  • If you want ski / snowboard lessons book early with Tsakiris Ski
  • keep your strength up for the apres ski party at Happy End’s outdoor bar
  • If you wish to do a massage treatment, inform the reception on the day of arrival

COVID-19 travel guidelines for Bulgaria

Organized excursions are carried out with 85% fullness of the bus and mandatory use of a face mask. In case of a positive test before returning, boarding the bus is not allowed. For this reason, we recommend to those who do not have a vaccination or disease certificate to travel by their own means of transport. We also offer the extra COVID insurance, which covers you in case of illness abroad, while it fully compensates you in case of illness before the departure of the trip. The entrance to hotels and in general indoors is done by presenting the certificates. Finally, there is the possibility for PCR test with a discount price (30€) in a collaborating laboratory in Thessaloniki.

According to the latest information on 1.12.2021, entry to Bulgaria requires:

For adults and children over 12 years:

  • European digital vaccination certificate (at least 14 days after the final dose), or
  • European digital disease certificate (30 to 90 days), or
  • European digital certificate confirming a negative PCR test * up to 72 hours before departure

For children up to 12 years old:

To return to Greece, a completed PLF from gov.gr is required and:

For adults and children over 12 years:

  • vaccination certificate (at least 14 days after the final dose), or
  • disease certificate (from 30 to 90 days), or
  • certificate confirming a negative PCR test result up to 72 hours before departure
  • certificate confirming a negative Rapid test * performed up to 48 hours before departure

For children up to 12 years old:

All tests must be registered on gov.gr upon departure and return to / from Bulgaria.

_departures

* ask us for a special price for private travel with a 9-seater Van

Epiphany in Bansko

Detailed price list

_prices are per person in a double room and include:

  • Transfer from / to Thessaloníki and Serres
  • Overnight stays depending on the package selected, at the hotel of your choice
  • Free use of the spa, gym, swimming pool, sauna, hot tub (depending on the hotel’s free facilities)
  • Children and a 3rd person in extra bed are entitled to a discount. Accommodation in single room is subject to surcharge. You can see all the prices in the detailed price list
  • Transfers to / from the base of the gondola according to the hotel schedule (except hotels adjacent to the base)
  • Experienced office escort, liability insurance, information forms, VAT
  • Discount prices on equipment rentals from Tsakiris Ski

_prices do not include:

  • Lift passes
  • Extra meals and drinks

_important Information:

  • To travel to Bulgaria you need a passport or new type ID with Latin characters. The organizer shall not be liable if the customer does not have the legal documents for crossing the borders. The service IDs do not constitute a travel document. Holders of non-Greek documents are responsible for their crossing of the borders (more information can be taken from the Bulgarian embassy or consulate or border police 2323041222)
  • Children up to 12 years old can only travel with a passport.
  • Children under the age of 18 traveling with one guardian need validated authorization from the other guardian. Children traveling without guardians require validated authorization forms from both guardians.
  • According to the international hotel regulation you can pick up your room at 14:00 (check in) and have it delivered by 12:00 (check out) at the latest. Upon availability you can pick up your rooms earlier.
  • Departures from Bansko are done at 15: 00-15: 30, depending on the hotel. For the exact time you will be informed of the informative documents that you will receive from our office attendant