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Excursions Bulgaria by Musement

Khan’s Tent

You’ll enjoy a traditional Bulgarian dinner and a world-class cabaret show performed by an international troupe. And the Panoramic Bar boasts fantastic views over Sunny Beach bay, too.

Known as Hanska Shatra to the locals, this venue in the hills overlooking Sunny Beach is located where the medieval Khan Krum set up camp to besiege Nesebar. And Bulgarian history and heritage are very much a part of the Khan’s Tent experience.

After transfer to the venue, you’ll sit down for a four-course dinner – with a bottle of wine – and witness amazing performances, ranging from acrobatics to choreographed dances and featuring traditional Bulgarian music. Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe it. You’ll be dropped back at your resort after the show.

Khan’s Tent

Bulgarian Forest Fiesta

In the woodlands above Golden Sands bay you’ll find one of the most exhilarating folk nights in Bulgaria. And after a day relaxing on the beach, there’s no better way to put a bit of sparkle into your evening that at Forest Fiesta while feasting on a big Bulgarian dinner.

We’ll pick you up from your resort and take you to the venue, where you’ll be welcomed in the traditional Bulgarian way with a round loaf, red pepper, salt and a glass of brandy.

Sit down at your table and savour the buffet dinner of Bulgarian salads, starters, main courses and desserts. And make sure you keep enough space for beer and wine as they’re self-service from the barrel – all night long. It’ll be a night full of surprises as each act will keep you guessing, there are so many dances and songs, and so much entertainment and fun in this variety show programme that you’ll have a night to remember.

Bulgarian Forest Fiesta

Off-road Safari to Poroy

For an adventure into the Balkan mountains surrounding Sunny Beach, look no further than this extreme off-road excursion in the countryside. You’ll journey to the village of Poroy to enjoy panoramic views over the landscape, try some local dishes and take in a host of interesting places along the way.

After a quick safety talk and information on the route ahead, you’ll set off in a 4×4. We’ll drive along off-road tracks passing through rivers, villages and panoramic viewpoints over Sunny Beach and Nessebar before a pause in the action for a refreshing drink and a few fun games – there’s even a prize for the winner.

Following a route along picturesque mountain roads to a mineral spring known for its warm healing water, we’ll rumble all the way to the village of Poroy. Here you’ll stop for a well-earned lunch of traditional Bulgarian dishes and roasted bacon on a spit before returning to your hotel

Off-road Safari to Poroy

Balkan Mountains Quad Safari – Morning

Discovering Bulgaria’s stunning mountains will take on a new dimension with this thrilling quad safari. You’ll spend a day roaming 25km of rugged mountain trails off the beaten track. This is a proper, white-knuckle Balkan adventure requiring serious concentration and effort.

To make sure you get the most out of your quad experience, there’s a safety course featuring test driving. Then, once you’ve got to grips with the quad, it’s time to head into the wilderness. We break every now and then to catch our breath during an otherwise breathless experience.

You can ride the quad solo or accompanied by a friend. A minibus transfer service picks you up at your hotel and drops you off back at the resort.

Balkan Mountains Quad Safari – Morning

Black Sea Catamaran Cruise

With Bulgaria’s coastline on one side and the Black Sea horizon on the other, the views really don’t get more beautiful than during this catamaran cruise. And to make it just that bit better, you’ll be wined and dined and generally pampered while soaking in the sights and the sun. As you step on board the largest luxury catamaran on the Black Sea, you’ll be served a welcome drink. We’ll then set sail and from here on in it’s all about chilling out. You can stretch out on deck for a spot of sunbathing or amble over to the bar for a drink. After dropping anchor in a calm, secluded spot with just the right setting, you can go for a swim or snorkel and then it’s time for a fantastic lunch on board. This is what being on holidays is all about.

Black Sea Catamaran Cruise

Guided walking tour in Sofia – food, heritage and culture

Spend an afternoon like locals do. Explore Sofia’s fascinating and historical city centre, taste Bulgarian sweets, and indulge in some Bulgarian wine and meze – you know, all in a typical day for locals in Sofia!

