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Asen's Fortress (Asenova Krepost)
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Asen's Fortress (Asenova Krepost) Tours and Tickets

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Called Petrich by some, Asen’s Fortress (Asenova Krepost) is a medieval fortress in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains. Sitting high on a rocky ridge on the left bank of the Asenitsa River, the fortress was built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great in the 6th century and grew to prominence during the Middle Ages. It fell into ruins after the Ottoman conquest in the 14th century, with only the Church of the Holy Mother of God surviving. One of the oldest remaining Eastern Orthodox churches, the two-story building features a large rectangular tower and mural paintings that date back to the 14th century. Renovated in 1991, it is used today by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

The fortress is also a stop on a hiking trail that takes hikers on to several chapels and, eventually, Bachkovski Monastery.

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Nov-Mar: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm; Apr-Oct: Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
1 Trakia Square, Asenovgrad
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Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

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Knowing the best spots to experience Bulgaria’s rich and varied cultural heritage can be tricky for visitors on limited time in the capital. Tick off Plovdiv, Asen’s Fortress, and Bachkovo Monastery in just 1 day on a small-group tour from Sofia. Save time with seamless round-trip transfer between landmarks, and learn about their Roman, Ottoman, and modern history from your professional guide.
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  • 9 hours
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$82.38
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Full-Day Plovdiv and Asen’s Fortress VR Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Plovdiv and Asen’s Fortress VR Tour from Sofia

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Discover Plovdiv, the 2019 European Capital of Culture, and the mighty Asen’s Fortress on this full-day small-group tour from Sofia. Explore the atmospheric Old Town of Plovdiv on a guided walking tour; go back in time with a virtual reality experience; enjoy a typical Bulgarian lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), then marvel at the views from the mountaintop medieval castle.
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  • 9 hours
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$41.71
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Private 1-day Trip To Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo-Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

Private 1-day Trip To Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo-Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

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Our private tour brings you to the top spots around Plovdiv at your own pace and starting time from Plovdiv. Your private local guide is also your driver with the comfortable vehicle. All entrance fees are included in the privately-guided option. Wonderful Bridges are a natural phenomenon, which is believed to had formed during the collapse of former cave formed in Proterozoic marbles from the waters of a small river deep gully probably an earthquake. Bachkovo monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno" was founded in 1083 by the Georgian Gregory Bakuriani, who made a donation to the building. Asen's Fortress - one of the most preserved fortresses in Bulgaria. Truly breathtaking scenery, views and history behind it!
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  • 8 hours
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$40.67
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Private Day Trip to Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress
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Private Day Trip to Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress

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Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental and have a private driver for the day instead with this day trip to Plovdiv and Asen’s Fortress. After a Sofia pickup, travel directly to Plovdiv to see its beautiful Old Town landmarks. Enjoy a guided tour past highlights such as the Roman Theater, Europe’s longest pedestrian street, and early Christian mosaics. The trip also visits Asen’s Fortress—a stunning medieval structure in the mountains that offers incredible photo opportunities and panoramic views.
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  • 9 hours
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$125.13
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Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress - private day tour from Plovdiv

Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress - private day tour from Plovdiv

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Get out of the city and explore the notable religious sites around Plovdiv on this private day tour. Travel with a guide towards the Rhodope Mountains and visit King Asen's Fortress in Asenovgrad. Stop at the 11th-century Bachkovo Monastery and learn about its history. Choose to take a walk in the Red Wall Nature Reserve.
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  • 4 hours
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$65.69
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Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv

Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv

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Escape the tourist trail and discover Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains on this private guided day tour. Explore the 13th-century castle, Asen’s Fortress, and the 11th-century Bachkovo Monastery with its murals and frescoes, then admire the naturally carved bridges known the Wonderful Bridges. Tour includes door-to-door round-trip transportation and a private guide but excludes the affordable entrance fees.
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  • 7 hours
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$83.42
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The Top 5 Cities in Bulgaria

