Day trip to Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa

Today, depart Sofia with your guide for a lovely day trip into the Sredna Gora Mountains.

Visit Koprivshtitsa, a beautiful town famous for hundreds of examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Colorful houses dot the landscape, and many can be explored; you’ll witness the daily life and traditions of days gone by. Elements of Bulgarian folkloric culture, such as textiles and jewelry, have been treasured and carefully preserved here for posterity. Koprivshtitsa also marks the location of the first shot fired in the decisive revolt against the Ottoman Turks in 1876.

Next, move on to Plovdiv, a major urban center for arts and culture first settled 6,000 years ago by the Thracians. Today, you can still view the Roman City, which includes the Roman Theater and the ruins of the enormous 2nd-century Ancient Stadium, built under Emperor Hadrian for the purpose of holding 30,000 spectators during major athletic events.

Later on, spend time touring the fabulous Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv, which features a gorgeous curvilinear roofline and interior ceilings carved of wood. Built in 1847, it was originally a merchant’s private home, and now serves as the venue for six beautifully-curated exhibits addressing specific aspects of Bulgarian traditional culture.

In the late afternoon, join your guide for your return to Sofia.

Highlights of the tour

What people have said:

It was an absolutely fantastic experience. I am sincerely grateful to you and to Catalin for the adventure in Bulgaria and Romania. The route we took was full and intense but that is exactly how we prefer it. It seems to me now that we have learnt more about the two countries that you have managed to squeeze almost every notable highlight into the time we had available (with the exception … read more

Gert and Caroline Claassen (South Africa)

The tour far surpassed my expectations. I chose to work with Balkan Trails because of the flexibility in creating an itinerary to fit my schedule. Also, Vlad was quick to respond to any question or concern. Catalin was a wonderful guide with just enough facts without sounding like the encyclopaedia. Stoyan was also very accomodating even going so far as to arrive 30 mins early for our departure from the hotel just to … read more

Starla Suttles (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 and Kopvrivshtitsa

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 tours in Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv’s Old Town
  • Entrance fees and guided tours for the Roman Theatre and the Ethnographical Museum in Plovdiv

Not included:

  • Meals or beverages
  • Photo fees

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