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- A guides tour of amazing places
- Accommodation in single or twin share room
- Breakfast and dinner included
- English speaking tour guide
- Private transfers
- Travel and medical insurance*
- Personal expenses and incidentals
- Services not specifically noted in the itinerary
Veliko Tarnovo is the most beautiful town in the world. The old Bulgarian capital is selected first among the towns ever built on slopes. Behind Veliko Tarnovo are magnificent and world known places like Meteora and Santorini in Greece, Ronda in Spain, Rocamadour in France, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Civita di Bagnoregio in Italy. The towns are selected from one of the biggest Italian newspapers. The selected locations are called jewels of architecture and pieces of treasure. All the towns were hard to be built and pointed the constant drive of humanity to conquer Nature. Veliko Tarnovo is even more picturesque when seen in person and its charm stays vividly in one’s mind long after the Veliko Tarnovo is the most beautiful town in the world. The old Bulgarian capital is selected first among the towns ever built on slopes. Behind Veliko Tarnovo are magnificent and world known places like Meteora and Santorini in Greece, Ronda in Spain, Rocamadour in France, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Civita di Bagnoregio in Italy. The towns are selected from one of the biggest Italian newspapers. The selected locations are called jewels of architecture and pieces of treasure. All the towns were hard to be built and pointed the constant drive of humanity to conquer Nature. Veliko Tarnovo is even more picturesque when seen in person and its charm stays vividly in one’s mind long after the encounter. One of the places that you should visit in Veliko Tarnovo is the Tsarevets hill. On the place where in the Middle Ages there was a fortress, now remain several churches and ruins of the royal residence and the patriarchal complex. You must watch “Light and Sound” performance, dedicated to the centuries-old history of Bulgaria and its struggle against the Turkish yoke.
The city of Ruse is situated on the highest right bank of the Danube river, at a distance of 320 km from Sofia, 200 km from Varna and about 300 km from Plovdiv. The population of the city is about 180 000 people. This is one of the largest cities in the country – an important cultural, commercial and industrial center.
The close proximity of the river Danube had always had great significance for the development of the city from the Antiquity to the present day. The Roman military camp and fortress were established here in the 1st century AD. It had the name of Seksaginta Pristis –Port of the Sixty Boats. Since the 16th century, the city had been known under its Ottoman name – Ruschuk. During the Ottoman dominion, Ruse was one of the main cities of the Ottoman Empire, which reflected on its economical and cultural development. Ruse was number one in many terms – the first railway station in Bulgaria was constructed here; a contemporary publishing house was established; a newspaper was issued; the city was a headquarter of multiple consulates. Significant place to visit is The Regional Historical Museum. More than 130 000 monuments of culture are stored in it. Among them is the Borovsko Thracian Treasure – a set of up to five silver ritual vessels dating back to the 4th century BC.
Another interesting landmark is the Museum of the City Style of Life, also called The Kaliopa House. Its exposition represents the interior of a rich Ruse home from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and the beautiful wall-paintings on the second floor were made by the Austrian painter Charles Schausberg.
The town was established more than 3200 years ago. Thracians settled there at the end of the Bronze Age. They called it Melsambria, which meant the town of Melsas – that was probably the name of the founder of the settlement.
They were succeeded by the Dorians (ancient Greek tribe) who came to the town at the end of the 6th century BC. Under their control, the settlement expanded: a fortification wall was built, residential quarters emerged, etc. At the beginning of the 1st century AD, the town became part of the Roman Empire. It was then when they started calling it Mesembria. The town continued to be an important economic and cultural centre. After the capital of the Roman Empire moved to Constantinople and Christianity became the official religion, there was a building boom of Christian temples on the territory of Mesembria. The town became part of the First Bulgarian Empire in 812 when Bulgarian ruler Khan Krum conquered it. The Slavs who settled there started calling it Nesebar. The town played a crucial role during the reigns of Tsars (Kings) Kaloyan (1197-1207), Ivan Asen II (1218 – 1241), and Konstantine Tikh (1257-1277).
The town flourished under the rule of Tsar Ivan Alexander (1331 – 1371) – many new churches were built, culture and religion developed.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
9.00 Departure for the old capital of Bulgaria.
11.00 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 Arbanassi, 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" music festival.
9.00 Breakfast. Departure for Ruse.
10.30 Visit the Ivanovo rock monasteries Unesco monument.
12.00 Accommodation in Ruse the city is known as Little Vienna. Time for Lunch.
13.30 Exploring the unique architecture of buildings. Visit the Historical museum.
17.00 Free time and opportunity for dinner on the banks of the Danube river. Overnight.
8.00 Breakfast. Departure for Varna the sea capital of Bulgaria.
11.00 Visit the Euxinograd Palace.
12.30 Accommodation. Time for lunch.
15.00 Visit the Historical museum with Artifacts more than 4000 years old. Walking tour in Varna. Visit The "Dormition of the Mother God" Cathedral.
18.00 Free time. Overnight.
8.00 Breakfast. Departure for Nessebar.
10.00 Photo break at the Khan's tent.
11.30 Lunch at a fish restaurant in Sunny Beach. Fresh sea fried and grilled fish.
13.00 Accommodation and free time.
17.00 Walking evening tour. The city of forty churches is one of the UNESCO monuments.
20.00 Possibility for dinner on a yacht. Only after pre-booking at the beginning of the tour.
10.00 Transfer to Sofia about 5 hours with breaks!
15.00 Say goodbye to your guide
More about this tour
- 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
- No shows are fully charged
- The experience requires a minimum of travelers. If it’s canceled we will offer you another experience or fully refund your money.