Guided tour

Sofia: Full-Day City Tour including UNESCO Boyana Church

Sofia: Full-Day City Tour including UNESCO Boyana Church

From £58.05 per person

Explore the compact city center, Boyana Church (UNESCO) and the National History Museum - one of the largest in the Balkans.

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Duration 7 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy bulgarian culture
  • See ancient roman ruins
  • Visit Boyana church
Full description
Sofia is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans found by the Thracian tribe Serdi. In 29 A.D., Sofia became the capital of the Roman province of Inner Dacia. Through the ages, the city played a role as an important trading center in the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. Under Ottoman rule, Sofia was the center of Rumelia province. Sofia became the capital of restored Bulgaria in 1879, with a population of only about 12,000. Today many streets, buildings, parks, and even whole neighbourhoods preserve the architectural style from the turn of the century. The day starts with a short transfer to the National History Museum, occupying the residency of the former communist ruler Todor Zhivkov, located at the outskirts of Sofia. You will get a guided tour of the rich museum collection, with special attention drawn to the key dates, facts and exhibits. Close by is the Boyana Church which you will visit to unravel the global importance of its proto-Renaissance frescoes. The afternoon will be for a gentle walking tour of the center, where you will learn about the National Library, Sofia University, The Parliament, The St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the National Theatre, St. Sofia Church, Sofia's oldest building - St George Rotunda, The houses of the Council of Ministers, the president and the former communist party's headquarters, the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika (dating from the 5th-6th C), the National Palace of Culture, the main shopping streets of Sofia, and more.
Includes
  • Private English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation with modern vehicle equipped with A/C and entrance fees to Boyana Church and National History Museum
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of the restaurant La Cattedrale

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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It is also complete from an urbanistic point of view

The excursion allowed me to verify the sharp contrast between the buildings that pre-existed the advent of communism and the havoc done in the 1950s, interesting the visit of the Orthodox churches in the city with a very prepared guide, the visit to the Boyana church performed with private car it was excellent as the conclusion in the museum

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7 May 2019

Absolutely fantastic.

Our wonderful guide Chris took us on an in depth walking tour of the beautiful compact city of Sofia. Throughout the unhurried tour Chris showed his knowledge of history and geography and of the places we visited that really added to the enjoyment of the day. Will most certainly be using Chris on our next visit to Bulgaria.

18 March 2019

29 July 2018

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