St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki Church, Veliko Tarnovo

Church of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki
A must-see on any pilgrimage tour is the Church of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki, located at the eastern foot of Trapezitsa hill in Veliko Tarnovo. Its history is related with the proclamation of the uprising of the brothers Asen and Peter, which eventually led to the reestablishment of the Bulgarian Empire in 1186. Its mixed construction, alternating rows of stone and brick, makes it an extremely fine piece of architectural beauty. Inside, two layers of mural paintings can be seen, one from the time of the Second Bulgarian Empire, and the other from the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. Archaeological excavation of the area has uncovered parts of another Christian church and a necropolis. During the communist regime it was converted into a museum and has remained such until today.



April – October: 9.00 – 18.00

November – March: Closed

Wednesday – closed: 9.00 – 12.00

Day 1
Day 1 – Craiova – Strehaia – Maglavit - Vidin

Visit to Madona Dudu Church, St. Demetrius Cathedral, Mântuleasa Church and the Church of the Holy Trinity, Craiova (optional)

Departure to Strehaia and visit to the Monastery of Strehaia

Departure to Maglavit and visit to the Monastery of Maglavit

Departure to Vidin, Bulgaria

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Vidin

Day 2
Day 2 – Vidin - Montana – Vratsa - Pleven

Visit to the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, Church of Saint Paraskevi and Church of St. Pantaleon in Vidin

Free time in Vidin: a tour of the Baba Tonka Fortress, visit to the Historical Museum and the Krastata Kazarma museum (optional)

Visit to the Strupeski Monastery of St. Elijah the Prophet, Vratsa

Lunch in the Monastery area

Departure to Pleven

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Pleven

Day 3
Day 3 – Pleven – Veliko Tarnovo

Visit to the Metropolitan Church of St. Nicholas, Church of St. Paraskevi and the Church of Holy Trinity, Pleven

Visit to the Chapel Mausoleum of Saint George the Conqueror, Pleven

Lunch in Pleven

Walk to the Skobelev Park and Ossuary Memorial or visit to the Kaylaka Park and the Wine Museum

Departure to Veliko Tarnovo

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 4
Day 4 – Veliko Tarnovo

Visit to the Tsarevets Fortress and Trapezithsa Hill, Veliko Tarnovo

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

Lunch in Veliko Tarnovo

Free time: visit to the old part of the Veliko Tarnovo

“Light and sound” show – Tsarevets Fortress

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 5
Day 5 – Arbanasi – Veliko Tarnovo

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

Visit to the Church of the Nativity of Christ, Arbanasi

Lunch in Arbanasi

Visit to the Church “St. Athanasius”, Arbanasi

Overnight accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo

Day 6
Day 6 - Ivanovo - Ruse

Departure to Ivanovo

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

Departure to Ruse and lunch on the Danube river

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

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Ruse

Day 7
Day 7 – Ruse – Balș- Călui – Craiova

Visit to the Regional Historical Museum and the ancient Roman fortress of Sexaginta Prista (optional)

Departure to Balș and visit to the Monastery of Măineşti

Departure to Călui and visit to the Monastery of Călui


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Restaurant EGO 2 Pizza & Grill
GPS coordinates: 43.084634 / 43°5’4” N – 25.635782 / 25°38’9” E
Address: 79 Stefan Stambolov Str., Veliko Tarnovo

Hotel-restaurant Izvor
GPS coordinates: 43.097887 / 43°5’52” N – 25.666021 / 25°39’57” E
Address: 3 Opalchenska str. Arbanasi village, Veliko Tarnovo

Hotel-restaurant Arbanashki Han
GPS coordinates: 43.099743 / 43°5’59” N – 25.665750 / 25°39’56” E
Address: 3 Georgi Kandilarov str., Arbanasi village, Veliko Tarnovo

