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How to Spend 1 Day in Plovdiv

How to Spend 1 Day in Plovdiv

An easy day trip from Sofia, Plovdiv is not to be missed. Bulgaria’s second-biggest city has an abundance of ancient archaeological sites and a flourishing creative scene, which is centered around the cobblestone streets of the Kapana neighborhood. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Plovdiv.

Morning: See the Sights

Most Plovdiv day trips include round-trip transfers from your Sofia hotel, which allows you to skip the hassle of taking the metro to Sofia’s bus station. Whether you begin in Sofia or Plovdiv, a walking tour provides a great introduction to the city’s main attractions, which include the Roman Stadium, Old Town, and the Djumaya Mosque. Alternatively, you can discover Plovdiv at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour.

Afternoon: Dive into Local Culture

Although Plovdiv was the official European City of Culture in 2019, a stroll through the city—which is home to ancient mosaics and frescoes—shows that it’s long been a major player on the European arts scene. See what’s current by visiting the Kapana neighborhood, home to a number of art galleries, as well as restaurants where you can stop for lunch. Another important element of Plovdiv’s local culture is wine. You can learn all about Bulgarian wine on a wine tasting tour that allows you to bottle, cap, and label your own blend of wine. 

Night: Enjoy the Nightlife

Home to a young and creative population, Plovdiv boasts a lively nightlife scene. You’ll find the best bars and clubs in the Kapana district and close to the universities; in the hot summer months, many bars spill out onto the sidewalks. For an evening of fun and culture, embark on a Plovdiv pub crawl, during which you’ll visit some of the city’s best-known bars—and a few hidden spots missed by most tourists—in the company of a guide . These tours typically include a few free drinks and come with tailored recommendations. 

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Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

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Visit the fascinating city of Plovdiv on a full-day tour from Sofia, and explore ancient ruins, some of Bulgaria’s most historic landmarks, and the city’s Ethnographic Museum. This full-day Plovdiv trip includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Sofia, a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, and admission to the museum and the Plovdiv Roman Theatre.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.63
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$42.63
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Plovdiv Sightseeing private walking tour

Plovdiv Sightseeing private walking tour

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Get an overview of Plovdiv’s notable historical sights on this private sightseeing tour. Learn about the history of Plovdiv and Bulgaria from your guide as you stroll through the city. Take time to visit the Roman Stadium, the Ancient Theater, Old Town, and Djumaia Mosque. As you stroll, get a feel for the laid-back nature of the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.28
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$46.28
Price varies by group size
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Plovdiv with Lunch from Sofia

Plovdiv with Lunch from Sofia

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Plovdiv is the 2019 European capital of Culture and home to one of Bulgaria’s most impressive archeological sites. This full-day tour from Sofia takes in all the highlights, including a walking tour of the atmospheric Old Town and visits to the Roman Stadium, Roman Forum, and Amphitheatre. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and entrance fees.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.07
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$73.07
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Private Day Trip to Plovdiv with Traditional lunch

Private Day Trip to Plovdiv with Traditional lunch

Combine the flexibility of independent travel with the expertise of a private guide on this private Plovdiv tour. Learn about the Bulgarian National Revival as you wander the cobbled streets of the old town. See the Plovdiv Roman Theater, the Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and early Christian mosaics, and enjoy a 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$133.97
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$133.97
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Plovdiv: Wine Tasting Workshop

Plovdiv: Wine Tasting Workshop

Learn about Bulgarian wine and wine blends on this wine tasting workshop. Sample wines made from the native Bulgarian Mavrud variety grape as well as from international Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Taste many different varieties and combinations. Take the opportunity in the workshop to bottle, cap, and label your own blend of wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.21
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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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