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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.


  • Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery day trip from Sofia
  • Explore Plovdiv, one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited towns, on a guided walking tour with an expert guide
  • Wander the cobbled streets of Plovdiv Old Town and see its top sights, including the Roman amphitheater
  • Visit Bachkovo Monastery in the Rhodopi Mountains
  • See the monastery’s beautiful frescoes and learn about its long history during a guided tour

What You Can Expect

Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery Day Trip from Sofia

Visit the 2nd-century Roman amphitheater in Plovdiv

Customer Reviews

Joy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Truly a most amazing experience and was a wonderful surprised to us! Very worthwhile tour!

jacques p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very beautiful and interesting tour

Dr. Fritz N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very nice and interesting tour, all was perfect.

Chiedza M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

George was a brilliant guide, really giving us a personalised tour and answering all questions from Bulgarian history and folklore to advice about Balkan winter sports!. Plovdiv was lovely, a mix of the ancient and the modern I highly recommend it to anyone who likes history or just wants to see some cool stuff. I really enjoyed the monastery too, with its serene atmosphere and living history. Definitely go on this tour - it's worth every stotinki :

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic tour. Our tour guide Nikolay was very friendly, knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. Plovdiv is a beautiful city with an interesting history and is a must see when travelling Bulgaria. Bachkovo Monastery is also beautifully set in a wooded valley and is well worth seeing. Recommend!

Jael G

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Nice trip with a friendly tour guide, with some nice stories and tips about places visited. Enough time to walk around and enjoy the visit.

Carmen S

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Plovdiv is very interesting and worth visiting. A very nice city. Bachkovo Monastery had its feast celebrated on the day but the very good guide we had got us in from a side door avoiding the queue. It was rather chaotic but should be quieter on other days.

Brian S

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

It turned out to be a private car tour - 3 guests and the driver/guide Martin who was very good. Picked up from hotel and dropped back - full day tour some free time ..... weather was bad but that's not the tour company fault and I fell down on the cobble streets in the rain, again not the tour company fault - not a good tour for hard of walking though - recommended

Nik C

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2016

Lovely to see the old city of Plovdiv and was obviously easier to take the transfer as part of the tour than make our way there. We did feel it was a little over priced as we would have liked more historical depth in the tour and although the monastery was pretty it was a little underwhelming. Overall definitely worth seeing Plovdiv.

Christina C

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2016

The trip was great. Plodiv is beautiful. I hope to go back again. But the seats of the vehicle is not comfortable at all. It hurts my back.

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