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Varna: 3-Hour Black Sea Cruise With Lunch and Drinks

1. Varna: 3-Hour Black Sea Cruise With Lunch and Drinks

Leave the hassle of the crowded beaches and hot city streets, and embark on a cruise to leave Varna for a little while. You will depart from Varna on a 3-hour cruise along Bulgaria’s beautiful Black Sea coast. Step on the boat, lean back, enjoy the stunning views and the calming sounds of the waves. Relax and soak in the sun while onboard and moving across the waters. Enjoy free time and swimming in the Black sea. Then, enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch with some drinks during your trip, while your boat is anchored in a picturesque bay.

Varna: Kamchia River Kayaking Day Tour

2. Varna: Kamchia River Kayaking Day Tour

Kayak along the Kamchia river and marvel at the wonderful nature in the Kamchia Biosphere Reserve. Benefit from an included guide, training, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Varna.  After pickup at your hotel at 10 AM, take the short drive to the Kamchia Resort. Once there, receive instructions and a short training course before you get in the water.  At 11 AM, hop in your kayak and paddle upstream. Enjoy a real, wild kayaking adventure surrounded by thick forest and tranquil water. After a while, turn back downstream and paddle all the way to the sea. At 1:30 PM, take a 30-minute rest to enjoy the sun, peace, and beauty of the endless Kamchia beach, the longest in Bulgaria.  Afterward, jump back in the kayak and return to the starting point. Between 2:30 PM–4 PM, you’ll have time for lunch in a beautiful restaurant on the riverbank (not included). Finally, leave the park at 4:30 PM and return to your hotel.

Nessebar: Guided City Tour

3. Nessebar: Guided City Tour

Explore the ancient city of Nessebar in Bulgaria’s Burgas Province on this guided tour. Nessebar has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical significance. Discover the craftsmanship of the city’s historic houses and churches as you walk. Starting from the Varna area, head to Nessebar, also known as the Pearl of the Black Sea. Pass the natural beauty of the Balkan foothills and get an astonishing view of Nessebar's bay. Capture your experience on camera during this panoramic stop. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the small winding streets of Nessebar. Explore the city’s most important spots such as the city gates, Roman baths, and the many old wooden houses. As the city is renowned for its churches, stop at the city's most picturesque church, the Church of St. Stephen. After your guided tour, enjoy plenty of time to have a drink or search for the perfect souvenir.

Varna: Guided VIP Tour

4. Varna: Guided VIP Tour

A perfect day out that takes you to the real countryside of Bulgaria. After being collected from your accommodation at 8:30AM from your hotel, you will be taken to the oldest unknown church in Varna, before passing by the Roman Baths. From there you will head to the "Stone Forest", a natural rock formation entangled with myths. Following this, you will be able to appreciate the craftsmanship from the Roman Mosaics in Devnya. Of course a small tasting of the locally-made "Rakia" can't be missed, and where best to do that than in the local distillery where Bulgarians still keep this tradition intact. Following this appetizer, it will be time for lunch. At "Dom Kasata", a typical Bulgarian styled house, Mrs. Kasata awaits you with a homemade Musaka. After this culinary treat, you will be safely returned to your hotel at 3:30PM.

Varna: Buggy, Go-Kart and Paintball Experience

5. Varna: Buggy, Go-Kart and Paintball Experience

First, you will be taken to dirt tracks outside Varna, where you can choose from a selection of buggies and start a race on the dirt roads. After getting your adrenaline pumping, it will be time to head to the go-kart track, located on the way to Vinitsa village. A go-cart competition is waiting for you on the biggest carting track in Bulgaria. After the go-kart track, the "Last Survivor" paintballing game will be waiting for you. You will be divided into two groups. Then, your main goal will be to eliminate all soldiers from the opposite team. The winning team will be the one with the last soldier remaining. You would have free time to enjoy and relax after the activities on spot. A superb time out for you, your friends, or for the whole family.

Varna: Self-Guided Retro Museum Tour

6. Varna: Self-Guided Retro Museum Tour

Make a trip to the Retro Museum in Varna’s Grand Mall and enjoy a few hours of traveling to the past. Observe displays of every-day items from the period between 1944-1989, and see how Bulgarians used to live under socialism. See simple items such as Bulgarian cigarettes without filters, Russian vacuum cleaners, household from East Germany, or Polish cosmetics. Move on to the shiny car collection of cult-classic such as Volga, Moskvich, Trabant, and more. Admire the perfectly restored vehicles before visiting the museum’s collection of wax figures of great personalities.  Get face to face with the likes of Todor Zhivkov, Leonid Brezhnev, and Fidel Castro, but also local people’s favorites Emil Dimitrov, Georgi Partsalev, George Kaloyanchev, Todor Kolev.

