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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!
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.
The New Sofia Pub Crawl
Every night we meet our guests at the meeting spot and from then on we go to the first bar where everyone gets a beer or wine and we start getting to know each other. The next step depend on the week day. 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) Other things to note 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 best 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.
UNESCOS Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
This is usually a small group tour. The meeting point for it is behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, next to Cafe La Catehdrale at 8;45am. The departure is at 9am. The monastery is situated in the beautiful Rila mountain. The traveling time to it is about two hours. The monastery is UNESCO heritage site and it is the biggest monastery complex in Bulgaria. There you will have about 40-minute guided tour with which you will learn about the history and the legends related to the monastery. If you are interested, we can visit its museum as well (the ticket is 8 lev per person and it is not included in the price of the tour). After that, you will have some free time to check the shops, take some photos and have lunch break. If your tour is on a weekend day during the summer, the restourants next to the monastery could be crowded, so you can bring your own food from Sofia in order to save some time. At about 2pm we will depart to Sofia and on the way back we will stop at the Boyana Church- another UNESCO heritage site, situated in the footsteps of the Vitosha Mountain. The entrance ticket here is 10BGN - you pay should pay it on spot. Once again, the guide will tell you about their history and what they represent. The visit in the church is about 20 minutes. The return in the center of Sofia is at about 5;30 pm.

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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.
Seven Rila lakes and Rila Mountain
The Seven Rila Lakes are just 1, 30 h away from the capital Sofia, which makes them a great day trip in nature. All seven of the lakes have their own name which reflects its typical shape or characteristics. They are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 meters above sea level. In winter, they are frozen over and covered in snow; in summer, once melted, they are a clear emerald green and are great for picnic. The hiking path is of moderate difficulty, and the walking time is about 5 hours. Food: if you have forgotten to take a lunch pack or a sandwich with you, you can take advantage of the meals on offer in the two huts on our way to the top lake.
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!
Wines & cheese tasting from Bulgaria
I will introduce you 5 types of the best 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.
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 the Panichishte Resort chair lift which takes us to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. 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 with our minivan. 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!
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.
Lakatnik rocks
Our meeting point will be at the Central Train Station in Sofia at 8am. We are going to catch the train at 8:30 and we should arrived at our destination at 9:43pm. 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. After the restaurant we will 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- Svinskata dupka (The Pork hole) and Petrenski Vir (Petrenski river jump). Our returning train will be after that. 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.
The New Sofia Pub Crawl
Every night we meet our guests at the meeting spot and from then on we go to the first bar where everyone gets a beer or wine and we start getting to know each other. The next step depend on the week day. 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) Other things to note 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
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
Tarot and Tea
Join me for a nice afternoon with Tarot and Tea in one of Sofia's hidden gems in the center! We will start with a brief introduction to the Tarot and follow up with individual readings. Come with a question about yourself, and stay open to receiving guidance. You will receive the most appropriate spread for your question and this will allow you to see the situation from different angles. We won't use the cards to predict the future but to gain a deeper understanding of a situation and access the subconscious. Just come and play.
UNESCOS Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
This is usually a small group tour. The meeting point for it is behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, next to Cafe La Catehdrale at 8;45am. The departure is at 9am. The monastery is situated in the beautiful Rila mountain. The traveling time to it is about two hours. The monastery is UNESCO heritage site and it is the biggest monastery complex in Bulgaria. There you will have about 40-minute guided tour with which you will learn about the history and the legends related to the monastery. If you are interested, we can visit its museum as well (the ticket is 8 lev per person and it is not included in the price of the tour). After that, you will have some free time to check the shops, take some photos and have lunch break. If your tour is on a weekend day during the summer, the restourants next to the monastery could be crowded, so you can bring your own food from Sofia in order to save some time. At about 2pm we will depart to Sofia and on the way back we will stop at the Boyana Church- another UNESCO heritage site, situated in the footsteps of the Vitosha Mountain. The entrance ticket here is 10BGN - you pay should pay it on spot. Once again, the guide will tell you about their history and what they represent. The visit in the church is about 20 minutes. The return in the center of Sofia is at about 5;30 pm.
The night e-scooter tour of Sofia
My favourite part of the day is the time when the sun begins to set and the locals start gathering in lively groups to enjoy the evening. The city lights turn on one by one, shedding light on Sofia's main landmarks. There is almost no traffic - the perfect moment to explore the city on electric scooters! I can't wait to share this moment with you! We will tour most of the landmarks in the centre and ride through Borisova garden (The local Central Park), which many walking tours skip. We will pass by the Soviet Army Monument, the romantic Lilies Pond, and the small Astronomic Observatory of Sofia University. Then we will ride back to the centre. It will already be dark and I will show you some nice places where you can enjoy the rest of the evening like a local or have a late dinner. The itinerary is about 9 km (5.5 mi) long. It does not include any direct riding with heavy traffic. We will be going mostly through areas where cars are not allowed, bike lanes, and parks. The e-scooters' top speed is 25 km/h (15 mph). Their max load is 100 kg (220 lbs). Helmets will be provided for everyone and we will start with brief but precise instructions on how to use the scooters. Safety first! Note that insurance is not included. IMPORTANT: if you can't ride a bike, you can't ride an e-scooter - they are quite similar!
Sofia Graffiti and Street art tour
You are about the hunt down the graffiti and street art of Sofia on your own or with your friends. Follow the paths of the urban art and get know featured artists and the stories behind the walls! Your tour wil start at Statue of Sofia and end up near by. While exploring the artsy and a bit hidden central part of Sofia, you will learn about the styles of graffiti, where is the difference to street art and who are the most influential artists on the streets. During the walk you will have a chance to feel the unique vibe of Sofia while trying to escape from the big boulevards. Along the way we will see graffiti walls, murals, street art, created by Bulgarian and International artists and learn about the process and stories behind each piece. Who knows, we might even get lucky and catch an artist at work..... or you will start your street art career.
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.
Exhibition openings Art tour
You will have the opportunity to visit few exhibition openings happening at the day, to feel the atmosphere there, to meet the author, if you want and if it is possible maybe to buy some peace of art and most probably to taste some nice wine! Of course I will give some details about the venue and the event. Also will let you know what else interesting is happening in town.
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