This is a one-day private, slow sightseeing tour by car starting from Varna or Sofia to Veliko Turnovo, one of the oldest towns in the country. You will visit the following places and will stay there enough time to fully enjoy the area: the old town; the medieval fortress Tsarevets; the temple “St. Forty Holy Martyrs” and some other temples nearby; the architectural reservation Arbanasi. The tour will start and finish at your accommodation in Varna or Sofia. When booking, please specify whether you would like to departure from Sofia or Varna.
Type: guided tour;
Duration: about 10-11 hours;
Minimum number of attractions to be visited: the medieval fortress Tsarevets; the temple “St. Forty Holy Martyrs” and some other temples nearby; the Transfiguration Monastery; the architectural reservation Arbanasi;
Price: Please send us your enquiry! If you would like us to contact you with a proposal for this tour, please complete the form at the end of the page or use e-mail/phone or other communication channels, providing as much information as possible. We specialise in tailor-made travel to Bulgaria and our travel suggestions are individually designed to suit your personal requirements, so the more detail you can provide us with, the better. One of our specialist Travel Consultants will then contact you in order to provide you with a personalised proposal and quotation;;
The tour includes: group transportation in a tour van/microbus; fuel/road taxes/parking fees; tour guide/driver (English); an accommodation depending on your preferences; entry fees; any additional services, excursions or places to be visited depending on your requests; extensive pre-arrival information and services.
The tour does not include: international air fares; airport transfers (can be arranged depending on your arrival and departure time and the place of arrival ); lunches and dinners; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.
Tour dates: all year round;
Tour mileage: about 500 km;
Minimum number of travelers: 2
The tour starts at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Varna or Sofia. You will arrive in Veliko Turnovo at about 10.30 and will start first with the sightseeing walking tour in the old town.
In architectural terms, the appearance of the old part of the town will take you in the past. Walking along Gurko street or Samovodskata Charshia (the crafts streets), you will have the possibility to see 200 years old houses and to enjoy the really unique atmosphere of the place. The market street is a kind of an ethnographic complex with crafts workshops, souvenir shops and galleries.
Then you will continue to the medieval fortress Tsarevets, situated on the homonymous peak, surrounded on three sides by the river Yantra. Excavations show that Tsarevets 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 public 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.
After Tsarevets you will have lunch time in a nice restaurant. Then you will continue with some of Veliko Tarnovo’s famous temples. One of the most emblematic medieval churches is the temple “St. Forty Holy Martyrs”, constructed in honour of the triumph of Tsar Ivan Asen II (1218 – 1241) over the Epir Despot Teodor Komnin (1180 –1273).
You will continue your sightseeing tour with the architectural reservation Arbanasi, known for the rich history and large number of historical monuments, such as 17th- and 18th-century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture.
At late afternoon you will sett off back to Varna or Sofia and your accommodation, where you will arrive at about 8.30 PM.