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From Sofia: Full-Day Plovdiv Tour including Wine Tasting

1. From Sofia: Full-Day Plovdiv Tour including Wine Tasting

Once the wealthiest and most important city of the Thrace Valley, today Plovdiv still offers visitors many incredible places and memories. Standing proudly on the banks of Maritsa River, the town will amaze you with its beauty. With every step you make, ancient Phillipopolis and new Plovdiv reveal different pages from its wonderful history.  The location of the city is not accidental. Chosen by the founders of Plovdiv, the Thracians, the region is proud of the fantastic wine that has been produced here for centuries. Feel the spirit of Plovdiv and taste its unique wine. The city of Plovdiv, with its museums, historical sites, ancient houses and paved streets, will proudly be the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Your tour begins with pick-up from your accommodation in Sofia at 08:30. After visiting the old town you will continue to a small typical Bulgarian restaurant, where you can stop for an optional lunch on your way to the wine cellar. At around 14:00 you will arrive at the chateau. You will learn the amazing history of the winery before tasting 5 different kinds of fantastic wine. At around 16:30 you will start your journey back to Sofia with wonderful memories of the day.

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Sofia: Bike Tour

2. Sofia: Bike Tour

Begin your tour from your hotel. From there, you will be transferred to collect your bike and begin your exploration of the capital of Bulgaria. See the main sights in the center of Sofia, such as the Administration of the President, the National Archeological museum, the 16th century Banya Bashi Mosque, St. Nedelya, the National Theatre and the former Royal Palace (now housing the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum). As well as the Russian Church St. Nikolay, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, The National Assembly Square and the impressive Tsar Osvoboditel monument, The Holy Synod, Saint Sofia Church, The Bulgarian National Gallery for Foreign Art and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral – the biggest one in Bulgaria and according to many – the most spectacular building in Sofia. You will pass also though the main parks of Sofia. After 4 hours cycling, return to the bike center. The guide will take you to the restaurant to relax and have lunch. You will finish your tour in this restaurant in the center of Sofia.

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Sofia: Full-Day Hiking to Rozhen Monastery & Melnik

3. Sofia: Full-Day Hiking to Rozhen Monastery & Melnik

The tour starts from your hotel. From that point, a professional guide with an air-conditioned car will take you on the individual tour. Heading on the motorway, your first stop will be Melnik. The smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik, is nested in the south slopes of Pirin, among sand pyramids with queer forms. It is situated in the Sandanski Municipality, Blagoevgrad county, 175 kilometers north of Sofia and only 30 kilometers from the borderline with Greece. Antiquities found from archaeological excavations testify to a centuries old history. Melnik was declared a natural and architectural reservation, and it attracts thousands of tourists annually. The wine produced by the unique Bulgarian brand Wide Melnik Vine has a wonderful quality, scents of ripe cherry, herbs and in the presence of an oak, it develops nuances of tobacco and leather. It is one of the attractions of the town and the region, and it attracts many admirers from the whole world. You can sample it in some of the wineries and cellars in the town and the surrounding area. After a stop for lunch in a typical Bulgarian style, you will start the hiking tour to Rozhen Monastery. Rozhen Monastery situated 5 kilometers east from Melnik was recognized as a center of ecclesiastic life in the region. It is also the largest Orthodox monastery in the Pirin region. The monastery is comparatively well preserved to the present day and every year it is visited by many tourists from various countries. The monastery holiday is on 8 September, when people from the whole region gather in order to participate in the celebrations.

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Highlights of Sofia: The History and Heritage of Bulgaria

4. Highlights of Sofia: The History and Heritage of Bulgaria

Discover fascinating Sofia; a unique city combining the wisdom of the past, and the verve of the present. Beginning at the medieval city walls, explore the streets of antiquity; Middle-Age churches and Byzantine edifices stand side-by-side, taking you as far back as the 4th century. Enjoy a pleasant tour covering all of Sofia's highlights including the 6th-century Church of St. Sophia, the St. George Rotunda dating back to the 4th century, the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevski, the Russian Church, the Military Club, as well as the beautiful architecture of the Sofia University, the National Art Gallery, and the National Theater. Nestled at the foot of Vitosha Mountain lies the National Museum of History, the next step of the tour, housing some of Bulgaria's national treasures, and the Boyana Church, preserving the spirit of the Christian Orthodox renaissance in a land rich in history. Experience a tour of alluring historical heritage in the heart of modern Sofia – and of course a relaxing lunch with local cuisine, and a glass of fine Bulgarian wine!

