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How to Spend a 7-Day Winter Holiday in Borovets, Bulgaria . . .

Borovets Villa Vacation Rental

Your Bulgarian Winter Ski Holiday Excursion

Grab your warm clothes and your ski gear and head to Borovets where there is a beautiful landscape of permanent snow cover from November to May that averages more than 1.5 meters! The resort is fun year-round, but really shines in the Winter season. From skiing to ice-skating and shopping to Après Skiing. . . a week spent in Borovets will be truly memorable.

Imagine how you would spend 7 days in one of Eastern Europe's finest winter resort areas . . .

Unless you are familiar with an area, it is difficult to plan activities for a stay. We are working to provide trip ideas and packages to make this planning easier, so that you may have the type of stay you would select if you were a "local".

Mix and Match to suit your "Holiday Style"

It's safe to say that most come to Borovets to ski in the winter. If you are a beginner, or have beginners in your family or group, that means allowing for ski or snowboard lessons to go with five straight days of skiing. If you know how to ski, but aren't up to everyday, all day on the slopes, you'll be mixing in a much greater number of après ski (or in-place-of) activities. If you've spent time getting physically prepared for your Borovets ski vacation, that may be all you want to do, day or night, as Borovets offers night-time skiing as well.

To help you imagine and prepare this stay, we offer the following seven day itinerary, complete with dining and relaxation time. We'll be glad to help you pre-arrange as many of these activities as possible, directly, or indirectly. Let us know how we can help turn your imagination into reality!

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1:00PM Car Rental in Sofia

The rent-a-car delivery can be made directly to Sofia airport or right to the bus and railway station in the city. You can also hire a car, which the car rental agency will deliver to the Villa, or to any address in the city that you have specified in advance.

There are well-known auto rental companies available at the International Airport such as Hertz & Avis.

3:00PM Check into The Villa
Check into The Villa Stresov Enjoy arrival refreshments by the Villa's warm and cozy fireplace.
Borovets Alpin Restaurant Villa Stresov entertainment area

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the Villa's friendly caretakers, Vili and Kolio. They will show you the Villa's many amenities and help you to get settled in your room.

Open year-round, the American-owned Villa provides the quintessential alpine atmosphere, refinement and comfort. Surrounded by a national forest of towering pines, the chalet offers tranquility and is still close to ski lifts, mountain trails, stores, restaurants and other Borovets attractions.

3:30PM Arrival Refreshments

Upon your arrival at Villa Stresov, our caretakers will welcome you with delightful refreshments - you may want to enjoy them by the Villa's warm and cozy fireplace.

The first floor entry foyer, with its beautiful granite floor, opens into a spacious oak wood paneled living room entertainment area, with balcony and beautiful antique-tiled fireplace and stereo system/satellite TV/VCR, high speed Internet access, and game room.

8:00PM Dinner in Borovets at Alpin Restaurant

The Alpin restaurant operates on an à la carte basis of the pub type. Here you can sample tasty European and Bulgarian national cuisine specialties until midnight. Average menu set price between 5 and 10 Leva, including starter, main meal & dessert. Located opposite the Rila Hotel. Contact: Phone - +359-7128-22-01; Email - alpin@restaurant.bg

10:00PM Kick Back & Relax in The Villa

Settle into your "home away from home" and spend some time getting acquainted with the Villa. You may want to play some games and watch TV in the Villa's entertainment area, enjoy the sauna on the ground floor or the hot tub in the summer garden bathhouse.

Villa Stresov's living room and entertainment area feature two sofas, three arm chairs, full stereo, satellite television / VCR / DVD, high speed Internet access, and many games.

The Villa's summer garden bathhouse features a 6-person Landmark HotSpringSpa® where the water jets will soothe and relax you after enjoying any of the many activities in and around the Villa Stresov. After your busy day, the sauna and hot tub are an ideal way to relax before you retire for the night.

