08 Nov 2019
According to the Post Office report for 2019, Bansko, Bulgaria is the Best-Value Ski Resort for families. The report compares the cost of a lift-pass, tuition, lunch and drinks on the mountains and ski and boot hire for a family of four. In all, 25 resorts were compared.
The cost of the all the items in Bansko was £1529.72, a reduction of 0.3% since last year.
Head of Marketing for Balkan Holidays, Louise Newton said, ‘It is no surprise that Bansko tops the list, as the resort offers incredibly low-priced items. That makes it perfect for families, especially those with children who are learning to ski and need an
01 Nov 2019
Like every year you can expect to find our representatives from Balkan Holidays present at one of the biggest events in the travel Industry - at the WTM!
Balkan Holidays have been operating for over 45 years and specialise in holidays to Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Romania.
Please make a note of our stand number and visit us this week to find out more and talk to us about opportunities.
WTM Stand Number: EM735
28 Oct 2019
Being so rich in history, it is hardly surprising that Bulgaria is also a hub for hauntings and scary activities. We have put together our top 3 of the spookiest locations in Bulgaria to visit if you're brave enough... Happy Halloween!
Devil's Bridge, Ardino
Constructed between 1515 and 1518, the Devil’s Bridge is the most stunning of the humpbacked bridges that cross the Arda River in Bulgaria. It was built over a demolished Roman bridge and cuts from the steep slopes of the Rhodope Mountains along an ancient road linking the Aegean Sea and the Northern Thracian Valley.
The reason some locals hesitate to cross over at
21 Oct 2019
Great decision, you want to return to the slopes! With Balkan there is a loyalty bonus of 5%, so you’re already saving.
Our advice for year two is to lower your expectations of what you learned last time, and take it slowly. Definitely prepare by getting fit (see our previous blog article). It’s a good idea to keep a Trello.com list of ‘stuff you’ll need’ for each day to help you avoid forgetting anything.
Lessons are great at any level, especially if you are unfamiliar with the resort you’ve chosen. You’ll get to know the slopes in safe company and then have spare time to explore your
16 Oct 2019
Preparation for a ski/board trip is key. This is especially true if you are a beginner, as there will be many falls (on soft snow!), and lots of physical demands, such as carrying skis. So, to get most enjoyment out of your trip, the best advice is to prepare your body for a week on the slopes.
One of the key challenges is the strain put on your thighs as you ski. After a day many will find their legs complaining and shaking, and you can avoid this by being prepared. Core stability is also key, for balance, for a good ski posture, and to get up when you fall.
As with all sport, warming up and stretching at the end of the day are
15 Oct 2019
Summer Balkan Holidays Lead-In Price of £199 per person
Held for 2020
Specialist tour operator Balkan Holidays have released their new range for 2020, with lead-in prices held at £199* per person. The programme has been expanded to include trips to the lakes and mountains of Slovenia and a new hold luggage allowance of 22kg is included on charter flights.
In response to guest feedback, the operator has increased its free luggage allowance to 22kg hold luggage and 10kg hand luggage for its charter flights.
Balkan offer a choice of 17 UK airports dotted all over the UK. In the North East, Teesside International
08 Oct 2019
Your choice of ski destinations is vast, from Japan to Scotland, from New Zealand to Lebanon. (According to Wikipedia, a Lebanese engineering student returning from studying in Switzerland brought back the sport of skiing in the early twentieth century.)
Why choose the Balkans?
What Bulgaria offers is unique. It’s a down-to-earth, fun and great value ski/board destination. Many are sceptical, then return year after year, having fallen in love with the place.
It’s the ideal place to learn to ski, everything is easy and straightforward and you are not competing for slope time with many advanced skiers. There is a warm
05 Oct 2019
ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) has today launched a combined PR and Marketing campaign called “ABTA Early Bird” which will be aimed at encouraging British consumers to book their holidays early and to book with an ABTA member (such as Balkan Holidays).
The week-long campaign will include advertising, PR and social media activity as well as a dedicated “ABTA Early Bird” page on the ABTA website which will feature advice on booking early; a new interactive web tool providing destination inspiration and an embedded twitter feed from ABTA and its membership offering tips and deals.
During the week,
01 Oct 2019
The first thing to do is to get your trip booked well ahead of time to give you plenty of time to get ready. Here are our top ten things to thing about:
1. UK indoor ski slopes
It’s very worthwhile to book lessons at an indoor slope. There are different sorts of slopes, from very old and decrepit to new and pristine.
Highly recommended is a trip to a ‘real snow’ slope, where snow is made and the temperature is kept low.
It makes a fun day out, especially as often you’ll find the slopes positioned close to shops, cinemas and restaurants. It is possible to get a feel for skiing in one day, but many slopes
30 Sep 2019
If you haven’t been to We Are Vertigo, you’re in for a treat. They provide a fun and safe environment where you can learn to ski or snowboard, or advance existing skills.
With their state of the art equipment and expert instructors, it is the quickest way to learn and the easiest way to improve.
How will you benefit from a free lesson?
AS A BEGINNER
· Spend less time on the nursery slopes
· Learn to ski 10x faster than on snow
· Constant skiing means no time on ski lifts and more time learning
· Max 3:1 pupil/instructor ratio allows for quick and accurate feedback