Sofia Green Tour
Sofia Green Tour
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
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Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Join us on our free Bike and Hike tours in Sofia and Vitosha mountain! Every day: - Free Green Bike Tour - April till November at 11am, and Free Park Bike Tour - May till September at 5pm Starting Point: National Theater "Ivan Vazov"; - City Vibes Tour - April till November at 10:30 am Starting point: Bansky square; - Free Hike Tour - April till November at 11am. Starting Point: National Theater "Ivan Vazov" Come with us to discover the real Sofia and Bulgaria: nature, people, culture & incredible real life experiences along the way. Our core purpose is to enrich our guests lives by creating unique, interactive travel experiences in Sofia and the countryside. We provide fun, affordable and sustainable travel adventures as we also like to have fun while doing so. You can also join us on our new Vitosha sunset Hike, Rila Monastery Hike and Seven Lakes Hike. ! A reservation for all tours is mandatory !
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Michael G
Budapest, Hungary3 contributions
Aug 2020
We met the Sofia Green Tour guide, Kaloyan at the National Theatre at 11. He warmly welcomed us, and it was quite nice as he had planned to give the hike in Bulgarian but as our fellow hikers were bilingual, he switched to English.

A short taxi ride (10-11 lv) from the city center takes you to Boyana and the base of the trail to the falls. After a brief talk about the hike, we were in the middle of the woods walking on a not too easy but not too challenging trail over roots, minor scrambling over rocks, and through the trees. You could tell Kaloyan knew his trails as we were on a path with few other hikers but when we reached the base of the falls after an hour and a half, it was packed with people. The falls are pretty, rising about 20m and falling are over a rocky face in a clearing of trees.

The trip to the falls, in retrospect, seemed like a little less than halfway of the hike as we continued up, on easier ground, to a beautiful stone hut with a grill cooking meat outside and delicious soups from a small cafe on the inside. We ate together and Kaloyan shared his insights into Bulgarian culture next to a big wood carving of a bear before heading back down the mountain. The complete hike took about 4 hours .

For families interested, we took our 2 12 year old boys and they loved the hike.
Written August 26, 2020
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Sharmila
Rotterdam, The Netherlands7 contributions
Jul 2020
While planning the trip to Sofia I had read about a free hiking tour to the must see Mountain Vitosha. My friend and I didn't expect much from it, but WOW we come back from that pretty quick! What a great hike in a beautiful scenery with a super nice guide (Ivailo, nickname Ivo) who also told a lot of interesting stories about the history of Sofia and Bulgaria. Because of Covid19 the two of us were the only one for the hike, so we were lucky to have 2 other guides (Sally and Petr) who came along with us on the hike. We could choose from an easy or difficult path, so, cocky as we were we choose the difficult climb for going up and took the easy road to go down. There were a few tricky steep parts but the guides helped us with that. But
all that panting for breath and sweat (30 degrees that day) was quickly forgotten when we arrived at the Boyana Waterfall. We had a lovely lunch here (which you have to bring yourself) in a nice cool spot. But that was not all, we later went to the highest point from which you had a fantastic view of Sofia. Then we went via the easy way down (thank God ;-D) where we passed the Boyana Lake. At the end of the hike (we made it!) it was also possible to visit a very old church (Boyana church) where you can admire very special old frescoes. All in all not only a MUST SEE but also a MUST DO! The guides do this on a voluntary basis and they do so it so passionately, so don't forget to give them a nice tip afterwards.
Written July 24, 2020
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Carleen
Virginia32 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We participated in the Boyana Waterfall Hike with Kolyana (spelling might be off) and it was awesome. We were blessed that it had rain for a few days prior and that means the falls were full. Kolyana was helpful in both giving information and keeping us safe. The falls were beautiful. The hike is difficult going up. In some places the rocks are loose, in others you have to use a lot of upper body strength to pull yourself through some rocks/trees. Some parts are muddy. When they tell you to wear good hiking shoes they mean that- it is much safer with a solid shoe. We enjoyed lunch at one of the KUT on the top of the mountain (we had brought packed sandwiches from Fabrika Daga (english= rainbow factory). I definitely recommend that too. If you ask they will wrap the sandwich extra to keep it fresh.). There were some bugs from time to time, so bring some bug spray! We stopped to see Boyana Church as well, that cost 10 bgn. Afterwards we bought some drinks at a little store, so be prepared with money for the taxi to and from, the church if you want to go inside and see the impressive frescos, drink money and tip for the guide.
Written July 2, 2023
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Anna S
United Kingdom1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
We could not have hoped for a better adventure and tour of Sofia. It was the perfect combination of city sights, culture, history and of course nature. Addy managed to get my daughter really engaged, energised and feeling connected with the city and nature, including a couple of small ‘challenges’ which she managed to complete and will likely remember forever. We can’t thank you enough!
Written August 18, 2023
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Fun
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The hiking tour was great! This was our first hike and we as family had a great experience. Our tour guide Jordan was really nice and told us a lot about the hike and Bulgaria in general. Thanks Jordan for the guidance! 10/10 would recommend!
Written October 18, 2023
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Alvin D
Leicester, UK22 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Sofia is truly a beautiful city infused with culture and tradition on a backdrop of mountainous green. So there is no better way to appreciate the nature and heritage other than from the viewpoint at the pinnacle of Mount Boyana.

