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Small-Group Day Trip to North Bulgaria

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    What to Expect
    This tour starts at 08:00am from Bucharest. After one hour driving you will leave Romania and enter Bulgaria crossing the "friendship" bridge over the Danube. Danube river is the second largest river in Europe.

    The first stop is at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches (listed by UNESCO since 1979) located in the valley of the Rusenski Lom river. The site is famous for the rock-hewn churches and their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescoes.

    Then you will go to Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most interesting cities in Bulgaria built on the banks of Yantra river. Veliko Tarnovo is also known as the City of Bulgaria's Tsars. The city boasts an impressive fortress with the ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace and the patriarchal church, nowadays with modern and intriguing paintings. The medieval atmosphere is present everywhere in the city due to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can see local craftsmen displaying their work.

    The guide will recommend a fine local restaurant for a tasty Bulgarian lunch. Bulgarian wines are also known for their full favour.

    The Village of Arbanassi is the last stop around 10 minutes from Veliko Tarnovo. Arbanassi is a quiet picturesque village preserving the medieval atmosphere through the old local architecture.

    At the end of the day you will reach Bucharest after a two and a half drive through the beautiful landscapes of Bulgaria and Romania.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Benjamin Franklin Parking, Strada Benjamin Franklin, București 010027, Romania
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • English speaking travel assistant
    • Entrance Fees according to the program
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
    • By taking this tour, please remember that you are leaving Romania and entering Bulgaria. Please ensure that your Visa requirements are in order and it is essential that you carry your passport (or ID card for citizens of EU states)
    • Please note that Ivanovo churches are closed during the winter season between 1 December and 31 March. During this period, you will be able to visit the Roman ruins from Nicopolis Ad Istrum or the Basarbovski Rock Monastery.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Our destination was Veliko Tarnovo; A world Heritage site and one of the oldest citiest in Bulgaria. The bus was comfortable, driver good and boarder passing quick. Started with lunch which was excellent. We chose Bulgarian dishes and with fine view over the Jantra river....More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Anette M
    Dan7750, Manager at TravelMaker, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Dear Anette, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are delighted to hear you have enjoyed your tour from Bucharest to Bulgaria with us and we hope to see you again sometimes for another great experience. All the best!

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I was in Bucharest for a few days about a week ago and was excited that you can actually take a day trip and visit a whole other country! After a week and a half of heavy travel this excursion was perfect. A friend and...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank ninjadms2
    Reviewed 3 September 2019

    My tour guide was Valentine. He is excellent. Very knowledgeable. Very friendly. Answered all our questions, very personable, intimate tour; it was just me and a colleague. He was cool with letting us nap in the van and talk business when we needed, and jumped...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Roy W
    Stefania Istrat... T, Guest Relations Manager at TravelMaker, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

    Hi Roy, Thank you for sharing with us your Indiana Jones adventures with our guide Valentin. It was a great joy to read about the good and valuable time spent by you and your colleague during your trip, discovering precious UNESCO World Heritage sites. We...More

    Reviewed 12 August 2019

    Had a great trip to Ivanovo and Veliko Turnovo accompanied by a great tour guide, Eddie. Not expecting such number of stairs to reach the UNESCO heritage side though! Nonetheless, the view of the surrounding was magnificent!More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Exploration250462
    Dan7750, Manager at TravelMaker, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2019

    Dear customer, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review for the Experience Bulgaria Day Trip from Bucharest. I am pleased to hear that everything went as planned and you have enjoyed the sites and the company of your guide....More

    Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

    I took this day trip from Bucharest to Ivanovo/Veliko Tarnovo on Oct 25, 2018. Our tour guide was Śerban Riga. He is a very experienced guide. Very knowledgeable of the sites and history, not to mention a very good driver. He is also very friendly...More

    Thank 914laynem
    Dan7750, Manager at TravelMaker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2019

    Hello Layne, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a 5-star review for your tour from Bucharest to Bulgaria with TravelMaker. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your journey, the sites, and the company of your guide, Serban. We...More

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