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Greeting Bulgaria Tour - 1 day

One day tour from Bucharest to Bulgaria

Bucharest is located just 60km 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 to Veliko Tarnovo, the former medieval capital of Bulgaria, today one of the country's most important tourist destinations. Before leaving, take a short stroll on the streets of Arbanasi, a traditional Bulgarian village.

Type: private, cultural

Distance: 380km / 236mi

Departure: Bucharest

Countries: Romania, Bulgaria

Accommodation: not included

This tour operates all year round

€219/one person

Group of 2-3 persons – €130/person

Group of 4-8 persons – €99/person

Highlights of the tour:


  • Bulgaria


  • Veliko Tarnovo

Tourist Attractions

  • Old town in Veliko Tarnovo
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Arbanasi Village

UNESCO Attractions

  • Ivanovo Rock-hewn churches


Take this one-day Bulgaria tour when you are in Bucharest, either for a longer or shorter time. The tour starts at 8 AM.

You'll be taken to the Bulgarian border (* Passports for non-EU citizens or valid IDs for EU citizens are required at the border). You'll pass by the city of Ruse and 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 in 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 one-day trip to Bulgaria continues with the old medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. It was the Second Bulgarian Empire's capital and 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, 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


€219/one person

Group of 2-3 persons – €130/person

Group of 4-8 persons – €99/person


  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • All taxes, parking fee

Not Included:

  • Flight ticket
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

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