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Secrets, Facts, and Legends of Sofia: Full Day Tour

Secrets, Facts, and Legends of Sofia: Full Day Tour

At 9:00 AM you will be picked up from your hotel/accommodation by your guide. After a short drive, you will reach Vitosha Mountain. Your destination is a meteorological tower, from which area you will have the chance to see the whole city from above. Your guide will give you a good overview of Sofia, its history, and geography. Your next stop will be one of the most interesting and significant locations in Sofia – a complex called “The Bells”. It is related to a Bulgarian initiative, which started in 1979, called “The Flag of Peace”, gathering children from 135 countries, from both sides of “The Iron Curtain”. Each group had to put a unique bell from its country in this complex. After this experience, we will drive back to Sofia city center where you will start your walking tour. The first stop is the National Archaeological Museum with its astonishing cultural treasures. On the way, you will see the oldest building in Sofia – the Roman early Christian church St. George, dated in the 4th century. After the museum, you can have lunch in a restaurant situated in the same building, which was a Medieval mosque, and enjoy the archaeological remains next to your table. Your next destination is the market area of Sofia, famous for the name “Ladies Market” where you will learn a lot about the epoch of the late 19th and early 20th century. You will pass next to a Synagogue, situated almost in front of an active mosque and Catholic Church, giving the name of the square – “The Square of Tolerance. After you visit the Sofia History Museum you will walk by the Communist administrative center, St. Sofia church, Sofia University, and Alexander Nevski Cathedral, where your tour ends. You can ask your guide some final questions and if you need they can give you a ride back to your hotel if it is far from the center.

Sofia: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Sofia: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to Sofia, the vibrant capital city of Bulgaria! As you embark on this self-guided audio tour, get ready to immerse yourself in a captivating journey through history, culture, and the charming streets of this remarkable European gem. As you wander through Sofia's bustling boulevards and ancient alleyways, allow the rich tapestry of its past to unfold before you. From its humble beginnings as a Thracian settlement to its transformation into a thriving metropolis, Sofia's story is as diverse as it is fascinating. Throughout this audio tour, you'll encounter architectural marvels dating back to Roman times, Byzantine splendors, and Ottoman influences, all woven seamlessly into the fabric of modern-day Sofia. Marvel at the grandeur of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, with its glistening golden domes dominating the skyline, and stroll through the historic streets of the city center, where each cobblestone whispers tales of centuries gone by. But Sofia isn't just a city frozen in time; it's a dynamic hub of culture and creativity. Discover hidden art galleries showcasing the works of local talents, vibrant street art adorning hidden corners, and bustling markets where the aromas of traditional Bulgarian cuisine tantalize your senses. As you navigate through this self-guided tour, let the melodic narration transport you through the ages, painting a vivid picture of Sofia's past, present, and future. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply a curious traveler, there's something for everyone to uncover in the streets of Sofia. Learn more about the top 16 tourist attractions in Sofia. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Sofia Central Railway Station 2. Sofia Synagogue 3. Central Sofia Market Hall 4. Sofia History Museum 5. Sveta Nedelya Church 6. Church St. George Rotunda 7. Bulgarian Archaeological Museum 8. Amphitheater of Serdica 9. Church of St. Sofia 10. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral 11. Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Maker 12. “Ivan Vazov" National Theater 13. Boulevard Vitosha 14. Palace of Culture 15. National Museum of History 16. Boyana Church So, grab your headphones, hit play, and let the adventure begin. Welcome to Sofia – where every corner tells a story, and every step is a journey through time.

Sofia Mt Vitosha: Learn to Ski in a Day

Sofia Mt Vitosha: Learn to Ski in a Day

Always wanted to ski but never had the time or opportunity? Look no further than this full-day introductory adventure at Vitosha Mountain – located just 30 minutes from Sofia’s city center.  Pick-up is provided from your accommodation in Sofía and you will be taken in a small group to the base lodge. No equipment? No problem, we’ll provide you with skis, boots, and poles. Once at the top, meet your instructor who will evaluate your skills and make a suitable plan for the group. Work on some basic drills and practice the techniques on some easy slopes. The day training will include a ski lesson with a total time of 3 hours. After that, you can have lunch or tea at the Aleko Chalet to regain strength. When we finish with the activities we will take you back to your accommodation or any point in Sofia.

