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For more than two centuries Tarnovo is the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (the end of XII – XIV century.). It is the center, where were decided the most important political, religious, administrative and cultural issues in the life of the mediaeval state. Contemporaries spare the epithets calling it “Bogospasniy Tarnovgrad” “Great Tarnov”, “Queen of the Cities” “… second in words and deeds after Istanbul,” its fame wore in distant lands, reaching to the “North Ocean”.
The territory of the city Tarnovo that has been inhabited since ancient times became a metropolitan center after the restoration of the Bulgarian state in 1186. It is chosen because of its strategic location, the vast area for development and the fact that at the end of XII century it is one of most fortified cities. This provides good opportunities for its development as large and populous urban center. The capital city extends over the fortified with powerful walls hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, Momina fortress slopes to the natural water barrier of Yantra river and its terraces.
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It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 – 1393). At that time the Bolyari living in the capital Tarnovo used it as a summer residence. According to legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.
After the victory of Ivan Asen II (reign 1218 – 1241) in 1230 at Klokotnitsa over the forces of Episcope Teodor Komnin, the kingdom of Arbanasi became part of the Bulgarian Empire and many inhabitants of the new territories settled in the region. According to one account, the village was named after the homeland of the settlers.
The first written confirmation of the village’s existence, however, is in a decree by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538. The main activities practiced by the residents of Arbanasi during the Ottoman rule were animal husbandry and trade. Some inhabitants bred silkworms.
During the 17th century, Arbanasi rose to prominence as a trading center. Traders from Arbanasi were renowned and traded throughout the Turkish Empire. The houses of wealthy traders from this period resembled small fortresses. They appeared severe and forbidding from the outside, without balconies or terraces, with bars on the windows and sturdy armored entrances. Inside, however, they were richly appointed and most impressive.For more information please follow this link.
Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is a 3rd century BC tomb that reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings. The tomb’s architectural decor is considered to be unique, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. It was rediscovered in 1982. It differs from the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak as it is a hypogeum, not a construction with a cupola. With its origins in the culture of the Getae, it fits a Hellenistic model that was common in Macedonia, Asia Minor and Egypt.
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Rise and shine
7:00 - The trip starts behind Alexander Nevski (parking)
10:45 - We arrive in Veliko Tarnovo and start our tour
14:15 - We head for Arbanassi
14:30 - We start our tour in Arbanassi
16:00 - We depart from Arbanassi and head back to Sofia
19:00 - Aproximately arrival time in Sofia
- Hotel pick-up costs an additional 5/10 Euro per reservation, depending on the location of your hotel.
- You can use your own insurance or we can arrange it for you through our partners.
- Listed price is for two people / per person.
- Ask us about our discounts
- English or Spanish speaking tour guide (depending on the booked package)
- All transportation and parking costs
Price do not include:
- Food and beverages
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (optional)
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW:
Covid19 Update: Restaurants in the area of the Veliko Tarnovo are with 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 the some of the streets are cobbled.
Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
Photos are allowed everywhere with the exception of churches.
The entry ticket for the Tsarevets is 6 leva (approx. 3 euro). It can be pre-booked from our side.
Cash is important
Please have cash with you as not all places accept debit / credit cards and ATMs.
Food: There are numerous restaurants in the area that offer authentic food. We will have time to stop and enjoy a nice lunch.