Veliko Turnovo Day Tour

Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi Tour

Veliko Tarnovo overview

Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185-1396), attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages, the city was among the main European centers of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

Arbanassi is  known for the rich history and large number of historical monuments, such as 17th- and 18th-century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, which have turned it into a popular tourist destination. It is set on a high terrace above Veliko Tarnovo where you enjoy a scenic overview of the city and the fortress Tsarevets.

Your Day In Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is located 220km from Sofia and we start our journey at 8:00 from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia. On the way we can stop for a short break in Yablanitsa where you can try Halva - many types of dense, sweet confections, served across the Balkans. Here it is nut-butter-based – crumbly and usually made from tahini (sesame paste) or other nut butters, such as sunflower seed butter. The primary ingredients are nut, butter and sugar. When you arrive in Veliko Tarnovo you will have the opportunity to enjoy a great view of the Fortress and take some great photos before you set on a climb to Baldwin's Tower and the top of the medieval hill - the Patriarchal Church of Tsarevets. On your way back to the vehicle, you will take a glance at the Assen's Dynasty Monument and then take a stroll over Samovodska Charshia Street where you will be able to buy a small souvenir of your exciting trip.

Before we go back to Sofia, we will take a look at the oldest church in Arbanasi - the Nativity of Christ with its beautiful frescoes from 1632 and one of the oldest preserved iconostasis from wood. The mural paintings include the life of St. John the Baptist, patron of the church, and the wheel of life with the 12 zodiac signs. 

Start: 8:00/End: 18:00h

Recommended period: All year round

Driving time: 6h 30m approximately

Walking time: 3h 30m approximately

Handicap accessible: Very limited, lots of steps

Special requirements: Comfortable shoes (cobblestone streets)


Prices

1 person

2 persons

3 persons

4-8 persons

           9-14 persons

 

 139 Eur / 272 BGN

 79 Eur per person 155 BGN

 69 Eur per person 135 BGN

59 Eur per person 115 BGN

49 Eur per person 95 BGN

             The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English, parking fees, entrance fees. Meals and personal expenses not included. Small group tour. Private option +30%. Children (1-16yrs) 20% discount.

 

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