Bulgaria
Destination
2 days
Duration
Culture, Heritage, Nature
Tour type
Sofia
Starting point

Have you heard of Belogradchik rocks in Bulgaria? This is a natural phenomenon in Northwestern Bulgaria. Let’s see it together with other natural sites in a 2 day tour. We will drive together to our birthplace, Belogradchik. This is a small town in Northwestern Bulgaria at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. Its name means “small white town”.

Sightseeing of Belogradchik rocks

Most of all, the town is famous for the Belogradchik rocks. These are unique red rock formations with various shapes. During the sightseeing tour, you will feel the energy of the Belogradchik rocks. In 2008 they got nomination to be listed among the 7 World Wonders of Nature. You will enjoy the beautiful nature of the Balkan Мountains, visit unique caves and live close to the nature for the next 2 days.

Caves in Northwestern Bulgaria

Northwestern Bulgaria is special with its caves. Magura cave is one of the largest and most unique caves on the Balkans. It is located close to the town of Vidin. The drawings in the cave show society events that had occurred in ancient times in Magura cave: religious ceremonies, hunting scenes and images of Gods. In 1984 the site was included in UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage.

The next cave is Venetsa cave near Gara Oreshets village. It is open for visitors since June 2015. This place is a natural monument because of its exceptional colored formations and ice crystals. They look like flowers, animals and other figures. The cave is about 200 m long and consists of 5 halls. Visitors pass via few narrow parts and for shortly they need to walk leaning forward in the cave.

Kozarnika cave is situated 2 kms away from Gara Oreshets village. According to archaeologists, humans used to live there prior 1 600 000 years ago. Bulgarian archaeologists from the Bulgarian Academy of Science and French scientists from Bordeaux, France, found the oldest bones of animals that were raised by humans and here comes the hypothesis that the first Europeans used to live there.

In Gara Oreshets village there used to be a Landline factory and a Wood factory.

Vidin town and Baba Vida Fortress

Lastly, we will reach our natural border with Romania in Vidin. We will have a walk along the Danube River. Vidin’s main touristic sight is Baba Vida fortress. It dates to the period from the 10th to the 14th century. The fortress is located in a park on the bank of the river. We used to live here until 18 year old and we will be happy to show you our hometown. This part of Bulgaria is a hidden treasure of the country. Let’s explore it together.

Duration: 2 days
Destination: Belogradchik and Vidin, Northwestern Bulgaria
Departure location Pick up from your accommodation in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Departure Time 08:00
Arrival Time 20:00 (Drop off at your accommodation)
Included
Licensed English/German speaking tour guide and driver
Transport and parking costs
Sightseeing of Belogradchik and Vidin
Photos from the tour Mineral water
Not included
lunches and dinners
entrance fees for 2 caves and 2 fortresses: in total EUR 15 per person
When to visit: all year long
Group size: from 1 up to 6 people
Extra information Please, wear comfortable shoes and jacket. In the caves it is colder and it might be slippery. The tour could be in English, German, Spanish and other languages.

 

1

9.00 AM

Pick up from your accommodation in Sofia. Departure in direction Northwestern Bulgaria. It will take us approx. 3 hours.
2

10.00 AM

Stop in a local village on the way.
3

12.00 AM

Optional lunch in Belogradchik.
4

13.30 PM

Sightseeing of Belogradchik fortress and panorama view of the magnificent Belogradchik rocks.
5

15.30 AM

Sightseeing of the unique Magura cave.
6

20.00 AM

Overnight in Vidin.
7

09.00 AM

Sightseeing of Baba Vida fortress, the centre of Vidin and walk in the garden along Danube river.
8

12.00 PM

Optional lunch in the area of Danube river. 
9

15.00 PM

Departure to Sofia (approx. 4 hour drive).

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Belogradchik rocks
Belogradchik rocks
Belogradchik rocks
Belogradchik fortress
Belogradchik rocks
Venetsa cave near Kozarnika cave
Magura cave
Danube river
Baba Vida fortress
Baba Vida
Baba Vida fortress
Vidin
sunflower field

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
July 12, 2018

So anyone seeking an experience in Bulgaria that is something different than Sofia and city sightseeing, this tour is great! There was such a nice variety of things to see and do. We began by walking through the old mountain fortress in the rocks at Belogradchik, but also saw a musical performance in the peaks that evening. (The Sofia National Opera & Ballet has outdoor shows during the summer called, “Opera of the Peaks.” Ask the tour guides about it.) The following day we visited caves with pre-historic drawings on the walls, followed by a tour of Vidin – a city on the Danube River. In Vidin, we saw everything from a medieval fortress to old communist industrial areas. Not to mention, the drive between Belogradchik and Vidin offers a wonderful flavor of the Bulgarian countryside.
I not only recommend this tour, but plan on doing it again — and seeing another show at the “Opera of the Peaks.”
Thank you Beni and Tsveti! -Tim F., U.S.A.

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