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The compact center of Sofia, with its antique ruins, Orthodox churches, and eclectic architecture, is best traversed on foot, with many main sights just a short walk from each other. Before you start pounding the pavement, here’s what you need to know about your walking exploration of Bulgaria’s capital.

Highlights
  • Take a walking tour of the city center and see Sofia‚Äôs standout religious structures, such as the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia (Sveta Sofia) Church, Banya Bashi Mosque, and the Sofia Synagogue.
  • Stroll along the pedestrianized shopping streets of Pirotska Street and Vitosha Boulevard, stopping for a drink on a caf√© terrace.
  • Gain valuable insights into Sofia culture, history, and traditions from a local guide. 
  • Learn about Bulgarian cooking traditions during a food-focused walking tour of the city.

City Walking Tours
Walking tours of Bulgaria‚Äôs capital usually fall into one of two categories. There are general sightseeing tours, which cover the most famous historical landmarks in the center of town as well as hidden gems. Then there are themed tours, which focus on a specific aspect of local culture or history, such as the Communist era, street art, or Bulgarian cuisine. 

Nature Walking Tours
With mountains, deep valleys, and glacial lakes all within day-tripping distance of Bulgaria’s capital, it’s relatively easy to swap the urban environs of the city for nature. Hiking and walking tours lead you to Vitosha Mountain on the outskirts of the city, or to the Rila Mountains, home to the Eastern Orthodox Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates all the way back to the 10th century.
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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$13.13
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$13.13
Learn what life was like in communist-era Bulgaria on a Sofia city walking tour. Meet your informative guide in central Sofia and check out the buildings and monuments that testify to its and Bulgaria’s 45 years on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain. See the Largo complex, former home of Bulgaria’s Communist Party; the Monument to the Soviet Army; the National Palace of Culture and more as your guide explains communist ideology and the everyday lives of Bulgarians during the controversial Cold War period.
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* A traveler said: "The tour guide was very informative. I really enjoyed the whole tour and experience. I discovered some places that I otherwise might have missed and I am really happy that I joined this tour. I would definitely recommend."


Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

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24
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.82
Price varies by group size
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$35.82
Price varies by group size
Forget planning routes, researching sites, and boning up on history. See all Sofia’s key attractions and learn the stories behind them too on this great-value small-group walking tour: perfect for history buffs. Sights include the ruins of the Roman-era east gate, the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George, the Byzantine St. Sofia Basilica, the Ivan Vazov National Theater, and the Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevsky.
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* A traveler said: "Our tour guide Vasil was great, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. He explained everything to us and took us around the city and its highlights. We enjoyed our walking tour so much and loved Sofia! Thank you Vasil. We highly recommend this tour!"


Private Sofia Guided Walking City Tour with Traditional Breakfast

Private Sofia Guided Walking City Tour with Traditional Breakfast

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4
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.75
Price varies by group size
From
$47.75
Price varies by group size
Discover the heart of Sofia without even thinking about a map on this convenient, fully guided walking tour. See key landmarks from the different cultures that have occupied the city and explore St. Sofia Church, the Rotunda of St. George, and Cathedral St. Alexander Nevski. Along the way, enjoy a traditional Bulgarian pastry breakfast with a glass of ‚Äúayran‚ÄĚ salt yoghurt drink.
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* A traveler said: "We had a fantastic time on this tour. We were lucky that day we had to see a local wedding party at the same time we were there. Our guide Chimmy was wonderful host. She took us around the places we haven't seen earlier in Sofia. She was wonderful guide. We would definitely recommend the tour."


Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.88
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$23.88
Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
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* A traveler said: "I purchased the transport option. Martin, the driver and guide from Traventuria, was above all a good driver. He was very entertaining throughout the ride, sharing insights about Sofia as well as interesting places along the way."


Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group

Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group

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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.63
Price varies by group size
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$71.63
Price varies by group size
Appreciating the diversity of Balkan culture can be difficult, especially with limited time in the region. Explore Macedonian culture on a day tour to Skopje from Sofia, and tick off another Balkan capital in just one day. Travel the distance with ease via private vehicle, and discover landmarks including the Skopje Fortress, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and Old Bazaar, with insights provided by your guide.
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* A traveler said: "Very good trip, the Bulgarian guide was very nice, Skopje is very beautiful and the Macedonian guide told us a lot of interesting things."


7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery tour

7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery tour

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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.37
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$82.37
Often called the 8th wonder of the world, the Seven Rila lakes are legendary for their beauty and awesomeness. They are one of the most visited natural sites of Bulgaria. We combine them with a visit to the Rila Monastery. The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. The driver will pick you up, will take you to the Monastery and will show you around. After that he will take you to the lift to the 7 Rila Lakes, you will be able to go up to the lakes, the driver will stay down and wait for you there. When you come back, he will pick you from the lift and bring you back to Sofia.
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* A traveler said: "To take the trip to the rila monastery and the Rila lakes was the best decission we made during our visit of Sofia. My girlfriend and I had an amazing experience exploring the beautiful nature of Bulgaria. Our guide/driver Stoyan made the trip even more memorable with his enthusiasm and knowledge about the place and Bulgarian history. He was really helpfull and ready to answer all our questions, we would really recommend him as a guide! Bulgaria had a lot more to offer than I expected. I would really recommend this trip!"


Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch

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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.72
Price varies by group size
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$53.72
Price varies by group size
Visit two notable World Heritage sites of Bulgaria ‚ÄĒ Rila Monastery and Boyana Church ‚ÄĒ recognized by UNESCO for their religious significance, historical attributes and Byzantine architecture. Travel to the outskirts of Sofia in the comfort of your own private vehicle and let a personal guide lead you on a tour of both landmarks. A light lunch is included in your full-day itinerary.
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* A traveler said: "Amazing. Maria is a wonderful guide. Highly recommend. In general we are very satisfied with Viator tours."


Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

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98
  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$53.72
From
$53.72
Visit Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa on a full-day trip from Sophia, and discover the art and architecture of two iconic Bulgarian cities. Stroll the narrow lanes of Plovdiv’s old town, and discover historic traces of the Romans, Thracians, and Byzantines who swept through this region. Continue to Koprivshtitsa for a walking tour to the homes of the city’s most storied residents, and learn how a local revolutionary committee freed Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish war before ending your tour in central Sophia. 
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* A traveler said: "Good value for money. Worth visiting as a day trip from Sofia. Good English-speaking guide. Old town of Plovdiv was the highlight for me."


The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

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30
  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.75
Price varies by group size
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$47.75
Price varies by group size
The mountains are one of Bulgaria‚Äôs great joys‚ÄĒespecially for hikers‚ÄĒbut can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour includes chair-lift ticket to the lakes but excludes monastery entrance fees.
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* A traveler said: "It was fantastic! Everything was perfect and I would recommend it to everyone. You won't regret it!!"


Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia
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$35.21
The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
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* A traveler said: "Great guide, everything was perfect, we had a wonderful day trip, visiting 2 UNESCO sites. Definitely worth it!"


Sofia Sightseeing Tour

Sofia Sightseeing Tour

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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.68
Price varies by group size
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$15.68
Price varies by group size
Avoid the restrictions of a group excursion and discover the historic capital at your own pace on an audio-guided tour of Sofia, with commentary available in multiple languages. Be immersed in the city’s atmosphere as you stroll between top attractions, and take advantage of the self-led nature of the tour to depart at a time that suits you.
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Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.31
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$18.31
Mingle with fellow travelers from all over the world on this action-packed pub crawl. Discover Sofia’s hippest nightlife hotspots with an insider guide as you explore the Bulgarian capital with new friends. Tours include complimentary wine, beer, or liquor shots at each of five different locations, plus free dance club admission on weekends.
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* A traveler said: "3 super guides, it all started where and when specified. We visited 5 super bars - which I don't think you could find on any tourist info site and were given interesting facts about them. Had beer, wine or shots at all and then (Sat. night) were taken to a great night club as well. Very enjoyable night. Thank you."


Full-day Nis and Serbian History Tour from Sofia

Full-day Nis and Serbian History Tour from Sofia

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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.19
Price varies by group size
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$118.19
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Grab your passport and head over the border to Serbia on this full-day tour of Nis from Sofia. Learn about the turbulent history of former Yugoslavia as you visit the Nis concentration camp; visit city sights including the Roman ruins of Mediana, the Skull Tower, and the Nisava riverfront; and sample delicious Serbian cuisine with lunch (own expense) at a local grill house.
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* A traveler said: "Our guide was extremely informative and knowledgeable about the history of Serbia and Bulgaria. He answered our questions to call patient manner. We were extremely happy with the whole day."


Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour

Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour

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6
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.82
Price varies by group size
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$35.82
Price varies by group size
Feel like a Sofia local on this 3-hour afternoon city and food walking tour. Check out historical highlights such as the National Theater and King‚Äôs Palace, and see¬†the Rotunda St. George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Synagogue, and St. Nedelya Church. Stop on route to taste ‚Äėshopska‚Äô salad and an ‚Äėayryan‚Äô yogurt drink; shop for culinary goodies at the Central Hali Market; and finish with tastings of Bulgarian wine and cold meats at a traditional restaurant.
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Sofia full day tour

Sofia full day tour

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4
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.66
Price varies by group size
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$65.66
Price varies by group size
Get an in-depth exploration of the Bulgarian capital on this full-day tour of Sofia. Set out from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Accompanied by a guide, visit Boyana Church, the National Historical Museum, Pancharevo Lake, and more. Take a walking tour through the city center and learn about Bulgarian history from your guide.
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* A traveler said: "The guide was incredibly well informed and thorough!!! Had a great tour of the National Museum and of the city."


Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.74
From
$47.74
Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation‚ÄĒwhile maintaining total independence‚ÄĒwith this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
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* A traveler said: "A very nice day trip, especially if weather is nice and clear! Highly recommend this tour. Although self-guided, it was very easy to manage on our own."


Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.82
From
$35.82
Visit the fascinating city of Plovdiv on a full-day tour from Sofia, and explore ancient ruins, some of Bulgaria’s most historic landmarks, and the city’s Ethnographic Museum. This full-day Plovdiv trip includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Sofia, a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, and admission to the museum and the Plovdiv Roman Theatre.
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* A traveler said: "Our guide, Lubo, really made this trip great. He gave great insight into Bulgarian life and was full of knowledge about the city of Plovdiv. I highly recommend doing this tour out of Sofia to see a different side of the country and Traventuria as a company generally."


The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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9
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.88
Price varies by group size
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$23.88
Price varies by group size
Save well over an hour compared to public transportation and benefit from the local knowledge of a guide on this full-day trek around the Seven Rila Lakes. Experience one of Bulgaria’s most striking mountain landscapes at a leisurely pace and hike all the way up to the highest of the seven lakes. Please note the tour excludes the small chairlift fee.
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* A traveler said: "Great day tour from Sofia. Professional on-time driver. I would recommend this tour (self-guided option). Hike with beautiful views that is very moderate."


Private & Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour

Private & Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour

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5
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$17.91
Price varies by group size
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$17.91
Price varies by group size
Get to know Sofia by foot on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the city’s history from your guide. Stroll past most of the notable sights in the city, including St. George Rotunda, the National Archeological Museum, the National Revival Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and more.
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* A traveler said: "Amazing tour! So informative and interesting. Hristo was great, super knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs (me being partially handicap with a walking disability) and our interests, cultural, social and historic."


The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

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6
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$16.71
Price varies by group size
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$16.71
Price varies by group size
Lovers of history will thrill to this action-packed private walking tour that takes you from the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George to grand 20th-century architecture. Stops include the Ottoman-era Banya Bashi Mosque, the Cathedral St. Alexander Nevski with its glorious icons, and the Ivan Vazov National Theater.
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* A traveler said: "Excellent tour. It would really be improved if we had time to enter the main sights and not see everything from outside"


Private Sofia Food and Culture Walking Tour

Private Sofia Food and Culture Walking Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.54
Price varies by group size
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$89.54
Price varies by group size
Want to know what makes Bulgarians tick? Then, get to know Bulgarian culture better on this small-group tour in Sofia. With an experienced local guide, learn the things everyone should know about Bulgarian life. Sample a traditional Bulgarian breakfast; learn the ‚Äėhoro‚Äô national folk dance, and discover more about the country‚Äôs language, history, and regional customs.
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* A traveler said: "This tour was great! My husband and I loved it! Kathy was a great, energetic tour guide who interacted with her guests and answered every question no matter how silly. We got to learn a lot about Bulgarian history and culture and try tasty things! Thanks!"


Small-Group Alternative Tour in Sofia with Treasure Hunt

Small-Group Alternative Tour in Sofia with Treasure Hunt

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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.11
Price varies by group size
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$56.11
Price varies by group size
If conventional tours are not for you but you’d like to learn more about Sofia, embark on this unique adventure that’s half escape room, half treasure hunt. Meet at the office, pick up the starter pack, and get off the beaten path as you puzzle your way through clues around Sofia. Finally, meet your guide, complete the final challenge, and get a rundown on your personal experience.
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Full-day Rila Mountains, Seven Lakes Hike, and Hot Springs Tour from Sofia

Full-day Rila Mountains, Seven Lakes Hike, and Hot Springs Tour from Sofia

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29
  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$89.54
Price varies by group size
From
$89.54
Price varies by group size
Immerse yourself in the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountains National Park on this full-day hiking tour from Sofia. Set out on a 3- or 5-hour hike around the seven Rila lakes; enjoy spectacular views of Okoto Lake, Lakes Peak, and Bubreka Lake; then relax with a soak in the hot springs at the Sapareva Banya Spa resort.
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* A traveler said: "Really nice experience hiking in this impressive area. Our guide did a great job of adjusting to everyone's different needs and fitness levels. He had a great attitude and disposition the entire time and was super helpful. If you can make it all the way to the top point...the view is stunning! Highly recommend!"


The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.88
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$23.88
Hike through rugged terrain to the Seven Rila Lakes on a full-day tour from Sophia, and discover the remarkable scenery of the Rila Mountains. Take a chairlift to a high-mountain hut and continue on foot along the jeweled string of lakes. Follow your guide through alpine passes into remote valleys, then rest in the shade of hikers’ shelters; take in sweeping views of the Bulgarian landscape and enjoy the crisp, clear air of the Balkans’ highest mountain range.  
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* A traveler said: "A very great tour, but an even greater guide! The experience was amazing and we enjoyed it quite a lot. :-)"


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