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Plovdiv Old Town (Stari Grad) Tours

Plovdiv Old Town (Stari Grad)
As the sixth oldest city in the world, Plovdiv, Bulgaria can trace its history back to 5,000 B.C. Visitors exploring Plovdiv Old Town (Stari Grad) will be able to experience some of that history for themselves, from the remains of the 2nd century Roman stadium that sit underneath the pedestrian mall in the town center to the 14th century Dzhumaya Mosque, the second oldest in Europe, to the rows of Bulgarian Revival houses that line the cobblestone streets of the Old Town.

The highlight for many will be the 2nd century Plovdiv Roman Theater that sits on a hill on the edge of the Old Town and is still used for concerts and other performances. Other noteworthy sites include the Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa, the Church of St. Constantine and Elena, the State Gallery of Fine Arts, the Zlatyu Boyadjiev House, the Icon Gallery and the Ethnographical Museum, with more than 40,000 displays about life and culture in Plovdiv.

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Plovdiv Old Town is easily walkable and within walking distance of many popular tourist hotels. A tourist information booth can be found in the central square and a variety of walking tours are available to learn more about the town’s long history. Plovdiv is almost two hours from the capital of Sofia by car and can be reached by train or bus as well.
Address: Old Town, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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25 Tours and Activities to Experience Plovdiv Old Town (Stari Grad)

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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa tour

Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa tour

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Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in the world and filled with history. Rather than carrying around bulky guidebooks, this small-group tour from Sofia tells you everything your need to know. You'll also visit the charming town of Koprivshtitsa, which retains atmosphere of the 19th-century Bulgarian National Revival period.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.77
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$92.77
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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

Explore two historic Bulgarian towns in one day. This private tour lets you the Roman remains of Plovdiv—one of the world's oldest cities—and admire the Bulgarian National Revival buildings of the charming mountainous town of Koprivshtitsa, all at your own pace.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.25
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$85.25
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Plovdiv - Private walking tour

Plovdiv - Private walking tour

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Get a fresh look at historic Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s cultural capital, on this private guided walking tour that hits the highlights but throws in plenty of surprises too. See the Roman Theater, 14th-century Djumaya Mosque, Bulgarian Revival mansions, and so much more, then enjoy the galleries and cafés of artsy Kapana. You don’t need to enter any attractions, but if you choose to tickets are at your expense.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.72
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$45.72
Price varies by group size

Thracian Temple of Starosel - Private Day Tour

Thracian Temple of Starosel - Private Day Tour

The Thracian civilization is the oldest among all European civilizations with the most impressive examples of the perception regarding the afterlife. The Thracians knew the secrets of life - to overcome Death by preparing for it. "Endless joy will wait for you in the underworld if you master Knowledge here." A knowledge - how to use the power of the mind, the vibrations of cosmic music, the sacral transformation through wine. These rituals turn a man into a divine hero. You also can try it and touch immortality!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.12
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$94.12
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Plovdiv Cultural Pub Crawl

Plovdiv Cultural Pub Crawl

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See a different side of historic Plovdiv, learn about local culture, and get to know fellow travelers on this great-value pub crawl led by a friendly but knowledgeable guide. Each spot you visit has its own different style and vibe, and many include a free drink—the perfect way to discover Bulgaria's liquid treasures.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.97
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$12.97

Plovdiv And Starosel Day Trip From Sofia By Car

Plovdiv And Starosel Day Trip From Sofia By Car

Enjoy a day away from the capital on a private tour to Plovdiv and Starosel, and learn more about Bulgaria’s ancient history and culture as you explore landmarks including the Roman theatre and Thracian cult complex. Avoid hidden costs with entry fees, refreshment, and round-trip transfer included as per itinerary, and explore with a professional guide for intimate insight into the historic region.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.76
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$160.76
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Miraculous Water Springs Private Tour

