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Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

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Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

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Explore the medieval history of Romania’s southerly neighbor on a full-day tour to Bulgaria. Departing from Bucharest, cross the border into the foothills of the Balkan Mountains and Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of Bulgaria during medieval times. Learn about Bulgarian history from your guide while visiting regional highlights including the Tsaravets Fortress, St Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery and Arbanasi Village.
  • Cross the border into Bulgaria on a full-day tour from Bucharest
  • Explore the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo, nestled in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains
  • Learn about Bulgaria's medieval history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off at centrally located hotels included
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Professional tour guide
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
Pick-up from selected central hotels in Bucharest
Entrance tickets for: Basarabov Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo Fortress (approx 5 euro/ person)
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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.
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Romania
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest.
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What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest.

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  • "Things are cheaper in Bulgaria than Romania, so don't exchange too much money." See review
  • "I would recommend tour guides wear name tags or give a name card, travellers are so tired we do forget names sometimes." See review
  • "Be aware that there a lot of steps to climb at both the monastery and at Veliko Tărnovo but the views are outstanding." See review

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star-5
Wonderful way to experience Bulgaria for a day
Lena_S
, Jun 2022
This was a highlight of my trip to Bucharest! We started off at the Rock Monastery before heading to our lunch stop in Veliko Tarnovo. After lunch, we briefly walked through the city and then headed to the final stop which was the fortress. It was all very beautiful and I felt like we had a good amount of time in each spot without feeling rushed. Cristi was a great guide who was very knowledgeable about the different places we visited. Overall, this was a great tour and I would highly recommend it if you have extra time on your trip to Bucharest.
star-5
What a great trip
Clive_G
, Jun 2022
What a great trip.Eugene the tour guide was top class.This is a must for those of you who want to see a most lovely town
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Not to miss
PedroLuis_L
, Jun 2022
It was a beautiful experience. The views were increíble and the chuches, monasteries and villages were impressive . We loved the medieval town of Veliko Tavorna with its picturesque cobblestone streets and shops with the local artisan handcraft products and it’s fortress it resembles the Chins wall)Our tour guide Igor was very knowledgeable, professional and he made our experience truly amazing
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful country
Natalia_O
, Jun 2022
We very much enjoyed our trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest. We only got a brief taste of this beautiful country but would like to return. We were particularly impressed by our very knowledgeable guide, Eugene.
star-4
A really enjoyable trip...
Christopher_K
, May 2022
A really enjoyable trip to Bulgaria. Definitely worth your while if you have a day to kill in Bucharest!
star-5
Great one day tour
ROSELYNE_O
, May 2022
Great tour, takes 12 hours but worth it. We checked through the border very fast. Roberto was knowledgeable and very friendly. Please note that you have to change money at the border to access some of the attractions in Bulgaria. But it's not expensive.
star-5
The entire trip was fun...
Omid_T
, Apr 2022
The entire trip was fun and pleasant. Our guide, Christian (Cristi), did a great job of telling the story behind the medieval fortress and all other places that we toured. All the locations were impressive and worth the day trip from Bucharest.
star-4
Time to spare in Bucharest? Go. No time to spare? You didn't miss out.
Lea_T
, Mar 2022
I had 6 days in Bucharest and wanted to fill them all. This day trip to Bulgaria was an enjoyable way to explore another country and use up some of that time (no need for 6 days in Bucharest!). The guide came right at 8am as was instructed to me the night prior. There were only 4 tourists on my tour. I arrived back at my hotel right before 8pm. Money exchange: We needed 24 Bulgarian lev for access to the sites (4 at the monastary, 4 at the monastary, 10 at a church, 10 at the fortress. (church and fortress are only 5 with student discount). I didn't use any other local currency -- restaurants and shops accepted card. Bathroom breaks: Had access every couple hours or less. No concern. Time at sites: We didn't really need much time at any of our sites. We were the only group at each of them, being a cold March day, so no crowds or people to fight through. There's not much to see, so I didn't feel like we didn't have enough time. Shopping/lunch/free time: Had 1 hour and 15 minutes for lunch. It was hard to understand if we were going to have free time after our last stop at the fortress to souvenir shop, so I rushed through