Your tour begins with at 8:30 am as pickup from your accommodation in Sofia is arranged. Climb aboard the comfortable air-conditioned minivan and settle in for a picturesque 3-hour drive.
Upon arrival in Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria - head for the old fortress to explore the history of its kings, the rulers of Bulgaria in the 13th and 14th centuries. After a 2-hour walk between the mighty walls, which have survived numerous sieges, head toward the city center.
On the way to a local restaurant, make a short stop in one of the old streets of Veliko Tarnovo to learn how people lived there in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Enjoy a traditional Bulgarian lunch at your own expense before continuing to the nearby village of Arbanassi. Visit the church and its 17th-century Nativity of Christ to see preserved wooden iconostases and frescoes, representing the Tarnovo painting school.
In the late afternoon, begin your journey back to Sofia where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.