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Breakfast in the dining room at The Villa Stresov Borovets Ski Holiday Culinary Delights in Borovets  at "The Blue" Restaurant Discover the beauty of Borovets on a sleigh riding adventure. Enjoy Villa's Modern Kitchen & Beautiful Dining Room The most famous bar in Borovets is the Buzz Bar
8:00AM Breakfast in The Villa

Every morning a generous, healthy breakfast is carefully prepared and served by the caretakers who will be waiting for you in the dining room. This hearty breakfast is included in the Villa's rental rates and features juices, fruit, cheeses, sausage, breads, yogurts, eggs, cereal, tea, coffee, and other items.

9:00AM Borovets Ski School & Skiing

Borovets has an excellent ski school with over 200 professional ski instructors, speaking English, German, French and Russian. Group and private lessons are available at reasonable rates. Beginners start the week on the nursery slopes but by the end of the week everyone is heading for the gondola lift and the more challenging runs.

There are slopes of varying degrees of difficulty suitable for skiers of all skill levels. All ski runs are marked according to international standards with signs in several languages.

1:30PM Culinary Delights in Borovets at "The Blue" Restaurant

Enjoy lunch at this charming Borovets restaurant - when you see it you will understand why it's named "The Blue". Featuring over 20 different starters, fresh salads, soups, chicken, ribs and steaks. A fully stocked bar offers cocktails, Bulgarian wines as well as local and imported tap and bottled beers.

3:00PM Borovets Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Discover the beauty of Borovets on a horse-drawn, sleigh riding adventure.

6:00PM Enjoy Villa's Modern Kitchen & Beautiful Dining Room

Borovets has five grocery stores at present that offer all the ingredients you need to prepare your own meals, perhaps using some of the local recipes. The Villa features an ultra-modern and fully-equipped European kitchen that is stocked with a wide variety of spices and condiments.

Villa Stresov provides an elegant dining room for your use in enjoying meals during your stay. You will find deluxe Belgian table linens; a set of fine, Haviland monogrammed china from Limoges; silver flatware and candelabra; and Riedel crystal stemware from Austria.

11:00PM Après Ski at The Buzz Bar

Probably the most famous bar in Borovets is the Buzz Bar, located halfway down the main street. The bar is split into two rooms with the first containing sofas and chairs where you can relax and visit, while the second room is the disco / club area. The DJ plays a variety of pop, R&B, hip-hop and other great dance music.

The Buzz Bar has earned a reputation as being a top night out, and for good reason - the music is excellent and the DJs professional mixing technique makes for easy and pleasant listening, the drinks are inexpensive and the bar has an overall very relaxed atmosphere to it.

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8:00AM Breakfast in The Villa
Breakfast at The Villa Stresov Rila Monastery

Your hearty breakfast will be ready and waiting for you in the Villa dining room and it will include: juices, fruit, cheeses, sausage, breads, yogurts, eggs, cereal, tea, coffee, and other items.

While dining, you can admire our collection of vintage Herend china displayed in our vitrine cabinet and listen to soothing background music.

10:00AM Tour of Rila Monastery

The Rila Monastery is the biggest, most important and most-visited working Bulgarian monastery. This site is included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Fall and winter can be a great time to visit the Rila Monastery as the crowds are much smaller. It is the most famous monument of Bulgarian architecture and culture from the National Revival period and is an easy drive southwest from Borovets. Founded during the 10th century, it survived the times and became the most zealous guardian of the Bulgarian spirit and language.

Its present day monumental appearance dates from the mid -19th century. The monastery's most treasured historic and artistic monuments include: the 14th century Hrelyo's Tower; the five-domed Birth of the Blessed Virgin Church; the original 19th century monastery's kitchen; colourful frescoes; and the magnificent iconostasis (a beautifully decorated partition).

