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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Full-Day Tour from Sofia

1. Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Full-Day Tour from Sofia

A 2-hour drive from Sofia will take you to the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city and one of its oldest towns. Within 2-3 hours of walking along the city, you will discover the history and culture behind a 7000-year old settlement, written by the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Bulgarian civilizations. You can enjoy sightseeing in the Old Town with its museums, historical monuments, revival period houses, lined with souvenir shops cobbled streets or get impressed by the rich Ethnographical Museum and the ancient Roman Theater. Feel the atmosphere of this artistic and trades center and enjoy a lunch at the local restaurants. Next stop on your way back is the charming town of Koprivshtitsa with its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century architecture. Spend the rest of the day in the leisure of this small and picturesque city situated in central Bulgaria, spread amongst the slopes of the Sredna Gora Mountains, that carries a specific spirit of tranquillity and eternity. Once a scene of battles for the liberation of Bulgaria, now the city is turned into a museum of the Revival Period of Bulgaria. Here you can visit the homes of some of the most eminent Bulgarians, writers and rebels, admire the vast collections of ethnographical treasures, including ancient weapons, intricate national costumes and stunning jewellery.

Koprivshtitsa History and Architecture: From Plovdiv

2. Koprivshtitsa History and Architecture: From Plovdiv

Visit the charming town of Koprivshtitsa and explore its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century Bulgarian architecture. Koprivshtitsa was a center of the heroic 1876 April Uprising and the site of the first shot against Ottoman domination. The town still preserves the atmosphere of the 19th-century National Revival period and boasts over 380 architectural monuments from the time, most of which have been restored to their original appearance. Explore the town's architecture and visit one of its many museums to admire the vast collections of ethnographical treasures, including ancient weapons, intricate national costumes and stunning jewelry. The handsome historic town lies atop the Sredna Gora mountains and overlooks the beautiful Topolnitsa River. Enjoy a leisurely lunch by the peaceful waters of Topolnitsa River in the center of Koprivshtitsa and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding Bulgarian countryside before returning to Plovdiv for the night.

From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa Full-Day Trip with Optional Lunch

3. From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa Full-Day Trip with Optional Lunch

You'll be picked up and taken to the charming town of Koprivshtitsa, with its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century architecture. Spend the day at your leisure in this small and picturesque town situated in central Bulgaria, among the tranquil slopes of "Stara Planina" mountain. Inside the houses, discover museums from the national revival period and explore works of art, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes and typical Bulgarian jewelry as well as authentic furniture from 150 years ago. Learn about the dramatic Bulgarian history from your professional guide and get the chance to visit the original houses of the heroes of the April Uprising. Upgrade your tour to include a 3-course traditional lunch included in the price by selecting the relevant option when booking.

From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa and Panagyurishte Tour

4. From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa and Panagyurishte Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Sofia and travel to the town of Koprivshtitsa. Admire the traditional architecture of Koprivshtica with a guided tour. Hear the story of the April Uprising of 1876 during the Bulgarian struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire. See all the most famous sites that this town has to offer. Next make your way to Panagyurishte, where you will see a city rich with monuments, museums, and history. The town is known as being the central point for the Bulgarian movement for independence from the Ottoman Empire. See the famous Panagyurishte Golden Treasures, the Historical Museums, and the traditional architecture before returning to Sofia.

From Sofia: Full-Day Tour of Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa

5. From Sofia: Full-Day Tour of Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa

In the morning departure to one of the most popular villages in Bulgaria, Koprivshtitsa. Once you arrive the guide will take you around and will make you indulge in the turbulent history of the Bulgarians from the 19th century. Visit the houses of some of the most prominent revolutionaries who fought for the liberty of Bulgaria. Koprivshtitsa One Day Tour from Sofia is a journey back to the 19th century. It is a charming village where many revolutionaries, poets, writers and scholars were born. In the 18th and 19th century, the inhabitants of Koprivshtitsa became famous as good stockbreeders and artisans. They produced thick woolen fabrics and clothing and travelled all over Europe and the Middle East. The wealthy town was attractive for the violent Turkish troops. They burned and looted the village three times. Koprivshtitsa reached its zenith in the 19th century. The locals built churches and schools, lavish houses and bridges. They also established a cultural club, along with a students` society. The inhabitants of the village took part in all of the largest incidents of struggle for national liberation. On April 20, 1976, the first rifle shot at the oppressor was here and the revolutionaries declared the April uprising. It cleared the way for the construction of modern Bulgaria. Proceed to Plovdiv. After arrival take a guided tour of the Old Town. You will admire the very well preserved Roman theater and Roman stadium. Walk around the cobble stone streets and feel the ambience of this beautiful part of Plovdiv. After the tour hang around the art neighborhood Kapana. It will give you the feeling that you are in a real art town. Plovdiv Tour is a must-do tour when you visit Bulgaria. “Ancient and Eternal” Plovdiv is one of the most appealing cities in Bulgaria and the Balkans. The first foundations laid here between 6-8000 years ago, thus making it older than Rome or even Beijing. Plovdiv is a great combination of real historical and archaeological treasures with the liveliness of a modern city and great cultural and night life. The most visited and admired is the hilly Old Town, built on three hills called “tepeta”. The maze of cobbled streets which meander the area and contain the cuddled up revival houses with their colorful facades and ornate decoration don’t fail to impress and take you back in time. The modern part of the city center is built along the main pedestrian street starting at the Central Square. It passes along the Mosque just next to the Old Town. This long street runs past all kinds of monuments, fountains, the ruins of the Roman stadium, shops, restaurants and coffees all the way to River Maritsa. Have some free time before you depart back to Sofia. Arrive in Sofia in the early evening. Drop off in your hotel.

From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa & Historic Homes Tour w/ Transfer

6. From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa & Historic Homes Tour w/ Transfer

Embark on a scenic adventure through the foothills of the Balkan Mountains and reach the small town of Koprivshtitsa, just southeast of Sofia. Join an immersive tour and visit Koprivshitsa’s historic 19th-century homes, with colorful courtyards and high stone walls. Depart from Sofia and drive toward Koprivshtitsa to better understand the roots of the Bulgarian Renaissance Period. Start your guided walk at the monumental mausoleum dedicated to the April Uprising, located in the central square. Venture to the home of local merchant Nencho Oslekov, marvel at its ornate facade, and see how a well-off Bulgarian family lived in the late 19th century. Admire the homes of symbolist poet Dimcho Debelyanov, the Karavelov family, and revolutionary leaders Todor Kableshkov and Georgi Benkovski. Wander around the curved and narrow cobblestone streets with numerous stone fountains and stop at the iconic Assumption of Virgin Mary Church. After the tour, have plenty of free time for lunch and shopping before being transferred back to Sofia.

Rila Monastery Day Trip from Borovets

7. Rila Monastery Day Trip from Borovets

Depart Borovets in the morning and relax on the 2-hour drive to Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains. Explore the largest and most important Orthodox cloister in Bulgaria when you get there. Admire the arcaded balconies and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostases, enjoy fabulous mountain views and learn about the monastery's history. Take some time to refuel with lunch at one of the local restaurants, where you can purchase local specialties such as "mekitsi", a traditional Bulgarian dish of deep-fried dough made with yogurt.

Koprivshtitsa and Starosel Day Trip with Wine Tasting

8. Koprivshtitsa and Starosel Day Trip with Wine Tasting

Departing at 9:00 AM from your hotel, set off for the charming town of Koprivshtitsa, known for its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century architecture. Step inside the house museums from the National Revival Period and discover works of art, fine fretwork, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes, typical Bulgarian jewelry and authentic furniture from 150 years ago. Learn about the dramatic Bulgarian history from your professional guide and get the chance to visit the original houses of the heroes of the April Uprising. After that, visit the small village of Starosel, famous for its rich Thracian heritage and great red wines. Finally, take the chance to try some of the great Bulgarian red wines in a traditional local winery.

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What people are saying about Koprivshtitsa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Both towns are worth visiting, they are only an hour and a half from Sofia approximately and both are beautiful, each with its own style but sharing the classic architectural style of the Bulgarian Renaissance, the guide was excellent, he told interesting aspects about the history of both towns, he was very kind and attentive to the group at all times, I totally recommend this excursion

Don’t pass up the opportunity to take this tour. It’s well worth your time to see the wonders of Plovdiv. Our guide shared a wealth of knowledge along the way and was well versed in the historical context throughout the day. Excellent!!highly recommend

Martin, the tour guide was great. He explained everything in details and he knew the history of the place. He was asking questions which helped a lot to keep up with the history he was telling us. He was great. 10/10⭐️⭐️⭐️

Plodiv was beautiful and is highly recommend. Our guide was very informative and friendly.

Our guide was great and Plovdiv is a beautiful city! Would definitely recommend this tour!