Sofia is full of impressive sights, and your Sofia tour will start with your local guide showing you some of the most beautiful ones, including the National Theatre, King’s Palace, and the Presidency, before leading you to a favourite local café.

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Guided walking tour in Sofia – food, heritage and culture

Tour of Karlovo in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley

Start your tour from Vasil Levski Museum, where you can admire artworks related to his life and legacy, historical documents, photographs and literary works dedicated to the man known as the Apostle of Liberty. Then visit the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church where Vasil Levski was a singer and acolyte for four years. Next, get to know the culture of Karlovo by visiting many houses that showcase many traditional crafts.

At Buhalov Inn House you can attend a coffee tasting, brewed using the “coffee on sand” method, with complimentary rose food products, white jam or fig jam.

Pateva House offers a demonstration of the process of drawing essential oils from a miniature distillery filled with various types of seasonal herbs. Visitors may get their picture taken wearing a traditional folk costume from this cultural region.

Tour of Karlovo in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley

Day trip to Saint Anastasia Island in the Bulgarian Black Sea

St. Anastasia Island is turning into destination of the region and major attraction on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast after being completely restored and renovated under a European project.

The island was inhabited by monks in the 14th century; pirates burned repeatedly the monastery buildings; and in 1923 the government turned it into a prison for opponents of the regime. In 1945 prisoners were sent again to the island, this time by the new “power of the people”. The entire turbulent history of the island will be preserved and exhibited in the building of the former monastery.

Day trip to Saint Anastasia Island in the Bulgarian Black Sea

4-hour boat trip with fishing, lunch and drinks in Nessebar

Board your boat in the Port of Nessebar to enjoy a 4-hour boat trip cruising on the water, eating a delicious lunch prepared on board in front of you and sipping on unlimited drinks (beer, wine, water, non-alcoholic drinks). When your not relaxing spend your free time fishing, diving and jumping off the boat into a picturesque bays of bays of Nessebar, Ravda and Pomorie.

This boat tour is a must for all people visiting Nessebar, Sunny Beach and Burgas where dolphins can often be spotted making it even more enjoyable and romantic.

4-hour boat trip with fishing, lunch and drinks in Nessebar

Private wine tasting at Minkov Brothers Winery for two

Minkov Brothers winery is part of Karbobat distillery with traditions dating back years ago. Proof of this are the excavation of numerous Thracian mounds near Karnobat, under which the red-ceramics with images of Dionysus and various containers for wine were found. Information about the wine in these lands are found in historical chronicles from the V-IV century BC. BC., testifying to the lively trade between local winemakers and Hellenic Black Sea colonies.

The cozy tasting room of the winery will make you feel welcome with a varieties of local appetizers to taste along with the wines. You will have the opportunity to hear from first-person the story for the way of grapes from vineyards to wine making, how the grape juice turns into quality wine, which should age in oak barrels to be finally presented, drank and sold.

Depending on the selected tour option you have the opportunity to explore the varieties and aromas in depth.

Private wine tasting at Minkov Brothers Winery for two

Small group wine tasting at Minkov Brothers Winery

Minkov Brothers winery is part of Karbobat distillery with traditions dating back years ago. Proof of this are the excavation of numerous Thracian mounds near Karnobat, under which the red-ceramics with images of Dionysus and various containers for wine were found. Information about the wine in these lands are found in historical chronicles from the V-IV century BC. BC., testifying to the lively trade between local winemakers and Hellenic Black Sea colonies.

The cozy tasting room of the winery will make you feel welcome with a varieties of local appetizers to taste along with the wines. You will have the opportunity to hear from first-person the story for the way of grapes from vineyards to wine making, how the grape juice turns into quality wine, which should age in oak barrels to be finally presented, drank and sold.

Depending on the selected tour option you have the opportunity to explore the varieties and aromas in depth.

Small group wine tasting at Minkov Brothers Winery

Captain Jack’s Fun Cruise

Catering for the whole family, this adventure on the high seas makes for the ultimate family party cruise. The three-deck Tattoo Party Boat includes entertainment and dining areas and an impressive sun deck.

