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Vitosha Mountain Tours

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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.
Address: 2346, Bulgaria
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37 Tours and Activities to Experience Vitosha Mountain

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

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

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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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.80
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$50.80

Private Day Trip to the Vitosha Mountain and Pancharevo Lake

Private Day Trip to the Vitosha Mountain and Pancharevo Lake

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.86
Price varies by group size
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$92.86
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Mt. Vitosha and Boyana Waterfall Hiking Tour from Sofia

Mt. Vitosha and Boyana Waterfall Hiking Tour from Sofia

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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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$55.72
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$55.72
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Private City Tour of Sofia

Private City Tour of Sofia

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Check off Sofia’s key landmarks in minimum time on this comprehensive private chauffeured city tour. Exploring with your private guide, see Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevski, Saint Sofia Church, the Banya Bashi Mosque, Borisova Gradina gardens, the National Art Gallery, and so much more. Tour includes door-to-door transport but excludes any entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.91
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$35.91
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Private Vitosha Mountains Hiking with Black peak & Dragalevtsi Monastery

Private Vitosha Mountains Hiking with Black peak & Dragalevtsi Monastery

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.29
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$48.29
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Vitosha Tour

Vitosha Tour

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Just outside Sofia, Vitosha Mountain delivers sweeping city views and fairytale forest rich in wildlife—but it’s off the metro map and navigation can be hard. Join your guide and no more than seven other travelers for this fun half-day adventure, with transfers from downtown. Expect to reach heights of 4,700 feet (1,435 meters), see a “stone river” formed during the Ice Age, and explore an eerie abandoned hut.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.72
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$60.72

Private Day Trip to the Vitosha Mountain for Winter Sports and SPA

Private Day Trip to the Vitosha Mountain for Winter Sports and SPA

Use the opportunity to go for winter sports in the outskirts of Sofia and then to have a relaxing SPA afternoon HIGHLIGHTS: • Very close to Sofia • Magnificent natural landscapes • Relax in a hot thermal SPA complex Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles, so that we can help fighting the air polution.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.39
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$142.39
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Vitosha Mountain, Boyana Church and Dragalevtsi Monastery Private Day Trip

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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.86
Price varies by group size
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$92.86
Price varies by group size
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Private Hiking Trip to the Black Peak in Vitosha Mountain

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! Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles, so that we can help fighting the air polution.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.86
Price varies by group size
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$92.86
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Vitosha Mountain- Heritage and Hiking- Private Day Trip

Vitosha Mountain- Heritage and Hiking- Private Day Trip

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.05
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$99.05
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Exclusive Sofia Full Day Tour with Vitosha Mountain Panoramic Drive

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 Sofia The 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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.71
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$87.71
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Full-day Vitosha Mountain Snowshoe Hiking Tour from Sofia

Full-day Vitosha Mountain Snowshoe Hiking Tour from Sofia

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Vitosha Mountain is one of Bulgaria’s most popular ski resorts, but you don’t have to hit the slopes to admire the snow-covered landscapes. On this full-day snowshoeing excursion from Sofia, visit the Aleko mountain resort, climb the famous ‘Black Peak’, and enjoy spectacular views from the summit.
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  • 1 day
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$85.43
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$85.43

2 Day Private Adventure Tour in Vitosha mountain from Sofia

2 Day Private Adventure Tour in Vitosha mountain from Sofia

We offer your a Multi-adventure from Sofia in the Unseen Vitosha mountains. A tour like no other starting from Sofia and ensuring you experience the best for 2 days. You will have the chance to enjoy fantastic views of the Vitosha mountain and have fun during this tour with a private mountain guide at your own pace and time.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$357.82
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Learn to Ski in a Day, Vitosha Mountain

Learn to Ski in a Day, Vitosha Mountain

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Do you want to have fun during the cold winter and the snow to become your best friend at least for one day? If you have always wanted to learn how to ski but you thought that it is expensive, scary or time-consuming give us a chance to change all of these concepts. Join us on this adventure on the slopes of the beautiful Vitosha Mountain! It's just half an hour from Sofia's city center. You have no equipment - no problem - we have taken care of this. You will receive everything from the skis to the jacket. Your introduction to skiing will be done by а professional who will do his best to teach you and lead you in the world of real winter fun. There are special small slopes for beginners where your first steps in skiing will take place. Please note that the group will be small and you will receive personal attention from the instructor. The lessons will take around 3 hours and by the end of the day you will have taken your first ski adventure.
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  • 8 hours
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$147.34
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$147.34
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Hike and Fly Vitosha Mountain

Hike and Fly Vitosha Mountain

An unique mix of hiking and paragliding over the Bulgarian capital Sofia. An experiences of a lifetime lead by professional guides.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$302.11
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$302.11
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Vitosha mountain bike tour - easy

Vitosha mountain bike tour - easy

Looking for an adventure on two wheels near Sofia? Cycle down the trails of Vitosha Mountain, all the way to the city center in one smooth run with almost no climbing. On this tour we cycle on easy beginner-friendly trails with cross-country mountain bikes. It is ideal for the easy-going riders, as well as for beginner mountain bikers, but it can be fun for the speedy cross-country racers as well. Distance: 25km Altitude Gain: 200m Terrain: Smooth singletrack Duration: 4-5 hours Difficulty: easy cross-country ride
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.30
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$226.30
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Hiking to the top of Vitosha mountain

Hiking to the top of Vitosha mountain

Small groups , personal attention ! Duration: 6 hours Meeting point: Aleksander Nevsky cathedral at 7.45am You need to bring - warm clothes, comfortable shoes, gloves and hat, water/dry package
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  • 6 hours
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$68.10
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$68.10

Winter Sunset Hike Tour

Winter Sunset Hike Tour

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.86
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$92.86
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Boyana Waterfall and Boyana Church One-Day Hiking Trip

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.86
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$69.86
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Night Sightseeing above Sofia

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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$88.90
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$88.90
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Private Day Tour from Sofia to Kamen Del Peak and Boyana Waterfall

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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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.90
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$88.90
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Vitosha Trail Hunter Bike Tour from Sofia

Vitosha Trail Hunter Bike Tour from Sofia

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.43
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$111.43
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A Snowshoeing Day in Vitosha Mountains

A Snowshoeing Day in Vitosha Mountains

Our 1-day snowshoeing adventure in Vitosha Mountains gives you the opportunity to experience an enjoyable day outdoors in the winter charm of the mountain forests. It will be an exciting active day out in the nature with a lot of fun and spectacular panoramas.
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  • 1 day
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$181.04
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$181.04
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Sunrise above Sofia

Sunrise above Sofia

We are travelers and as such it has been our dream to see the sunrise and sunset at the places we visit. We offer you one of the best views of the sunrise above Sofia - from the Vitosha mountain. In the tranquility of the mountain you will have the opportunity to connect with yourself, experience the nature and set your intentions for the day to come. When you are ready, you will be inspired to go back to the city and explore.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.18
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$80.18
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