Veliko Tarnovo 4

Experience Bulgaria – Shared – 11 hours


Discover the most beautiful city of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, known also as the City of the Tsars. Located on the banks of the Yatra River, Veliko Tarnovo used to be the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

Tour type

small group shared tour by car/minibus (never more than 16 persons!)


€89 for an adult and €69 for a child 7-12

Discount for groups

5% for 3 people, 8% for 4 or more people traveling together

Additional benefits for our customers

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.

Operating Days


Starting time

08:00 am. If you book hotel pick-up, the pick-up time is 07:30 am

Departure point

Benjamin Franklin Parking (nearby landmarks: Romanian Athenaeum Concert Hall & Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel), District 1, Bucharest


around 11 hours




Transport by car/minibus and English speaking travel assistant

Not included

Lunch – there will be a stop for lunch and you can eat together or individually and Entrance fees


  • Small-Group Tour: No more than 16 people for a more personal and intimate experience. A chance to really discover North Bulgaria while making new friends
  • Friendly, Experienced Guide: Feel welcome, relaxed, and able to enjoy the tour to its fullest. Ask your burning questions and learn from your knowledgeable travel assistant
  • Veliko Tarnovo:  known also as the City of Tsars, the most beautiful city of Bulgaria
  • Ivanovo Churches: UNESCO world heritage monument, the church on the rock, famous for their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescos
  • Arbanassi: a picturesque village with a medieval touch



This is a small group full-day tour from Bucharest to North Bulgaria.

After one hour driving from Bucharest you will cross the border to Bulgaria over the Danube river, the second largest river in Europe, and then stop at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO heritage since 1979). Located 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, located on the banks of 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 kept in the city thanks to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can admire local craftsmen and their work.

There are plenty of good restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo and we will choose one to enjoy the tasty Bulgarian food together with one of their fine wines.

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

The tour ends after returning to Bucharest.

UNESCO Monuments

Ivanovo Churches, Bulgaria

Hotel pick-up/drop-off (within Bucharest)

  • The extra fee for hotel pick-up & drop-off is €20 for a standard car (1-3 persons), €30 for a minibus (4-8 persons), and €50 for a minibus (9-16 persons) and the pick-up time is 07:30 am. If you want to book this extra service, please contact us. It is payable to the guide at the start of the tour.
  • The following hotels are located within walking distance from the departure point and there is no need for a hotel pick-up: Hilton Athenee Palace, Radisson Blu, Berthelot, Amzei, Novotel, Grand Hotel Continental, Ramada Majestic, Capitol, Capsa, Opera.
    Please note that the cost of a taxi or Uber in Bucharest is not so high and it could be more convenient for you to take a taxi or Uber to the departure point. You can ask about at the reception of your hotel to order a taxi for you. Just tell the driver to take you to the Athenaeum (“Ateneu” in Romanian) in front of the Hilton Hotel.


Know before you book

  • 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.
  • For group discounts please give us a call in advance in order to receive the discount code; +40 735 525 710.
  • If you make an online booking for a single traveler, the total amount will be blocked on your card and either charged if we can confirm the tour on your date or rejected if the tour cannot be confirmed for your date.
  • This tour is not suitable for families with children under 7. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case;
  • This tour is not suitable for people with walking (stairs climbing) disabilities. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case;
  • 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.
  • By taking this tour, please remember that you are leaving Romania and entering Bulgaria. Please ensure that your Visa requirements are in order and it is essential that you carry your passport (or ID card for citizens of EU states).