Welcome to Plovdiv
With an easy grace, Plovdiv mingles invigorating nightlife among millennia-old ruins. Like Rome, Plovdiv straddles seven hills; but as Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, it’s far more ancient. It is best loved for its romantic old town, packed with colourful and creaky 19th-century mansions that are now house-museums, galleries and guesthouses.But cobblestoned lanes and National Revival–era nostalgia are... Read More
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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia
Start your day with a pickup from central Sofia in the early morning. Hop inside an air-conditioned minivan with your expert driver-guide, and then relax as you travel out of the Bulgarian capital to the city of Plovdiv, one of the oldest towns in the country and Bulgaria’s second largest city.On arrival, after around two hours, stretch your legs on a walking tour of the city’s sights. With your guide leading the way, wander along Plovdiv’s cobbled streets, lined with bohemian cafes and art galleries, and hear about the 7,000-year-old settlement’s history and culture. Stroll amid the many house museums and historical monuments in Plovdiv’s lovely Old Town, and learn how it has been restored to its mid-19th-century appearance. Snap photos of the Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Bulgarian antiquities, and perhaps see the Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum or wonder at the Roman amphitheater.After touring Plovdiv, break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then return to your minivan and take in the scenic sights on route to Koprivshtitsa, a charming town with a fascinating history and beautiful 19th-century architecture. Enjoy a guided walking tour and learn how the tranquil town was the site of the Liberation of Bulgaria during the Russo-Turkish War, leading to its release from Ottoman rule. Then, choose to visit the homes of some of Koprivshtitsa’s most-celebrated residents, from rebels to writers.When the time comes, begin the journey back to Sofia, where your day trip concludes with a drop-off at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.Please note: If you take this tour between May and June, you’ll enjoy an additional stop on the way to Plovdiv to see the picturesque rosa damascene (oil-yielding rose) fields.
Plovdiv and Thracia Valley Wine Tasting
The Thracia Valley in southern Bulgaria is very famous with its vineyards and fantastic wines. Surrounded by mountains, this vast plane provides the best conditions for the world famous Bulgarian wine. There will be a chance to taste some of them in the boutique cellar, at one of the best in Bulgaria. During the stay there, a tour of the cellar is included, consisting of visit to the vineyards, observation of the process of the production and tasting of several types of local wine.Plovdiv is a picturesque town, with many parks, gardens, museums and archaeological monuments. Walking along the main street, visitors are able to feel the specific, charming mood of the town, and see typical architecture combined with modern shops and cafes. Plovdiv, the second biggest city of Bulgaria, is considered to be one of the oldest settlements of Europe, with more than 7000 years of history.Home to the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, Roman Forum and the Amphitheatre, Plovdiv is one of the main sites not only in the country, but in the Balkan peninsula. The Old Town of Plovdiv, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium, with its houses from the National Revival period (18-19th century). It is proclaimed as an architectural open air museum. Discover the secrets of the local wine and meals by participating in this magnificent one-day tour, combined with the pearl of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage: the ancient city Plovdiv.Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2-hour transfer, we will reach the “Todoroff” cellar for a 2-hour wine tour. It will be followed by a lunch, consisting of traditional Bulgarian meals. Next, after short transfer, it is time for the tour of Plovdiv. Visit the Ancient Roman theater, the Roman Stadium, the Forum, and the Old Town. Return to Sofia so that the tour ends at your hotel.
