This is a one-day slow sightseeing tour by car starting from Varna, Bulgaria. You will visit the following places and will stay there enough time to fully enjoy the area: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo – a UNESCO-protected landmark, situated on the territory of Rusenski Lom Nature Park; The Monastery of Saint Dimitar Basarbowski, a Bulgarian-orthodox cave monastery and the city of Rousse on Danube River often called the Little Vienna. The tour will start and finish at your accommodation in Varna. The tour can be done all year round.
Type: one day cultural heritage and sightseeing tour from Varna to Ruse by car;
Duration: about 9 hours;
Minimum number of attractions to be visited: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo – a UNESCO-protected landmark, situated on the territory of Rusenski Lom Nature Park; The Monastery of Saint Dimitar Basarbowski, a Bulgarian-orthodox cave monastery; the town of Ruse on Danube River
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Tour dates: all year round;
Tour mileage: about 400 km;
Minimum number of travelers: 2
The tour starts at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Varna. The first stop will be The Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a UNESCO – protected landmark. These is a group of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock and completely different from other monastery complexes in Bulgaria, located near the village of Ivanovo, 20 km south of Rousse, on the high rocky banks of the Rusenski Lom, 32 m above the river, within Rusenski Lom Nature Park. This Park is named after Rusenski Lom River and has been a protected area since 1970.
Then we will continue to the Monastery of Saint Dimitar Basarbowski, a Bulgarian-orthodox cave monastery near the city of Ruse. The oldest written mention of the monastery dates to the 15th century in an Ottoman tax register.
At the early afternoon we will be in the city of Rousse, where we will have lunch.
At the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour in Rousse.
Ruse is known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, which attracts many tourists. It is often called the Little Vienna.
We will have a stroll through the old city centre, which includes a square around the Rousse Historical Museum and the main “Aleksandrovska”, an architectural ensemble of buildings in Neo-Baroque, Neo-Rococo and other architectural styles. You will visit The Rousse Regional Historical Museum, established in 1904. It holds approximately 140,000 items, including the Borovo treasure; the finds of excavations of the antique Danube castles Yatrus and Sexaginta Prista, and of the medieval Bulgarian city – Cherven; a collection of urban clothing, china, glass, and silver from the end of the 19th — beginning of the 20th century. You will visit as well The National Transport Museum with a good collection of old steam locomotives, situated on the bank of the Danube, in the country’s first railway station, built in 1866. You will have a nice evening stroll alongside the Danube river enjoying the nice park and river panoramas.
At the late afternoon you will departure back to Varna.
Guided and self-drive tours
A guided tour shall include: services of a professionally qualified tour guide; pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation in Varna; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; transfer from/to airport and all other services you might need.
A guided tour does not include: international air fares; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.
A self-drive tour shall include: hotel reservations depending on your preferences (if needed); maps and detailed itinerary description + GPS coordinates of the places; information for places of interest; car rental depending on your preferences; extensive pre-arrival information and services and all other services you might need;
Typically a self-guided tour does not include: flights to/from Bulgaria; fuel, food; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.
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