approx. 11 hours

A glimpse of Bulgaria
day-trip to Veliko Tarnovo and village Arbanasi,
starting in Bucharest (guaranteed departure)

Tour ID: P1079

Day-trip to Veliko Tarnovo, aka the 'City of the Tsars', one of Bulgaria's most beautiful towns.
This tour will take you over Romania's southern border, to Bulgaria and, back to Romania.
Is essential that you carry your passport (or ID card for citizens of EU states).
If you need a visa to enter Bulgaria and to re-enter Romania, 
please make sure that you have a valid visa for Bulgaria
and a valid, multiple-entries, for Romania.

-- Giurgiu -- Ruse -- Ivanovo -- Veliko Tarnovo -- Arbanassi -- Bucharest

Departure to Bulgaria from the meeting point
the Romanian Athenaeum,
Str. Franklin 1 - 3
(pick-up from your hotel available for a fee)
Travel from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo,
via Giurgiu -- Friendship Bridge over the Danube River -- Ruse.
Stops/ visits:
~ Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO World Heritage),
known for the impressive XIII-XIVth century frescos,
~ Veliko Tarnovo, one of the oldest settlements in Bulgaria;
its origins can be traced back to the 3rd millennium BC.
During the Midle Ages it became the strongest fortification of the country
and the subsequent political, economical, religious and cultural centre
and the capital of the formerly great Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 and 1396)
until the Ottomans took over.
Highlights: impressive fortress, ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace
and the patriarchal church, nowdays with modern and intriguing paintings.
Most of Veliko Tarnovo attractions are located on and around three hills:
Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora that surround the Yantra river.
~ Arbanassi, a quiet and picturesque village featuring well-preserved medieval architecture,
beautiful Nativity Church and Monastery.

Day in brief:
Distance traveled: 380 km (240 miles)
Travel time: 5 hours and 55 minutes
(normal traffic, without stops plus border crossing wait, in any)
Sight/ Activities: Danube river - Europe's second-largest, Byzantine architecture, medieval towns, rural Bulgaria.
Stop for lunch in Veliko Tarnovo; cost of lunch is not included in tour cost


This tour includes:
~ transportation with (19-seat) mini-bus or private car,
~ English-speaking guide,
~ admission to Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO)
and Tsarevets Palace in Veliko Tarnovo.

Access to some attractions that will be visited during this tours
require walking on un-even pavement/ cobblestone and stair climbing.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
For mobility-challenged visitors we suggest a private tour.

If, before or after the tour, you will need hotel reservations
we will be happy to secure a room for you
in one of the hotels part of Paralela 45 Hotel Collection.

A minimum of two participants is needed
for this tour to depart.

To check available dates:
~ please select/ click  'Book this Tour' (right column),
~ select your month/date of travel
(using the arrow below the top navy band)
~ on the bottom of the pop-up calendar
click on Departure Time ‘case’ 
(it becomes navy when you point the mouse on it - bottom)

At least two participants are required for this tour to depart. 

Trip duration:  approx. 11 hours 

Tour price:
89 Euros / adult 
55 Euros / child 7 - 11 y.o. 

5% off for reservations for three participants,
(booked at the same time for the same tour / travel date)
8% for reservations for four or more participants,
(booked at the same time for the same tour / travel date)

Unfortunately we are cannot to confirm this trip
for families traveling with children younger than 7 y.o. 
Thank you for your understanding!

Price includes:
~ Transportation with 19-seat mini-bus or car
as per itinerary (max. 16 travelers in a mini-bus).
~ English-speaking guide.
~ Admission to Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO) an Tsarevets Palace in Veliko Tarnovo.

Price does not include:
Meals or drinks
Personal Expenses


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