Our most recommended things to do in Borovets

From Sofia: Rila Monastery UNESCO Site & Outdoor Mineral Spa

From Sofia: Rila Monastery UNESCO Site & Outdoor Mineral Spa

After years of providing customized tours for our clients, we have designed an amazing tour, giving you the chance of visiting the sanctuary of Balkan culture, history, religion, and spirit - Rilski Manastir ( Rila Monastery ) and be able to feel the healing powers of Bulgaria's mineral springs, close to the only Gaiser on the Balkans within a day from Sofia and water heated by the Earth's core, popping out to 103 above ground. Famous since Roman times, Bulgaria is known for its rejuvenating mineral waters. On this day trip, combine a visit to the best mineral water baths, open all-year-round, with visit of Rila Monastery. Your day starts with a pick-up near Serdika, easily reachable by all public transport in Sofia and within a 15-minute walk from all centrally based accommodations. Visit one of the Unesco sites in Bulgaria, a monastery established by the first Bulgarian Hermit, A Miracle Worker, The Spiritual Protector of the Balkans- Ioan Rilski. After having some time of your own, to admire the beauty of the almost 200-year-old frescoes, presented like a comic book by some of that time's best painters like Zahary Zograf, Stanislav Dospevski, together with the beauty of Rila Mountain, we move on. The best way to be able to experience a country is to try local food. Several options are available, depending on group size and food preferences. And we head for the Spa. Just an hour or so away is our next destination- Sapareva Banya - the hot water in an outdoor complex with several pool areas, hydro jets, jacuzzi a wet bar all year long. After soaking in the mineral waters good for skin, bone, and heart, we head back to Sofia.

Borovets: Deposit for Snowmobile Safari with Instructor

Borovets: Deposit for Snowmobile Safari with Instructor

Unique snowmobile safari in one of the best Bulgarian ski resorts - Borovets. We run the tour every day, every round hour from 10:00 am. to 6 pm. The customers are following the instructor throughout the whole tour on a custom-made itinerary in the deep forests with wonderful views and several stops on the way. It's a magnificent experience, lots of fun, adrenaline and adventure while keeping everybody safe. The most affordable way to book a spot on our snowmobile safari is with this product. You pay only the deposit now and the outstanding amount of 70 EUR per adult on a single snowmobile and 40 EUR per adult on a shared snowmobile is due on the spot. Paying the deposit upfront gives you the greatest flexibility as you can always use the activity for a specific date and time and pay the outstanding amount only when you come on the spot. Are you ready for an experience like no other in Borovets? If the weather conditions are not allowing the activity could be swaped with quads or buggies.

Sofia Airport (LBSF): One-Way Transfer to/from Borovets

Sofia Airport (LBSF): One-Way Transfer to/from Borovets

Ensure your vacation is hassle-free with a simple-to-use transportation service between Sofia Airport (LBSF) and your accommodation at the Borovets Ski Resort. Sit back and relax in a well-maintained vehicle with plenty of space on the way to your destination. Be greeted by your driver who will wait outside your accommodation, or outside the airport terminal with a sign bearing your name in clear lettering. Know that your driver is monitoring your flight schedule o ensure that flight changes are taken into account. Hop aboard a comfortable 8-seater shuttle bus or mini-bus that has space for all your ski equipment. Avoid waiting in a long taxi line up after a long flight, or having to figure out a complicated public transportation service.

Best from Borovets: Hot thermal springs relaxation

Best from Borovets: Hot thermal springs relaxation

Escape the crowds of Borovets with our exclusive tour! Immerse yourself in the soothing hot spring pools of Sapareva Banya, home to the hottest geothermal spring in continental Europe, boasting a blissful temperature of 103°C. Unwind, rejuvenate, and relax deeply at the end of a day spent on the slopes! Your English-speaking driver will pick you up from your hotel or any other preferred location in Borovets or Samokov. Within a scenic 40-minute ride, you'll admire the picturesque Bulgarian countryside before arriving in Sapareva Banya town, renowned for hosting the hottest geothermal spring in the entire Continental Europe. Indulge in deep relaxation in the numerous outdoor and indoor pools and spas of the resort. At the end of your spa experience, your driver will take you back to your hotel, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable journey.

Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

Start the tour at 9 AM when the guide will pick you up from your hotel in Sofia and take you to the Rila Mountain. The transfer time to the mountain region is about an hour and a half.  Choose between 2 of the 4 following options for activities: 1 or 2 hour ski-doo ride in Borovets; take the cabin lift in Borovets and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views; visit the restored fortress of Tsari Mali Grad, located on a hill near the village of Belchin; experience the afternoon skiing or snowboarding with a private teacher. Return to Sofia between 5 PM and 6 PM.

