Pilgrimage tour “The Living History of Orthodoxy in Bulgaria and Romania”

Veliko Tarnovo – Ruse – Caracal – Slatina – Craiova – Veliko Turnovo

Length of the pilgrimage tour: 621 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 – Ruse – Caracal – Slatina – 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

Departure to Velchevo village and visit to Kapinovo Monastery of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

Departure to Kilifarevo Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos and visit to the Monastery

Lunch in Veliko Tarnovo

Departure to the Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration – Preobrazhenie and visit to the Monastery

Free time in the city: visit to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, ”Tsarevets” Fortress, Trapezhitsa hill and the old part of Veliko Tarnovo

Overnight accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 2
Day 2 – Ruse (Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo) - Caracal

Visit to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo and Medieval Fortress of Cherven

Visit to the Orlova Chuka Cave

Lunch in Ruse

Departure to Caracal, Romania

Overnight accommodation in Caracal

Day 3
Day 3 – Caracal - Slatina

Visit to the the Romanaţi Museum and the National Theatre Hall

Departure to Slatina

Lunch in Slatina area

Visit to the Clocociov Monastery

Visit to the Strehareți Monastery

Departure to Craiova

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Craiova

Day 4
Day 4 – Craiova

Lunch in Craiova

Visit to Madona Dudu Church and St. Demetrius Cathedral in Craiova

Visit to the Oltenia Museum, Craiova

Walk along the alleys of Nicolae Romanescu Park and free time in Craiova

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Craiova

Day 5 – Departure

Day 5

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