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Explore the best of Sofia with our sightseeing walking tours

FREE SOFIA TOUR

START: Palace of Justice

COVID-19 Update! Free Sofia Tour is back on the streets of Sofia with a limited schedule. Our free tours run EVERY DAY at 11AM. No reservation required. Just show up! We’ll be expanding our schedule as soon as international travel resumes. We’ll keep you posted. 

The free English language sightseeing walking tour of Bulgaria’s capital organized by a non-profit organization.

The Free Sofia Tour expects its guests all year round. The best attraction in Sofia according to TripAdvisor users. This 2-hour walking tour covers Sofia’s most famous landmarks and is led by enthusiastic local guides. Approved by Tourist Service Municipal Company at Sofia City Municipality. The sightseeing city tours of Sofia are both fun and educational – the perfect introduction to the city and its thousands of years of history.

Tours Schedule:

Every Day at 11AM*
Meeting point: Palace of Justice
*Tour schedule is currently limited due to the coronavirus crisis and lack of free movement of people. All tours will be handled in accordance with the advice of the local authorities. We will make sure to keep our groups small, so that we can provide the necessary distance between people. Guests are encouraged to wear a face mask.

No reservation required! Just show up! Our free walking tours run all year round, no matter the weather conditions (incl weekends, national holidays, Christmas, Easter, etc)

Tours in Spanish/Tours en Español:
Every Saturday at 6PM

If you are an organized group of ten people (10+), please contact us at least 24 hrs in advance to get information on our private tours policy. The idea of Free Sofia Tour is to show the city to individual travelers and small groups. For organized groups 10+ our Association will arrange a tailor-made tour for you. Otherwise, our guides have the freedom of refusing your participation.

E-mail: groups@365association.org
Organized Groups Tel.: (+359) 988 920 461

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Discover the best of Sofia with our team of wonderful local guides.

Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital and largest city. Situated in the very heart of the Balkan peninsula, it is one of Europe’s oldest cities. It has by far the most dynamic cultural life in the country and offers a large variety of activities. The Free Sofia Tour covers most of the main things to see in Sofia: the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the National Theatre, the St. George Rotunda, the Bulgarian Presidency and many more. It will also immerse you into the city’s rich Roman heritage.

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Any trip to Bulgaria would be incomplete without diving into our country’s unique food, folklore and traditions. Our Culture Tour is all about that! For those looking to explore Sofia off the beaten path, the Sofia Alternative Tour takes you to the city’s hidden spots on a quest-like adventure. To top it all off, Sofia’s great nightlife is also not to be missed! Our daily Pub Crawl takes you to Sofia’s best bars.

