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 45 min)
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 7 hours
Air-conditioned station wagon DACIA Logan, passenger capacity: 3. For groups from 4 to 8 travelers a van is hired at an extra cost.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 BGN - Asen's Fortress ticket (4 BGN), Bachkovo Monastery (1 BGN), lunch at the Wonderful Bridges hut - 15 BGN
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Kamen showed great knowledge and was both professional and personable. He was always on time and delivered exactly what was promised. The driving to Wonderful Bridges took great skill and he led us safely through the frosty terrain. We were thoroughly impressed by his tour and had the best day imaginable. Thank you Kamen.