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Veliko Tarnovo River Cruises

About Veliko Tarnovo

The town of Veliko Tarnovo is located in northern Bulgaria and is the governmental centre of the Veliko Tarnovo Province. The town sits in the by the River Yantra and is nearly 250km from Bulgaria’s capital city of Sofia. Veliko Tarnovo is one of Bulgarias oldest towns and archaeological evidence suggests that the region has had human inhabitants for at least 5,000 years. The city’s extensive history and heritage spans the Byzantine Empire, followed by the occupation of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 500 years before the city was liberated by the Russians in 1877. In 1965 the city was renamed from Tarnovo to Veliko Tarnavo, which translates to mean Great Tarnovo, to reflect the region's significant history and heritage. Nowadays, the city is an excellent river voyages destination, boasting a selection of fascinating historic landmarks and monuments, as well as a terrific range of shops, restaurants, cafes and museums.

Exploring Veliko Tarnovo

Boasting a collection of both historic and modern architecture, Veliko Tarnovo has a diverse and exciting ambience. One of the town’s most historically significant landmarks is the Tsarevets medieval fortress, which served as Bulgaria’s strongest castle from 1185 to 1393. The fortress has been fully restored during the modern era in order to bring it back to its former glory and now stands proudly on the hills overlooking the town. Archaeological excavations are still taking place around Tsarevets and in the surrounding hills, uncovering new and exciting artefacts from the past 5,000 years of human activity in the region.

The town is also famous for its impressive churches and monasteries, which date back to the Middle Ages. One of Veliko Tarnovo’s most iconic churches is the ancient Holy Forty Martyrs Church, constructed in 1230, which was the final resting place of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s most important saint, Saint Sava. The town is littered with other historic religious buildings including the Patriarsheski, Plakovski, Arbanashki, Kapinovski and Kilifarevski monasteries, all of which are worth visiting to observe their magnificent architecture. One of the city’s most celebrated landmarks is Asen’s Monument, which aside from being an impressive statue honouring Bulgarian kings-past is also set in attractive surroundings, with a choice of sightseeing walks in close proximity.

Veliko Tarnovo tips

Veliko Tarnovo is home to an excellent selection of museums, including the captivating National Archaeological Museum. A variety of shops, bars and restaurants selling affordable souvenirs, drinks and meals are also situated throughout the town, giving visitors the chance to take a break from sightseeing and relax whilst spending time in Veliko Tarnovo’s bustling central plaza.

Veliko Tarnovo Itineraries

Giurgiu

15 Day Voyage Through the Balkans

8 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Bratislava

The Danube - From the Black Sea to Germany

8 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
17 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Germany , Deggedorf
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Belgrade

The Danube From Black Sea to Budapest

4 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

10 sailing dates October 2019 to October 2020
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Amsterdam

22 Day Grand Voyage of Europe

1 sailing date March 2020
20 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Munich

Majestic Danube - Bucharest to Munich

1 sailing date June 2020
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to , Munich
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Nuremberg

European Sojourn - Amsterdam to Bucharest

15 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest, Romania
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Regensburg

European Sojourn - Bucharest to Amsterdam

15 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
22 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Bucharest

Balkan Jewels - Bucharest to Prague

7 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
13 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to , Vukovar
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Passau

Grand Danube - Prague to Bucharest

2 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2019
16 Nights From Prague, to Romania , Bucharest, Romania
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Belgrade

Treasures of the Danube - Nuremberg and Bucharest

1 sailing date May 2019
15 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Romania , Bucharest, Romania
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Vidin

Treasures of the Danube - Bucharest to Nuremberg

1 sailing date May 2019
15 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Germany , Nuremberg

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Passau

Grand Danube

1 sailing date April 2019
17 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to UK
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Bucharest

Enchantment of Eastern Europe from Budapest

11 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest, Romania

HUGE savings plus FREE unlimited drinks when you book a Balcony Suite or above | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Belgrade

Enchantment of Eastern Europe from Bucharest

1 sailing date October 2019
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Hungary , Budapest

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Belgrade

Iconic Rivers of Europe - Amsterdam to Bucharest

3 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
21 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

Balkan Discovery - Budapest to Bucharest

16 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest, Romania
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Belgrade

Budapest & Enchantment of Eastern Europe

10 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest, Romania

HUGE savings plus FREE unlimited drinks when you book a Balcony Suite or above | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Budapest

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8 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest

Balkan Discovery With 2 Nights Transylvania

8 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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