Bachkovo Monastery & Asen's Fortress | Day Tour from Plovdiv
Bachkovo Monastery & Asen's Fortress | Day Tour From Plovdiv
If you like history, archaeology and culture, then you will love this tour! Explore the medieval Asen’s Fortress and the nearby Bachkovo Monastery, one of the largest and oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe, in an exciting half-day tour from Plovdiv.
Situated on a 300 meter-high isolated rock, Asen's Fortress dates back to the 5th century BC, as archeological evidence suggests there was an ancient Thracian rock sanctuary located on the construction site of today's fortress.
During the Byzantine era, the fortress became a stronghold guarding the entrance to a mountain passage through the Rhodope Mountains that was critical for both the movement of troops and trade. This was the Central Trans-Rhodopean Roman Road that connected the historical region of Thrace (Northern Thrace) with Western Thrace, an area that became the center of medieval Greek commerce and culture,
After visiting the fortress, you will have the opportunity to explore the area further and take the ancient Roman road for a walk to a nearby chapel.
We will then continue to Bachkovo village, where we will visit the 11th century monastery complex of Bachkovo, founded in 1083 that is one of the most sacred places in Bulgarian history. In the monastery’s church, you will see the icon of the Virgin Mary from 1310 that was found hidden in mountain rocks and which, according to legend and the monks of the monastery, can work miracles.
We will conclude the trip with a stop at the local sellers’ market that features an array of artisanal products including some tasty foods and sweets. Your guide will help you with information about the different types of honey, herbs and teas sold by local producers and what local foods and drinks you can try. We guarantee your taste buds will be tempted!
Guided walking tour of Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery
All year round.
Departure and Return Point:
We pick you up and drop you off at your location in Plovdiv.
What is Included?
All transportation cost including car/ van, fuel, VAT, parking fees. The entrance fee to Asen's Fortress. Local English-speaking guide(s).
Private passenger van or car depending on the group size.
From EUR 23 (BGN 46) per person (for 4 persons group).
Duration, Difficulty and Elevation plot:
Tour duration time: 4 hours
Walking time: approx. 2 hours
Total ascent / descent: approx. 50 meters
Difficulty Level: Easy
You will have the chance to buy and taste some authentic foods, sweets, fresh herbs and teas from local sellers at the entrance of Bachkovo monastery.
What to Bring:
• Clothes and footwear suitable for walking.
• Water (at least 0.5 liter).
• Packed snack.
• Cash for personal use.