Borovets 2010 , Private Ski&Snowboard lessons

Borovets 2010 , Private Ski&Snowboard lessons

Improve their confidence or technique on the slopes. Progress much quicker than in a group with many people, actually short time gives long attention. Individual progress is on way whiteout stress and feeling lovely holiday on white slopes.Snowsports came like very risky ,whit right commitments steps ,we try to made safety and mutch enjoyed fun.Winter sports activities outdoor ,give healthy life,keep body fit and made your holiday georgues. So important to be on right instructor,ho understand much more psychologically,because confidence made you body on way connect by white magic.

Horse Riding Day Trip in the Rila Mountain

Horse Riding Day Trip in the Rila Mountain

The trip starts at 9 am with a pick – up from your hotel in Sofia. The traveling time to Borovets in the Rila Mountain is about 1.5 hours. There, it will be up to you if you want to book 1 or 2 hours of horse – riding. The price is 60 local lev per person (about 30 euro) for 1 hour and it is paid on spot. The local instructors are very experienced, friendly and English – speaking. After the horse – riding experience, you will also have a stop for a lunch break at a traditional restaurant in the town of Samokov and after it you will depart back to Sofia. The expected return in your hotel in Sofia is between 4 pm and 5 pm.

Borovets: Touring Ski Set Rental

Borovets: Touring Ski Set Rental

Rent a pair of versatile touring skis to discover the natural landscape of Borovets at your own pace. Whether you're gliding downhill or climbing uphill, this type of ski will allow you to move across the snow easily. Explore Bulgaria's beautiful winter scenery in a convenient way. Pick up your pair of skis with all their necessary gear and make use of them for up to a day. Explore the striking untouched landscape around Botovets, and follow along marked trails or create your own route. Attach special ‘skins’ to your skis to prevent you from sliding backward. Take advantage of brand-new skis from renowned brands, such as Dynastar and Völkl. Receive poles and boots as well, so you can get straight to skiing without the need to bring your own gear. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

From Borovets: Horse Riding Experience

From Borovets: Horse Riding Experience

You'll arrive at the meeting location in the selected time slot. Find the representative at the shop, who will direct you to your drive. After a 15-minute drive to the nearby ranch, you'll meet your instructor for this experience. If you are a complete beginner, you'll learn the basics of horse riding and will ride in a closed field. If you are a more experienced rider, you can explore more with your instructor. When you complete the activity, you'll be driven back to Borovets, at the starting location.

Borovets: Skiing or Snowboarding Group Lesson for All Levels

Borovets: Skiing or Snowboarding Group Lesson for All Levels

After arriving at the convenient meeting location of a ski shop in Borovets, you’ll be introduced to your skiing/snowboard instructor. Based on your age and skiing/snowboard level, you'll be placed in a group suitable for you. During the duration of the lesson, learn all the fundamentals and get comfortable skiing or snowboarding on the snow at one of Bulgaria's most popular ski resorts. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

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What people are saying about Borovets

Overall rating

4.4
(35 reviews)

The guide, Philip, was very attentive and friendly, you could tell that he liked to explain the history and made it easy to understand even for those who struggled with English (there is also an audio guide in Spanish). His English was easy to understand and he gave us options to choose from according to our preferences, so we were very happy with the guide we had. The monastery is a must-see and we were lucky that as it was a minibus with fewer people and made the previous stop quicker, we arrived before the others. It quickly filled with groups. As for the spa, the truth is that we were lucky because the weather was on our side and it wasn't overcrowded (although it wasn't empty either). If you have already gone to other spas/spas it will not surprise you but it is not bad either.

Good tour, the monastery is very beautiful, the thermal baths are also great! Only the minibus was very small and a bit uncomfortable. All the seats were full, so it was a bit cramped. The guide was nice and pleasant. The price is cheap from a German perspective, but very expensive from a Bulgarian perspective. If you are traveling with several people, it can actually be cheaper to take a taxi, as the prices for these are very cheap in Sofia. Overall, though, very good! Clearly recommended!

I would've liked it more if they would've specified the prices of the entrance fees that were not included. The spa was 20euro per person, which is pretty steep for a 3 hours swim. I know it said entrance fees not included, and we probably shouldve checked the price of the spa beforehand. We made the assumption that, considering the prices of other activities in Bulgaria, it would've been a lot cheaper.

particular experience if you want to opt for something different from the boyana church present in other tours. the spa is very beautiful even if you don't have much time available, it is still useful to visit it all. our guide was great and helpful

Absolutely fantastic ,basic and rural it’s what I like and Evo the instructor and his family were very hospitable the views are tremendous