Sofia Walking Half-Day Private Tour
Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and the largest city in the country, resembles the unification dream of the Bulgarian nation. Situated exactly in the middle of the state heartlands, Sofia was selected as capital in 1879, just a year after the liberation from the Ottoman rule. Since then the city has grown rapidly and today has approximately a million and a half inhabitants.
The ancient name of Sofia is Serdika. Emperor Constantine the Great is believed to have said “Serdica is my Rome”. His words are testimony to the important role the city played, lying at the foot of Vitosha Mountain for more than 2000 years. With our half-day walking tour we will show you the secret gems of Sofia and reveal many stories from its fascinating history.
per adult from
4 to 6 hours
What's included :
- Entrance fee for Sofia History museum
- Entrance fee for Hagia Sophia catacombs museum
- Entry/Admission - Sofia History Museum
- Entry/Admission - St. Sophia Church
What's excluded :
- Lunch - Lunch at Raketa Rakia bar is optional and not included in the price of the tour
- Entry/Admission - Ракия Ракета Бар
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Sofia History Museum, pl.Banski 1, Sofia 1000 Bulgaria
Our tour starts at 9.30 in front of Sofia Balkan hotel.
You will proceed with your guide towards the “St. Nedelya” church. From there we will head towards the Sofia history museum, crossing the ruins of Ancient Serdica, just next to the main subway station. The history of the Roman city Ulpia Serdica is not complete without the amazing artifacts to be seen inside the museum. You will see the many faces of Sofia shaped by thousands of years of history. Constantine the Great, the first Roman legions, the Medieval Ages, and the Byzantine battles all played a role in turning Sofia into the city it is today- fascinating, with rich history and many historical monuments that speak of the glorious past.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: St. Sophia Church, ul. "Paris" 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
After the museum we will continue to the Banya Bashi mosque, to see one of the most important temples of Islam, a religion of great significance in the country. The guide will tell you many stories about the city’s history between the 15th and 19th centuries and explain how Sofia changed after the arrival of the Ottomans.
After the Banya Bashi mosque you will head to one of the most important buildings in the city – The Independence square and the Presidency, the Council of the Ministers and the old Communist Party house – all of them in neoclassical Stalinist style, built in the 1950s. You will also visit the Royal Palace- the home of the last Bulgarian monarchs. Intriguing stories about the political changes in the 1940s will be revealed to you as we continue to the Rotunda of St. George – the oldest building in the city, the National Theater and the Russian church.
At around 12.15 we will be in front of Hagia Sophia basilica, considered by many to be the beating heart of the city. Beneath its surface a secret lies – the catacombs of Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest Christian tombs ever discovered. We will walk in and learn the names of the Christians who found salvation from the prosecution of Roman authorities. Centuries later, Justinian the Great built one of the most important temples above this historical place.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Aleksander Nevski Square, Sofia Bulgaria
Right next to Hagia Sophia church is Bulgaria’s largest temple – Alexander Nevsky. Finished in 1912, “Alexander Nevsky” was built in in commemoration of all those who have died for the Bulgarian liberation. At 52 meters high, the place epitomises the country’s desire to reach the splendour of the Western World after 500 years of Ottoman rule.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Ракия Ракета Бар, bul. "Yanko Sakazov" 17, 1527 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Our goal is for all our tours to be perfect. That’s why after the end of this half-day tour our guide will take you to a secret gem – The Raketa Rakia bar restaurant. Here you can have a wonderful lunch, immersed in the atmosphere of the late socialistic period in Bulgaria. Have you ever wondered what the Bulgarians ate during the Cold war? Or what their houses and towns looked like? This restaurant is your chance to know. During the lunch our guide will answer all your questions about this period of our history. And did we mention that here you can try more than 70 types of the traditional alcohol drink rakia?
Duration: 2 hours
Departure Point :pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 5, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Departure Time :9:30 AM
Return Detail :1: The Monument of the Soviet Army in Sofia, 1142 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
2: Ракия Ракета Бар, bul. "Yanko Sakazov" 17, 1527 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.