Setting out from Nessebar harbour, along the Black Sea Coast, adults can get busy doing very little on deck, while younger guests can get involved in the swashbuckling entertainment. It’s provided by our irrepressible troupe in the roles of Captain Jack and his pirates.

Dropping anchor at some of the most beautiful spots along the coast, there’ll be plenty of time for swimming and fun on the waterslide after which you’ll be served a delicious lunch on board.

Captain Jack’s Fun Cruise

Balkan Mountains Quad Safari – Afternoon

Discovering Bulgaria’s stunning mountains will take on a new dimension with this thrilling quad safari. You’ll spend a day roaming 25km of rugged mountain trails off the beaten track. This is a proper, white-knuckle Balkan adventure requiring serious concentration and effort.

To make sure you get the most out of your quad experience, there’s a safety course featuring test driving. Then, once you’ve got to grips with the quad, it’s time to head into the wilderness. We break every now and then to catch our breath during an otherwise breathless experience.

You can ride the quad solo or accompanied by a friend. A minibus transfer service picks you up at your hotel and drops you off back at the resort

Balkan Mountains Quad Safari – Afternoon

Nessebar Tour and Folk Evening

This tour packs in heritage, culture and folklore during your visit to Nessebar. And after exploring this historic town – known as the ‘pearl of the Black Sea’ – you’ll end your day on a scintillating high with a full-throated Bulgarian village feast.

You’ll begin with a guided walking tour of Nessebar old town of, which is crammed into a narrow peninsula jutting out into the Black Sea. Such is its wealth of history that Nessebar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – it’s about the same size as the Vatican but with more churches. Winding streets and alleys of old timber homes lead you to tree-lined plazas with ruined Byzantine churches. There’ll be some free time before the day’s climax.

We’ll then head to a nearby village for a proper Bulgarian banquet at a folk-themed restaurant. Cue traditional folk songs and merrymaking. The highlight of the evening, tough, is the performance by the ‘nestinari’ – those who dance barefoot over the smouldering embers of a fire.

Nessebar Tour and Folk Evening

Nessebar Bay VIP Cruise

There are days at sea – and then there’s this adults-only VIP catamaran cruise in the Nessebar Bay, which takes it to another level. Sip on unlimited soft drinks and beer, and feast on a buffet lunch while soaking in the Black Sea sun. And there’s also a stop for swimming or snorkelling. A great day out.

After pick-up, you’ll head to harbour to board the catamaran. After a safety briefing and a welcome drink, it’s anchors aweigh as we glide into the bay. Cool off with a swim, work on your tan and bathe your cares away. Grab a drink from the bar and take in the views.

Your captain will then drop anchor for a spot of swimming. Masks and snorkels are available, too. While you’re enjoying your dip, a tasty buffet lunch will be prepared by the crew.

Nessebar Bay VIP Cruise

Southern Bulgaria Tour

An ancient seafront settlement on the Black Sea, Sozopol is a fascinating place to explore. Tour the cobbled streets and art galleries of the old quarter and enjoy a lunch of local favourites in a restaurant. Then after a boat cruise into Sozopol bay, it’s back on land to visit Ravadinovo castle – Bulgaria’s very own fairytale palace.

Take a guided walk around its winding cobbled streets and wooden houses and you’ll discover its history as an ancient Greek outpost. Taste some typical treats with lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy some free time to shop or explore.

Board a boat and we’ll take a short sail into Sozopol bay before heading back to shore for a visit to Ravadinovo castle – an award-winning attraction packed with enough spires, towers and marble statues to make Disney proud. Wandering palatial grounds and colourful gardens, you can head to the petting zoo for little ones, or just sit back and enjoy views over the man-made lake – it’s pure enchantment at every turn.

Southern Bulgaria Tour

Safari to Silistar Nature Reserve

The southernmost village on the Black Sea coast, Rezovo village is as close to Turkey as you can get. You’ll journey by 4×4 along the coastline to see beautiful natural landscapes, tranquil villages, incredible rock formations by Rezovska River and panoramic bays.