Small-Group Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress Tour
Plovdiv and Asen's fortress tour starts with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia. After 2-hour drive you will reach Plovdiv, Bulgaria second largest city. Here, you will spend two hours with your guide exploring the amazing cobblestone streets of the Old town, locked between wonderful houses from the Bulgarian Revival period. Visit houses of the rich who lived in them in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well the beautiful ancient theater, the best preserved in Bulgaria, still in use. Admire the wonderful view to of downtown Plovdiv and the Rodopi mountains. Before departing to Asen's Fortress in the afternoon, you will have some free time to spend on the main street in the city for some souvenirs and nice lunch in typical Bulgarian restaurant. At 2:30pm you will meet guide at the end of the main street in front of Ramada hotel for your 30 min drive to Asen Fortress. This beautiful medieval fortification will allow you to learn some history and take wonderful pictures from the top. At 4pm your tour will be over and you will start your journey back to Sofia with an expected time of arrival at Alexander Nevski Square in Sofia around 6pm
Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Full Day Excursion from Sofia
The tour departs early in the morning and the 1.5 hour drive from Sofia will take you to Plovdiv - the second largest in Bulgaria and one of the oldest towns in the world. Within the 2-3 hours long walk in Plovdiv you will discover the history and the culture of the 7000 year old settlement, written during the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Bulgarian periods. You can enjoy sight-seeing in the Old Town with its museums, churches, historical monuments, revival period houses, souvenir shops and cobbled streets. You will be impressed by the Ethnographic Museum and the ancient Roman Theater.Next stop on your way back in the charming town of Koprivshtitsa with its fascinating history and authentic 19th century architecture. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in this small and picturesque town situated in Central Bulgaria amongst the slopes of Stara Planina Mountain that carries a specific spirit of tranquility and eternity.
5-Day Bulgarian Multi-Day Trip from Sofia
Day 1: Arrival in Sofia. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time. Overnight in the hotel Day 2: Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Bansko. Bansko is world famous mountain resort. It is placed in Pirin Park, which is natural reserve under protection of UNESCO. Walking tour in Bansko. Free time. Overnight in the hotel. Day 3: Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Plovdiv. Plovdiv, the second biggest city of Bulgaria, is considered to be one of the oldest settlements of 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, whereas since the ancient times until today culture and art thrive within a vivid medley of shapes, styles and colors. The city is home of the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, Roman Forum and the Amphitheatre. The Old Town of Plovdiv, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium, with its houses from the National Revival period (18-19th century) is proclaimed an architectural open air museum. The tour offers visit to some of the main landmarks of Bulgaria from Thracian times, trough the Roman Empire period, the national revival, till the modern age. Day 4: Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Sofia. Afternoon tour “Sofia Food, Heritage and Culture tour” from 15:00 till 18:00. Free time. During this tour we will explore the rest of the sights in the Sofia center like National Theater, ex Royal Palace, Presidency, St. George Rotunda, the place named The Small Jerusalem with orthodox St. Petka church, Banya Bashi mosque, The Synagogue and the Catholic Church St. Josef. We will visit the biggest indoor market Central Hali, will ride the newest underground in Europe and will taste fantastic Bulgarian wine with traditional Bulgarian meat pieces called meze, you will taste also the fantastic Shopska Salad and typical Bulgarian cold soup tarator. Overnight in the hotel.Day 5:Transfer from your hotel to the airport.
Plovdiv and Perushtitsa Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Sofia
This tour starts with visit of Plovdiv, considered to be one of the oldest settlements of 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, whereas since the ancient times until today culture and art thrive within a vivid medley of shapes, styles and colors. The city is home of the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire – the Roman Stadium, Roman Forum and the Amphitheater. The tour also explores the town Perushtitsa, a symbol of heroism and sacrifice in the name of Freedom because of its inhabitants – who preferred death to slavery. It is situated in the outskirts of the Rhodope Mountain, at a distance of 21 km from Plovdiv. In Perushtitsa you will visit the Church St Archangel Michael - the last stronghold and refuge of insurgents in April 1876 against the Ottoman domination, as well as Danov School from the National Revival Period and you will take a look around the Historical Museum. An important site that you will visit is The Red Church, some 2 km from Perushtitsa. It is among the most remarkable monuments of Early Christian architecture. Your next stop will be the winery Villa Yustina, situated in the vicinity of Perushtitsa. There you will have the chance to taste typical for the region Bulgarian wine.