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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia provided by 365 Association Sofia Tours

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Overview
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.
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Sofia Court House, bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Sofia Communist Tour, bul. "General Mihail D. Skobelev", 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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ester_travels wrote a review Oct 2020
26 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Martin wrote a review Sep 2020
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Vasko did a great job. His tour of 3,5 hours about socialism in Bulgaria/Sofia was very interesting and is strongly recommandable. Martin
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Date of experience: September 2020
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103julie8888 wrote a review Feb 2020
Wiesbaden, Germany7 contributions1 helpful vote
Dino did a great job showing us and telling us about Sofia during the communist era. Highly recommend this tour. Interesting and FUN!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Elke V wrote a review Feb 2020
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Super interesting tour with the most enthousiastic humoristic guide we have ever had! The 3,5h during tour flew by. Super experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jennie F wrote a review Jan 2020
Wexford, Ireland23 contributions9 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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FatimaB161
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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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Ignacio d
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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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shawarmageddon
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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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yaffamatitya
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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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ignaciomN3505JH
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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
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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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826KellyH
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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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D_Golf123
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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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KassayS
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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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pauline r
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Really interesting
Thanks for this enjoying cultural tour ! Really nice and the guide was funny ! Try it if you can you'll not be disa
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Trail53467510404
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FREE, what more do you want?
Our guide..Sonia?, was very knowledgeable and sounded genuinely interested in the information. This is not usually
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catskicat
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THE FREE SOFIA TOUR
This free English language walking tour of Sofia's most famous landmarks is a great introduction to the city. We ha
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232juandiegob
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Amazing Free Tour with Mitko
I did the Sofia Free Tour with Mitko and it was really nice. One of the most entertained tours I hace done. He gave
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Paddy W
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Fantastic Free Sofia Tour
We had a fantastic tour of Sofia with Yana. She was full of amazing stories and knew her history of the beautiful c
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mite_jan
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Good tour overall for free but ...
Enjoyed it the guide Stefan was nice and funny with good explanations just on the end kind of ruined it for us the
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