For a day spent passing through Sofia this was a perfect introduction to the city. An entertaining and knowledgeable guide with great communication skills ensured an enjoyable time was had by the diverse group of people on the tour.
IAN486, UNITED KINGDOMTRIPADVISOR
Guide was entertaining and engaging. Highly recommend the tour. Met people from all over the globe, learned about architecture and history of the government.
Simply great! Takes place always- even if it snows. Educational in a fun way. The instructors are students/graduates and the pace is good.
I would recommend this as your first activity in Sofia. It gives you a chance to learn about the history of the city and identify places to visit. The guides are all local and willing to help with advice on what to do with your time in the city and Bulgaria. Our guide Dessi was excellent and mixed up the facts with role-playing (volunteers) and spot prizes.
Tour runs twice a day and is easy walking.
These tours in general are a must in any city that has them, and this one in particular was another excellent one, taking around the perfect two hours.
Our guide was Vasil, who was great (but they all seem to be). They don't just deliver a scripted tour; they can seemingly fully answer any range of diverse (and sometimes irrelevant) questions, and Vasil himself was thoroughly knowledgeable and enthusiastic, peppering facts with amusing and interesting anecdotes, and all in perfect full flowing English.
Let's be clear: you MUST TIP these people. OK, "free" is a bit of a misnomer, but they make it perfectly clear at the beginning how it works (as if it wasn't obvious anyway). I was disappointed to note comments in a previous review about people peeling away without paying - shame on you! Even a student backpacker should find something, but for us other tourists, there's simply no excuse.
BAZLOZ, UNITED KINGDOMTRIPADVISOR
Great guides, interesting stories (which you wouldn't see in any guidebook), nice way to see the city - with the taste for more...
This was by FAR the best tour I've ever had. My guide was Dino and he was fun, educational, and captivating.
Bulgaria has a long and controversial history. My guide Dino had the tough task of giving controversial facts to a mixed group of Pro-Soviet women, anti-Soviet youth, sensitive Arabs, Jews, etc. Yet he did so marvelously.
Do NOT leave Sophia without taking this tour. And for heaven's sake TIP THE MAN! Half of my group snuck off after the tour like they left their wallet in the car!
SUMCURLYFRIES, SAUDI ARABIATRIPADVISOR
It was an experience going around Sofia with free Sofia tour! If you are in the city, make sure you don't miss that! Also, special thanks to Slavian, our guide. Excellent!!!!
POPPY C, TURKEYTRIPADVISOR
This young man provides you with before and after pictures; gives you an entertaining history lesson and uses the tour guest to demonstrate the once royal linage in Bulgaria. You really are able to get a feel of the city. In English. Our walk had people form South Africa, Australia, Austria, Israel, Latvia, Germany and Russia. It is a lot of fun and well paced.
INKBLOT_DOC, SOUTH CAROLINATRIPADVISOR
An excellent tour - friendly, a good but easy walk, met nice people on the way and Niki the guide was great ! Its really free and they don't push business or commercial agendas - they mention briefly in the beginning that you're welcome to tip or donate to the organization.
IFTACH N, ROMANIATRIPADVISOR