The tour includes a visit of the Bulgarian medieval capital Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Step back in time and see the town from the national revival period.
Begin your private tour with a pickup from your Sofia hotel and settle inside your private vehicle.
Your journey to Arbanasi will take about 2.5 hours.
On arrival, hop out and join a 1.5-hour tour of this historical village. Learn about its rich past and monuments, and take in its 17th- and 18th-century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, all of which have seen it become a popular tourist destination.
Visit the 15th-century Church of the Nativity of Christ, Arbanasi’s oldest church, and marvel at its magnificent frescoes — incredible examples of icon paintings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Having explored here, make the short drive to Veliko Tarnovo, the picturesque town that was once the capital of the medieval Bulgarian empire. Here, take a 2-hour tour as your guide describes the city’s history.
Veliko enjoyed a golden age between the 12th and 15th centuries when it was the imperial capital and the hub of orthodox Christianity. Its center was dominated by the imposing Tsarevets fortress-palace of Bulgaria’s emperors and the Patriarchal Cathedral, both surrounded by thick medieval walls.
During your visit, explore the ruined palace to see highlights such as the Baldwin’s Tower, the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God, and the Rock of Executions, from where traitors were pushed to their deaths.
After a break for lunch (own expense), return to Sofia where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.