Hiking to the Seven Rila Lakes
Our meeting point will be behind Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, in front of "La Cattedrale restaurant". The departure is at 07:00 o'clock sharp. (GPS coordinates: 42.695601, 23.333790). We'll drive to Panichishte Resort chair lift, which takes us to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque (chair lift ticket 25 BGN). Then we start exploring them one by one. Each lake is named after its most characteristic feature. The highest one (at 2500m above sea level) is called Salzata "The Tear", from where we have a bird’s eye view over all seven lakes, as well as surrounding outcrops and deep valleys; the next one in height carries the name Okoto "The Eye" after its oval form; Babreka "The Kidney" is the lake with the steepest shores of the entire group; Bliznaka "The Twin" is the largest of all; Trilistnika "The Trefoil" has an irregular shape; the shallowest lake is Ribnoto Ezero "The Fish Lake" and the lowest one is Dolnoto Ezero "The Lower Lake" (2100m above sea level), where the water that flows out of the other lakes is gathered to form the source of Dzherman River. Once you visit the last lake, we'll return to the upper station of the chair lift, ride it, and head back to Sofia. You'll be dropped off at the starting location. Other things to note: Be physically prepared for this hike. Depending on the month that you book, you might need winter clothes. Hiking boots are a must!
Our meeting point will be at the Central Train Station in Sofia at 8am. We are going to catch the train at 8:20 and we should arrived at our destination at 9:38pm. Lakatnik is a small village, built on the gorge of the longest river in Bulgaria-Iskar. Only 53km from the capital Sofia. From the train station in Lakatnik we are going to hike up on the hills until we reached the top of the rocks where has been built a monumen. On our way we will have few stops to make panoramic photos. Also we will see the gate of the cave Temnata Dupka - The Dark Hole. We will keep going until an amazing view will be discovered in front of us. After a good relax we are going back, but this time we will take another path where we are going to see Ruzhishka cave and the Arch. Before we catch up the train again, we will have delicious meal made by eco products in a local restaurant in Lakatnik. The train to Sofia is at 15:44. Or we can do an optional nice and relaxing walk between some houses, limestone wreath above us and forest until we reach the last cave in our jorney- Dupkata (The Hole) and Petrenski Vir (Petrenski river jump). Our returning train will be after that and depends on the time. Other things to note: The train ticket for both ways is included in the price. Please also be advised that inside of the caves is dirty and muddy - do not wear light clothes.
Sofia Communist Tour
Discover the main landmarks of communist history in the city of Sofia. Start your tour by passing by the former headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Continue on to see buildings such as the secret police investigation facility and the destroyed mausoleum. Head on towards the monument of the Soviet army and the National Palace of Culture. During the 3-hour-long walking tour, learn about the theory of communism and what Marxism-Leninism is. Find out about the history of communism in Bulgaria, the pros and cons of the period, and the relation between the communist government and religion, industry, economy, culture and everyday life of the people. End the tour with a fresh perspective on the city and a new insight into the country's communist past. Please note group size may vary depending on the season.
Vineyards tour & wine tasting + transfer
Dive into the world of winemaking as we will show you our crafty take on the classical Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. You will be wine tasting our several craft wines and enjoying the nature within our beautiful winery. We from the family will be more than happy to tell you not only about the wines and the vines but also about the history, the tradition and also we will try to share with you the passion of being a winemaker. If you are traveling with kids please feel free to take them with you. The children will be able to explore the surrounding nature - the vineyards and the gardens. For more information about our small family winery please visit prisoewine..com.
