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These are the 10 most iconic things to do in Bulgaria

Europe is such a big place with so many countries. When looking for a unique experience on such a vast continent, Bulgaria is perhaps one of the best destinations to visit. In addition to being one of the oldest countries in Europe, this country has a rich history, numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites and a landscape characterized by mountains, beaches and numerous archaeological sites. To fully explore this country, there are so many things to do, but we can start with these.



ten Do a wine tasting in the heart of Sofia

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and also one of the oldest cities in the world. A unique way to explore this part of Bulgaria is to taste wine as the country’s winemaking history dates back 5000 years. Engaging in a wine tasting tour through the heart of Sofia, visitors will be introduced to a wide variety of wines, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. With a local wine expert involved in the tour, one is guaranteed to taste only the best.

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  • Price/Person:
    $30.61

  • Length:
    About 1h30

  • What’s included:
    Public transport and tasting of five unique Bulgarian wines.


9 Explore Belogradchik Rocks, Venetsa Fortress and Cave

Bulgaria is a country full of unique natural attractions, and some of the most popular include Belogradchik Rocks and Venetsa Cave. While these attractions can be visited individually, visiting them in the company of a tour is a great way to learn about the history associated with them while marveling at the unique sights.

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  • Price/Person:
    $91.35

  • Length:
    About 11 a.m.

  • What’s included:
    Lunch, bottled water and private transportation.

8 Visit Plovdiv, Asen’s Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

Plovdiv, Asen’s Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery are interesting places for visitors to Bulgaria to explore. One way to explore these interesting places without too much hassle is to join a tour from Sofia, as it maximizes time by visiting multiple landmarks in one go. The tour starts from historic Plovdiv and heads towards Asen’s Fortress, where one will learn the history of the medieval cliff-top fortress and its history. The tour then heads to the Bachkovo Monastery, where you will also learn about the interesting history of the place while marveling at its grand size.

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  • Price/Person:
    $80.19

  • Length:
    About 9 hours

  • What’s included:
    Food and drinks, hotel pick up and professional guide.

seven Explore Plovdiv on a day trip

Being Bulgaria’s second largest city isn’t what makes Plovdiv unique; rather, it is the fact that this city is the cultural capital of Bulgaria and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. With such an endowment, it takes a full day to get a detailed exploration of the city, and one way to get that experience is to join a full-day tour of Plovdiv. During this tour, you will be guided to ancient ruins, historical monuments and one of the most popular museums in this historic city.

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  • Price/Person:
    $30.45

  • Length:
    About 8 hours

  • What’s included:
    Food and drinks, air-conditioned vehicle, hotel pickup and drop-off.

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6 Explore Sofia by bike

When it comes to exploring Bulgaria’s capital and largest city, there are plenty of ways to do it, and cycling is perhaps the easiest and most flexible. Joining a bike tour is a great way to get this experience, as it promises the chance to see much of the city’s green parks in a limited amount of time.

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  • Price/Person:
    $39.59

  • Length:
    About 2 to 3 hours

  • What’s included:
    Food and drinks, entrance fees and local private guide.


5 Discover Sofia on a guided walking tour

Walking is another great way to explore Sofia’s history and culture. By joining a walking tour, one is also guaranteed to be in the company of a professional guide and other history buffs while exploring the city on foot. The tour takes you through the city’s Roman, early Christian, Ottoman and Soviet history. Famous sites such as St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Ivan National Theater will also be visited on this walking tour.

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  • Price/Person:
    $35.53

  • Length:
    About 2 hours

  • What’s included:
    Professional guide and tips.


4 Hike the Seven Rila Lakes

Bulgaria is not just about archaeological ruins and historical monuments. It is also a place for outdoor adventures, and the Seven Rila Lakes are one of the most popular places in the country to enjoy this experience. On a tour of this hiking destination, adventurers will have the opportunity to hike to viewpoints offering mesmerizing views of the mountains and Rila Lakes.

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  • Price/Person:
    $111.65

  • Length:
    About 10 hours

  • What’s included:
    Food and drinks, free cable car ride, hotel pickup and drop-off.

3 Explore the Valley of the Thracian Kings and discover hidden treasures

There is no end to the historical adventures one can have in Bulgaria. Just explore all they can when visiting the country, and another historical adventure to have in this country is an exploration of the Valley of the Thracian Kings. By joining a tour for this experience, travelers will have the opportunity to visit the area of ​​the Thracian kings and learn about interesting ancient Greek and Roman history.

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  • Price/Person:
    $100.49

  • Length:
    About 10 hours

  • What’s included:
    Food and beverages, hotel pickup and drop-off, and free entry to all attractions.

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2 Enjoy a private jeep safari in the Rila Mountains

The Rila mountain range is the highest in Bulgaria and an ideal destination for an outdoor adventure. A unique way to explore this part of the country is to embark on a private Jeep Safari tour, as it promises adventurers a thrilling ride with stunning mountain views. While enjoying the view, you will also see Stephen’s Monastery, the Gospel Stone, and a few other interesting sites in the area.

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  • Price/Person:
    $49.74

  • Length:
    About 2 hours

  • What’s included:
    Lunch and professional driver.

1 Horse Riding In The Rila Range

Horseback riding is thrilling, but engaging in this activity in the scenic Rila mountain range is what makes it worthwhile in Bulgaria. During this adventure, visitors will be taken on a scenic trail that passes around Iskar Reservoir and presents elevated views of the surrounding hills and settlements around Rila Mountain.

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  • Price/Person:
    $120.79

  • Length:
    About 6 hours

  • What’s included:
    Hotel pickup and drop-off, food and beverages, and a professional guide.