Free tour

Excursion to a hidden beauty west of Sofia

Duration: 6h
Languages: English
Guru: Stefan
Registered on March 06, 2018

Hello! My name is Stefan. I was born and grew up in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It’s where usually all my tours starts. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural-historical heritage, and master’s degree in Cultural tourism. For a while I also studied master degree in “Urban studies”. Last more than ten years I spent a lot of my time exploring my country. I’ve found a lot of spectacular places which I’m excited to share with curious travelers. I can honestly say that I know Sofia perfectly. I know all of its hidden beauties that even most of the locals haven’t seen. I mainly work as a tour guide and airport transfers driver and in my days off I love to hang around here. This helps me to explore our country almost every day! I’m passionate about cycling and prefer to do trips by bike. I drive as well and love hiking and kayaking. So I’m ready to guide you around by any mode of travel. Recently I live also in the countryside where again discover new interesting places which could share with you.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

If you want to see the most beautiful among hidden sights around Sofia this is your best chance!
Just about 50 km out of our capital is situated one of the wildest and most unknown areas even among Bulgarians. The area is so poor and depopulated and the municipality doesn't care that beholds one of the most amazing sights in the country which on other hand preserves it from the crowds of tourists.
This tour is perfect if you searching for a one day adventure and you want to visit beautiful unspoiled nature combined with amazing picturesque viewpoints and a 700 year old temple on a rock just above a beautiful lake!
If you're interested can also see our family property where I restore with natural materials and mainly my arms 130 year old clay house.
The final point can be reached by a little bit of hiking and a car, train and long hiking, bus, bike or even by boat (can find you a horse too). If you don't have a car the best option is the train but then there are 9 km hiking in direction (can shorten this by my car). The tour could last from 4 to 10 hours depending on the transport you choose, your pace and desires.
Please book at least 48 hours earlier otherwise I can't react to organise!

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  • Meeting point:
    бул. „Княгиня Мария Луиза“ 102, 1202 ...
    бул. „Княгиня Мария Луиза“ 102, 1202 Orlandovtsi, Sofia, Bulgaria
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    Under the big clock outside Central train station. I'm skinny enough to be easily recognized :)

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Al 12 Apr 2023

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Travelled alone - Apr 2023
very nice trip, amazing landscape over lake from church
Adrian 30 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
A very interesting walk in nature and explore outside of Sofia. Really enjoyed the walk.
Xiangkun 10 Apr 2022

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Travelled alone - Apr 2022
Seriously, seriously consider doing this tour!! Highly recommended. Stefan is extremely knowledgeable about everything Bulgaria, easy to talk to, and eager to share his unique experiences. He's really thoughtful and goes out of his way to enhance/tailor/personalize the tour to each individual. I was a little hesitant to sign up initially because it was a bit out of the way and there weren’t many reviews but it's definitely become my most memorable travel experience so far out of the countless tours I've done over the last decade :)
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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