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Food Lover's Guide to Sofia

Food Lover's Guide to Sofia

Known for its rich flavors, traditional dishes, and exotic influences, Bulgaria’s diverse cuisine reflects its rich cultural history. Foodies will find plenty to feast on in the Bulgarian capital. Here are your options for Sofia food tours.

Must-Try Dishes

Popular Bulgarian dishes include kyufte (beef or pork meatballs seasoned with traditional spices), shishcheta (marinated chicken or pork kebabs grilled with vegetables), gyuvech (a slow-cooked casserole), and moussaka (a lasagna-type dish filled with meat and eggplant). Other menu staples include shopska salad (chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and peppers, topped with sirene, feta-like cheese), tarator soup (yogurt and cucumber soup), and lozovi sarmi (stuffed grape leaves), while main dishes are often served with a dollop of kiselo mlyako (sour yogurt).

For breakfast, tuck into banitsa (flaky sirene-filled pastries) washed down with ayran (a salty yogurt drink). Or, for dessert, try a slice of sweet baklava (nut-filled layered pastry) or tikvenik (pumpkin and walnut pastry), accompanied by a shot of rakia (fruit brandy).

Must-Do Experiences

  • Get the inside scoop on the best places to eat and drink in Sofia on a food-tasting tour.

  • Sample street food and local specialties on a guided tour of Central Market Hall and the Ladies Market.

  • Admire sights like Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia Basilica, and the St. George Rotunda on a morning walking tour, followed by a traditional Bulgarian breakfast.

  • Discover Bulgaria’s winemaking history and sample fine red and white wines during a guided wine tasting.

  • Combine delicious Bulgarian cuisine and traditional entertainment during a Bulgarian dinner and folklore show.

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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.39
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$47.39
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

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Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.62
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

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This private tour of World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery includes a tasting at Medi Valley, a classic winery with locally produced wines. Travel in the comfort of your private vehicle to the country’s largest monastery, where your own personal guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance. Admire the beauty of the Rila mountains en route to the winery, where you’ll sample five different wines and learn more about the region.
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  • 8 hours
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$117.31
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Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

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Knowing the best spots to experience Bulgaria’s rich and varied cultural heritage can be tricky for visitors on limited time in the capital. Tick off Plovdiv, Asen’s Fortress, and Bachkovo Monastery in just 1 day on a small-group tour from Sofia. Save time with seamless round-trip transfer between landmarks, and learn about their Roman, Ottoman, and modern history from your professional guide.
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  • 9 hours
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$93.61
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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

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Visit Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa on a full-day trip from Sophia, and discover the art and architecture of two iconic Bulgarian cities. Stroll the narrow lanes of Plovdiv’s old town, and discover historic traces of the Romans, Thracians, and Byzantines who swept through this region. Continue to Koprivshtitsa for a walking tour to the homes of the city’s most storied residents, and learn how a local revolutionary committee freed Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish war before ending your tour in central Sophia. 
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.32
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The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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Save well over an hour compared to public transportation and benefit from the local knowledge of a guide on this full-day trek around the Seven Rila Lakes. Experience one of Bulgaria’s most striking mountain landscapes at a leisurely pace and hike all the way up to the highest of the seven lakes. Please note the tour excludes the small chairlift fee.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$29.62
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Tour to Lovech, Devetaki cave & Krushuna waterfalls

Tour to Lovech, Devetaki cave & Krushuna waterfalls

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Sofia on a day tour to Lovech, Devetàshka cave, and Krushuna Falls, and explore with a professional guide for intimate insight into the rural region’s landscape, history, and culture. Take advantage of round-trip transfer from your hotel via air-conditioned vehicle for a hassle-free experience, and benefit from the more personalized service of a small-group tour.
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  • 10 hours
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$88.87
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Nis - the Capital of South-East Serbia

Nis - the Capital of South-East Serbia

If you’d like to see more of Europe but are short on time, add a new country to your list with a guided day trip to Nis, Serbia’s third city. Stop at the Skull Tower, a bizarre monument embedded with human skulls, then explore highlights of the Old Town from Nis Fortress to Cair’s Fountain. Your tour includes lunch and door-to-door round-trip transfers.
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  • 11 hours
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$105.46
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Communist day tour - Landmarks of the Iron curtain

Communist day tour - Landmarks of the Iron curtain

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Travel back in time to the Socialist Republic of Bulgaria on a full-day Communist tour. Provided round-trip transportation from your hotel eliminates the guesswork of navigating public buses on your own. After a visit to the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia, relax during a scenic country drive to the Buzludzha monument. Along the way, listen to in-depth commentary about the country’s eventful history from 1946 to 1989.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.38
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Private & Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour

Private & Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour

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Get to know Sofia by foot on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the city’s history from your guide. Stroll past most of the notable sights in the city, including St. George Rotunda, the National Archeological Museum, the National Revival Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$17.77
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Full-Day Belogradchick Rocks and Venetsa Cave Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Belogradchick Rocks and Venetsa Cave Tour from Sofia

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Feel the power of mother nature and explore this million years history just in one day! Belogradchik rocks are natural phenomenon located in the Northwestern part of Bulgaria. For millions of years the nature has molded interesting forms from the rocks which are connected with many legends. We will see the Madonna, Adam and Eva, the monks, the horseman and many more, depends on your imagination! Among the rocks we will visit the Belogradchick fortress which was built during the Roman Empire. If you can handle more experiences, we will visit the Venetsa cave, which is one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$53.32
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Private Sofia City Tour by Bike

