History & General Information
The Tsarevets Fortress is one of the highlights of this tour. Situated in the picturesque town of Veliko Turnovo, Tsarevets captures you with its magnificent architecture. It was the main Bulgarian fortress in the days of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1393). During this period Bulgaria returned to its old blaze and glory from the best years of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, becoming one of the most influential countries in South Eastern Europe. In medieval times the hill was thickly built up with administrative and home buildings, situated on its slopes with the King’s and patriarchal palaces on the top.
Tour Duration: 8 – 9 hours
Tour Dates: Every day (private trip)
Starting Point: Sofia
After breakfast, at around 9 o’clock, our driver will meet you at the Reception desk of your hotel in Sofia for a pleasant and comfortable 3 hours drive to Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Turnovo is the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 -1393), located 240km northeast of Sofia.
On this tour you will enjoy the views of the meandering Yantra River encircling the strongholds of Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora Hills, on which the old capital is situated – making them unapproachable in ancient times and one of the most wonderful places in Bulgaria today.
Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages, the city was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.
You will feel the atmosphere of Bulgarian National Revival times – The Old Gurko Street and the Samovodska Charshiya, a merchant and crafts centre; which are fine example of local building traditions. You will have a chance to admire the genuine masterpieces of the self-taught master Kolyo Ficheto: The Konak (now National Revival and Constituent Assembly Museum), St. Cyril and Methodius Church, The St. Constantine, and Helena Church.
The Tsarevets Fortress is one of the highlights of this tour. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls.
During this trip you will have a professional guide speaking your language.
We’ll arrive in Sofia at around 19:00
Vehicle & Price Options
- CAR99€max. 3 pax
- MINIVAN139€max. 5 pax
- MINIBUS149€max. 8 pax
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- - Transportation with comfortable vehicle
- - Professional English speaking driver
- - Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- - Road taxes
- - Petrol cost
- - Parking fees
- - Insurance
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