Plovdiv Shuttle Tour (including Assen fortress)
NEW: Free virtual reality tour with Samsung VR Goggles for 3 Roman sites: Eastern gate, theater and forum!!! Exclusively available on V Travel tour! Experience a real virtual reality of the Roman remains and see how they looked like almost 2000 years ago!
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
About Plovdiv: Plovdiv is one of the oldest European towns contemporary to Troya and Mikena. It has existed as a settlement for 8000 years and became a town some 3000 years ago during the Troyan war. In 342 BC, it was conquered by Philip ІІ of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, who renamed it Philippopolis or "the city of Philip" in his own honor. With the establishment of Bulgaria in 681 Philipopolis became an important border fortress of the Byzantine Empire. In 1364 the Ottoman Turks seized Plovdiv and called the city Filibe which comes from "Philip". In the historic heart of the city you will see beautifully decorated 19th century houses, the ancient fortress-wall, the Roman forum and stadium and magnificent churches. The city of Plovdiv with its museums, historical sites, ancient houses and paved streets will be proudly the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
Shuttle tour Plovdiv and Assen Fortress Program:
9:00 Departure to Plovdiv behind St. Alexander Nevski church (same departure point as Rila Monastery Shuttle Tour)
10:30 Arrival in Plovdiv. Guided visit of the old town and Roman sites including Virtual Reality experience, especially designed for Roman sites in Plovdiv and V Travel. In the beginning of our walk we can stop in an old house, where you can try local production of alcohol drinks and rose oil products.
13:30 End of guided walking tour and free time until 15:00.
15:00 You will meet your van and guide at the end of the main street in front of Ramada hotel for your 30 min drive to Asen Fortress. This beautiful medieval fortification allows you to learn some history and take wonderful pictures from the top. At 16:00 your tour will be over and you will start your journey back to Sofia with an expected time of arrival at Alexander Nevski Square in Sofia around 18:30.
Start: 9:00h / End: 18:30h
Recommended period: All year round
Driving time: 4h 30m approx.
Walking time: 3h approx
Handicap accessible: No
Special requirements: comfortable shoes (cobblestone streets)
Meeting point: Behind St. Alexander Neski cathedral in front of La Cathedrale Restaurant (see map below)
1 - 6 persons - 35€ per person
6 - 18 persons - 30€ per person
The price for Plovdiv Shuttle Tour includes: transfer to/from the meeting point in Sofia, guide in English throughout the whole day, parking fees, Virtual Reality for 3 Roman sites. Meals, personal expenses, entrance fees are not included (Plovdiv museums 5BGN per museum or 15BGN for all and Assen Fortress 4BGN). Children (1-16 years) receive a 20% discount.