Book this full-day tour from Bucharest to explore the northern part of Bulgaria and one of the most beautiful cities in the area - Veliko Tarnovo, known also as the City of the Tsars.  Founded on the banks of the Yantra River, Veliko Tarnovo used to be the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The tour also includes a visit to the impressive rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo and the picturesque traditional village of Arbanasi.

Please Note:  Because you will be crossing the border between Bulgaria and Romania, you must make sure your visa requirements are in order and that you carry your passport.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 12+):
$99.71
Child Rate
(Ages 7-11):
$77.07

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Tour / Activity Details

11 hours
8:00 am daily

4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Minimum age is 7.  Tour does not include hotel pick up; the convenient meeting location will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Rates are per person in US Dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

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Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

COVID-19 Protocols Updates

All persons traveling to and from Romania are advised to check for possible restrictions before booking or going on a trip, as many countries have introduced travel restrictions in their attempt to limit and control the spread of COVID-19.

Currently in Romania, the wearing of face masks or coverings is required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.

 

Important

  • This tour is not suitable for people with walking (stairs climbing) disabilities
  • 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
  • From March to October as well as December 16 to January 6, at least 4 people are required for this activity to take place
  • January 7 to February 29 and November 1 to December 15, at least 2 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 will be 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).

 

Tour Itinerary

This Experience Bulgaria Tour from Bucharest is a small-group full-day tour to Northern Bulgaria.

After one hour of driving from Bucharest, you will cross the border into Bulgaria over the Danube River, the second largest river in Europe, and then stop at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO heritage since 1979). In the Valley of the Rusenski Lom River, the rock-hewn churches are famous thanks to their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescos.

The second stop will be in Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, on the banks of the Yantra River. 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 preserved in the city thanks to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can admire local artisans and their work.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo and your guide will choose one to enjoy the tasty Bulgarian food together with one of their fine wines (cost of lunch not included in tour price).

The Village of Arbanassi is the next place you will visit, located very close to the city. Arbanassi is a quiet and picturesque village, which even today keeps the medieval touch through its old architecture.

The Experience Bulgaria tour ends after returning to Bucharest.

 

Inclusions

  • Transportation by car/minibus
  • Certified English-speaking tour guide

 

Exclusions

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Visa procurement (if necessary)
  • Travel insurance

 

Additional Benefits Available

  • 10% discount at best restaurants in Bucharest including famous locations as Hard Rock Cafe, Caru' cu bere, Hanu' lui Manuc, Pescarus
  • 30% discount at Museum of Senses
  • 15% discount at Kitsch Museum

 

4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Minimum age is 7.  Tour does not include hotel pick up; the convenient meeting location will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Rates are per person in US Dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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