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Self-guided tour in Tsarevets Fortress

Free cancellation
Place: Veliko Tarnovo
Duration: from 3 hours to 5 hours
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Polish, Chinese
Mobile voucher accepted

Do this because

  • Explore the monument at your own pace
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the city from the front steps
  • Learn about the history of the fortress with reading material

What to expect

Dating to the 12th century, this strategic fortress is one of two highly fortified hills (Trapezitza being the other) that protected Bulgarian rulers living on the site in the tsar’s palace. Explore the historical monument and enjoy the city views from the front steps.

Tsarevets Museum is located on Tsarevets Hill, which has been settled since time immemorial due to its strategic location. Thracians and Romans has used the location for defensive reasons, however, Byzantines built the first fortress here between the 5th and 7th centuries AD.

The fortress was rebuilt and fortified by the Slavs and Bulgars between the 8th and 10th centuries, and again by the Byzantines in the early 12th century. When Tarnovgrad became the Second Bulgarian Empire’s capital, the fortress was truly magnificent, but with the Turkish invasion in 1393, it was sacked and destroyed.

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Important to know

  • Note this tour does not include entrance tickets to the attraction/museum
  • You will need to arrange your own transportation to/from the activity location(s)
  • Self-guided tour includes reading material (via PDF) available in English, Bulgarian, Romanian, French, German, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Greek, Spanish or Turkish
  • Please contact the tour operator to request your preferred language. You will find their information on the voucher after booking
  • The reading material (PDF) will be sent to your email address
  • This reading material will be a customized PDF in your selected language and will include instructions on how to arrive to the starting location, travel tips and detailed explanations about the sights you will visit
  • Unfortunately, the grounds are not wheelchair acccessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
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What’s included

Personalized reading material (PDF)

What’s not included

Transportation to/from attractions

Entrance ticket

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

Booking fee

Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.


Tsar Asen Square, 5000 Tsarevets, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Meeting point:

Enter the Tsarevets Fortress anytime during open hours.


VIP-Sliven Ltd.

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