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Our Guides

Yana
Yana
Yana was born and raised in Sofia. Аfter studying Film in the UK and China, she returned to live and work in her hometown. Her passions are cinema, literature, nature and endlessly exploring new places and characters.
Vasko
Vasko
As a geographer, Vasko loves travelling and exploring both cities and nature. The 3 years he spent studying in London made him even more passionate about his hometown - Sofia. When he is not out exploring the built environment, you can probably catch him running up the mountains or doing any other outdoor activity.
Nina
Nina
Nina’s motto is “Carpe Diem” and she definitely lives by it, just ask her what her everyday schedule looks like: from doing presentations across Bulgaria for a global anti-human trafficking NGO, to giving private English lessons, to attending an art and/or cultural event she can always find a way to make it work.
Stanislav
Stanislav
Stanislav is first of all a huge optimist. Already a graduated actor, he is in a pursuit of his career both in theatre and cinema. A passionate traveller and hitchhiker himself, interested in history and reason, admirer of good literature and cinema.
Mitko
Mitko
Mitko was born in the love of his life - the city of Sofia which never stops surprising, exciting and meeting him with new people from all over the world. Most of his life he spent here before moving to London, where he studied and worked for four years.
Denica
Denica
Denica is a free spirit by nature. She loves music, travelling, painting, jogging and dreaming about her new adventures until she finally makes them a reality.
Tommy
Tommy
Tommy was born and raised in Sofia until the age of 17, when he moved to live in Belgium for a few years. Then he studied in the Netherlands and eventually in Munich, before moving back to Sofia to start a job in teaching.
Dimitar
Dimitar
Dimitar grew up in Sofia. He was 11 when the Berlin Wall fell down and he has a lot of personal stories from the Cold War times to share. In 2004 he went to Paris where he spent 10 years learning and working in theatre and cinema.
Svetla
Svetla
Svetla was born and raised in Sofia. She has a bachelor’s degree in acting from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts.
Anina
Anina
Anina was born and raised in Sofia. She studied Spanish and Portuguese and got a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She is in love with Latin America and her true passion is volunteering.
Alissa
Alissa
Born, raised and lived all her life in Sofia. Named after Louis Carol’s  “Alice in wonderland”  she keeps searching for wonders wherever she goes and whatever she is doing. Actress, dancer and restless traveller.
Vyara
Vyara
Vyara likes to present herself as an explorer of new places and people. She is not originally from Sofia but has been living here for the past 8 years which gave her the opportunity to discover the city’s many diverse sides.
Kathy
Kathy
Kathy’s career as a tour guide began in 2014 with Free Plovdiv tour at her hometown Plovdiv, but eventually she had to move to Sofia to study law at the Sofia University.
Viktoria
Viktoria
Was born in Sofia and is currently living in the suburbs of the city. She is happy, energetic and always ready for new adventures and friendships. She has a degree in political science from Sofia University and a master degree from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Ani
Ani
Ani... Although she travels a lot, she never moved to live in another city. Sofia gives Ani everything she needs: ) Ani is a professional actress, she performs on the theater stages of Sofia and Bulgaria.
Dino
Dino
Dino was born and grew up in Sofia, a fact that doesn't prevent him from rediscovering the beauty of the Bulgarian capital every day. Theatre and cinema are his passion: he graduated as an actor from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts and currently performs on the capital stages.
Alex
Alex
Although she is half Latin American, Alex feels a 100% Bulgarian. At present she is doing her Master’s thesis in Business Administration and Marketing. She loves singing, dancing, acting and she is a part of the new Sofia Gospel Choir.
Dessi
Dessi
Dessi was born in Sofia and has been living here all her life. After a series of trips around Europe Dessi started loving her hometown even more – not because Europe is not charming, but because it helped appreciate the less obvious beauty of Bulgaria’s capital city.
Vasil
Vasil
Vasil was born and raised in Sofia and simply loves this city. His lust for travel was kindled in school when he was taught the essence of tour guiding. School was also the birthplace of his passion for languages: he speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, but is also interested in learning Russian, French and Swedish.
Slavyan
Slavyan
Slavyan was born in Sofia and firmly believes that he will stay there, although he loves exploring new places and has travelled around Europe, USA and the Middle East and really hopes to visit more places like Asia and New Zealand soon.
Nora
Nora
Nora is truly passionate about traveling, meeting new people, exploring new cultures, and always up for a new adventure. She has studied in Holland, worked in Spain and the UAE, and visited many spots on the globe. However, wherever she goes the place she misses the most is Sofia.
Nikola
Nikola
Nikola was born in Sofia and has spent most of his life in the city. His biggest passion in life is music. For him it is more than just a hobby as it takes most of his free time and is something that he hopes to do for a living.
Martin
Martin
Martin was born and raised in the city of Sofia. He has a master degree in International Relations, but his true passion is history, which is also his bachelor degree. Firm believer that understanding our history impacts the way we model our future.
Viki
Viki
VIKI is studying law at the Sofia university. She really loves travelling and meeting new people. Her dream is to travel around the world, but in the end she will always want to come back home cause Sofia rocks:D and it will be a real pleasure for her to show you her city and try to make you fall in love with it as well.
Stefan
Stefan
STEFAN was born in a 19th century house in downtown Sofia, spent most of his childhood in the ghetto, while still studying at the central part, so he has seen both sides of the city. He started learning English when he was four and ended up working as a freelance translator for several years.
Niki
Niki
NIKETSA is a deep thinker and observer. His eyes -- wide angle lenses -- trying always to capture every single detail, even what`s behind the curtain or invisible. Nevertheless, don`t consider him to be the most serious guy, as he is fond of goofing and joking around all the time.
Daniel
Daniel
DANIEL was born and raised in the beating centre of Sofia. In March 2012 he came back from a student exchange programme Erasmus in Prague, where he visited a free tour and then started showing his friends all around the city.

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