We’ll get the tour started with a quick safety talk from your guide regarding the route and the day’s programme before you hop into a 4×4 and set off along the Black Sea coast. We’ll travel towards the border with Turkey stopping off for incredible photo opportunities along the way and drive through the area of Sinemorets, known for its pristine beaches.

Once we arrive at Rezovo, you’ll take a walk to Rezovska River to see fascinating rock formations before being treated to a honeydew honey tasting and time to soak up the tranquillity of the seaside village. Then visit Sveta Petka chapel and we’ll continue the tour to Silistar nature reserve where you can admire a wealth of flora and fauna, including otters, before returning to Bourgas.

Safari to Silistar Nature Reserve

Black Sea Moonlight Cruise

The Black Sea is just delightful on a clear night. Especially during a cruise beneath the moonlight for three hours on a ship. There’s an open bar, acoustic musical performances on the lower deck and two upper decks for serene stargazing in a very tranquil setting.

Climb aboard in Nessebar and settle in with a drink from the open bar as the boat pushes out into the moonlit waters of the Black Sea. After setting sail, you can choose to remain in the enclosed lower deck to take in the sweet sounds of an acoustic guitar player or to ascend to the upper decks.

Spend a tranquil three hours gently gliding through the water, watching the lights of the coastline drift by, or laying back and letting the stars and the moonlight wash over you.

Black Sea Moonlight Cruise

Veleka Valley Boat Tour

The Veleka valley is one of Bulgaria’s true hidden gems. On this motorboat cruise along the River Veleka, you’ll discover landscapes barely changed by humans. From wooded banks to golden natural beaches and endemic fauna, this is the great outdoors as Mother Nature intended it.

The fun kicks off when you hop on a 4×4 and make for the starting point. Then, as you meander along the Veleka towards the Black Sea, you’ll experience an array of scenery and maybe even encounter amphibious animals such as turtles and snakes. The dense woodlands give way to the stunning beach of Sinemorets – one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria. It is formed from an 800-metre-long sandbar at the river’s mouth. On either side are cliffs – a coastal wilderness hard to come by in this day and age.

Veleka Valley Boat Tour

Markets, Malls & City Sights

If shopping is your thing, then heaven awaits on this full day tour to the village of Kableshkovo and city of Bourgas. First up is the traditional market in Kableshkovo followed by a visit to a shopping centre in Bourgas. Round off the day with free time in the city centre, where you’ll be able to sightsee of rest those limbs after all that shopping.

We’ll get the tour underway in Kableshkovo – a village where you’ll find a market crammed with stalls all stocked with everything Bulgarian – from wine to fresh produce, leather goods and more. Take some time to freely meander from stall to stall before we head to modern shopping mecca of Bourgas.

Once you’ve shopped till you dropped at the mall, you’ll be dropped off in the heart of the city where you can recuperate and explore at your own pace. Stroll through the Sea Garden or take the weight off your feet at one of the waterfront cafés.

Markets, Malls & City Sights

Paradise Bay Cruise

Cruise into anywhere named Paradise Bay and you can be sure to expect plenty of sun, sea and spectacular scenery. Cast off in a sailing ship from Sozopol and relax in style as you cruise the coast. Top up your tan on deck, cool off with a swim and enjoy a light lunch complete with beer, wine or a soft drink on this fun-filled morning adventure.

Casting off from shore in a swish yacht, you can admire every inch of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Welcomed aboard by the crew, little ones can be buccaneers for the day with a free bandana whilst grown-ups can kick back, relax and work on their tan.

Drop anchor and you can cool off with a few swims before a light lunch is served with a soft drink, beer or water. Afterwards, you can snooze it all off in the shade on the leisurely cruise back to port. A fun family day on the waves.

Paradise Bay Cruise

Bourgas shopping trip

With its wide neoclassical boulevards and pedestrianised centre, Bourgas is a wonderful destination in its own right. It’s also got probably the best array of stores in this stretch of the Black Sea – which makes it an ideal spot for a day of shopping.You’ll be driven from your resort to Bourgas and dropped off in the centre. Stroll the tree-lined streets of the shopping district and take in the sights. Abundant cafés and restaurants – some of which are the best in this region – make for a welcome break. There are also historic churches and museums worth checking out. And if you get shopping out of the way early, head over to the sea garden – a massive area of parkland running the length of the town, with terraces filled with manicured flowerbeds, sculptures and cafés facing onto the sea.

