Welcome to Veliko Târnovo & Central Mountains


In the Central Mountains, monasteries at Troyan and Dryanovo triumphed over repeated attempts to destroy them – even sheltering revolutionary fighters between their delicately frescoed walls. Just south in Koprivshtitsa, a town famed for its charming 19th-century mansions, the 1876 April Uprising brewed. Ensuing battles for Bulgaria's independence from Ottoman control unfolded just east, in thickly forested Shipka Pass.

The fortress at Veliko Târnovo, north of the mountain range and once the capital of the Bulgarian tsars, remains the region’s crowning attraction. Just as captivating is Kazanlâk’s Valley of the Roses, aflame with blooms each May and June, and the Thracian tombs in its surrounds. Little-explored intrigues lie east: Shumen’s colossal monuments, Madara’s archaeological reserve and the boulder-strewn hiking terrain around Sliven.


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$25.35 Outdoor Activities

Belogradchik 4x4 Safari Tour - 3 Hour Route

Belogradchik Rocks: Now standing all around the town are 'The Schoolgirl', 'The Lion', 'The Bear', 'The Dervish', 'The Horseman', 'The Madonna with the child', 'The Guardian of the valley', 'Adam and Eve' and many, many more. But the ordinary visitor doesn't see even 5% of the beauty of this natural phenomenon, just because people go to the most popular place - the fortress above town, where there is a panoramic view to the whole rock area and that's it. But you know what they say - the devil is in the details... And the details can be seen only on a private guided tour with the 4x4 Safari that we offer.Take part in this 4x4 tour, a 3 hour adventure including the Western part of the Rocks, some very mild rock climbing to a site of ancient Roman fortress, very beautiful panoramas.

$102.54 Day Trips & Excursions

One-day Birding Along the Southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast

The tour starts at 7 a.m. from Burgas or any of the nearby resorts.On this tour we will explore the lakes around the city of Bourgas: it is a complex of extensive wetlands that form one of Europe’s richest bird areas. The greatest lure of the Bourgas wetlands are the huge flocks of resident White and Dalmatian Pelicans. At the shallow saline lagoons of Atanasovsko and Pomorie lakes traditional saltpans are still functioning. They are of major importance for a big number of birds, including the Black-winged Stilt, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpipers, Marsh Sandpiper, Kentish Plover, Slender-billed Gull, Mediterranean Gulls, Little Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Sandwich Terns and Little Tern.During migration the numbers of soaring birds following the Black Sea coastal flyway in autumn can rival  those at the Bosphorus or the Gibraltar – endless flocks of thousands of White Storks, Lesser Spotted Eagles, Common Buzzards (both ssp. buteo and ssp. vulpinus) and European Honey Buzzards and incredible numbers of Black Storks, White Pelicans, Ospreys, Booted Eagles, Short-toed  Eagles, Black Kites, Red-footed Falcons, Western Marsh Harriers, Montagu’s Harriers, Pallid Harriers, Levant Sparrowhawks, etc. pass overhead.For lunch we will stop at a traditional restaurant serving delicious Bulgarian dishes and good local wines. Best time to take this tour: April - October

$132.49 Private & Custom Tours

Private Day Trip to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi from Ruse

You start the day by departing from your ship and start driving on scenic country roads. First stop will be at the Ivanovo Rock Churches, a UNESCO world heritage site which is actually carved in the rock and has among the best preserved frescoes. Afterwards you visit Veliko Turnovo, once the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and also Tsarevets hill with the remains of the castle and church of the Bulgarian Kings. It dates back to the 12th century. Enjoy a walk on Samovodene Artisans Street packed with workshops of locals were you can find a copper smith, silversmith, an icon painter and many more. Many of the workshops are there for 3-4 generations already. Next stop, will be the intriguing village of Arbanassi with an included visit to Konstantsalieva house, so you can get the chance to discover a real interior from from a typical local house. Before setting off for your ship, last visit will be in the small town of Ruse that has a beautiful main square and pedestrian area. Together with your local guide be immersed in the town's charm and learn more about it's history from the Roman times to modernity. Arrive back to your ship after a wonderful day filled with great sights, history and friends from Bulgaria.

$6.91 Outdoor Activities

First Ladies of Belogradchik 4x4 Safari Tour - 30 Minutes Route

Belogradchik Rocks: Now standing all around the town are 'The Schoolgirl', 'The Lion', 'The Bear', 'The Dervish', 'The Horseman', 'The Madonna with the child', 'The Guardian of the valley', 'Adam and Eve' and many, many more. But the ordinary visitor doesn't see even 5% of the beauty of this natural phenomenon, just because people go to the most popular place - the fortress above town, where there is a panoramic view to the whole rock area and that's it. But you know what they say - the devil is in the details... And the details can be seen only on a private guided tour with the 4x4 Safari that we offer.Take part in the 'First Ladies of Belogradchik' 4x4 tour. This short tour about 30 minutes and takes you to some of the most famous rocks near the town, including The Madonna and The Schoolgirl.

$9.22 Outdoor Activities

Belogradchik 4x4 Safari Tour: The Guardian of the Valley - 50 Minutes Route

Belogradchik Rocks: Now standing all around the town are 'The Schoolgirl', 'The Lion', 'The Bear', 'The Dervish', 'The Horseman', 'The Madonna with the child', 'The Guardian of the valley', 'Adam and Eve' and many, many more. But the ordinary visitor doesn't see even 5% of the beauty of this natural phenomenon, just because people go to the most popular place - the fortress above town, where there is a panoramic view to the whole rock area and that's it. But you know what they say - the devil is in the details... And the details can be seen only on a private guided tour with the 4x4 Safari that we offer.Take part in 'The Guardian of the Valley' 4x4 tour. This short tour of about 50 minutes takes you to the west of the town, including visit to a Thracian sanctuary and its rock guardian, and some beautiful panoramas.

$17.28 Outdoor Activities

Belogradchik 4x4 Safari Tour - 90 Minutes Route

Belogradchik Rocks: Now standing all around the town are 'The Schoolgirl', 'The Lion', 'The Bear', 'The Dervish', 'The Horseman', 'The Madonna with the child', 'The Guardian of the valley', 'Adam and Eve' and many, many more. But the ordinary visitor doesn't see even 5% of the beauty of this natural phenomenon, just because people go to the most popular place - the fortress above town, where there is a panoramic view to the whole rock area and that's it. But you know what they say - the devil is in the details... And the details can be seen only on a private guided tour with the 4x4 Safari that we offer.Take part in this 4x4 tour, a 90 minute adventure including a full tour of the central part of the rocks, awesome panoramas, all the most popular rocks.

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