Half Day Tour - Sofia and the mountains with Thermal Spa

Half Day Tour - Sofia and the mountains with Thermal Spa

This is really a spectacular half day tour around Sofia and the beautiful nature :)! We will visit: 1. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral 2. National Museum of History 3. Kopitoto TV tower on top of Vitosha mountain 4. Boyana Church 5. Bulgarian restaurant (lunch is not included) 6. Outdoor hot spring mineral swimming pool (***Ultra fast 1Gbps Wi-Fi available***) During the 5-6 hours trip, you will see amazing places and landmarks, starting from our meeting point Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then going by car to the breathtaking, 186-metre tall TV tower - Kopitoto ("The Hoof"), situated on top of Vitosha mountain at 1,348 m altitude. You will have unique opportunity to walk around the cliff and take stunning pictures of Sofia from the TOP :)! Next stop will be the popular UNESCO heritage - about 900 years old - Boyana Church. After the visit we will bring you to a very nice traditional Bulgarian restaurant. When we finish our lunch we will go to another amazing place in the nature - Pancharevo lake and the hot spring mineral pools there :)! Regardless of the weather you will have the pleasure to dip yourself in the hot mineral waters in a outdoor swimming pool with a magnificent view of the lake :)! We will spend 2 hours there and then we will bring you back to the starting point in Sofia - Alexander Nevsky Cathedral :)! Private pick-ups/drop-offs possible with extra charge.

Sofia Full Day Tour

Sofia Full Day Tour

The tour starts at 9 am when you will be picked up by a private guide from your staying in Sofia. By car, you will head to the outskirts of Sofia. Your first stop will be the Pancharevo Lake, with its calm and relaxing atmosphere, where you will be able to take some beautiful photos. After that, you will continue to the Boyana neighborhood, which is situated in the footsteps of the Vitosha Mountain. There you will visit the National History Museum-the biggest museum in Bulgaria and one of the biggest in the Balkans. It has rich collections from antiquity to nowadays. The guided tour in the museum is between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes. The next stop will be the remarkable Boyana Church, recognized by UNESCO because of its amazingly well-preserved frescoes from the 13th century. The visit of the church is about 30 minutes. Then, you will continue to the “Kopitoto” view point, from where you will be able to see the magnificent panoramic views of the town. After that you will have a stop at a restaurant for a lunch break. Finally, from 3 pm to 5 pm, you will head to the center of Sofia where there will be a 2- hour sightseeing tour. You will go around the most interesting buildings and places and learn their history from your guide- Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia Basilica, Saint George Rotunda, the Parliament, the Presidency, the Roman Remains, and others. The tour will finish at around 5 pm near the beginning of “Vitosha” street- the main walking street in Sofia.

Private Sofia Half Day Eco Tour

Private Sofia Half Day Eco Tour

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product: Stop At: National Museum of History, ul.Vitoshko lale 16, Sofia 1618 Bulgaria Your ElectrEco Tours experience begins at 9 am when your private guide picks you up from your accommodation in Sofia. By electric vehicle, you'll head to the outskirts of Sofia and Vitosha Mountain. Your first stop is the National History Museum, the largest museum in Bulgaria and one of the biggest on the Balkans. Explore its rich collections spanning from antiquity to the present day. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Stop At: Boyana Church, 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Sofia 1616 Bulgaria Next, you'll visit the remarkable Boyana Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its remarkably well-preserved frescoes from the 13th century. Take the opportunity to explore the church and delve into its fascinating history with your guide. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: City Tour, Sofia Bulgaria After your visit to Boyana Church, you'll head to the center of Sofia for a 2-hour sightseeing tour. Your guide will lead you around the most captivating buildings and landmarks, offering insights into their history. Highlights include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia Basilica, Saint George Rotunda, the Parliament, the Presidency, the Roman Remains, and more. The tour concludes around 2 pm near the beginning of “Vitosha” street, Sofia's main pedestrian thoroughfare. Duration: 2 hours Finally - a drop off at your place with our electric vehicle. Explore Sofia in a eco-friendly way - meet the past with the future mobility!

Day Trip to Vitosha, Boyana Church and Dragalevtsi Monastery

Day Trip to Vitosha, Boyana Church and Dragalevtsi Monastery

You tour starts at 10:00 AM when your guide will collect you from your hotel. You will travel by car to the Boyana Church, UNESCO historical place, dating back to the 10th century, which has unique and very well preserved frescoes and pictures from the period of 11th-14th century. You will have the chance to learn their history. Next, your trip will continue with a visit to the Dragalevtsi Monastery, also situated in the Vitosha Mountain. This still active monastery is probably the oldest of its kind in Bulgaria. It was built around the year 1345, then abandoned only 40 years later during the time of the Ottoman invasion, just to be brought again to life in the middle of the 15th century. It contains colorful murals and it is revered as one of the hiding places of the great Bulgarian national hero, Vasil Levski. Finally, you will head to some of the high spots in Vitosha from where you can see amazing views of Sofia from above. There are also several hiking paths that start from the viewpoint, so you can also opt for some walking in the mountain if the weather is good. Finally, your guide will take you back to your hotel. The duration of the whole tour is about 4-5 hours.

