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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour

1. Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour

After pickup from any accommodation in Sofia, your journey through over 1,000 years of Bulgarian cultural history begins. Make the 2-hour drive to the Rila Monastery via air-conditioned bus into the dense pine forests of Rila Mountain. Upon arriving, explore the monastery, which was founded in 927, at your own pace with 2 hours of free time. Amble the 21-acre complex, taking in the colorful and unique traditional Orthodox architecture. Gaze at the 5-domed church, with its numerous altars, side chapels, and gold-plated mosaics. Take in the beauty of the tranquil mountain environment surrounding the peaceful place of worship. Afterwards, you’ll have lunch, before heading on to your next destination. Only a couple of miles away from the monastery into the forest is St. Ivan Rilski Cave, where St. Ivan of Rila took up residency in the early 10th century. Experience a sacred site of tremendous importance to Bulgarian Orthodox Christians. On the way back to Sofia, you’ll pass through Boyana Church, famed for its elaborate frescoes dating back to the 11th, 13th, 15th-17th, and 19th century. Afterwards, you’ll be transported back back to your accommodation in Sofia.

Sofia: Panoramic Flight Around the Seven Rila Lakes

2. 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.

Sofia: The Communist City Exploration Game

3. Sofia: The Communist City Exploration Game

Solve challenges, and as the story unfolds, be led to the next location using directions sent to a cell phone. Download the game into a cell phone and begin exploring. Begin the game at the St. Nedelya Cathedral Church, and end at the Temple of Bulgarian Martyrs. The entire game is designed to take around 1.5-2 hours to complete, but exploring off the game's route is allowed and encourage, and the game can be returned to anytime. Play alone, in a large group, or compete with other groups and meet at the final stop of the game.

Sofia: 2-Hour Historical Tour with Soviet Jeep

4. Sofia: 2-Hour Historical Tour with Soviet Jeep

After hotel pick up, hop into an authentic Soviet jeep, with an open roof for the summer and a hard roof and windows for the winter period. Then, drive around the city center of Sofia to discover the best places of interest, and learn about the history behind them. Hear about the history of Sofia and Bulgaria from Ancient times through to Communism, until modern days. Listen to your guide as he shares private stories about life behind the Iron Curtain. Make the most of stops to take photos of the most impressive sights. After cruising through the city center, head to the suburbs to see the typical communist-era neighborhood and a bell's monument, built in a park outside the city. Finally, head back downtown to see the remaining points of interest included in the tour before being dropped off at your hotel.

Sofia: Secrets of the City Discovery Game

5. 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.

Sofia: Scenic Flight Around Iskar Dam

6. 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.

Sofia: Romantic Tour

7. Sofia: Romantic Tour

Discover the romantic side of the beautiful city of Sofia with a local professional guide. Admire the stunning beauty of the capital city of Bulgaria with your partner on this romantic tour. Wander through the most beautiful areas and feel spellbound by its charming atmosphere. Bulgaria, the oldest country in Europe, is filled with history and architecture. Hear about many historical love stories, hidden in the pretty old lanes, buildings, and parks in the city. Know about the heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious or spicy stories of the romantic legends. Find the best place in the city for a date and where you can take the most beautiful photos. Along the way, discover the reason why the Bulgarian roses are the symbol of the country. Admire the warm and welcoming vibe of this hidden gem on a romantic tour. This tour is especially recommended to take around the Saint Valentine period.

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What people are saying about Sofia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Maria, our guide on this tour, went the extra mile to make the most of our visit. She’s a lovely, knowledgeable, travelled and experienced guide who provided us with information during the trip to have a better understanding of the region, the country and everything else we were curious about. We definitely recommend this tour!!

This tour was very fun and the guide had a great energy. We were picked up right in front of our accommodation and driven in a comfortable van towards the monastery. The guide was wonderful and it was cool to drive through the Bulgarian villages. Lunch comes with the tour which was a traditional Bulgarian meal.

Maria has been an excellent guide and driver, at all times she solved our doubts about Bulgaria and made the entire excursion very enjoyable. A very pleasant company when exploring the monastery.

A very interesting and enjoyable tour. I loved being transported in a Soviet era jeep. The Bell monument is off the beaten track but worth seeing. Philip is a great guide.

The best trip to Rila Monastery . Maria is wonderful guide. Really recommend to all who would like to have perfect weekend outside of Sofia