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Sofia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Transport

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29 reviews

Activity provider: Zelanos Tours
Day trip

Sofia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Transport

Activity provider: Zelanos Tours
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From US$ 53.85 US$ 43.08 per person

Explore the highlights of Sofia, one of the oldest cities in Europe, on a comprehensive 8-hour tour of the historic center and suburbs. Admire the onion domes of churches and monuments to communism, go to Lake Pancharevo, and more.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Italian, English
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • See all the main sights of Sofia on a comprehensive tour
  • Admire onion domes of Orthodox churches, such as St Nedelya
  • Go to the artificial Lake Pancharevo for lunch
  • Discover Sofia's oldest building at the St. George Rotunda
  • Marvel at the vast Byzantine Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Full description
Discover one of the oldest cities in Europe on a full-day guided tour of Sofia, and admire UNESCO-listed monuments, relics of the communist regime, and testaments to the city’s rich artistic heritage. Following a pick-up from your hotel, go to the medieval Orthodox Boyana Church on the outskirts of the city. Built in the 10th and 11th centuries, the church was inscribed by UNESCO in 1979 for its exceptional frescoes and contribution to understanding medieval Bulgarian culture. Continue to the National Historical Museum to gaze at artifacts of Balkan history. Then, go to Pancharevo Lake for lunch and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the artificial reservoir at the end of Pancharevo Gorge. Travel into the city center to see the modern National Palace of Culture, and walk to the ancient St. George Rotunda, considered the oldest building in Sofia. Pass the National Archeological Museum, housed in a former Ottoman mosque, and see the city’s only remaining functioning mosque at the 16th-century Banya Bashi Mosque. Another beautiful religious monument is St Nedelya Church, one of the landmarks of the city, while the ornate Ivan Vazov National Theatre showcases the city's more secular side. Wander past the former Royal Palace along Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard to the Russian Church. Admire the parliament building in National Assembly Square, dominated by the impressive monument to Tsar Osvoboditel (King Liberator), erected in 1907. End at the vast Neo-Byzantine Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the most spectacular building in Sofia, with towering domes of gold and green.
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Guide
  • Transportation by modern vehicle with driver
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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4.8 /5

based on 29 reviews

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We did this tour during -1⁰C~ 1⁰C while it was snowing.Our guide Maria was friendly and professional. She provided us with information about Sofia and Bulgaria past and present. Even with the weather conditions we had a great time. We singed, danced and really had a lot of fun. Would really recommend this tour.

March 19, 2023

Great way to quickly learn about the city and a lot of the local attractions. A lot of information and history to absorb but always I would recommend these kinds of tours to get a good handle on the lay of the land. I was lucky to get a one-on-one tour for mine so it felt more personal and I got some good feedback on future tours I had lined up that would cover a lot of duplicate sites.

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August 29, 2022

Had a great day

Because our driver got sick in the morning, we were transported by taxi. Our guide (a young lady Davina, forgot her name) was great. She spoke English very well, was able to understand her well and showed us around with a lot of knowledge. Have a delicious lunch in a Bulgarian restaurant.

September 12, 2018

Product ID: 40796