Fabulous rock bridges, amazing Asen's Fortress and the second largest Bachkovo Monastery
First we visit the impressive Asen's fortress, nearby the pretty town of Asenovgrad. There we see the remarkable remains of King Ivan Assen's fortress - a wise ruler of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. The fortress ancient church dating from the 13-th century painted with some authentic pieces of iconography is a real architectural jewel. Then we drive to the second largest monastery in Bulgaria - Bachkovo, founded in 1083 and one of the most sacred places in the Bulgarian history. Inside the monastery we visit the main church of the Virgin Mary built in 1604 where a valuable miracle working icon of the Virgin Mary from 1310 is kept. Our last stop for the day is the Wonderful Bridges situated at 1450 m. a. s. l. in the heart of the lovely Rhodope Mountains. This unique nature phenomenon consists of two rocky bridges (height of 45 m) over a small river. The marble bridges were formed by an earthquake and the erosive activity of the once high-water river.
Plovdiv - Asen's Fortress (30 min)
Asen's Fortress - Bachkovo Monastery (10-15 min)
Bachkovo monastery - Wonderful Bridges (1 h)
Wonderful Bridges - Plovdiv (1 h 30 min)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
End location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
Duration: 7 hours
Air-conditioned station wagon DACIA Logan, year 2008, passenger capacity: 4 regular seats + 2 additional ones on third row of seats (fold-down rear seats). For groups of 5-8 persons a van is hired at an extra cost.
Transportation with an English speaking guide-driver from/to your hotel in Plovdiv, parking fee
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 BGN - Asen's Fortress ticket (4 BGN), Bachkovo Monastery (1 BGN), lunch at the Wonderful Bridges hut - 15 BGN
On the busy commercial street just before the Bachkovo Monastery you can try a locally made Turkish delight or grilled meatballs. A nice souvenir from Bulgaria would be a rose oil perfume or colorful traditional crockery sold on the same tourist street together with local mountain herbs, honey and homemade jam. By the Wonderful Bridges you can buy semiprecious stones found in the Rhodope Mountains, homemade sox, honey, jam and herbs.
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Kamen was excellent - friendly, very knowledgeable, laid back and accommodating. He ensured that we had an excellent tour.