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How to Spend 2 Days in Sofia

How to Spend 2 Days in Sofia

With two days in Sofia, you have time to spread your wings a little. First, explore the historical and Communist sides of the city, and experience Bulgaria’s delicious food and wine scenes. Then journey farther afield, perhaps to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rila Monastery or the historic town of Plovdiv. 

Day 1: City Center and Culinary Delights

**Morning:**Start the day orienting yourself in the compact city. A cultural walking tour takes you back to Roman times and beyond, all within a remarkably small area. Alternatively, a Communist-era tour, usually by private vehicle, reveals the city’s brutalist architecture and fascinating socialist art.

**Afternoon:**One of the great joys of Sofia its green spaces. Make a pilgrimage to Vitosha Mountain, which towers above the southern part of the city, and get out into nature as you hike its scenic trails. The must-see 10th-century Boyana Church, recognized by UNESCO for its stunning murals, is on the way.

 

**Night:**Bulgaria’s robust and hearty cuisine blends Turkish, western Mediterranean, and central European elements to great effect. Discover the nation’s great game, fresh produce, and vibrant baking traditions on a food tour—ideally one that takes in a mixture of contemporary and traditional eateries.

Day 2: Day Trip Back in Time

**Morning:**Head out of the city to explore the rich history beyond. UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery dates back to the 10th century, but its grand buildings are from the 19th century. Many tours couple it with a visit to the mountainous Rila Lakes or the pretty village of Melnik, with its unusual rock formations.

**Afternoon:**Alternatively, if you only only two days in Bulgaria as a whole, use your second day to discover the ancient town of Plovdiv, with Roman ruins including an amphitheater and glorious Bulgarian Revival houses. Wandering the cobbled streets and junk stores is the perfect restorative activity.

**Night:**Back in Sofia, it’s time to discover one of the great joys of Bulgaria: its delicious wines. The Thracians were making wine thousands of years ago, and varietals such as mavrud are unique to Bulgaria. Look for a tasting that allows you to shop for vintages to bring home.

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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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$53.90
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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
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$23.95
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Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

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The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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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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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
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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
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Private Sofia City Tour with Wine Tasting

Private Sofia City Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore Sofia in comfort and taste local wines on this private tour. Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned car equipped with WiFi, so you can stay connected throughout the day. Explore the city with a guide and learn about Sofia’s history. Make your way to a local winery and taste three different Bulgarian wines.
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  • 5 hours
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Vratsa Karst and Caves

Vratsa Karst and Caves

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Get out into Bulgarian nature on this full-day tour. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan with a driver-guide to the village of Zgorigrad and then to Borov Kamak Waterfall and the Vratsa Karst Nature Park. Hike up to the waterfall. Transfer to the cave at Ledenika and explore this natural phenomenon.
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  • 10 hours
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Small Group Tour: Rila Monastery and Melnik

Small Group Tour: Rila Monastery and Melnik

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Discover the highlights of southwestern Bulgaria without even thinking of touching the wheel on this convenient tour. First, discover Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of Bulgarian Renaissance art and architecture. Next, visit the tiny town of Melnik, with its extraordinary pyramid rock formations, and explore the Kordopulova House. Your tour includes transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 11 hours
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