We just attended the free Sofia tour with Martin. I think this is the best way to start your visit to Sofia since he will show you the best landmark. The tour is free but we wanted to show them our appreciation and we tip 10 euro for 4 persons.
The tour takes you to the main monuments/attractions in the city center with very enthusiastic guides. You get good explanations and historical facts from the places you visit.
I went on a Saturday morning, there were a lot of people and the guides were well prepared. We were divided in 3 groups of around 20 people. The tour ends at the University after a bit more of two hours walking.
A very good way to get to know Sofia
The tour I took was very informative and enjoyable. The tour guide, Dessi (if I don't misspell it), covers major sights in the city center and touches on related historical, political, and social issues from the Roman time till present (e.g., the history of Cyrillic alphabet, the protection of Jews in Bulgaria during the WWII, and the current state of the Bulgarian politics). Thanks to her efforts (and also her talent I believe), I undestood and learned a lot during the 2.5-hour walk. In some parts of the tour, she makes it entertaining probably for young participants. She is an excellent storyteller as well as a friendly person. In a bigger context, this tour is a good example for an effective bottom-up approach to promoting a tourism in a place where it is not much promoted from above.
KATSUMASA T, GERMANYTRIPADVISOR
Took the evening tour on our first day in Sofia and loved it. We had a bit of trouble finding the meeting point (and were thus slightly late), but the guide was very welcoming! She gave us a great introduction to the city and its history- pointing out places that we may not otherwise have noticed. Our guide spoke great english, and was happy to answer all our questions (as well as take a few photos).
The tour is free- but worth a tip at the end.
I'd recommend this tour for anyone looking to get their bearings in Sofia- it's a great introduction.
The tour lasts for around 2.5hrs and our guide Dessi was really good in explaining us lots of history and background of Sofia from 6000 years back up until now. Some really cool "hidden" gems were also shown us (under ground!). Well worth it and definitely one of the better walking tours I've been on. Two thumbs up. :-)
Some colleagues and I wanted to learn something about the history and culture of Sofia. We were advised to go on the free walking tour. We met the tour at 11.am and were warmly greeted by our hosts. Our guide Daniel, gave us a brief history of Sofia from it's origins to present day. We then proceeded to visit the highlights of the capital over approximately 2.5 hours. the major historic sights were highlighted and explained in the context of the history of the period. We were able to ask questions for the whole tour and all were answered happily and eloquently. The locations were also explained in the context of the history and the language and the cultures and customs of the time. the tour guides you around the city, so that lat you can choose which locations you may want to visit for more information later. in addition other sites are also indicated. the knowledge of Daniel, our guide was vast and he made the tour very enjoyable. Of all of the city tours I have done, this is by far the best to date and I would recommend to other travellers to get a good bearing for the city of Sofia. Thanks Daniel and team for a wonderful tour!
ROB D, UNITED KINGDOMTRIPADVISOR
My partner and I went on the 2 hour bike tour with Lucy who was very knowledgable and gave us a great tour around Sofia. This is a fantastic introduction to Sofia and the guides are happy to help you out with any other questions such as recommendations for dinner, or other places to visit in Bulgaria.
The next day we completed the hiking tour in Sofia. We caught a cab which our guide organised (9 leva for one way trip) and began our walk up the mountain. It is a steep climb and you do need to have a good level of fitness to complete this-it is quite steep and rocky so good footwear is essential. Our guide was helpful and friendly and the Boyana waterfall at the top was stunning. After our descent down we visited the Boyana church which was great-you do feel very tired after the trek but the church is worth it (and free after 3pm on a Monday, otherwise 2 leva entrance fee). Overall, all guides were passionate and knowledgable about their city and their was no pressure for tipping-however they do such a good job and are giving up their time this is essential to do. I recommend both of these tours as they gave my partner and I a great feel for Sofia and we really enjoyed them both.
NICOLA M, UNITED KINGDOMTRIPADVISOR
Dessi was the best! Thank You for the informative and really fun tour around the city! Sofia is a beautiful city, a place where to return! :)
Really good tour guides that cover all the major spots in the Sofia city center. Good English speakers that are very knowledgeable of the city, the culture, the history and the politics
OFRIEDM, LOS ANGELESTRIPADVISOR
Me and my 10 yrs old daughter joined a morning tour with NIKI
The guide was knowledgablei introduced the facts and history in a fun way (gave us candy for answering questions) had a sense of humor and overall I enjoyed very much . only for knowledge the tour is only outside the buildings but you get the historical timeline and its interesting.