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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

Save well over an hour compared to public transportation and benefit from the local knowledge of a guide on this full-day trek around the Seven Rila Lakes. Experience one of Bulgaria’s most striking mountain landscapes at a leisurely pace and hike all the way up to the highest of the seven lakes. Please note the tour excludes the small chairlift fee.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The mountains are one of Bulgaria’s great joys—especially for hikers—but can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour includes chair-lift ticket to the lakes but excludes monastery entrance fees.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Ancient Thracian megalithic monuments - Private Day Tour

Bulgaria is a region that has had settlers for thousands of years and this day trip from Sofia explore the monuments left by these ancient settlers. Explore the Thracian region, which was settled as far back as the 8th century BC, and visit megalithic structures, like tombs and sanctuaries, that were used by these ancient people over the course of the day.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Belogradchik fortress and Belogradchik rocks tour

The Belogradchik Fortress, also known as Kaleto (“the fortress” from Turkish kale), is an ancient fortress located on the north slopes of the Balkan Mountains, close to the northwestern Bulgarian town of Belogradchik and is the town’s primary cultural and historical tourist attraction, drawing, together with the Belogradchik Rocks, the main flow of tourists into the region. It is one of the best-preserved strongholds in Bulgaria and a cultural monument of national importance.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Sailing Trips

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Grand Bulgarian Rafting and Yacht sailing Private tour

We Bulgarians have a saying: “If you are afraid of bears don’t go to the forest”. In connection to our trip, we’d add: “If you want to stay dry don’t go into the river”.Without any doubt, this is one of the best water adventures - a rafting trip on the longest rafting route in Bulgaria - 12 kilometers filled with swift currents, rocks, bridges, centuries-old trees and breathtaking views among the Kresna gorge.But that’s not all. A pleasurable afternoon is waiting for you on our next stop - yacht sailing in the biggest Bulgarian dam.Adventure, adrenalin, sunshine, race with nature, beautiful sunsets and good company! Can it get even better?
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Balkan Horse Riding - Glozhene Monastery Ride

See a different side of Bulgaria on the back of a horse on this day tour from Sofia. Travel out of the city in an air-conditioned minivan. Meet the horses and, after a brief instruction, mount the saddled horse and head out on the path in the company of a guide. Stop at Glozhen Monastery and explore the interior.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Seven Rila Lakes Hike- Small Group Day Trip

Take a break from the town and enjoy a great group day trip to the nature of the Seven Rila Lakes. Feel the fresh air and hike in a breathtaking mountain atmosphere. Most times the group size is 4-8 people.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

Escape the city without the hassle and expense of self-driving with this convenient shared transfer to the Rila National Park. After a briefing from your driver, soak up the beauty of the seven glacial Rila Lakes and enjoy a full day’s hiking or lounging before you return to central Sofia. A chairlift runs to and from the lakes.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Hiking The Seven Rila Lakes with option for dinner

Make the most of your time in Bulgaria on hiking trip to the world-renowned Seven Rila Lakes. Going with a guide eliminates the stress of navigating the trails on your own and leaves you with an inside perspective on the country’s natural landscape. After the 5-hour hike, stop for a well-deserved dinner (own expense) en route to Sofia. Round-trip hotel transport is included for your convenience.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Full-day Tours

Mt. Vitosha and Boyana Waterfall Hiking Tour from Sofia

Trek up Mt. Vitosha and see the Boyana waterfall on this full-day tour from Sofia. Don your walking boots and hike to the top of Bulgaria’s fourth-highest mountain, passing lush meadows and pine woods. After soaking up panoramic views of Sofia from the summit, enjoy lunch (own expense) and descend to the Boyana fall, whose waters tumble down a steep rock face. Your tour includes return transfers from Sofia, including hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Full-day Tours

Saeva dupka and Ledenika Caves Day-Tour from Sofia

Visit Saeva dupka and Ledenika — two of Bulgaria’s fascinating cave systems — on this 1-day tour from Sofia. Travel across the Balkan Range to Brestnica with a guide and explore Saeva dupka — a subterranean cave system of five halls and echoing corridors inhabited since the Roman era. Then, travel onward to Ledenika — widely considered to be Bulgaria’s most impressive underground cave. During your tour, admire mighty stalactites and stalagmites throughout the 10 halls, dip your hand in the Lake of Wishes and enjoy an amazing 3D laser show inside the cave.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Vitosha Mountain and Pancharevo Lake Private Day Trip from Sofia

There’s a whole world of nature within minutes of Sofia—but accessing it by public transport or taxi can be hard. Combine the freedom of independent travel with the personal service of a private driver/guide on this private tour. Visit scenic Pancharevo Lake, with its restaurants and woodland, and Vitosha Mountain, with mineral springs and sweeping views across the city.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Horseback Riding

