It is free but in fairness to excellent guides you should tip . They do not ask and many do not give . You get an an overview of what it is to be seen ,a history lesson and ideas what to see next . A must do.
CHRIS B, UNITED KINGDOMTRIPADVISOR
I have become a connoisseur of free tours as I have traveled down through Central European cities and the enthusiasm and information from Viki on this tour has been the best so far. Her voice was loud and clear and there was some humour and games for candy along the way. Highly recommend it (and be sure to take a drinking bottle to fill up at the spring!).
Finally, Viki also walked us to a fantastic healthy restaurant that was very well priced for a delicious vege Tortilla.
JOHN_NAYLER, AIRLIE BEACHTRIPADVISOR
Read about it in Friendly Planet, and reviews on Trip Advisor about this English speaking tour given by educated, young volunteers.
Today took the 11 AM tour with 23 others from around the world.
We met on the steps of the Justice Building ( white building, 2 massive lions on either side of steps) and after some dividing up, an introduction, and then a friendly, reasonable paced walking tour for 2 hours, that ends at the Nevski Orthodox Sofia Church. We walked about 5000 steps, about 2 1/2 miles for 2 hours, with little stops in front of museums, buildings, churches, Goverment buildings, archeological ruins and a beautiful park.
Our guide had a sense of humor, was a law student, and gave out candies to encourage questions and answers - participation, which made the tour fun.
Without this tour, it would be hard to know what one is looking at, because of the language written in Cyrillic alphabet.. A special treat was going to see Roman ruins - the remains of a Roman road, monuments, artifacts, which are hidden underneath street underpasses.
Wear comfortable shoes because Bulgarias streets have cobblestones and bricks and are uneven.
It was a great walking tour .
It is free, but some of us, a minority, gave " donations" to our guide at the end.
We joined the Free Sofia Tour on a whim and were not disappointed. Dima was our guide and not only was she exceptionally informative, experienced, and professional, but she entertained and was incredibly friendly. We had never gone on a free tour before, met a lot of fellow travellers, and would go again.
Great walking tour with Nora Informative and interesting ,. shame about the rain Would highly recommend- easy walk as well.
On the sunny evening of 21st of June 2014, I went for the Free Sofia Tour, which I highly recommend to be done on their first or second day in Sofia. It was a great walk through the main parts of the city and actually learn quite a lot about the history of Sofia. Our group guide was a young and charming girl, Yana who kept everybody one their toes, with a lot of information and cool activities. She did a great job and I would congratulate her for the same!
This tour will not only teach you a lot about Sofia, but it will also give you ideas on how you want to explore the city during your stay. Do this on the first day you're in Sofia!
I consider you would do the tour anyways while in Sofia, if not please change your mind and join this tour. If there are more than 1 guide and if Nora is around...join her group. On the day of the tour there were more than 60 showed up...and with 3 guides around 20 of us got divided for each guide-group. I was lucky to be with Nora's group. First thing that amazed me was - the VOLUME of her voice (she is a small girl). Like they say good things come in small packages - man here is the proof. Nora is a performer (I've been to many European cities and have taken the free walking tours and this is probably best of all! Sofia is a beautiful city and hope you will enjoy it...!
Free! Plus enthusiastic young guides. Educational and fun. You should be able to walk, climb steps, and stand for periods. Advertised as two hours, but actually ran about 2.5 hours.
Thanks to Anna for Sofia tour we get on 2014 June, 16th. We get just enough historical and cultural information to learn about Sofia, as well as humoristic details. Young, dynamic and really professional tour. Wonderful concept! Many thanks!
SOLENE M, FRANCETRIPADVISOR
Do not miss it !! Our guide was Dima ,a very jovial girl who took great efforts to make us understand the history of Sofia . Thanks to her I am going back with the satisfaction of having seen all important landmarks of the city and knowing a lot more about Bulgaria that I did before.