7:00PM Après-Ski Party & Dinner at Chilli Peppers Bar
Après-Ski Party at Chili Peppers Mamacita Mexican Restaurant Enjoy the Villa's 6-person Landmark HotSpringSpa®

If your idea of après-ski is a party atmosphere and drinks before dinner, Chilli Peppers is made for you. They pride themselves on their bartending staff in particular. Enjoy live music and dancing, happy hour, prize games and tombola. When you are ready for dinner, they offer home made dishes such as Steak and Guinness pie, Beef Wellington, Grilled salmon, fish and chips, pizza, pasta and etc.

. . . or Dinner at Mamacita Mexican Restaurant

After a full day of sightseeing enjoy a nice Mexican meal at a local restaurant in Borovets. For more than ten years, Mamacita's has proudly served authentic Mexican dishes made with the finest ingredients available. Going to Mamacitas is an event, where you will enjoy acoustic guitar music and warm service. After having a good meal and drinks all guests of Mamacita's are welcome to continue the après ski party in The Chilli Peppers Bar in Borovets. Reservations are encouraged. Phone: +359 885006358.

10:00PM Relax in Villa

You will be ready to settle down for the night in the Villa after your full day of touring the Rila Monastery.

Enjoy the Villa's 6-person Landmark HotSpringSpa® located in the summer garden's bathhouse. Water jets will soothe and relax you after your busy day.

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8:00AM Breakfast in The Villa
Your hearty breakfast will be ready and waiting for you each morning at the Villa Stresov. Villa Stresov offers Borovets Snowboarding Packages that include lessons and equipment rental for children and adults. Choose one of the many types of massages, facials or body treatments. Elegant Afternoon High Tea at the Villa Stresov. Villa Stresov's living room and entertainment area. Catered Meal in the Villa Stresov. Unwind with a nightcap in front of the Villa Stresov's beautiful antique-tiled fireplace.

Your hearty breakfast will be ready and waiting for you in the Villa dining room and it will include: juices, fruit, cheeses, sausage, breads, yogurts, eggs, cereal, tea, coffee, and other items.

While dining, you can admire our collection of vintage Herend china displayed in our vitrine cabinet and listen to soothing background music.

10:00AM Borovets Cross Country-Skiing or Snowboarding

Borovets offers 18 well kept and lift-equipped ski runs, totaling over 40 kilometers in length, descending from a high point of 2,560 meters above sea level, with a maximum vertical drop of 1,420 meters. Additionally, there are 3, 5 and 10 kilometer tracks for cross-country and biathlon skiing.

Villa Stresov offers Borovets Snowboarding Packages that include lessons and equipment rental for children and adults.

2:00PM Spa Time at The Lodge Collection

Spend some time at The Lodge Collection's spa where you may choose one of the many types of massages, facials or body treatments that it provides.

Whether you want a massage or other spa treatment to simply relax, or you're in need of an après-ski massage to sooth sore muscles (and who knows what), this will be time well-speant.

4:00PM Afternoon High Tea

Villa Stresov offers an Elegant Afternoon High Tea consisting of French champagne, delicious fresh cakes and a selection of teas and coffee. This treat is to be ordered in advance through Stresov International at the cost of 10 EUR per person.

5:00PM Kick Back & Relax in The Villa

You may want to play some games and watch TV in the Villa's entertainment area, enjoy the sauna on the ground floor or the hot tub in the summer garden bathhouse.

Villa Stresov's living room and entertainment area feature two sofas, three arm chairs, full stereo, satellite television / VCR / DVD, high speed Internet access, and many games.

The Villa's summer garden bathhouse features a 6-person Landmark Hot-SpringSpa® where the water jets will soothe and relax you after enjoying any of the many activities in and around the Villa Stresov.

After your busy day of skiing, the sauna and hot tub are an ideal way to relax and soothe your muscles before you retire for the night.

7:00PM Catered Meal in the Villa

After your full day enjoying Borovets and The Villa, have a delicious meal brought to you. Take advantage of the Villa's deluxe amenities and stay in for the night to prepare for the busy day ahead of you.

