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Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

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Bucharest, Romania
Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


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 modern air-conditioned car/minibus
Pick-up from your accommodation in Bucharest
Entrance tickets for: Basarabov Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo Fortress (approx 5 euro/ person)
Lunch and other personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up from your accommodation in Bucharest

Departure Time

8:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 4 participants is required to organise the tour
  • A current, valid passport is required
  • 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, make sure you owe all the necessary documents and permissions for crossing the border.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Romania

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • 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?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • 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?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest?
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?
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
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Traveler Tips

  • "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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Treasures of Bulgaria 🇧🇬
, 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.
Dipping my toe in Bulgaria
, 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.
Bulgaria was great
, Jan 2020
Tour guide recommended that this tour should not be done in 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.
Wonderful Experience!
, 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!
Great day trip from Bucharest
, 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.
Highly Recommand
, Oct 2019
The trip to Bulgaria was really a nice experience. The guide introduced us to a cheap but extremely tasty restaurant and cheap as well!
Good experience
Jaswinder M
, Oct 2019
One day in different country with good attractions and information is nice experience. Good English speaking guide
Rubyah H
, Oct 2019
Sebastian our guide was absolutely fundamental in making this an enjoyable experience. While it was a long day, there were only 7 of us so made it alot more enjoyable and worth the extra money for the intimate tour. Sebastian was funny, flexible and full of knowledge about all things Bulgaria. And he also provided us with interesting historical information about Romania. He took the time to show us the fountain light show in Bucharest, when he didnt need to. HIGHLY recommend this tour!!! It has the perfect number of people, and hopefully you get Sebastian or similar guide to make it an enjoyable experience. If you have to chose, do this tour over the castle tours!
Great experience!
, Oct 2019
We had a nice small group of 6 people total. Our guide, Helen(?) told a lot of information of all the places we saw during the trip. She could answer to all our questions. We had enough stops and also enough time for shopping and to eat. Very enjoyable day trip even the weather was really hot, over 30 deg celsius.
Disappointing Bulgaria day tour
, Oct 2019
Lots of driving to see two sites. Our guide did not give much info about Bulgaria ( talked mostly about Romania). We were given minimal info about the sites and country and were pretty much dropped off at the sites and restaurant ( for lunch) without a “tour” experience.
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