Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi combined with wine tasting

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Price
€89 per person
Duration
10 hours
Destination
Veliko Tarnovo
Travellers
2-16

Wine tasting Visit the ancient fortress of Veliko Tarnovo

Tour Highlights:
♦ Explore Bulgaria's medieval capital.
♦ Take a walking tour of the majestic hill-fortress Tsarevets.
♦ Try out delicious wines and appetizers based on old recipes.
♦ Discover the local merchants and craftsmen in old public Market.
♦ Observe the well-preserved ethnographic village of Arbanassi.
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Immerse yourself in the Bulgaria's history. Visit two UNESCO sites within one day in a luxury vehicle accompanied by one of the best tour guides in the area.

What's included

Destination
Veliko Tarnovo Discover Veliko Tarnovo
Departure Location
Your accommodation in Sofia or Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Return Location
Your accommodation in Sofia or Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Price includes
  • A guides tour of amazing places
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
Price does not include
  • Gratitutes
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited bottled water
Additional Prices
Hotel pick up: €5

Veliko Tarnovo

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 Gorna Oryahovitsa airport is situated at a distance of 10 km from Veliko Tarnovo. This is the closest airport to the town.
One can also reach Veliko Tarnovo by bus or by train. There is regular transportation from larger towns and cities.

One can also reach Veliko Tarnovo by bus or by train. There is regular transportation from larger towns and cities.
The town population is approximately 70 000 people and the area on which it is situated amounts to 30.4 square meters. The location of the town as a crossroad and crossing point of multiple roads and commercial connections and routes had helped for its economic and cultural development from antiquity to the present day.
Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years ago, which is proven by archaeological excavations.
The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1393). In 1185, the town was declared a capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, who declared the end of the Byzantine dominion, which continued for 167 years.

 

Tsarevets Fortress

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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Arbanasi

The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau 4 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo.
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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Vinarna Yalovo

Yalovo Winery is a small boutique cellar situated at the foot of the Balkan Mountains south of Veliko Tarnovo. The wines of Yalovo Winery have the ambition to recall the traditions and the past by combining pure techniques and aesthetics in a craftsmanship!

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Rise and shine

9:00 - The trip starts at Alexander Nevski Cathedral
11.00 - We arrive in Veliko Tarnovo and start our tour in Tsarevets fortress with the amazing view, old Veliko Tarnovo town.
12:30 - Lunch break. 
13:30 - We start our tour in Arbanassi. Konstanclieva house, The Church of the nativity.
15:00 - Wine tasting in a local winery house.
20:00 - Approximately arrival time in Sofia.

More about this tour

Other information:

  • 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 15 travelers.
  • Hotel pick-up costs an additional 5/10 Euro per reservation, depending on the location of your hotel.

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

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.

Food:

There are numerous restaurants in the area that offer authentic food. We will have time to stop and enjoy a nice lunch for the multi-day tours and at certain instances in the daily tours.

 

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.
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      Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi combined with wine tasting

      Price
      €89 per person
      Duration
      10 hours
      Destination
      Veliko Tarnovo
      Travellers
      2-16

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