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Sofia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Transport

1. Sofia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Transport

Discover one of the oldest cities in Europe on a full-day guided tour of Sofia, and admire UNESCO-listed monuments, relics of the communist regime, and testaments to the city’s rich artistic heritage. Following a pick-up from your hotel, go to the medieval Orthodox Boyana Church on the outskirts of the city. Built in the 10th and 11th centuries, the church was inscribed by UNESCO in 1979 for its exceptional frescoes and contribution to understanding medieval Bulgarian culture. Continue to the National Historical Museum to gaze at artifacts of Balkan history. Then, go to Pancharevo Lake for lunch and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the artificial reservoir at the end of Pancharevo Gorge. Travel into the city center to see the modern National Palace of Culture, and walk to the ancient St. George Rotunda, considered the oldest building in Sofia. Pass the National Archeological Museum, housed in a former Ottoman mosque, and see the city’s only remaining functioning mosque at the 16th-century Banya Bashi Mosque. Another beautiful religious monument is St Nedelya Church, one of the landmarks of the city, while the ornate Ivan Vazov National Theatre showcases the city's more secular side. Wander past the former Royal Palace along Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard to the Russian Church. Admire the parliament building in National Assembly Square, dominated by the impressive monument to Tsar Osvoboditel (King Liberator), erected in 1907. End at the vast Neo-Byzantine Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the most spectacular building in Sofia, with towering domes of gold and green.

Half day Sofia: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

2. Half day Sofia: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Expereince the highlights of the biggest city in Bulgaria on this guided walking tour of Sofia. Take a leisurely walk to past sights like the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Kyriaki Cathedral Church. Dig into the story behind the sights with the help of your guide.  Be greeted by your guide outside the Alexander Nevski Cathedral and start to explore the town center which is compact and packed with archaeological sites, as well as architectural, historical, and cultural monuments. See over 25 tourist sights in just couple of hours. Trace the timeline of one of the oldest cities in Europe in a comprehensive, interactive, and memorable way. View the 16th-century, Ottoman Sofia Central Mosque and admire the Sofia Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Southeastern Europe. Take in the Neoclassical architecture of the facade of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre and be impressed by the Neo-Byzantine style of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the St. Kyriaki Church. 

Sofia: App-Based Murder Mystery City Exploration Game

3. Sofia: App-Based Murder Mystery City Exploration Game

ClueBreak is a big outdoor event that takes place centrally in your city and cities around the world. On your way around the inner city of Sofia and you will visit many famous places like Knyazheska Garden, City Garden, Bulgarian Hall and also see many famous places in city center along your way. First you download the app CLUEBREAK and with the code you receive by e-mail you will login and start your adventure. You will search for witnesses, find clues, test your knowledge and solve the murder mystery. One ticket is valid for 1-6 people. You will receive an exclusive code and further information that you need to log in to our app and start the game. In the app, you will find a map with marked places and witnesses. Visit the witnesses and answer the questions and riddles to get their testimonials. The testimonials are in the form of films and contain information that will allow you to eliminate suspects and weapons. In the end, you will hopefully have the right solution to the murder mystery! THE CASE The game takes place in a fictional small town called Glenndale. A man named Carl Brown has been found murdered in his own home. Why did someone want to kill Carl? Who had the motive and opportunity? Your task is to find out who the guilty one is and which murder weapon was used. This is our first case and more will come. We estimate that it takes at least 2h to complete the assignment. It usually takes a longer time as you may want to watch the testimonials an extra time, stop for a cup of coffee, or go into a place so that the whole team keeps up. It is not the fastest team that wins, but the team with the most points! Is this suitable for children? Absolutely, the activity is fun to do together as a family but is not designed for children to manage on their own. We recommend an age from 12 years old and up if there is no accompanying adult. But remember that it’s all about a murder and all about it. You will have a fun day together!

Exploring Sofia’s Historic Landmarks: A Guided Walking Tour

4. Exploring Sofia’s Historic Landmarks: A Guided Walking Tour

Welcome to the historical walking tour of Sofia, Bulgaria! On your journey through this ancient city, you will be able to take in the rich history, culture, and architecture of the area. Sofia is a city that is rich in culture, history and beauty. It is the capital city of Bulgaria and has been since 1879. It is home to some of Bulgaria’s most iconic landmarks and stunning architecture. The iconic Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of Sofia’s most famous sights. It is an impressive Russian Orthodox Cathedral with golden domes and beautiful frescoes. Another must-see is the St. Sofia Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 13th century. This tour of Sofia’s most historic spots is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will stay with you forever. Come join us on this tour and create lasting memories!

