One day sightseeing tour from Varna to the region of Ruse on Danube River

This is a one-day sightseeing tour starting from Varna, Bulgaria. The tour includes the following places: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo (UNESCO) and the Nature Park “Rusenski Lom”, the orthodox cave monastery “Saint Dimitar Basarbowski” and the city of Rousse on Danube River.


Duration: one day; 

Places included: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo (UNESCO) and the Nature Park “Rusenski Lom”, the orthodox cave monastery “Saint Dimitar Basarbowski” and the city of Rousse on Danube River.

Period of travel: year-round;

Tour mileage: about 450 km;

Price: take a look at the 3 options we offer below;


This is a one-day trip starting from Varna, Bulgaria. Wake up early and head first to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a UNESCO heritage site. The religious complex includes a group of monolithic churches, chapels, and monasteries hewed out of the solid rock, which makes them pretty different from other monastery complexes in Bulgaria. You will find them near Ivanovo, 20 km south of Ruse, on the high rocky banks of the Rusenski Lom river, within the Rusenski Lom Nature Park. 

Then continue to the orthodox cave monastery “Saint Dimitar Basarbowski”. The oldest written mention of the Monastery dates to the 15th century in an Ottoman tax register. It is the only active rock monastery in Bulgaria. The path that leads to the Monastery passes through a beautifully landscaped yard and ends at a well. The water in the well is considered healing.

The most famous monk – St. Dimitar Besarbovski, was born in 1685 in the nearby village of Basarbovo. He spent his whole life here. 

In 1911 the archaeologist Karel Shkorpil visited the Monastery and described it in detail. In 1937 the monk Chrysanthemum settled in the Monastery and began to renovate it.

After exploring the Monastery, drive to the city of Ruse, have lunch, and a stroll around the city center and alongside Danube River.

Ruse is known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture. The first place to stop would be Freedom Square, the central square of Ruse, where all major city events are held. The two main shopping streets – Alexandrovska Street and Borisova street cross it, so you can find a variety of small cafes, restaurants, and shopping places.

The Ruse Regional Historical Museum occupies the building of the former Battenberg Palace. You will see the archeological collection of Shkorpil brothers and many others containing approximately 140,000 items, including prehistoric pottery and idol plastic arts, the Borovo treasure of the 4th century BC, the finds of excavations of the old Danube castles Yatrus and Sexaginta Pristaand, etc.  

The most exciting museum, however, is the National Transport Museum with a good collection of old steam locomotives situated on the Danube bank, in the country’s first railway station, built-in 1866. 

Have a pleasant evening stroll alongside the Danube river, enjoying the beautiful park and river panoramas.

In the late afternoon – departure back to Varna.


The preparation of a guided tour program/offer is free of charge. You’ll get a package price from us up front, which will include the services of a professionally qualified tour guide; accommodation; pick up and drop off from your hotel/accommodation; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; transfers from/to airport and all other additional services you might need.

You will get from us a Final Trip Plan of this tour in both web and pdf formats. Please have a look at sample web version with photos, maps and video here. Please download a sample version of a Final Trip Plan in pdf format here. 

You can use the Final Trip Plan to do the needed bookings and reservations by yourself.

The Final Trip Plan of the trip will contain: a web version of the tour; a pdf version of the tour (see the sample above), а short description (Resume); Basic information about the trip (duration, places to be visited, tour mileage, the period of travel;  а trip budget with detailed expenses table (downloadable pdf file); а Google map with the itinerary and bookmarks for places, hotels and restaurants; а link to a Google Earth interactive map with features like “Street view”, 3D etc; A link to a Google KML file, which can be uploaded to a cell phone and used during the trip; а detailed program day by day with activities and places to be visited, recommendations for accommodation and nice restaurants with links for bookings and reservations;

Additionally to the Final Trip Plan we make all the bookings and reservations on your behalf. We do this through our licensed travel agency “Thousand Voyages” Ltd.

Transportation and logistics: We coordinate, book and manage all the transportation elements of your trip – planes, trains, rent-a-cars, busses… everything to and from your destination, and between various places during your trip. 

Accommodations: We coordinate, book and manage all of your selected accommodations. We recommend the best options at every destination on your trip, including hotels, airbnbs, bed and breakfasts, that fit your tastes, budget and have availability during your travel dates. You will find the names of the properties in Final Trip Plan, with links to the websites or booking forms. Sometimes the chosen by us accommodation is not on or any other platform, especially those in the remote areas. In this case we provide the name of the owner and a telephone number. 

24/7 emergency support with a dedicated travel consultant: 4/7 Support throughout your journey (SMS, Email, Skype).

Secure Payments upon delivery of services: We offer two options: 1) PayPal – You will receive a PayPal invoice with the total amount to be paid. You can pay using your credit card or PayPal account; 2) A Revolut Business Account (in Euro) (UK) for a bank transfer.
Money Back Guarantee: In the unlikely event that you are not fully satisfied with our services, we offer a 100% money back return policy.
Discounts: We offer 20% discount voucher for next service;


We would be glad to help you organise this trip. Please use one of the options above. Please also have a look at all the services we offer here in Bulgaria. For your stay in Bulgaria or to organise the trip by yourself, you may wish to use the travel services we recommend and work with, and which you can book by yourself using the links beneath. Of course, you always can contact us at any time, and we will do our best to help.


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