The Top 5 Cities in Bulgaria

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Gain a comprehensive overview of Bulgaria’s five major cities on this small-group, multi-day tour from Sofia. Travel the distance seamlessly with round-trip transfer by air-conditioned vehicle, leaving more time to explore the best bits of Sofia, Plovdiv, Nessebar, Varna, and Veliko Tarnovo with your professional guide. Avoid hidden costs with overnight hotel stays and breakfasts included as per itinerary.
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  • 5 days
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$781.01
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Bachkovo Monastery & Wine Cellar Tasting & Lunch

Bachkovo Monastery & Wine Cellar Tasting & Lunch

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Take a break from the city without the hassle of navigating on a private day trip through the Plovdiv countryside. In addition to providing round-trip hotel transport, your guide offers background and historical anecdotes at each stop on the itinerary. Tour a winery and sample their selection, chat over a traditional Bulgarian lunch, and round off the day with a stop at the historic Bachkovo Monastery.
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  • 1 day
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$107.92
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5 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour Wine, Nature and Traditions
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5 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour Wine, Nature and Traditions

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Experience Bulgaria on a motorcycle on this guided group multi-day tour. Learn about the history, food, and culture of Bulgaria from your guide as you ride through scenic roads and stay in local guesthouses. Visit Sofia, Rhodope Mountain, the wine regions of Bulgaria, and more as you drive through the country.
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  • 5 days
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$540.34
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Asen's Fortress Self-Guided

Asen's Fortress Self-Guided

Fully personalized electronic and audio guide with all info and logistics for you. Live maps and route for you to follow. An unique product which brings you stress-free travel at your own pace in Assen's Fortress. Very flexible and easy for the customer.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$9.38
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$9.38

Day-Trip to Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

Day-Trip to Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress from Plovdiv

A tour that encompasses the rich culture and history of Bulgaria's Rhodopes - a mountain known for its gorgeous scenery and fascinating traditional rural villages. Asen's Fortress (13th century) is located only 25 minutes from Plovdiv and offers a glimpse at Beulgarian history during medieval times. Nearby is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria - Bachkovo Monastery, a stunning work of architecture. It is home of the Miracle Working Icon of the Holy Virgin, an icon that is said to heal ailments and bring good fortune. The road up to the monastery is lined with market stalls selling local herbs, spices, jams and honey, and the restaurants offer some of the best traditional cooking in the country.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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The Wonderful Bridges Self-Guided

The Wonderful Bridges Self-Guided

Fully personalized electronic and audio guide with all info and logistics for you. Live maps and route for you to follow. An unique product which brings you stress-free travel at your own pace in the The Wonderful Bridges near Chepelare. Very flexible and easy for the customer.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$9.38
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Private Plovdiv Bachkovo Monastery & Assen's Fortress Day Trip from Sofia

Private Plovdiv Bachkovo Monastery & Assen's Fortress Day Trip from Sofia

Cover ground that’s only really possible with a professional at the wheel and check off three key Bulgarian attractions in just one day on this convenient guided tour. Soak up the architecture and Roman ruins of Plovdiv Old Town, the 17th-century murals at Bachkovo Monastery, and 13th-century Asen’s Fortress. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
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$92.80
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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
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$71.95
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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
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$82.38
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Road Trip Bulgaria™, GPS & Auto-Guided Tour to Plovdiv and Rhodopi from Sofia

Road Trip Bulgaria™, GPS & Auto-Guided Tour to Plovdiv and Rhodopi from Sofia

A concept, that offers you the best of two worlds where we create your own personalised excursion or choose from recommended routes. We bring your full equipped car personally to your hotel in Sofia, the cultural capital of Bulgaria. With an audio guide, access to unique places, the best restaurants, leisure and outdoor adventures; all-inclusive: kilometrage, maps, GPS coordinates, vouchers and tickets., and our experienced team is 24/7 at your disposal. In this tour, we will offer you a personalised excursion in the intimacy of your own relatives. Your schedule and itinerary will be both online and as a hard copy be made available. This is a self-guided audio tour with all-inclusive car services, device, map, GPS coordinates, audio guides, videos, excess kilometrage, entry tickets, restaurant reservations and vouchers.
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  • 9 hours
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$151.20
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$151.20
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8-Day Private Tour Highlights of Bulgaria

