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Vitosha Mountain
Just outside of Sofia, Vitosha Mountain reaches an impressive height of 7,513 feet (2,290 meters). As the Balkan’s oldest national park, Vitosha offers plenty to see and do throughout the year. The area surrounding the mountain is also home to the Boyana Waterfall and Duhlata Cave, and close to Pancharevo Lake, making it a favorite among nature lovers.

The Basics
Options for visiting Vitosha Mountain are plentiful and tend to include hassle-free round-trip transfers from Sofia. Guided tours optimize your chances of spotting wildlife and ensure you don’t get lost during hikes, while day trips tend to include a stop at the medieval, UNESCO-listed Boyana Church and Dragalevtsi Monastery. Hikes to the summit are only recommended for travelers with a good level of fitness; private hiking tours can be customized to suit fitness level.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A trip to Vitosha is a must for active sightseers and wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Keen birdwatchers have the chance to spot rare species such as the long-legged buzzard and the masked shrike.
  • Most tours include the necessary gear; otherwise, you can rent equipment in Sofia.
  • You don’t need a guide or permit to climb Vitosha Mountain independently, though climbing experience is recommended.
  • Don’t forget a warm jacket, as even in summer the mountain can be chilly.

How to Get There
On winter weekends, the Simeonovo cable car travels directly to the Aleko chalet, and can be accessed by the 122 and 123 buses. On summer weekends, take the 63 or 163 bus to the Golden Bridges. Midweek, you’ll need to catch a bus to Dragalevtzi, Simeonovo, Knyazhevo, or Boyana to begin your exploration.

When to Get There
Year-round, independent access to Vitosha Mountain is easiest on weekends, when more public transport options are available. The ski season runs from December to April. For the rest of the year, the mountain is a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers.

Boyana Church
Combine your adventure in nature with a glimpse into history on a visit to Boyana Church, located near the base of the mountain. The UNESCO-listed landmark boasts a collection of medieval frescoes, which are renowned throughout Europe, and comprises of three historic buildings that reflect different time periods.
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Walking Tours

Vitosha Tour

Magical walk with amazing views of Sofia!Participate in the tour you will:- be at 1435 meters above sea level- see Sofia from bird's eye- walk in the first natural park in Bulgaria established in 1934- touch the amazing natural wonder "stone river"- visit a cozy hut- inspect an abandoned hut- explore a fairy forest full of wildlifeCollect unforgettable memories!
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Cultural Tours

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Private Sofia Gourmet Tour

We will take you from your place and will go to one of the most Amazing restaurants in Sofia with Excellent food, Fast service, Memorable location with a Top view to the city.You will enjoy a Dinner with all traditional Delicious meals and a lovely Show program with local dances and a singer.The dinner includes: traditional salad, traditional main meal, dessert, glass of rakia and red wine. We will also tell you about the colorful history and past of Bulgaria during the dinner. The Cult moment in the program are Fire Magical Dances which can't be seen at other place.We are Professional Dancers (local dances) and can learn you how to dance them and feel the rhythm of the Bulgarian folklore magic. After the end of the program,we will return you back home. Not to forget the Star View to the city on the way back! Please note that due to the popularity of the restaurant, the seats may be subject of availability.If needed we will reserve seats at another good restaurant with a local program
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  • 3 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Vitosha - private night tour

Night comes and our adventure begins. We invite you to see the mountain from a different point of view, to fight against your fears, to lose and find yourself in the maze of the dark woods. In that walking tour, you can feel the silence and see some of the night animals like Salamandra salamandra or Bufo bufo. In our highest point, you will be awarded the light of Sofia – this never sleeping beauty.The transfer from your hotel to Vitosha mountain will be less than 20 minutes. We’ll start from Dragalevtsi district and the next 3 hours we’ll hike through the woods. The tour includes one of the mountain peaks – Kamen del (1876 m).After a walk through the forest, you could see the Boyana waterfall, which is one of the most visited places and Boyana lake – a quiet place for fishermen. The last attraction of the tour will be the Boyana church, which is one of the UNESCO sites in Bulgaria. Transfer to your accommodation.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Night Sightseeing above Sofia

The night Sofia view from the above is the Must-see trip. Without being part of this treasure, you haven't been in Sofia actually. We will pick you around 9 o'clock in the evening from the hotel and we will have about half an hour to reach out the destination. We will spend and hour there, drinking some special apperols and once ready, we will get back to Sofia.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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One-day Hiking Trip to Cherni Vrah (Vitosha Mountain)

You are thrilled by the mountain and would like to experience it even when on the run? Well, in Sofia you have that opportunity. Vitosha Mountain is only 30 minutes drive from the city and offers great hiking trails for different levels of experience. Because of its proximity, it allows the visitors of the capital to squeeze some adventures in between their appointments.Vitosha is one of the symbols of Sofia and the closest site for hiking, alpinism and skiing. Convenient bus lines and rope ways render the mountain easily accessible. Vitosha has the outlines of an enormous dome. The territory of the mountain includes Vitosha Nature Park that is the oldest nature park in the Balkans. The mountain emerged as a result of volcanic activity and has been subsequently shaped by the slow folding of the granite rock layers and a series of gradual uplifts of the area. Cherni Vrah is the highest point of the mountain at 2290 m and is one of 11 peaks of Vitosha over 2000 m in height.
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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
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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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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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Cultural Tours