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Sofia Afternoon Walking Tour with Wine and Food Tasting

5. Sofia Afternoon Walking Tour with Wine and Food Tasting

Begin your tour in front of the 5-star Grand Hotel Sofia, where you’ll meet your guide. Visit the beautiful National Theater, the former Royal Palace, and the Presidency. On this 3-hour afternoon walk your guide will take you next to the Art Club café, a favorite spot of many locals. Try the world famous shopska salad, prepared from fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and spices, and taste traditional Bulgarian cold soup, called tarator, prepared from yogurt and cucumbers. See the Rotunda St. George, St. Nedelya Church, St. Joseph Catholic Cathedral, the Banya Bashi Mosque, and the Sofia Synagogue, all around a square known as Small Jerusalem. Visit the historic Central Hali Market that dates from the beginning of the 20th century. Taste typical sweets such as baklava and tolumbichki, or buy fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, or sausages. Head to Europe’s newest underground and travel 1 stop to Lions' Bridge. Near the stop is a typical Bulgarian restaurant, created from 4 houses with a common garden. The restaurant features the architecture and furnishings of the 19th century, representing the 4 corners of Bulgaria. Taste fantastic Bulgarian wines together with different meze of meats, including lukanka, babek, fillet Elena, and pastarma. The tour ends at this point, but you may want to continue sampling different hot or cold appetizers, traditional dishes, and Bulgarian desserts.

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Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

6. Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

The Serbian city of Nis is growing in popularity as a tourist destination. On this full-day trip from Sofia, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to this picturesque, relaxed city that dates back to Roman times. Nis was the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. It is home to one of the oldest churches in Serbia, dating to the 4th century, located in the suburb of Medijana. You’ll find some fortress remains, a shopping street, and lovely gardens. The approach to Nis is very scenic, with the road passing through a river gorge. Your first stop is to visit the famous Cele Kula (Skull Tower). Learn about the atrocities committed by the Turks and see the unique monument to the sacrifice of Serbian revolutionaries. The next important site is in suburban Medijana, where you’ll explore an archeological site of a Roman estate. See remains of an ancient villa, a granary, villas, and baths. The museum houses sculptures and portraits of Roman gods and goddesses, utensils for daily use, and other objects unearthed at the site. You’ll have some free time to walk around the central square and try the famous Serbian grill for lunch. After lunch, your driver will take you to a small concentration camp that was set up by the Germans during World War 2 to imprison and exterminate Jews, Romas, and other minorities. At 16:00 you’ll begin the trip back to Sofia, expecting to arrive at about 18:30.

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Sofia: Guided City Tour with Food Tasting

7. Sofia: Guided City Tour with Food Tasting

Your tour starts at 12:30PM from the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. From there, your guide will take you around all of the interesting sites in the center of Sofia. You will visit sites such as the Cathedral, the Basilica, the Presidency, the Rotunda, the Roman heritage, and more. They will also tell you about the history of the sites, as well as about the overall history of Sofia and Bulgaria. While you enjoy the sightseeing tour, your guide will also take you to some "hidden" places, which you would have difficulty finding on your own. In these places you will have the chance to try some of the most famous Bulgarian drinks and foods such as ayran: a salty yogurt drink, banithsa: pastry with white cheese, shopksa salad: a traditional Bulgarian salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, local meze, home-style bread, local beer, and some sweets. Overall there are 3 stops for such food tastings, and generally the food is enough to get you satisfied. The tour eventually ends between 3:30PM-4:00PM next to the covered market, near the Serdica metro station in the city center.

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Sofia: 2-Hour Guided City Tour with Gourmet Lunch

