Visit the fascinating city of Plovdiv on a full-day tour from Sofia, and explore ancient ruins, some of Bulgaria’s most historic landmarks, and the city’s Ethnographic Museum. This full-day Plovdiv trip includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Sofia, a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, and admission to the museum and the Plovdiv Roman Theatre.
Visit Plovdiv on a day trip from Sofia
Guided walking tour of Plovdiv
Tour the Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Learn about Bulgarian culture at the Ethnographic Museum
Make your way to a central location by the Alexander Nevsky cathedral, then meet a guide and group for the two-hour trip to Plovdiv, the second-largest city in Bulgaria.
Upon arrival in Plovdiv, get your bearings on a 2- to 3-hour guided walking tour that explores the history and culture of the city, which was founded 8,000 years ago. You’ll see traces of the successive Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Bulgarian cultures, and learn about the distinctive architecture of the Old Town.
Throughout the tour, the guide will share stories and insights about Bulgarian culture and history, while leading the way down the cobblestone streets that wind through the heart of the city.
This tour includes admission to the Ethnographic Museum, which explores Bulgarian folk culture, costumes, and lifestyles, as well as the Plovdiv Roman Theatre, among the best-preserved ancient theaters in the world. Following your time in Plovdiv begin the return trip to Sofia, where this tour concludes at the original departure point.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Beautiful City, Average Tour
, Jul 2019
The tour was a straightforward eight hour tour with a two hour drive each way to Plovdiv from Sophia an four hours to explore Plovdiv (including two hours of guided tour and two hours of free time). Though there is some guiding done on the road (during the departure from Sophia and upon arrival in Plovdiv), for the most part, the guiding is for two hours in Plovdiv. While the guide seemed knowledgeable, I would have greatly appreciated more context - both historical and cultural. Rather than tell us what this or that building is, I would have liked the guide to bring the history to life and to show us the importance of Plovdiv in the region. After all, if a city has been inhabited for 8,000, there must be some good reason for it i.e. don't only focus on what, but also on the why.
The more disappointing part was that we only really had two hours with the guide and we kept stopping at shops and galleries which came at the expense of the actual sites. For example, rather than enter the Church of Constantine and Helena, the guide stayed outside with the people who were shopping. On the other hand, there was no lack of time when it came to entering into a restaurant that had part of the Roman wall.
In general, we were told that we could return to any of the sites during our free time, but in practice, this was not feasible as it meant walking back uphill and we also needed that "free" time to eat lunch. In short, both time and group management was lacking.
In conclusion, Plovdiv is a spectacular city and I am glad that we went there, but I think that the tour itself could be improved.
We went to Plovdiv on the organized tour. Tour guide Martin was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of patience for these 2 couples who asked a million questions. His English was quite good. The tour was fascinating and the free time at the end was good as we had time to explore. The only negative was that the trip was advertised as having a group of up 15 people on a minivan. We had a full bus of people. Need to watch out for false advertising. Overall, highly recommended, especially Martin.
We traveled to Plovdiv on a small, comfortable bus. Chris, our tour guide was personable and informative. We toured around the main sites together in an unhurried fashion and then were given ample time to wander around on our own and to have lunch.I enjoyed the day quite a lot and was happy to be able to see another historical city in Bulgaria in such an easy way.
Constanta was an excellent tour guide. She gave lots of information, made you feel like she really cared about your experience. Loved her suggestion for lunch. Lots of free time to stroll and explore. Lovely day.
Nice tour. Plovdiv is worth the visit if you are in Sofia, and this trip came at a very interesting price. The guide did a good job, unfortunately his English was acceptable but not great, and in the back of the van we could not hear all he said. A bit more free time in Plovdiv would have been nice : the total tour duration was announced as 9 hours, but in the end we were back in Sofia after less than 8. Still : to be recommended !