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From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

1. From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

During this day tour you will travel through history with the professional lead of your guide. Your journey through time will start from the Roman period, when Nis gave to the world the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. You will then continue through the Middle Ages and the period of the Ottoman rule, which left constructions like the Nis Fortress and the Skull Tower, a symbol of the struggle for freedom and independence from the Ottomans, as well as a representation of the violence of the time. The latter of the tour will pay attention to modern history, in particular the period of Nazi occupation of former Yugoslavia by visiting a Nazi concentration camp. Following this concentration camp visit, it will be time for some rest. During this stop you will have the chance to taste typical Serbian cuisine, which is one of the most delicious of the Balkans. You will also have free time for a walk in the historical old part of the old city. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Sofia.

Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

2. Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

The Serbian city of Nis is growing in popularity as a tourist destination. On this full-day trip from Sofia, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to this picturesque, relaxed city that dates back to Roman times. Nis was the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. It is home to one of the oldest churches in Serbia, dating to the 4th century, located in the suburb of Medijana. You’ll find some fortress remains, a shopping street, and lovely gardens. The approach to Nis is very scenic, with the road passing through a river gorge. Your first stop is to visit the famous Cele Kula (Skull Tower). Learn about the atrocities committed by the Turks and see the unique monument to the sacrifice of Serbian revolutionaries. The next important site is in suburban Medijana, where you’ll explore an archeological site of a Roman estate. See remains of an ancient villa, a granary, villas, and baths. The museum houses sculptures and portraits of Roman gods and goddesses, utensils for daily use, and other objects unearthed at the site. You’ll have some free time to walk around the central square and try the famous Serbian grill for lunch. After lunch, your driver will take you to a small concentration camp that was set up by the Germans during World War 2 to imprison and exterminate Jews, Romas, and other minorities. At 16:00 you’ll begin the trip back to Sofia, expecting to arrive at about 18:30.

Sofia: Museum of Socialist Art and Buzludzha Monument Tour

3. Sofia: Museum of Socialist Art and Buzludzha Monument Tour

Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel. Jump in the car and enjoy the ride to the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia. See over 70 monumental sculptures. Admire the large five-pointed star that sits on a special pedestal and once crowned the former Party House in the center of Sofia. Enjoy a 3-hour scenic drive as you continue your trip and head to the Buzludzha Monument, one of the most notable from the socialist period. This communist tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Sofia: Full-Day Tour

4. Sofia: Full-Day Tour

Start the tour with the only UNESCO World Heritage monument in the vicinity of Sofia, Boyana Church. Small in size and only takes 30 minutes to visit, but its frescoes have made an enormous contribution to the world history of art. Then, you will visit the National History Museum, which will guide you through 14 centuries of a long history of Bulgaria. By this time, your hunger for knowledge and a local delicious meal will be strong enough for a visit to a little secret restaurant, established in 1927, where you will continue with pleasure and chat about the topics you are interested in - Communism Soviet era, Turkish occupation, participation of Bulgaria in World War 1 and 2 and many more. In the afternoon, park your vehicle up from Alexander Nevski Square for a visit of the largest church on the Balkans, followed by an underground tour of St. Sofia Church catacombs from Byzantine time. Continue with a stroll to the Russian Church, the National Theater and its garden, the Rotunda St. George (round church), the Roman remains and finish your walk by the Mosque Bania Bashi, where you will enter in the Museum of History of Sofia, the Hall's Market and the thermal springs nearby.

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If you're in the Sofia area, and looking for something different to do, why not add another country to your bucket list. Niš is a wonderful and vibrant city with lots of interesting sites to see, as well as delicious foods and lots of friendly faces. The company that picked us up (in a very nice vehicle might I add) directly from our hotel was Vtravel.bg, and their driver Ivan who was also our personal tour guide was phenomenal. In fact, it was Ivan who made the tour so memorable; from his smooth driving skills on the rough roads along the way, to his knowledge of everything and most importantly the attentiveness of our frequent coffee and rest stop needs...lol. All in all it was a day to remember, and a most definite thought about booking another tour with Vtravel.bg when I return again to the Sofia Bulgaria area.

We really enjoyed our day tour to Serbia and would definitely recommend this. Our tour guide was fantastic (I can’t remember his name sorry!) There was only 3 of us but this made it better in my opinion. We visited 3 sites..skull tower, the concentration camp and the fortress. We then had however long we wanted to wander the town and have something to eat. Worth doing whilst visiting Sofia!

A great day out and our guide Boris was excellent with a comprehensive knowledge of region and its history. He was friendly and happy to answer any questions. The only disappointment was the size of the car Get Your Guide had allocated for the journey which for 4 of us, 5 including Boris, was rather cramped.

Excellent tour. Our guide was amazing and incredibly friendly, showing all the sights around Nis. He was incredibly flexible and happy to accommodate. Thank you!

I was looking forward to see the concentration camp . It was very emotional . I really enjoyed this trip very much .