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Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

1. Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

Start the tour at 9 AM when the guide will pick you up from your hotel in Sofia and take you to the Rila Mountain. The transfer time to the mountain region is about an hour and a half.  Choose between 2 of the 5 following options for activities: 1 or 2 hour ski-doo ride in Borovets; take the cabin lift in Borovets and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views; visit the restored fortress of Tsari Mali Grad, located on a hill near the village of Belchin; experience the afternoon skiing or snowboarding with a private teacher; enjoy a spa afternoon in the village of Sapareva Banya, famous for its hot thermal springs. Return to Sofia between 5 PM and 6 PM.

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From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

2. From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

Start your tour at 9:00 AM and your guide will take you from your hotel in Sofia to the region of Sapareva Banya. Have the unique opportunity to dive into the hot thermal waters and enjoy the magnificent panorama at the bottom of the mountain. Explore the place with the hottest geyser in Europe. Discover why the mineral water of Separeva Banya is highly regarded and was used as a cure by Thracians and Romans. It is claimed that the water treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and upper respiratory tract. Enjoy 3-4 hours in the spa to completely relax. Nearby are situated many restaurants where you can enjoy lunch. At about 3:00 PM board your transfer to Sofia.

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Sofia: Spa Nature Tour to the 7 Rila Lakes & Sapareva Bany

3. Sofia: Spa Nature Tour to the 7 Rila Lakes & Sapareva Bany

Your day trip will start early in the morning with a pick-up from your hotel. Your professional guide will take you to the the highest mountain on the peninsula, Rila, just 1.5-hours away from the capital Sofia. Then, with the Panichishte resort cable car, you will head to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. The hike will take around 3-hours.  If you wish to make your walk harder or easier, your guide will be able to adjust the group program accordingly. All seven of the lakes have their own name which reflects its typical shape or characteristics. They are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 meters above sea level. The day trip will continue with a visit to the capital of the thermal spa on the peninsula called Sapareva Banya. There, you will have the unique opportunity to dive into the hot thermal waters and enjoy the magnificent panorama at the outskirts of the mountain. You'll also find the hottest geyser in Europe there. Mineral water is highly regarded and used as a cure by Thracians and Romans. Saparevian mineral water is clear and colorless with a smell of hydrogen sulfide, hyper thermal (temperature 103 °C), hydro carbonate, sulphate sodium, fluorine, silicon and sulfate. Hydrogen sulfide is 15.5 milligrams/ liter. It is claimed that the water treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and upper respiratory tract. After the spa, your guide will take you back to your hotel.  

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Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

4. Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

Dramatic landscapes and breathtaking alpine sceneries, centuries old pine forests and rugged mountain peaks make the Seven Rila Lakes circuit one of the most beautiful areas in the Rila Mountains National Park. Enjoy a gentle snowshoe walk in the picturesque Seven Rila Lakes area followed by relaxation in the thermal water pools of Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, fed by one of the hottest springs in Europe. All this within a day tour from Sofia. Your guide will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Sofia for a wonderful journey to the Rila Mountains. You will arrive within 1.5-hours to Pionerska Mountain Hut from where you will take a chairlift to Rila Lakes Hut, situated high above the tree line at 2150 meters above sea level. The walk will begin from the hut in the direction of the Kidney, the third of the Seven Rila Lakes. Along the way, admire breathtaking alpine sceneries of jagged peaks and frozen mountain lakes. After a short break and a cup of warm tea at the lake, you will head toward Rila Lakes Hut and descend via the chairlift to the van and have a short transfer (20 minutes) to Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, where you will be able to relax deeply in the thermal pools fed by hot spring waters.

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Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

5. Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

With this tour you can go on skiing or snowboarding in the Vitosha Mountain, just on the outskirts of Sofia! The height of the mountain is around 1,800 meters and the winter zones have variety of tracks with different difficulties. Once you have arrived you will be able to rent all the equipment needed and buy half a day lift card, valid from 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A teacher can also be arranged at an additional cost if requested. After the lunch break, you will go to a relaxing thermal SPA complex. It has a wide variety of spa facilities and treatments. For the lovers of spas and relaxation the complex offers an area where you can relax and re-energize in the aroma sauna, Finnish sauna, steam bath, aqua relax, relaxation area with warm beds and ice-cold bath, all of which are included in the price of the tour. In addition, there are massage rooms, a room for Turkish massage with a private sauna, and a Jacuzzi for two. For fans of spa therapies there are a variety of facial and body treatments.

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From Sofia: Hike to Rila Mountain and Spa Center Visit

6. From Sofia: Hike to Rila Mountain and Spa Center Visit

Explore the unspoiled forests around Rila Mountain on a 3-hour hike on Bulgaria's highest peak. Soak in the natural surroundings as you trek to a stunning local waterfall. Relax in the comfort of a leisurely pace, as you visit the village of Kostenets, famed for its hot mineral springs, and enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant. Immerse yourself in an afternoon of spa treatment, as you bathe in the aquatonic pools of a mineral Spa center, and treat yourself to hydromassages, steam baths, and jacuzzi sessions.

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Starosel and Hisarya: A Tour From Sofia

7. Starosel and Hisarya: A Tour From Sofia

After you have been picked up from Sofia, you will travel to the charming Bulgarian town of Starosel. Here, you will explore the temple tombs that have existed for over 2500 years. You will see the recently uncovered enormous grave of what is believed to be an ancient king of the Thracians. After this, move on to the famous town of Hisarya, where you will visit the popular hot mineral springs. Explore the ruins left by the great Roman civilization here. Before you head back, take a walk through the beautiful green parks in Hisarya. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to Sofia.

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From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Melnik and Rupite

8. From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Melnik and Rupite

Escape the hustle and bustle of Sofia and discover the charm of the Bulgarian countryside on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Sofia, begin the journey to Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria, nestled in the Southern slopes of Pirin mountain and famed for its red wine production. Spend some time exploring Melnik's unique buildings, museums, and churches before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to the nearby Rupite area, a place considered as a sanctuary because of its associations with the Bulgarian prophet Baba Vanga, who famously predicted Brexit and 9/11. Visit the house where Vanga spent the last few years of her life, as well as the church she built, before beginning the journey back to your hotel in Sofia.

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What people are saying about Sofia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5 reviews

George made us an excellent tour in Spanish!

Surprisingly, finally we could do the tour in Spanish with George, since we were only three friends from Spain. The tour was private, and George explained a lot of things about the country, about history ... anything we wanted to know told us! The tour was great, the ride very enjoyable and at our own pace. The truth is that it is an experience that I would repeat without a doubt! It is also true that he told us that in summer the colors and water of the lakes are magnificent, we will have to return to make the comparison. In the hostel where the chairlift leaves you can eat perfectly and at quite affordable prices. Finally, the hot springs were great after the tour ... we were soooo relaxed!

We found a very unfortunate day with a snow storm happening. We couldn't do the regular hike because the snow lift was close. But luckily we had the best guide ever - Kiril - who took us to another place (that we still couldn't see properly because of the heavy snow and wind ahah). My boots broke down and I had no sole on both, while hiking we tried many times to fix them - and Kiril was super attentive on that - but it was impossible. Even if all of that happened we had a super fun day in the snow, Kiril really loves the mountains and he can tell you everything about them. Ofc the thermal swimming pools at the end were the cherry on top.

It has been a great adventure, to say that it has been the first time that I have an experience with snowshoes and it has been great. I have no experience in snow sports but I found it an easy mid-level activity that everyone could do. The Kiril guide has been very attentive to us, he did not speak Spanish and we did not have a good level of English but he has done his best to understand us better. Recommendations: Bring cash, you can not pay by card anywhere.

Great outing picked up at the hotel. Nice guide and full of explanations. Super nice sun of beautiful landscapes. A first snowshoe hike great experience, falls with the deepest places we sink. Swimming pool with a temperature of 38 degrees after relaxation. A great day

Spectacular views, beautiful snowshoeing experience, and incredible bathing in the spa, in outdoor pools of very warm water, when the day's temperatures were around -8 ° C. We were family with ages between 9 and 70 years. We all enjoy very much.