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Exploring Sofia on Foot

By Viator, April 2018

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The compact center of Sofia, with its antique ruins, Orthodox churches, and eclectic architecture, is best traversed on foot, with many main sights just a short walk from each other. Before you start pounding the pavement, here’s what you need to know about your walking exploration of Bulgaria’s capital.

Highlights
  • Take a walking tour of the city center and see Sofia’s standout religious structures, such as the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia (Sveta Sofia) Church, Banya Bashi Mosque, and the Sofia Synagogue.
  • Stroll along the pedestrianized shopping streets of Pirotska Street and Vitosha Boulevard, stopping for a drink on a café terrace.
  • Gain valuable insights into Sofia culture, history, and traditions from a local guide. 
  • Learn about Bulgarian cooking traditions during a food-focused walking tour of the city.

City Walking Tours
Walking tours of Bulgaria’s capital usually fall into one of two categories. There are general sightseeing tours, which cover the most famous historical landmarks in the center of town as well as hidden gems. Then there are themed tours, which focus on a specific aspect of local culture or history, such as the Communist era, street art, or Bulgarian cuisine. 

Nature Walking Tours
With mountains, deep valleys, and glacial lakes all within day-tripping distance of Bulgaria’s capital, it’s relatively easy to swap the urban environs of the city for nature. Hiking and walking tours lead you to Vitosha Mountain on the outskirts of the city, or to the Rila Mountains, home to the Eastern Orthodox Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates all the way back to the 10th century.

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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia, Sofia, null
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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Find out what it was like on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain by joining our Communist tour. A 45-year-long period compressed in about 3-3.5 hours, ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $11.94
Saeva dupka and Ledenika Caves Day-Tour from Sofia, Sofia, Walking Tours
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Saeva dupka and Ledenika Caves Day-Tour from Sofia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore two of the most interesting caves in Bulgaria with a one-day tour from Sofia.

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.29
Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour, Sofia, Full-day Tours
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Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Discover Bulgarian cuisine and Sofia’s sights on this 3-hour food and culture walking tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, stroll through Sofia’s ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.78
Seven Rila Lakes Hiking Small-Group Tour from Sofia, Sofia, City Tours
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Seven Rila Lakes Hiking Small-Group Tour from Sofia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Spend a day exploring the idyllic Seven Rila Lakes on this small-group hiking tour from Sofia. With an expert guide, travel from the Bulgarian capital to the ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.74
Sofia Guided Walking City Tour, Sofia, Hiking & Camping
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Sofia Guided Walking City Tour

With this guided tour you will have the chance to see and get to know the history behind Sofia`s historical landmarks located in the center. The capital of ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.29
Sofia Graffiti Tour, Sofia, City Tours
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Sofia Graffiti Tour

We are a small company of motivated individuals that enjoys creating new ways to discover Sofia and its colourful history. The team behind the Sofia graffiti ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.38
Sofia Walking Tour with Traditional Breakfast Included, Sofia, Walking Tours
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Sofia Walking Tour with Traditional Breakfast Included

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

With this guided tour you will have the chance to see and get to know the history behind Sofia`s historical landmarks located in the center.  The capital of ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.81
Sofia 2-Hour Walking Tour, Sofia, Walking Tours
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Sofia 2-Hour Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Merge yourself with the crowds to see the beauty of the Bulgarian capital Sofia in a quick and professional manner.

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.03
Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour, Sofia, Walking Tours
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Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Start your day like a local with a Bulgarian breakfast of ‘banitsa’ (savoury pastry) and ‘ayran’ (yoghurt drink), and discover Sofia’s landmarks on this 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.97
Private Tour: Sofia Walking Tour, Sofia, Dining Experiences
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Private Tour: Sofia Walking Tour

Explore the historical heart of Sofia by foot on a 2-hour private tour, learning about the city’s ancient, medieval, and modern history from a private guide. ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00

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