8. Sofia: 2-Hour Guided City Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Enjoy a guided tour and take your chance to discover the history behind Sofia's historical landmarks in the city center. See how the capital of Bulgaria has preserved its heritage from different cultures and epochs: from Roman, to Early Christian, Ottoman, Bulgarian and Soviet. With your tour guide, you will visit the city's most popular sights like Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (the second biggest in the Balkans), Saint George Rotunda (the oldest church in town, dating back to the 4th-century) and Saint Sofia Basilica - the medieval symbol of Serdica, built in the 6th-century.  Visit other places of historical significance such as the Parliament, National Theater "Ivan Vazov"- one of the most beautiful buildings in town, the former Royal Palace, the administration of the President, and the mineral springs. After your 2-hour walking tour of the city, you will visit one of the best local gourmet restaurants in town. Whilst here, you will have the choice of 3 menus: • Shopska Salad: Tomatoes, grilled peppers, cucumbers, pickled red onion, sheep, goat and cow cheese, parsley and grilled hot pepper Kapama Pork belly, ox-tails, rabbit, Petrohan sausage, prunes pestil, rice and manna croup popcorns Bulgarian rose II Vanilla sponge cake, yogurt ice cream with pink pepper, strawberry and rose sorbet, rose meringue • Moon salad: Moon beans from Kurtovo Konare, homemade luteniza, leek on charcoal, sheep cheese, lovage, spearmint Beef cheeks Trahana with spearmint, spinach puree, aged Smilyan cheese, seasonal mushrooms Banitza with boza Cheese mousse, rose jam, “boza” sorbet, crispy “banitza” • Pears with Green cheese: Green mix salads, dark craft beer, Vinaigrette jam of green walnuts, pickle of onion from Reselets Polenta with Brynza Porcini, cheese espuma, tomato confit, milk skin Tikvenik “Rachel” of pumpkin, caviar of smoked chilli honey, three types of pumpkin, cottage cheese, vanilla ice cream and long pepper

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Sofia 3-Hour Morning Walking Tour with Breakfast

9. Sofia 3-Hour Morning Walking Tour with Breakfast

Meet your guide in front of Alexander Nevski Cathedral and head out on a short walk to see the city’s sights. See Hagia Sofia Church, built in 6th century, pass through Sofia University, and visit the Parliament and Sofia University. Stop at these and other important historical monuments on your 3-hour guided walk. Stop for breakfast and enjoy Bulgarian banitsa, along with ayryan, as Bulgarians normally do in the morning. Banitsa is made from dough and cheese and sometimes meat. It is a taste treat unique to Bulgaria and the Balkans. Ayryan is a drink prepared from yogurt that is a perfect final touch to the breakfast. Continue walking along the narrow streets, which are part of old Sofia, to Graf Ignatiev Street and a famous local market. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables or taste baked nuts or delicious snacks. It is a market with many stalls, all competing for the buyers’ attention. Your guide will lead you to a famous pastry shop. Along the way, you pass through the biggest open-air bookstore in Bulgaria – a favorite meeting point for many people. At one of the best pastry shops featuring traditional Bulgarian desserts, you’ll taste a delicious dessert called baklava. It is very sweet and filled with nuts. You might also try tolumbichka, cream cake, or other sweets. Be sure to sample another unique regional beverage, fermented boza, with your baklava.

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Sofia: 6-Hour Historic Tour, Dinner, and Folklore Show

10. Sofia: 6-Hour Historic Tour, Dinner, and Folklore Show

Your first visit on this 6-hour excursion is to the National Museum of History, housed in part of the residence of the former dictator Todor Zhivkov. The museum’s 22,000 exhibits show the development of the social, cultural, and political life of the region beginning with prehistoric settlements. Among the most spectacular holdings are the unique Thracian gold treasures from Panagyurishte and the Thracian silver treasure from Rogozen, as well as jewelry from the Bronze Age. Head next to the World Heritage-listed Boyana Church. Ranking among Bulgaria's most significant historical treasures, the church is surrounded by tall pine trees, and dates back to the 11th century. Following its recent restoration, visitors can now admire the unique frescoes which are a remarkable example of realistic art from the medieval period. You’ll visit Vitosha Mountain for some spectacular views of Sophia. A national wonder known as Stone River is found here, near the site of the Golden Bridges. The river is actually a piling up of huge boulders, sloping down the mountain. In the evening you’ll be transferred to a traditional restaurant located in the foothills, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner with wine. Live music and a performance by traditional Bulgarian dancers will make the dinner an unforgettable event.

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What people are saying about Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 27 reviews

I didn't know until I planned this trip to Bulgaria, but I came to know that there are birthplaces of Emperor Constantine, other historical sights and cheap and delicious restaurants. It takes about 3 hours each way, but I'm glad I went. It was nice that I didn't take much time at the border than I heard.

Great tour by Dani! Funny and informative guide, very entertaining for 4 hours and showed us all the important historical locations and explained their background in depth and covered the whole city. Really got a great insight into Sofia and highly recommended

Our guide, Alex, was friendly and knowledgable and we enjoyed our day with him. We liked him so much we booked a tour for the next day and hoped he would be our guide.

This tour was highly informative about the culture and history of Sofia and Bulgaria. Plus, the ride through the park and woods was fun.

Daniel was extremely knowledgable guide. My friend and I had a lovely afternoon, walking around Sofia and having a fun conversation.