Miraculous Water Springs Private Tour

Water knows how to get on the path of the least resistance. It comes from above and reaches the depths of the Lower World. It connects the elements of the Universe vertically and horizontally and is never lost. It rotates in its cycle to rise up again and carries the collected from Down. And Down are the people with their thoughts, feelings, deeds, with their passions and sins, prayers and abominations. Water remembers and leads to God. In Bulgarian folklore, the water plays an essential role to unite the Universe. It comes from the Heavens and reaches the depths of the Underground world. It is on the border between Life and Death, Order and Chaos. That is why Bulgarian water has many names – alive, holy, sunny, silver, floral, silent, spoken, moon, love, good water… because water has a memory. This tour will follow the local faith of water. Natural springs loaded with miraculous value are waiting to share their unbelievable stories. Get your bottle and come to try its power!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.67
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$80.67
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Plovdiv Aylak Pub Crawl

Plovdiv Aylak Pub Crawl

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You will have the honor to explore the third oldest city in Europe. You will find yourself in the city center of Plovdiv. Plovdiv Aylak Pub Crawl will guide you to one of the best pubs, where you can enjoy local beers, quality cocktails and fantastic atmosphere. We will visit bars within 5 minutes walking distance. We can't wait to hear your stories and to share this unique experience with you. Don't forget to wear your party pants. Our message to all of you - solo travelers, couples and groups – please feel welcome to join us! Let’s be “Aylak” together!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.90
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$23.90

Ancient Bulgarian warriors - Private tour

Ancient Bulgarian warriors - Private tour

Get ready for a time travel and adventure which you won’t forget! You’ll learn some interesting history, shoot with a bow, ride a horse, fight with swords and taste the ancient Bulgarians’ food. We are going to a place where for a few hours we’ll get to live the life of the ancient Bagaturs. Those were Bulgarian warriors in the antiquity whose name means "heavenly sword". Being similar to the knights and the samurai, the Bagaturs were heavily armed and on a horse. They were extremely well-trained warriors. Some of their contemporaries wrote that a Bagatur can be compared to 100 ordinary soldiers. In order to check all of the above, we’ll embark on a trip to the city of Stara Zagora where Aul Baga-tur is situated. Aul is an old Bulgarian word which means “temporary village/fort” of the proto-Bulgarians. *** IMPORTANT NOTICE: The 2-hour Bagatur program costs an additional 150 euro per group and is not included in the price of the tour. It's payable to our Bagatur hosts on arrival.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.29
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$114.29
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The Thracian God of Sun - Private Day Tour

The Thracian God of Sun - Private Day Tour

From time immemorial the ancient Thracians which used to inhabit our lands were worshiping the God of Sun. This is one of the reasons they used to settle on a big and high rock with a suitable position from where they could observe the sunrise every morning. In order to get to feel what they were feeling and to touch the magic of this place, we’ll meet the sunrise with a gift to the Gods, just like the ancient Thracians used to do! The rock's name is Perperikon. It is a huge rock massif in eastern Rhodope mountain which is believed to exist since 8000 years ago (the rock). Perperikon is a symbol of one of the most ancient cultures who used to live on these lands. Our next stop will be another magical spot which was also created by the Thracians and served as a place to worship their God of Sun. There, high in the mountain, close to the Sun’s rays is situated the Tatul Thracian sanctuary. Come! Feel the spirit of the God of Sun and the ancient Thracian culture!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.12
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$94.12
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Ancient Thracian megalithic monuments - Private Day Trip

Ancient Thracian megalithic monuments - Private Day Trip

In the heart of Bulgaria, nestling in the midst of sloping hills and centuries-old forests, in the foot of Sredna Gora, an ancient Thracian culture center and megalithic sanctuaries are awaiting us. They were used by the ancient Thracians to connect with the Cosmos and get in tune with the Universe. There, the Thracians used to conduct pagan rituals for nature’s revival, the cult towards their God of Son and the Mother Goddess, and also to observe the cosmic events and celebrate the change of Thracian rulers and Tsars. Peace, quiet, delight, astonishment, legends and magic, greatness, miracles, and secrets - these are places covered with thousands of years of mysteries, stories, and many, many questions! Come and immerse yourself in the lost kingdom which antiquity left us!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.77
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$92.77
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Plovdiv guided walking tour

