Experience Bulgaria - small group shared tour (no more than 16 people!)
Operating days: Daily Start time: 08:00 am Return time: around 08:00 pm Start/Return point:Romanian Athenaeum (1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest, Revolution Square - in front of the little garden) Languages: English
Our tours are not available on the following dates: 8-9 Apr 2018, 25-26 Dec 2018, 31 Dec 2018, 01 Jan 2019
Price:89 EURO/adult, 45 Euro for children 7 - 12 years old
Discount for groups:5% for 3 people, 8% for 4 or more people traveling together
This is a small group full day tour from Bucharest to North Bulgaria.
After one hour driving from Bucharest you will cross the border to Bulgaria over Danube river, the second largest river in Europe and then stop at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO heritage since 1979). Located in the Valley of the Rusenski Lom River, the rock-hewn churches are famous thanks to their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescos.
The second stop will be in Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, located on the banks of Yantra River. Also known as the City of Tsars, Veliko boasts an impressive fortress with the ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace and the patriarchal church, nowdays with modern and intriguing paintings. The medieval atmosphere is well kept in the city thanks to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can admire local craftsmen and their work.
There are plety of good restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo and we will choose one to enjoy the tasty Bulgarian food together with one of their fine wines.
The Village of Arbanassi is the next place you will visit, being located very close to the city. Arbanassi is a quiet and picturesque village which even today keeps the medieval touch through the old architecture.
The tour ends after returning to Bucharest.
If you make an online booking for a single traveler, the total amount will be blocked on your card and either charged if we can confirm the tour on your date or rejected if the tour cannot be confirmed for your date.
This tour is not suitable for families with children under 7. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case.
This tour is not suitable for people with walking (stairs climbing) disabilities. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case.
Ivanovo churches are closed between the 1st of December and 31st of March. During this period, you will be able to visit the Roman ruins from Nicopolis Ad Istrum or the Basarbovski Rock Monastery.
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). We are not responsible if you cannot enter Bulgaria and, in this case, you will pay for your own transfer from the border back to Bucharest.
Transport by car/minibus
English speaking travel assistant
Lunch (around 20 Leva/person) – there will be a stop on the way to eat either together or separately, but we will avoid the tourist “traps”.
Hotel pick-up/drop-off (within Bucharest):
The extra fee for hotel pick-up/drop-off is 20 Euro/standard car (1-3 persons), 30 Euro/minibus (4-8 persons), 50 Euro/minibus (9-11 persons) and the pick-up time is 07:30 am. During the booking process you can choose this extra service.
The following hotels are located within walking distance from the departure point and there is no need for a hotel pick-up: Hilton Athenee Palace, Radisson Blu, Berthelot, Amzei, Novotel, Mercure, Grand Hotel Continental, Ramada Majestic, Capitol, Capsa, Opera.
Please note that the cost of taxi in Bucharest is not so high and it could be more convenient for you to take a taxi to the departure point. You can ask the reception of your hotel to order a taxi for you. Just tell the driver to take you to the Athenaeum ("Ateneu" in Romanian) in front of Hilton Hotel.
Tourism licence no. 3462 from 02.06.2016 issued by the National Tourism Authority
Registration number personal data operator: 11966
Insurance policy Series I, no. 51987 from 04.07.2018 valid from 08.07.2018 until 07.07.2019 issued by OMNIASIG VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP S.A. Amount covered: 50.000 USD
Tourism certificate no. 7666 from 11.04.2003; holder: Penciu Cristian Daniel
Capital: 200 RON | Commercial no. J40/3295/2005 | Company no. RO17262596