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  • Sofia: Communist Walking Tour

    1. Sofia: Communist Walking 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. 

    Our guide Martin was great with a lot of history knowledge and stories. I really recommend this tour.

  • Sofia: Communist History Walking Tour

    2. Sofia: Communist History Walking Tour

    Discover the communist remnants of Sofia city center on a walking tour with an English-speaking guide. Benefit from their expertise about the communist era and its architecture. See the imposing Monument to the Soviet Army at Borissova Garden, and then ride a trolley bus with the locals to experience a relic from olden times. Arrive at the impressive National Palace of Culture, the largest congress hall in the Balkans. Discover a piece of the Berlin Wall, which fell just one day before the radical changes that occurred in Bulgaria in 1989. Walk down Vitosha boulevard to reach the former headquarters of the Communist Party. See the upmarket Central Department Store (TZUM), where the elite would shop. Continue to the site of the former Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum on Prince Alexander of Battenberg Square. End at the antiques market outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and pick up some communi...

    Jordan was very informative and had great history knowledge of Bulgaria, Sofia and its various eras of occupation, specifically communist rule. The tour was perfect length and covered all of the city. Highly recommended.

  • Sofia Private Walking Tour with Traditional Breakfast

    3. Sofia Private Walking Tour with Traditional Breakfast

    Today Sofia is an important educational and cultural center and falls among the top tourist destinations on the Balkan penisula due to its outstanding sights and surrounding natural beauty. Sofia preserves many valuable monuments and visitors exploring the city’s streets can see remnants of the Eastern Gate from the days when Sofia was the Roman administrative center of the region, between the 1st and 6th-century. The most popular sights are Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - the second biggest cathedral in the Balkans, Saint George Rotunda - the oldest church in the town dating back to the 4th-century and Saint Sofia Basilica - the medieval symbol of Serdica, built in the 6th-century. Other interesting places that will be seen are the Parliament, National Theater "Ivan Vazov"- one of the most beautiful buildings in the town, the former Royal Palace, the administration of the President and t...

  • From Sofia: Rupite and North Macedonia Private Day Trip

    4. From Sofia: Rupite and North Macedonia Private Day Trip

    The day starts at 8:00 AM with pickup from your accommodation in Sofia. Travel approximately 2.5-hours to Rupite and explore the sanctuary associated with the famous Bulgarian prophet, Vanga. See where Vanga spent the last years of her life and visit the church of Saint Petka, with its different styles of frescoes and icon paintings.  Next, cross the border into North Macedonia and visit the Swan Lake complex. Explore the lush park and try the local cuisine while admiring the natural surroundings.  On the return journey, you will stop one more time on the Bulgarian side to see the remains of the medieval King Samuil's fortress. Learn about the tragic battle between the Bulgarians and Byzantines in 1014 and explore the very site where it happened.  Return to the bus for the trip to Sofia. Hotel drop-off will be provided at around 7:00 PM.

  • Sofia: Vitosha Mountain, Boyana Church & History Museum

    5. Sofia: Vitosha Mountain, Boyana Church & History Museum

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Sofia and travel to Vitosha Mountain you will begin the hiking portion of the tour. Discover one of the many scenic hiking routes of the Vitosha Nature Park, with some of the most beautiful views of the city of Sofia. After the scenic hike, head back to Sofia and learn more about the ancient and historical locations of the city. First, visit Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox site situated on the outskirts of Sofia. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Then, make a stop at the National History Museum, the largest museum in the country. Discover a variety of objects related to Bulgarian archaeology, fine arts, history, ethnography.

  • Sofia: Private Day Trip to Skopje

    6. Sofia: Private Day Trip to Skopje

    Your tour begins at 8:00AM with pickup from your hotel. From there your traveling time to Skopje (including the border check) is about 4 hours. Once having arrived, you will receive a 3-hour guided tour throughout which you will see parts of both the old and new town areas. The old town starts from the hill fortress from where you can take in beautiful panoramic views over the town. Traveling further you will visit some of the old churches and a famous old trade street from the Ottoman period. Later on you will cross the Varder River, continuing to the new part of town where you will see the newly built triumphal arch of Macedonia. You will also have one hour of free time for a lunch break in a traditional restaurant, and at the conclusion of your tour your expected return time to Sofia is between 7:00PM and 8:00PM.

