A laid-back big city with an ancient past. There's more to Sofia than meets the eye.
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Sofia is a compact city with an impressive historical center. All the highlights of the city are close together, so it's easy to explore on foot. Sofia feels like a big city, but you’ll also find a nice mix of neighborhoods. Each district feels distinct and cozy. That variety extends to the sites as well. There’s so much to see in Sofia, from grand churches to Habsburg-influenced buildings with stunning designs. There's also the occasional archeological site from the city's ancient incarnation as Serdica. Sofia may seem inscrutable at first, but that just means there’s more to discover. It’s the perfect destination for people who like to find something unique around every corner while taking in beautiful architecture. Sofia is a lovely place to wander off the beaten path. You'll find fun surprises down every winding street.
Besides the sights, which range from historic to quirky, Sofia offers a vibrant dining scene. There's more than enough cutting-edge cafes and restaurants to enjoy. The food and drink are reasonably priced and the local cuisine is hearty. Meat lovers are in luck. But diners who prefer lighter fare needn’t worry. There are also plenty of Bulgarian recipes featuring fresh vegetables. Be sure to explore outside of the city when you visit. There are many excellent day trips from Sofia and places to stay overnight, including Plovdiv and Rila. Sofia will open up the region to you. You’ll have a wonderful time enjoying this atmospheric destination, its cuisine, history and culture. Sofia is a lovely city and a highlight of travel in Bulgaria.
Average guest ratings of our Sofia vacation packages: (5.0/5 based on 3 reviews)
"JayWay was excellent in that they kept in touch with us for many months exchanging ideas and making the best plans. We have taken 10 Jayway trips since 2007 so that says enough!! Looking forward to the next one. Health and the Lord willing!"
Bill and Anglie
"We have recommended JayWay to several friends. It was one of the best trips we have experienced and between us, Alan and I have seen a lot of the world. In 2017 traveled 30,000 miles."
Where to stay in Sofia
When traveling with us, you don't need to worry that the hotel won't be up to the star level which is a common practice in Bulgaria as all of the accommodation options we offer in Sofia have been hand-picked and provide the perfect base for exploring this city. We can offer options from a nice B&B to luxury hotels. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Things to do in Sofia
Besides the fascinating stories of Sofia's long history, the city also provides an excellent base for further exploration of the country, with a combined day trip to two of Bulgaria's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Rila Monastery and Boyana Church being one of the best sellers in our selection. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.
What I love about Sofia...
“In few other cities will you find intact Roman and Byzantine buildings steps away from impressive 19th century cathedrals and synagogues. Much less a short distance from Communist buildings and statues that are impossible to ignore. Even if Sofia were dull, it would still be worth spending time in to visit Rila Monastary, up in the mountains. Rila is the most impressive monastary I have seen in my years of traveling.”
Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Sofia
Spend some time in Sofia on a tour that takes in other cities in Bulgaria and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Sofia and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
Visit 2 countries, staying in 5 different towns & cities along the way and visiting several more, from Sofia and Plovdiv in Bulgaria to Bucharest, the capital of Romania ending with the highlights of Transylvania. read full itinerary
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