Soft spot for Sofia
*This experience runs daily except Sunday
3 hours of classic Sofia
Visiting 1 country: Bulgaria
What happens when you combine sweet treats, succulent meats, locally-produced wine and some of Bulgaria’s best architecture? You get a Sofia tour like no other, guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and expand your waistline…like all good tours should!
Spend an afternoon like locals do
Explore Sofia’s fascinating and historical city center, taste Bulgarian sweets, and indulge in some Bulgarian wine and meze – you know, all in a typical day for locals in Sofia!
Sofia is full of impressive sights, and your Sofia tour will start with your local guide showing you some of the most beautiful ones, including the National Theater, King’s Palace, and the Presidency, before leading you to a favourite local café.
We’re pretty sure it’s time for a break, so we’ll stop here at the café to sample some Sofia food; the world famous shopska salad, prepared with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and spices. We’ll also taste a cup of traditional Bulgarian ayryan, a drink prepared from yogurt.
More history than you can find in books
Our historical tour of Sofia will continue with some beautiful stops, including the Rotunda St. George, St. Nedelya Church, Banya Bashi Mosque, and the Synagogue, all situated near ‘Small Jerusalem Square’, so named because within five minutes’ walk of the square where you can find very important monuments to three different religions.
Fantastic Bulgarian food
From there, it’ll be time for a visit to Central Hali Market, a building with more than a hundred years of history and architecture, and where we’ll taste typical sweets like baklava, and tolumbichki. On this Sofia food tour, you’ll also have the opportunity to buy fresh fruits or vegetables, and we may even have the chance to sample nuts or sausages.
Continuing with the truly local Sofia experience, we’ll catch a ride on the newest underground in Europe to get us to our final stop – a traditional, typical Bulgarian restaurant. Situated in four houses, with a common garden, the restaurant’s architecture and furniture hail from the 19th century, and from four different parts of Bulgaria.
It’s fitting that this restaurant is where we’ll indulge in some fantastic Bulgarian wine along with meze, a local meat platter, lukanka, babek, fillet Elena, and pastarma.
Our Sofia tour ends here, but this restaurant is the perfect place to continue your Bulgarian food fest.
Less than 1 Day
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
- Feel like a local in Sofia
- Taste the famous Shopska salad and drink Ayryan
- Sample local Bulgarian wine along with a meze meat platter
- See the main symbols and icons of Sofia with a local guide.
Local English-speaking guide, samples of local specialities – lukanka, babek, pastarma, shopska salad, ayryan, and wine tasting
What’s not included
Items of personal nature, additional food or drink, gratuities for your guide
Starting time: 3.00 PM
Meeting point: In front of main entrance of Royal Palace / National Art Gallery, Sofia
Ending point: Vitosha blvd.