Sofia is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bulgaria alongside coastal and mountain resorts. Among its highlights is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the symbols of Bulgaria, constructed in the late 19th century. It occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,122 square feet) and can hold 10,000 people.
Sofia holds Bulgaria’s largest museum collections, which attract tourists and students for practical studies. The National Historical Museum in Boyana district has a vast collection of more than 650,000 historical items dating from Prehistory to the modern era, although only 10,000 of them are permanently displayed due to the lack of space. Smaller collections of items related mostly to the history of Sofia are in the National Archaeological Museum, a former mosque located between the edifices of the National Bank and the Presidency. Two natural sciences museums — the Natural History Museum and the Earth and Man — display minerals, animal species (alive and taxidermic) and rare materials. The Ethnographic Museum and the National Museum of Military History are other places of interest, holding large collections of Bulgarian folk costumes and armaments, respectively.
Vitosha Boulevard, also called Vitoshka, is a pedestrian zone with numerous cafes, restaurants, fashion boutiques, and goods stores. Sofia’s geographic location, in the foothills of the weekend retreat Vitosha mountain, further adds to the city’s specific atmosphere.
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains.The monastery is named after its founder, the nermit Ivan of Rila and today houses around 60 monks. It is one of the most visited UNESCO sites in Bulgaria. The most affordable, reliable and convenient transport to the famous place by Rila Monastery Bus. The bus operation period is for all 7 days of the week. They start from south east corner of Alexander Nevski Cathedral’s square and visitors are dropped back at the same place. Rila Monastery is situated at a height of 1150 m a.s.l. in Rila Mountains. Behind the 20-metre high walls lie impressive monastery buildings, a church and a chapel with valuable murals. The most impressive monument from the Bulgarian National Revival period rises amidst the rugged beauty of the Rila Mountains, just 120 km southwards from Sofia.
PLOVDIV & BACHKOVO MONASTERY
Plovdiv ranks as the second Bulgarian city in population and size after the capital. It is also one of the oldest European towns’ contemporary to Troya and Mikena. It has been existing as a settlement about 8000 years ago, and became a town 3000 years ago during the Troyan war. In the historic quarter of the city you will see beautifully decorated period houses, the ancient fortress-wall, the Roman forum and stadium and magnificent churches. The Old city of Plovdiv with its museums, historical sites, ancient houses and paved streets is a nice play for sightseeing.
KOPRIVSHTITSA & PLOVDIV
The town of Koprivshtitsa is located at 1060 m a.s.l. some 110 km south-east of Sofia. Koprivshtitsa is a town-museum and unique settlement in Bulgaria, which has preserved in compactness over 250 patterns of the Revival Period architecture. The tour has an intensive itinerary with an extended time for sightseeing. It’s an ideal way for people with limited time in Bulgaria to receive as much impressions and treasured memories of the country as they can in just in one day. The program is a combination between the classical daily trips to Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv with en route photo-stops.
Discover the cities of Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa on full day tour from Sofia. The amusing mixture of traditions, culture, and architectural masterpieces are a must-see for every culture-hungry traveller.
PRICE: 45 Euro per person: Child discount (up to 12 years)-
35 Euro per child.
VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI
Veliko Tarnovo is a trap, which will teleport you back in time, to make you a spectator of the rise and fall of the mighty capital of the Second Bulgarian kingdom (12-14 century). Despite the long transfer time, our intensive itinerary makes every minute worth it. The tour includes the most important sights: Tsarevets architectural and museum reserve (medieval stronghold), Samovodskata charshia (lively craftmen’s street), Assens’ monument and the museum village of Arbanassi – famous for its 17th and 18th architecture and the unique Church of the Nativity of Christ, with well preserved murals depicting over 2000 scenes.
THE SEVEN RILA LAKES:
One of the most picturesque and idilic alpine landscapes in Bulgaria. During the last few years this destination has become one of the most popular places for one day hiking tours in Rila Mountains. For reasons very simple – impressive, nature beauty, easy access by chairlift. A transfer from Sofia takes the travellers to the Panichiste Resort cable car which leads to Seven Rila Lakes Cirque.
- Salzata( The tear) is the highest one from where one can have a bird’s eye view over all seven lakes as well as deep valleys.
- Okoto( The Eye) is named after its oval form.
- Babreka ( The Kidney) is the lake with the steepest shores of the group.
- Bliznaka ( The Twin) is the largest of all.
- Trilistnika (The Trefoil) known for its irregular shape.
- Ribnoto Ezero(The Fish Lake) is the shallowest lake.
- Dolnoto Eero (The lower Lake) the lowest one.
Price : 138 Euro/per; 70 Euro for 3 ; 58 Euro for 4-7 per.