The New Sofia Pub Crawl
Join us for a pub crawl around Sofia's great night life! Don't miss the best opportunity to have fun with travellers from all over the world enjoying a few drinks and the best bars around town. During the week when less people join us, we go to some smaller and hidden locations with their own history and atmosphere. During the weekend we go to bigger venues, as more people (10+) are joining us. During the week: Our second place is a hidden bar with its own story that our guides tell to the guests. Our third place is an art location with a unique vibe. This venue has a special story which the guests of the pub crawl will learn. Our fourth place is is a lively bar on a weekday where the people on the pub crawl already know each other and level of enjoyment go on higher levels. Our last place during the week is a lively place where you can dance and have fun the rest of the night. We get there at about 12:30 - 1 am and you can stay until it closes in the early hours of the morning :) During the weekend: Our second place is a lively bar/club where the guests start enjoying the nightlife music in Sofia. Our third place is a venue where quite often the guests can hear live music) We have the sole intent to provide our guests with a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Any individual or group that is only interested in getting wasted as determined by the guides will be asked to leave
Wines & cheese tasting from Bulgaria
I will introduce you 5 types of the most popular Bulgarian wines from local grapes as well as two types of local cheesе. Along the tasting I'll recount you about our wine regions and the history. Our customers are some of the best restaurants in Sofia, so a recommendation for your next gourmet experience in Sofia will be provided to you at the end of the tasting. All you need to do is to enjoy the true essence of Bulgarian wines and cheesе.
Amazing walking in Veliko Tarnovo
Easy-going Walking Tour. We will pass by the most important tourist points , but also i will show you some hidden places. You will see breathtaking views in some viewpoints, including my favourite one. I will share with you my love by Veliko Tarnovo and tell you some interesting facts and details about the history of the city and Bulgaria in a fun and relaxed way.
Photo walk in the city centre or in the mountain
We will meet in the city centre and will walk around. We will visit the best places in the area and in the meantime, I will take pictures of the guests. I will also share exciting information about the places we visit and Sofia. I will bring the guests to every interesting place in the city centre and at the same time will save the moment, by taking professional photos. Please note that the time in the schedule is set by default and it's approximate. That means that we can make the photo walk in an hour that is convenient for you. If a certain date is not available in the calendar you can text me a message and see if we can make a photo walk that day. For a photo walk outside of the city, please make a request first. Other things to note The guests will receive all the photos in a week in an email. If you have any questions about available dates and hours, don't hesitate to contact me!
Wine tasting in heart of Sofia!
During your personal tasting experience I will guide you through the distinctive world of Bulgarian wines. Although Bulgaria has been producing wine for 5000 years it is still relatively unknown to the rest of the world. Now a rising new generation of Bulgarian boutique winemakers are devoted to the craft and bringing new attention to our country. You will taste 5 wine varieties of local grapes unique to Bulgaria, that can not be found anywhere else: Miskets, Melnik, Mavrud, Gumza and Rubin. Plus, local cheeses, artisanal bread and mineral water. The tasting is held in one of the best boutique wine shops in Sofia – Tempus Vini, which is located on an artsy street in the city center, known for its fine restaurants and boutiques. And just a few streets away from Sofia’s main pedestrian boulevard. During the tasting I can tell you about the wine regions of Bulgaria including the history and the wine culture of my beautiful country. All tastings are held in English or Bulgarian. Duration is about 1.5 hours. Then I can offer you suggestions of my favorite restaurants nearby to finish your evening. :) Other things to note Please inform me if some of the guests have any allergies. Thank you. We are expecting you!
The Seven Rila Lakes and the Holy Rila Monastery
Our meeting point will be behind Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La Cattedrale restaurant. (GPS coordinates: 42.695601, 23.333790). The departure is at 7AM! We'll drive to the Panichishte Resort around 9AM from where a chair lift will take us to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. The ticket is not included and costs 25 leva (= 12.5 euros per person for both directions). Then we will start exploring the lakes. Each of them is named after its most characteristic feature: The Lower Lake (2100 m/ 6900 ft above sea level), The Fish Lake, The Trefoil, The Twin, The Kidney, The Eye and The Tear (2500 m/8200 ft above sea level). Be physically prepared for this hike. Depending on the month that you book, you might need winter clothes. Hiking boots are a must! We also advise you to bring some snacks and a water bottle. Once we visit the last lake, we'll return to the upper station of the chair lift, ride it and head to the Rila Monastery (UNESCO), which is within a 2-hour drive. This is Bulgaria's biggest and most beautiful monastic complex. A place where unique architecture, faith and nature live in symbiosis. Note that there is a dress code at this holy place. All visitors must have their shoulders and knees covered. We will have a guided tour around the monastery and then head back to Sofia which is within a 2.5 hour ride.
