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.