Total Distance: Sofia Plovdiv – Starosel – Sofia: 400 km
Tour Duration: Full Day
Best period: All year
Price: 260 EUR (1-3 people) | 340 EUR (4-7 people)
Visit Plovdiv on a full day tour (European capital of the culture for year 2019) and its most famous highlights – The Roman ruins and stadium, an enchanting Old Town of cobbled streets, The Mosque, and many others.
Get closer to the Bulgarian local life and history in Plovdiv Ethnographic Museum
See the revival architecture in the Old Town of Plovdiv
Taste unique Bulgarian wine
Know more about the Wine producing in Balkans
The day trip from Sofia to Plovdiv with wine tasting is full day discovery of the Bulgarian history with the taste of unique sorts of Bulgarian wine. Check out the detailed program bellow for more information.
Situated in the middle of the Thracian plain, nestled between hills, divided by the Maritsa River, Plovdiv has its own special charm, not only because of the ancient monuments and the many museums that tell stories from famous periods of history. After you visit this amazing Bulgarian city your guide from Private Guide Bulgaria team will take you to Starosel winery where you will relax and taste unique Bulgarian wine.
If you want to make a tour to Plovdiv with different schedule let us know. We will create the best custom trip to Plovdiv and the surrounding area for you and your group.
Pick up from any location in Sofia in the morning (09:00)
Transfer to Plovdiv ( 2:00 hours)
City tour of Plovdiv (2-3 hours walking tour)
Visit The Old town from the 19th century; the Ethnographic museum (outside); Balabanov house; the Ancient theater of Philippopolis; the Ancient stadium of Philippopolis, The St St Konstantin and Elena church, The Djumaya mosque and square, The building of the Regional Historical Museum, the Main walking street, “The Trap” neighborhood; Nebet tepe)
Stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant (optional)
Transfer to Starosel (30-40 min)
Wine tasting of local Bulgarian wine
Transfer back to Sofia (1:30- 2:00 hours)
Drop off in the hotel
Transfer with mini van
All transportation costs along the route, fuel, VAT and parking fees
Local tour guide and driver
Pickup and drop off from your hotel
Entrance fees (The Ethnographic museum, the Ancient thater, Bachkovo Monastery and Asen’s fortress)
Wine tasting fee (You can choose between 3 and 5 types of wine)
Food and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Hat and sunglasses are recommended in the summer
Bring long sleeves or scarf to cover your arms in Bachkovo monastery
Wearing comfortable shoes is recommended, too
Don’t forget your camera
Plovdiv is one of the most worthwhile places in Bulgaria that you should get to know on your first and subsequent visits. The city is picturesquely situated on both banks of the Maritsa River. The surrounding area offers the vastness of the Thracian Plain and the rising hills of the Rhodope Mountains to the south and the Balkan Mountains to the north. The name “A city under seven hills” is derived from the location of the city districts in the middle of seven hills.
The landscape is varied and offers many opportunities for hikes in the nearby mountains. The Maritsa, which flows through the city, is another part of the city’s uniqueness. Visitors arriving for the internationally renowned annual International Fair can visit the old city with its ancient architecture and special charm. For fans of historical sights, the amphitheater in the city center is a must-see, and another ancient sight is the Roman stadium.
Starosel is a village in the Hissar municipality, below the Sredna Gora mountain slopes, at 300 meters altitude, where the slopes pass into the Thracian plain. Now world fame is attached to it following the discovery of Thracian monuments, ancient tombs and temples, by the Bulgarian archeologist Georgi Kitov.
The Thracian cult complex was discovered in 2000, on the threshold of the new millennium. It is unique, the largest complex from Thracian times having a mausoleum discovered so far. Around the imposing tomb rises a high stone blocks fence. There are also a parade staircase and a cult ground. The inside has a diameter of 4.80 meters; the decoration contains colored ornaments. On the tomb’s north side is a trough hollowed down into the rock. It was used for wine making and wine storage. Vessels for drinking wine and strainers were discovered nearby. Around Starosel there are nine other hills with tombs.
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