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Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

1. Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

Dramatic landscapes and breathtaking alpine sceneries, centuries old pine forests and rugged mountain peaks make the Seven Rila Lakes circuit one of the most beautiful areas in the Rila Mountains National Park. Enjoy a gentle snowshoe walk in the picturesque Seven Rila Lakes area followed by relaxation in the thermal water pools of Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, fed by one of the hottest springs in Europe. All this within a day tour from Sofia. Your guide will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Sofia for a wonderful journey to the Rila Mountains. You will arrive within 1.5-hours to Pionerska Mountain Hut from where you will take a chairlift to Rila Lakes Hut, situated high above the tree line at 2150 meters above sea level. The walk will begin from the hut in the direction of the Kidney, the third of the Seven Rila Lakes. Along the way, admire breathtaking alpine sceneries of jagged peaks and frozen mountain lakes. After a short break and a cup of warm tea at the lake, you will head toward Rila Lakes Hut and descend via the chairlift to the van and have a short transfer (20 minutes) to Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, where you will be able to relax deeply in the thermal pools fed by hot spring waters.

From Sofia: Snowshoe Hike on Vitosha Mountain

2. From Sofia: Snowshoe Hike on Vitosha Mountain

Experience the stunning landscapes of the Vitosha mountain massif from a different perspective on a snowshoe hike with an English-speaking guide. Get closer to the enormous domes and peaks of one of the most popular winter destinations in Bulgaria. Take up the challenge of walking on snow at a mountain that emerged as a result of volcanic activity. Shaped by the slow folding of granite rock layers and gradual uplifts, Vitosha is now one of the most frequently visited destinations from Sofia. Marvel at the towering peak of Cherni Vrah ("Black Peak") at the highest point of the massif and more.

Sofia: Bansko Shuttle Transfer from/to Sofia Airport

3. Sofia: Bansko Shuttle Transfer from/to Sofia Airport

After arriving to the airport, you will be collected from either terminal 1 or 2. After going through passport control and baggage claim, please look for your representative holding a sign with your name on it. If you have booked a private transfer option, your driver will take you to your car for a comfortable journey to Bansko Resort. With the shared-shuttle option you may need to wait up to 60 minutes for the other passengers sharing the ride with you. The shuttle is a door-to-door service, but there could be up to 5 stops before yours including a quick 5-minute break at a ski shop. For departure transfers, you will be collected from your hotel within the Bansko resort area. If you have booked a private option your driver will meet you at the reception/lobby of your hotel or street level for other accommodation before taking you to your car for a comfortable transfer to Sofia Airport. For the shared option, once all passengers have been collected you will be taken directly to Sofia Airport Terminal 1 and 2.

Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

4. 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 5 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; enjoy a spa afternoon in the village of Sapareva Banya, famous for its hot thermal springs. Return to Sofia between 5 PM and 6 PM.

Sofia: Black Peak-Vitosha Mountain Snowshoeing Day Trip

5. Sofia: Black Peak-Vitosha Mountain Snowshoeing Day Trip

Your guide will pick you up in the morning from your hotel or address in Sofia for a wonderful journey to Aleko Mountain Resort, situated within an hour drive from the city center at 1,840 meters a.s.l. The guide will help you with snowshoe binding adjustments and give you a short briefing regarding the simple techniques of walking with them before heading towards the highest peak of Vitosha Mountain (Cherni Vruh, 2290 m a.s.l.). The walk in the winter wonderland begins with a gentle ascent, and soon you will get above the tree line admiring great panoramic views. You will reach the top of the mountain in about 2-hours, where you will have a break for a warm herbal tea provided by the guide, before heading back towards Aleko Resort, enjoying the wonderful views of the Bulgarian capital. At the end of the walk, you will have a transfer to the city, where your guide will leave you at your place.  

Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

6. Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

With this tour you can go on skiing or snowboarding in the Vitosha Mountain, just on the outskirts of Sofia! The height of the mountain is around 1,800 meters and the winter zones have variety of tracks with different difficulties. Once you have arrived you will be able to rent all the equipment needed and buy half a day lift card, valid from 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A teacher can also be arranged at an additional cost if requested. After the lunch break, you will go to a relaxing thermal SPA complex. It has a wide variety of spa facilities and treatments. For the lovers of spas and relaxation the complex offers an area where you can relax and re-energize in the aroma sauna, Finnish sauna, steam bath, aqua relax, relaxation area with warm beds and ice-cold bath, all of which are included in the price of the tour. In addition, there are massage rooms, a room for Turkish massage with a private sauna, and a Jacuzzi for two. For fans of spa therapies there are a variety of facial and body treatments.

Sofia: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

7. Sofia: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour in Sofia, Bulgaria. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most beautifully decorated places including St. Sophia Church, the Christmas Market, and more. Learn miraculous Christmas stories and legends. This special time of year brings magic to Sofia. Visit St. Sophia Church, Sofia Opera and Ballet, and the museum. Shop and taste local Christmas products at the old-fashioned Christmas market located in the City Garden. Walk Sofia’s main commercial street, Vitosha Boulevard, and feel spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere all around, something you can only experience this time of year in Sofia.

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What people are saying about Sofia

Wonderful tour with our guide Ves. Once at the frozen lake once in a while the hard cold wind was gone, and there was complete silence with a beautiful perfect blue sky. It was a perfect private tour and we had the mountains to ourselves. Absolutely a must see/experience!! Thanks Ves! We were here at the end of March, and the hot water source was ok, but several baths were closed. We would not do this here again.

Very nice day trip. You start with mountain snow at the Borovets resort and finish with a very nice and relaxing 2 hours in the thermal pools. A very nice option for those of us who like to enjoy nature and not only churches. Ivan the local guide was very welcoming, had lot's of information to share with us, professional and puntual. Very recommended day tour.

It was a great experience and we were very lucky to have the greatest weather! I had a lot of fun with Velko, the guide. It felt like going for a hike with my friends Also loved the thermal baths. Just the perfect combination after a nice hike! ADVICE: it is really important to bring proper clothes and equipment to the mountain!

The trip was exhausting yet very fun! The trek is unexpectedly harder than I thought but Dobs is an excellent guide who consistently motivated the group. The hot spring after the trek was relaxing. We're considering hiking it again in the summer to finally see the lakes!

I was skeptical at first but so glad I did this! Diana was such an amazing tour guide. Would definitely recommend this experience.