Medieval Bulgaria in One Day Tour

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Enjoy a one day trip from Bucahrest to Veliko Tarnovo - one of the highlights of Bulgaria. Experience a culture with widely different roots and traditions, and learn about Bulgaria's long history in the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo!

Travel to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, visit Basarabov Monastery-the only monastery in Bulgaria carved in the rock, explore the medieval Veliko Tarnovo, visit the Tsaravets Fortress, a fortification from the Middle Ages and the historical quarter of Samovodskata Charshiya, and then admire the UNESCO-listed monasteries and churches of Arbanasi or admire Nicopolis ad Istrum, a Roman and Early Byzantine town.

Total duration of the tour is 11-12 hours.
Inclusions : hotel pick up and drop off, bottled water, driver/guide - English speaker, personal and luggage insurance, live commentary on board, WI-FI on board, parking fees, road taxes, border taxes.
Exclusions: entrance fee, meals and drinks

The itinerary is the following:


Basarabov Monastery

Begin your day trip to Veliko Tarnovo, crossing the Danube River which separates Romania from Bulgaria, and with first stop at Basarabov Monastery, the only monastery in Bulgaria carved in the rock and inhabited since its establishment. It is so named because of its proximity to the town of Basarbovo, and dedicated to St. Dimitri of Basarabov, a resident of the monastery in the 17th century.

Typically,  travelers spend here about 1 hour. Entrance fee is not included and is around 2 euros per person.

Tsaravets Fortress - Veliko Tarnovo

Not far from Basarabov Monastery is the charming medieval city, Veliko Tarnovo, often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", and famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. You will walk on the cobbled streets in the historical quarter of Samovodskata Charshiya and up on the hill, you will discover the fortress of Tsarevets, settled in the 4th century, surrounded by thick walls. Veliko Tarnovo was often being compared to Rome or Constantinople in greatness. 400 residential buildings, over 22 churches and 4 monasteries where discovered on site. 

You will spend here about 1.5 - 2 hours. Entrance fee is not included and is around 3 euros per person.

Nicolopis ad Istrum

Nicolopis ad Istrum was founded by the Roman emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus to honor his victories over the Dacians tribes in 101 and 106. People of various ethnicity lived in Nicopolis: settlers from Asia Minor, Thracians and Roman veterans. The Greek was the official language.

You will spend here about 1.5 - 2 hours. Entrance fee is not included and is around 3 euros per person.

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