Medieval Bulgaria – Veliko Trnovo, Arbanasi village and Unesco Rock-hewn church of Ivanovo
This is one of the best day trip you can take to Bulgaria, since will get you to the best of Bulgaria in one day only. Immerse yourself in the splendid Ivanovo Rock Churches, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best preserved frescoes in the whole byzantine Ortodox Church. Then, you will visit the historic town of Veliko Turnovo, the former capital of the second Bulgarian Empire. Here you will discover the Tsarevets fortress dating back to 12th century. Further, you will step back in time on the Samovodene Artisans Street which is packed with many workshops of locals. Here you can find coppersmiths, silversmiths, icon painters and many others crafts. Last but not least, feel the peacefull of a classic balkan village in Arbanassi, which is an architectural reserve unique in Bulgaria. Tour ends back in Bucharest in the end afternoon.
DepartureAccommodation pickup and dropp-off is offered.
Departure TimePick up time: 08:00 A.M.
Return TimeIn 11 Hours
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and light
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What to expectThe tour will starts with the private pick-up from your hotel/ accomodation, at around 8:00. You head toward Bulgarian border, reaching it by one hour after starting the roadtrip. First stop of the day will be the famous Bulgarian rock hewn church, Ivanovo, a Unesco World Heritage site ever since 1979, world wide appreciated for it`s perfectly presred medieval frescoes. Then continue your journey towards Veliko Trnovo, the former capital of Bulgarian second Empire, maybe the most beautiful city of the country is located. Known as the City of Tsars, Veliko has an impressive fortress keeping the ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace and the patriarchal church. There are few better exemple of balkan medieval architecture such us in Veliko Trnovo, thus it might be the highlight of your day trip. After, you will visit the nearby stone village of Arbanassi, the only village in Bulgaria that keeps the old architecture style of Bulgarian medieval times, one of the best preserved example of architecture of ottoman period in the whole Balkan Region. Arbanassi is set on the plateau. The migration of the different population of Turks, Greeks and Albanians, it contained a diverse population that left a heritage of culture. Buildings dating back to XVII-XVIII century attracts visitors to this picturesque place. Afterwards, the return journey to Bucharest will take for about 3 hours.
- Walk the cobble streets of the Medieval capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Trnovo, situated on a picture perfect cliff.
- Get ready with your camera for best pictures of the scenic village of Arbanasi, one of the best exemple of the ottoman architecture in the Balkan region.
- Marvel the perfectly preserved frescoes and the breathtaking location of the Unesco Ivanovo Rock-Hewn church.
- Free accommodation pickup and drop-off included
You should know
- Hotel/ accommodation pickup and dropp-off is offered
- Estimated duration of the tour is 10- 11 h
- Pick up at 08:00, to be confirmed with the guide one day before.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Maximum is 8 people, usualoly 2-3.
- Youth must be accompanied by an adult.
- You must bring a valid ID card (for the citizen of European Union) or a Passport for the rest.
- Not accessible for wheelchair.
- You will not necessary require a good physical condition for this tour.
- Professional English Speaking Guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Small-Group tour (maximum of 8 people per group)
- Hotel/ Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
- Entrance fee to all sites mentioned to be included
Cancellation PolicyFor a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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