8-Day Private Tour Highlights of Bulgaria

Truly the best off-the-beaten path tour in Bulgaria tailored to your needs & wants. Presenting you Bulgaria like no other with the best of the best attractions and destinations. Full flexibility as you can choose between a self-guided and privately-guided tour option. Your 8-day true immersive experience in Bulgaria awaits you. We can tailor-made this tour, shorten or extend it as per your wishes. Just ask us.
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  • 8 days
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$1,041.69
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$1,041.69
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Day Tour from Plovdiv full with History, Nature & Forgotten Village Experiences

Day Tour from Plovdiv full with History, Nature & Forgotten Village Experiences

Discover the ancient history and stunning nature of the Rhodope Mountains within an hour drive from Plovdiv. This tour will not only introduce you to the area's most prominent architecture examples - Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery, but also will lead you deep into the roots and traditions of the local people. You will visit a village which locals refer to as 'the village where time has stopped'. Not visited by many tourists today, this place still preserves the authentic lifestyle and architecture of its dwellers. You will get the chance to taste the most delicious specialities of the region made by our lovely hosts who have prepared a bag of stories for you. Your adventure ends with the magnificent natural phenomena - The Wonder Bridges, which fascinated its visitors with its grandeur beauty and mystical energy.
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  • 8 hours
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$138.13
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$138.13
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Rhodope Mountains: Mysteries in the Orpheus lands

Rhodope Mountains: Mysteries in the Orpheus lands

The legend of the Rhodopes was told by the Thracians to Herodotus, the father of history, and he recorded it. It tells the story of the mystical king Hemus, who loved his wife Rhodope so much that he called her by the name of the deity Hera. She, in turn, called him Zeus. In their love game, they unconsciously mocked the gods. Understanding, Zeus decided to punish them. He turned the sinners into mountains that were forever separated by miles. Love like a flower, torn off forever … but not dead, because their memory remains eternal! This is a tour for hikers, who love nature, culture, and history. Rhodope mountains are the widest one in Bulgaria, hiding archeological sites and pretty villages. Come in the mountain of love!
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  • 5 days
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$816.76
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$816.76
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3 Days Best of Plovdiv and the Region
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3 Days Best of Plovdiv and the Region

Plovdiv is not only one of Europe’s oldest cities, but a great base for exploring vineyards, monasteries, fortresses, and mountains in the surrounding countryside. Skip the self-drive stress and maximize your time with this guided 3-day package, including hotel or airport transfers, two nights’ B&B accommodation, entrance fees, and a wine tasting. Highlights include Plovdiv Old Town, Bachkovo Monastery, Asen’s Fortress, and the Red Church in Perushtitsa.
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  • 3 days
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$401.45
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$401.45
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Super tour - The Essential Bulgaria - Plovdiv, Kazanlak, Veliko Tarnovo

Super tour - The Essential Bulgaria - Plovdiv, Kazanlak, Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgaria has many sightseeing jewels in its crown, but this 3-day super tour of Bulgaria will show you 3 of the most visited tourist sites - Plovdiv, Kazanlak Thracian Tombs and Veliko Tarnovo. We offer all three of them as one-day tours from Sofia, but we feel like it is too many hours sitting in a car, so we recommend a 3-day tour allowing you to explore better the places and to avoid many kilometers. This tour will also allow you to enjoy Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo at night.
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  • 3 days
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$416.05
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Asen's Fortress (Asenova Krepost) hours of operation: Nov-Mar: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm; Apr-Oct: Wed-Sun 10am-6pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.