Day trip to medieval Bulgaria
Attractions & guided tours

Day trip to medieval Bulgaria

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Includes all entrance tickets so that you can book everything together
  • Escape the noise and traffic of the city for a day
  • Bring the whole family - everyone will love it
  • Roundtrip transportation to your hotel included to make travel easier
  • Explore the countryside and become part of the beautiful landscape
What to expect

The day will start by meeting your local guide at your hotel and driving south from Bucharest, towards the Romanian – Bulgarian border.

After crossing the Danube River and the Friendship Bridge, you will be entering Bulgaria, also known as the country of roses. Your destination is Veliko Tarnovo.

On the way there, you will be stopping 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. A unique monument of Bulgarian Medieval Art included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The hills, meadows, mountains, caves, forests and several species, have contributed to the occupation of these places by the man from the antiquity to the present day. The first settlement dates back to 4300 years B.C.

A town with very rich history, Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and has long tradition in the culture of Bulgaria. The city is rich in museums and historical sites, combined with vivacious night life 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. You will have the chance to see fully functional coppersmith workshop where even to this day, the specialty is formed out of copper plates & cups for Turkish coffee. An icon painter is right next door, a miniaturist is exhibiting his art in the shinny window of a dusty building from the 19th century, while the silversmith is producing jewelry with traditional and contemporary motifs.

Hike up the Tsarevets Hill with the remains of the castle and church of the Bulgarian Kings. They were the ones that established the Bulgarian state after the byzantine domination in the 12th century. Visit the Fortress, the Patriarchal Church, the Royal Palace and the Emperor Balduin’s Tower.

Next we drive to Arbanassi and step back in time while wondering the streets lined with houses & 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, a typical house from the area, showing the lavish but simple lifestyle of the nobility.

Stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants serving local food and savor the famous Bulgarian cuisine famous worldwide for it’s diversity and unique taste.

Head back to Bucharest and if time allows, also take a brief walk in Ruse, Bulgaria’s first European style city with the first streets with curb stones and pavements, Viennese lanterns and catering establishments. Bulgaria’s first lift was installed here in 1896. The list of monuments is vast here, counting sites like the Main Square, Palace of Justice, Catholic Boarding School, French College, the Pantheon, the Neo-Gothic Church of Saint Paul and over 200 buildings designated monuments of culture.

In the evening arrive back to your accommodation after a day full of great sites and unique experiences.

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What's included
  • Entrance fees
  • Water
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
Where
Meeting point:

Meet your guide at the lobby of you hotel or at your private apartment.

When
  • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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Provider
Eastern European Experience
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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