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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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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.
  • 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
3h 30m
Return Details
Берлинската стена, 1463 Old City Center, София, Bulgaria
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers 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 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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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
Elke V wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
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
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
AndrewEaston wrote a review Jan 2020
35 contributions12 helpful votes
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!
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Nomad61297123361 wrote a review Jan 2020
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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
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Best tour we ever did!
This Tour is an absolute must-do while staying in Sofia. Martin, our tourguide, was so incredible nice and his way
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We were a group of friends visiting Sofia for the first time and we are so glad we joined the tour, because we had
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Boyan was a legend!!
Boyan petrov was an amazing guid and really brought Sofia to life for us. The town made more sense because of him.
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Thank you, Nora!
When you travel and read about a city, you get a quick summary. Then you meet a guide like Nora, who you can't hel
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A fun experience!
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