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From Sofia: Saeva Dupka and Ledenika Caves Tour

1. From Sofia: Saeva Dupka and Ledenika Caves Tour

Saeva Dupka’s five halls and 400 meters of corridors offer some of the most beautiful cave formations in the country. The cave has hosted many choral music performances due to its the excellent acoustics. Saeva dupka was named after two brothers, Seyu and Sae, who used it as a hiding place during the Ottoman occupation of Bulgaria. Recent excavations have shown the cave was inhabited since Roman times. Saeva dupka is one of the 100 top tourist sites in Bulgaria. Ledenika is a cave in the north-western part of the Balkan Mountains, 16 kilometers away from the Bulgarian town of Vratsa, with an entrance 830 meters above sea level. It features an abundance of galleries and impressive karst formations, including stalactites and stalagmites dating back a thousand years. The cave is about 300 meters long, and contains ten separate halls, the biggest of which is the Concert Hall. On the way you'll walk through the Passage of Sinners. Beware! Only those whose of pure heart may pass through. The cave was once full of water, but now only a small lake remains: the Lake of Wishes. legend says that if you dip your hand in the ice-cold water of the lake and make a wish, the wish will come true. Brestnica village is located 100 kilometers north-east of Sofia. After a drive of 1 hour and 30 minutes across the Balkan range (highway), you will reach the cave. A visit there takes about 1 hour. After this, you will continue to the town of Vratsa, where you can have lunch in the beautiful canyon called Vratsata (The Door), the best place for rock climbing in Bulgaria. From there you will continue with a short drive to Ledenika Cave, one of the most impressive caves in Bulgaria. Your return trip will be around 1 hour 40 minutes. This tour is suitable for children.

Seven Rila Lakes Hiking Day-Tour from Sofia

2. Seven Rila Lakes Hiking Day-Tour from Sofia

The Seven Rila Lakes have a glacial origin and they are located on different terraces from 2,100 meters to about 2,500 meters above sea level. The Seven Rila Lakes are one of Bulgaria’s 100 national tourist sites. Expect breathtaking views of Lower lake (Dolno ezero), The Eye (the deepest high-altitude lake), The Tear (Salzata), The Kidney (Bubreka) on this tour.  The Seven Rila Lakes is the most popular and easy-access option for the ultimate scenic hike. They are located in Rila Mountain, about 90km south of the capital Sofia. After a 1.5-hour drive, an open-chair lift takes you directly up for about 30 minutes from the parking lot to the hike's starting point – Seven Rila lakes hut. The place is fairly modern, it offers a good variety of food and rooms to stay, although a reservation is required well ahead of time. The loop hike from there takes about five hours and it is not very difficult, except for some uphill parts to the top two lakes. If you take this hike, your reward will be an unforgettable feast for the eyes and senses. Please note that getting to the view points takes at least two hours of walking each way.

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

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

At 9:00 AM you will be picked 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 – complex called “The Bells”. It is related to a Bulgarian initiative, which has 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 the 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. 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 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 with the name “Ladies Market” where you will learn a lot for 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 you guide some final question and if you need they can give you a ride back to your hotel, if it is far from the center.

Sofia: Secrets of the City Discovery Game

4. Sofia: Secrets of the City Discovery Game

Take an interactive adventure across Sofia, as you unlock your route by solving riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Begin at the intersection of Ivan Vazov Street and 6ti Septemvri Street. Walk from one hidden location to the next, discovering local recommendations and fun facts while you learn about the history of the city. You'll see some popular tourist attractions as well as finding spots that even most locals don’t even know.  Discover over 7 millennia of secrets and stories of one of Europe's oldest capital cities, learning of tales from ancient empires all the way to communist regimes. By the end, you will find yourself wondering why you didn’t explore sooner.

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What people are saying about Sofia

Seven lakes between 2,100 and 2,400m above sea level. Climbing a rocky road for more than two hours is quite tough, but I've come across a moving landscape. And the guide who took charge of our Sunday, August 25, was a very wonderful person. I'm a rock climber and love mountains. They will teach you how to climb a rocky mountain, lend poles and windbreakers, and pick up garbage on your way. Usually, many private tour guides try to round up and return as soon as possible, but this is exactly the opposite. After confirming that there is no plan for the night after the tour, we encouraged us to be exhausted when we reached the seventh lake, and eventually we climbed up to the top of the mountain again to enjoy further superb views Was. Thanks to him for going far beyond the scheduled time. These seven lakes have been very popular in recent years and have been an incredible number of tourists. It seems better to avoid on weekends. Visiting the monastery of Rila, a World Heritage Si

Everything went very well on the trip. Our guide Ivan was on time at the pickup point and already on the way to the caves he told us a lot about Bulgaria. In addition, he always encouraged us to ask questions and was happy to answer them. At lunchtime he showed us a very great and cheap restaurant. All in all, we were very satisfied with the trip and glad that Ivan was our guide.

Despite the weather conditions we experienced the tour as excellent thanks to the knowlegeable, kind and professional guide Viktor. We highly recommend this tour for people who love beautiful nature.

Highly recommended

Highly recommended excursion through a spectacular mountain area. Our guide Alok was very nice and was always willing to help. The route is accessible to virtually everyone.

It was an amazing trip! The most beautiful landscape in Bulgaria !! The Georg guide was amazing, and fun to go with! The lakes and scenery are simply breathtaking !!