Price per person: 70 € / 137 BGN (valid for a group of 4 people)
Duration: 1 day (8,30 AM – 6.00 PM)
Best period: All year
Trip style: Cultural
Technical difficulty: None
Guided: by a local professional guide
Transport: Transfers by private car
Within 1h30 drive we will reach the second largest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv, one of the oldest centers of European civilization – a contemporary of Troy and Mycenae. Thracians established the settlement around 1200 B.C. In 342 B.C., Philip of Macedonia conquered Thrace and Evmolpia was renamed Philippopolis in his honor. At present Plovdiv is a major cultural center, with a number of sites from the Roman Antiquity and the Ottoman empire, lots of orthodox churches, museums, galleries, boutique shops, clubs, cafes and restaurants. Plovdiv has been ranked 6th in the “Lonely Planet” list of the hottest destinations in the world to visit in 2015!
There is plenty to see in the vibrant and attractive old town:
Architectural complex “Old Plovdiv”
The Ethnographical Museum – exhibiting fine traditional artifacts and spiritual culture of the people from Rhodopi Mountains. The house itself is probably the most beautiful house in Plovdiv – Bulgarian Baroque architecture from 1847 year.
The Roman Amphitheatre – one of the best preserved in Europe, from the 2nd century AD
Mosque “Dzhumaia Dzhamiya” – one of the three examples of the oldest type of Ottoman worship buildings still preserved on the Balkan Peninsula
Roman Stadium – The flashiest competitions were the Alexandrian games, which were just like the Greek Olympic games.
Optional visit to Bachkovo Monastery – it is the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria and is located on the bank of Chepelare river in Rhodope Mountains some 35 km from Plovdiv. A prominent Byzantine statesman, of Georgian origin, founded it in 1083.
Here you can see:
– The church of the Assumption (1604) with murals dating from 1643.
– The charnel – house – the only part that has survived from its original structure.
– The monastery refectory (1601) and its unique medieval frescoes.
The price includes:
• Transfers Sofia – Plovdiv – Sofia
• Fuel and parking fees
• Professional guide & driver service
The price excludes:
• Meals and drinks
• Museum fees
Code: PLOV 17
If you want to learn more about Plovdiv, read our article on the blog Here.