approx. 11 hours

Experience Bulgaria Tour

Tour ID: P1079

Experience Bulgaria Tour is an 11-hours adventure from Bucharest to discover the northern part of Bulgaria.
You will visit the famous Rock-Hewn Churches in Ivanovo (UNESCO Heritage List) and explore one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful cities – Veliko Tarnovo, known as the City of the Tsars.
Add a walking tour of Tsarevets Fortress, a delicious Bulgarian lunch, and a glimpse of the picturesque village of Arbanasi, and the one day experience will be complete!

Bucharest --  Ivanovo -- Veliko Tarnovo -- Arbanassi -- Bucharest

The tour will start in the morning with a pickup from your hotel.
After one hour of driving, you will cross the border into Bulgaria over the Danube River – the second largest river in Europe.
The first stop is at Ivanovo to visit the Rock-Hewn Churches (UNESCO heritage since 1979). Located in the Rusenski Lom River Valley, the rock-hewn churches are very famous thanks to their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescoes.
The second stop will be in Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, on the Yantra River banks. Also known as the City of Tsars, Veliko boasts an impressive fortress with the ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace and the patriarchal church, nowadays with modern and intriguing paintings. The medieval atmosphere is well kept in the city thanks to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can admire local artisans and their work.
The Village of Arbanassi is the next place you will visit, not far from the city. Arbanassi is a quiet and picturesque village that keeps the medieval touch through the old architecture.
Our journey ends in the evening after returning to Bucharest.

Tour type: Small group shared tour by car/minibus
Departure time: 08:00 am
Departure & Return Location: Romanian Athenaeum, 1-3 Benjamin Franklin str., sector 1, Bucharest

Groups discounts: 5% for 2 people, 8% for 4 or more people traveling together (call us for a discount code)

Day in brief:
Distance traveled: 380 km (240 miles)
Travel time: about 6 hours, (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


Price Includes
~ Transportation by A/C van/minibus
~ English speaking travel assistant

Price does not include
~ Entrance fees (around 10 Euros/person)
~ Lunch (around 15 Euros/person)

Cancellation policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the activity starts

English (other languages available on request for an additional fee)

Experience Bulgaria Tour - Tour Highlights
~ Small Group Tour for a more personal and intimate experience. A chance to discover Bulgaria while making new friends.
~ Friendly, Experienced Guide: Feel welcome, relaxed, and able to enjoy the tour to its fullest. Ask your burning questions and learn from your knowledgeable guide.
~ Get a comprehensive introduction to the country of Bulgaria from a historical, architectural and social perspective.
~ Visit Veliko Tarnovo, known also as the City of Tsars, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria
~ Visit Ivanovo Churches: UNESCO world heritage monument, the church on the rock, famous for their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescos
~ Admire Arbanassi - a picturesque traditional village with a medieval touch

Know before you book
~ This tour is not suitable for people with walking (stairs climbing) disabilities. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case;
~ Ivanovo churches are closed between the 1st of December and the 31st of March. During this period, you will visit the Roman ruins from Nicopolis Ad Istrum or the Basarbovski Rock Monastery.
~ At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place. If the minimum number of people is not reached, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.​
~ By taking this tour, please remember that you are leaving Romania and entering Bulgaria. Please ensure that your Visa requirements are in order and that you carry your passport (or ID card for citizens of EU states).

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.

Availability: this tour is available year-round, but not every day (please contact us for a valid date)
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)

Note: at least two participants are required for this tour to depart. 
Trip duration:  approx. 11 hours 

Tour price:
139 Euros / adult (ages 7+)

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


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