Enjoy a hassle free loop excursion from Sofia with a visit of Plovdiv and Bachkovo monastery with own transportation and live guide.
What to Expect
Plovdiv is one of the oldest European towns contemporary to Troya and Mikena. It has existed as a settlement for 8000 years and became a town some 3000 years ago during the Troyan war. In 342 BC, it was conquered by Philip ІІ of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, who renamed it Philippopolis or "the city of Philip" in his own honor. With the establishment of Bulgaria in 681 Philipopolis became an important border fortress of the Byzantine Empire. In 1364 the Ottoman Turks seized Plovdiv and called the city Filibe which comes from "Philip". In the historic heart of the city you will see beautifully decorated 19th century houses, the ancient fortress-wall, the Roman forum and stadium and magnificent churches. The city of Plovdiv with its museums, historical sites, ancient houses and paved streets will be proudly the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
The proximity and ease of access to Plovdiv usually allows people to add the second largest monastery in Bulgaria to their day visit of Plovdiv. In about 2 hours' drive you arrive in the center of Plovdiv and start to make your way on the cobblestone streets where you will visit some houses (some of them are not open every day), the church, the Roman theater and stadium. You will have an option to watch a short 3D film about Roman stadium competitions. A short walk through the pedestrian central part and a 30 min drive will take you to the Monastery of Bachkovo. A visit of around 45 min of the church and monastery kitchen with its amazing frescoes and you are ready for your return trip to Sofia.
- Live guide
- Visit to Bachkovo Monastery
What's Not Included
- Entrance to Bachkovo dining room (3 EUR)
- Entrance to Plovdiv Museums (3 EUR each or 8 EUR for all including Roman theater)
Behind St. Alexander Nevski memorial church, in front of La Cattedrale restaurant
Know Before You Go
• Warm clothes are recommended (even in the summer); women should have their knees and shoulders covered in the monasteries.