Bourgas shopping trip

Explore Sofia on a double-decker bus tour

Enjoy the newest and quickest way to see the Bulgarian capital of Sofia aboard the only double decker tourist bus in Bulgaria. In just one hour you will get an overview of the capital’s attractions with an audio guide in English. Join this tour bus for the best and quickest way to see Sofia and its major attractions, starting from the Alexander Nevski square.

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Explore Sofia on a double-decker bus tour

Private city tour of Sofia

See the most fascinating landmarks of Sofia along with a private professional guide and experienced driver over the course of 2 hours.

The highlights of your tour will include Alexander Nevski Cathedral – the biggest one in Bulgaria and according to many – the most spectacular building in Sofia.

Next, see the Holy Synod, St. Sophia Church, National Gallery for Foreign Art, National Library, National Palace of Culture and Borisova Garden – the biggest park in Sofia, Eagle’s Bridge.

View the monument of Vassil Levski – a great Bulgarian national hero, Council of Ministers, Banya Bashi Mosque and St. Nedelya – an old metropolitan church.

Travel to the Administration of the President and National Archaeological Museum, former Royal Palace (now housing National Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum) and National Assembly Square, where in the middle of the square sits the impressive Tsar Osvoboditel (King Liberator) Monument erected in 1907 by the Italian sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi.

The tour will end at the reception of your hotel.

Private city tour of Sofia

Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery entrance ticket

  • Enjoy a day out at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Monastery of Saint Ivan
  • See the biggest and the most respected Bulgarian monastery
  • Explore the grounds at your own pace

Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery entrance ticket

Birdwatching tour to Dragoman Marsh from Sofia

Travel westwards from Sofia to the biggest Karst marsh in Bulgaria, the Dragoman Marsh, on a full-day birdwatching tour. Discover the diverse breeding bird fauna found in the presence of lower and higher Karst hills surrounding the marsh.

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred (1.5 hrs one way) westwards to the biggest Karst marsh in Bulgaria. The checklist here is especially varied from the spring to autumn since this wetland lies along the Via Aristotelis flyway and a big number of migranting birds use it as a stop-over.

Expected highlights in summer (end of May-July): Bittern, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Long-legged Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Short-toed Eagle, Water Rail, Ferruginous Duck, Black-headed Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Rock Bunting, Sombre Tit, Rock Thrush, Great Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Lesser Grey Shrike, Short-toed Lark, Isabelline Wheatear, Stonechat, Black-headed Yellow Wagtail, Crag Martin

Birdwatching tour to Dragoman Marsh from Sofia

Full-day tour to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi from Sofia

Take a walking tour around the medieval hill-fortress of Tsarevets – the capital of Bulgaria from 12th till 14th century. Visit the astonishing Nativity of Jesus Church with an unique frescoes depicting 2000 biblical scenes and over 3500 images of saints. See the scenic architectural reserve of Arbanassi, located on a plateau granting visitors with superb views of the Balkan Mountains and Veliko Tarnovo.

Veliko Tyrnovo will teleport you back in time to the spectacular rise and fall of the mighty capital of the Second Bulgarian kingdom (12-14 century).

By walking on the winding cobble streets, you will learn and feel how its proud population lived under the Turkish oppression, developing fabulous architectural masterpieces and established cohesive and powerful craftsmen’s guild. Hear the legends and stories, the interesting history and see the picturesque location of Arbanassi and Veliko Tyrnovo which gained them numerous fanatical admirers in Bulgaria and abroad, making the region a top tourist attraction on the Balkans.

The tour includes the most important sights: Tsarevets architectural and museum reserve (medieval stronghold), Samovodskata charshia (lively craftmen’s street), Assens’ monument and the museum village of Arbanassi – famous for its 17th and 18th architecture and the unique Church of the Nativity of Christ, with well preserved murals depicting over 2000 Old and New Testiment scenes.

