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The compact center of Sofia, with its antique ruins, Orthodox churches, and eclectic architecture, is best traversed on foot, with many main sights just a short walk from each other. Before you start pounding the pavement, here’s what you need to know about your walking exploration of Bulgaria’s capital.

Highlights
  • Take a walking tour of the city center and see Sofia’s standout religious structures, such as the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia (Sveta Sofia) Church, Banya Bashi Mosque, and the Sofia Synagogue.
  • Stroll along the pedestrianized shopping streets of Pirotska Street and Vitosha Boulevard, stopping for a drink on a café terrace.
  • Gain valuable insights into Sofia culture, history, and traditions from a local guide. 
  • Learn about Bulgarian cooking traditions during a food-focused walking tour of the city.

City Walking Tours
Walking tours of Bulgaria’s capital usually fall into one of two categories. There are general sightseeing tours, which cover the most famous historical landmarks in the center of town as well as hidden gems. Then there are themed tours, which focus on a specific aspect of local culture or history, such as the Communist era, street art, or Bulgarian cuisine. 

Nature Walking Tours
With mountains, deep valleys, and glacial lakes all within day-tripping distance of Bulgaria’s capital, it’s relatively easy to swap the urban environs of the city for nature. Hiking and walking tours lead you to Vitosha Mountain on the outskirts of the city, or to the Rila Mountains, home to the Eastern Orthodox Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates all the way back to the 10th century.
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.62
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$13.62

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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$55.72
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$55.72
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.72
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$55.72
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.14
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$37.14
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Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

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Mingle with fellow travelers from all over the world on this action-packed pub crawl. Discover Sofia’s hippest nightlife hotspots with an insider guide as you explore the Bulgarian capital with new friends. Tours include complimentary wine, beer, or liquor shots at each of five different locations, plus free dance club admission on weekends.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.99
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$18.99

Private Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

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Private Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

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Forget planning routes, researching sites, and boning up on history. See all Sofia’s key attractions and learn the stories behind them too on this great-value small-group walking tour: perfect for history buffs. Sights include the ruins of the Roman-era east gate, the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George, the Byzantine St. Sofia Basilica, the Ivan Vazov National Theater, and the Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevsky.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.43
$37.14
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$37.14
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Private Sofia Food and Culture Walking Tour

Private Sofia Food and Culture Walking Tour

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Want to know what makes Bulgarians tick? Then, get to know Bulgarian culture better on this small-group tour in Sofia. With an experienced local guide, learn the things everyone should know about Bulgarian life. Sample a traditional Bulgarian breakfast; learn the ‘horo’ national folk dance, and discover more about the country’s language, history, and regional customs.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.86
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$92.86
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.51
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$49.51
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Private Sofia Sightseeing

Private Sofia Sightseeing

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Enjoy the perfect introduction to Sofia on this to-the-point walking tour with a private guide who’ll cue you in to the city’s long history in double-quick time. See a Roman cemetery, 16th-century mosque, Byzantine churches, and landmarks from galleries to cathedrals. Along the way, sip tea or coffee in a rooftop café with spectacular city views and taste mineral water direct from a historic spring.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.67
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$60.67
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Small-Group Alternative Tour in Sofia with Treasure Hunt

Small-Group Alternative Tour in Sofia with Treasure Hunt

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If conventional tours are not for you but you’d like to learn more about Sofia, embark on this unique adventure that’s half escape room, half treasure hunt. Meet at the office, pick up the starter pack, and get off the beaten path as you puzzle your way through clues around Sofia. Finally, meet your guide, complete the final challenge, and get a rundown on your personal experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.67
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$86.67
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7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery tour

7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery tour

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Often called the 8th wonder of the world, the Seven Rila lakes are legendary for their beauty and awesomeness. They are one of the most visited natural sites of Bulgaria. We combine them with a visit to the Rila Monastery. The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. The driver will pick you up, will take you to the Monastery and will show you around. After that he will take you to the lift to the 7 Rila Lakes, you will be able to go up to the lakes, the driver will stay down and wait for you there. When you come back, he will pick you from the lift and bring you back to Sofia.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.23
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$62.23

Private Food and Wine Tour - Sofia

Private Food and Wine Tour - Sofia

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Come to the first and one of a kind complete food and wine tour of Sofia! Created by true foodies and wine lovers. Visit 4 hand picked venues and taste high quality, local, homemade and fresh products prepared especially for you! Starting with the most beloved breakfast of Bulgarians - learn why we are so crazy about our yoghurt! Then let's get immersed in the wine universe. Participate in a wine tasting session of 5 local boutique wines accompanied by gourmet cheeses and cured meats. Next stop - the authentic traditional mecca in Sofia! Get ready to travel back in time to the 19th century and spend a day at the Bulgarians’ festive table! Fresh salads, dips, home made bread, a wide variety of Bulgaria’s favourite vegetable dishes! Of course we will treat generously our meat eating friends! (Keep us posted on any dietery needs!) And for a true happy ending - it’s time to treat the sweet tooth in the hidden pastry heaven of Sofia! Food lovers preparing sweets the good old way!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.33
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Sofia Sightseeing Tour

