Discover why Veliko Tarnovo was named one of the most beautiful cities built on a hill on this full-day tour from Sofia. In a small group of no more than eight, explore the medieval capital and its fortress which, proudly standing on the banks of the Yantra river, dominates the landscape to this day. Also, soak up the atmosphere and admire the 17th-century frescoes and iconostases of the nearby village of Arbanassi.
Your tour begins with as 8:30am pickup from your accommodations in Sofia. Climb aboard the comfortable air-conditioned minivan and settle in for picturesque 3-hour drive. Upon arrival in Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria, head for the old fortress to explore the history of its kings, the rulers of Bulgaria in 13th and 14th centuries. After a 2-hour walk between the mighty walls, which have survived numerous sieges, head toward the city center. On the way to a local restaurant, make a short stop in one of the old streets of Veliko Tarnovo to learn how people lived there in 18th and 19th centuries.Enjoy a traditional Bulgarian lunch at your own expense before continuing to the nearby village of Arbanassi. Visit the church and its 17th-cenury Nativity of Christ to see preserved wooden iconostases and frescoes, representing the Tarnovo painting school. In the late afternoon, begin your journey back to Sofia where you will be dropped off back at your accommodations.