From Sofia: Multi-day Balkan Trip to Istanbul via Greece

5. From Sofia: Multi-day Balkan Trip to Istanbul via Greece

Day 1 – Arriving in Sofia. Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer and accommodation at your hotel. Evening - late short walking tour on lovely place - Vitoshka street – orientation tour for opportunities for dinner in one of Sofia's local restaurants, grocers, wineries, or beer pubs. Pickup from your hotel. Overnight stay. Day 2 – Explore Sofia. Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check – out. After Breakfast at 9:30 a.m - walking tour of Sofia's historic center (duration - about 2 hours and 30 minutes). Pick up from hotel. Landmarks: St. Sophia Church - dating to the 6th century. National Assembly (Parliament) of the Republic of Bulgaria. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral - (visit inside). Natoinal Gallery – Kvadrat 500 Saint Nikolas Russian Church - with best elegant domes… National Art Gallery - The former Royal Palace... National Theater and Garden – Research and Feel the aristocratic spirit of Sofia. The Presidency Building - Watch the change of the guards Sveta Nedelya Church - (visit inside). Departure by bus to Rila Monastery (transfer 2 hours) - most important orthodox cloister in the country – is, without any doubt, the jewel of. Spare time and opportunities for lunch. Departure for Thessaloniki (Greece) - approx. 3,5 hours transfer. Accommodation at your hotel. Spare time and opportunities for dinner in one of local restaurants and taverns. Overnight stay. Day 3 - Discover Thessaloniki.. Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check – out. Walking tour in Thessaloniki begin at the 09:30. Pick up from your hotel. Landmarks: Including the Church of Saint Demetrius (visit inside). The White Tower. The Coastal Boulevard. The Rotunda and Emperor Galerius' Arch. A stroll through Thessaloniki's central district, including Aristoteles Square, Ttsimiski Street. Spare time for lunch and shopping. Departure to Alexandroupolis - approx. 5 hours transfer. Accomm. at your hotel. Free time or just relax to the beach. Opportunities for dinner in one of local restaurants. Overnight stay. Day 4 – First impressions of the magic of Istanbul... Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check out. Departure to Istanbul by bus at 9:30. Approx. 4 hours transfer (depend from depends on the traffic on the Greek-Turkish border) Arriving in Istanbul. Old city short walking tour. Blue Mosque. Hippodrome - Sultanahmet Square or the Hippodrome of Constantinople is a square in Istanbul, Turkey. Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Transfer to your hotel. Check in. Spare time for shopping, relax or individual explore Istanbul. Overnight stay. Day 5 - The treasures of Istanbul Breakfast is served at the hotel. Morning - Istanbul sightseeing city tour journey by bus and boat – total 3 hours. Pick up from your hotel. Discover Istanbul on this 90-minute bus tour and a 90-minute Bosphorus cruise. Cruise along for 90-minutes over the Asian and European shores. Drop off to hotel. Spare time. Day 6 - Coming home Check out and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight.

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What people are saying about Ivan Vazov National Theatre

Great way to quickly learn about the city and a lot of the local attractions. A lot of information and history to absorb but always I would recommend these kinds of tours to get a good handle on the lay of the land. I was lucky to get a one-on-one tour for mine so it felt more personal and I got some good feedback on future tours I had lined up that would cover a lot of duplicate sites.

Had a great day

Because our driver got sick in the morning, we were transported by taxi. Our guide (a young lady Davina, forgot her name) was great. She spoke English very well, was able to understand her well and showed us around with a lot of knowledge. Have a delicious lunch in a Bulgarian restaurant.

Extremely instructive, but also relaxed and fun.

Excellent guide, who spoke very good English and had clear views. Was a social geographer, but knew a lot about history. We were lucky that we were the only ones, so all the time and attention. The country and the city became more alive thanks to him.

We liked Sofia very much also thanks to the well done guided tour. Our guide, Daiana, was very helpful and thorough, as well as well prepared. We recommend everything, cities and activities

The guide was very experienced, precise and meaningful in his explanations.