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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia provided by 365 Association Sofia Tours

Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

Communist Walking Tour of Sofia
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from R 191,32 per adult
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
About
Sofia is filled with famous monuments from Bulgaria’s communist era, but there are also many secluded places that are easy to miss on your own. Ensure you see the recognizable and hidden sights, and learn about their backstories on this walking tour. Exploring by foot grants you access to place inaccessible by traditional tour vehicles. Plus, discover the realities of daily life under Bulgaria’s 1946-1989 government from a guide—insight you wouldn’t get if sightseeing independently.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
View Sofia’s communist-era landmarks on a walking tour
Explore with a guide to see famous sights plus easy-to-miss places
See the National Palace of Culture and secret police headquarters
Hear about daily life during 1946-1989 from direct anecdotes
Gain insight into communist dogma not provided on standard city tours
What to expect
Meet your guide in central Sofia and set off on foot to learn about the 45 years Bulgaria spent as a Soviet state. Your guide presents the facts and talks through the theories behind communism and the ideologies of Marxism and Leninism. Pass some of Sofia’s key attractions from other eras en route, and stop to view communist-era landmarks including the former Bulgarian Communist Party headquarters, the Secret Police Investigation Facility, and the destroyed Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum. Plus, see the Soviet Army Monument and National Palace of Culture as you hear the history of each. While you walk, hear fascinating anecdotes about life under communist rule, discovering the pros and many cons of the system, and the relation between the government, religion, and people’s ordinary daily lives. Your tour concludes at a central point in Sofia.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 14199P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Professional guide
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Sofia Court House, bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Outside the Palace of Justice, at the corner of Vistosha Boulevard and Alabin Street
National Palace of Culture, Национален дворец на културата, бул. „България“, 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria The tour will end next to a piece of the Berlin Wall on the left side of the park of the Palace of Culture.
Inclusions
Local guide • Professional guide
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
Sofia Court House, bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Outside the Palace of Justice, at the corner of Vistosha Boulevard and Alabin Street
National Palace of Culture, Национален дворец на културата, бул. „България“, 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria The tour will end next to a piece of the Berlin Wall on the left side of the park of the Palace of Culture.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
National Palace of Culture, Национален дворец на културата, бул. „България“, 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria The tour will end next to a piece of the Berlin Wall on the left side of the park of the Palace of Culture.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Sofia Court House
    bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Outside the Palace of Justice, at the corner of Vistosha Boulevard and Alabin Street
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  • 1
    Sofia Court House
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    365 Association Sofia Tours
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka"
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    The Presidency Building
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 5
    Former Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarters
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 6
    City Garden
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Pass by
    National Art Gallery
  • 7
    Soviet Army Monument
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 8
    National Palace of Culture Congress Centre
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 9
    Berlin Wall
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    National Palace of Culture
    Национален дворец на културата, бул. „България“, 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria
    The tour will end next to a piece of the Berlin Wall on the left side of the park of the Palace of Culture.
    See address & details
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ester_travels
26 contributions
Great insight to Bulgaria’s past
This specialised city tour far exceeded our expectations. Vasco was a very enthusiastic tour guide and imparted a great deal knowledge about Bulgaria’s Communist past. Don’t miss this tour. It’s tremendous value for money for those who are interested in this period in time.
Written 23 October 2020
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Martin
1 contribution
Great job
Sep 2020
Vasko did a great job. His tour of 3,5 hours about socialism in Bulgaria/Sofia was very interesting and is strongly recommandable.
Martin
Written 26 September 2020
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103julie8888
Wiesbaden, Germany7 contributions
Interesting Tour!
Feb 2020 • Couples
Dino did a great job showing us and telling us about Sofia during the communist era. Highly recommend this tour. Interesting and FUN!
Written 25 February 2020
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Elke V
1 contribution
Communist tour with Martin
Feb 2020 • Couples
Super interesting tour with the most enthousiastic humoristic guide we have ever had! The 3,5h during tour flew by. Super experience.
Written 15 February 2020
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Jennie F
Wexford, Ireland23 contributions
Great fun and very informative
Jan 2020
We really enjoyed this tour and learned a lot about the whole communist era of Bulgaria, good and bad. Our tour guide, Vasko, was very knowledge and good fun. Would highly recommend!
Written 31 January 2020
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AndrewEaston
33 contributions
Brilliant!
The tour was 10/10! We learned so much and was one of the best things we did in Sofia! Vasko was an amazing tour guide with so much knowledge of the city and it’s history! Lasted over 3 hours and was not bored once!
Written 26 January 2020
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Hapro
Molveno, Italy2 contributions
Communice Tour Excellent
We had have this tour by our guide Vasko. His knowledge is amazing and the stories are helping you really to have some understanding of the topic. Highly recommended
Written 24 January 2020
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Connector263700
1 contribution
Excellent tour
Jan 2020 • Solo
Strongly recommended. Dino was very informative, answered all of our questions. Very good explanation of Bulgaria was introduced to socialism/communism and how was affected by it.
Written 19 January 2020
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Aladdin Lamp tours DUBAI
Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions
The best tour GUID DINO
Jan 2020 • Solo
Really it was an absolute pleasure to join the city tour ..GUID DINO was breliant ..he have an excellent way for exceplaintion for all the city SOFIA .. FUNNY..with happy welcome smile
Really i would give him 10/10 🌟
I left his photo at my review .. recommend him
Written 17 January 2020
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Escape628747
Sofia, Bulgaria9 contributions
Awesome walking tour
Dino did a fabulous job of explaining this fascinating era of Bulgarian history. In spite of the cold and a bit of snow it was well worth the time. Is interesting to learn about the monuments, Russian influence, economics and politics of Bulgaria.
Written 7 January 2020
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Free walking tour with Nikola
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Amazing walking tour
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Really informative tour! Our guide Vasil was very well informed and always open for questions. A truly great experi
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One of the best walking tours I've had!
I just had 2 days in Sofia, so I knew I had to get the best out of it! Our group had Mitko has a guide and it was p
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Excellent option to know Sofia
I was in Sofia for only 2 days and it was the best thing I could have done. I learnt so much of Bulgarian culture,
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Great experience
Mitko war our guide. Awesome work, se enjoy it a lot. We are from Spain and se understand very well his English.
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Best way to get to know the essentials -- and a good way to meet new people
Lots of people, good atmosphere, and above all, a knowledgeable, passionate, and accommodating tour guide. Lots of
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Amazing association and the best tours!
I did the sofia free tour with nikki and the plovdiv free tour with adi. Both were exceptional! I had a great time
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Best way to know sofia! :)
It was great! Very fun, very amusing, and in my opinion the best way to learn about the history and interesting fac
Hristo Z
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One of the best free walking tours in Europe!
As a big fan of the free walking tours concept who has done over 20 such tours across the world in the past 3 years
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Comfortable pace and pleasant guide
Stefan was an excellent guide on the sofia free tour. His communication style was very well structured and clear. H
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Very informative and interesting
The free Sofia walking tour was amazing. Our guide Lazar was extremely knowledgable and his amusing way of story te
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Good experience!
It was a fantastic tour with Boyan! It's recommended to everyone who wants to get familiar with Sofia.
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