Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Tours

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
One of the most well-known landmarks in Sofia, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built to commemorate the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish War, fighting for Bulgaria’s independence. Completed in 1924, it was named after a medieval Russian ruler, Prince Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod, and modeled after Russian neo-Byzantine churches.

The exterior of the cathedral is made of pale Bulgarian limestone, and it is topped with gold-plated domes. Inside, you will find hundreds of flickering candles illuminating a decadent interior. Look for the Mosaic of Christ, Tsar Ferdinand’s throne, the iconostasis made of marble, onyx and alabaster and the many frescoes covering the church’s dome.
Head down to the crypt to visit the cathedral’s Icon gallery, which features icons from 12th through 19th centuries and boasts the most impressive collection of religious art in Bulgaria.

Practical Info

Alexander Nevksy Cathedral is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. between November and February and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between March and October. Admission is free. The crypt is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, and admission is 6 lev for adults. The cathedral is within easy walking distance from the center of Sofia and near the Sveti Kliment Ohridski Metro station. It can also be reached by bus numbers 9, 280 or 306 and by trolleys 1, 2, 4, 9 and 11.
Address: Aleksander Nevski Square, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour

Learn to eat like a local on a 3-hour walking tour through Sofia’s food and culture, with a traditional Bulgarian breakfast. Stroll past the city’s most iconic sights while chatting with your local guide, then step into a neighborhood café to try savory banitsa pastries with ayran, a lightly-fermented yogurt drink. Walk though a vibrant food market in the heart of the old city, pass an open-air book market, and finish your trip through Bulgaria's food scene with baklava and boza at a celebrated pastry shop. 
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Sofia by Night Panoramic Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show

Admire the sights of Sofia by night before dinner and a folklore show on this evening tour. Take a panoramic drive around Bulgaria’s capital to see its illuminated highlights, including the floodlit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Palace of Culture, and more. Then, savor a 3-course Bulgarian dinner complemented with a live folklore show of traditional local music and dance. Dinner, show, air-conditioned transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes in one day from Sofia

Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full-Day Sofia Tour: Boyana Church, National History Museum, Banya Bashi Mosque

Maximise your time in Sofia and take in the highlights of the Bulgarian capital on this full-day sightseeing tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Boyana Church, learn more about the city’s history at the National Historical Museum, and admire landmarks such as the Church of St George, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and Banya Bashi Mosque. Hotel pickup and entrance fees are included.
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sofia Evening Panoramic Tour and Bulgarian Dinner Included

Discover traditional Bulgarian culture and see Sofia’s sights by night on a private evening tour that’s perfect for couples. Relax as your private chauffeur drives you through the heart of the city, introducing all the key illuminated buildings. Then savor a 4-course Bulgarian menu as you watch a magic and folk dance show.
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sofia Walking Tour with Traditional Breakfast Included

Discover the heart of Sofia without even thinking about a map on this convenient, fully guided walking tour. See key landmarks from the different cultures that have occupied the city and explore St. Sofia Church, the Rotunda of St. George, and Cathedral St. Alexander Nevski. Along the way, enjoy a traditional Bulgarian pastry breakfast with a glass of “ayran” salt yoghurt drink.
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Breakfast in Sofia Walking Tour

Start the day in true Bulgarian style on this 3-hour breakfast and walking tour of Sofia. Stroll through Sofia’s historical heart to see highlights like the Alexander Nevski Cathedral and King Liberator statue, and stop for a local breakfast of ‘banitsa’ (savory pastry) and ‘ayryan’ yogurt drink. Then, continue through Slaveikov Square book market to a pastry shop and finish with ‘baklava’ (sweet, nut-filled filo pastry) and Bulgaria’s traditional ‘boza’ malt drink. Breakfast and tastings included.
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Market Food Tour

Designed with foodies in mind, this off-the-beaten-path market tour visits three essential Sofia markets: Flea Market, Zhenski Pazar Women’s Market, and the covered market known as Central Market Hall. Alongside your guide and a small group, enjoy access that would be impossible to achieve independently and savor tastings of classic Bulgarian fare at a range of venues.
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Sofia City Tour

The Sofia City Tour is a great opportunity to discover its rich history and to get acquainted with its present.The city of Sofia offers beautiful buildings, Romanesque remains, old churches, extremely interesting archaeological complexes and of course thousands of bars and restaurants where you can taste traditional Bulgarian dishes.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

This is the only pub crawl in Sofia that runs every single night and people from all over the world can meet and talk to each other, while having fun visiting 5 different and unique nightlife venues in Sofia. During the week we go to the more hidden places, where you will learn the history to some of the bars. During the weekend we visit some bigger places where you can have some fun and dance. Socialites can escape the beaten path, make new friends, and discover a new side of Sofia on this pub crawl that focuses on the city’s hidden bars. Exploring the nightlife of Sofia at a civilised pace, with no drinking games or rowdiness, learn about Bulgarian history as you discover four bars and finally a club. Tour includes free drinks and free entry to the club.
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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Communist Car Tour of Sofia in Trabant

Your communist era Trabant tour starts with your collection from your hotel in Sofia by your driver. The Trabant (a.k.a the Trabi) was once the truly peoples car in Eastern Europe. It was produced in huge numbers in the former GDR (East Germany) and famous for its super simple engineering and design.You will be touring downtown Sofia in style on-board the Trabi, getting a lot of smiles from the other people and tourists in the streets. Your driver will be sharing stories of the city on the country from different historical periods while passing alongside the main highlights in the town.After that you will head to the suburbs of the city to see The Bells (Kambanite) a communist era monument built by Bulgaria's communist princess. A short walk in a park will take you to this unique monument.Continue then with your Trabant back to the city center to see most of the city's communist heritage before being dropped off at your hotel or other place at your convenience in the city center
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Sofia Communist Tower by Trabant Car

The Sofia Communist Tour will take you back to the communist period of Bulgaria when the country was called "iron curtain".You will hear real stories of people and learn about the way of life of the Bulgarians at that time. You will get acquainted with the historical events and facts of Bulgaria and the countries of Eastern Europe to fall under the communist regime. You will hear stories never heard before and you will find another world - the world of communism.Surely afterwards you will be happy living in the free world of today and will appreciate the liberty of Europe.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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