Varna: 5-Hour Museum and Monastery Tour

7. Varna: 5-Hour Museum and Monastery Tour

On this 5-hour tour you will discover the rich collection of archaeological artifacts at the Varna Archaeological Museum that show how the prehistoric men lived in this area for thousands of years. You will also explore the picturesque Aladzha Monastery. After the pick-up at your hotel in Varna, you will first stop at the Varna Archaeological Museum. Your tour guide will tell you many historical facts about the region and the city itself, revealing the exciting past of Varna and its surroundings. Following a short walk through Varna's pedestrian area, you will head off to the Aladzha Monastery, a medieval Orthodox Christian cave monastery complex. It is situated in a protected forest area adjacent to the Golden Sands Nature Park in northeastern Bulgaria, 17 kilometers north of central Varna. The monastery dates back to the 14th century and existed until the 17th century. Its picturesque location and preserved frescoes are absolutely unique and a highlight of every trip to Bulgaria. On the way back you will stop for a cup of coffee in the seaside resort Golden Sands before returning back to your hotel in Varna.

Varna: Finding Fairytales Family-Friendly Guided Phone Game

8. Varna: Finding Fairytales Family-Friendly Guided Phone Game

You will start your adventure and walking trip near a famous church in the centre. Our app in German language will guide you from there. It is a walking trip of about 3 kilometers. You will explore the area and find secret places. You will solve small tasks and challenges as a team and will collect points. You will discover places where exclusive and unpublished fairytales are hiding. You will belong to the small circle of human beings, who are allowed to listen to these great fairyales. This is no joke. These fairytales were never published by the brother Grimm. You will find them and listen to them. And we hope, you will keep the secret. Expect an interactive hiking adventure. You decide about the starting time and you do not have time pressure. This app-guided tour with plenty of interactive content is perfect for families with kids in the age of 6 to 12. Have fun!

Varna Gourmet Tour including Wine Tasting

9. Varna Gourmet Tour including Wine Tasting

Meet your guide and follow the only route through the streets of the city, which gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore Varna, meet with Bulgarian artisans and sample local delicacies. Walk into its unforgettable atmosphere. More than three hours of joy to the senses exploring the Bulgarian gastronomy and its history. Traditional sweets served in ethnographic nook water with beneficial properties, spelled bread... that's how you find the hidden treasures of the city. At the end of the walk, down to the cellar, where you will encounter tasting of Bulgarian wines selected by an expert. The walk includes 10 tastings, including 4 of wines, passing by the market of local agricultural and household products, passing by a traditional XIX century house, craft shops, etc. 

Varna: Archaeological Museum Ticket & E-Guide

10. Varna: Archaeological Museum Ticket & E-Guide

Learn about the history of the region of Bulgaria and its human presence with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Varna. See relicts that date back to the Early Paleolithic Age. Walk through the eras and periods of the past, including findings from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Explore tombstones, skeletons, jewelry, hunting equipment, and many more relics from thousands of years ago. See the everyday tools that document the development of society in the region of Varna. The permanent exhibition is arranged in chronological order. It displays the heritage of a variety of historical eras and periods, going through thousands of years of social and cultural development. Special focus is set on the founding of the city of Odessos, which is today’s Varna. You will be able to walk through the exhibition on your own, with an e-guide, that will provide you with information and interesting facts about the region’s history and the pieces on display.

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What people are saying about Varna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

On 04.07. we had booked this tour with the German speaking Philipp. It was a nice day tour. Philipp was attentive and explained patiently. He took us to very beautiful places away from the crowds. Excellent! Mimi, a super friendly Bulgarian, had lunch at home. We felt very welcome there and the food was plentiful and very tasty. There was no rush, we could look at everything in peace and enjoy. This tour is highly recommended. Thanks for this nice day Philip!

Discovery day of the city by Natalia, a researcher in history at the University of Varna who made us discover Her city. Tasting of Bulgarian specialties and wines with Dimo, a member of the Varna wine lovers club. Thanks to them two, we were able to enrich our stay with unusual discoveries. A big thank you for this trip to Bulgarian flavors. Damien & Charlotte.

Perfect experience, a great city tour with a top guide and an incredible tasting with the president of the Varna Wine Club, an incredible person, of immense kindness, all in a bucolic and beautifully decorated place. Thank you for everything! Stephen and Agatha

The attractions themselves were very fun! The actually included transfer was canceled 16 hours before the start ... Thank goodness a return trip from the Golden Sands via taxi to 50 leva (25 euros)

Really enjoyed kayaking, the river is very relaxing. Highly recommended