So this sets the scene for my little romantic story...

I was waiting for some time to propose to my girlfriend (the term sounds so juvenile now), but I wanted the moment to be right. Yes... I could have taken her somewhere cliché... maybe London, Paris or Rome. Nothing wrong with these cities, but I’m quite an adventurous kind of fellow, so I yearn for the quirky and unique.

This is when Bulgaria, Sofia popped out to me from the map. Intrigued, I did some research... plenty of cool places to eat/drink, lots of tourist activities and tours. One activity in particular caught my attention... Free Boyana Hike Tour. I saw many positives, it is physically active and you can experience some amazing scenery. Basically I was sold on the idea.

Fast-forward... We’ve just been privileged to witness the inside of the impressive Boyana Church. Now we’re at the foot of Mount Boyana. My partner and I are walking up a pretty steep road accompanied with the group and the guide. Already at this point my wonderful girlfriend was gassing out and getting quite panicked at the journey ahead. I started to think “oh boy” I’ve made a huge mistake. I could see her struggle, but I’d be damned if my plan had gone to pot. So I offered my patience, getting her to calm her breathing and regain composure. This happened several times as we climbed up, but at every juncture I was supportive and told her to forget about everyone else pacing up. At every checkpoint we regrouped and embraced the nature around us.

Hooray! We reached the glorious heights of Mount Boyana, where we were welcomed by the fantastically spectacle of the Boyana waterfall. The views from here are truly magical, a worthy reward for our efforts. As we settled down on the rocks for lunch sustaining our energy levels, the atmosphere quite serene, just the rushing flow of the falling water. I kneel down to rummage in my rucksack, I can see she’s still pretty shattered, and to be fair probably quite peeved at me. At certain points I had considered calling for the air ambulance... really glad I didn’t have to. Anyway... I look deeply into her eyes and explain to her how the hike is a “labour of love”. Standing by her, supported and encouraged her to continue marching on and how she had persevered and shown unbelievable determination. She looks at me dumbfounded... hehehe. I produce a decorative box from my rucksack to reveal a shiny beautifully engraved Indian gold bangle (yeah... I know, she doesn’t like rings... weirdo). She took a few moments to recalibrate, she hadn’t seen this coming... then imploded with the words... YES! I couldn’t tell if she was crying because of all the sweat streaming down her face. She was elated and we shared a loving embrace that felt like eternity. The funny thing is though, nobody in our hiking tour group realised that this had happened because they were pretty zonked out too. I don’t mind this anyway, as the moment was just for us, making it feel so much more sacred.

I joke about this moment, but this was definitely one of the best days of our lives. To some people this would be just another hike, but for us it was an epic saga of overcoming adversity to discover how much you really love someone. For some people this hike will be tough, but hey, life is tough. I wouldn’t suggest you mimic me and propose in this manner because depending on the temperament of your partner the result could be pushing you off the mountain... oh dear. However, it is a great opportunity for team building and meeting new and interesting people from around the world.

