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Plovdiv Tour

Plovdiv overview

Plovdiv is one of the oldest European towns contemporary to Troya and Mikena. It has existed as a settlement for 8000 years and became a town some 3000 years ago during the Troyan war.  In 342 BC, it was conquered by Philip ІІ of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, who renamed it Philippopolis or "the city of Philip" in his own honour. Later, it was reconquered by the Thracians who called it Pulpudeva (a reconstructed translation of Philipopolis). With the establishment of Bulgaria in 681 Philipopolis became an important border fortress of the Byzantine Empire. In 1364, the Ottoman Turks under Lala Shakhin Pasha seized Plovdiv. The Turks called the city Filibe which comes from "Fhilip".  In the historic quarter of the city you will see beautifully decorated period houses, the ancient fortress-wall, the Roman forum and stadium and magnificent churches. The Old city of Plovdiv with its museums, historical sites, ancient houses and paved streets is a nice place for sightseeing.

Your Day In Plovdiv

Plovdiv is about 150km south-east from Sofia and we start our journey at 9:00am from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia. After 1.5hrs drive we begin our walk in the old town for about 2 hours. In the old cobblestone neighborhood of the town we visit two 19th century astonishing houses, Nebet tepe ancient remains, St.St. Constantine and Helena church, the old pharmacy and the Roman theater (please note some of the sites are closed on certain days).The cobblestone streets walk is not suitable for high-heel shoes and disabled people. We finish our tour by the Mosque on the main Djumaia Square and there we let you enjoy a walk by yourselves on the main pedestrian street, offering many shops, ice-cream, coffee, pan cakes etc. Also in the beginning of our walk we can stop in an old house, where you can try local production of alcohol drinks and rose oil products (degostations are not included in the price).

At this point you will have 3 options (subject to discussion with your guide and other participants in your tour): 

A. You can continue exploring the beautiful central part of the city with the Roman stadium, watch a 3D film (paid extra) about pre-olympic competitions, enjoy a beer in lovely Kapana area, walk to the singing fountains beautiful garden and start your journey back to Sofia around 16:00. Our guide will pick you up at the end of this street by Trimontsium Ramada Hotel, so that you don't need to walk back to the vehicle through the cobblestone streets.

B. A more congested visit of Plovdiv will allow you to have time for a visit of Asen Fortress, a beautiful medieval fortress, allowing for beautiful views over the Chaia river valley. A 2-hour drive takes you back to Sofia around 18:30.

C. A 30 min drive will take you to the Monastery of Bachkovo, the second largest and most important monastery in Bulgaria after the one in Rila. A visit of around 45 min of the church and monastery dining room (6BGN per person) with its amazing frescoes and you are ready for your return trip to Sofia where you should expect to arrive around 18:30.

Start: 9:00h / End: 18:30h

Recommended period: All year round

Driving time: 3h 30m approx.

Walking time: 3h approx

Handicap accessible: No

Special requirements: comfortable shoes (cobblestone streets), women have to have covered knees and shoulders in the monastery


1 person

2 persons

3 persons

4-8 persons

           9-18 persons


 129 Eur / 253 BGN

 79 Eur per person 155 BGN

 69 Eur per person 135 BGN

59 Eur per person 115 BGN

49 Eur per person 96 BGN

             The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English, parking fees, entrance fees for Plovdiv museums. Entrance fees not included: 3D film, Bachkovo dining room, Asen fortress. Meals and personal expenses not included. Small group tour. Private option: +30% added to the above prices. Children (1-16yrs) 20% discount.


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