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From Bucharest: Small Group Day Trip to Medieval Bulgaria

From Bucharest: Small Group Day Trip to Medieval Bulgaria

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See some of the highlights of Bulgaria on a day trip from Bucharest. Explore the Ivanovo Rock Churches, Veliko Turnovo, Arbanassi Village and the interior of Konstantilieva House.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • See the Ivanovo Rock Churches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the town of Veliko Turnovo, the capital of the second Bulgarian Empire
  • Tour the impressive Tsarevets fortress standing on top of a local hill since the 12th century
  • Explore Samovodene Artisans Street packed with workshops of locals where you can find a coppersmith, silversmith, icon painter, and many more
  • Drive up to Arbanassi Village, an architectural reserve unique in Bulgaria
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Start by meeting your local guide at your hotel, then drive south from Bucharest towards the Romanian and Bulgarian border. After crossing the Danube River and the Friendship Bridge, you will enter Bulgaria.

On the way towards Veliko Tarnovo, stop for an exclusive visit of the Rock-Hewn Churches next to the village of Ivanovo. These are Bulgarian Medieval churches, chapels, and monastic cells hewn into the craggy gorge of Roussenski Lom River.

Inscriptions, portraits of saints, and other restored items are from the 13th century.

Then, discover Veliko Tarnovo, which was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and has a long tradition in the culture of Bulgaria. The city is rich in museums and historical sites, combined with a vivacious nightlife propelled by the students in one of the largest universities in Bulgaria.

Take a walk on the Artisans Street where you have the chance to pass by workshops owned by Bulgarian families for generations, preserving the old traditions. Get the chance to see a fully functional coppersmith workshop to see the production of copper plates and cups used for Turkish coffee.

 Hike up the Tsarevets Hill with the remains of the castle and church of Bulgarian kings. Visit the Fortress, the Patriarchal Church, the Royal Palace, and Emperor Balduin’s Tower.

Next, journey to Arbanassi and step back in time while wandering the streets lined with houses and churches dating back as far as the 16th century.

Take a peek into the life of rich merchants from the 17th century while visiting the Konstantsalieva House, showing the lavish but simple lifestyle of the nobility. Next, stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants serving local food and savor the famous Bulgarian cuisine.

Following this, begin the journey back to Bucharest.

  • Licensed Private Guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels/hostels and accommodations
  • Lunch
  • Photo fees
  • Gratuities
  • Entry tickets for the mentioned attractions

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  • If you are a citizen outside of the EU, please make sure your visa is eligible for multiple entries (border crossings) into Romania
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Somehow ok.. We left Bucharest early and start the long journey to Bulgaria Medieval sites and the take the ride again going to another site. Most of the time we enjoy inside the mini Van chatting and meeting new people inside telling stories and so on. The last stop is the Fortress where we are able to go up and see the beautiful view of Bulgaria top view and the preserved rocks that’s really ancient I feel like I’m in the medieval era. Thanks to out tour guide Adrian S. He explained everything in English it’s history and the sites. Job well done!!

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October 28, 2022

I love how Elena explained everything in our whole trip. She's good at her job. I remember my favorite History Teacher in my country in her since we have 2 students with us today and keep asking questions bout our trip. I am not that much interested in history even before but with Elena I dont feel bored at all. I hope there's more Elena in the future. Dat

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October 7, 2022

It was very exciting. I liked Veliko Tarnovo best and the old fortifications there. Too bad we only had limited time. I would have liked to have looked at the city further, but unfortunately the day is too short for that. Our guide and driver Adrian got us there and back safely. And could tell us a few things. :)

September 8, 2022

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