4-Day Tour to Bulgaria from Bucharest

Explore the main highlights of Bulgaria: Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Sofia & Ruse

Highlights

    Sofia - the capital city of Bulgaria with a vibrant youthful atmosphere and rich history
    Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria and home to the strongest Bulgarian fortification of the Middle Ages
    Arbanassi Village will take you back in time to explore the charming medieval architecture
    Plovdiv - the European Capital of Culture 2019 and the heart of Thracian valley with the best Bulgarian wines
    Ruse - the biggest Bulgarian river port, known as the “Little Vienna”

What's included?

    3 nights accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels in Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv - DBL room
    Breakfast
    Professional tour guide
    Guided walking tours at all the landmarks
    Pick-up/drop-off at Bucharest hotels&hostels
    Transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle
    Small-group tour

What's excluded?

    Entrance tickets
    Lunches & dinners

Trip details

Description

This amazing four-day trip taking you from the Romanian capital to the neighbouring country of Bulgaria is a great way to experience Eastern Europe's charm. Early in the morning, our guide will pick you up and begin the journey to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains.

Your first stop in Bulgaria will be close to the border, at the 15th-century Basarbovo Monastery - the only one active rock monastery in Bulgaria.

From Basarabovo, the trip continues with spectacular Veliko Tarnovo – the medieval capital of Bulgaria offering tourists breathtaking panoramic views. Walking tour will take you back in time while exploring this beautiful and unique medieval city.
You will have a chance to visit magnificent Tsarevets Fortress, the strongest Bulgarian fortification from the Middle Ages.

Next day, you depart for Plovdiv.
The city is the European Capital of Culture 2019 located in the heart of the Thracian valley with the best Bulgarian wines. During a walking tour you will pass by some interesting sites from the Roman times: the Roman stadium, the Amphitheatre, the Pharmacy and two of the most prominent houses of Hindliyan and Balabanov, architectural treasures from The Bulgarian Revival period. Overnight will also be spent in Plovdiv.

After one last look at the gorgeous Plovdiv landscapes, the journey will take you to Sofia. On the way, you will stop at Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex - an open-air museum that offers a great presentation to the Bulgarian National Revival period.
Sofia is no grand metropolis, nevertheless, it’s an animated city, home to many of Bulgaria's finest museums, galleries, churches, restaurants and clubs. Our guide will show you around the main landmarks of the city.
You will spend the night in a centrally located hotel in Sofia.

After one last look at the gorgeous Sofia, the journey will take you back to Bucharest.
The last highlight on this tour is a visit to Ruse, known as Vienna of the East. Ruse manages to combine several architectural styles, yet still giving the feeling of harmony. There are dozens of buildings which have European heritage labels and we will marvel at them during a walking tour. The sights will only convince you that Ruse was called the most European city in Bulgaria for a reason.

You will return to Bucharest in the evening completely amazed by the Bulgarian beauty.

The trip starts early in the morning when our guide will pick you up from the hotel in Bucharest to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Your first stop in Bulgaria will be close to the border, at the 15th-century Basarbovo Monastery - the only one active rock monastery in Bulgaria. From Basarabovo, we will take you straight to Veliko Tarnovo, the impressive settlement that was once the medieval capital of Bulgaria, today a charming city offering spectacular views and attracting tourists from all over the world. You will spend the night in a 4-star hotel and continue your amazing adventure in Bulgaria the next day.

After breakfast, you will set off to Plovdiv, visiting Open Air Ethnographic Museum “Etar” on the way. The museum has an area of around 7 ha and contains a total of 50 objects, including water installations and houses with craftsmen's workshops attached. The complex's goal is to illustrate the architecture, way of life and economy of Gabrovo and the region during the Bulgarian National Revival. Plovdiv is the European Capital of Culture 2019, situated just in the heart of the Thracian valley. During the walking city tour, you will pass near some interesting sights from the Roman times - the Roman stadium, the Amphitheatre, the Pharmacy and 2 of the most prominent houses of Hindliyan and Balabanov, architectural treasures from The Bulgarian Revival period. Overnight at a 4* hotel in Plovdiv.

After breakfast, you will depart to Sofia. Bulgaria’s capital and the biggest city. It is often overlooked by visitors, even though it is definitely a place to put on your travel bucket list. Sofia is a modern vibrant city, with many onion-domed churches, mosques and monuments dating back to the soviet times that create an eclectic, exotic atmosphere. It is also home to Bulgaria’s best museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs. Your guide will present the main highlights in a half-day city tour and you will have the rest of the day for enjoying Sofia on yourself. The night will be spent at a centrally located hotel in Sofia.

In the morning, you will set off for Bucharest visiting one more magnificent city on the way, Ruse, nicknamed as “Little Vienna”. There are dozens of buildings which have European heritage labels and we will marvel at them during a walking tour. The sights will only convince you that Ruse was called the most European city in Bulgaria for a reason. The tour will end in a relaxing walk near the majestic Danube River. It not only gives the city its romantic look but also defines Ruse as a significant transport, logistics, business and cultural centre of Bulgaria. Return to Bucharest in the evening, drop-off at your accommodation.

Additional info

A minimum of 2 people are required to organise the tour

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