  • Sofia: Small Group Walking Tour

    7. Sofia: Small Group Walking Tour

    Journey through almost 10,000 years of history on a guided walking tour of Sofia, and learn how the city sits on land that has been settled over the centuries by Thracians, Romans, Huns and more. Marvel at its well-preserved monuments and outstanding sights, such as the East Gate of the Serdika ruins from Roman times. Walk through the underpass connecting the Presidential Palace and Ministerial Council to encounter shops selling traditional souvenirs and rosewater. Experience the city's laid-back charm as you explore streets scattered with mosques and impressive onion-domed churches.

    la guida si e' dimostrata preparata e ci ha fatto visitare le cose piu' importanti nel centro di Sofia. Molto fredda e formale

  • Sofia: Pirin National Park Hike & Bansko Visit with Lunch

    8. Sofia: Pirin National Park Hike & Bansko Visit with Lunch

    Hike to admire Banderishki Lakes and see the highest peak of the mountain, Vihren. Go down to the biggest ski resort in Bulgaria, Bansko, to tuck into a traditional Bulgarian lunch. Take a guided walk in the historical part of the town and learn about the history and architecture of the Revival period. At 8:00 AM, be picked by your guide from your accommodation in Sofia. Enjoy a 2-hour drive on a very beautiful scenic road. See the highest mountain on the Balkans—Rila Mountain—on the way. Then, reach the starting point of your hike, Vihren hut. The hiking takes approximately 3.5 hours in both directions, during which you pass by 3 of the Banderishki Lakes. When back in your vehicle, head towards Bansko Ski resort, just 15 minutes from the parking. Upon coming down from the mountain, relax in Bansko, nestled in a valley. Have a Bulgarian lunch in the heart of the historical part of Ban...

  • From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

    9. From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

    Cross the border from Bulgaria and enjoy a day trip in Macedonia. Dive into the past as you explore Skopje's historic neighborhoods and see its attractions. Learn about the history of the Macedonians as you walk through the new part of the city, rebuilt during the Skopje 2013 project. After your visit to Skopje, head to Matka Canyon to take a break in nature.

    Your day trip begins with an 8:00 AM pickup from your accommodation in Sofia. Drive for approximately 3.5 hours and reach Skopje. During your drive learn about the history of the region from the Bulgarian point of view. Arrive in Skopje and have a 2-hour guided tour of the city from a local Macedonian guide. Learn about Yugoslavia and have the chance to compare the two historic perspectives of the region provided to you on this trip.

    During your guided tour of Skopje visit Skopje Fortress...

  • From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Thessaloniki with Guide

    10. From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Thessaloniki with Guide

    Take the opportunity to see some of the famous sights and monuments of Thessaloniki on a private city tour with transfer and guide. Following a pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Sofia, relax on a comfortable 3.5-hour drive to Thessaloniki. Begin the tour in the heart of the city where you’ll visit the White Tower. Learn about its long history and marvel at its implosive architecture. Next, head over to the historic Aristotelous square, home to different types of shops, restaurants, and a popular location where big festivals are held. Make your way over to the UNESCO sites of church Saint Dimitrios and the Rotunda Saint George. Then, have 2 hours of free time to explore the historic city at your own pace. Grab a taste of the local food scene and take incredible photos near the seaside. After that, you’ll return to Sofia where your guide drops you back at your hotel at around 8:00 PM...

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What people are saying about Sofia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 402 reviews

This was a very nice, entertaining tour with a lot of information about the culture and customs of the Bulgarians. During the tour typical Bulgarian food will be tasted, rakija and rose tea will be drunk, traditional dances will be danced, costumes of different regions and their meaning due to the embroidering will be shown, as well as explained, old, still preserved customs brought closer to the participants.

We experienced how traditions are preserved in daily life, tried different drinks and food, and went to see some new cultural venues held by the youth which we shall not know if not joining the tour. Wonderful.

Our guide Martin was great with a lot of history knowledge and stories. I really recommend this tour.

We had an amazing time, enjoyed every minute, our tour guides were veryyy patient & helpful.

Was fantastic time , we enjoyed very much. Highly Recommend .