Day trip to Plovdiv, Asenovgrad fortress and the Bachkovo monastery

Today, depart Sofia and enjoy a day trip to Plovdiv, an important urban hub renowned for a thriving arts and culture scene, along with a spectacular set of Roman ruins. With your guide, take a walking tour of the breathtaking Roman Theater, designed to hold 7,000 people and built under Emperor Trajan in the second century A.D. A landslide in the 1970s facilitated the discovery of this ancient architectural wonder. Next on your walking tour is the fantastic Ethnographic Museum, an exquisite 19th-century home now housing six exhibits dedicated to traditional Bulgarian art, folklore, and culture.

A bit later, drive a short distance into the Rhodope Mountains to visit Asenovgrad Fortress, a strategic landmark in existence for thousands of years—since the era of the Thracians. Also called Asen’s Fortress, its medieval incarnation was dedicated to King Ivan Asen II. From the top, savor a spectacular view while learning about the fortress and the diverse history of the area.

Finally, finish a full and satisfying day at the Bachkovo Monastery, founded in 1083 on the Chepelare River. Bachkovo is an expansive, highly significant Eastern Orthodox complex filled with precious frescoes and other works of religious art. Witness the enormous, beautifully-preserved Panorama mural, a visual description of the history of the monastery.

Before evening, head back to Sofia with your guide.

Highlights of the tour

What people have said:

I am totally satisfied with everything we did, I think you put such a lot of thought into it all that you did not leave much to improve upon. The two guides were excellent, we very much enjoyed their company as well as being able to rely on them for good translations and communication with locals. I appreciated having a Bulgarian guide in Bulgaria and a Romanian guide in Romania. … read more

Valerie Kleindienst (Australia)

Can’t begin to express my thanks to you, your firm and both my guides. Stoyan and I happened upon a Festival of St. Marko Day in Momina Kliabura with the women attired in their village culture. Truly this was a highlight of the trip and totally out of the blue (a large group would have never done this, but Stoyan did). It was a pleasure to have traveled under your auspices. … read more

Linda Brolly Hathaway (United States)


We are Vlad and Zoe Trestian – the owners and managers of Balkan Trails. We have been creating memorable travel experiences in Eastern Europe for almost 20 years now.

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1 Day trip to Plovdiv, Asenovgrad and Bachkovo

What is included with this tour?

Included services and features:

  • The possibility of having your itinerary customised before the start of the tour, at no extra charge
  • Great flexibility regarding changes to the itinerary even after the start of the tour
  • Pick up and drop off at any location in Sofia
  • A private, licensed English speaking guide/driver, available throughout the duration of the tour
  • All guide’s expenses (meals, etc.)
  • Private transportation in air conditioned car
  • All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
  • Comprehensive guided walking tour in Plovdiv’s Old Town
  • Entrance fees and guided tours for the Roman Theatre and the Ethnographical Museum in Plovdiv, the Asenovgrad Fortress and the Bachkovo Monastery

Not included:

  • Meals or beverages
  • Photo fees

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