The Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress

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Tour Number

Activity Level

113063


Categories

Day Trip / Out of Town, Museums / Culture, Nature and Wildlife, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3

Language(s)

explanation

Spanish (basic), Russian (conversational), French (basic), English (fluent)

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.

Itinerary

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

Transportation

Air-conditioned station wagon DACIA Logan, passenger capacity: 3. For groups from 4 to 8 travelers a van is hired at an extra cost.

What’s Included

Other: 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

What’s Extra

Other: 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.

A Recent Review of this tour

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.
James Stevenson

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  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    113063


    Categories

    Day Trip / Out of Town, Museums / Culture, Nature and Wildlife, Religious Heritage

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes.

    Friendly: No.

    Maximum travelers: 3

    Language(s)

    explanation

    Spanish (basic), Russian (conversational), French (basic), English (fluent)

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