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From Bucharest: Medieval Bulgaria Guided Private Day Tour

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Discover the beauty of medieval Bulgaria on a guided tour from Bucharest. Visit Basarabov Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo, Tsaravets Fortress, and other areas while hearing about Bulgarian history.


  • Experience a culture with different traditions
  • Discover Nicolopis ad Istrum
  • Admire the beautiful Basarabov Monastery
  • Visit the Tsaravets Fortress
  • Take a break from the Romanian capital


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 then admire Nicopolis ad Istrum, a Roman and early Byzantine town. Begin your day trip by leaving Bucharest for Veliko Tarnovo, crossing the Danube River, which separates Romania from Bulgaria, and making your first stop at Basarabov Monastery, the only monastery in Bulgaria carved in the rock and inhabited since its establishment. Not far from Basarabov Monastery is the charming medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo, often referred to as the 'City of the Tsars'. 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 and the strongest Bulgarian fortification from the Middle Ages. Veliko Tarnovo was often compared to Rome or Constantinople in greatness. Nicolopis ad Istrum was founded by the Roman emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus to honor his victories over the Dacian tribes in 101 and 106. People of various ethnicities lived in Nicopolis: settlers from Asia Minor, Thracians, and Roman veterans. In the evening, you will be back in Bucharest.


entrance fees hotel pick up and drop off bottled water driver/guide - English speaker live commentary on board parking fees road taxe border taxes

Important Information

  • On this tour, we are leaving Romania and entering Bulgaria. Please ensure that your visa requirements are in order and that you carry your passport /ID ID card (for citizens of EU states).

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