Day trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest | Explore the UNESCO site Veliko Tarnovo
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Often referred to as the “City of the Tsars”, Veliko Tarnovo is the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire.
Its unique architecture and culturally rich buildings draw in thousands of tourists each year, representing one of the country’s top tourist attractions.
Our one-day trip to Bulgaria’s UNESCO site will help you discover the history of this beautiful 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.
- Entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary (Tsarevets Palace, Arbanassi House);
- Professional English-speaking tour guide;
- Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus or coach;
- Hotel pickup and drop-off;
- Bottle of water.
- Lunch (approx. €13/person);
- Photography fees;
- Tips for the tour guide.
Welcome to Veliko Tarnovo
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. We will visit 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 we return to Bucharest, we will stop at the 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.
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.
In what languages can the tour be organized?
By default, the tour is organized in English, but it can be organized in French and German upon request.
What is the pick-up location?
We will pick you up from the hotel, or from the requested location.
At what time does the tour start?
The tour will start at 08:00.