10:00PM Nightcap by Lovely Villa Fireplace

After your wonderful dinner, you can unwind with a nightcap in front of the Villa Stresov's beautiful green, antique-tiled fireplace.

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Breakfast in the dining room at The Villa Stresov Mamacita Mexican Restaurant Dinner at the Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Borovets Relax in Villa Stresov Spa & Sauna
8:00AM Breakfast in The Villa

Your hearty breakfast will be ready and waiting for you in the Villa dining room and it will include: juices, fruit, cheeses, sausage, breads, yogurts, eggs, cereal, tea, coffee, and other items.

While dining, you can admire our collection of vintage Herend china displayed in our vitrine cabinet and listen to soothing background music.

10:00AM Ski-Doos and Toboggans

Race through the snow-covered forest of towering pines. You are the driver in this exhilarating experience, so you can go at your own pace.

The landscape of Borovets offers many opportunities for tobogganing fun . . . spend the day seeing the sights and being one with the snow.

5:00PM Dinner at Red Dragon

After playing in the snow all day, you can enjoy fine Chinese cuisine at the Red Dragon.

7:00PM Night Skiing in Borovets

After dinner get your skis back on to ski in Borovets at night and enjoy an experience that is definitely something worth trying. Put on a couple more layers of clothing and go down the hill in a sea of lights surrounded by the dark pine-trees and even the ride up the chair lift at night is an experience in itself.

10:00PM Relax in Villa Stresov Spa & Sauna

The Villa's summer garden bathhouse features a 6-person Landmark Hot-SpringSpa® where the water jets will soothe and relax you after enjoying the Winter activities around the Villa Stresov.

After your busy day of skiing, the sauna and hot tub are an ideal way to relax and soothe your muscles before you retire for the night.

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Breakfast in the dining room at The Villa Stresov Shopping in Borovets Fishing Excursion to Lake Iskar Black Tiger Restaurant
8:00AM Breakfast in The Villa

Your hearty breakfast will be ready and waiting for you in the Villa dining room and it will include: juices, fruit, cheeses, sausage, breads, yogurts, eggs, cereal, tea, coffee, and other items.

While dining, you can admire our collection of vintage Herend china displayed in our vitrine cabinet and listen to soothing background music.

10:00AM Shopping in Borovets

Enjoy strolling through the colorful local shops where you can find everything from hand-made lace to unique clothing. A burst in popularity as a winter sports wonderland in recent years has meant a boom in the retail industry. The busy shopping street in front of the Rila Hotel is a beehive of open-fronted small shops, with a colourful market atmosphere, selling all sorts of goods from ski gear and souvenirs to cigarettes and cheap CDs. Most visitors find prices here much lower than elsewhere in Europe.

1:00PM Skiing in Borovets

Spend your last full day in Borovets enjoying all that winter weather has to offer. The Borovets ski resort offers more than 40km of ski runs, varying in difficulty and grouped into 3 regions: Sitnyakovo-Martinov (8 runs), Markudzhik (4) and Yastrebets (3).

Whether you choose downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country or ski jumping your day will be filled with fun.

7:00PM Dinner at The Black Tiger Restaurant

The Black Tiger serves traditional Bulgarian National Cuisine with local dishes, specialising in grilled meats. The restaurant also has a fun Karaoke Bar.

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8:00AM Breakfast in The Villa
Departure Gifts

Your hearty breakfast will be ready and waiting for you in the Villa dining room and it will include: juices, fruit, cheeses, sausage, breads, yogurts, eggs, cereal, tea, coffee, and other items.

While dining, you can admire our collection of vintage Herend china displayed in our vitrine cabinet and listen to soothing background music.

11:00AM Villa Check Out & Departure Gifts

At the end of your stay at the Villa, each guest will receive these wonderful departure gifts: an adjustable cap with Villa Stresov's logo, as well as a Villa Stresov luggage tag in a lovely forest green Villa Stresov gift bag. Each adult also receives a bag of premium ground coffee.


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