Private tour

From Bucharest: Private Basarabovo & Veliko Tarnovo Day Tour

From Bucharest: Private Basarabovo & Veliko Tarnovo Day Tour

From US$ 175.09 per person

Discover three of the most important historic sites in Bulgaria on a private guided day tour from Bucharest. Visit Basarabovo Monastery, the town of Veliko Tarnovo, and the charming village of Arbanasi.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 11 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Romanian, Italian, Spanish, French
Pickup included
Pickup from hotels and other accommodation. The recommended departure time is between 7:30 - 8:00 AM.
Private group


  • Gaze in awe at the Basarabovo Monastery located inside a large cave
  • Explore the town of Veliko Tarnovo, which was once the capital of Bulgaria
  • Admire the views from the imposing Tsarevets Fortres
  • See well-preserved examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture in Arbanasi.
  • Discover some of the most notable landmarks in Bulgaria in one day
Full description

Embark on a guided day trip from Bucharest and discover the neighboring nation of Bulgaria. Cross the southern border and explore three notable sites with your private guide and gain an insight into Bulgarian culture and history. Start with pickup by minivan in Bucharest and travel south to cross into Bulgaria. Make the first stop of the day at the Basarabovo Monastery, located just beyond the border with Romania. Visit this Bulgarian Orthodox cave monastery, which is the only active one of its kind in the country. Continue to the town of Veliko Tarnovo, which was the capital of the Bulgarian Empire between 1185-1393. You can enjoy some time to relax and sample some local Bulgarian cuisine.

Stroll through the narrow streets and admire the rows of houses perched one above the other. Explore the medieval Tsarevets Fortress which is perched on a hill overlooking the city. Admire the stunning views of the region as you learn about the history of the site with your guide.

Finally, travel a short distance north to the village of Arbanasi. Be enchanted by the Bulgarian Revival architecture of the village upon arrival. Walk through its quiet streets and see many 17th and 18th centuries churches built in a distinctive style.

See houses with impressive stone facades, thick walls, and wooden window frames, with the entire village being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After exploring the village, relax on the journey back into Romania, with drop-off in Bucharest.

  • Transportation
  • Flexible itinerary
  • Private guide
  • Wireless internet on board
  • All transport expenses (gas, parking, tolls)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

Select participants and date



Important information

What to bring

  • Passport

Product ID: 410792