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Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

1. Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

Skopje is the capital of Macedonia situated approximately a 4-hour's drive from Sofia. During this day tour to Skopje, you will have the chance to explore the city and its rich history and culture.  Your day tour will begin once you are picked up from your hotel or accommodations in Sofia then begin your 3-hour transfer to Skopje. Once in Skopje, you will begin your walking tour of the city beginning at Skopje Fortress where you can admire the wonderful view of the city. The next site you will visit is the Church of the Holy Savior, home to fantastic iconostasis. From there you will continue towards Sultan Murat Mosque and the Old Bazaar, where you can witness the remnants of the Ottoman Period and Skopje's history as one of the main trade centers in the Balkans.  After stopping for lunch at a typical Macedonian restaurant you will continue your walking tour crossing the Vadar River to start your exploration of a new part of the city. Here you will visit the new neo-classical square and continue to Mother Teresa memorial house. The walking part of your tour will end at the newly built triumphal arch Porta Macedonia. You will then journey back to Sofia and your tour will end once you are dropped off at your hotel or accommodations. 

From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

2. From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

During this day tour you will travel through history with the professional lead of your guide. Your journey through time will start from the Roman period, when Nis gave to the world the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. You will then continue through the Middle Ages and the period of the Ottoman rule, which left constructions like the Nis Fortress and the Skull Tower, a symbol of the struggle for freedom and independence from the Ottomans, as well as a representation of the violence of the time. The latter of the tour will pay attention to modern history, in particular the period of Nazi occupation of former Yugoslavia by visiting a Nazi concentration camp. Following this concentration camp visit, it will be time for some rest. During this stop you will have the chance to taste typical Serbian cuisine, which is one of the most delicious of the Balkans. You will also have free time for a walk in the historical old part of the old city. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Sofia.

Sofia: Saeva Dupka, Devetashka and Prohodna Cave Day Tour

3. 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. 

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

From Sofia: Europe's Oldest City, Plovdiv including Pickup

6. From Sofia: Europe's Oldest City, Plovdiv including Pickup

Plovdiv, the second biggest city in Bulgaria, is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in Europe, with more than 7000 years of history. Plovdiv is situated on the crossroads between the West and the East, amid the fertile plain of Thrace, where history and modernity go hand in hand. See how culture and art have always thrived in this city as you explore a vivid medley of shapes, styles, and colors. The city is home to the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, the Roman Forum, and the Amphitheatre. During your time in the city, you can discover the Old Town of Plovdiv, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium. See the houses from the National Revival period, which  have been proclaimed an architectural open air museum. Discover many of the main sights in the area with a guide.

Sofia: 2-Hour Communist Jeep Tour

7. Sofia: 2-Hour Communist Jeep Tour

The Sofia Communist Tour will take you back to Bulgaria under totalitarian rule. See most of the remaining Communist sights in the city on-board a classic Eastern Bloc vehicle.  Start with pickup collected from your hotel by your driver. Learn plenty of interesting information about the places you will be visiting as well as intriguing and fun facts about life under the Communist regime.  Cruise through town making short stops en route, where you will be able to step down and take photos of the most impressive sights. Your driver will also stop upon request at other places of interest. 

