Plovdiv City Break – 2019 European Capital of Culture
Explore the wonderful ancient city of Plovdiv, one of Europe’s oldest settlements and today the second largest city of Bulgaria. A true cultural treasure, Plovdiv has been designated as European Capital of Culture of the year 2019. Its unique historical and cultural heritage is an evidence for it. Highlights of the trip are: the old town of Plovdiv with the Ancient Roman Amphitheatre and Ethnographic Museum, the Bachkovo Monastery, wine tasting in one of the old wine cellars from the Plovdiv area and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
‘Welcome to Bulgaria!’ greets you your local tour guide at Sofia Airport. Together you will be transferred to Plovdiv. Check-in at the hotel and free time.
Breakfast at the hotel. The day begins with a sightseeing tour in Plovdiv. In the course of time, the city has taken various names, including Philippopolis – when Philip II of Macedon conquered the city or Trimontium – at the time when it was under Roman rule. Discover the old town and visit among others the well preserved Ancient Roman Amphitheatre, the Roman Odeon, the Ethnographic Museum and the St Constantine and Helena Church. Then enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own.
Take a day trip today to Bachkovo Monastery, the second largest monastery in Bulgaria after Rila Monastery. Here you can also visit the old monastery kitchen, the ‘Magernitsa’. After that, continue towards one of the well-preserved wine cellars in the region. Built in the late 19th century, it was nationalised during the communist regime by the communist party and transformed into a residence for important guests of state and for the political elite. Today the wine production has been restored. Enjoy a tasting of 5 wine varieties in the underground cellar. Return to Plovdiv. Farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant in the old town. The house accommodating the restaurant is a protected monument.
Transfer to Sofia and depending on flight schedule – city tour. The capital of Bulgaria received its name Sofia in the 15th century. It originates from the church Sveta Sofia (St Sofia). In the heart of Sofia you can admire the St Nedelya Temple, the Banya Bashi Mosque, the Synagogue, the St Joseph Catholic Cathedral, the St Alexander Nevski Orthodox Cathedral, the St George Rotunda, the Presidency and much more. Farewell to the local tour guide.