Plovdiv Insider > Food, Heritage and Culture Tour Plovdiv


Put your most comfortable shoes on, get your appetite ready and join your private guide for the most authentic experience of Plovdiv.  Enjoy the flexibility to customise the day to your interests as you explore the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe.

What to expect

Leisurely stroll through Plovdiv's historical sites and savour authentic local food, and drinks, on a private 3-hour tour that tells the story of Plovdiv and its people while tempting all of your senses.

This walking tour covers roughly 5 kilometers ( about 3.7 miles ), and includes Plovdiv Old Town (part of UNESCO's tentative list) , the newly revived Kapana Art District, the Roman Stadium (2nd century AD), local food and drinks tastings and admission to the Roman Theater (1st century AD).

Throughout the Food, Heritage and Culture Tour of Plovdiv, you will encounter hidden cultural and historical attractions that the guidebooks and regular tours miss (don't take our words for granted, read what our customers say). Expect to try traditional pastries, classic local chutneys, authentic Bulgarian cheeses and yogurts, the harsh-flavoured fermented drink that every Bulgarian grew up on, traditional distilled spirits and the time-honoured Mavrud red wine, among many other traditional foods

Your private guide, a native Plovdivian, has a depth of knowledge about Plovdiv and the region, so feel free to ask any burning questions along the way like: what was like living in Bulgaria during the communism or does yogurt come from Bulgaria or Greece? 

This tour is also available as a day tour to Plovdiv from Sofia. In case you are arriving from Sofia for the day by bus or train, we will meet you at the station. Plovdiv train station or bus station South are excellent starting points as you will see the Tobacco Town and Tsar Simeon's Garden on the way to Plovdiv's center where most of the tourist attractions are located. Best way to get to Plovdiv from Sofia? We've put an article together how to get to Plovdiv from Sofia by bus or train. 

Tour Information

Departure & Return Point:

The tour starts and ends at the pedestrian area. If you are arriving by train or bus from Sofia we can meet you at the train/bus station and begin our Plovdiv walking experience from there. 

Date & Time:

The Plovdiv Insider: Food, Heritage and Culture Tour runs all year round. Please contact us through the form below to request more information and/or to book this tour.

The Tour Includes:

  • 3-hour walking tour of Plovdiv

  • 10 food tastings (traditional pastries, classic local chutneys and sauces, handmade breads, authentic Bulgarian cheeses and and other traditional foods)

  • 4 drink tastings (local non-alcoholic beverages, Mavrud red wine (local grape variety) & local spirits)

  • A local English-speaking guide that loves Plovdiv, good food, traveling and talking about it

  • Small group (minimum 2, maximum of 9 participants). *Please contact us if you are a single person and want to do the tour, we are happy to customize it for you.

  • Entrance fees to all historical sites part of the itinerary

The Tour Does Not Include:

  • Transportation to/from the start/end point of the tour

  • Extra food and drinks

  • Gratuities (optional)

What to Bring:

We recommend you wear clothes and footwear suitable for walking and bring cash for personal use. 


2 people: EUR 37 per person

3 people: EUR 32 per person

4+ people: EUR 28 per person

*Please contact us if you are a single person and want to do the tour, we are happy to customize it for you.


We will walk at a slow pace roughly 5 kilometers (about 3.7 miles). There will be numerous stops along the way to taste authentic Bulgarian food and beverages.


This tour is suitable for all ages. We've had 65+ and families with young kids join us, however you should bear in mind that we will do a bit of an uphill walk. Please note that due to the uneven surfaces of Plovdiv Old Town streets, this tour is not recommended for people with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.


Food Allergies and Dietary Needs:

Please advise at the time of your booking if you are  vegetarian, vegan or have any food allergies (e.g. eggs, nuts, gluten).

Additional tour information:

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Minimum drinking age in Bulgaria is 18 years

Tastings and number of tastings included can slightly change according to seasonal produce, availability and opening hours of vendors

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to the tour date are fully refundable. Cancellations made between 3 and 6 days prior to the tour date are subject to a 50 percent cancellation fee of the total tour cost. For cancellations made within 2 days of the tour date, 100 percent of the total cost of the tour will be applied as a cancellation fee and no refund will be made.


Irina and Paul are the best tour guides we could have asked for! My partner and I are not typically the type of travellers who like to go on tours, but we couldn't resist when we saw this tour with local food, wine, and history. 
Irina and Paul really made the tour unique with their extensive knowledge and personable nature. They showed us parts of Plovdiv that we would have never found on our own and don't get me started on the food! Everywhere we stopped was locally owned and off the beaten track.
I can't say enough good things about Slow Tours-a definite must for anyone who wants to get a real taste of Plovdiv.
Thank you Irina and Paul!

Asaf, Australia & Michelle, USA

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Slow Tours Bulgaria, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria

+359 876 866 511



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