Welcome to Plovdiv & Southern Mountains

Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, Plovdiv anchors the region. Roman ruins and a sparkling artistic quarter provide a thrilling backdrop to the city’s calendar of festivals, which brims ahead of its reign as European Capital of Culture 2019.

Quiet winemaking villages snooze in Plovdiv’s surrounds, while the Rodopi Mountains reach south, dotted with ski centres such as Pamporovo. To the west lie the Rila Mountains, home to a monastery that is a spiritual lighthouse for all of Bulgaria.

Perhaps most spectacular is the Pirin Mountain range, which grumbles south of pleasant, student-filled Blagoevgrad. High-octane Bansko is the region’s leading ski and snowboard spot, but in spring and summer Pirin National Park comes to the fore: its hiking trails weave between gem-blue lakes, and up to arid peaks such as Mt Vihren (2914m).

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$43.39 Day Trips & Excursions

Plovdiv to Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress), Asenovgrad, Plovdiv ProvinceExplore the Assen's Fortress. Admission fee: 4 leva per person. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceExplore the Bachkovo MonasteryDuration: 45 minutesStop At: The Wonderful Bridges, Smolyan, Smolyan ProvinceExplore the Wonderful BridgesDuration: 45 minutes

$96.92 Day Trips & Excursions

Pirin Mountain, Melnik and Rozhen Monastery Full Day Tour from Bansko

You will be picked up from your hotel in Bansko at 9am and head straight to the Roshen Monastery. It is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria and one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries.After touring the monastery and admiring its unique architecture, continue to Melnik, one of Bulgaria's smallest yet most scenic towns. In 1215 Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav, and the ruins of his fortress can still be seen close to the town. In Melnik itself, you will have chance to admire the National Revival period buildings, enjoy views of the dramatic Melnik sand pyramids, and stop at a local wine cellar for a wine tasting. Your tour ends with drop-off at your accommodation in Bansko.

$114.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Bansko 4x4 Tour to Melnik with Wine Tasting and Monastery

The smallest Bulgarian town Melnik offers an amazing scenery. The town is at the foot of a unique nature phenomena – the Melnik sand pyramids. In the year 1215 Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav. The ruins of his fortress near the town, are preserved till the present days. The houses in Melnik date from the National Revival period, with their interesting and typical architecture.The region of Melnik is famous also with its specific sort of grape. The town is the perfect place for wine tasting – there are numerous very special wine cellars in the area, where one can learn the history of the magic drink.Rozhen Monastery is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria. It’s one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries, well preserved until today. The unique architecture of the monastery makes it a popular tourist destination.Enjoy this tour of the medieval Rozhen monastery, the picturesque town of Melnik and the best wines of this beautiful corner of Bulgaria

$90.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Three Bulgarian towns in 2 days

ItineraryDay 1: Sofia – Sopot – PlovdivPass By: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceOur journey starts at 8:00 am from Sofia. We’ll drive east on the Panoramic road. In two hours we’ll find ourselves in Sopot – a typical sub-Balkan town where we will visit the Ethnographic museum whose exposition is dedicated to the traditional daily life at home.In the workshops, we’ll be able to experience some of the most common crafts – how the smithing, the weaving, and the woodcarving were exercised in the pre-modern past.Still, in Sopot, we’ll visit one of the few left water mills as well as the house-museum of the most important Bulgarian poet and novelist of the Bulgarian XIXth century – Ivan Vazov – the ‘Patriarch of the Bulgarian literature’ as we call him.Lunch in a folklore-style restaurant with traditional cuisine will be our last activity in Sopot.We’ll head south to the city of Plovdiv. After one hour we will be exploring the most beautiful part of the city – The old town, where are situated and preserved the family houses of the rich merchants of the time. We are going to take a look of several of them. The last stop for the first day of our trip will be the area, called the Trap (Kapana). It is the most popular artistic place in the whole country, where you can have a local craft beer. Overnight in Plovdiv.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Plovdiv – Dimitrovgrad – SofiaPass By: Sofia History Museum, Sofia, Sofia RegionWe’ll start our second day at 9:30 am with a walk in the city garden. There the first Bulgarian international agro-industrial exhibition took place in 1892. We will continue our walk in the area called the Tobacco city. Plovdiv’s tobacco producers were dominating in the field of cigarette production and trade in the interwar period. Some of the storage buildings of the time are preserved till nowadays.Afterward, we’ll visit the Kamenitza beer production site. It was the first brewing factory in the country, part of which today is a museum of brewing. We can’t miss tasting some of their production.After lunch, we’ll head to Dimitrovgrad – the communist capital of Bulgaria.There we’ll visit the Historical Museum, which is the single one in Bulgaria dedicated to the Brigadier’s movement and the construction of the city of Dimitrovgrad.The Retro apartment – it is an exhibition dedicated to the daily lifestyle during the People’s Republic. We’ll be able to explore some of the most typical domestic objects of the era.Then, a walk throughout the city to explore the new ‘socialist’ idea of urban design, including several residential areas and Maritsa park.In the late afternoon, we’ll go back to Sofia. Approximate arrival time – 7:30-8:00 pmNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$55.94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvincePlovdivDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvincePlovdivDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Municipality KoprivshtitsaKoprivshtitsaDuration: 2 hours

$30.06 Transfers & Ground Transport

Shared Transfer Sofia-Bansko

Airport Arrival ProcedureDrivers monitor the airport websites and will meet passengers 30 minutes after the scheduled flight arrival time, this usually allows enough time to disembark, collect luggage and clear through customs. Please meet in the Short Stay Car Park in front of the terminal.The company will have provided the car description and plate number. The driver will try to contact you by mobile phone,with a board showing your name and destination. If you have provided a mobile contact number, we ask that you switch this on once you are in the arrivals hall to enable the driver to contact you if needed.Sofia Airport has a free Wi-Fi facility.If you are struggling to locate your driver, please contact the duty manager on +359899912080Professional English Speaking  drivers’ approach to clients – they always wear a business suit with a tie and provide: *Clean Non-Smoking Cars*One to One Assistance*Porter AssistanceDelayed FlightsThe customer is advised to contact the office as soon as He/She is aware of any delay to your flight. Drivers do monitor the airport website, however they will only watch the flight the passengers are due to arrive into, and not any previous connecting flights.If the flight the customer has asked  to be met is delayed, the driver will aim to meet the flight as promptly as possible.If the flight is more than 4 hours late, the company would appreciate it if the customer could establish contact and inform the company of the estimated new time of arrival. If the flight is more than 4 hours late, the company cannot guarantee to meet the customer under its normal policy, but will endeavour to monitor your flight and meet it as soon as is reasonably possible.In the event that a customer's inbound flight is cancelled or redirected to another airport, then the journey will be deemed as cancelled and cancellation terms will apply.In the event of a delay, amendment or cancellation, please contact the office by telephone on +359899912080Outward JourneyPassengers will be picked up at their home address or their chosen pick up point ( the customers are asked to be contactable by phone, as the driver may need to contact them prior to pick up. In the event the driver is more than 10 minutes late, the customers are asked to contact the office on +359899912080When making the booking customers should allow plenty of time for their travel to the airport. Any pick up time given to the customer is an advisory time or may be the only remaining time available on that date.

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