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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.

From Sofia: Belogradchik Rocks Full-Day Tour

2. From Sofia: Belogradchik Rocks Full-Day Tour

Take a day trip to the northwestern corner of Bulgaria to see the Belogradchik rocks, located in the Balkan Mountains. You will drive 2.5 to 3 hours from Sofia until you reach this area. The rocks are grouped in various formations and are made up of primarily sandstone. In 2009, they were nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Many rocks have fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named for people or objects they are thought to resemble, and on your tour, your guide might share some of these stories while pointing out the specific rocks and their names. The Belogradchik Rocks have also been declared a Natural Landmark by the Bulgarian government and are a major tourist attraction in the region. At the top of a hill near to some of the rocks is also a medieval fortress, known as the Belogradchik Fortress, built when the region was part of the Roman Empire. You will have the opportunity to visit the fortress and behold its well-preserved and menacing facade. Later, you will also be taken to the nearby Veneca cave, an incredibly beautiful cave with modern colorful lights. All entrance fees are included in the price and there will be time to stop for an optional lunch, which is not included.

Sofia: Rila Monastery, St. Ivan Rilski Cave & Stob Pyramids

3. Sofia: Rila Monastery, St. Ivan Rilski Cave & Stob Pyramids

Spend the morning in the Rila Monastery, one of the country’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites, a must-see for anyone visiting Bulgaria. Discover the centuries old forests of the Rila Mountains on a scenic walk to the cave of St. Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila), where the founder of the monastery lived as an anchorite and explore the amazing rock formations of the natural phenomenon of the Stob Pyramids. Escape the Sofia crowds for a memorable full-day trip led by an expert. You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel or address in Sofia for a wonderful journey through the scenic Rila Mountains. Arrive at the Rila Monastery within 2-hours and head towards the cave of St. Ivan Rilski by foot. A fairy trail will lead you through the centuries old woods of the Rila Monastery Nature Park to the cave where the founder of the monastery spent the last years of his life as a hermit. Visit the cave and walk back to the monastery for a guided tour and free time to explore the hidden corners of the 10th century UNESCO site. After lunch, the journey will continue with a short transfer (approximately 25 minutes) to the village of Stob, where you will have a short walk to the natural phenomenon of the sandstone Stob Pyramids. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Sofia, where you will be transferred back to your place.

Sofia: Saeva Dupka, Devetashka and Prohodna Cave Day Tour

4. Sofia: Saeva Dupka, Devetashka and Prohodna Cave Day Tour

After pick-up in Sofia around 8:00 AM, head to Saeva Dupka, with 400 meters of corridors and 5 galleries. Explore the Harmana gallery's acoustic, stalactites, stalagmites, sinter lakes, draperies, and the largest stone column found so far in Bulgaria. Move on to Prohodna cave, one of the most famous caves in Bulgaria. See how it is naturally illuminated by two huge openings in the ceiling, inspiring the cave's local name, Eyes of God Cave. Explore the entrances, including a 45-meter entrance, the largest in Bulgaria.  Finally, see Devetaki Cave, northeast of Lovech. A picturesque karst cave, Devetaki stands at 2442 meters long and 60 meters high. It is one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria, full of stories from the Cold War to Hollywood productions. The cave is a protected landmark of national and international significance and has been declared a monument of culture. 

Paragliding Sofia from Above

5. Paragliding Sofia from Above

A splendid view to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia,  is revealed from the top of the Vitosha Mountains. But the view is even more spectacular from the air. Goli Peak is the place where you'll start to fly in tandem with your pilot-instructor. It will take 40-50 minutes drive to get there, followed by a 15 minute walk. Landing is at the meadows around Dragalevtsi. The flight itself lasts about 10–30 minutes, depending on the weather conditions.  Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside. Despite not using an engine, a paraglider's flight can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, over flights of 1-2 hours,  covering some tens of kilometers. The pilot can skilfully gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.  

Sofia: Panoramic Flight Around the Seven Rila Lakes

6. Sofia: Panoramic Flight Around the Seven Rila Lakes

Delight in an unforgettable experience flying over the natural wonders of the Seven Lakes in Rila. Soar for 1 hour in a Cessna 182 and admire the brilliant blue lakes wrapped in jaw-dropping mountain ranges. Make your way to Lesnovo airport for take-off and sit back and relax during your flight. Marvel at close-up views of some of the most stunning summits on the highest mountain range in the Balkans, Rila. As well as the Seven Lakes and Rila mountain range, enjoy spectacular views of the biggest dam in Bulgaria, Iskar, as well as the scenery of the Bulgarian countryside outside Sofia.

Prohodna, Saeva Dupka Cave and Glozhene Tour from Sofia

7. Prohodna, Saeva Dupka Cave and Glozhene Tour from Sofia

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or accommodation in Sofia, and then take a scenic drive through the Balkan Mountains to arrive at the Iskar Gorge near the village of Karlukovo. Go for a 1.5-hour nature hike on arrival to explore the natural phenomenon of the Prohodna cave. Learn why the locals call it the Eyes of God. Journey through the largest cave passage in Bulgaria, and then continue to the Sueva dupka cave, where 5 halls and 400 meters of corridors reveal some of the most beautiful stalagmite formations in Bulgaria. Continue in the afternoon with a visit to the 13th-century Glozhene Monastery, perched like a bird’s nest on the northern slopes of the Stara Planina mountain. Take in the beauty of the natural surroundings before returning to Sofia in the late afternoon. Get dropped off at your hotel or accommodation on arrival.

