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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Walking tour of communist Sofia led by a local guide
  • See Sofia’s communist-era landmarks including the Monument to the Soviet Army and National Palace of Culture
  • Pass other important Soviet buildings such as the Secret Police Investigation Facility
  • Step back in time as your guide recounts everyday life in the Cold War
  • Learn about communist ideology and why it rose and fell in Bulgaria
  • Pickup from a central meeting point in Sofia
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Departure Point

bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Outside the Palace of Justice, at the corner of Vistosha Boulevard and Alabin Street

Departure Time

4:00 PM

Return Details

Национален дворец на културата, бул. „България“, 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria

The tour will end next to a piece of the Berlin Wall on the left side of the park of the Palace of Culture.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY 365 LTD
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Communist Walking Tour of Sofia?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Communist Walking Tour of Sofia.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Communist Walking Tour of Sofia?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Communist Walking Tour of Sofia.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Communist Walking Tour of Sofia?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Communist Walking Tour of Sofia.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This 3-hour walking tour takes you to sotes around the city center usually overlooked by the basic Sofia tour." See review
  • "Wonderful guide, good tour and if you love history, a must." See review

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star-5
Great way to spend an afternoon
andrew_r
, Sep 2021
A brilliant way to end a weekend in Sofia. Our guide, Stefan, was simply amazing: articulate, knowledgeable, fun and interesting!
star-5
A must do experience
Berna_S
, Aug 2021
The tour guide was very informative. I really enjoyed the whole tour and experience. I discovered some places that I otherwise might have missed and I am really happy that I joined this tour. I would definitely recommend.
star-5
Unbedingt machen!
Stine_F
, Jul 2021
Very informed and interesting trip and out guide Martin was just emphatic and very smart and sensible in the way he handled the topic - well done!
star-5
Communist history tour - Sofia
Noam
, Mar 2020
A very unique and comprehensive tour. Our guide - Martin, gave us a very realistic picture of the life and culture that era.
star-5
Great Stories about Sofia in the Communist era
MLS
, Feb 2020
The guide told stories about the communist period in Sofia, which made history come alive. The sites were intriguing and varied.
star-5
Great Tour
Nat
, Feb 2020
Doris was a fantastic host, good company and very knowledgable about Sofia and its Communiste past. Ware comfortable shoes.
star-5
Very worthwhile introduction to Sofia's history
yishayahub
, Nov 2019
Our guide, Vasko, gave us a warm, wonderful and witty introduction to this beautiful city, and it's not-so-distant past. He was very informative, as we saw most of the sites connected with the city's 45 year experience with socialism. Also check out the 365 free tours for a general introduction to the city (Vasko was also our guide for that one), and their Jewish History Tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Martin is a fantastic tour guide
marzels97
, Nov 2019
Excellent, well-informing and interesting tour. Would recommend to everyone! Our tour guide Martin knew the history very well and his personal stories about the communist era made the experience even better.
star-5
Communism
sixkidds1
, Nov 2019
Very interesting. I have learned some things I did not know and it has sparked my interest to learn more. Personal stories add to the tour so I could understand the communistic economy
star-5
Very educative tour
wr180342019
, Oct 2019
The tour was an educational one since it gives the real pros and cons of the communist regime in Bulgaria. The tour guide gave a realistic history of the political background of Bulgaria before during and after the communist era. Being American I had a different opinion and now understand the system with another perspective.

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