Experience Vitosha Mountain, a private hiking tour

Experience Vitosha Mountain, a private hiking tour

Do you know that Sofia, one of the most ancient cities in Europe, is located at the foot of an extinct volcano? This is Vitosha Mountain. The highest mountain next to Sofia gives us a great chance to enjoy the beautiful nature and get recharged between the shady area of the huge trees. Panorama views over the city would capture your breath and will show us how densely populated the Bulgarian capital is. The terrain is not too steep. There are different options for hiking tours in Sofia. If you have specific preferences, please contact me in advance and I will suggest you tour according to your wish. The hiking tour will lead us to Boyana lake and we will have some break in the area. Let's enjoy the mountain together.

Bulgaria - 8 days Round bus tour

Bulgaria - 8 days Round bus tour

Day 1: Arrival in Sofia Arrival of the group at Sofia Airport. Greeting by tour guides and transfer to a 4-star hotel at Sofia. Check-in and rest after the journey. Short evening walking tour in central Sofia area – Vitoshka street, National Palace of culture, National Theatre garden – places for people of Sofia to walk. Overnight stay. Day 2: Sofia – Boyana Church – Vitosha Mountain (approx. 50 km) Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast - Departure for Boyana church, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive to “Kopitoto”- A location on the Vitosha mountain, at 1345 m above sea level, from which a magnificent panoramic view of Sofia opens. Next - a panoramic tour of Sofia. Spare time for holiday and shopping. Here the group will be taken to one of the Shopping Malls of |Sofia and after 5 hours will be transferred back their hotel. Overnight stay. Day 3: Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sofia (approx. 250 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Rila Monastery. Guided tour of the Rila Monastery complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Departure for Sofia. Free time for exploring the city center. Overnight stay. Day 4: Sofia - Plovdiv (approx. 150 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and departure for Plovdiv city. Check-in a 4-star hotel at Plovdiv. Guided city tour of Plovdiv, including the Old Town, Ancient Theatre, and Ethnographic Museum. Time for lunch at a local restaurant. Spare time for holiday or shopping. Overnight stay. Day 5: Plovdiv – Hisarya – Starosel - Plovdiv (approx. 120 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Hisarya. Time for lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Starosel. The large temple at Chetinyova Mogila and the Horizon temple are open for tourist visits. The temple on the Chetinyova Mogila is situated in a region with a lot of rock temples and mounds. Information materials and souvenirs can be bought by the temple on Chetinyova Mogila. The finds, discovered in the region from the archaeological diggings, can be seen in the National History Museum and the Archaeological Museum in Sofia. Return to Plovdiv. Overnight stay. Day 6 : Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnovo (approx. 250 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and departure for Kazanlak – The Thracian kings valey. Visit Regional Historical museum. Visit Rose oil distillery - https://www.eniobonchev.com/ Time for lunch in local restaurant. Visit Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak - UNESCO World Heritage object. Departure for Veliko Tarnovo. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo and check-in at the hotel. Spare time. Overnight stay. Day 7: Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi (approx. 40 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Guided tour of Veliko Tarnovo, including Tsarevets Fortress and Samovodska Charshia. Visit Arbanassi village. Veliko Tarnovo is a medieval capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Overnight stay. Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo - Sofia (approx. 240 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and departure for Sofia airport. End of experience.

Experience Sofia from the top and the unique fire dance!

Experience Sofia from the top and the unique fire dance!

During the 3 hours trip, you will see really amazing places and landmarks, starting from our meeting point St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then going by car/van to the breathtaking, 186-metre tall TV tower - Kopitoto ("The Hoof"), situated on top of Vitosha mountain at 1,348 m altitude. You will have unique opportunity to walk around the cliff and take stunning pictures of Sofia from the top:)! Next stop will be one of the best authentic and traditional Bulgarian restaurants where will have a dinner while watching the special fire dance show (dinner is not included in the price)! Once we finish dinner we will go back to the staring point in the city center :)!

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What people are saying about Vitosha

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I had a super experience. The guide was welcoming, had a lot of knowledge and basically did everything to make it a memorable experience. The guide was also nice to take pictures of me together with the beautiful places we were. Thank you👍👍👍 5 Stars Greetings Lars

Albena is a very nice person and guide. I had a pleasant time hiking Vitosha with her, the mountain and the views are truly beautiful!

Very nice combination of various sights around Sofoa, which are very difficult to reach without a car

Everything was really perfect. Great guide who finds solutions depending on the timing… Thank you

Great guide with lots of background information! Perfect tour to get an overview of Sofia