On the descent, you will come to a panoramic viewpoint where the entire city of Sofia can be looked upon. The skies emblazoned blue, not a cloud in sight, with just the sun’s rays shining through. It is an image of sheer brilliance, a welcomed reminder that there is still grace and happiness in the world. Further down you find Boyana Lake, which is the epitome of serenity. It is so far removed from the bustling city, the tranquillity is appreciated. Sometimes one forgets what quiet actually sounds like. The only murmurs you hear are the flapping of the dragonflies and the soaring of the wild birds. I’m not a religious man, but I would consider this akin to heaven on earth.

This is an 8km hike, suggested at an intermediate level. For young fit stallions like me, it’s not so strenuous, but a nice workout. For others that are less physically active, just do a little cardio before your trip to condition your body. Make it a personal goal because believe me, the hike is well worth it. So much in fact... at the end of the hike my dear girlfriend explained to the guide of how much she had enjoyed it and will plan more hikes for the future. Well... it must have been the adrenaline and endorphins talking there because at several points she felt like she was going to die (what a drama queen... lol).
Written October 12, 2017
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Ronit E
גבעתיים5 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
We booked a tour with Todor which was a great guide. Very nice. He told us very interesting stories about the history of Sofia and it's sites. Please note that November is of season so it is not free. But it was worth it!!!
The tour is 20 km of biking. We began at the bike rent store in the center of the city and end up circling the city starting with explanation on historical sites in Serdica, going thru the parks of Sofia, and going thru the forest of Sofia which is breath taking!
It took about 3 hours. Very recommended!!!!
Written November 6, 2016
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Lucia R
Vasto, Italy23 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
I loved the hiking. I felt like going with a group of friends. The trail is wonderful, walking though the woods for 1 and a half hour. It was a celebration of autumn colors. And the waterfall ... incredible. I would have stayed hours there if it was not so chill. Our guide Peter entertained us all the time with funny anecdotes and maid us all feel comfortable. We really had a lot of fun.
I totally recommend it.
Thanks to the organization for keep this initiative alive. It's great value for the city of Sofia.
Written October 19, 2019
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Isabelle
35 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We did the hike to the waterfall and lake this morning. We chose the little bit more difficult path, but still found it very doable. The guides can adjust the pace and difficulty to your abilities and condition, so no worries about it!
The scenery was very beautiful and idyllic. Our guide Milena was very friendly, enthusiastic, open and relaxed and knew a lot about the area. Really a recommendation!
Written July 31, 2018
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AndyTsoi
Portsmouth, UK73 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
If you have had enough of wondering around the city and want some peace and quiet in the countryside then this might be for you.
The guide for this trip was Mirella, who I had previously met on the New Sofia Pub Crawl tour.

A short taxi ride from the city centre takes you to the base of Vitosha mountain, where you begin the hike.
It was a lovely sunny day when I went so the trees gave some welcome protection from the sun. Check the weather before you go because on overcast days it can be quite cool on the mountain
so taking a light jacket or top might be advisable.
The trip doesn't quite take you to the summit, but there are some nice view points where you can look down on the city. Other nice features are a waterfall and lake that you pass by.
For a person of average fitness this is a strenuous hike, but there is no rush so if you want a break the guide is happy to stop.
The path includes bolders, loose stones, leaves, and small streams so ensure you wear comfortable trainers, or walking shoes/boots. In places the path is adjacent to steep slopes or it is uneven so you need to keep a careful eye on where you are walking to avoid twisting an ankle or slipping over.
When you get near to the highest part of the hike you can stop for lunch, but bring any refreshments you want as there is no
where to purchase food from there.
You can refill water bottles at the waterfall halfway through the hike, so don't make the mistake I did and carry enough water for a whole day!
At the end of the hike when you return to the base of Vitosha Mountain there is an option to visit Boyana Church.
It's a very small, but significant old church. The inside is covered with Frescos. I wasn't overly impressed by this, but that's probably because there wasn't any English signs inside to explain
the significance of the frescos or architecture.
Written June 8, 2015
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