"This one-day trip to Northern Bulgaria starts from Bucharest. After crossing Friendship Bridge over Danube River we stop to Basarabov Rock Monastery built in a cave. It is here that the relics of St Dimitrie Basarabov Saint Dimitrie the New-patron saint of Bucharest were found! It`s the only cave monastery in Bulgaria still inhabited by monks and maintained for tourists and the faithful.Continuing on the footsteps of the old Vlachs you arrive to Veliko Ta the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1187-1393).Veliko Tarnovo impresses with its location on the hills around the medieval fortress the story of the four Asan kings and the fragrance of roses. Asan was an army commander and founder of the Asan dynasty. Together with his brother Petru
"The tour starts at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Varna. The first stop will be The Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo a UNESCO - protected landmark. These is a group of monolithic churches chapels and monasteries hewn out of solid rock and completely different from other monastery complexes in Bulgaria located near the village of Ivanovo 20 km south of Rousse on the high rocky banks of the Rusenski Lom 32 m above the river
"The tour’s first stop at St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery is the only Bulgarian example of such a structure carved into a cliff that is still inhabited today and its atmosphere will fill you with wonder. You will have time to explore this beautiful religious monument before we continue to the remarkable medieval settlement of Veliko Tarnovo which was once the medieval capital of Bulgaria. Prepare to be transported back in time this gorgeous city has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valley as well as ample history for you to explore and absorb and architecture that will take your breath away. Veliko Tarnovo is home to the magnificent Tsaravets Fortress
There is a pond and some old Romanian buildings in the grounds of Bran Castle. A tourist had actually dropped her bag in the pond and some locals helped her to fish it out. No easy task in that murky...