Pilgrimage Tour “From Veliko Tarnovo to Craiova”

Veliko Turnovo – Arbanasi – Ruse – Alexandria – Brankoveni – Craiova – Veliko Tarnovo

Length of the pilgrimage route: 658 km
Trip duration: 5 days
Appropriate season: Year-round

This pilgrimage tour lasts for 5 days and includes visits to monasteries and churches located in and around the settlements Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi – Ruse – Alexandria – Brankoveni – Craiova – Veliko Tarnovo. Some of the suggested monasteries offer accommodation and where this is not possible the pilgrims may prefer to chose a hotel or other type of accommodation.

Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5


Day 1
Day 1 - Veliko Tarnovo

Visit to The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos, and the churches of “St. Marina” and of “St. Tsar Boris I” in Veliko Tarnovo

Lunch in Veliko Tarnovo

Visit to The Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs and The Church of St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki , Veliko Tarnovo

Visit to the Tsarevets Fortress, Veliko Tarnovo

“Sound and Light“ show – Tsarevets Fortress

Dinner in Veliko Tarnovo

Overnight accommodation in a monastery in the Veliko Tarnovo area

Day 2
Day 2 – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi - Ruse

Departure to Arbanasi

Visit to the Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos and The Monastery St. Nicholas, Arbanasi

Visit to the Church of the Nativity of Christ, Arbanasi

Lunch in Arbanasi

Visit to the Church “St. Athanasius”, Arbanasi

Travel to Ruse

Overnight accommodation in Ruse

Day 3
Day 3 – Ruse - Alexandria

Visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the Church of St. George in Ruse

Visit to the Monastery of Saint Dimitar of Basarbovo

Lunch in Ruse

Visit to the Regional Historical Museum and the ancient Roman fortress of Sexaginta Prista, Ruse

Departure to Alexandria, Romania

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Alexandria

Day 4
Day 4 – Brâncoveni – Craiova

Departure to Drăgănești and visit to the Boian Plain Museum

Travel to Brâncoveni and visit to the Brâncoveni Monastery

Lunch near the Monastery

Departure to Craiova

Visit to the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Church of the Assumption of the Theotokos (Mântuleasa Church), Craiova

Visit to Square Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazu) and free time in Craiova

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Craiova

Day 5
Day 5 - Departure to Veliko Tarnovo

How to get here?

  • Sofia International Airport, Bulgaria
  • Craiova International Airport, Romania
  • Otopeni International Airport, Bucharest, Romania
  • Car rental, bus, train, own transport, travel agencies in Bulgaria and Romania

Visa requirements

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria, address: 1113 Sofia, 2 Alexander Gendov Street; telephone: +359 2 948 2999; web site: https://www.mfa.bg/en/uslugi-patuvania/konsulski-uslugi/patuvane-bulgaria/viza-bulgaria
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania; tel. +40 21 232 55 07; Website: http://www.mae.ro/taxonomy/term/450/2

Tourist information centres in Bulgaria

Tourist information centres in Romania

County of Mehedinţi

County of Dolj

County of Olt