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January 7, 2018
Skiing in the Vitosha Mountain

Vitosha mountain: Winter Olympics in Sofia or How to go Skiing

Winter sports at Vitosha mountain, Sofia? Few of the people visiting and falling in love with Sofia and Vitosha mountain are aware of the city’s longstanding ambition to host the Winter Olympic Games. Inspired by Sarajevo’s successful example from 1984, the Bulgarian capital has tried several times to win the competition for Winter Olympics’ host. It came closest in the run up for the 1992 Games by finishing second – only a couple of votes away from the victorious Lillehammer (Norway). Today, Sofia is a bit further away from fulfilling its Olympic dream. However, the city’s beautiful mountain Vitosha is still close enough. It remains one of the most preferred options for winter sports in Bulgaria. It is located only 30 minutes away from the city center by car. Vitosha mountain welcomes the fans of skiing and snowboarding not only in the winter weekends, but also during the week – at daylight and after sunset. How to ski and snowboard in Sofia and Vitosha mountain? The first and most important prerequisite […]
December 19, 2017
How to get to Bansko from Sofia

How to get to Bansko (from Sofia)

Dear travelers! We know many of you have already seen our lovely capital Sofia. You’ve probably walked around the historical part of the city with the Free Sofia Tour. You’ve strolled down the Yellow brick road, entered the ancient Rotunda of St. George, gazed at the beautiful St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. But now you probably want to spend some time outside of Sofia and you’re wondering where to go next? Well, for those of you who like skiing, snowboarding or hiking, going to one of our mountain resorts comes naturally as a next destination here in Bulgaria. One of these great places is Bansko. Let’s talk about Bansko! Bansko is a small town situated in Southwestern Bulgaria, surrounded by Rila, Pirin and Rhodope mountains. It is one of our most popular ski resorts and a popular site for recreation with its pine forests, mountain peaks and lakes near the town. The distance between Sofia and Bansko is 160km and it takes approximately 2 hours to get there by car and […]
October 30, 2017
Sofia Alternative Tour

Sofia Alternative Tour

Adventure seekers, Sofia Alternative Tour is finally here! 365 Association proudly presents the beginning of something unseen… We have been exploring the city the way no tour guide did before. Therefore, we are ready to give you the chance to unfold some secrets that have stayed hidden even for locals. Until now. Sofia Alternative Tour is here! Find us on Facebook here! If you: are always searching for a way off the beaten path; want to see places on your own and take part in a treasure hunt; want to escape from the crowd and participate in something different than your typical tourist experience; are not afraid of city legends and the ghosts behind them; sometimes act before you think and jump before you are pushed; think you can handle the Bulgarian style of communication; like riddles and you think you can deal with the pieces of the Sofia puzzle; are comfortable with giving, taking and sharing; If you’re The Alternative Tourist – Our brand new project is for you. Sofia Alternative Tour is a unique adventure in […]
May 2, 2017

Free Sofia Tour – Now 3 times a day!

Great news for the early birds! From the 1st of May Free Sofia Tour will have one more starting hour – 10:00 am, every single day! Spring is here. And since we’ve already taken our Martenitsas off but wanted to keep celebrating, we decided to add a new daily Free Sofia Tour starting hour! For those of you who are highly impatient to meet us and can’t wait until 11:00 am, we added a third starting hour to our tours – 10:00 am every morning, same place as always. We know very well how precious time is when you are visiting a new city for just a couple of days and we wanted to help you make the most of it while you’re here, so… this is the result! We are happy to announce that from the 1st of May until the 31st of October we will wait for you in front of the Palace of Justice not once, not twice, but three times per day – 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 18:00 pm. So if you decide to join the Free Sofia […]
January 31, 2017
The Free Sofia Tour Is Looking For New Guides

