Bucharest is located just 55km north of the Bulgarian border, so why not have an adventure in Bulgaria for a day? Start in the morning, pass by the city of Ruse, and stop at Ivanovo for the rock-hewn churches, a stunning UNESCO site. Continue on to Veliko Tarnovo, the former medieval capital of Bulgaria, today one of the most important tourist destinations in the country, Before leaving, take a short stroll on the streets of Arbanasi, a traditional Bulgarian village.
Type: private, cultural
Distance: 380km / 236mi
Countries: Romania, Bulgaria
Accommodation: not included
Group of 2-3 persons – €115/person
Group of 4-8 persons – €86/person
BUCHAREST – IVANOVO – VELIKO TARNOVOV – ARBANASI – BUCHAREST
When you are in Bucharest, either for a longer or shorter time, take this one day tour of Bulgaria. The tour starts at 8AM.
In the morning you’ll be taken to the Bulgarian border (* Passports or valid IDs are required at the border). You’ll pass by the city of Ruse and you’ll take a detour for the UNESCO site from Ivanovo*. It is here, along the Rusensky Lom Valley, that the monks dug their chapels and churches. Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, the chapels represent an important tourist attraction of Bulgaria. After a short hike of 5-10 minutes you’ll reach the Holy Virgin Chapel with its glorious 13th century frescoes. Close to the chapel there is a place with a great view of the surroundings.
The next stop in this tour of Bulgaria is the old medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. It was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, an important political, economic and religious center. Today one can see the impressive Tsarevets Fortress, one of the largest in the Balkans. It was conquered in 1393 by the Ottomans after a siege of 3 months. Further on you’ll take a walking tour of the old town where you’ll admire the quaint cobblestone streets and the 19th century traditional architecture.
The Greeting Bulgaria Tour ends with a short walk in the village of Arbanasi, which boasts several houses built in the Bulgarian traditional style. In the afternoon you’ll be taken back to Bucharest.
* officially they are closed between December 1st and March 31st but despite this sometimes they are open even during this period
End of the tour.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transportation by modern car
- Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
- Entrance fees to sites included in the program