Plovdiv Province
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From Sofia: Europe's Oldest City, Plovdiv including Pickup

1. From Sofia: Europe's Oldest City, Plovdiv including Pickup

Plovdiv, the second biggest city in Bulgaria, is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in Europe, with more than 7000 years of history. Plovdiv is situated on the crossroads between the West and the East, amid the fertile plain of Thrace, where history and modernity go hand in hand. See how culture and art have always thrived in this city as you explore a vivid medley of shapes, styles, and colors. The city is home to the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, the Roman Forum, and the Amphitheatre. During your time in the city, you can discover the Old Town of Plovdiv, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium. See the houses from the National Revival period, which  have been proclaimed an architectural open air museum. Discover many of the main sights in the area with a guide.

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Sofia: Adventure Tour to Plovdiv and Rhodope Mountain

2. Sofia: Adventure Tour to Plovdiv and Rhodope Mountain

Your tour starts with pickup from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia at 8:00AM. After an approximate 1.5-hour drive, you will reach Plovdiv. Once there you will visit the highlights, such as the 1st-century Roman Theatre, the 2nd-century Roman Stadium, the oldest mosque on the Balkans, and an old pharmacy. You will then have the chance to take a walk through the Old Town where you can observe the typical Revival Period houses, museums, and narrow cobblestone streets. Scheduled throughout your itinerary are visits to 5 sites, as well as the top of the main hill which provides great views over the whole city. After you finish your exploration of Plovdiv, you will drive south to the Rhodope Mountain. This road is very scenic, and you will soon reach Vucha Dam where you will be picked by a boat before being taken to a place where you can enjoy lunch. Whist at this scenic location, you can also enjoy a nice walk up to the cliffs, a boat trip on the reservoir, and take the opportunity to hire a waverunner. At the conclusion of this unforgettable experience, you will head safely back to Sofia.

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Plovdiv: Guided Walking Tour

3. Plovdiv: Guided Walking Tour

Make the most of your stay in Plovdiv with this guide city tour. Plovdiv is one of the oldest settlements in the world. The beginning of its history dates back to 4,000 BC and it has preserved Thracian, Roman and Bulgarian heritage from different epochs. There will be a 2-hour walking tour in the heart of the town, which will give you the chance to learn lots of historical facts and legends while exploring the most interesting sightseeing locations. See the Roman theatre and parts of the Roman stadium. Walk along the longest pedestrian street in Europe. Explore the magnificent revival area with its unique colorful houses from the 19th century. This year Plovdiv is the current European capital of culture. Don't miss this chance to come and learn all about this wonderful place.

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From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress

4. From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress

After a 2-hour drive, begin this full-day tour in one of Europe's oldest towns, Plovdiv. Walk along cobblestone streets and visit a 19th-century house to learn about the local production of alcoholic drinks and rose oil products. Explore the Roman Theater, Roman Stadium and church with virtual reality glasses before enjoying 2 hours of free time to walk around and have lunch and coffee along the main pedestrian street. After exploring Plovdiv, meet your van and guide to make the 30-minute drive to Asen's Fortress. Admire this beautiful, medieval structure and learn about the history of the place before taking photos from the top. Start your journey back to Sofia with an expected arrival time of approximately 6:00 PM.

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Starosel and Hisarya: A Tour From Sofia

5. Starosel and Hisarya: A Tour From Sofia

After you have been picked up from Sofia, you will travel to the charming Bulgarian town of Starosel. Here, you will explore the temple tombs that have existed for over 2500 years. You will see the recently uncovered enormous grave of what is believed to be an ancient king of the Thracians. After this, move on to the famous town of Hisarya, where you will visit the popular hot mineral springs. Explore the ruins left by the great Roman civilization here. Before you head back, take a walk through the beautiful green parks in Hisarya. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to Sofia.

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Plovdiv: Private Day Trip to Rhodopi Mountain

6. Plovdiv: Private Day Trip to Rhodopi Mountain

Combine the beauty of nature and Bulgaria’s cultural heritage on this 6-hour tour of Rhodopi Mountain. Start at 9:00 AM with pickup by your guide from your hotel and head to the mountain. Your first stop will be a visit to the remains of the old medieval Asen’s Fortress and Church, situated at a point where you can see amazing panoramic views and take astonishing photos. After that, continue to the small village of Bachkovo where you will visit the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria. This place is an important monument of Christian architecture and one of the largest and oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. This monastery is famous for the icon of Virgin Mary, dating back to the 14th century, which is thought to be miraculous and receives thousands of pilgrimages per year. Go for a hike in the mountains on a trail that starts just next to the monastery. Your 1 to 2-hour hike will be of moderate difficulty and take you through beautiful, scenic trails. Finally, have a break for lunch in a traditional local restaurant before returning to Plovdiv at 3:00 PM.

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From Sofia: Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

7. From Sofia: Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

Visit the Eastern Orthodox monastery of Bachkovo and admire its ancient frescos, valuable icons, and scenic courtyard. Afterward, head to Plovdiv and tour its old town. Meander through cobbled streets and be inspired by the city's architecture ranging from Antiquity to Bulgarian revivalism. Your day trip begins with a pickup from your hotel with a suggested departure time between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Depart for Bachkovo Monastery. The drive is around 2 hours and 15 minutes and takes you on a scenic drive through the Rhodope Mountains. Arrive at the monastery and spend time touring its grounds. Afterward, head to Plovdiv. The drive takes around 30 minutes. Stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant (subject to your decision) and then visit the old town of Plovdiv. Enjoy spending free time exploring Plovdiv and seeing its stunning architecture and stopping by its Roman theater. Conclude your day trip with a drive back to Sofia, taking approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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What people are saying about Plovdiv Province

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 109 reviews

Ideal excursion to discover the old town of Plovdiv. Our very pleasant and caring guide Maria taught us a lot about the city and Bulgaria! To do without hesitation :)

Our guide Maria was great! We had a private tour since it was just the two of us for the day. She gave a lot of info but in a fun and interesting manner.

We fully recommend this tour. Our guide Maria was very nice, patient and also very knowledgeable. Nice talk along 2 hours drive to beautiful Plovdiv.

Maria is a wonderful tour guide. It couldn't be better !!

Fantastic experience with our guide ana, very professional