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Sofia: Adventure Tour to Plovdiv and Rhodope Mountain

1. 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: Bachkovo Monastery, Fortress Asen, & Wonder Bridges

2. Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery, Fortress Asen, & Wonder Bridges

Begin the tour at the impressive Asen’s fortress, nearby the charming town of Asenovgrad. Explore the remarkable remains of King Ivan Asen's fortress and discover the nearby ancient 12th-century church painted with authentic pieces of iconography as well as the stone-made inscription carved by King Ivan Asen himself. Continue the tour with a drive to the picturesque Bachkovo monastery, the second largest in Bulgaria and over a thousand years old. Admire the sacred icon of the Virgin Mary dating back to the 14th century that rests inside, as well as the striking frescoed murals of the monastery's walls Conclude the trip with a visit to the "Wonderful Bridges". Situated high in the stunning Rhodope Mountains, 1,450 meters above sea level, admire these unique marble bridges formed by the erosive activity of what was once a high-water river. In summer the longest zip line on the Balkan Peninsula (240 meters) stretching between the 2 bridges is available for the more adventurous travelers.

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What people are saying about Rhodope Mountains

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Wonderful tour! Plovdiv is a very beautiful city with a lot of history. Guide (Georgi) reported a lot of interesting facts in perfect English and answered all questions well. Two old merchants' houses were viewed from the inside - quite impressive. Roman buildings are still very impressive. In Plovdiv, a guide suggested a restaurant that was really good. After Plovdiv, after about an hour's drive to the Rhodope Mountain, there was still about an hour's boat tour before it went back to Sofia. Tour clearly recommended!

2 highlights in one day

Our nice guide showed us very competently through the old town Plovdiv and its sights. We got a great impression of it and even had a little time to ourselves! After culture, nature followed, so untouched and quiet there. With a small boat we went to the other side of the lake where there were practically only a few people. There we could eat something simple but very tasty and relax. The swim brought a welcome cool down, our cell phone always showed 39 degrees Celsius. Thank you for this varied tour.

My friend and I went to Plovdiv and the Rhodope Mountains, it was stunning! Plovdiv is a very interesting city and the mountains are breathtaking. We were about an hour by boat on the lake, we ate at a stunning restaurant. The guide Daniel answered all the questions and was amazing. We enjoyed every moment!

We are delighted with this excursion, the very beautiful city of Plovdiv, Lake Vcha - incredible, beautiful mountains, nature and comfortable conditions and a good guide Daniel, a restaurant with fish dishes that live in this lake, created a mood for us. You will not regret if you go on this excursion.

Everything was just amazing. Georgi, the guide was charming and very interesting, highly recommend the experience, it changed my whole outlook on Bulgaria.