Weekend Trip to Bulgaria's Most Famous Sites

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If you are visiting Bulgaria for a weekend trip this tour is a great option to see it's most famous sites.

For these two days, you will visit and explore the Rila monastery, Plovdiv, and Koprivshtica.

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If you are visiting Bulgaria for a weekend trip this tour is a great option to see its most famous sites. For these two days, you will visit and explore the Rila monastery, Plovdiv, and Koprivshtica. You will learn a lot about our history, culture, and traditions. You will spend a night in the most vivid cities in Bulgaria, selected for the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2019th. Its artistic spirit and great nightlife will leave unforgettable memories and you can say without hesitation that you have been to Bulgaria.


What’s included?

  • Food & drinks
  • Breakfast
  • 1 night in the heart of Plovdiv
  • Entrance fees
  • Highly educated professional guide


  • Tip or gratuity
  • Lunches and dinner



Day 1: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv

At 8:30 you will be picked by your guide from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia. You will have an hour and a half drive, on a beautiful road, to get to the first famous site-Rila monastery. Situated deep in the dense pine forests of Rila Mountain, Rila Monastery is the biggest and most important Orthodox cloister in Bulgaria. It is an outstanding example of the Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage, in which architecture and painting merge harmoniously. The site is part of the UNESCO world heritage list. Rila Monastery was found in the 10th century by St Ivan Rilski, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy place and later on a monastic complex was formed. It played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria.

After a nice lunch in the area of the monastery, we will continue our journey toward the second biggest cities in Bulgaria-Plovdiv. Plovdiv is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. The city has cultural and economic significance both in the past and in the present due to its strategic location. Pieces of evidence of its millennial history can be found all over the place – from the Roman Theatre to the Ottoman mosques. This is the reason why Plovdiv is one of the most charming sights in Bulgaria- wherever you look you will find history, a legend from a different period, traces of glorious past and at the same time, it’s a pleasure to see how vivid is it still and how it continues to develop and writes its new history. There we will visit the highlights – the Roman Theatre, the Roman Stadium, and have a walk in the Old Town with typical for the Revival Period house museums and narrow cobblestone streets.

The evening we will spend in Plovdiv. We will overnight in the heart of the Old town in a nice 3* hotel. You can enjoy your free time by visiting the famous area called “The trap”. It is like a maze full of small craft beer and wine shops, wonderful restaurants, bars with live music, and many more places of entertainment.

3* hotel in the historical part of Plovdiv


Day 2: Koprivshtica, Starosel and the heritage of the Thracians

After a good Bulgarian breakfast, we will drive to our first point of interest- the Thracian temple complex of Starosel. It is an amazing burial site of this ancient civilization. Luckily for us it almost perfectly preserved. You will learn from your highly educated guide about those people who were living in our lands since the Bronze Age.

Our next stop will bring us back into the 19th century. Koprivshtica is an architect reserve and it is like a time machine. The town is very important for Bulgarian history and especially to the Revival period, and the struggle of the Bulgarians against the Ottomans. We will have a guided walking tour of the place. We will see some wonderful examples of 19th-century Bulgarian architecture. We can have some nice traditional Bulgarian lunch before we head toward Sofia. When we arrive you will be dropped at any location in the city.