Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery, Fortress Asen, & Wonder Bridges

Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery, Fortress Asen, & Wonder Bridges

From $80.99 per person

Enjoy a tour from Plovdiv and discover the "Wonderful Bridges" in the heart of the mystical Rhodope Mountains. Visit the impressive Asen's fortress, and admire the ancient Bachkovo monastery and its remarkable frescoed walls and icon of the Virgin Mary.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Driver
English
Pickup included
Any hotel or adress within Plovdiv city.

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk around the unique rock bridges situated high in the Rhodope Mountains
  • Explore the Bachkovo monastery and its miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary
  • Enjoy the fantastic panorama from the top of the Asen’s fortress
Full description
Begin the tour at the impressive Asen’s fortress, nearby the charming town of Asenovgrad. Explore the remarkable remains of King Ivan Asen's fortress and discover the nearby ancient 12th-century church painted with authentic pieces of iconography as well as the stone-made inscription carved by King Ivan Asen himself. Continue the tour with a drive to the picturesque Bachkovo monastery, the second largest in Bulgaria and over a thousand years old. Admire the sacred icon of the Virgin Mary dating back to the 14th century that rests inside, as well as the striking frescoed murals of the monastery's walls Conclude the trip with a visit to the "Wonderful Bridges". Situated high in the stunning Rhodope Mountains, 1,450 meters above sea level, admire these unique marble bridges formed by the erosive activity of what was once a high-water river. In summer the longest zip line on the Balkan Peninsula (240 meters) stretching between the 2 bridges is available for the more adventurous travelers.
Includes
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Transfers from/to hotel in Plovdiv
  • Parking fee
  • Entrance fee to Asen’s Fortress € 2
  • Entrance fee to Bachkovo Monastery €0.50
  • Entrance fee to Bachkovo Monastery's refectory €3 (optional visit)
  • Food
  • Tips
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
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Our guide, Stoyan (hope that’s spelled right), was amazing. He was so knowledgeable about everything Bulgarian and was patient with all our questions. He knew all the right places to stop and was in no hurry to get us home. It was an amazing day (even with the rain) in the beautiful Rhodope Mountains outside Plovdiv.

June 25, 2019

beautiful excursion into the Rhodope mountains

We were only two people with our guide Kamen. So it was kind of a private tour. He picked us up at our hotel with his car and took good care of us. He answered all our questions about Plovdiv and surroundings and Bulgaria in general. We had an excellent day in nature with a little bit of hiking to the fortress of Assen and to wonderful stone bridges. We also went to the beautiful monastery Batschkowo. Kamen is a friendly knowledgeable guide. This tour is highly recommendable when you are in Plovdiv.

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April 15, 2019

It was a wonderful excursion in a lovely day. My guide and driver, Dimitri was very helpful and friendly and gave me all type of explanations about places, history and culture. I also enjoy his knowledge about music, which, by the way is my favourite subject, and he is an expert driving in those winding roads on the mountains. Thank you.

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October 2, 2018

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