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Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest provided by Gray Line Romania

Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest
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Tour snapshot
Learn about Bulgaria from a guide
Duration:
12h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    12h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Explore Bulgaria hassle-free from Bucharest on this full-day tour with a guide. Travel directly from your central Bucharest hotel to Veliko Tarnovo in an air-conditioned car or minibus. Explore St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, Tsaravets Fortress, and Arbanasi Village with included entry tickets. Enjoy hotel drop-off in Bucharest at the end of the day.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Travel comfortably by air-conditioned car or minibus
  • Depart from your central Bucharest hotel in the morning and return after the tour
  • Admire the beautiful Basarabov Monastery and Tsaravets Fortress
What to expect
  • Begin your full-day trip to Bulgaria with a departure from select hotels in Bucharest in the morning. Travel by air-conditioned car or minibus to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Explore the medieval settlement of Veliko Tarnovo with your guide. Here you can observe the Tsaravets Fortress, a fortification from the Middle Ages. Continue on and visit the St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, which is carved into a cliff and still inhabited. Go to Arbanasi Village and admire the medieval architecture. At the conclusion of your day trip, travel back to Bucharest in your vehicle and arrive at you Bucharest hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Travel comfortably by air-conditioned car or minibus
  • Depart from your central Bucharest hotel in the morning and return after the tour
  • Admire the beautiful Basarabov Monastery and Tsaravets Fortress
What to expect
  • Begin your full-day trip to Bulgaria with a departure from select hotels in Bucharest in the morning. Travel by air-conditioned car or minibus to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Explore the medieval settlement of Veliko Tarnovo with your guide. Here you can observe the Tsaravets Fortress, a fortification from the Middle Ages. Continue on and visit the St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, which is carved into a cliff and still inhabited. Go to Arbanasi Village and admire the medieval architecture. At the conclusion of your day trip, travel back to Bucharest in your vehicle and arrive at you Bucharest hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7745P7
Call +6037-7240250
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up from selected central hotels in Bucharest
Exclusions
  • Entrance tickets for: Basarabov Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo Fortress (approx 5 euro/ person)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up from Bucharest selected centrally located hotels & hostels; if pick-up is not available from your accommodation, we will establish a convenient meeting point. Please, contact us at least 24 hours prior to the tour for establishing pick-up/meeting details.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This activity requires a minimum of 3 participants. If this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
  • Please, make sure you owe all the necessary documents and permissions for crossing the border.
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of the day and traffic conditions
  • Children under 4 years-old cannot join shared tours. Please contact us for a private tour offer
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note that if pick-up is not available from your accommodation you may be asked to go to a convenient meeting point
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up from selected central hotels in Bucharest
Exclusions
  • Entrance tickets for: Basarabov Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo Fortress (approx 5 euro/ person)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up from Bucharest selected centrally located hotels & hostels; if pick-up is not available from your accommodation, we will establish a convenient meeting point. Please, contact us at least 24 hours prior to the tour for establishing pick-up/meeting details.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This activity requires a minimum of 3 participants. If this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
  • Please, make sure you owe all the necessary documents and permissions for crossing the border.
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of the day and traffic conditions
  • Children under 4 years-old cannot join shared tours. Please contact us for a private tour offer
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note that if pick-up is not available from your accommodation you may be asked to go to a convenient meeting point
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    University's Square
    Piaka Unirii
    Palace of Parliament
  • 1
    St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Tsarevets
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    Arbanasi
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Popular mentions

