The 7 Best Adventure Tours to Take in Bulgaria

Kayaking in Kamchia River | Courtesy of Bulteam Adventures
Kayaking in Kamchia River | Courtesy of Bulteam Adventures
Photo of Maria Angelova
6 July 2017

A thrill-seeker will feel at home in Bulgaria with mountain tops for hiking, rapids for rafting, rivers for kayaking and sea and sky for diving. Get a pinch of adrenaline with our list of the best adventure tours you can book in Bulgaria.

Paragliding above Vitosha Mountain and the outskirts of Sofia

Vitosha Mountain is located right next to the Bulgaria capital and as well enjoying it for the numerous hiking options, you will love it as a paragliding spot. Paragliding is a somewhere in between relaxation and an adrenaline rush depending on whether you choose a relaxed panoramic flight or a thrilling acrobatic flight. All you need is enthusiasm and comfortable hiking shoes, leave the rest to the professional instructors from Sky Camp.

Paragliding | © Pixabay

Kayaking in Kamchia River Reserve

The estuary where Kamchia River flows into the Black Sea is a perfect place to see some of the unique Bulgarian nature on offer in the country. Kayaking beginners will be happy to know the water is calm and the route is not exhausting, while those who already know the joy of kayaking, will enjoy the beautiful forest area with many of the trees being more than 150 years old and lianas stretching down to the water. Every trip along the Kamchia River includes time for basking at the endless Kamchia Beach. Bulteam Adventures will also help you explore Bulgaria caving, canyoning, biking, and hiking

Kayaking in Kamchia River | Courtesy of Bulteam Adventures

Rafting at Struma River

Get your adrenaline pumping on the rapids of Struma River, the best place for rafting and white-water kayaking in Bulgaria. It’s only one hour drive from Sofia but you don’t have to hurry back to the city, stay for the night at a cozy guesthouse or camp by the river. Adventure Net organizes rafting trips as well as many more adventures, such as mountain biking, canyoning, horse riding, diving, skiing, etc.

Rafting | © Pixabay

Sea kayaking at Tyulenovo

The Black Sea Coast is not well known to foreigners, especially its northern, wilder coast. The area between Tyulenovo and Kaliakra is among the most scenic kayaking routes in the country with its rugged shore and the towering rocks overlooking you while you row your way to the next tiny bay. You can opt for a tour taking a few hours or a few days. Sea Kayaking Bulgaria arranges these tours and also organizes photo tours along the northern Black Sea coast (usually in spring and fall).

Kayaking near Tyulenovo | Courtesy of Sea Kayaking Bulgaria

Snowshoeing in the Rila Mountains

If it’s winter and you want to explore some of the of Bulgarian mountains, grab a pair of snowshoes and head for the Rila Mountains. Snowshoeing is the best way to walk through deep snow and reach spots where no human has set foot for weeks. This adventure is good for both beginners and advanced hikers, with the length and level of the route being judged by the guide. The perfect end of the chilly hike is a dip in a warm natural mineral pool in the mountain. The organiser of this trip is Odysseya-in, one of the pioneers of adventure tourism in Bulgaria focused on sustainable tourism. They could also organize for you hiking, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, and cultural trips.

Snowshoeing | © Pixabay

Wreck diving in the Black Sea

Discover sunken aircraft, submarines, World War II ships, and torpedo boats along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast as you immerse yourself in another, mystical and eerie world. To join this tour, you are required to have a Scuba diver, Junior Open water, Open water diver or higher-level certificate. Tour operators Angel Divers can also organize beginners courses, night diving and instructor courses.

Wreck diving | © Pixabay

Horse riding in the mountains

Discover Bulgarian mountains from the back of a horse and learn about the local nature from your knowledgeable guide. Find our which wild medicinal plants are used to heal what, and how to find and pick blueberries. Riding Base Balkan, based in Apriltsi, at the foot of Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountain, offers panoramic riding, mountain riding, visiting of local attractions or even crossing the mountain and finishing in a spa in the Rose Valley.

Horse riding | © Pixabay

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