Duration 1 Day Max 6

This is a trip to Northern Bulgaria, a land full of historical treasures, breath-taking scenery and made whole by the hospitality of its inhabitants. Departure from Bucharest and visit to Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi Village, Basarabov Monastery and Ruse Town.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Enjoy panoramic views over the Danube River from The Friendship Bridge linking Romania and Bulgaria.

Discover the picturesque Basarabov Monastery, a medieval Orthodox cave monastery complex.

Explore the former capital of Bulgaria at Veliko Tarnovo.

Learn the history of Bulgaria with an expert tour guide.

Tour the charming village of Arbanasi.

Admire the mural paintings of Nativity Church in Arbanassi Village.

Enjoy views of the hills of Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora.

This one-day route proposed by Jolly Tours is simple: Bucharest-Giurgiu-Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo and return. Basically, you will have the opportunity to have your morning coffee while walking around the historic centre of Ruse (with nearly 200 buildings and monuments of architectural heritage.

Back on the road, and almost immediately a stop at Basarabov Monastery, built in a cave. It is here that the relics of St Dimitrie Basarabov, Saint Dimitrie the New-patron saint of Bucharest were found! It`s the only cave monastery in Bulgaria still inhabited by monks and maintained for tourists and the faithful.

Continuing on the footsteps of the old Vlachs you arrive at Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1187-1393). Veliko Tarnovo impresses with its location on the hills around the medieval fortress, the story of the four Asan kings, and the fragrance of roses. Asan was an army commander and founder of the Asan dynasty. Together with his brother Petru, acknowledged king by the Pope of Rome, they founded the Kingdom of the Bulgarian Vlachs (12-th century, the Second Bulgarian Empire). Following victories against the Byzantium emperors, with the help received from Romanians north of the Danube, the brothers acquired recognition as emperors.

The Veliko Tarnovo Fortress is famous for its remarkable architectural monuments, miniatures, mural paintings, literature, arts and crafts. It is located on the main road connecting Europe with Asia Minor in the valley of the Yantra river. From its glory days as the king`s capital, we can still see a lot even today, but the town is still holding secrets and legends referring to hidden royal libraries and treasures from the burned monastery. Tour the impressive Tsarevets Fortress, then enjoy free time on Samovodene Street with its artisan shops. Continue to the nearby village of Arbanassi, a World Heritage Site.

The name Arbanassi comes from the Albanian word Arbërës or Arbanas, which means “land worker”. Free time for lunch in one of the many traditional restaurants in this charming village. Then visit Konstantzalieva House, built in the 17th century and belonging to one of the rich merchant families of the place. Complete your tour with the half-underground Church of the Nativity, the earliest in Arbanassi. The iconostasis of this church is one of the earliest examples of superb woodcarving work in Bulgaria. Most of the depictions in the gallery represent the genealogy from January, February and March. These calendar series comprise stories from The Old Testament – scenes revealing the martyrdom of different saints.

Drive back to Bucharest with an arrival in the evening; transfer to the hotel.

Total price: €105
  • 2 persons for 105.00 each
  • 3 persons for 94.50 each
  • 4 persons for 89.25 each
  • 5 persons for 84.00 each
  • 6 persons for 80.85 each

INCLUSIONS:
Transport by car/minibus fuel, parking fees, included, bridge and road tax;
English speaking guide/driver.

EXCLUSIONS:
Meals (approx. 10 Euro/person/meal);
Entrance fees: Tsarevets Fortress 3 Euro, Arbanassi Village- Nativity Church 2,5 Euro;
Video and photo fees;
Free for children under 3 years;
Free for child 3-12 years.

GENERAL INFORMATION & TERMS:
We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure
We grant a 30% discount for children below the age of 7
All tours are escorted by English speaking licensed guides.
For guided tours in other languages, a booking should be made 72h before departure. Extra fee for tours in other languages:25 EUR/per/tour.

Veliko Tarnovo

Often referred to as the “City of the Tsars“, Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, and also a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls.

Arbanasi

Arbanasi is a village in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo Province of central northern Bulgaria, set on a high plateau between the larger towns of Veliko Tarnovo (four kilometres away) and Gorna Oryahovitsa.

It is known for the rich history and a large number of historical monuments, such as 17th- and 18th-century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, which have turned it into a popular tourist destination.

Ruse

Ruse is also a base for visiting the nearby rock monasteries and other attractions at Rusenski Lom Nature Park.