Restaurant „Cheshmata“
GPS coordinates: 43.097691 / 43°5’51” N – 25.668556 / 25°40’6” E
Address: 7 Spiro Konstantinov, Arbanasi village, Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Fortress
GPS coordinates: 43.081664 / 43°4’54” N – 25.646132 / 25°38’46” E
Address: Tsar Asen Square, City Centre, Veliko Tarnovo, Province of Veliko Tarnovo
Taking a stroll in the old part of Veliko Tarnovo, you’ll be amazed by the incredible view spreading in front of your eyes. Tsarevets Fortress, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, rises majestically on the hill of the same name. Did you know that the place was inhabited as early as the 3rd millennium BC? It was also the location of Zikideva, the largest Byzantine city in in Lower Moesia. In 1185, when Tarnovo was proclaimed capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, the construction of a fortified wall began, measuring over 1,000 metres in length and 10 metres in height. During this period Tarnovo became an important administrative, military, cultural, religious and trading centre. The stronghold housed important public buildings, the royal palace, and the patriarchal church. Three entry points led into it – a main gate, a second smaller gate, known as Asen’s Gate, and Frenhisar Gate. The battle tower rising in the southern, lowest part of the hill is known as Baldwin’s Tower, after the Latin Emperor Baldwin, who died here after being captured by the Bulgarians. In the evening don’t miss the Sound and Light audio-visual show, a fusion of music, colourful lights, lasers installations, and church bells telling of the tragic end of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

Asenevtsi Monument

GPS coordinates: 43.082050 / 43°4’55” N – 25.637887 / 25°38’16” E
Address: Residence District Sveta Gora, Aleksandar Stamboliyski street, City Centre, Veliko Tarnovo, Province of Veliko Tarnovo
Asenevtsi Monument, named after the rulers of the Asen Dynasty – Asen, Peter, Kaloyan and Ivan Asen II, was erected in 1985 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the uprising of the brothers Asen and Peter, founders and first rulers of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Defeating the Latin army and capturing its emperor Baldwin I, their brother and successor Kaloyan made Bulgaria one of the strongest Eastern European states. The upward-facing sword of the monument is a symbol of the power of medieval Bulgaria. The impressive sculpture rises in a picturesque location close to Stambolov Bridge, at the foot of Sveta Gora Hill on the bank of the Yantra River.

Nicopolis ad Istrum

GPS coordinates: 43.220131 / 43°13’12” N – 25.612251 / 25°36’44” E
Address: E85/D5, exit after about 3 kilometres, between the villages of Kutina and Polikraishte, Province of Veliko Tarnovo
When you are in Veliko Tarnovo, don’t forget to visit the medieval town of Nicopolis ad Istrum, believed to have been founded by Emperor Trajan in honour of his victory over the Dacians in the 2nd century. In addition to having a sewer system and even heated buildings, the town is also believed to have used its own currency. Here you will find the ruins of an Agora, the front steps of a basilica, a small odeon, thermae, and other public buildings and shops. After the Hun and the Avar invasions in the 5th and the 6th centuries, the town was destroyed and abandoned. A Bulgarian settlement arose upon its ruins in the 10th-14th century.

Kaya Bunar (Hotnitsa) Waterfall

GPS coordinates: 43.146373 / 43°8’47” N – 25.515248 / 25°30’55” E
Address: access via E85/D5, then D504 to Samovodene, then D3031 to the village of Hotnitsa, then side road for about 5 kilometres, Province of Veliko Tarnovo
If you are a nature lover and happen to be in the region of Veliko Tarnovo, don’t forget to visit a unique natural landmark – the splendid Kaya Bunar waterfall, at the mouth of the Bohot River. It measures 30 metres in height, and has been declared a protected area. Nearby there is a scenic eco trail that will give you the chance to relish the incredible natural beauty of the place.

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Trip Facts

  • Adults - 6.00 lv., Students - 2.00, Two-day individual ticket – includes 10 museum objects 20.00 Two-day family ticket (up to 3 children allowed) – includes10 museum objects 30.00
  • 00359 62 636 954
  • 43.088079, 25.648323
  • Ivan Shishman Str., 5000 Veliko Tarnovo, Asenov District
  • 112

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