There are so many tourists who decide to visit Bulgaria even for one day when their travel destination is Bucharest. The Bulgarian city you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Romania is Veliko Tarnovo.
If you want to see as many tourist attractions as possible, then we recommend taking a trip to Bulgaria, as well.
Here’s what you need to know about Veliko Tarnovo and what you can do here in just one day.
Experience Veliko Tarnovo
This is probably one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, it’s only 180 km away from Bucharest and it is situated in the North of Bulgaria.
The city is located on the Yantra River and it is known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. That’s why it is also known as the City of the Tsars.
Plenty of tourists are attracted to Veliko because of its splendid architecture.
The old part of the city (The Old Town) is located on three hills called Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora.
Tsarevets is known for the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and for the Patriarchal Cathedral.
Trapezitsa is well-known for its churches and because it was the former residence of the nobility.
The narrow streets will make you travel back in time because the citadels, fortresses, palaces and churches have been unchanged for centuries. This adds to the medieval vibe of the city.
You can spot Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek and Albanian influences at every step and how the history has been imprinted at each cornerstone.
The oldest street in this enchanting city is Gourko Street, which was named after the Russian field marshal Joseph Vladimirovici Romeyko-Gourko, who managed to free the city in 1878 during the Russian-Turkish war.
Veliko Tarnovo has the second most prestigious university center in Bulgaria, which is also why there are plenty of cafes, bars and clubs you can go to.
This city is a must-see if you decide to visit Bulgaria from Bucharest, especially because it’s so close. That’s why we created a full-day tour so you can experience as much as possible in a short amount of time.
Here’s what our itinerary looks like.
Visit Bulgaria with Us
This is a small shared tour and we allow up to 16 people to join.
We leave at 8 am from Bucharest. After approximately one hour drive, we will cross the border to Bulgaria over the Danube River. We will then make a quick stop at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches, which is UNESCO heritage since 1979.
The second will be Veliko Tarnovo. First, we will stop at a restaurant to enjoy some tasty Bulgarian food along with some of their fine wines.
Our third and final stop is going to be the Village of Arbanassi, which is extremely close to Veliko. After seeing this quiet and picturesque village, we will return to Bucharest.
It’s definitely a must to visit Bulgaria if you decide to stay in Bucharest for a few days. The medieval vibe and the old architecture you can find in these places included in the tour are not comparable to anything you’ve seen before.
You can find here more details about our tour and if you have any questions, you can contact us at 40 735 525 710.