Explore Plovdiv’s atmospheric streets and the riverside Bachkovo Monastery on a full-day trip from Sofia, and experience Bulgaria’s rich history and religious traditions. Take in Plovdiv’s Thracian, Roman and Byzantine sites, and stroll old town streets lined with galleries and cafes. Choose a restaurant for lunch, then continue to the 11th-century Greek Orthodox monastery, whose ossuary, cathedral and museum are the setting for remarkable Christian artworks. Light a candle beside the altar and learn how the monastery weathered centuries of war and upheaval. Entrance fees additional.