Free Tour of historic centre of Sofia

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Chavdar
Quality Verified Registered on April 27, 2022

A cosmopolitan spirit here. Travelling apart, I have lived in Norway, Spain, and Australia, where I have both studied and worked for longer periods. Now that I am based in Sofia, it has been good fun showing visiting friends and family around. My passion for history, art, and culture has led me to become a licensed tour guide. It is a side job for me and I do it for the pleasure of being a good host.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

In a 2-3 hours walk through Sofia city's main see sights, my visitors receive 3000 years of condensed history of Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Balkans.
I use a multi-disciplinary approach to history (culture, sociology, and international politics). It helps my clients connect the dots on simple matters and make sense of complex issues.

The story behind the story is things that you would not find in brochures, blogs, tourist guides, and ordinary books. There are secret stops for a photo or curious details, and other extras, not included in the description of the tour.

All my visitors leave with further recommendations for what more there is to do and see in Sofia and Bulgaria. 

If you're into history, culture, and food, and are trying to avoid the standard (A4) tours and cliches, this is the right tour for you.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 20, 1000 Sofia Ce...
    pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 20, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
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    I will be wearing my grey/beige hat and carrying a small Bulgarian flag. You can also recognise me by the passion I exude :))

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Sveta Nedelya Church

    This is the starting point of the tour.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Ivan Vazov National Theater
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Sofia's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

    This is our final stop.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Fiona 12 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Chavdar was friendly, engaging and very knowledgable. He is a credit to his homeland and the Bulgarian tourist industry. We highly recommend. Thank you Chavdar.
Rod 12 Nov 2023

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Travelled in group - Nov 2023
Very knowledgable guide. The tour was well organized. Tons of stories and great responsiveness for questions. I would call it not only the guided tour but a nice cultural exploration of Bułgaria and its people. Great job!
Anna 12 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
I highly recommend Chavdar. He is very friendly and open to any question from the group. He tries to share both the history of the country as well as its life today.
Jozef 06 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Nice, prepared, good knowledge of history, very good English. I would recommend to exclude at all talking about the politics during the tour as well as to manage the tour more briskly ( standing 15-20 min on the same place decrease the attention and becomes tiring.
thais 04 Nov 2023
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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Excellent tour! Chavdar knows a lot about history. The itinerary is absolutely great. He tells stories. Curiosities. Very very good and a really nice and pleasant guide
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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