Bachkovo Monastery & Asen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv

Bachkovo Monastery & Asen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv

Visit the remarkable remains of King Asen's Fortress and church from 13-th century, located on a picturesque hill in the Rhodope Mountains. Explore the Bachkovo Monastery, the second largest in Bulgaria, founded in 1083. Enjoy the wonderful Christian orthodox frescoes from 1643.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress), Asenovgrad 4000 Bulgaria

The remarkable Asen’s Fortress from 13-th century is located on a panoramic hill in the Rhodope Mountains som 30 min south of Plovdiv. Our guide will tell you the history and interesting facts about this impressive structure. There you’ll also find very well preserved Christian Orthodox church dating from the 13-th century painted with some authentic pieces of iconography. At the top of the fortress you’ll enjoy an awesome 360 degrees panorama all over the Rhodope Mountains, Asenovgrad town, The Thracian Valley and the imposing Balkan Range with its highest Botev Peak in the far distance.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bachkovo Monastery, 10km south of Asenovgrad on the main road between Assenovgrad and Smolyan, Bachkovo 4251 Bulgaria

Founded in 1083 Bachkovo Monastery is the second largest in Bulgaria. Inside the monastery you’ll visit the main church of Virgin Mary built in 1604 where a valuable miracle working icon of Saint Mary from 11-12th century AD is being kept together with some very well preserved original frescoes. The monastery refectory is another jewel in the complex which has preserved colorful murals from 1643. The refectory’s visit is optional at an extra charge for a small entrance fee. Inside together with the Doomsday fresco, you’ll witness the images of many prophets, saint-monks, ancient philosophers and writers such as Socrates, Aristotle, Plato etc. In the second monastery yard you’ll finally visit the Saint Nikola church built between 1834 and 1837. Optionally, for the nature enthusiasts you may continue the tour with a short and easy walk in the Red wall nature reserve nearby Bachkovo Monastery where you’ll discover a beautiful waterfall, green meadows and lush forests.

Duration: 45 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"

Start Time: 09:00 AM
Duration: 3 Hours
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
Travelers are collected from any hotel (accommodation) or location within Plovdiv city

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Fuel surcharge
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour

Not Included

  • Entrance fees: Assen's Fortress (2 EUR), Bachkovo Monastery entrance fee (0,50 EUR), Bachkovo Monastery refectory (3 EUR) - optional
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


This website uses cookies to obtain statistical data on the navigation of its users. If you continue browsing we consider that you accept its use. More information in privacy policies