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From Bucharest: Full-Day Trip to Bulgaria

From Bucharest: Full-Day Trip to Bulgaria

Embark on a captivating full-day trip from Bucharest to Bulgaria, where you'll explore the charming city of Veliko Tarnovo, the historic capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Visit the majestic Tsarevets Fortress, a medieval stronghold that has stood proudly since the 12th century. Your journey begins early in the morning with a convenient pickup from central meeting points or your accommodation, followed by a scenic drive to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Once we cross the Bulgarian border, we will delve deeper into Bulgarian religion and culture with a stop at either the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church in the quaint Old Town of Ruse or the unique St. Basarabov Monastery, the only monastery in Bulgaria carved into a cliff, depending on the activity day. No Bulgarian day trip from Bucharest is complete without visiting Arbanasi Village. Nestled on a high plateau between Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa, Arbanasi offers spectacular views and stunning examples of medieval architecture dating back several centuries. This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates beautiful buildings, breathtaking scenery, and the opportunity to learn more about Bulgaria. Join us for a day filled with history, culture, and unforgettable sights on this exceptional Bulgarian adventure.

From Sofia: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi Tour with Transfer

From Sofia: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi Tour with Transfer

Embark on a fascinating journey through Bulgarian history with a guided tour to Veliko Tarnovo departing from Sofia. Explore the city's medieval fortress, market street, and historical landmarks. Make a stop in the village of Arbanasi and enjoy a glimpse into the traditional local lifestyle. Get picked up from your hotel in Sofia to travel toward Veliko Tarnovo, the country's capital during the Second Bulgarian State. Located on hills, admire breathtaking views of the town, covered in typical houses looking down at the meandering Yantra River. Arrive at Tsarevets Fortress with remains of the royal palace, more than 400 houses, and 18 churches. Climb up to Baldwin's Tower, where Latin Emperor Baldwin I died after he was captured by Tsar Kaloyan. Gaze at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of the Lord on top of the hill. Up next, visit the Samovodska Charshia, the old market street with craft and gift shops. Have some free time for yourself and purchase lunch if you wish to. Follow the Stambolov Bridge to the impressive Asenevtsi Monument, erected in memory of the four kings who proclaimed Bulgaria's independence. Before riding back to Sofia, discover Arbanasi, a village that once was home to rich traders and craftsmen. See iconic representations of the monumental architectural style that developed here over the last few centuries.

Veliko Tarnovo: Medieval Fortress and Old Streets Walking …

Veliko Tarnovo: Medieval Fortress and Old Streets Walking …

Explore the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo on a guided walking tour. Visit the charming streets of Varusha, see the medieval fortress, and stroll down the street of Samovodska Charshia. Meet your guide and set off to explore the city's old town, Varusha. Admire the landscape on the Yantra river from street of General Gurko and continue to the epic medieval fortress, which was once the center of the second Bulgarian empire. Finish your tour with a stroll down the street of Samovodska Charshia, where you can see hand-made workshops with silks, tapestries, leather crafts, and art galleries. Add on a visit to the ethnographic museum, located between Gurko street and the fortress, or to the riverside medieval area, just below the fortress. It's a rather mountain-like city with lot's of cobblestone pavements, so be sure to have good walking shoes...

From Bucharest: Discover Medieval Bulgaria—Private Day Trip

From Bucharest: Discover Medieval Bulgaria—Private Day Trip

Travel to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, visit Basarabov Monastery, the only monastery in Bulgaria carved in the rock, explore the medieval Veliko Tarnovo, visit the Tsaravets Fortress, a fortification from the Middle Ages, and then admire Arbanassi Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your day trip by leaving Bucharest for Veliko Tarnovo, crossing the Danube River, which separates Romania from Bulgaria, and making your first stop at Basarabov Monastery, the only monastery in Bulgaria carved in the rock and inhabited since its establishment. Not far from Basarabov Monastery is the charming medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo, often referred to as the "City of the Tsars". You will walk on the cobbled streets in the historical quarter of Samovodskata Charshiya, and up on the hill, you will discover the fortress of Tsarevets, settled in the 4th century and surrounded by thick walls and the strongest Bulgarian fortification from the Middle Ages. Veliko Tarnovo was often compared to Rome or Constantinople in greatness. The village of Arbanassi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be your final stop before returning to Bucharest. Arbanasi has experienced strong Greek cultural influence for centuries, with traditional houses that are large and heavily fortified and orthodox churches dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries with stone walls and thick gates. Walk through its quiet and picturesque streets and admire all of this.

