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Our most recommended Plovdiv Day Trips

  • Plovdiv: Full-Day Small Group Excursion from Sofia

    1. Plovdiv: Full-Day Small Group Excursion from Sofia

    This full-day trip begins with a 2-hour drive from Sofia to Plovdiv, one of Europe’s oldest towns. On a guided walking tour, discover the history and culture of this 8,000-year old city that was settled by Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Bulgarian civilizations. See the sights of the old town, including museums, historical monuments and revival period houses lining the cobbled streets. Explore the Ethnographical Museum and the impressive Roman Theater. An English-speaking guide will accompany the group throughout the day and will point out the most interesting architectural and cultural treasures of the region and provide commentary on modern life in Bulgaria.

    Our guide Dafi was very good, comunicative and helpfull. The van was new, with a good driver. Plovdiv is a beatifull city. Not sure if it is always like that, but worth mention that the group was mainly elderly and families.

  • From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

    2. From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

    Spend the day exploring 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located outside of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city. Begin by meeting at 9:00 behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia. Sit back and relax for the next 2 hours as your friendly, English-speaking drivers transport you to Rila. Upon arriving, spend 2 hours exploring the area and visiting the Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant which features a specialty of grilled trout. Get back in the van for another 2-hour journey, eventually arriving at Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church on the outskirts of Sofia. Check out the elaborate frescoes that have made this site famous, before your tour returns you to your meeting point.

    The guide told us everything about the Church of Bojana and Rila. He was very friendly and we had anough free time to take photos usw...

  • Starosel Thracian Temple and Hissar Spa Resort Day Tour

    3. Starosel Thracian Temple and Hissar Spa Resort Day Tour

    In recent years archeologists made a sensational discovery near the village of Starosel in central Bulgaria. They uncovered the enormous temple-grave of what is believed to be a Thracian ruler, possibly Sitalkes I, the first king of a combined Thracian empire. On this 5-hour trip you’ll stop first to visit the temple and then continue on to Hissar, a small resort town noted for its hot mineral springs. Located near the Sredna Gora mountain range, it boasts a very mild climate and over 2 dozen mineral springs. The Starosel temple dates to the 4th or 5th century B.C. This impressive site is also known as the Starosel Thracian Cult Complex, as several tombs were discovered around the central temple. Hissar is one of the 3 international spa resorts in Bulgaria, and is also known for its Roman ruins. The ruins are visible everywhere, and include public buildings, a small amphitheater, the ...

    Family friendly day tour. Interesting combination of activities. Great young guide who was very attentive to our needs.

  • The 7 Rila Lakes: Full-Day Guided Hike from Plovdiv

    4. The 7 Rila Lakes: Full-Day Guided Hike from Plovdiv

    Spend an extraordinary day hiking in Rila National Park, as you admire the incredible landscape of glacial lakes and mountain peaks. The Rila Mountains, located within the park, are the highest in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula. On this full-day outing, you’ll see why the 7 Rila Lakes area is the most popular trekking destination in the Rila Mountains. Drive to the Pionerska hut and take the chair lift to the Rila Lakes hut. From this point you’ll do a loop hike of the 7 Rila Lakes and discover the spectacular beauty of the lakes and the towering peaks. The first lake you’ll come to is The Kidney, followed by The Eye, the deepest lake in Bulgaria. Next is the highest lake, The Tear. At this point you’ll have incredible views of all the lakes, and the Balkan range in the distant background. After a break at the top you’ll continue exploring the rest of these lakes on the way dow...

  • Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi & Shipka Memorial Church Tour

    5. Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi & Shipka Memorial Church Tour

    On this full-day excursion from Plovdiv you’ll begin your tour with a stop at Shipka Memorial Church, an outstanding Bulgarian Orthodox temple built in the late 19th century in the foothills of the Balkan mountain range. Continuing on, you’ll cross the Shipka Pass to reach one of the most amazing landmarks in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, the country’s former capital. The charming town attracts many tourists, drawn to its unique architecture and beautiful landscapes. Your first stop in town is the imposing Tsarevets Fortress, a hilltop medieval stronghold. Take a walk along lovely Turnovo Street, picturesque Gourko Street, and Samovodska Charshiya Street in the old town, where you’ll see shops selling arts and crafts and souvenirs. Enjoy lunch before heading to the nearby village of Arbanasi, one of Bulgaria’s most popular historical attractions. The village is best known for its 17th an...

    The only critical comment to make is that it would have been even better to include a coffee/snack stop earlier in the tour.

  • Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Day Tour

    6. Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Day Tour

    Your first stop on this full-day tour is the small but charming Rose Museum in Kazanlak, featuring exhibits related to rose harvesting and rose oil production in Bulgaria. This is the only museum devoted to rose oil production in the whole world. Next you visit the local historical museum, dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of the Kazanlak region, including the tombs from the Valley of the Thracian rulers. Still in Kazanlak, explore the replica of the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, impressive for its unique frescoes dating from the 4th century B.C. The exceptionally well-preserved murals and the condition of the original structure reveal the high level of culture and pictorial art in Hellenistic Thrace. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant in Kazanlak where you'll taste some local dishes and wine.  Continue to the Golyama Kosmatka Thracian t...

  • Koprivshtitsa History and Architecture: From Plovdiv

    7. Koprivshtitsa History and Architecture: From Plovdiv

    Visit the charming town of Koprivshtitsa and explore its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century Bulgarian architecture. Koprivshtitsa was a center of the heroic 1876 April Uprising and the site of the first shot against Ottoman domination. The town still preserves the atmosphere of the 19th-century National Revival period and boasts over 380 architectural monuments from the time, most of which have been restored to their original appearance. Explore the town's architecture and visit one of its many museums to admire the vast collections of ethnographical treasures, including ancient weapons, intricate national costumes and stunning jewelry. The handsome historic town lies atop the Sredna Gora mountains and overlooks the beautiful Topolnitsa River. Enjoy a leisurely lunch by the peaceful waters of Topolnitsa River in the center of Koprivshtitsa and take in the spectacular views ...

  • From Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery & Asen’s Fortress Tour

    8. From Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery & Asen’s Fortress Tour

    Drive to the dramatic Rhodope Mountains for this half-day tour from Plovdiv, passing the pretty town of Asenovgrad to see the remarkable fortress remains of King Ivan Asen, a wise ruler of the 2nd Bulgarian Kingdom. Visit the 13th-century Church of the Holy Mother of God to admire the historic iconography and stone inscriptions. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountain scenery, and learn why the fortress gained importance in the Middle Ages, and how it was conquered by the armies of the Third Crusade. Next, head to picturesque Bachkovo Monastery deeper in the mountains. Founded in 1083, and one of the most sacred places in Bulgarian history, the monastery’s main church contains a valuable icon of the Virgin Mary from 1310 that, according to legend, can work miracles. Admire the 12th-century Church of the Archangels and its 19th-century paintings. The refectory, with beautifully preserved...

  • Plovdiv: Private Day Trip to Rhodopi Mountain

    9. 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...

  • Plovdiv: Private Koprivshtitsa Day Trip

    10. Plovdiv: Private Koprivshtitsa Day Trip

    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...

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What people are saying about Plovdiv

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 162 reviews

Rila and Boyana are a must see in Bulgaria. The tour was great, and Lubo, our guide, made it fantastic. He's very knowledgeable and passionate, and explains not only the history of the sites, but also the history and culture of the country itself. Would definitely do it again!

The visits of the monastery and the forteress were really nice. Kamen is a good local guide. He has a deep konwledge about both monuments. I highly recommand it.

The guide told us everything about the Church of Bojana and Rila. He was very friendly and we had anough free time to take photos usw...

The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. A small group which was nice. Overall a good experience and some laughs on the way.

This trip was great and informative! I highly recommend it!