Explore an unique medieval fortress in a private tour. At lunchtime, you will enjoy a couple of hours of free time for shopping.

Explore the UNESCO site Veliko Tarnovo

Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is the medieval capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Its unique architecture and culturally rich buildings attract thousands of travelers each year, representing one of the country's top attractions. Our day trip to Bulgaria's UNESCO World Heritage site will help you discover the history of this ancient city. You will visit the Tsarevets Fortress and walk on the streets of Veliko Tarnovo, and on your way back to Romania you will stop at the Arbanassi village, where you will visit the Nativity Church.

Trip Activities


Explore the beautiful Nativity Church


Visit the impressive Fortress of Tsarevets

walking tour

Walking tour of the Arbanassi Village


Your private day trip from Bucharest will begin in the morning when your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Bucharest, or from any other requested location inside the city.


You will head south towards Bulgaria, crossing the Danube River, the second largest river in Europe. At approximately 100 km from the Romanian border, you will find the charismatic city of Veliko Tarnovo, a UNESCO heritage site with a tremendous cultural and historic value.


Once you step through the gates of the medieval town, you will feel like you traveled back in time. You will find palaces, a fortress, houses with unique architectural style, museums, monasteries - all part of the region's history.


Walking on the cobbled streets, the guide will tell you more about the history of the town which used to be the Capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire.


Your Bulgaria day trip will continue with the Tsarevets Fortress, surrounded by thick walls, up on the hill. The market consists of two streets bordered by shops, craftsmen's workshops, and inns. You can buy souvenirs from this center which recreates the atmosphere of the first decades of the 20th century.


When you will return to Bucharest, you will stop near the village of Arbanassi, known especially for the mural paintings in the churches and we will visit the Nativity Church.


Starting hour: 08:00 AM

Trip duration: 12 hours, depending on the time spent at the border crossing point.


Tour highlights


The fortress of Tsarevets

In the Bronze and Iron ages, the hill where the fortress is located today was inhabited by Thracians. The Citadel became famous when the Second Bulgarian Empire established the capital at Veliko Tarnovo in 1186. It also used to be, in the same period, the location of Execution Rock from where the traitors were pushed to their deaths. The fortress had three entrances: the main entrance, located on the west side; the Little Gate, situated in the northwest part and the Frenkhisarska Gate, in the southeast end of the fortification. The Royal Complex, one of the main landmarks, is situated in the central sector and it’s composed of the Throne Room, the Palace Church, and the Royal Chambers.



The village was founded in the 15th century by Christians. A lot of tourists are drawn to this place which seems to be torn from the Middle Ages. The medieval atmosphere is given by the local architecture. The oldest church found here is the Nativity church. The mural paintings in the chapel are from 1632 and they represent scenes from the most important moments from St. John the Baptist’s life, the patron of the chapel.

What's included

  •   Transportation with a modern vehicle
  •   Professional English-speaking guide
  •   Entrance fees for (Tsarevets Palace, Arbanassi House)
  •   Hotel pickup and drop-off
  •   Bottle of water

What's not included

  •   Lunch (approx 13 euro)
  •   Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Photography Fees

Good to know

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  • Special notes

    Tour duration - approximately 14 hours with the possibility to stay in line at the customs. 

    Accessibility is limited, lots of steps.

    If any attraction cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control, the attraction will be replaced on-site

  • Departure

    You will be picked up at 8:00 AM. 

We recommend

Although Romania has a unique beauty in each season, for this tour we recommend:

Private Day Trip to Bulgaria - Visit the UNESCO site Veliko Tarnovo

  • 11 HOURS
    57 €
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