From Sofia: Plovdiv, Fortress Asen & Bachkovo Monastery Tour

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From Sofia: Plovdiv, Fortress Asen & Bachkovo Monastery Tour

From US$ 88.81 per person

Enjoy the flexibility of a self-guided day trip from Sofia to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo monastery by private van with an English-speaking driver. Sightsee on your own or take advantage of the free guided tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 day
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Pickup included
Please be ready for your pickup at the reception or street level of your hotel/accommodation within the city of Sofia. The vehicle will have a "Rila Shuttle" sign in the front window.
Private group


  • Explore Plovdiv old town and ancient Roman heritage
  • See breathtaking mountain views from the medieval Asen's Fortress
  • Visit the second biggest Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria
Full description
Depart Sofia at 8:00 AM in the morning and travel by private van with a friendly English-speaking driver. Travel in this air-conditioned vehicle for a two-hour ride to the Rhodope mountains and admire the beautiful views from the medieval Asen's fortress. Continue by short 15 minute transfers to the Bachkovo Monastery, built in 1083 AD, and explore the old monastic complex at your own pace. Continue to the city of Plovdiv and enjoy more than four hours to sightsee in Bulgaria's second largest city, famous for its old town, Roman ruins and the Kapana artistic district. You can explore the area on your own, or learn more the history from a free guided tour starting at 2:00 PM. Board the shuttle bus at 5:00 PM at the agreed meeting point and return to Sofia in the evening (7:00 PM) to be dropped off at the meeting point.
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Transportation by air-conditioned private van
  • Licensed driver
  • Admission for Asen's Fortress (BGN 3, per person)
  • Optional: Admission for the The Old Refectory at Bachkovo monastery (BGN 6, per person)
  • Optional: Museum visits in Plovdiv city
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide services
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Dress code for Bachkovo monastery: long trousers and skirts (at least knee length), no sleeveless tops (bring a piece of clothing to cover your shoulders)
  • This trip involves moderate walking on cobbled (stone) streets
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for walking
  • This trip operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 8 reviews

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The guide and driver were great! Excellent route - get a lot done! Fortress was beautiful and Plovdiv is a must see!

May 10, 2019

The guide, Bobbi, (I am sorry I don't know exactly the name, was a gentleman, generous, kind, educated, and so on. Thanks a lot to him.

April 21, 2019

È stato un tour perfetto, tutto è andato come da descrizione. L'autista eccezionale, ci ha fatto pure da guida, parlava bene in inglese ed è stato molto esaustivo e sempre a nostra disposizione.

November 8, 2021

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