Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia
from USD $13.48
Find out what it was like on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain by joining our Communist tour. A 45-year-long period compressed in about 3-3.5 hours, including factors that led to it and its aftermath. The main goal is to present this controversial period of history in an objective and informative way.
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In Brief

Sofia, Bulgaria
3 hours 30 minutes
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Important InfoInfo
During the approximately 3-3.5-hour-long walking Communist Tour you will learn about the 45-year-long communist period of Bulgaria in an objective and informative way.

The 365: Communist Tour welcomes its guests every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4 pm in front of the Palace of Justice in Sofia. The tour includes the main landmarks of communist history in the city of Sofia: former headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party, secret police investigation facility, destroyed mausoleum, monument of the Soviet army, National Palace of Culture, among others. During the 3-3.5-hour-long walking tour you will learn about the theory of communism, what Marxism-Leninism is, the history of communism in Bulgaria, the pros and cons of the period and the relation between the communist government and religion, industry, economy, culture and everyday life of the people.


  • Local guide
  • Professional guide


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

4:00 PM

Departure Point

Sofia Court House, bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Returns To

Берлинската стена, 1463 Old City Center, София, Bulgaria

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide, Vasko, gave us a warm, wonderful and witty introduction to this beautiful city, and it's not-so-distant past. He was very informative, as we saw most of the sites connected with the city's 45 year experience with socialism. Also check out the 365 free tours for a general introduction to the city (Vasko was also our guide for that one), and their Jewish History Tour.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Very interesting. I have learned some things I did not know and it has sparked my interest to learn more. Personal stories add to the tour so I could understand the communistic economy
• Submitted 17 Dec 2019
The tour was an educational one since it gives the real pros and cons of the communist regime in Bulgaria. The tour guide gave a realistic history of the political background of Bulgaria before during and after the communist era. Being American I had a different opinion and now understand the system with another perspective.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
The guide (his name started with a V) was very knowledgeable and informative. Despite the rain, my wife and I enjoyed it very much
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Vasil was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I learned a lot about the communist history of Bulgaria, as well as the history of communism in general. Thank you!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
I would definitely recommend this tour to understand more about the history of Sofia and how it has shaped their way of life. Our tour guide was fantastic and even had personal stories he shared from his family
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We very much enjoyed the Communist Tour led by Daniel. He had good stories to tell at each stop and we learned much.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our guide, Vasil Georgiev was incredible. He made the very interesting tour of Bulgaria’s communist history an even better one. We were very lucky to have him as our guide.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2019
I was so so looking forward to this part of our holiday in Sofia and it certainly did not disappoint. Our guide was Nickolai and despite the inclement weather he made the walk both informative and thought provoking with his knowledgable manner together with many personal anecdotes gathered from mainly his own family who lived through a much different era of Sofias history. I learned more about modern history in just over 3 hours than i did in all my history lessons at school put together? Would really recommend.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2019
Martin was a brilliant teacher, full of interesting facts and personal stories that brought the past to life. Despite the torrential rain, we all enjoyed our tour and the time flew past.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2018
One of the best tours I have ever done...and I have travelled to around 100 I mean exactly what I just said...I was initially a bit skeptical when I saw a young guide coz I prefer to hear from people who have lived during the communist era...but Nikolai simply blew the group away...he was very well researched...knew exactly how to captivate the audience and gave us so many incredible details..and spoke impeccable short it was absolutely tour you should never miss if u are in Sofia...also I will recommend the free walking tour run by the same group...its called 365...they are brilliant!!!
• Submitted 11 May 2018
How can you go wrong with a free tour and fully qualified and highly knowledgeable guide? Highly recommended to see another side of Sofia after you've seen all the churches and museums.
• Submitted 30 Apr 2018
Very good tour- came away with a greater understanding of Sofia and how live has changed. Opens your eyes to the surroundings and parts you could miss - well recommemded
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
Very interesting, also gave a good overview of Sofia and how to get around the city as well as some extremely interesting history.
• Submitted 21 Feb 2018
Martin the guide provided great insight into Bulgarian life under the communist regime, the history, the communist theory and what it meant to peoples lives. A very full 3 hours but very worthwhile.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2017
V was a wonderful guide - very informative, open to all questions, and made sure we had time at each place to take it all it. This one should be on everyone's itinerary in Sofia!
• Submitted 30 Aug 2017
I wasn't sure what to expect but the tour was amazing! The tour lasted over 3 hours and there wasn't any time during the tour that we were not engaged. The sights were ok but the narrative and history were incredible. The highlight of the tour was our guide, Stefan. You rock Stefan!!!
• Submitted 28 Aug 2017
Highly recommend this tour--our guide Nicholas was very knowledgeable and engaging! Learned and saw a lot!
• Submitted 04 Aug 2017
I could not recommend this more. It was the best tour I have ever been on. The tour guide was excellent. Definitely definitely do this when you come to Sofia
• Submitted 10 May 2017
Excellent tour!
• Submitted 24 Apr 2017
Very interesting three hours walking tour. Excellent guide providing many useful infos and very keen on answering any questions. Very recommended, especially to those interested in the history of the Country in the Commuist era.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2017
This was a very interesting tour, highly recommended for anyone who is curious about the history and effects of Communism. Our guide on the day was Dino, who knew his subject well and could easily command our attention for the full 3 hours' duration of the tour. The pace itself was slow, but you do cover quite a large area of the city and therefore need to be fairly mobile...however, there is a break of 15 minutes around the halfway point.
• Submitted 04 Apr 2017
Excellent experience. Strongly recommended!
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
This was a great value for the amount I paid. Niki was extremely knowledgeable and distilled the key nuggets about Communism to the group in a simple way. Despite the freezing temperatures, I had a great time. My only suggestion is that in winter, they should change the start time to earlier so that the group isn't rushing to get to all the key places before the sun goes down.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2017

In Brief

Sofia, Bulgaria
3 hours 30 minutes
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