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Tours to Veliko Tarnovo from Sofia

Veliko Tarnovo is most famous for being the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire which lasted between 1185 and 1396. After the the rule of the Ottoman Empire which lasted for 450 years, the city Tarnovo got the adjective "Veliko" (translated to Big) - to highlight the importance the city had during the Bulgarian National Revival. Learn more about tours to Veliko Tarnovo by reading our short guide.


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Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi - Full Day Tour from Sofia

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Full Day Tour Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi from Sofia

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Full Day Tour to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi from Sofia

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Pokemon Private Tour of Veliko Tarnovo from Sofia

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Guide for visitng Veliko Tarnovo from Sofia

Guide for visitng Veliko Tarnovo from Sofia
Veliko Tarnovo is situated about 230 kilometers east from Sofia and it takes about 3 hours to reach it by car. The city has about 100.000 inhabitants with about 100.000 more living in the suburbs.

As the city was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, the city is also known as the "City of Tsars" or city of supreme rulers. The 200 years of advancements was brought to a halt after a 3 month long city siege by the Ottoman Empire, after which a big part of the city was destroyed, especially the churches and monasteries.

Durring the long 450 years Ottoman rule, there where several initiatives in Tarnovo to overthrow the Turks, 2 more notable, the first in 1598 and the second in 1686, which where both crushed in bloodshed and repression​. Starting from the year 1875, the new idea for freedom led to uprisings, war and finally the freedom of Tarnovo and the entire Bulgaria. In 1965, the city Tarnovo was renamed to Veliko Tarnovo ("Big Tarnovo") to emphasize the significance the city had on the history of Bulgaria.

Among the most important sights to visit in Veliko Tarnovo are the remains of the fortress Carevec (Tsarevets Fortress), the fortress Trapezišta, the churches of Saint Demetrius, Saint Forty Martyrs and Saint Peter and Paul, Boris Denev Art Gallery and the monument of the Assens. There are also several interesting museums found in the city.

Veliko Tarnovo played an important part during the long history of Bulgaria so it's a must visit if you would like to learn more about the turbulent Bulgarian history. Most tours taking you to Veliko Tarnovo stop to visit the village Arbanasi which is situated only 10 km from Veliko Tarnovo. It's a very picturesque village having lots of architecture and churches from the period of the Bulgarian National Revival.
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Tours to Veliko Tarnovo from Sofia

4 star rating: Good (4.0/5 based on 3 reviews)
Four star

The fortress in Veliko Tarnovo is very nice, we would’ve liked to see more of it. The small house in Arbanassi was a nice exemple of vernacular architecture. Because it is a 3 hour drive maybe the tour should start at 7 to have more time to visit the fortress. Again Mariya was very plesant and knowledgeable.

Marie-Luce d., Canada

On excursion: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi - Full Day Tour from Sofia
Four star

The booking process with HappyToVisit was simple and quick. A very good service. The pickup was at our hotel.It was on time and finally it was a private tour by car. Good surprise ! The driver was our guide. Her name was Maria, a nice woman, who knows perfectly Bulgaria, its History and its Geography. She spoke English fluently and her accent was perfect for our french ears. We made everything that was planned and Maria knew how to adapt the schedule regarding the weather (very cloudy and a little rainy) and our tastes. Well done, Maria ! The only small problem of our tour is that Veliko Tarnovo is 3 hours far from Sofia and the second part of the road is not that good. It is a simple road with many trucks on it and the overtakings were a sport !

Sebastien B., France

On excursion: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi - Full Day Tour from Sofia
Four star

The bookin process was ok as always on the website. The pick up on time and perfect. The guide and the driver was good and so was the vehicle. The tour schedue was perfectly matched with the description on the website. The tour was nice even if the Arbanassi village was not so amazing. VelikoTarnovo, instead, is really amazing. The only cons of the tour was the time to arrive but this doesn't depend on the organizer but on the Bulgaria's roads that are a little bit old. I recommend the tour anyway.

Giuseppe Massimiliano Maria T., Italy

On excursion: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi - Full Day Tour from Sofia