Full-day tour to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi from Sofia

Iskar Reservoir kayaking experience from Sofia

Kayak on the Iskar Reservoir, Bulgaria’s largest reservoir, during an adventurous 8-hour experience from Sofia. Accompanied by a guide, receive instruction on the provided kayaking equipment and row as long as you feel comfortable.

Meet your guide at your central Sofia hotel at 9.00am for your 8-hour kayaking experience. If you lack prior training, learn how to use the equipment and strap yourself into a provided life jacket.

From there, set out onto the water of the Iskar Reservoir, the largest in Bulgaria. Row on clear blue water framed by lush shoreline. Explore nearby beaches and the opposite shore. Continue for as long as you prefer, rowing or resting to suit your ability.

At the conclusion of the kayaking adventure, your vehicle will return you to your Sofia hotel

Iskar Reservoir kayaking experience from Sofia

Vitosha Mountains hiking day trip with Dragalevtsi Monastery and Cherni Vruh climb

Explore the highest peak in Vitosha Mountains – at its foot lies the city of Sofia – is easily accessible. In this trekking tour to the top you will escape the city on a one and a half hours drive to Aleko Hut. Enjoy fantastic views of the Rila and Balkan Mountains as well as visiting Dragalevtsi Monastery en route.

From Aleko Hut, where you will leave your vehicle, the walk to the top will take about two hours, (+ 450 m). The slope is moderate, however you can choose a steep path if you prefer it and according to your wishes and abilities.

A marvelous view to Rila Mountains to the south and to Balkan Mountains to the north, is revealed from the top. A view to the city beneath will accompany you almost during the entire trekking. You can have lunch either at the small restaurant of the meteorological station at the top or at Aleko Hut.

This tour is run in the winter as well, where the tour operator will provide showshoes at no extra cost!!

Vitosha Mountains hiking day trip with Dragalevtsi Monastery and Cherni Vruh climb

Day trip to Plovdiv from Sofia

While visiting Bulgaria, you can’t miss a trip to one of the oldest cities in Europe. Plovdiv is an ancient city surrounded by the 7 hills and it is also the second-largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia. In the past, it was inhabited by the Thracians, Romans, Goths, Slavs, and Ottomans, whose culture we can still admire at the Regional Ethnographic Museum.

The most spectacular attraction is the old part of the city, from which, walking along the charming narrow streets, you can reach the ancient Roman theatre and feel the glory of the old times.

Day trip to Plovdiv from Sofia

Day trek to Rila Mountains and Mt Mousala from Sofia

Mousala is the highest peak (at 2925 m) not only in Rila Mountains, but on the whole Balkan Peninsula. Join this trekking experience and lose yourself in breathtaking views.

Your morning starts early with a transfer to Borovets ski resort (it takes about 1 hour 15 min), where you will take the cabin lift to Yastrebets hut (2370 m). This is the starting point of your 3-hour trek to the peak (+600 m). You will be led by well trodden paths, but a rocky ground.

The view from the top is really splendid so you can spend a short time admiring the views before taking the lift back.

Day trek to Rila Mountains and Mt Mousala from Sofia

Horse riding in Sredna Gora

Enjoy Sredna Gora, the perfect location for horse riding, in the very center of Bulgaria. Around the town of Hissar you’ll find beautiful nature and nice side roads, on which galloping feels like a flight. End the ride in one of the mineral swimming pools in the area.

You will meet your horse in the riding base in Hissar. After some brief instructions you can start riding in the outskirts of the town along meadows, fields, vineyards and oak trees, following various routes either to the village of Starosel or to the mountains.

Enjoy the riding for about 4-5 hours, during which you can admire the surroundings of Hissar. The town itself is known for its 22 healing mineral springs and ancient Roman ruins, including a several km fortress wall, encircling the modern center.

Horse riding in Sredna Gora

Birdwatching in Vitosha Nature Park from Sofia

Take this day excursion to explore Vitosha Mountains highest peak, Cherni Vryh (The Black Peak) rising at 2290m and birdwatch with private transportation from your hotel included! This is the oldest nature park on the Balkans and the favorite hiking destinations for the inhabitants of the capital, located only one hours drive away.