4.5
53 reviews
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Annie J
Washington DC, DC6 contributions
Sep 2021
Fabulous! Christy was very knowledgeable, practical and adaptable. His personality is very pleasant and he was willing to share all information. His English is perfect - he understood our fast-talking American English and slang flawlessly. The tour itself was well organized and a good sample of Bulgaria in a short amount of time.
Written 7 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Haz
4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Itinerary's perfectly organized. Rodica (guide) and Mircea (driver) are amazing at their jobs! Book this day trip and ask for them to accompany you specifically!
Written 3 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Customer, Thank you for providing your feedback. We are happy to find you have enjoyed visiting Veliko Tarnovo on our Day Trip to Bulgaria. Please accept special thanks from Rodica and Mircea, it has been a pleasure for them to host you. We wish you much more wonderful experience when exploring the world! Kind regards,
Written 6 August 2020
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Caz
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK61 contributions
Probably one of the best guided tours I have been on, the guide Daniel was so enthusiastic about everything and he obviously enjoyed his job, a long day but well worth it
Written 12 March 2020
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Dear Customer, Thank you for the great feedback. We are happy to know you have enjoyed the visit to Basarabov Monastery and Veliko Tarnovo. Please accept many thanks from Daniel also, it has been a pleasure for him to host you. We wish you many more amazing trips too! Kind regards,
Written 13 March 2020
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janegetfit
28 contributions
Fabulous trip over the border. Our guide Dan from Christina tours was excellent. We explored the monastery in the rocks, Arbanasi village, Veliko Tărnovo town and fortress and had a delicious meal in Shtastliveca restaurant.
Written 23 February 2020
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Xphile1067
New Orleans, LA167 contributions
Feb 2020
The tour I had on 16/2/20 was good, but part of the advertised itinerary, we did not do. We did not go to Arbanasi, nor were told why. We did stop at an overlook and were told a small bit about it, but were just told that it was the best vantage point for a photo. I thought it was just a stop for photos; all part of the tour. We loaded up the van after Veliko Tarnovo and I thought we were headed to Arbanasi, but after a few minutes, we were told that we were heading back to Bucharest with no explanation.

We did lose a little time in the morning, as we had to return to a hostel for one of the guests passports, and a little more time at customs upon entry because another guest had an issue with his passport (he was in the military, stationed in Romania, not his fault), but I was still expecting to go to Arbanasi. The part of the tour was just omitted.

Also, tour guides are not allowed to go with you on a tour, per Bulgarian law. I had several questions and forgot most of them by the time I got back to the van and saw the guide again. Had I known that the guide would not be with me the whole time, I would not have booked this tour. It wound up costing me over 100 USD and I do not feel that I got my monies worth.

The driver was very good and I know the guide and the driver split tips. I even gave a tip to them, but it was more for the driving and for the sights than the information and lack of visiting one place. I have informed Expedia regarding this situation, as well.

I see this tour advertised with and without Arbanasi, but the one advertised "without Arbanasi" still mentions it.

This is a long day and a lot of walking and climbing. I am disabled, but still managed to to do the whole thing without inconveniencing any of my fellow guests. Just know this in advance, if you are handicapped. I was quite proud of myself!
Written 20 February 2020
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Tourist09627277686
Dear Customer, Thank you for dedicating some time for providing the review. We are sorry to find out that the tour did not meet your expectations entirely. Please, allow us to explain the situation. Concerning the Arbanasi village, please, note that it is a really small place dating back to medieval times. All the houses there are private and tourists are not allowed to enter inside. For this reason, our stop there is short just for checking houses from the outside and taking photos. It is true, that sometimes our guides are not allowed to enter the highlights in Bulgaria. It is not always the case, but occasionally, the local authorities forbid entry for the guides. In case that happens, our guides provide all the information before entering the highlight and are ready to answer any questions after your visit. We thank you for your comments and will definitely take them into account for improving the quality of services. Kind regards,
Written 21 February 2020
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Christopher B
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Took a day trip with my 20 year old son. It’s a full day. Lots of walking with elevation, which was fine for us but isn’t for those with trouble getting around. I highly recommend!
Written 20 February 2020
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Dear Christopher, Thank you for taking some time and leaving your feedback. We are excited to know you have had a great time visiting Bulgaria, namely, Basarabovo Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi Village and wish you only amazing sightseeing experience in the future too! Kind regards,
Written 3 March 2020
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Carrie B
Boise, ID121 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Our tour took us to the Rock Monastery in Basarabov and the old medieval Capitol of Veliko Tarnovo. We got to tour the fortress, have an amazing lunch at Shtastliveca. There was plenty of time for shopping as well. My tour guide Rodica was fabulous with the information she gave and additional questions I asked. I highly recommend this company (Grayline, Mr. Tripp) and this tour.
Written 23 December 2019
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Randy P
Memphis, TN285 contributions
Oct 2019
I think we were lucky as no one else booked that day’s tour to Bulgaria. Being a private tour we had some flexibility to add and drop sites to better suit our taste. Our guide, Mary made sure our wishes (within reason) were met. Communication and booking was easy and straightforward, and we would use them again.
Written 6 December 2019
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Jessie W
15 contributions
Dec 2019
I had Rodica as my guide and Alex as my driver, and it was honestly one of the best day trips I've ever taken. There were only two of us on the tour, so it felt like a private tour. The whole tour was very informative, funny, engaging, and inspiring. It was probably the best introduction to Bulgaria one can get. I cannot thank these two enough!! 😊
Written 2 December 2019
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Joanna K
48 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I visited on Nov the weather was acceptable foggy and cold a bit but no rain.
We were a small group and our Guide Daniel was amazing, flexible and made sure we are all fine.
He was very nice in helping us taking pictures, and was available for help when walking up the fortress road in the mountain.
He also picked a great restaurant when the planned restaurant couldn't receive us because of sudden water problem
We really enjoyed this trip not only because of visiting a new place but mainly in my opinion for having Daniel a great attentive, flexible and caring guide (I had some leg pain and he kept an eye if I am following the group or if I need some assistance...and being a small grouped helped a lot.

