This is a trip to Northern Bulgaria, a land full of historical treasures, breath-taking scenery and made whole by the hospitality of its inhabitants. Departure from Bucharest and visit to Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi Village, and Basarabov Monastery.
This one-day route proposed by RomaniaTourStore.com is simple: Bucharest-Giurgiu-Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo and return. After crossing the Friendship Bridge over Danube River, we will have the first important stop of the day at Basarabov Monastery. It is here that the relics of St Dimitrie Basarabov, Saint Dimitrie the New-patron saint of Bucharest were found! It`s the only cave monastery in Bulgaria still inhabited by monks and maintained for tourists and the faithful.
Continuing on the footsteps of the old Vlachs you arrive to Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1187-1393).
Veliko Tarnovo impresses with its location on the hills around the medieval fortress, the story of the four Asan kings, and the fragrance of roses.
Asan was an army commander and founder of the Asan dynasty. Together with his brother Petru, acknowledged king by the Pope of Rome, they founded the Kingdom of the Bulgarian Vlachs (12-th century , the Second Bulgarian Empire). Following victories against the Byzantium emperors, with the help received from Romanians north of the Danube, the brothers acquired recognition as emperors.
The Veliko Tarnovo Fortress is famous for its remarkable architectural monuments, miniatures, mural paintings, literature, arts and crafts. It is located on the main road connecting Europe with Asia Minor in the valley of the Yantra river. From its glory days as the king`s capital we can still see a lot even today, but the town is still holding secrets and legends referring to hidden royal libraries and treasures from the burned monastery.
Tour the impressive Tsarevets Fortress, then enjoy free time on Samovodene Street with its artisan shops. Continue to the nearby village of Arbanassi, a World Heritage Site.
The name Arbanassi comes from the Albanian word Arbërës or Arbanas, which means “land worker”. Free time for lunch in one of the many traditional restaurants in this charming village. Then visit Konstantzalieva House, built in the 17th century and belonging to one of the rich merchant families of the place. Complete your tour with the half underground Church of the Nativity, the earliest in Arbanassi. The iconostasis of this church is one of the earliest examples of superb woodcarving work in Bulgaria. Most of the depictions in the gallery represent the menealogy from January, February and March. These calendar series comprise stories from The Old Testament – scenes revealing the martyrdom of different saints.
Drive back to Bucharest with arrival in the evening; transfer to the hotel.
GENERAL INFORMATION & TERMS:
We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure
We grant 30% discount for children below the age 7
All tours are escorted by English speaking licensed guides.
For guided tours in other languages a booking should be made 72h before departure. Extra fee for tours in other languages:25 EUR/per/tour.
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