This was a free walking tour of Sofia. It was about 1 1/2 hours long and it was very informative. You walk around the city and the guide talks about the different buildings and happenings of Sofia.
SANDRA T, USATRIPADVISOR
I am a long-time foreign resident of Sofia, so not your typical candidate for a tour. I had a guest coming into to town for one day and the tour was recommended to us by a friend. It was a good suggestion.
The tour starts from convenient location in the center and lasts for roughly two hours. It winds through the streets and past most of the key places of interest downtown. Our guide, Radina, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around. She interacted a lot with the group, which in my case included people from all over the globe.
The great thing about the tour is that it provides a quick foundation of the major sites and their location. Those with time can go back, enter buildings they are interested in and linger. Others can move on. Either way, the tour provides a foundation so you feel like you have a sense of the city and its history.
I think the tour could improve by pointing out some additional attractions. For example, when we visited Alexander Nevsky square, it would have been good to point out that there is a very good icon museum in the basement at Nevksy, and the newly opened crypts below Saint Sofia are a must see.
While I think that there could be some minor tweaks to improve the tour, overall, I think it is great way to learn about Sofia quickly in a fun, group setting.
The tour is provided free of charge. However, be nice and tip your guide if you think they did a good job.
Highly recommended! Thank you, guys.
GENNADIY VOROBYOV, BULGARIAFACEBOOK
My friend and I visited Sofia for a few days, we joined as a group for a free Sofia walking tour on the 24th April 2015, we met @The Palace of Justice which was only 2minutes away from our hotel. First for the Cultural tour @11am which lasted for about 3hrs. The tour guide was Deni, she spoke very good English, she took us to various places and introduced us to typical Bulgarian folk music, she showed us a basic folk dance and tasted Bulgarian food and drink. It was a great introduction to Sofia. The tour was so enjoyable, we join another one @4pm for the historical tour with Dino. He also spoke very good English, the tour lasted about 2hrs. In one day we were packed with knowledge of the history and cultural of Bulgaria. If we had stayed a bit longer we'll definately join another tour that they offered 'Communist Tour'. Well. This was my first visit to Bulgaria and definately not the last. We highly recommend Sofia free Walking Tour.
I enjoyed the free Sofia tour a lot, the guide, Anni, was very entertaining and enthusiastic, and was able to give a good vibe to the whole group.
On the same day, in the afternoon, I attended the new offered Communism tour with Niki, who was great in explaining the past of his country, got a good knowledge about things I barely know. I recommend this tours also, as it's really interesting.
I went to Sofia a long time ago and I have been in free walking tours before and after I left and there has never been a better tour EVER! I hate walking but Martin made it so worth it, I would love to be able to have him as my guide everywhere I go. If you go there ask for Martin!
PAMELA L, UKTRIPADVISOR
My husband and I enjoyed this walking tour on April 10 and it was the highlight of our three day visit to Sofia. Vasko, our guide, was such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable ambassador for his city that the time passed all too quickly. We came away with a great appreciation for Bulgaria's history and Sofia's charms. Although, we were part of a large group, Vasko took time to answer any questions and engineered a brief historical drama incorporating audience participation. We highly recommend this tour. If possible make the tour your introduction to the city and then you can visit the interiors of the churches, museums, etc which are of interest to you later. Thank-you, Vasko, for a great tour.
I was staying in downtown Sofia over a weekend while working in the area. My colleague recommended the tour as it was in English and was FREE!! We walked to the starting point from our hotel. It's easy to spot the tour group near the big Lions at the Justice building. The guides are wearing jackets and holding signs. The tour takes place every day at 11 am and 6 pm. I took the 11 am tour. We left about 11:10 and we were finished by 1 pm.
Dino was our tour guide and he was very entertaining and answered any questions that we had. At each location he had a story for us and even some jokes. We saw all of the major churches and a few other famous statues and buildings. You don't go in any of them but it's easy to go back to the spots after the tour is over and spend more time at or in them.
He also taught us a bit of the history of Communism in Bulgaria and I found that part very interesting.
When the tour is over, you can give him a tip/donation and it was well worth it.
CAROL E, USATRIPADVISOR
Amazing experience. Fun, smart, informative and interactive. Well done fst team!
VITORINO JAIRSON, USAFACEBOOK
Wonderful guys, so enthusiastic and they guide you through Sofia giving lots of information. Perfect. Niky the best guide i have ever experienced!!! keep on guys!
GIOVANNA SERAFINI, ITALYFACEBOOK