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The compact center of Sofia, with its antique ruins, Orthodox churches, and eclectic architecture, is best traversed on foot, with many main sights just a short walk from each other. Before you start pounding the pavement, here’s what you need to know about your walking exploration of Bulgaria’s capital.

Highlights
  • Take a walking tour of the city center and see Sofia‚Äôs standout religious structures, such as the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia (Sveta Sofia) Church, Banya Bashi Mosque, and the Sofia Synagogue.
  • Stroll along the pedestrianized shopping streets of Pirotska Street and Vitosha Boulevard, stopping for a drink on a caf√© terrace.
  • Gain valuable insights into Sofia culture, history, and traditions from a local guide. 
  • Learn about Bulgarian cooking traditions during a food-focused walking tour of the city.

City Walking Tours
Walking tours of Bulgaria‚Äôs capital usually fall into one of two categories. There are general sightseeing tours, which cover the most famous historical landmarks in the center of town as well as hidden gems. Then there are themed tours, which focus on a specific aspect of local culture or history, such as the Communist era, street art, or Bulgarian cuisine. 

Nature Walking Tours
With mountains, deep valleys, and glacial lakes all within day-tripping distance of Bulgaria’s capital, it’s relatively easy to swap the urban environs of the city for nature. Hiking and walking tours lead you to Vitosha Mountain on the outskirts of the city, or to the Rila Mountains, home to the Eastern Orthodox Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates all the way back to the 10th century.
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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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Learn what life was like in communist-era Bulgaria on a Sofia city walking tour. Meet your informative guide in central Sofia and check out the buildings and monuments that testify to its and Bulgaria’s 45 years on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain. See the Largo complex, former home of Bulgaria’s Communist Party; the Monument to the Soviet Army; the National Palace of Culture and more as your guide explains communist ideology and the everyday lives of Bulgarians during the controversial Cold War period.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$12.99
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$12.99
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Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

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Forget planning routes, researching sites, and boning up on history. See all Sofia’s key attractions and learn the stories behind them too on this great-value small-group walking tour: perfect for history buffs. Sights include the ruins of the Roman-era east gate, the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George, the Byzantine St. Sofia Basilica, the Ivan Vazov National Theater, and the Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevsky.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.42
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Private Sofia Guided Walking City Tour with Traditional Breakfast

Private Sofia Guided Walking City Tour with Traditional Breakfast

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Discover the heart of Sofia without even thinking about a map on this convenient, fully guided walking tour. See key landmarks from the different cultures that have occupied the city and explore St. Sofia Church, the Rotunda of St. George, and Cathedral St. Alexander Nevski. Along the way, enjoy a traditional Bulgarian pastry breakfast with a glass of ‚Äúayran‚ÄĚ salt yoghurt drink.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.22
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

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Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.51
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$29.51
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Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group

Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group

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Appreciating the diversity of Balkan culture can be difficult, especially with limited time in the region. Explore Macedonian culture on a day tour to Skopje from Sofia, and tick off another Balkan capital in just one day. Travel the distance with ease via private vehicle, and discover landmarks including the Skopje Fortress, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and Old Bazaar, with insights provided by your guide.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.83
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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

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Visit Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa on a full-day trip from Sophia, and discover the art and architecture of two iconic Bulgarian cities. Stroll the narrow lanes of Plovdiv’s old town, and discover historic traces of the Romans, Thracians, and Byzantines who swept through this region. Continue to Koprivshtitsa for a walking tour to the homes of the city’s most storied residents, and learn how a local revolutionary committee freed Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish war before ending your tour in central Sophia. 
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.12
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

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The mountains are one of Bulgaria‚Äôs great joys‚ÄĒespecially for hikers‚ÄĒbut can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour includes chair-lift ticket to the lakes but excludes monastery entrance fees.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.51
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Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

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The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.81
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$34.81

Sofia Sightseeing Tour

Sofia Sightseeing Tour

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Avoid the restrictions of a group excursion and discover the historic capital at your own pace on an audio-guided tour of Sofia, with commentary available in multiple languages. Be immersed in the city’s atmosphere as you stroll between top attractions, and take advantage of the self-led nature of the tour to depart at a time that suits you.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.50
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Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

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Mingle with fellow travelers from all over the world on this action-packed pub crawl. Discover Sofia’s hippest nightlife hotspots with an insider guide as you explore the Bulgarian capital with new friends. Tours include complimentary wine, beer, or liquor shots at each of five different locations, plus free dance club admission on weekends.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.11
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$18.11
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Full-day Nis and Serbian History Tour from Sofia

Full-day Nis and Serbian History Tour from Sofia

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Grab your passport and head over the border to Serbia on this full-day tour of Nis from Sofia. Learn about the turbulent history of former Yugoslavia as you visit the Nis concentration camp; visit city sights including the Roman ruins of Mediana, the Skull Tower, and the Nisava riverfront; and sample delicious Serbian cuisine with lunch (own expense) at a local grill house.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.87
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Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour

Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour

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Feel like a Sofia local on this 3-hour afternoon city and food walking tour. Check out historical highlights such as the National Theater and King‚Äôs Palace, and see¬†the Rotunda St. George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Synagogue, and St. Nedelya Church. Stop on route to taste ‚Äėshopska‚Äô salad and an ‚Äėayryan‚Äô yogurt drink; shop for culinary goodies at the Central Hali Market; and finish with tastings of Bulgarian wine and cold meats at a traditional restaurant.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.42
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Sofia full day tour

Sofia full day tour

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Get an in-depth exploration of the Bulgarian capital on this full-day tour of Sofia. Set out from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Accompanied by a guide, visit Boyana Church, the National Historical Museum, Pancharevo Lake, and more. Take a walking tour through the city center and learn about Bulgarian history from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.93
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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation‚ÄĒwhile maintaining total independence‚ÄĒwith this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.21
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Mt. Vitosha and Boyana Waterfall Hiking Tour from Sofia

Mt. Vitosha and Boyana Waterfall Hiking Tour from Sofia

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Trek up Mt. Vitosha and see the Boyana waterfall on this full-day tour from Sofia. Don your walking boots and hike to the top of Bulgaria’s fourth-highest mountain, passing lush meadows and pine woods. After soaking up panoramic views of Sofia from the summit, enjoy lunch (own expense) and descend to the Boyana fall, whose waters tumble down a steep rock face. Your tour includes return transfers from Sofia, including hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.12
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Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

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Visit the fascinating city of Plovdiv on a full-day tour from Sofia, and explore ancient ruins, some of Bulgaria’s most historic landmarks, and the city’s Ethnographic Museum. This full-day Plovdiv trip includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Sofia, a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, and admission to the museum and the Plovdiv Roman Theatre.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.42
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The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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Save well over an hour compared to public transportation and benefit from the local knowledge of a guide on this full-day trek around the Seven Rila Lakes. Experience one of Bulgaria’s most striking mountain landscapes at a leisurely pace and hike all the way up to the highest of the seven lakes. Please note the tour excludes the small chairlift fee.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.51
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The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

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Lovers of history will thrill to this action-packed private walking tour that takes you from the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George to grand 20th-century architecture. Stops include the Ottoman-era Banya Bashi Mosque, the Cathedral St. Alexander Nevski with its glorious icons, and the Ivan Vazov National Theater.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.53
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Private & Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour

Private & Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour

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Get to know Sofia by foot on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the city’s history from your guide. Stroll past most of the notable sights in the city, including St. George Rotunda, the National Archeological Museum, the National Revival Art Gallery and Ethnographic Museum, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.71
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Private Sofia Food and Culture Walking Tour

Private Sofia Food and Culture Walking Tour

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Want to know what makes Bulgarians tick? Then, get to know Bulgarian culture better on this small-group tour in Sofia. With an experienced local guide, learn the things everyone should know about Bulgarian life. Sample a traditional Bulgarian breakfast; learn the ‚Äėhoro‚Äô national folk dance, and discover more about the country‚Äôs language, history, and regional customs.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.54
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Small-Group Alternative Tour in Sofia with Treasure Hunt

Small-Group Alternative Tour in Sofia with Treasure Hunt

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If conventional tours are not for you but you’d like to learn more about Sofia, embark on this unique adventure that’s half escape room, half treasure hunt. Meet at the office, pick up the starter pack, and get off the beaten path as you puzzle your way through clues around Sofia. Finally, meet your guide, complete the final challenge, and get a rundown on your personal experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.49
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The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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Hike through rugged terrain to the Seven Rila Lakes on a full-day tour from Sophia, and discover the remarkable scenery of the Rila Mountains. Take a chairlift to a high-mountain hut and continue on foot along the jeweled string of lakes. Follow your guide through alpine passes into remote valleys, then rest in the shade of hikers’ shelters; take in sweeping views of the Bulgarian landscape and enjoy the crisp, clear air of the Balkans’ highest mountain range.  
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.51
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Private city walking tour of Sofia

Private city walking tour of Sofia

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In this 2h walking tour, you will have the chance to get a deeper understanding over local history, traditions, and habits. Pass by the must-see city landmarks and hear interesting stories related to their past and present use, famous people they are related to, and much more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.12
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Vitosha Tour

Vitosha Tour

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Just outside Sofia, Vitosha Mountain delivers sweeping city views and fairytale forest rich in wildlife‚ÄĒbut it‚Äôs off the metro map and navigation can be hard. Join your guide and no more than seven other travelers for this fun half-day adventure, with transfers from downtown. Expect to reach heights of 4,700 feet (1,435 meters), see a ‚Äústone river‚ÄĚ formed during the Ice Age, and explore an eerie abandoned hut.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.89
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