Vitosha Mountain, Boyana Church and Dragalevtsi Monastery Private Day Trip

Visit two of Bulgaria’s religious sites with ease from Sofia on this private full-day tour. Travel in an air-conditioned car equipped with WiFi to Vitosha Mountain and visit Boyana Church. Learn about its history from your driver-guide. Continue on to Dragalevtsi Monastery. Take in panoramic views of Sofia from Vitosha Mountain and go on a hike if weather permits.
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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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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Mountain Biking in Vitosha from Sofia

Experience Vitosha Mountain by mountain bike on this tour. Equipped with a hardtail mountain bike and helmet, depart from the village of Yarlovo with your guide. Bike on dirt roads past beech forests and meadows on your ascent. As you descend the mountain, enjoy panormaic views of the Rila Mountain.
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Cultural Tours

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Sofia with Unique Farm-To-Table Lunch Experience

Do you want to taste the Bulgarian rural culture for a day without traveling hundreds of miles? Do you want to try a cuisine which preserves the traditions of two very distinct cultures within itself?Travel with us on this one-day trip in the outskirts of Sofia and experience not only the life in a family-run farm but also the history of our ancestors. This tour will give you access to the most local places around the capital, avoiding the touristic hustle and bustle.
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Cultural Tours

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Exclusive Sofia Full Day Tour with Vitosha Mountain Panoramic Drive

Sofia Full Day Tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city and experience the local atmosphere for a day. Start the day with a walking tour around the beautiful center of this 7,000-years-old capital. Your tour leader will reveal not only the main sites in the area but also Sofia’s well-kept secrets and places. Highlights of the Walking Tour:- Bulgarian Parliament- Russian Church- National Gallery- National Theatre- The Presidency- St. Nedelya Church- St. George’s Rotunda- Largo Complex- Roman ruins of Serdica- Banya Bashi Mosque- Central Market Hall- Central Baths- The Synagogue- St. Sofia Church- St. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral- Sofia University- National Library- Vasil Levski monument- Shipka and Oborishte streets- Eagle’s Bridge - Visit of all major landmarks in SofiaThe tour continues through the city and less known places which we will explore by vehicle. Vitosha Mountain Lunch and Boyana Church visit will be the last stops for the day.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private Day Tour from Sofia to Kamen Del Peak and Boyana Waterfall

This tour is one of those you must not miss. It is a combined journey from hiking, nature, adventure and sightseeing. The paths are easy to walk on and passing them are midpoints where you can sit and have a rest, enjoining the stone rivers and forests around. It is the best way you can combine the city tours with fresh and clean air, away from the noise and the crowds.
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Boyana Waterfall and Boyana Church One-Day Hiking Trip

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, has the privilege to be only half an hour drive away from Vitosha Mountain. This provides great opportunity for foreign visitors to enjoy both the city life and the beautiful nature that surrounds it. Vitosha mountain is home of the first nature park in Bulgaria. Its highest peak is Cherni Vrah (Black Peak) – 2… m. This trip takes you on a trail that reveals the hidden beauty of the mountain – starting from the amazing city view from Kamen Del Peak and going down to one of its gems – the Boyana Waterfall. We close the day with a visit to one of the most popular cultural sights in Sofia – Boyana Church, situated in Boyana district, on the foot of the mountain.Eager to learn more? Check the itinerary and book your place today!
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  • 9 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Vitosha Trail Hunter Bike Tour from Sofia

Get out of busy Sofia and explore Vitosha Mountain by bike on this tour. Enjoy a trail selected to suit your needs. In the company of a mountain bike guide, ride a variety of trails around the Vitosha Mountain, from cross-country paths to endurance routes to downhill rides. Enjoy a snack during the day.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Hiking & Camping

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Winter Sunset Hike Tour

This tour will grant you a unique experience of Sofia and the Vitosha mountain - we will enjoy the sunset over the city from the best point of view - the Kamen Del peak.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Private Hiking Trip to the Black Peak in Vitosha Mountain

This is a private tour so you will not be combined with other people besides those on your reservation- there will be a private driver- guide just for you! Enjoy a great hiking trip in the nature near Sofia to the Black Peak in Vitosha Mountain!
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  • 5 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Birdwatching in Vitosha Nature Park from Sofia

Vitosha Nature Park is the oldest nature park on the Balkans and the most favourite hiking destinations for the inhabitants of the capital, being just an hour drive from the centre of the city.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Adrenaline & Extreme

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Ultimate Tactical Experience

Our instructors are uniquely qualified in the field of firearms, defense, medical and survival training. Each instructor has over a decade of defense related experience varying from U.S Military service to Private Contracting in hostile environments. Rest assured, your instructors are experts in their fields and are driven to provide you with the highest quality of training available in the market.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Vitosha hiking tour

Departure point: Your hotel in SofiaDeparture time: 08:00 amDuration: 8 hours (approx.)Return details: Return to the initial departure point or wherever you would want to go to SofiaThe adventures and memories are the things, that make every man special. Vitosha mountain is only for you! This is the fourth highest mountain in Bulgaria and is the first national park in the Balkan peninsula for its species from the wildlife.The adventures and memories are the things, that make every man special. Vitosha mountain is only for you! This is the fourth highest mountain in Bulgaria and is the first national park in the Balkan peninsula for its species from the wildlife.Vitosha is the biggest treasure for all citizens of Sofia because it is the lungs of the capital. For less than half an hour by car from your hotel, you could reach the foothills of the mountain. Escape from the noise of the city and enjoy the beautiful nature among woods of pines and firs.
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Hiking & Camping

Hiking to the top of Vitosha mountain

Small groups , personal attention !Duration: 6 hoursMeeting point: Aleksander Nevsky cathedral at 7.45amYou need to bring - warm clothes, comfortable shoes, gloves and hat, water/dry package
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  • 6 hours
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