Plovdiv guided walking tour

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Make the most of your stay in Plovdiv with this guided walking city tour. Plovdiv is one of the oldest settlements in the world, having emerged on the three adjacent hills – the beginning of its history dates back to 4,000 years BC. It has preserved Thracian, Roman and Bulgarian heritage from different epochs. There will be a 2- hour walking tour in the heart of the town and you will learn lots of historical facts and legends while exploring its most interesting sightseeing places. You will see the Roman Theater and parts of the Roman Stadium. Walk through the longest pedestrian street in Europe. Explore the magnificent Revival old town with its unique colorful houses from the 19th century. This year Plovdiv is the current European capital of culture. Important- please wear comfortable walking shoes (cubble stone streets).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.54
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$36.54
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Private Full Day Cycling Tour in the Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv

Private Full Day Cycling Tour in the Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv

Explore Bulgaria’s rugged wilderness on two wheels on this private full-day cycling tour in the Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv. Hop onto your bicycle and follow your private guide into the Bulgarian countryside. Head through the Rhodope mountain range, home to plummeting river gorges, soaring peaks and mighty rivers. Discover dense forest and rolling hillsides, and visit top local sites including the Bachkovo Monastery and the village of Shiroka Laka. Finish with a soak in Devin’s wonderful hot springs and soothe aching muscles in style before your transfer back to Plovdiv.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.21
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$96.21
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Private Plovdiv Sightseeing Tour from Sofia - City Tour and Local Attractions

Private Plovdiv Sightseeing Tour from Sofia - City Tour and Local Attractions

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You will be accompanied by a private licensed tour guide during the whole day. You can stop for pictures and refreshments any time. Plovdiv isn’t just the oldest city in Bulgaria… it’s one of the oldest cities in the world. Historians agree that this scenic valley in the south of Bulgaria has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years – but some will tell you that Plovdiv’s history goes back further still, for as much as 8,000 years of continuous habitation! So what can you expect on a Plovdiv day excursion or tour? During this day tour to Plovdiv we will visit the Bachkovo monastery, the Asen’s fortress and the must seen places in Plovdiv – the Old town from 19th century; the Ethnographic museum; Balabanov house; the Ancient theater of Philipopolis; the Ancient stadium of Philipopolis, The St St Constantin and Elena church, The Djumaya mosque and square, The building of the Regional Historical museum, the Main walking street, “The Trap” neighborhood; Nebet tepe and more.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$379.61
per group
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$379.61
per group

Privately Learn a Craft In Plovdiv

Privately Learn a Craft In Plovdiv

Your tour begins with a short introduction to Plovdiv with it's main sights as we walk towards the workshop in the Old town. A demonstration and hand-on experience of 2 crafts are to be explored by you privately without the crowds. The professional local guide makes your every minute of your tour to remember. This experienced in designed to incorporate workshops and a cultural visit to Plovdiv - the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.04
Price varies by group size
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$84.04
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Private Tour with a Local Experiencing With You the Gems around Plovdiv

Private Tour with a Local Experiencing With You the Gems around Plovdiv

Nearby Plovdiv is located Asenovgrad town, better known as the Bulgarian Jerusalem.  It is also called the city of brides, but its symbol is the medieval fortress named after the Bulgarian king Ivan-Asen II. Asen’s fortress still controls the passage through the Rhodope Mountains, leading us to the Bachkovo monastery – the second biggest in Bulgaria and the most impressive with its miraculous stories. Once entered in this area, you’ll definitely hear about Mavrud – man, hero or wine? – Many legends are speaking about one fabulous wine – the Mavrud from Asenovgrad!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.86
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$71.86
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Plovdiv Full-Day Private Tour

