Tours are very expensive especially adding tip. Was looking at a taxi--has anyone done that- are there lots of taxis for return or do you have to pay "your" driver to wait for you? Cost? For 2 people.
You could take a train to Asenovgrad then taxi for remaining 6 miles
Neat place! I took a public bus from Plovdiv, then walked up a lengthy entry roadway to the monastery itself. Then late in the day, someone on staff offered to give me a ride to nearby Asenograd (?) where I got a bus back. If possible, see if you can get into the ancient ossuary church, oldest part of the monastery complex, a decent walk uphill from the monastery itself. Wonderful very old frescoes inside, plus bones! I think that building is not regularly open to the public, you might need to inquire and find someone willing and able to accompany you.
Does anyone have a ballpark figure for taxi from Bachkovo Monastery back to Asenovgrad- are they readily available at the Monastery ? I gather bus/train from Plovdiv to Asenovgrad then perhaps bus past monastery, or failing that a taxi. Would be lovely if a direct bus from Plovdiv past Monastery, then return.😊
When I was there, there was very little car (or taxi) traffic, either at the monastery itself or on the road-end of the entry road. At least on that day, very early September, there were very, very few visitors at the monastery. I don’t know if that might be different on different days of the week, or particular months or years. One of the things I liked most about Bulgaria was that there were NOT many tourists anywhere, except at a couple spots on the Black Sea coast.
You might be able get the return schedule of the bus, either to Asenovgrad or to Plovdiv, not sure if that would serve your schedule, or how reliable the schedule is in practice. I really can’t remember what my own plan was for returning to Plovdiv, probably walking down the entry road and catching the bus returning to Plovdiv. I ended up spending much more time at the monastery than I had expected, due to making a wonderful friendship with someone on the staff who showed me around, and since he was leaving at the end of the day anyway, he offered me a ride to the bus station in Asenovgrad.
You could no doubt learn more details in Plovdiv, assuming you will be spending some time there first. Having the phone number of a taxi driver or company in Asenovgrad might solve your problem as well. Remembering my own experience in Bulgaria, in general I think bus travel is more plentiful, faster and more common than train travel.
Thanks- makes sense.Will ck on a phone number for a taxi in Asenogard - appreciate your comments as it clears up the situation
in and around Bachkovo.
No Aku Birds Ditto.
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