From Sofia: Full-Day Krushuna Waterfalls & Devetashka Cave

8. From Sofia: Full-Day Krushuna Waterfalls & Devetashka Cave

The Krushùna Falls will offer an excellent opportunity for a full-day escape from the city, especially during the hot summer months when one can enjoy a nice walk up the cascade and a refreshing dip into the natural pools along the way. The falls are the largest travertine cascades in Bulgaria, unique with its picturesque scenery, lush vegetation, numerous round shaped terraces and small natural pools with mineral water.  The main waterfall is about 20 meters high and it splits into several smaller ones along its way down the soft limestone rocks. There is a path that allows visitors to go up the river and get to the spring of the waterfall hidden in a cave. Along the way, there are steps and bridges so that one can get the best views of the cascades, pools and mossy rocks. In the rocks around the Krushùna Falls, one can spot a few ancient caves that were inhabited by Christian hermits practicing Hesychasm, an Eastern Orthodox mystical tradition of prayer in solitude and seclusion, in the 8th to 14th-centuries. The cave next to the waterfalls consists of an enormous open chamber illuminated by seven holes in the ceiling.  The Devetàshka cave is a picturesque karst cave near the waterfalls. Unlike other caves, Devetàshka is well lit and its floor is covered by lush greenery, especially in spring and summer, so sometimes, it is hard to believe that one is actually underground. The tour will start early in the morning from your hotel. By car, you will go with your professional guide to the waterfalls. After exploring the site, you will have a lunch in a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will head to the cave. Later, you will head back to Sofia.

Sofia: Lovech, Devetashka Cave, and Krushuna Waterfalls Tour

9. Sofia: Lovech, Devetashka Cave, and Krushuna Waterfalls Tour

Immerse into the nature and history of Bulgaria on a full-day tour from Sofia. First, explore the old city of Lovech and the fortress, and visit the Devetashka cave and those who live there. Lastly, take a walk through the serene nature of the Krushuna waterfalls before heading back to Sofia. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation in Sofia and head towards the city of Lovech. Once there, fist the famous covered bridge, the fortress of the city, and one of the old houses. Learn about the first settlers of the area and hear the history of the Ottoman rule. Next, find yourself at the Devetashka cave, home to hundreds of thousands of bats and many other different species of animals. Look into its depths, and see if you recognize its role in the movie, The Expendables 2. At last, stop at the Krushuna waterfalls and admire their stunning bluish waters, colored by the karst rocks. Take your time to walk around, capture photos, and witness the beauty before heading back to Sofia.

Sofia: Scenic Flight Around Iskar Dam

10. Sofia: Scenic Flight Around Iskar Dam

Delight in the beauty of Bulgaria's countryside on this 25-minute aerial tour from Sofia. Fly above the outskirts of the city and its magnificent surroundings as you relax and glide effortlessly across the sky toward the Iskar Dam. Once you reach the blue waters of Iskar Dam, marvel at the size of the largest dam in Bulgaria. Fly low over the reservoir's shores and enjoy views of the bays, numerous campsites, and fishermen along the coast. See the highest mountain in the Balkans, Rila, with its highest peak Musala standing at 2,925 meters (9,596 feet). On your way back, pass over the green fields and picturesque villages and villas near Sofia.

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What people are saying about Sofia Province

Venzislav is an excellent guide. I don't know where to start. I was picked up on time and travelled in a very comfortable and clean bus. He is also an excellent driver which made me feel safe and comfortable. The day when I subscribed I was the only guest. I think many companies would refuse a single guest. However he accepted and treated a single guest with unbelievable friendliness, thoughtfulness and kindness. We were very lucky and had an excellent weather- 17oC and blue sky - so unussual for january. Venzislav has an excellent knowledge of Bulgarian history and the time spend together was very informative and made me learn so much. The road to the Rocks was unbelievably beautiful. I recommend the trip because such formations in combination with history are rare. I am a world traveler from Chicago, US and this is one of the most impressive trips I have made. The combination of Roman and Byzantine history, the beauty of nature in combination with an excellent company is a must do.

Velko was a perfect guide. He was intelligent, interesting and had a real enthusiasm for his work. The caves were great. The first a huge cavern where we explored the valley and walked to a very old tiny monastery. The second was an awe inspiring cave full of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch was an authentic Bulgarian affair - can recommend the beef soup! The monastery was on a remote hill and was very atmospheric. We went at the end of March and we had all the attractions to ourselves. Highly recommend.

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.

The caves are all unique and very interesting. If you enjoy nature, then this is a must see. I especially enjoyed the "Eyes of God" under the starry sky. Additionally, the tour guide was very kind and knowledgeable.

Very amiable guide and safe driver, excellent experience and very informative and interesting historical facts about the Belogradchik fortress/rock formation and the Venica caves