Plovdiv Full-Day Private Tour

As one of the world's oldest cities, Plovdiv is filled with fascinating history. Rather than carrying around a bulky guidebook, embark on a private tour with a guide who can tell you everything you need to know while taking you to such sites as the The Roman Theater of Philippopolis and the Singing Fountains.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.78
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$53.78
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Private Day Trip From Plovdiv To Wine Cellars And Wine Tasting

Private Day Trip From Plovdiv To Wine Cellars And Wine Tasting

The best price/quality ratio of a wine tour showing you 4 wineries in the Thracian valley, 2 of which are one of the most unique - Edoardo Miroglio and Midalidare. All wine tastings and tours of the winery are included as well as all transportation. Tours of Plovdiv and the Old Town are included. This trip is the best for wine lovers which adds also some culture and history from one of the min sights in Bulgaria.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.57
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$120.57
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Privately Cycle the European Capital of Culture - Plovdiv

Privately Cycle the European Capital of Culture - Plovdiv

We embark on an unforgettable adventure in which we’ll pass by: 1.The Rowing Canal – it’s 2.2km long. There’s a park and fresh food stands where we can get some energy and healthy breakfast! 2.The highest hill in Plovdiv which has an amazing view and a place for picnic and rest. 3.Tzar Simeon’s garden 4.The singing fountains – famous meeting point of the locals 5.Some other secret places we’ll keep for your surprise After 4 hours of cycling we’ll return back to the bike center. Our tour guide will navigate you to a nice place for relaxation and lunch. We can personalize this tour according your needs and wishes! There are lots of cycling routes, from uphill to downhill or flat routes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.50
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$47.50
Price varies by group size
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The Ultimate Private Plovdiv Urban Wine & Cultural Tour

The Ultimate Private Plovdiv Urban Wine & Cultural Tour

The Ultimate Private Plovdiv Urban Wine Tour is a privately guided tour with an innovative concept which takes you to a very professional wine tasting through different types of wines and then shows you Plovdiv in an unique way. 4 hours of pure oenological and cultural experience. Fully customizable with flexible starting times at your own pace.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.04
Price varies by group size
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$84.04
Price varies by group size
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Pokémon GO Private Tour of Plovdiv

Pokémon GO Private Tour of Plovdiv

Enjoy a zany, fun-filled introduction to history-rich Plovdiv—one of the world’s oldest cities—on this Pokemon GO private tour through the Bulgarian culture hub. Enjoy hours of uninterrupted game time as you explore the attraction-packed streets of the city with your guide. Tours include insider tips and a complimentary sandwich and bottled water for lunch.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.49
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$19.49
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Walking tour of Plovdiv's top attractions

Walking tour of Plovdiv's top attractions

Tour Plovdiv's Central area, where all the city's most significant landmarks are within walking distance of each other. Learn about Bulgaria's history from a local guide with insight into the country's culture. See ancient Roman and Thracian ruins, architecture and art from the Bulgarian Renaissance and learn about life in Bulgaria's rural past.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.31
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$25.31
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Small-group Sightseeing Walking Tour of Plovdiv

Small-group Sightseeing Walking Tour of Plovdiv

As a tour guide, I was always thinking that it is possible to make a tour on your own wherever you go and whatever you visit, but believe me it is not true. The experience you can get from someone local like me, who can tell you the history of the city and the county, and mainly answer to the questions you will have about the culture, customs, traditions, food and everyday life is unmeasurable and incomparable. We will go together through the most interesting places, most known and also unknown places, where you will be explained how life was before and how it is now. You will get the whole picture about the oldest town in Europe and I am sure in the end you will not want to leave the city. And if you ask me, what is the reason to do this, I would answer, like I always answer to people: "I do it for the smile of the people that can see shining in the end of the tour"
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.63
Price varies by group size
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$42.63
Price varies by group size
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Plovdiv Exquisite Wine Tasting

Plovdiv Exquisite Wine Tasting

Taste an unforgettable selection of Bulgarian wines with appetizers. We have sorted the best of the best so that you can say "Yes, I tasted true Bulgarian wine". Come and try this absolute favorite experience in Plovdiv.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.84
From
$43.84
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