Sofia Sightseeing Tour

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Avoid the restrictions of a group excursion and discover the historic capital at your own pace on an audio-guided tour of Sofia, with commentary available in multiple languages. Be immersed in the city’s atmosphere as you stroll between top attractions, and take advantage of the self-led nature of the tour to depart at a time that suits you.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.26
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Private Vitosha Mountains Hiking with Black peak & Dragalevtsi Monastery

Private Vitosha Mountains Hiking with Black peak & Dragalevtsi Monastery

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Choose between hiking—in summer—and snowshoeing—in winter—to scale this classic Sofia peak. After pickup from your hotel and a stop at the medieval Dragalevtsi Monastery, climb Cherni Vrah—Vitosha Mountain’s highest peak—from the Aleko Hut with your guide. The views over Sofia, the Rila Mountains, and the Balkan Mountains are just spectacular.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.29
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Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour

Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour

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Feel like a Sofia local on this 3-hour afternoon city and food walking tour. Check out historical highlights such as the National Theater and King’s Palace, and see the Rotunda St. George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Synagogue, and St. Nedelya Church. Stop on route to taste ‘shopska’ salad and an ‘ayryan’ yogurt drink; shop for culinary goodies at the Central Hali Market; and finish with tastings of Bulgarian wine and cold meats at a traditional restaurant.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.14
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The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

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Lovers of history will thrill to this action-packed private walking tour that takes you from the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George to grand 20th-century architecture. Stops include the Ottoman-era Banya Bashi Mosque, the Cathedral St. Alexander Nevski with its glorious icons, and the Ivan Vazov National Theater.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.33
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Private Sofia Guided Walking City Tour with Traditional Breakfast

Private Sofia Guided Walking City Tour with Traditional Breakfast

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Discover the heart of Sofia without even thinking about a map on this convenient, fully guided walking tour. See key landmarks from the different cultures that have occupied the city and explore St. Sofia Church, the Rotunda of St. George, and Cathedral St. Alexander Nevski. Along the way, enjoy a traditional Bulgarian pastry breakfast with a glass of “ayran” salt yoghurt drink.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.53
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Private City Tour of Sofia

Private City Tour of Sofia

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Check off Sofia’s key landmarks in minimum time on this comprehensive private chauffeured city tour. Exploring with your private guide, see Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevski, Saint Sofia Church, the Banya Bashi Mosque, Borisova Gradina gardens, the National Art Gallery, and so much more. Tour includes door-to-door transport but excludes any entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.91
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.53
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Best small train journey in Bulgaria - Private tour

Best small train journey in Bulgaria - Private tour

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For a sightseeing adventure steeped in old world charm, hop aboard a railcar and enjoy the mountain vistas on this small train journey from Sofia. Sit back and take in the scenery as you glide through the countryside from Septemvri to Dobrinishte, see the highest rail station in the Balkans, and stretch your legs on a guided walking tour through Yakoruda. You can stop for lunch—at your own expense—and admire the local churches and Communist-era architecture.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.56
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Private Teteven Horse Riding Experience from Sofia with Overnight

Private Teteven Horse Riding Experience from Sofia with Overnight

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Escape the city and discover Teteven’s scenic surroundings on a 2-day horse riding tour from Sofia. Enjoy intimate access to mountain paths and forest trails, and visit landmarks including Glozhene Monastery and Morovitsa cave. Avoid hidden costs with accommodation and meals included as per itinerary, and save time finding the rural location with round-trip transfer from your Sofia hotel.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$172.10
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$172.10
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.57
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$18.57
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Private Ancient History Spa and Wine from Sofia

Private Ancient History Spa and Wine from Sofia

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Explore Bulgarian customs and culture, and discover a pace of life far removed from the busy capital on this 8-hour history, spa and wine tour from Sofia. Follow your guide through Koprivshtitsa and admire the town’s 19th-century Bulgarian Revival architecture. Learn of the role the locals played in the struggle against Ottoman rule during the 1876 uprising, and gain insight into the town’s rich heritage. Head through the Rose Valley to the Thracian Temple of Starosel. Visit a local winery and spa, then return in comfort to Sofia.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.81
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$97.81
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Vitosha Tour

Vitosha Tour

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Just outside Sofia, Vitosha Mountain delivers sweeping city views and fairytale forest rich in wildlife—but it’s off the metro map and navigation can be hard. Join your guide and no more than seven other travelers for this fun half-day adventure, with transfers from downtown. Expect to reach heights of 4,700 feet (1,435 meters), see a “stone river” formed during the Ice Age, and explore an eerie abandoned hut.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.72
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