"Serdika (Sofia) is my Rome " - Emperor Constantine The Great used to say.
Sofia - one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded more than 4000 years ago, it always attracted different civilizations due to its strategic location.
6000 years ago Neolithic people were settled. Greeks, led by Alexander the Great and his father ruled the lands around inhabited by the Thracians, the great masters of wine 3000 years ago. Conquered by the Romans , who knew well how to use the numerous hot mineral springs, the city flourished as a part of the Roman empire, Byzantium empire, and the mighty First and Second Bulgarian Kingdoms. 500 dark years of the Ottoman ruling the city continued to play an important role.
How the city survived so many different invasions and civilizations? How these events impacted the culture? Who are the people living in this city - Bulgarians, Greeks, Turks, Jewish? Why the city was bombed during the World War II, what are the consequences of the communist regime?
These are only a few topics we shall discuss during our tour.
This is a private a tour, so we start from a point convenient for you. Your hotel, airport or any other preferred meeting point.
This is a walking tour, so we shall move from our meeting point to the starting point of the tour either by foot or by public transportation, depending on the distance.
The tour will last 3-4 hours, depending on our pace and discussion points.
We shall see most of the important buildings in the city, trying to cover them with a certain chronology, covering the key topics of the history starting with Thracians, Slavs, Romans, Proto-Bulgarians, Ottomans till today.
We shall feel the spirit of the architecture of the city by learning who was here and what has been done.
We shall definitely try from the living water of the natural springs. This tour does not include entries into different museums or churches, as the proposed length does not allow.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: A meeting point place at "Saint Nedelya" plaza
Duration: 4 hours
In case you would like to enter and visit some of the museums or churches we will see, then the tour can be extended with another 1 - 2 hours.
This is a walking tour.
In case if you need a transfer I will be glad to make a customized tour for you, please contact me for details
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 BGN - food, snacks
1 $ = 1.75 BGN
1 EUR = 1.96 BGN
50 BGN is approx value of 29 USD / 26 Euro
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks