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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Learn what life was like in communist-era Bulgaria on a Sofia city walking tour. Meet your informative guide in central Sofia and check out the buildings and monuments that testify to its and Bulgaria’s 45 years on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain. See the Largo complex, former home of Bulgaria’s Communist Party; the Monument to the Soviet Army; the National Palace of Culture and more as your guide explains communist ideology and the everyday lives of Bulgarians during the controversial Cold War period.
  • Walking tour of communist Sofia led by a local guide
  • See Sofia’s communist-era landmarks including the Monument to the Soviet Army and National Palace of Culture
  • Pass other important Soviet buildings such as the Secret Police Investigation Facility
  • Step back in time as your guide recounts everyday life in the Cold War
  • Learn about communist ideology and why it rose and fell in Bulgaria
  • Pickup from a central meeting point in Sofia
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Professional guide
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Sofia City Court , bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Outside the Palace of Justice, at the corner of Vistosha Boulevard and Alabin Street

4:00 PM
National Palace of Culture , бул. „България“, 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria

The tour will end next to a piece of the Berlin Wall on the left side of the park of the Palace of Culture.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY 365 LTD
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Communist Walking Tour of Sofia?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Communist Walking Tour of Sofia.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Communist Walking Tour of Sofia?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Communist Walking Tour of Sofia.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Communist Walking Tour of Sofia?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Communist Walking Tour of Sofia.

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  • "This 3-hour walking tour takes you to sotes around the city center usually overlooked by the basic Sofia tour." See review
  • "Wonderful guide, good tour and if you love history, a must." See review

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star-5
Worth doing
nadine_m
, Jul 2022
The history part explained by Vasil/ Vasco. He took time to show and went above required time. Was a worthwhile tour
star-4
Good experience
PAMELA_D
, Jul 2022
Guide was very engaging and articulate.I learned a lot.Even though it was unbearably hot it was still worthwhile.
star-5
Very enthusiastic guide....
Shane_Q
, Jul 2022
Very enthusiastic guide. Gave a very informative history of communism in Bulgaria. Only negative was that it was a little bit long. Still worth it.
star-5
Interesting and Informative Tour
gailwhiting
, Jul 2022
We had an excellent guide telling us how communism started and affected Bulgarian people. Very interesting and highly informative. Would definitely recommend.
star-5
Fun, informative and interesting.
Janette_J
, Jul 2022
The whole trip was well paced, great information delivered in a digest able way. Thoroughly enjoyed it
star-5
Very informative and engaging, with a friendly and resourceful guide!
James_A
, Jul 2022
Very informative tour, our guide Niki was knowledgeable and engaging. My wife is not particularly interested in political history, but Niki spoke very eloquently, and clearly. Definitely worth booking if your are in Sofia and have an active interest in Communist or socialist history. Would highly recommend! Massive thumbs up.
star-5
Fun tour of communist relics
Gavin_S
, Jul 2022
Very interesting and eventful tour. I enjoyed myself very much. There were moments to laugh and to reflect along the entire tour. It is definitely worth the time to check out.
star-5
Vasil is a wonderful...
LinKiu_T
, Jun 2022
Vasil is a wonderful guide. Knowledgeable and humor. I understand the Bulgarian history more and highly recommended to everyone
star-5
Great experience
Alan_C
, Jun 2022
Very enjoyable tour, interesting period of history which I learnt a lot. Its a great way to see the city, meet new people also. Excellent tour guide who shared his knowledge so well. Highly recommend.
star-5
Communist
THOMAS_M
, Jun 2022
Absolutely brilliant despite the very wet weather! A very knowledgeable guide and fantastic sites if you are in to politics, economics, history etc! Highly recommend
star-5
Fascinating look at history
Bruce_W
, Jun 2022
An excellent tour pointing out life in the Communist era including little know facts. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Be prepared for allot of walking
star-5
Really great guide.
Tracey_D
, May 2022
A great overview of the Bulgarian experience. Vaso was the perfect guide, a good mix of historical info and modern facts.
star-5
Great Guide and nice perspective on the country's history
Michelle_L
, Apr 2022
It was very nice to have this perspective on the city, our Guide Vasco was super friendly and nice! We enjoyed very much the walking tour
star-5
good experience
Marina_B
, Apr 2022
well prepared and interesting tour. very balanced evaluation of the communistic period in the country.
star-5
Communist Tour Rocks!
Michael_R
, Apr 2022
Dino was absolutely fantastic! He has extensive knowledge about the communist era in Bulgaria and his personal manner was impeccable.
star-5
Exiting tour
Louise_R
, Oct 2021
A lot of smal funny stories. Exiting places to see. The guide were very kindly and easy to talk with. Nice to walk In the sunny weather
star-5
Great way to spend an afternoon
andrew_r
, Sep 2021
A brilliant way to end a weekend in Sofia. Our guide, Stefan, was simply amazing: articulate, knowledgeable, fun and interesting!
star-5
A must do experience
Berna_S
, Aug 2021
The tour guide was very informative. I really enjoyed the whole tour and experience. I discovered some places that I otherwise might have missed and I am really happy that I joined this tour. I would definitely recommend.
star-5
Unbedingt machen!
Stine_F
, Jul 2021
Very informed and interesting trip and out guide Martin was just emphatic and very smart and sensible in the way he handled the topic - well done!
star-5
Communist history tour - Sofia
Noam
, Mar 2020
A very unique and comprehensive tour. Our guide - Martin, gave us a very realistic picture of the life and culture that era.

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