From Bucharest: Private Guided Tour to Veliko Tarnovo

From Bucharest: Private Guided Tour to Veliko Tarnovo

Begin your full-day trip to Bulgaria with departure from your hotel in Bucharest in the morning. Travel by air-conditioned car or minibus to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Explore the medieval settlement of Veliko Tarnovo with your guide. Here you can observe the Tsaravets Fortress, a fortification from the Middle Ages. Continue on and visit the St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, which is carved into a cliff and still inhabited. Go to Arbanasi Village and admire the medieval architecture. At the end of your day trip, we will travel back to Bucharest. A current, valid passport is required.

Bulgaria - 8 days Round bus tour

Bulgaria - 8 days Round bus tour

Day 1: Arrival in Sofia Arrival of the group at Sofia Airport. Greeting by tour guides and transfer to a 4-star hotel at Sofia. Check-in and rest after the journey. Short evening walking tour in central Sofia area – Vitoshka street, National Palace of culture, National Theatre garden – places for people of Sofia to walk. Overnight stay. Day 2: Sofia – Boyana Church – Vitosha Mountain (approx. 50 km) Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast - Departure for Boyana church, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive to “Kopitoto”- A location on the Vitosha mountain, at 1345 m above sea level, from which a magnificent panoramic view of Sofia opens. Next - a panoramic tour of Sofia. Spare time for holiday and shopping. Here the group will be taken to one of the Shopping Malls of |Sofia and after 5 hours will be transferred back their hotel. Overnight stay. Day 3: Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sofia (approx. 250 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Rila Monastery. Guided tour of the Rila Monastery complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Departure for Sofia. Free time for exploring the city center. Overnight stay. Day 4: Sofia - Plovdiv (approx. 150 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and departure for Plovdiv city. Check-in a 4-star hotel at Plovdiv. Guided city tour of Plovdiv, including the Old Town, Ancient Theatre, and Ethnographic Museum. Time for lunch at a local restaurant. Spare time for holiday or shopping. Overnight stay. Day 5: Plovdiv – Hisarya – Starosel - Plovdiv (approx. 120 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Hisarya. Time for lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Starosel. The large temple at Chetinyova Mogila and the Horizon temple are open for tourist visits. The temple on the Chetinyova Mogila is situated in a region with a lot of rock temples and mounds. Information materials and souvenirs can be bought by the temple on Chetinyova Mogila. The finds, discovered in the region from the archaeological diggings, can be seen in the National History Museum and the Archaeological Museum in Sofia. Return to Plovdiv. Overnight stay. Day 6 : Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnovo (approx. 250 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and departure for Kazanlak – The Thracian kings valey. Visit Regional Historical museum. Visit Rose oil distillery - https://www.eniobonchev.com/ Time for lunch in local restaurant. Visit Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak - UNESCO World Heritage object. Departure for Veliko Tarnovo. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo and check-in at the hotel. Spare time. Overnight stay. Day 7: Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi (approx. 40 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Guided tour of Veliko Tarnovo, including Tsarevets Fortress and Samovodska Charshia. Visit Arbanassi village. Veliko Tarnovo is a medieval capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Overnight stay. Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo - Sofia (approx. 240 km) Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and departure for Sofia airport. End of experience.

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What people are saying about Tsarevets Fortress

Overall rating

4.3
(9 reviews)

Great short trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest! The Mondays and Veliko tarnovo absolutely worth visiting. The last city in my opinion wasn’t great. Very small old town with not much open. Not much to see or explore. I’d suggest to the company to maybe think about adding a different stop instead as it didn’t feel worth ending at this location. Otherwise great tour and guide!

Estefan knows a lot about the history of the city. It has been very instructive. He also gave us two printed photos, of the main regional street and the fortress. Highly recommended.

The driver/guider did a fantastic job in both driving and introducing the sightseeings. A pretty long day trip but the experience was fantastic.

Very good trip, Rodica was a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable.

We appreciated the commentaries related to history and customs.