The Free Sofia Tour Is Looking For New Guides

Free Sofia Tour is looking for new Guides It’s the beginning of February; Winter holidays are (unfortunately) gone, so we at the Free Sofia Tour are already starting to think ahead. You might have seen us on the street, you might have seen us in the media, you might have heard someone tell you stories of us… If you haven’t, this is who we are and what we do. Our primary goal is to make every guest of our tour feel welcomed to Sofia and Bulgaria. We want to ignite a spark of interest in such a way so that they would want to come back and recommend it to their friends. We are passionate about what we do and we constantly strive to make each tour personal, fun, informative, helpful and unforgettable. Take a look at our poster and if you see yourself in it, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you see someone else in it, don’t hesitate to tell them not to hesitate to contact us as […]
November 30, 2016
The Free Sofia Tour Mo Bros

The Free Sofia Tour Movember challenge

November is at its end! For some it is a blessing, for others it is a curse and it is the same within the Free Sofia Tour team. It has been a challenging month for us not only because of the many tours we have done and the thousands of tourists we have taken around, but because Movember finished and now we can shave …uuuhm (*cough) share it. So what is the whole idea behind Movember and why have we done it? Movember is something that started in Australia in 1999 when a group of young men came up with the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout the month of November. This is actually where the name Movember comes from – the Australian-English diminutive word for moustache “mo” and “November”. Nowadays it is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. So if you have wondered until now […]
August 13, 2016
American Flag

6 Facts we love about the United States of America.

Free Sofia Tour turns 6 years this week! To celebrate this, we made a list of the 10 countries we’ve had most visitors from. So far we’ve presented to you our #10 Israel, #9 Netherlands, #8 Italy, #7 Australia, #6 France, #5 Spain, #4 Bulgaria, #3 Germany and #2 United Kingdom. And finally, today we will tell you 6 interesting facts about our number 1 by guests visits with 10 344 visitors so far –the United States of America! Fact about United States of America №1: The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France in 1884. Fact about United States of America №2: The current American flag was designed by a 17 year old Robert G. Heft, as a school project. He got B-. Fact about United States of America №3: Russia and America are less than 4 km apart at the nearest point. Fact about United States of America №4: By law, only dead people can appear on U.S. currency. Fact №5: The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island, but Rhode Island has almost 50% […]
August 12, 2016
Facts about the United Kingdom

6 Facts we love about the United Kingdom

Free Sofia Tour turns 6 years this week! To celebrate this, we made a list of the 10 countries we’ve had most visitors from. So far we’ve presented to you our #10 Israel, #9 Netherlands, #8 Italy, #7 Australia, #6 France, #5 Spain, #4 Bulgaria and #3 Germany . Today, we will tell you 6 interesting facts about the country under number 2 by guests visits with 9600 visitors so far. We are talking about the United Kingdom. Fact about the United Kingdom №1: Big Ben does not refer to the famous clock tower, but actually to the bell. Fact about the UK №2: London’s skyscraper – The Shard, at 1,107 feet (350 m), is Europe’s tallest building.   Fact about the UK №3: There is nowhere in Britain where you are more than 120 km (74.5 miles) from the sea. Fact about the UK №4: Soccer, rugby and polo were invented in England Fact about the United Kingdom №5: It is illegal to die in the houses of parliament Fact about the United Kingdom №6:  Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t have a […]
August 11, 2016
Facts we love about Germany

6 Facts we love about Germany

Free Sofia Tour turns 6 years this week! To celebrate this, we made a list of the 10 countries we’ve had most visitors from. So far we’ve presented to you our #10, Israel, #9, Netherlands, #8, Italy, #7, Australia, #6,France, #5, Spain and #4, Bulgaria. Today, we will tell you 6 interesting facts about our number 3 by guests visits with 9052 visitors so far. We are talking about Germany! Fact about Germany №1: The cities of Aachen, Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Weimar, Bonn and Berlin have all been capitals of Germany. Fact about Germany №2: Most of the German Autobahn (highway) have no speed limit. Fact №3: The first printed book, the Gutenberg Bible was in German. Fact  №4: The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build. It was started in 1248. It was completed in 1880. Fact  №5: Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz created the first motor-driven vehicles. Fact  №6: There’s no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic human instinct to be free.   Photo source: […]