From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa Full-Day Trip with Optional Lunch
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
You'll be picked up and taken to the charming town of Koprivshtitsa, with its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century architecture. Spend the day at your leisure in this small and picturesque town situated in central Bulgaria, among the tranquil slopes of "Stara Planina" mountain. Inside the houses, discover museums from the national revival period and explore works of art, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes and typical Bulgarian jewelry as well as authentic furniture from 150 years ago. Learn about the dramatic Bulgarian history from your professional guide and get the chance to visit the original houses of the heroes of the April Uprising. Upgrade your tour to include a 3-course traditional lunch included in the price by selecting the relevant option when booking.
Departing at 9:00 AM from your hotel, set off for the charming town of Koprivshtitsa, known for its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century architecture. Step inside the house museums from the National Revival Period and discover works of art, fine fretwork, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes, typical Bulgarian jewelry and authentic furniture from 150 years ago. Learn about the dramatic Bulgarian history from your professional guide and get the chance to visit the original houses of the heroes of the April Uprising. After that, visit the small village of Starosel, famous for its rich Thracian heritage and great red wines. Finally, take the chance to try some of the great Bulgarian red wines in a traditional local winery.
Depart Sofia in the morning and relax on the 2-hour drive to Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains. Explore the largest and most important Orthodox cloister in Bulgaria when you get there. Admire the arcaded balconies and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostases, enjoy fabulous mountain views and learn about the monastery's history. Take some time to refuel with lunch at one of the local restaurants, where you can purchase local specialties such as "mekitsi", a traditional Bulgarian dish of deep-fried dough made with yogurt. Travel to Boyana Church in the suburbs of Sofia. See the historic frescoes of this Byzantine building and learn how they influenced artistic trends.
Start with pickup from your hotel in Sofia and travel to the town of Koprivshtitsa. Admire the traditional architecture of Koprivshtica with a guided tour. Hear the story of the April Uprising of 1876 during the Bulgarian struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire. See all the most famous sites that this town has to offer. Next make your way to Panagyurishte, where you will see a city rich with monuments, museums, and history. The town is known as being the central point for the Bulgarian movement for independence from the Ottoman Empire. See the famous Panagyurishte Golden Treasures, the Historical Museums, and the traditional architecture before returning to Sofia.
Your tour begins at 9:00AM, at which point you will depart from your hotel to the charming town of Koprivshtitsa. Once there, you will discover that it is filled with fascinating history and authentic 19th-century architecture. You will spend the day at leisure in this small and picturesque town, which is situated in Central Bulgaria among the slopes of "Stara Planina" Mountain. Inside some of the house-museums from the National Revival Period, you will explore works of art, fine fretwork, household weaves and embroidery, national costumes, and typical Bulgarian jewellery, as well as authentic furniture from 150 years ago. You can learn about dramatic Bulgarian history from your professional guide, and will also get the chance to visit the original houses of the heroes of the April Uprising. You will later have free time for lunch in a traditional local restaurant, with your expected r...
Depart Sofia and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2-hour journey by shuttle bus with friendly English-speaking driver. Head towards the scenic Sredna Gora Mountains, and arrive at the charming old town of Koprivshtitsa to stroll the cobblestone streets and marvel at the old houses at leisure. Get 2 hours to discover architectural gems from the Bulgarian National Revival renaissance at your own pace. Then, continue to the historic city of Plovdiv, known for its huge variety of cultural events and historic monuments. Benefit from 3 hours to explore the Old Town at your own pace, and discover Roman remains such as the ancient theater and ancient stadium. Use the time to go to the artistic district of Kapana, and take an optional free guided tour at 2:00 PM to learn more about the rich history of Bulgaria's second city. Board the shuttle bus at the agreed meeting point, and return t...
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We were a small group of 6 people attenting the tour and were hosted by Philip who gave us explanations about everything we saw on our way to both places. The time allowed in Koprivshtitsa is just what's needed if you want to see all the museums houses and the town is absolutely lovely. We had more than enough time to join the great free Plovdiv walking tour so it was just perfect to get a first idea of this beautiful city. A guided tour or an audioguide in Koprivshtitsa would have been nice as the information provided is only in bulgarian but we knew the tour only included the transportation. Maybe it's an option available in the summer as I believe it's a popular place we had the luck to have only for ourselves on this beautiful december day. Thank you again Philip for this great day out !
Vasil as a guide and driver was excellent! He is an intelligent and very pleasant young man and a careful driver. His narrative over Koprivshtitze was clear and enjoyable. I highly recommend this day trip from Sofia.