In this trip be prepare for some walk and stairs climbing, but its definitely worth it.

And be ready to shop for rose water and rose essence products (Bulgaria is know for that), and you will find shops of local painters creating both religious and non religious paintings and you will even meet the painters if you are lucky, I didn't shop paintings myself but if you are into that you will definitely want to have some cash or your credit card ready.
Written 25 November 2019
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Great tour
Our tour guide Andrei was lovely had so much knowledge and I learnt a lot. He was on time and kept us informed by W
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Amazing and interactive
Did not expect all that info in such a short time. The guide Cristi explained very clear the history of Romania in
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Great wine tasting tour
Great day out. Two fantastic wineries, great wines, friendly guide Cristi. Highly recommended, as Romanian wines ar
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Best tour guide ever!
Amazing tour guide Cristi, clearly passionate about what he does and very proud of Romania, always eager to share i
Mish555
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A day out in Transylvania
Organized and knowledgeable guide Christi gave us a beautiful memorable day out. Stopping at lovely cafes along the
Orestis K
Orestis K
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Nice experience
Nice tour to Pele's, bran castle and Brasov. Our guide (Monica) was perfect!!! Very helpful, kind and funny!! I rec
JuanVSica
JuanVSica
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Great Tour. Worth every Penny
Monique was really good guide. Share info with us all day about Romanian history and legends and everything relate
Rufia2000
Rufia2000
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Amazing day
The tour was really good. Everything went as planned and as described. The guide was really good. She had good comm
bednarovamiroslava
bednarovamiroslava
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The best day trip in Bucharest
We have booked trip through the Mr Tripp . Whole experience was easy & vey nice .Monika send us message straight a
lukewg1983
lukewg1983
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Excellent tour with an excellent guide
Was an excellent trip assisted by our wonderful tour guide Alex who looked after us all day and was extremely knowl
Helen R
Helen R
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Serene views and Vlad’s grave! what’s not to like
This was a excellent trip which i would fully recommend if you are visiting Bucharest. The guide was knowledgeable
LapuChief
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Amazing day trip!
Great experience! Communication with your company was reliable in finding out trip pickup time from our hotel. Alex
Javamang
Javamang
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A great time in a unique part of the world
Our guide Eugen was excellent and very knowledgeable. also he has many stories and historical info to share. He w
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Beautiful area
Great guide and experience, history lesson but not too in-depth. Beautiful castles and town, well worth the visit….
Peter M
Peter M
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A wonderful day out!
A full day out tour in Romania! A great way to learn about the history of the country through historical truths and
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