lunch to buy some souvenirs. We had time to souvenir shop after the fortress, so I wished it was more clear that we could enjoy lunch for that whole time and didn't have to rush through to have time to shop the town. Arrival to Bucharest: I was the first one picked up in the morning and the last one dropped off that evening. I wish they could've made the pick up/drop off even, so I didn't have to be in the car the longest of everyone (at least 45 minutes more than the other pick ups). Tour guide: Our guide was very nice and had good information. He didn't overwhelm us with history (though I would've preferred that), and his English was good. Overall, I'm glad I went. The sites were interesting, but underwhelming. Honestly, I didn't need more than 10 minutes at the monastery, 5 minutes at a church we stopped at, and 30 minutes at the fortress (only because it's a decent walk uphill to see the church). It was a good way to see a bit of Bulgaria, but I wouldn't recommend this tour if you had limited time. Everyone was more than ready to go home once we saw the last site. If you have extra time to fill and would be spending time in your hotel room otherwise, definitely go. If you're crunched on time, you didn't miss anything.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Bulgaria day trip
Mark_B
, Dec 2021
Great tour with Christi. Plenty of time to see the sights. Enjoyed the local knowledge and learnt a lot. Thanks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great introduction to Bulgaria!
Valarie_P
, Dec 2021
Kristi was an amazing guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about Bulgaria and the places we visited. He helped us out when we didn’t have cash for the Monastery which was above and beyond! The restaurant selected had a great view and amazing food. Lots of flexibility with the shops we went into. Would highly recommend this excursion. Definitely ask for Kristi!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I recommend it
Kelley_T
, Sep 2021
Eugene was our guide. He is such a nice guy and very knowledgeable. He drove all day, he narrated on the way when we passed interesting things, he explained everything about the monasteries that we toured, and the town we visited, and he even took pictures for everyone. And the tour itself was really nice. Bulgaria, in my opinion, is very different than the parts of Romania that we saw, so it was a really great experience to see two very different countries on our trip. Also, for all you get to visit, I think the price is very reasonable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Eugene our tour guide was...
Kenneth_S
, Sep 2021
Eugene our tour guide was very pleasant and gave us a good time in Bulgaria. It was a nice experience and I recommend this tour.
star-4
Bulgaria visit
Salvatore_S
, Aug 2021
The tour guide was wonderful. We saw all the sites as promised. The only thing that could be improved is the timing. We left at 8:00am and returned after 10pm. Other then that, it was great. Customs took too long.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Stunning and wonderful
Anna_K
, Aug 2021
A wonderful and excellent adventure with a fabulous guide (Eugene) who did a fantastic job! We loved this tour a lot!
star-5
Stunning and wonderful
Anna_K
, Aug 2021
Very interesting! An excellent guide (Eugene) who was absolutely making this trip to a wonderful and memoirable experience!
star-5
Treasures of Bulgaria 🇧🇬
Bridgitte_K
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide was excellent very informative and helped of 4 tourist to understand the history and struggles of Bulgaria and how the transition from communist to present day took place.
star-5
Dipping my toe in Bulgaria
Stephen_S
, Feb 2020
Friendly, informative, and helpful tour guide. Beautiful scenery and an overall wonderful experience. A lot of driving time for basically two stops, but I’m my opinion worth it. Be aware that there a lot of steps to climb at both the monastery and at Veliko Tărnovo but the views are outstanding.
star-5
Bulgaria was great
Michaela_T
, Jan 2020
Tour guide recommended that this tour should not be done in winter....so we had low expectations. However we had an awesome day. With great sunny weather. We stopped to change money at the border so dont worry about get Lev before you go. The rock monestary was a good site, bit death defying stairs but really good. The fortress was great, very steep hill or stairs. The church at the top is like nothing I've ever seen before amazing ! Great restaurant suggested by our tour guide, delicious food. Time for shopping and souvenirs in a very nice city. A long day for a couple of sites but a good glimpse of bulgaria in 1 day. Tour guide was good, felt safe and comfortable in his mini van. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Caroline_C
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide was wonderful! I am sorry to say I don't remember her name. I would recommend tour guides wear name tags or give a name card...travellers are so tired we do forget names sometimes. The tour was delightful. The sites were absolutely beautiful. Restaurant recommendations were fabulous. Take some money to shop! The prices are wonderful!
star-5
Great day trip from Bucharest
meadelaw
, Nov 2019
The guide on our one day trip was exceptional. Nice, easy going and informative. A long day but the van was very comfortable and the guide had lunch with all of us in a restaurant that he picked. It was great and I appreciated not having to look for food on my own. i wish I remember his name because he was really exceptional. I saw things that I would not have if on my own.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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