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Day Trip to Bulgaria - Buzludzha Monument, Veliko Tarnovo, Shipka Monument provided by OnAdventure

Day Trip to Bulgaria - Buzludzha Monument, Veliko Tarnovo, Shipka Monument

Day Trip to Bulgaria - Buzludzha Monument, Veliko Tarnovo, Shipka Monument
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
12h
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    12h
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Come with us in a one-day adventure through Bulgaria with a 9-seat minibus. We leave Bucharest and head for the medieval town of Veliko, where we will visit the Tsarevets fortress and the picturesque places in the city. We then go to the Shipka monument and to the eagle's nest, a mountainous area where the battle for the liberation of Bulgaria was given. At the end we will reach one of the most famous communist monuments in Europe, the Buzludzha Monument, which looks like a flying saucer at 1400 meters altitude.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 140018P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • eggs, cheese, ham, meatballs, vegetables, fruits
  • traditional romanian drink - tuica
  • water
  • Entry at Tsarevets Fortress - 5 euro
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • InterContinental Bucharest, an IHG Hotel, Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu 4, București 010051, Romania We meet at the stairs in front of the Intercontinental Hotel. You will see me near the stairs parked on boulevard in a grey minivan Renault Trafic model.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • eggs, cheese, ham, meatballs, vegetables, fruits
  • traditional romanian drink - tuica
  • water
  • Entry at Tsarevets Fortress - 5 euro
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets
Departure details
  • InterContinental Bucharest, an IHG Hotel, Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu 4, București 010051, Romania We meet at the stairs in front of the Intercontinental Hotel. You will see me near the stairs parked on boulevard in a grey minivan Renault Trafic model.
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    InterContinental Bucharest, an IHG Hotel
    Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu 4, București 010051, Romania
    We meet at the stairs in front of the Intercontinental Hotel. You will see me near the stairs parked on boulevard in a grey minivan Renault Trafic model.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Tsarevets
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Shipka Monument
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Buzludzha Monument
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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ndawgg
3 contributions
Oct. 2021
We took the day trip with Alex and Geo last week and it was great! It's a long drive and they were both a pleasure to chat with in between sites, and had a lot of knowledge about the places we visited. The weather didn't cooperate but it just made for much cooler photos. The lunch they provided was great with a special thanks to Alex's mom and grandmother for the pie and drink!

We would definitely recommend joining any trips/adventures that they are offering. Just overall great people to spend a day with. Also, this specific tour was the only one that went to these specific places. Most tours go to the usual tourist places, but if you want to see something new and different, definitely take their tour.