The Ultimate Balkan Horse Riding

Explore Bulgaria’s beautiful countryside on horseback and discover a relaxing pace of life outside the city on this 7-hour Balkan horse riding adventure from Sofia. Follow your guide along winding trails through rural Bulgaria on horseback, and enjoy panoramic views over the dense forests and soaring peaks of the Balkan Mountains in the distance. Travel through quaint rural villages such as Golyam Izvor, Glozhene and Teteven, and discover top local attractions including the St George Monastery. This exciting tour is suitable for riders of all ages and ability levels.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Rila Monastery and hiking to the Stob Pyramids- Private Day Trip from Sofia

Discover a side of Bulgaria that’s hard to reach independently as you explore the dramatic rock pinnacles known as Stob’s Pyramids with a private hiking guide. Then journey into Bulgarian culture as you tour the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and taste home-made “banitsa” pastries. Tour includes private door-to-door transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees and lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Horseback Riding

Teteven Horse Riding Experience from Sofia including Overnight Stay

Escape the city and discover Teteven’s scenic surroundings on a 2-day horse riding tour from Sofia. Enjoy intimate access to mountain paths and forest trails, and visit landmarks including Glozhene Monastery and Morovitsa cave. Avoid hidden costs with accommodation and meals included as per itinerary, and save time finding the rural location with round-trip transfer from your Sofia hotel.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation

Walking Tours

Vitosha Mountains Hiking Day Trip including Dragalevtsi Monastery and Cherni Vruh Climb

Choose between hiking—in summer—and snowshoeing—in winter—to scale this classic Sofia peak. After pickup from your hotel and a stop at the medieval Dragalevtsi Monastery, climb Cherni Vrah—Vitosha Mountain’s highest peak—from the Aleko Hut with your guide. The views over Sofia, the Rila Mountains, and the Balkan Mountains are just spectacular.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Hiking & Camping

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

Hike through rugged terrain to the Seven Rila Lakes on a full-day tour from Sophia, and discover the remarkable scenery of the Rila Mountains. Take a chairlift to a high-mountain hut and continue on foot along the jeweled string of lakes. Follow your guide through alpine passes into remote valleys, then rest in the shade of hikers’ shelters; take in sweeping views of the Bulgarian landscape and enjoy the crisp, clear air of the Balkans’ highest mountain range.  
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Krushuna Waterfalls and Devetashka Cave Private Day Trip

Get out of busy Sofia and spend the day in nature on this private full-day tour. Depart from your Sofia hotel in an air-conditioned car equipped with WiFi so you can stay connected. In the company of a guide, make your way to Krushuna Waterfalls and dip in the travertine pools. Explore the natural karst Devetashka Cave.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Seven Rila Lakes Hike- Private Day Trip

Enjoy personalized attention on this guided hiking tour to the Seven Rila Lakes. Depart from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned car equipped with WiFi so you can stay connected. Access the mountain easily with a chairlift. Hike through the beautiful nature on the mountain and pass the Rila Lakes.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hiking & Camping

Horse Riding in Tetevan Balkan from Sofia

Whether you’re a relative novice or already a pro, experience the majesty of the central Balkans on this half-day guided horseback trek. From Golyam Izvor village, ride along forest paths and mountain ridges, soak up views of Teteven Balkan and Glozhene Monastery, and explore the cavernous Morovitsa Cave. There’s no need to worry about how to get there: your day includes round-trip transfers from Sofia.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hiking & Camping

Trekking Day Trip to Rila Mountains and Mt Mousala from Sofia

Trek to the highest peak in the Rila Mountains range with a guide for panoramic views of the area. Transfer from your Sofia hotel to Borovets and take a chair lift to your starting point. From there, begin your trek up Mt. Mousala on a trodden rocky path. Take to time to enjoy the view and snap pictures at the top of the mountain.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Vitosha Mountain- Heritage and Hiking Private Day Trip From Sofia

Experience the nature outside of Sofia and taste traditional Bulgarian food on this private tour. Meet your guide at your hotel and make your way to Vitosha Mountain in an air-conditioned car equipped with WiFi, so you can stay connected. Enjoy personalized attention from your private guide as you sample a traditional Bulgarian breakfast and hike to Boyana Lake. Afterwards, visit Boyana Church and the National Historical Museum.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Climb to Musala Summit (2925m)

• Take the trek to the rooftop of the Balkan Peninsula • Admire one of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in Bulgaria • Be fascinated by fantastic panoramas and superb natural views
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Winter Day Trip to the Rila Mountain

Trade the hustle and bustle of Sofia for a day in the snowy mountains of Bulgaria. Venture to Rila Mountain on a day trip and choose a fun activity to partake in such as skiing, ski-doo, visiting a fortress, or relaxing at the spa. This tour is inclusive of round-trip transportation from your hotel in Sofia, activities are at an additional expense.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
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