Bachkovo Monastery

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  • From Sofia: Plovdiv, Fortress Asen & Bachkovo Monastery Tour

    1. From Sofia: Plovdiv, Fortress Asen & Bachkovo Monastery Tour

    Depart Sofia at 8:00 AM in the morning and travel by private van with a friendly English-speaking driver. Travel in this air-conditioned vehicle for a two-hour ride to the Rhodope mountains and admire the beautiful views from the medieval Asen's fortress. Continue by short 15 minute transfers to the Bachkovo Monastery, built in 1083 AD, and explore the old monastic complex at your own pace. Continue to the city of Plovdiv and enjoy more than four hours to sightsee in Bulgaria's second largest city, famous for its old town, Roman ruins and the Kapana artistic district. You can explore the area on your own, or learn more the history from a free guided tour starting at 2:00 PM. Board the shuttle bus at 5:00 PM at the agreed meeting point and return to Sofia in the evening (7:00 PM) to be dropped off at the meeting point.

    The guide and driver were great! Excellent route - get a lot done! Fortress was beautiful and Plovdiv is a must see!

  • 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 Pen...

    Our guide, Stoyan (hope that’s spelled right), was amazing. He was so knowledgeable about everything Bulgarian and was patient with all our questions. He knew all the right places to stop and was in no hurry to get us home. It was an amazing day (even with the rain) in the beautiful Rhodope Mountains outside Plovdiv.

  • From Sofia: Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

    3. From Sofia: Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

    After you have been picked up from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia, enjoy an hour and a half scenic drive to Plovdiv.  Visit sights of historic importance such as the Roman Theatre and the Roman Stadium. Walk around the Old Town and admire the architecture of the houses, museums and cobbled streets typical of the Revival Period. After a traditional Bulgarian lunch, take a 25-minute drive to Asenova Fortress situated on the top of a cliff in Rodopi Mountain. Admire this medieval building and breathtaking views across the valley.  Visit Bachkovo Monastery, founded in 1083 and see the beautiful mural paintings which are still preserved today. End your tour with a drive back to Sofia where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

    Great day with a lot of new sights to rememeber. A nice and kind guide as well - who went far and beyond to give us the best tour.

  • Plovdiv: Private Day Trip to Rhodopi Mountain

    4. 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 hik...

  • From Sofia: Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

    5. 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. Conclud...

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What people are saying about Bachkovo Monastery

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Our guide, Stoyan (hope that’s spelled right), was amazing. He was so knowledgeable about everything Bulgarian and was patient with all our questions. He knew all the right places to stop and was in no hurry to get us home. It was an amazing day (even with the rain) in the beautiful Rhodope Mountains outside Plovdiv.

Great tour - Plovdiv, Asen´s Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery ALL IN ONE!

Great day with a lot of new sights to rememeber. A nice and kind guide as well - who went far and beyond to give us the best tour.

The guide and driver were great! Excellent route - get a lot done! Fortress was beautiful and Plovdiv is a must see!

The tour has been great. Adrian has told us super interesting things and has given us a lot of freedom.

very good guide and tour

Excellent tour; took place even though I was alone. Very nice and knowledgeable guide Adrian