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How to Spend 3 Days in Plovdiv

How to Spend 3 Days in Plovdiv

Three days in Plovdiv gives you plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, explore an abundance of ancient sites, check out its cultural scene, and even take a trip out of town. Here’s how. 

Day 1: Explore the City and its History

Devote the morning to getting your bearings by going sightseeing in Plovdiv. A walking tour gives you a more intimate glimpse of attractions such as the Roman Stadium, Ancient Theater of Philippopolis, the Old Town, and Djumaya Mosque. Plovdiv is Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city—its even older than Athens or Rome—so exploring with a guide ensures you get the inside scoop on its history. If you prefer to wander solo, opt for a self-guided audio tour that lets you explore at your own pace. 

In the afternoon, delve deeper into the city’s history at the Archaeological Museum, which is home to more than 100,000 items largely from the Thracian and Roman eras, and at the Ethnographical Museum, housed in a National Revival–era building.

When it’s time for dinner, head for the Old Town, home to a number of sophisticated restaurants housed in historic buildings.

Day 2: Delve Deeper into Local Culture

Start your day with a small-group walking tour of the Kapana district, Plovdiv’s center of arts and culture. Tours introduce visitors to the creative people working in the neighborhood. You’re likely to hear about the development of Kapana, which is also known as The Trap; meet local artists; and visit artist studios, workshops, and galleries. 

Alternatively, if food culture is more to your taste, take a food tour; tours typically visit a local market, where you can try local dishes such askyopolou (eggplant dip),babek (cured sausage), andbanitsa (feta cheese pastry) washed down withrakia, a strong Bulgarian spirit made from distilled fruit. You’ll also learn more about local food customs and culture.

In the evening, get to know more locals by embarking on a pub crawl. These tours introduce visitors to some of Plovdiv’s most popular bars, as well as a few hidden spots. 

Day 3: Head Out of Town

Plovdiv’s central location provides easy access to some of Bulgaria’s top attractions. Rila Monastery is a popular day trip; founded in the 10th century, this UNESCO World Heritage site is Bulgaria’s largest Eastern Orthodox monastery and is known for its black, red, and white archways, yellow domes, and stunning frescoes. Day trips from Plovdiv typically include hotel pickup and drop-off.

Oenophiles have the option of joining a wine tour to western Thrace, one of Bulgaria’s best-known wine destinations. These tours typically visit two or three wineries; introduce visitors to the history of Bulgarian wine; and include a tasting session. Lunch is usually included.

Top off your visit to Plovdiv with a 5-course dinner menu with Bulgarian wine pairings in a private dining room in one of the city’s best restaurants. 

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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
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$46.05
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Full Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv

Full Day Wine Tour from Plovdiv

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Discover Bulgarian wine on a full-day, small-group winery tour of Thrace with round-trip transport from Plovdiv, tastings at two wineries, and lunch at a local restaurant. Get an insider perspective on Bulgaria’s up-and-coming wine scene as you try diverse bottles, and follow the wine making process from vine to glass.
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  • 8 hours
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$157.38
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$157.38
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Rila Monastery - private day tour from Plovdiv

Rila Monastery - private day tour from Plovdiv

No trip to Plovdiv is complete with a visit to Rila Monastery. Make your excursion to the UNESCO listed attraction memorable and stress-free on a private 10-hour tour. Skip the overcrowded tourist bus and relax in end-to-end transfer from your hotel. After a scenic drive through the mountains, enjoy an immersive guided tour through the monastery grounds. Along the way, feel free to ask questions and engage with your guide.
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  • 10 hours
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$115.11
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Plovdiv Arts & Crafts District Tour

Plovdiv Arts & Crafts District Tour

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Explore Plovdiv’s arts district and meet local artists on this small-group walking tour. In the company of a guide, explore the Kapana neighborhood, also known as “The Trap,” the center of arts and crafts in Plovdiv. Learn about the development of the neighborhood and stop in artist studios and workshops. Visit a contemporary art gallery in the area.
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  • 2 hours
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The Hidden Wineries of Sakar Day Trip including lunch

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The Hidden Wineries of Sakar Day Trip including lunch

Start the day with a hotel pick-up from your Tour Leader at 9 am. Head south-east towards Harmanli and the greek border to visit a small and unknown wine region in Bulgaria called Sakar. In this region, the wineries are small, family-owned and intimate. We visit a winery and are welcomed inside by the winemaker/owner, who will tell us the story behind the wine cellar and give us a guided tasting of a selection of their wines. We make a stop at a regional tasting center for lunch accompanied by a selection of wines from another family wine producer from the region. Head back to Plovdiv in the late afternoon/early evening with a smile on your face and memories to last a lifetime! Drop-off at your hotel/AirBnN/Rental Apartment!
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  • 8 hours
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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
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$23.77
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