A 1.5-hour drive from Sofia will take you to the city of Plovdiv (the European Capital of Culture for 2019), Bulgarias second largest city and one of its oldest towns. Within 2-3 hours of walking along the city you will discover history and culture behind a 7000-year old settlement, written by the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Bulgarian civilizations. You can enjoy sightseeing in the Old Town with its museums, historical monuments, revival period houses, lined with souvenir shops cobbled streets or get impressed by the rich Ethnographic Museum and the ancient Roman Theater. Feel the atmosphere of this artistic and trade center and enjoy a lunch at the local restaurants.The amusing mixture of traditions, culture, and architectural masterpieces are a must-see for every culture-hungry traveler.
Next stop on your way back is the charming town of Koprivshtitsa with its fascinating history and authentic 19 th-century architecture. Spend the rest of the day in the leisure of this small and picturesque city situated in central Bulgaria, spread amongst the slopes of Stara Planina Mountains, that carries a specific spirit of tranquility and eternity. Once the scene of battles for the liberation of Bulgaria, now the city is turned into a museum of the Revival Period of Bulgaria. Here you can visit the homes of some of the most eminent Bulgarians, writers and rebels, admire the vast collections of ethnographical treasures, including ancient weapons, intricate national costumes, and stunning jewelry.