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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding & Birdwatching on Zlatna Panega River – One-Day Tour from Sofia

  • 8-10 Hours
  • Beginner friendly
  • Zlatna Panega Canyon
  • 2-6 People
  • Birdwatching
  • English and German

One-day SUP Tour in a Karst River Canyon and visit to Prohodna Cave

Join us on a Stand-Up Paddle Tour in the spectacular Zlatna Panega River Canyon.

Zlatna Panega’s source is the largest karst spring in Bulgaria. Because of the concentration of calcium carbonate, the color of the water is a remarkable pale blue-green throughout most of the year. Locals call it therefore the Blue Ink Springs. The water temperature remains constant throughout the year, which makes the river surroundings a preferred habitat for a variety of birds and a Natura 2000 protected area. Some of the birds we are most likely to encounter while paddling are herons, swans, ducks, and kingfishers. If we are particularly lucky, we might also glimpse the very rare and elusive black storks that nest high up on the canyon rocks.

Another highlight nearby that we will visit is Prohodna Cave, also known as the Eyes of God. It is naturally lit by two holes on the ceiling which make it unique, as they bear striking resemblance to giant eyes that seem to be staring into your very soul. This cave is an absolute must see!

Bulgaria SUP Tour for nature lovers

This SUP Day-Trip from Sofia with a visit to Prohodna Cave is beginner friendly. You do not need any prior experience paddling. Before entering the water, all participants undergo thorough instruction on how to paddle and the respective safety rules.

Difficulty and Duration: Easy; ~ 2-3 hours of paddling.

Find out more details in the Itinerary description below or get in touch if you are unsure whether our paddle boarding tour is suitable for you.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Outdoor & Nature Trips in Bulgaria.

When

Mon – Wed in May, June and October

Time and location

We depart at 8:30 AM from a location of your choosing in Sofia

Duration

8-10 h

Difficulty

Beginner friendly. No prior experience needed

Price Includes

  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • SUP instructor & guide
  • SUP equipment (SUP board, paddle, leash, safety vest, dry bag)
  • Snacks
  • Binoculars (to be shared)

Price Excludes

  • Meals that are not explicitly mentioned as included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities to the guide/driver and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Maps

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SUP DAY TRIP ITINERARY

We leave at 8:30 AM from a location of your choosing in Sofia and arrive at Zlatna Panega Eco Trail around 10:00 AM.

Before entering the water, all participants will get acquainted with the SUP equipment – paddle board, safety vest, leash, paddle, etc. You will also be instructed by our experienced guides on the main aspects of paddling, e.g. how to paddle straight, how to turn, how to stop, how to get up and/or sit down on the board, as well as on all safety rules. The paddling on Zlatna Panega River will last about two to three hours. After that we will sit down for lunch at a local pub.

Before heading back to Sofia, we will visit Prohodna Cave. It is one of the most famous and easily accessible caves in Bulgaria. It also happens to be a favorite spot for rock climbing, so don’t be surprised to encounter people hanging from said ceiling.

We will arrive back in Sofia in the early evening. If you have any follow-up questions about this one-day SUP & Birdwatching Tour, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Note
  • Participants should be dressed with quick-drying sportswear. You will further need a towel and aqua shoes or sport sandals, if you don't want to be barefoot in the water and on the board, sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen, as well as a spare pair of dry clothes.
  • Participants have to be physically fit
  • Booking needs to be done at least 48 hours prior to departure & is subject to confirmation
  • The tour operates for min. 2 participants
  • Program is subject to weather conditions
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