Depending on the weather and your physical conditions you can either make a walk in the alpine parts first and then go to the woods or take a relaxed hike in the century-old spruce forest. From here choose to walk to the birding post or climb the peak (the uphill walk is just 1-1.30hrs from where your transportation is parked) and extend the trek to another famous part of the mountains – The Golden Bridges, passing along the backbone of the mountains, descending from the other side.

Expected highlights in summer (end of May-September): Pallid Swift, Nutcracker, Willow Tit, Black Woodpecker, Ring Ouzel, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Crag Martin, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Common Crossbill etc.

Birdwatching in Vitosha Nature Park from Sofia

Full-day trip to Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv from Sofia

Join a full-day small group combo tour to two of the most beautiful towns in Bulgaria – Plovdiv and Koprivshitsa. The European Capital of Culture of 2019 is a must-see destination and the revival town of Koprivshitsa in not to be missed while in Bulgaria.

A 1.5-hour drive from Sofia will take you to the city of Plovdiv (the European Capital of Culture for 2019), Bulgaria’s second largest city and one of its oldest towns. During a 3 hour walk of the city you will discover history and culture behind a 7000-year old settlement, written by the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Bulgarian civilizations.

Full-day trip to Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv from Sofia

Exclusive private tour to the Thracian Valley from Sofia

Your amiable professional guide will come to pick you up from the hotel and and will share with you the love for the area and the history of Bulgaria during this half-day tour. Participate in an Assembly workshop in Brestovitsa, taste the two red grape King varieties of the Thracian Valley, Mavrud and Rubin to create your own cuvée!

Enjoy a luxurious winegrower’s picnic in the vineyards facing the Rodope Mountains. Your guide will assist you during the Old Plovdiv tour, European Capital of Culture.

And finally, a tasting of products based on the emblematic Rose Damascena before returning to Sofia.

Exclusive private tour to the Thracian Valley from Sofia

Museum of Socialist Art guided tour in Sofia

Explore Bulgaria’s Socialist past with a 2-hour guided tour of the Museum of Socialist Art in the heart of Sofia. Through the museum’s collection of paintings, sculptures, and busts, as well as a short movie, learn about the history of Socialism in Sofia

Meet your guide at Sofia University for this 2-hour tour of Soviet history and Socialist art. View the Monument to the Soviet Army, a controversial installation in central Sofia, before continuing to the Museum Socialist Art via public transit. Take in a short film about Bulgaria’s Communist past to learn the historical background and deepen your understanding of the exhibitions.

As you wander through the museum, see busts of famous leaders like Georgi Dimitrov, Dimitar Blagoev, Vasil Kolarov, Todor Zhivkov, and Lenin. Gaze at typical Socialist Realism artwork, including statues of unknown partisans, workers, and the Red Army soldiers. Explore the exhibit of Socialist-era paintings, many depicting Stalin, Marx and Engels. Take a peek at the masterpiece of the museum, the great five-pointed red star which once was on top of the Party building in the center of Sofia. At the end of the tour, return to the city center.

Museum of Socialist Art guided tour in Sofia

One day hiking with snowshoes on Vitosha from Sofia

Explore the mountains in the winter and make your trail in the snow! Vitosha offers excellent conditions for winter walks and it is known as well organized network of hiking trails, beautiful scenery and unique views along the way. On the territory of the mountain is located Vitosha Nature Park – the oldest on the Balkans. You will experience an unforgettable winter fairy tale with the help of the oldest transportation in the snow – snowshoes!

One day hiking with snowshoes on Vitosha from Sofia

Communist Sofia walking tour

On this insightful and informative walking tour around Sofia, learn about Bulgaria’s Communist past with your English-speaking guide, who is also a history specialist. Meet your guide at 10.00am and spend the next three hours taking in the city’s key Communist sites.

The main focus of the tour is Bulgaria’s Communist past, and you’ll see traces of that history everywhere you venture. Begin at the Monument of the Soviet Army before hopping on trolley — a relic of older times — to the National Palace of Culture, which holds the annual congress of the Socialist Party (and which displays a piece of the Berlin Wall).