Walk and ride horses through the nearest paradise to Sofia
If you are looking for a unique experience surrounded by loved horses, you are coming to the right place! The base is located at Elena´s house, the owner of the horses, by Radomir. Please have in mind that we will drive from Sofia 1h and 15min to arrive to our destination, but don't worry, the scenery on the way is already worth the trip! We believe in a stronger connection with the horse and putting their best interest and wellbeing first. This means that our horse experience might be much different to others that you might have had in the past. We will be able to ride most or even all of the ride, dependending on several factors. If you are tired of riding, you can always ask to jump off and stretch your legs :D We will pass by some beautiful landscape overviewing the mountains and fields. The main view point will be up a hill with a panoramic view to the mountains. The terraine changes often so we can always choose the most favourable route. The hike/ride will take just under 2h. IMPORTANT NOTES: - Better message me before booking so I can double check if the ride will be possible. This will depend on weather and the horse´s wellbeing. - In some cases, I will be able to pick you up at your accommodation. - Long trousers and closed shoes such as trainers or hiking shoes are a must! No shorts and no open shoes.
Discover Bulgaria with dance
"Discover Bulgaria with dance" is the only experience in Sofia that gives guests the opportunity to explore the culture of Bulgaria with the art of dance. You will have the chance to learn a folklore dance and to feel the spirit of Balkans by immersing yourself in the magic of Bulgarian folklore. At the same time we will give you interesting trivial information and insights on the customs of the region. To top it off, you will take a photo in a traditional dance costume(garb).
Cook and Eat Bulgaria
I will take you on a culinary adventure of the national Bulgarian cuisine. We will prepare seasonal meals and use fresh and locally grown products from the small local grocery stores. Together we will cook a hands-on four-course, traditional Bulgarian meal, including banitsa, a main dish, a salad or a soup, and a light dessert. We will start with the preparation of the classic pastry for banitsa from scratch while talking about mystical Bulgarian food and culture habits stories. Our soup will be traditional Bulgarian cold soup - Tarator (we will cook it only when cucumbers are tasty and in season - spring, summer or early autumn time, for the wintertime we will prepare a winter salad) followed by the main course, which will be based on your food preferences (vegetarian or classic meat dish) and finishing with delicious Bulgarian yogurt dessert with homegrown/made ingredients. You will have the chance to learn classic recipes and secret tips for mastering Bulgarian cuisine. I will be happy to share with you products grown in my family's back yard with a lot of love and care, like homemade alcoholic drinks and classic Bulgarian preserves. Other things to note Vegetarian and Vegan options are available upon request. Please, inform me about any food allergies.
Vineyards tour & wine tasting near Varna
Dive into the world of winemaking as we will show you our crafty take on the classical Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. You will be wine tasting our several craft wines and enjoying the nature within our beautiful winery. We from the family will be more than happy to tell you not only about the wines and the vines but also about the history, the tradition and also we will try to share with you the passion of being a winemaker. If you are traveling with kids please feel free to take them with you. The children will be able to explore the surrounding nature - the vineyards and the gardens. For more information about our small family winery please visit prisoewine..com
Sofia Pub Crawl
Sofia Pub Crawl is a guided tour of Sofia's best bars, clubs and nightlife overall. You get to join a group of locals and tourists from all over the world for a night of exploration and drinking. What you get: - A 4+ hour tour of Sofia local's favourite bars (unique and hard to find) + a club - A free round of shots at every place and free entrance to the club at the end - Meeting locals, as well as travelers from all over the world - Drinking games, challenges and other types of entertainment - Your very own fun English-speaking guide