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Your day in Belogradchik and Venetsa cave


8:30 h Departure from Serdika meeeting point 2, Maria Luiza boulevard across McDonalds - a scenic but mountainous 3h drive through Petrohan Balkan range pass (some consecutive turns).

11:30 h Walk uphill to the top part of the fortress. On the way we can enjoy the funny-looking forms of the rocks and use our imagination to "see" the figures of the Madonna, the Rabbit, the Turtle, The Ice-Age Squirrel, the Rebel and many more, learn the history of the Fortress during the different periods, hear the frightening legends of prisoners and rebels. The parking lot offers some nice souvenir shops, a good variety of wine and rakia (local strong brandy) from the Magura cave wine cellar.

13:30 h a short drive to a nearby newly-opened cave Venetsa (The Wreath), very well organised and beautifully lit with colorful led lamps. It contains only natural formations. After the visit a quick lunch may be offered (paid extra) if time permits.
Due to landslide Venetsa cave will be closed till March. In exchange Magurata cave will be visited.

16:00 h Departure to Sofia.

18:30-19:00 h return to Serdika meeeting point in Sofia.

The itinerary may vary depending on road conditions, weather, traffic or other. Please note that the drive to Belogradchik is fairly long and mostly mountainous and with turns on the way to Belogradcik. The return leg is on a straight motorway.

Belogradchik overview


The name of the town literally means "small white town," which is situated in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains just east of the Serbian border and about 50 km south of the Danube River. It has been known as a settlement since the Roman period and has passed through all the Bulgarian history. As a guard of this heritage stands the medieval fortress. The place is famous for its unique and impressive rock formations, the Belogradchik Rocks, which cover an area of 90 square kilometers and reach up to 200 meters in height. They were also nominated for the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Prices


Every Monday and Friday: 69€ per person. A minimum group of 3 persons is required to run the tour, fully refundable if cancelled.
Every other day the price is based on the number of people in your party and includes hotel pick-up:

1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4-8 persons 9-18 persons
229 € per person 129 € per person 99 € per person 89 € per person 79 € per person

Included in the price: transfer to/from the departure point in Sofia, guide in English throughout the whole day, parking fees and entrance fees. Meals, tips and personal expenses are not included. Small group tour. Children (1-16yrs) receive 20% discount.


Departure point every Monday and Friday at 8:30 from Serdika meeeting point (2, Maria Luiza boulevard across McDonalds (see map below).

Departure point every other day from your hotel or accommodation.

star rating  Unfortunately I had to cancel this tour because I was ill (and we all know that during this pandemic situation we can't take any risk, not for ourselves and not... read more

KittyCvB
25.08.2020

star rating  Took the tour to Veliko Tarnovo in mid-December 2019. It's about a 3 hour drive. The city is absolutely beautiful and pictures really do not do it justice. On top... read more

Stumodernart
19.12.2019

star rating  Well worth the money.
The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Picked up from outside our apartment and taken right into the heart of Skopje.
If you decide to... read more

hankey5
25.01.2020

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Highlights

Fixed price 69€ per person every Monday and Friday .

Scenic drive through the spine of the Balkan Peninsula- Stara Planina Mountain Range.

Explore a natural wonder, over 50 million years old above ground.

Dive into an amazing 10-million-years old cave.

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Mon & Fri 69€ per person

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