Full-Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

4.7 / 5

92 reviews

Full-Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

From $96.09 per person

Visit spectacular Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria, on an excursion from Bucharest. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Tour the historic Tsaravets Fortress and St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 12 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from your Bucharest accommodation.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Visit the St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, carved into a cliff and still inhabited today
  • Discover Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria and home to the strongest Bulgarian fortification of that time
  • Admire the medieval architecture of Arbanasi village
  • Discover the Tsarevets Fortress, an inescapable symbol of Veliko Tarnovo
Full description
This 12-hour excursion begins in the early morning with a pickup from your Bucharest accommodation followed by a drive to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Spend an enjoyable day discovering the impressive medieval settlement of Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo was the medieval capital of Bulgaria and is home of the Tsaravets Fortress, the strongest Bulgarian fortification of the Middle Ages. Your itinerary includes visits to the St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, the only monastery in Bulgaria carved into a cliff that is still inhabited today and Arbanasi village, where the medieval architecture will transport you back a few centuries in time.
  • Pickup from your accommodation in Bucharest
  • Small group tour
  • Professional tour guide
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Lunch and other personal expenses
  • Admission tickets for Basarabov Monastery and Veliko Tarnovo Fortress (7 Eur/person)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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  • A minimum of 2 people required for this tour
  • There is a possibility of cancelation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please note that if pick-up is not offered from your hotel you may be asked to go to a convenient meeting point
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

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The trip involves a Long drive (7-8 hours) to and fro. I went on the trip during the Low season and did not wait long at the customs (5 mins, but I heard it could take hours on peak season). We were given ample time to explore each of the attractions - spent roughly 4-5 hours visiting the monastery, Veliko Tărnovo and had a short break sipping coffee at arbanasi village overlooking the Balkan mountains and a beautiful valley. Our guide and driver Roberto was really friendly and professional. He took care of us well and kept cracking jokes along the journey. Overall if you have limited time in Bucharest and would like to visit some of Bulgaria’s less accessible attractions this is a day trip you should embark on.

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February 25, 2020

What a brilliant day! You see so much in one day, and the company is so easy to get hold of going up to the activity with any questions you may have. I had Rodica as my tour guide and she was so knowledgeable about the history and local recommendations of where to eat and shop. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would definitely recommend.

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December 5, 2019

The tour was very well organized. Roberto was our driver and guide and it was fun to travel with him to Bulgaria. He has some strong opinions that might offend some people, but it didn't bother us. Unfortunately we spent most of the day in the minivan because of the long distances and there was not much time to discover the sights (the same is true for other tours with "Mr. Tripp"). However, as we were a small group of less than 10 people and the bus was comfortable, we enjoyed the trip anyway. I recommend this tour if you want to get an impression of Bulgaria in one day!

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November 1, 2019

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