Private Sofia City Tour by Bike

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Take the opportunity to experience Sofia’s compact city center by bike. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide and equipped with a rented bicycle, make your way through many of the city’s green spaces. Ride through the centrally-located Boris Garden, Loven Park, and Yuzhen Park for an active exploration of Bulgaria’s capital.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$46.21
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Full Day Sofia Tour

Full Day Sofia Tour

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Get an in-depth look at the culture, history, and architecture of Sofia on a private 7-hour tour. End-to-end transportation from your hotel enables you to cover a huge area of the city comfortably and efficiently. Get a better understanding of Bulgarian culture (plus free admission) during guided visits at the National History Museum and UNESCO listed Boyana Church. Round out your day with a comprehensive but leisurely tour of the city center.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.36
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$66.36
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Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

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Visit the fascinating city of Plovdiv on a full-day tour from Sofia, and explore ancient ruins, some of Bulgaria’s most historic landmarks, and the city’s Ethnographic Museum. This full-day Plovdiv trip includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Sofia, a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, and admission to the museum and the Plovdiv Roman Theatre.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.55
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$35.55
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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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Learn what life was like in communist-era Bulgaria on a Sofia city walking tour. Meet your informative guide in central Sofia and check out the buildings and monuments that testify to its and Bulgaria’s 45 years on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain. See the Largo complex, former home of Bulgaria’s Communist Party; the Monument to the Soviet Army; the National Palace of Culture and more as your guide explains communist ideology and the everyday lives of Bulgarians during the controversial Cold War period.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

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Visiting Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery is tricky without hiring a car. On this tour, tick it off easily with a round-trip shared transfer in an air-conditioned minivan. Meet your driver in central Sofia and travel to Rila Monastery. Enjoy time to explore the complex independently before returning with the shuttle back to Sofia.
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  • 1 day
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$23.69
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting

Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting

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The tour departs at 9.00 in the morning with a pick up from your hotel. From there, you will head to the Rila Monastery- the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. It was established back in the 10th century. In the monastery complex you will admire the impressive architecture and frescoes. The visit to the monastery is about 2 hours, combined with some free time. During the guided tour in the inner yard and the monastery museum, you will discover the most precious pieces that are kept from the past and all the facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. You will also have the chance to see an old and authentic monk room! After that, you will go to a traditional local winery. There you will have a one- hour guided tour during which you will learn about the process of wine production and you will try 3 different sorts of the popular wines (tapas and meze provided with them). Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.27
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Mt. Vitosha and Boyana Waterfall Hiking Tour from Sofia

Mt. Vitosha and Boyana Waterfall Hiking Tour from Sofia

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Trek up Mt. Vitosha and see the Boyana waterfall on this full-day tour from Sofia. Don your walking boots and hike to the top of Bulgaria’s fourth-highest mountain, passing lush meadows and pine woods. After soaking up panoramic views of Sofia from the summit, enjoy lunch (own expense) and descend to the Boyana fall, whose waters tumble down a steep rock face. Your tour includes return transfers from Sofia, including hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.32
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One Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, Macedonia

One Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, Macedonia

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Upon request: On the way to Skopje you can pass by the Osogovski monastery. NO FURTHER CHARGE WILL BE APPLIED. This tour is a great possibility to visit Skopje during your trip to Bulgaria. You will get acquainted with the Macedonian history and generally with the historical and political points of our region. Skopje is worth to be visited in one day and you can use the occasion to see it while in Sofia. It is easy to book and with our guides you will feel safe and comfortable. The guide will give you information also on places where you can taste local food or buy some local stuff. A tour worth to be done.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.40
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From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

Travel to Rila Monastery with ease and explore independently on this self-guided tour with a round-trip transfer. Depart from Sofia in a shared air-conditioned minivan with a driver and make your way to Rila National Park. Experience the area at your own pace before heading back to Sofia in your transfer.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.69
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Belogradchik Rocks, Fortress & Venetsa cave- UNESCO

Belogradchik Rocks, Fortress & Venetsa cave- UNESCO

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- We provide "Experiential tourism" - draws people into local nature, culture and history. - We create meaning through direct experience - Experiential tourism is very personal, unique and individual for each visitor, also as the place we are going to visit. - Experiential tourism engages all five senses. - Experiential tourism opportunities expand personal horizons.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.30
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3 Caves tour - Saeva dupka , Eyes of God cave & Devetashka Cave

3 Caves tour - Saeva dupka , Eyes of God cave & Devetashka Cave

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Venture away from the bustling city of Sofia and discover the natural landscapes of Bulgaria during this small-group tour. Visit three of the country’s most popular, and beautiful, caves and learn about how these underground locations have been used throughout the centuries. See the corridors and halls of Saeva dupka, then head to Bulgari’s most famous cave, Prohodna—also known as the ‘Eyes of God’—before concluding at Devetashka.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.87
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

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The mountains are one of Bulgaria’s great joys—especially for hikers—but can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour includes chair-lift ticket to the lakes but excludes monastery entrance fees.
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  • 12 hours
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$114.94
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Sofia by Night Panoramic Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show

Sofia by Night Panoramic Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show

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Admire the sights of Sofia by night before dinner and a folklore show on this evening tour. Take a panoramic drive around Bulgaria’s capital to see its illuminated highlights, including the floodlit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Palace of Culture, and more. Then, savor a 3-course Bulgarian dinner complemented with a live folklore show of traditional local music and dance. Dinner, show, air-conditioned transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.10
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$71.10
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