This fascinating day trip from Bucharest to Bulgaria begins when you are picked up in the morning from your Bucharest hotel or hostel. You will then be driven through a stunning landscape into the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, where your adventure begins.
Your tour’s first stop is at St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, said to be founded in the 14th century over the cave where St. Dimitri lived his ascetic life. This is the only Bulgarian example of a structure carved into a rock cliff that is still inhabited today. Prepare to be filled with wonder as you explore this beautiful ancient monastery.
Next, you travel to the remarkable medieval settlement of Veliko Tarnovo, which was once the capital of Bulgaria. Here again you'll be transported back in time, as this gorgeous city has panoramic views of the surrounding valley and mountains. There is history galore for you to explore and absorb here, and the architecture will astonish you – not least, the magnificent Tsaravets Fortress, Bulgaria's strongest fortification from the Middle Ages. Once home to royalty, the fortress is now a leading tourist attraction as it stands proudly atop Tsaravets Hill.
After you enjoy lunch, the tour will continue to Arbanasi, a village nestled on a high plateau between the settlements of Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa. Arbanasi provides spectacular views and incredible examples of medieval architecture. If you are a history buff who appreciates beautiful buildings, stunning scenery, and the opportunity to learn about Bulgaria's fascinating long history, this is the tour for you.
The best part is that it's all so close to Romania – so don't miss the chance to discover Bulgaria's rich past on this guided tour from Bucharest.