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. As you walk, take in Sofia’s mix of architecture, and stop to visit the 4th-century St. George Rotunda Church and gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Plus, see other sights such as the statue of the ‘King Liberator,’ Banya Bashi Mosque, and more.
Meet your private guide in central Sofia in the late morning, and set out to explore the historical center. On route, uncover Sofia’s past and learn about city life from your guide. Visit the 4th-century St. George Rotunda: Sofia’s oldest preserved building. View this Roman-built circular church, and admire its medieval interior frescoes.See the nearby Presidency building, and pass other landmarks including the 16th-century Banya Bashi Mosque and 19th-century Cathedral Church of St. Nedelya, hearing about the tragic event that occurred here in 1925.Admire the National Theater and National Gallery in the former Royal Palace, and see the gold-domed St. Nikolas Russian Church. Pass the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and National Assembly Square, home to a statue of the ‘King Liberator’ Russian Tsar Nicholas II, who liberated Bulgaria from the Ottomans in the 1870s.Inspect Arnoldo Zocchi’s 1907 equestrian statue, and see attractions including the Holy Synod, St. Sofia Church, and National Gallery for Foreign Art.As another highlight, visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia’s showpiece, and one of the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals. Absorb the monumental exterior and marble-, onyx- and alabaster-laden interior as you learn its history.Your tour ends at around 1pm at St. George Rotunda when your guide departs.