From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

8. From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

The history of Skopje began with the settlements of the Thracians and establishing the fortress of Scupi. Since then, the town has changed its sovereign numerous times, being part of the Roman, Byzanatine, Bulgarian and the Serbian countries for short time.  The Ottomans conquered the city in 1392 and changed the name to Uskub, which became home for numerous Ottomans, Bulgarians and Albanians.  In 1912, the city was liberated from the Ottomans during the First Balkan war, and eventually became a part of the Serbian country. During the two world wars, it was eventually given to Bulgaria, before becoming capital of the Macedonian Federation in the Yugoslavian socialistic republic. The city then started growing rapidly industrially and economically.  Unfortunately a huge earthquake in 1963 destroyed a huge part of the town, leaving more than 100,000 people without homes. Skopje managed to recover quickly from it, just in time to become a capital of the independent country of Macedonia. Your Day in Skopje (North Macedonia) The departure is early, somewhere around 8.00 AM depending on your hotel pick-up time, because the driving time is 4 hours each way, and the border cross may take a while. On the way to Macedonia, you will use the picturesque road via the Osogovo mountains, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges both in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Somewhere around 11.30 AM (10:30 AM local time), you will arrive in Skopje. The walking tour will start with the Museum of History of Skopje, dedicated to the city, housed in the old railway station. From there, you will continue towards the Memorial House of Mother Teresa and learn about the life of the amazing Macedonian women with Albanian origin.  At this moment, your hunger for knowledge will be replaced with some good food, as youl head towards the main square, to see the huge statue of Alexander the Great and find a lovely restaurant on the south bank of Vardar river.  After lunch, you will continue your walking tour on the other side of Vardar, crossing it via the Stone bridge - the oldest and the most famous bridge in Skopje, today marked as the symbol of the city. You will then head towards the Old Fortress, for some remarkable pictures of the city from the top. Then you will end with a visit to the old quarter and its famous church - St Saviour. After a little free time to buy some souvenirs, you'll head towards the car, without forgetting to pass by the huge buildings of Skopje 2014's project.  Around 3:30- 4:00 PM, you will depart from Skopje and arrive back in Sofia at around 7:30-8:00 PM.

Sofia: 2-Hour Historical Tour with Soviet Jeep

9. 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.

From Sofia: Rose Festival Full-Day Tour

10. From Sofia: Rose Festival Full-Day Tour

Begin your tour early with rose-picking in the rose gardens around Karlovo or Kazanlak. This beautiful ritual has been celebrated for over a century and includes local singing and dancing performances. Move on for a distillery tour with detailed explanations of the local rose traditions, distillation process, and the importance of roses for the development of the area. Sit down for a lunch in a warm and welcoming traditional restaurant in a nearby village. Visit the Thracian Tomb and Shipka monument in the afternoon depending on the official program of the festival. Head to Karlovo main square, the scene for many local dances and performances in traditional costumes. Have a chance to learn a little bit about the Bulgarian traditional customs with a tasting and presentation known as The Bread of the Bulgarians: Ritual, Customs and Faith. Finally, return to Sofia at around 7:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Sofia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 87 reviews

Skojpe is an interesting capital city. I had a tour leader on Bulgarian side who is a history major and was just fascinating to learn from. Thank you Vasko!!!! and Lena, the guide in Skojpe was also an amazing educator and guide. The history of North Macedonia and Bulgaria is complex and the guides presented everything so well and answered my many questions. The drive from Sofia to Skojpe is beautiful, that was worth the trip alone. It was definitely and enjoyable day!

An amazing trip. We experienced no traffic at all, despite the Easter holidays and road works in North Macedonia. Our Bulgarian guide Peter was an absolute joy and so incredibly informative. No travel sickness here and plenty of stops for toilet and coffee breaks! The guide in Skopje was also lovely and gave us a well-rounded insight into the small and unusual city. A highly recommended trip that has left me wanting to return again.

A perfect day. This is the perfect way to visit Skopje without worry about any of the planning. There was no problem or delay during the border crossing which surprised me. Skopje is very interesting place and it was a great balance of guided walking tour along with some free time to explore it on your own or to try the local cuisine.

It was a lovely day out to see a bit of Serbia from Bulgaria ... Peter our guide was great and had so much information about the country and made the day enjoyable and he took us to a winery where we had a Serbian lunch amongst the locals which made the day trip special... Nis is lovely and I can recommend the day trip from Sofia.

Great trip with wonderful guides! I was picked on time by the Bulgarian tour guide. The drive was a bit long (4 hours in each direction) but the road was beautiful and we've learnt a lot from our guide. Skopje is awesome as well as the guide there Lanche. We've spent 4 hours but we could have stayed more, definitely.