Day trip

Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi & Shipka Memorial Church Tour

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Activity provider: PLOVDIV TRIPS

Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi & Shipka Memorial Church Tour

Activity provider: PLOVDIV TRIPS

From US$ 129.38 per person

Visit picturesque Veliko Turnovo, capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, and see its historical monuments including Tsarevets, an imposing medieval stronghold. You'll also explore nearby Arbanasi, a historical village and popular Bulgarian attraction.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
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Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • See the historical monuments of Veliko Turnovo
  • Walk along the town’s narrow cobbled streets lined with old houses, craft shops, cafés, and restaurants
  • Visit the colorful Nativity of Christ Church in the charming village of Arbanasi
Full description
On this full-day excursion from Plovdiv you’ll begin your tour with a stop at Shipka Memorial Church, an outstanding Bulgarian Orthodox temple built in the late 19th century in the foothills of the Balkan mountain range. Continuing on, you’ll cross the Shipka Pass to reach one of the most amazing landmarks in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, the country’s former capital. The charming town attracts many tourists, drawn to its unique architecture and beautiful landscapes. Your first stop in town is the imposing Tsarevets Fortress, a hilltop medieval stronghold. Take a walk along lovely Turnovo Street, picturesque Gourko Street, and Samovodska Charshiya Street in the old town, where you’ll see shops selling arts and crafts and souvenirs. Enjoy lunch before heading to the nearby village of Arbanasi, one of Bulgaria’s most popular historical attractions. The village is best known for its 17th and 18th century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. See the oldest church in the village, the 17th-century Nativity of Christ. The interior of this impressive monument is a genuine art gallery, featuring murals with vast numbers of realistic figures and Biblical scenes, painted by unknown artists throughout the ages. Your final stop for the day is the Konstantsalieva House Museum, originally built in the 17th century and later beautifully restored in the National Revival style. It reflects not only the wealth of the owners but also the attention to detail and the quality of craftsmanship at that time.
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Round-trip transfers from your hotel or other address in Plovdiv
  • Tsarevets Fortress admission fee (EUR 5.00)
  • Church of the Nativity of Christ admission fee (EUR 5.00)
  • Konstantsalieva House admission fee (EUR 5.00)
  • Food
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A long day - but so worth it!

If you want to see more of Bulgaria rather than just big cities, take this tour. If you want to learn more about Bulgarian history, take this tour. The guide was impressively knowledgeable, and very enthusiastic, about all things Bulgarian, making the history vivid and alive. I thoroughly enjoyed the day

October 7, 2017

Dimitar is very professional and knowledgeable who gave me a wonderful

I love the trip to this ancient capital of Bulgaria. The whole experience was not easy to describe just by several word. Dimitar was very good in many ways to complete my journey. If I come to Plovdiv again, I will definitely book a tour with Dimitar.

August 3, 2018

Very nice!

It was a very good opportunity to enjoy nature and see a very beautiful sight(Shipka Tower). Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi are two very picturesque places. We wish the weather was better to get into the fortress..

July 9, 2018

Product ID: 33797