Plovdiv - the hidden gem of Bulgaria

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Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town, City


Kid Friendly: Yes. Please let me know if you are coming with a young kid in advance so that I can provide a booster seat.

Friendly: No.
Plovdiv is located on several hills. The old town is with cobble-stoned streets and it is a walking area. It will be difficult for people with disabilities to visit it.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), German (basic), Spanish (basic)

Visit the European capital of culture for 2019

One of my favorite sites in Bulgaria is Plovdiv. Let me show it to you in a one day tour from Sofia.
The second biggest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv, is famous for its beautiful old town, the Roman ruins and its cats. So let us escape from Sofia for one day and visit together Plovdiv. The European capital of culture for 2019 will make you wish to stay longer.

Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The beginning of its history dates back to 4, 000 years BC. We will explore the Old town with the Roman ruins and the Kapana art area. Kapana means trap because it is so easy to get lost in the small streets with the bars and small shops. In the old town, some of the beautiful houses today are museums. While walking on the cobble-stoned streets, we will see some of them.
We can customize the tour to Plovdiv with a visit to Bachkovo monastery or wine tasting at a local winery in the area. Other options are a visit to the Red church near Perushtitsa or going to The monument of three generations in Perushtitsa.


The time is flexible if you want to have a longer time at some museum or at lunch.
Pick up in the morning from your accommodation in Sofia.
Departure in the direction of Plovdiv. It will take us approx. 2 hours with one optional stop on the way.
Sightseeing of the old town of Plovdiv.
Optional visit to the Roman theater, St. Konstantin and Elena church, the Ethnographic museum and more.
Free time for an optional lunch.
A walk and free time for shopping in the Kapana art area. You can taste some local beer or enjoy a cup of coffee in art atmosphere.
Departure to Sofia (approx. 2 hour drive).
Drop off at your accommodation in Sofia in the evening.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At your accommodation in Sofia.

End location: At your accommodation in Sofia at the end of the tour.

Duration: 9 hours


A 5-seat car Opel Astra Caravan.
It is air-conditioned and it is suitable for from 1 up to 4 travelers. Year of production is 2008. You can see a photo of the car in my profile photo gallery. When we get to Plovdiv, we will do the tour of Plovdiv as a walking tour. The old town is a pedestrian area, access for cars is restricted except for local residents and some taxis.

What’s Included

Other: Transport by car with an English speaking driver and guide
Pick up and Drop off from/to your accommodation in Sofia
Photos from the tour
Mineral water 0,5 l per person.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 BGN - If you want to visit the Roman theater and the Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv.
These are the two main museums.
For an optional lunch in the old town, BGN 50 will be enough as cash per person.

What’s Extra

Other: 1. Optional lunch in Plovdiv
2. Entrance fees for the museums in Plovdiv:
- Ethnographic Museum: BGN 6 per person
- the Roman theater: BGN 5 per person.

** If you want to add also Bachkovo monastery or have a wine tasting at a local winery, visit the Red church next to Perushtitsa or going to the Monument of three generations in Perushtitsa, please contact me for a customized tour.



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