If we get back to Romania we will definitely be taking another tour with them. Thanks to you both!
Written 19 October 2021
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AlexMircea8523
Aww, thank you guys, it was a pleasure to have you in this tour. Geo also buyed goretex pants, did you buyed goretex jacket?:)) Cheers!
Written 26 October 2021
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Enny
3 contributions
This was a great tour and Alex was a wonderful guide. He was friendly, kind, knowledgeable, and best of all, he was great company. While completing the tour, we ran into a great deal of snow on the mountains (we were visiting in January) and had to course correct. Alex did so without hesitation. He ended up taking us on a hike instead—and luckily he had warned us to wear appropriate clothing and shoes ahead of time, just in case. Because of this, we were still able to see everything we wanted to. He also provided us with a great home-cooked meal afterwards. I’d definitely recommend taking a tour with Alex.
Written 29 January 2020
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Nate
New York City, NY3 contributions
Jan. 2020
Alex was by far the highlight of this trip. I knew finding an off the beaten path tour to see Bulgaria in January would be a difficult task but Alex made it an unforgettable experience. We really enjoyed the pace of the day and there was a great balance of information as well as some down time to ensure we were really able to capture the feeling of the country. The day was full of adventure and it was really topped off with a delicious homemade lunch. When the road up to Buzludzha wasn’t able to be driven, Alex quickly shifted that time to a hike which was a wonderful way to see nature and enjoy our time up and down the mountain. I cannot recommend Alex enough as a tour guide. I look forward to returning to Bucharest and exploring again with him.
Written 24 January 2020
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Michael
12 contributions
Dec. 2019
Alex clearly has a passion for travel, being a guide and adventuring around his own and nearby countries. It's fair to say this was the highlight of our trip. The weather conditions were rather difficult, particularly getting to Buzludzha Monument - Alex worked really hard though to ensure the itinerary was kept, even though it meant getting back to Bucharest quite late. The open air lunch/picnic was a nice touch, and even though it was a really long day with a massive amount of driving, Alex remained talkative and engaged up to the end. He got the perfect balance between giving us information and also allowing us to enjoy the views and taking photographs. The stops are really good - bit on the alternative side and off the beaten track, but that's what makes it so good. It is refreshing to come across a guide who has followed his passion. Was really nice to meet you Alex and I can recommend this tour highly.
Written 8 December 2019
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Cristina T
Faro, Portugal22 contributions
We booked This after a day tour with Alex! We liked so much that was impossible to stop! He knows the perfect spots to feel the true spirit of Bulgária! The most amazing places to take the best photographes!
A really nice picknick ! And a perfect choice of music to travel!!
We feel gratefuul to experiênce those tours!
Written 29 November 2019
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Smalltown92
18 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Solo
Just fancied a day trip to Bulgaria. Hadn’t looked too much into the trip but it sounded good and I thought why not. Alex picked myself and another couple up from outside the intercontinental hotel. The trip was interesting and informative. Alex was a great host, took care of everything. Had lunches packed for us. Homemade food which was very good. The intinery was interesting and well paced. Alex knew about the places he took us and gave knowledge and depth in the places he took us.
Alex was one of the most genuine people I meet on my trip in Romania. I wish him great success with his tour company and would recommend him to anyone for one of his tours.
Written 22 November 2019
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joero24
Los Angeles, CA210 contributions
I did this tour yesterday with our most awesome tour guide ever....Alex 👍!!!! It was way worth it. He takes you to the old town , Veliko Tărnovo, a UNESCO tentative list for world heritage site, then to the Shipka Monument and the Best part is the Buzludzha monument. An abandoned and the biggest unoccupied monument in Europe ( I hope I got it right this time Alex). It was a different experience. One of my best experience here on this trip. Alex made the drive bearable ( it was a long drive) but made it interesting. He is very engaging in the conversation. Such a pleasant person. One of my favorite is having a picnic at the Shipka monument where he laid a cloth on the grass and we ( the tour group) feast on home made food. My favorite is the apple pie made by his mom . I will do this again if I come back in Romania. I encourage tourists to do this awesome tour. Thanks for an awesome experience Alex and promise not to fall asleep and banging my head multiple times next time.
Written 11 October 2019
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cody h
1 contribution
It was an absolute great time with Alex. He was very knowledgeable and took us to some amazing places! Buzludzha had been on my bucket list for a long time and he got us there and told us a about it. I would give this 6stars if I could, great trip, definitely do it!! I'll likely do it again next time I'm here.
Written 11 October 2019
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Douglas B
Portland, OR8 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Solo
Alex met me at 8 AM in front of the Grand Continental Hotel, offering coffee and a warm smile. I think he could sense my excitement for this trip - I was hoping it was going to be great, and it did not disappoint!

The day started with a drive into Bulgaria through Ruse, where we stopped in Veliko Tarnovo. We took a fantastic walk through town to the Tsarevets Fortress.

Side note here - I am not in the best of shape, and Alex was incredibly patient with me when I needed to stop to catch my breath, even though I was obviously slowing us down. It was hot, and we took our time, finding shade spots as we went. Alex provided great history narration on the entire walk.

From Veliko Tarovo, we took a drive into the woods toward Shipka Monument. I didn't really know what to expect, but was absolutely stunned at the beautiful views from this location. There were more people than I expected, but it didn't deter from the experience at all.

This is the point that I knew that I had made the perfect choice in picking this tour. Alex pulls out a huge cooler filled with fresh fruit, eggs, water, cookies and meatballs that his mom made, some bread, some cheese (that his mom also made), some Țuică (that his grandmother made!!), and a blanket. We had a lovely picnic, although it was quite hot out. The views were stunning, and this experience added a nice, unexpected touch to the whole tour. Alex's mom makes some GOOD cookies!

We then headed to the Buzludzha Monument. There's normally a bit of a hike to get up the hill, but Alex tried the back road, which (thankfully) was open, although in terrible shape. We made it to the top and it was everything I had expected. I would have loved to go inside, but it appeared to be incredibly unsafe, and there was a guard onsite.

This trip was an unforgettable experience for me. Buzludzha Monument was a bucket list item for me, and I'm now one of the few people who has ever been there. Alex was absolutely incredible - great conversation, great information, incredibly accommodating, and incredibly friendly.

Next time I'm in Romania, I'll be seeking Alex out for another trip! I'd recommend him and his company (OnAdventure.ro) to anyone. Thanks Alex!
Written 21 June 2019
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walk_eat_repeat
Tauranga, New Zealand24 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Solo
The itinerary for this tour was a great balance of site in northern Bulgaria ranging from an important historic city and fortress, a 19thC monument commemorating those who died during the Battle of Shipka Pass, to one of the most amazing Soviet era buildings I've ever seen.
Alex was the perfect host, very responsive to our needs, checking in to see how we were going, and the home-cooked lunch was delicious (thanks Alex's family!).
It was a long day, with lots of driving, but the conversation was interesting, transport was comfortable and safe, and there was plenty to see. I thoroughly recommend the day trip to Bulgaria, and hope to be able to join another OnAdventure tour soon.
Written 14 June 2019
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