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Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Overview

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
  • Perfect for first-time visitors
  • Round trip transport from a central location
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Your day trip starts at 9:00 am from the parking lot behind the majestic Alexander Nevski Cathedral in central Sofia. You will board a comfy, air-conditioned minibus and head for a 2-hour drive on the motorway to Plovdiv. This is the time that you will learn from your guide more about Bulgarian history, culture, economy and nature.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plovdiv Old Town
As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, cosmopolitan Plovdiv is packed with fascinating Thracian, Roman, Slav, Turkish and Bulgarian history. With your guide, enjoy a 2.5-hour walking tour on the cobbled narrow paths in the Old Town of Plovdiv. Explore and learn about all its major highlights including the finest examples of Bulgarian Rennaissance town architecture, the spectacular 2nd-century Ancient Theater, the Roman Stadium, Plovdiv's Ethnographic Museum and much more.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plovdiv Old Town
After the guided tour of the Old Town, you will have about an hour and a half to further independently explore the attractions of the city centre. You can have lunch (own expense) or go shopping on "Glavnata"- the longest pedestrian in Europe. You can get entertained by some of the artistic events organized in the heart of the city while Plovdiv is celebrating its nomination as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. A lot of tourists choose to wander in the Kapana neighbourhood - a place with a bohemian vibe, chic bars and beautiful graffiti. The region of Plovdiv is famous for its wine production and in Kapana you will find options to sample some of the local red or white wines.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
After you have immersed in the unique atmosphere of Plovdiv, sit back and relax on your 2-hour transfer back to Sofia's Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Beautiful plovediv
Andrew_S
, Mar 2020
Great trip with a great tour leader. plovediv is well worth a visit would definitely recommend this trip.
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Beautiful City, Average Tour
israelwitheyal
, 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.
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Seeing Plovdiv
vacationingbob
, Jul 2019
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.
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Great way to see a bit more of Bulgaria
Explore49718376425
, Nov 2018
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.
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Plovdiv tour
AdiYam
, Oct 2018
I highly recommend this tour. The guide is knowledgeable, respectful and helpful. We enjoyed every minute of it and would do it again.
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Excellent trip
Experience673422
, Oct 2018
Excellent trip with excellent guide, a little tough in the hills of Plovdiv for elderly people but all in all very interesting
star-5
Nice Tour
tomperiodjenkins
, Jul 2018
Everything was very nice except we had to wait an hour for a couple that never returned to the meeting spot. I would recommend.
star-5
Nice pace, excellent guide, great artifacts!
dianebush39
, Jul 2018
Constantia was a pleasure to spend the day with. She was informative, caring, friendly, and funny. Plovdiv was beautiful and full of history. Lunch with Constantia was a lot of fun!
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Beautiful City and Excellent Tour Guide
dianebush39
, Jul 2018
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.
star-4
Good trip, guide was very helpful...
Pranjal S
, Mar 2018
Good trip, guide was very helpful, funny and knowledgeable. He was a good driver, parking could have been better planned but otherwise it was all well executed.

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