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- A guides tour of amazing places
- Breakfast and dinner included
- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
- Private transfers
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Veliko Tarnovo is a town situated in North Bulgaria, an administrative center of the Veliko Tarnovo county. The town is situated in the valley of the river Yantra, at a distance of 241 km from the capital – Sofia, 228 km from the city of Varna, and 107 km from the town of Ruse.The most significant monument of culture in Veliko Tarnovo is the medieval fortress Tsarevets, situated on the homonymous peak, surrounded on three sides by the river Yantra. Excavations show that, although Tsarevets is surrounded by a fortified wall, it was not a closed fortress, but a real medieval town, in the center of which the following objects were rising: the palace, the church “St. Petka”, multiple residential and economic buildings, water reservoirs and battle towers. The Patriarch’s residence was on the highest part of Tsarevets, and the Patriarch’s church “The Ascension of Christ” was also in close proximity.
There is also another historical hill near Tsarevets – Trapezitsa. Its historical richness is great and has not been completely discovered yet. The archaeological excavations on the hill continue and new interesting finds constantly appear on the surface.
Stage of the ages
Stage of the Ages is the first open-air opera festival in Bulgaria, which takes place in Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, at the site of the medieval palace of the Bulgarian kings. This year the festival will start at 09.07.2022 with “The Dream of pilat” opera.
National Park Museum Shipka is located on top of Shipka Peak (1,326 m) in the Balkan Mountains, 28 km from the town of Kazanlak and 22 km from the town of Gabrovo. The park comprises 26 monuments, the reconstructed battle positions, artillery batteries and dugouts of the defenders of Shipka Pass during the Russo-Turkish War from 1877-78. The Liberty Memorial is among the largest monuments in the park. Its outline resembles a medieval Bulgarian fortress and can be seen from dozens of kilometres. It was built with donations from the people from all over Bulgaria and was inaugurated on 26 August 1934. It is 31.5 m tall and 890 steps lead up to it. The powerful bronze lion – the symbol of the Bulgarian state – guards the entrance to the Memorial. The other three walls of the monument bear the names Shipka, Sheinovo and Stara Zagora – the battlefields in defense of the Pass. On the ground floor under a marble sarcophagus, rest the remains of Shipka’s defenders. The sarcophagus stands on four prone stone lions and above it as honour guards stand the statues of a Bulgarian Opalchenets (a member of the voluntary Bulgarian army units) and a Russian soldier. The other seven floors of the museum display personal effects of the soldiers and volunteers, medals, photos, weapons and documents related to the battles fought over Shipka. One of the exhibits is a copy of the Samara Flag – the first battle flag of the Bulgarian Opalchentsi. The highest platform of the Liberty Memorial affords a beautiful panoramic view of the surroundings.
The First Private Rose Oil distillery in Bulgaria was founded in 1991 year.The only Rose Oil distillery in Bulgaria, where you can see amazing, wall-paintings.The frescoes tell stories of our historical past, stories of the journey the rose has undergone so that we can enjoy its precious gift, the rose oil.Whenever you visit us, you will have the opportunity to follow closely the technology of rose oil production and learn many interesting facts about the history of the rose, its properties and application. However, at any time of the year you can visit us.Established as the first Private Rose Oil distillery in Bulgaria in 1991, “Damascena” is a leader in the production of the famous rose oil, which glorifies our beautiful country around the world Inspired by the energy , of the Rose valley and the Valley of the Thracian kings, we created Damascena Complex, here in the heart of the Rose Valley near to Kazanlak.
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- Day 3
9.00 This tour starts from your hotel.
10.30 After a 2 hour transfer we will reach Devetaki cave, one of the biggest caves in Europe.
11.30 Afterward we will head toward Krushunski Waterfalls, where we will have a walk in the picturesque area.
12.30 Lunch break.
13.30 Walking tour in Lovech, Hisar Fortress, the Covered Bridge, the old town. Free time.
16.00 Departure for Veliko Tarnovo.
18.00 Accommodation. Free time for dinner.
20.00 Possibility for "Sound and light" or "Stage of the ages" festival.
9.00 Breakfast. Walking tour of Veliko Tarnovo
10.00 Visit the Tsarevets fortress the Old capital of Bulgaria (the story of the second Bulgarian Kingdom), Multimedia center, Old public Market
12.00 Lunch break and free time
13.00 Visit the Ethnographic village of Arbanasi, Church of the Nativity (16th century), Konstanclieva house, monastery Saint Marry with Miraculous icon.
15.00 Wine tasting in a local winery
16.00 Free time. Overnight
20.00 Possibility for "Sound and light" or "Stage of the ages" festival
8.00 Breakfast. Departure for Shipka monument in the middle of the Balkan
9.30 A short stop in a Dryanovo monastery. Story about the uprising from april 1876
11.00 Visit the Shipka monument and story about the Russian - Turkish war 1877-1878. enjoying pre perfect view in the middle of the Balkan mountain
12.00 Lunch break
13.00 Visit the famous communist congress hall "Buzludja" (only outside)
13.30 Departure for the famous "Rose valley".
15.00 Walk in a rose complex "Damascena" Story of the famous rose oil
16.30 Transfer to Sofia.
19.00 Arriving in your hotel
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"Sound and Light” show (The Royal City of Turnovo in Sound and Light) – a stunning attraction which is emblematic for the city.
- You can use your own insurance or we can arrange it for you through our partners.
- Listed price is for two people / per person.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.
Please ask us about our group discounts.
Covid19 Update: Restaurants in the area have limited capacity until further notice, due to the state of emergency in Bulgaria.
It’s recommended that you check with us prior to your trip or go to this link for up to date information. You can also prepare sandwiches or small snacks sold everywhere in Sofia.
Attire: The weather conditions can change very rapidly. We advise you to pack some warm clothing even during the summer months. Comfortable shoes are recommended as some of the streets are cobbled.
Photos are allowed everywhere with the exception of churches and monasteries.
Cash is important
Please have cash with you as not all places accept debit / credit cards and ATMs.
Cancellation policy - we offer free cancellation and a full refund*
- Daily tours
- If you are unable to attend a daily tour and let us know 24 hours in advance we will provide you with a full refund. We will try to accommodate any changes at the last moment, but we cannot guarantee it.
- If you are unable to attend a multi-day tour please let us know as early as possible. The refunds are listed below
- Up to 30 days before the start date -> 100%
- Up to 21 days before the start date -> 70%
- Up to 14 days before the start date -> 50%
- Less than 14 days before the start date - unfortunately we will not be able to refund you