Day trip to Bulgaria

This morning, meet your private guide and cross the River Danube and the Bulgarian border.

Your destination today is Veliko Tarnovo, medieval capital during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. The town is located on three hills surrounding the meandering Yantra River. The kings who once resided here built the impressive Tsarevets Fortress, seat of power for the Bulgarian state until the 15th century, when the country was occupied by the Ottoman Turks.

After your guided visit of the fortress, spend some time in the intriguing shops of Samovodene Street, where artists still pursue living arts and crafts traditions. Watch the masters of their trade demonstrate woodcarving, icon painting, weaving, and metalworking.

During the afternoon, visit the exquisite village of Arbanassi. Centuries ago, the village was accorded trade privileges by the Sultan, and became the home of Bulgaria’s richest merchants. The town’s obvious wealth caused it to be targeted by bandits—hence the fortress-like architecture of the private homes. Visit the extraordinary Konstantsalieva House, the intact home of an 18th-century merchant; then move on to the Nativity Church, built according to the limiting architectural strictures of the Ottoman era: all Christian churches were to be no taller than a man on a horse. The locals employed great creativity: the church was built lower than street level, and no are domes visible from the outside. The Nativity Church also boasts some of the most vivid, best-preserved frescoes in Bulgaria.

In the late afternoon, head back to Bucharest, arriving in the evening.

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We are Vlad and Zoe Trestian – the owners and managers of Balkan Trails. We have been creating memorable travel experiences in Eastern Europe for almost 20 years now.

We understand traveling is personal and individual, and no two travellers are alike. That is why the majority of our tours are based on customised itineraries. Your tour is exactly that: YOURS. Just let us know when you’d like to arrive and depart, what your interests are, the type of hotels you prefer, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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1 Day trip to Bulgaria

What is included with this tour?

Included services and features:

  • The possibility of having your itinerary customised before the start of the tour, at no extra charge
  • Great flexibility regarding changes to the itinerary even after the start of the tour
  • Pick up and drop off at any location in Bucharest
  • A private, licensed English speaking guide/driver, available throughout the duration of the tour
  • All guide’s expenses (meals, etc.)
  • Private transportation in air conditioned car
  • All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking, border crossing fees and road tolls
  • Entrance fees and guided tours for the Tsarevets Fortress, the Konstantsalieva House and the Nativity Church
  • Free time spent on the Samovodene street in Veliko Tarnovo, a great place for watching artisans at work and buying some Bulgarian souvenirs

Not included:

  • Meals or beverages
  • Photo fees

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