Next, meander down Vitosha Boulevard until you reach the former headquarters of the Communist Party, before heading to the site of the Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum. The tour winds down when you head to the antique market around the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, where you can pick up some Communist-era relics.

Communist Sofia walking tour

Everyday Sofia afternoon walking tour

  • Enjoy the Bulgarian capital with this superb walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Exploring the city from the local perspective
  • Sofia is a beautiful city which has a lot to offer. Enjoy the Bulgarian capital with this superb walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Book an afternoon walking tour in Sofia.

Everyday Sofia afternoon walking tour

Ultimate Sofia 2.5-hour walking tour

Depart from central Sofia on a 2.5-hour comprehensive guided walking tour to see the city’s highlights.

The tour includes all of the most prominent sights in Sofia! Travel to St. George Rotunda, the Administration of the President, National Archeological Museum, 16th century Banya Bashi Mosque and St. Nedelya – old metropolitan church

Next enjoy views of the National Theater, former Royal Palace (now housing National Revival Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum), St. Nikolay Russian Church and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Then, go to the National Assembly Square, where in the middle of the square sits the impressive Tsar Osvoboditel (King Liberator) monument erected in 1907 by the Italian sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi

Finally see the Holy Synod, St. Sofia Church, Bulgarian National Gallery for Foreign Art and Alexander Nevski Cathedral – the biggest one in Bulgaria (without entrance fee) and according to many – the most spectacular building in Sofia.

Ultimate Sofia 2.5-hour walking tour

Panoramic evening tour with Bulgarian folklore show and dinner in Sofia

After pick-up from your hotel in Sofia around 7 pm, you will admire Sofia’s main sights, all prettily illuminated in the darkness.
Pass the magnificent Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Bulgaria’s largest cathedral, and other impressive landmarks, including the National Library and Monument to Vasil Levski, a 19th-century Bulgarian national hero, as your guide shares tales about their history.

See the Presidency Building and Council of Ministers building, and have your camera ready for the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum. Admire the floodlit golden domes of the Russian Church, and pass the Central Military Club, National Parliament building, and National Palace of Culture, the city’s vast, Soviet-era concert and exhibition hall.

Take in the views from your coach and head to one of Sofia’s best folk-style restaurants. Hop out and take your seat in the charming interior, decorated in traditional Bulgarian style.

Then, savor a delicious Bulgarian dinner, enjoying a selection of popular national dishes. As you dine and relax, be treated to a colorful folklore show.

Bulgarian folklore show and dinner in Sofia

Cycling in the Balkan Mountains

Combine MB and road cycling for this tour on paved and dirt roads along two picturesque river valleys, where the remote mountain villages of Ogoya and Yablanitsa are situated.

Head to the southern slopes of the Balkan Range, just an hour drive from Sofia. This is a combined MB and road cycling tour along paved and dirt roads, following the path of two picturesque river valleys, where the charming villages of Ogoya and Yablanitsa are situated.

Enjoy their peaceful atmosphere, where the time seems to pass slowlier. Enjoy native wildlife along the way. The length of our route is about 20 km, but there is an option for 20 km more to the village of Rebrovo.

Cycling in the Balkan Mountains

Full-day trip to Rila Mountains and the Seven Rila Lakes from Sofia

Take a full-day trek to the Rila Mountains to leasurely walk among the nature of it’s Seven Rila Lakes. With your free time you will reach the highest lakes in Bulgaria and enjoy the superb scenery.

The Seven lakes of Rila are a group of glacial lakes situated between 2100 and 2500 m above sea level, surrounded by rugged peaks and deep valleys.

After a transfer of 1.5-hours you will reach the Panichishte resort area, where you’ll board the chairlift to the Rila Lakes mountain hut. From here continue on foot to explore the cirque and its pearls – the Eye, the Tear, the Kidney, the Twins, the Trefoil, the Fish Lake and the Lower Lake.

The route is not difficult and can be altered on the spot depending on how fit you are, following either more gentle routes or steeper gradients.

Rila Mountains and the Seven Rila Lakes from Sofia