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Discover the legendary history of Basarabov, Veliko Tarnavo and Arbanasi, three of northern Bulgaria's most picturesque places to visit. Don't miss the opportunity to see this fascinating area of the world from Bucharest!

Discover the legendary history of Basarabov, Veliko Tarnavo and Arbanasi, three of northern Bulgaria's most picturesque places to visit. Don't miss the opportunity to see this fascinating area of the world from Bucharest!

Itinerary

Having been picked up from your hotel in Bucharest first thing in the morning, you'll head through rolling hills and across the Danube towards northern Bulgaria. Your first stop will be Basarabov monastery, an active cave monastery, the only one of its kind in modern Bulgarian history. Hear all about the history of this unique religious monument as you admire the ancient cliff-face architecture inside and out.

Next, travel back in time to Veliko Tarnovo. This city was the Medieval capital of Bulgaria and one of the main European centres of culture in the Middle Ages. As you admire the magnificent architecture of the city's historic centre, your guide will entertain you with tales from its fascinating past.

Delve deeper into history visiting Tsaravets Fortress, the medieval stronghold that was once home to the Bulgarian royals. The fortress is steeped in history: as well as exploring the remains of the ancient walls and the palace chambers, you can see important religious buildings like the Ascension Cathedral and admire the panoramic views overlooking Veliko Tarnavo. With new-found knowledge of Bulgarian history, you'll have an hour of free time to have lunch in Veliko Tarnavo (not included).

You'll then head to the nearby village of Arbanasi, the home to a number of different Bulgarian Orthodox monasteries and churches that house excellent examples of religious art work as well as boasting fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.

After an excellent day full of historic architecture and beautiful scenery, you'll return to Bucharest.

Important information

  • This day trip includes pick up and drop off at the main hotels and hostels in downtown Bucharest. If your accommodation is not located in this area, a central meeting point will be arranged. The pick up time may be different from the tour start time.
  • It is mandatory to bring your passport on this tour.
  • Children under 4 years old are not permitted on this tour.
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Price

Adults Children 4-17 years old
US$ 82.20
US$ 71.80
  • Adults

    US$ 82.20
  • Children 4-17 years old

    US$ 71.80

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Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Duration

12 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Hotel pickup and drop off

Transport by bus or minibus

English speaking guide

Not included

Lunch

Entrance to Basarbovo Monastery and Tsarevets fortress: 14 (US$ 14.60) per person

When to book?

You can book up until 8 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 3 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.