Your Day in Plovdiv and Assen Fortress


9:00 h Departure behind St. Alexander Nevski church across La Cathedralle restaurant.

11:00 h Start the old town walking guided tour on the cobblestone streets where you will visit some houses, the church, the Roman theater and stadium. Also you will have chance to go back in time and see the ruins reconstructed by our Virtual Reality 3D goggles.

13:00 h Free time for lunch, snack or shopping;

15:00 h you will meet your van and guide at the end of the main street in front of Ramada hotel and take a 30 min drive;

15:30 h Arrival at Assen Fortress - beautiful medieval fortification - learn its history and take wonderful pictures from the top;

18:00-18:30 h Arrival at St. Alexander Nevski square.

The itinerary may vary depending on road conditions, weather, traffic or other.

Plovdiv overview


Plovdiv is one of the oldest European towns contemporary to Troya and Mikena. It has existed as a settlement for 8000 years and became a town some 3000 years ago during the Troyan war. In 342 BC, it was conquered by Philip ІІ of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, who renamed it Philippopolis or "the city of Philip" in his own honor. With the establishment of Bulgaria in 681, Philipopolis became an important border fortress of the Byzantine Empire. In 1364 the Ottoman Turks seized Plovdiv and named the city Filibe which comes from "Philip". In the historic heart of the city you will see beautifully decorated 19th century houses, the ancient fortress-wall, the Roman forum and stadium and magnificent churches. The city of Plovdiv with its museums, historical sites, ancient houses and paved streets is proudly the European Capital of Culture of 2019.


Asen Fortress overview


This amazing fortress is built on a high, rocky ridge in the Rodopi mountain about 20 km south of Plovdiv during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great in 6th century. A stone message witnesses in 1230 Ivan Asen the Second rebuilt the fortress after he won the glorious battle near Klokotnitsa. The best preserved and most notable feature of Asen's Fortress is the Church of the Holy Mother of God from the 12th-13th century. It is a two-storey cross-domed single-naved building with a wide narthex and a large rectangular tower, and features mural paintings from the 14th century.

Prices


Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 35€ per person. A minimum group of 3 persons is required to run the tour, fully refundable if cancelled.

The price for Plovdiv Shuttle Tour includes: transfer from/to the departure point in Sofia, guide in English throughout the whole day, Samsung 3D virtual reality goggles use, parking fees. Meals, personal expenses, entrance fees are not included (Plovdiv museums 6BGN per museum or 15BGN for all and Assen Fortress 5 BGN). Children (1-16yrs) benefit a 20% discount.


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Departure point every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:00 from St. Alexander Nevski square (see map below).

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    beaborrellas
    1/07/2020

      Really good trip in comfortable mini bus. The tour guide was well informed and had very good English. Rila Monastery is impressive (both inside and out) and it's... read more

    VanessaJanes
    10/31/2019

      Unfortunately I had to cancel this tour because I was ill (and we all know that during this pandemic situation we can't take any risk, not for ourselves and not... read more

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    8/25/2020

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Highlights

Tour available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for 35€ per person.

Easy, quick and relaxed visit of Plovdiv - European culture capital in 2019.

Explore one of the oldest city in Europe with Byzantine, Roman and medieval remains.

Virtual 3D goggles experience for 3 Roman sites.

Visit a breathtaking top-of-the-hill Asen fortress in Rhodopi Mountain.

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Prices

35 €/person Tue, Thu & Sat

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