Asen’s Fortress and the Marvelous Bridges

Day Trip: Plovdiv – Marvelous Bridges

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At a Glance

Total Distance: 150 km.
Tour Duration: Full Day
Best period: All Year
Price:  Depends on your personal needs and preferences


Visit the medieval fortress
Light walking across the marvelous bridges in Rhodope mountains
Driving through the picturesque mountain road
Visiting one of the biggest monasteries in Bulgaria, those in Bachkovo village
Get closer to the nature, know more about the local herbs and animals

Detailed Program

09:00 Pick up from your hotel in Plovdiv
09:30 Visit the medieval Asen’s fortress 
11:00 Free time in Bachkovo monastery
12:30 Lunch break
15:00 Visiting the Marvelous bridges
16:30 Transfer back to your accommodation in Plovdiv

Good to Know

Wearing comfortable clothes and shoes is recommended 
Bring sun protection cream, because the sun is stronger in the mountain.
Wearing hat and sunglasses is recommended
Don’t forget your camera and wide lense

More About the Asen’s Fortress 

The medieval Asen’s Fortress lies in the Rhodope mountain. The sight is just 2 km away from Asenovgrad, a town near Plovdiv. The fortress existed in Thracian times, it was reconstructed in the Byzantine period, as it guarded the Belomorski pass and the Byzantine border in the area. In old times the fortress owned its army, and also its administration. It was overtaken by the crusaders during their fourth crusade. Asen’s fortress existed in entirety until 1410, when the Ottoman army invaded the area and destroyed it.

The fortress bears the name of the Bulgarian tsar Ivan Asen the Second. He ordered a host of renovations in it in 1231. An inscription testifying to that still stands. The grounds of the fortress are an eminent sight. Asen’s Fortress welcomes with its historical grounds, throughout the year. That is a sight which belongs with the group of national historical sights of Bulgaria.


This tour is private! No strangers will travel with you!
Friendly local tour guide
Offering competitive rates and discounts
Breaks and photo stops at your convenience


  • Transfer with mini van
  •  Entrance at the Asen’s fortress
  • All transportation costs along the route, fuel, VAT and parking fees
  • Local tour guide
  • Pickup and drop off from your hotel in Plovdiv or the area


  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses