Cultural heritage of the districts of Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo and Pleven

Route Description

  • Length of the tourist route: 185 km (between start and end point)
  • Duration: 4 days (3 overnight stays)
  • Sequence of travel along the tourist route:
    • Starting point: Rousse
    • Intermediate destination: Ivanovo village, Byala, Svishtov, Veliko Tarnovo. Elena, Pleven
    • End point: Rousse
  • Seasonal access: Year-round

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Spatial orientation

  • Municipalities in Rousse district:

Main sites to visit: Municipalities of Rousse, Ivanovo village, Byala

Additional sites and events: Municipality of Rousse

  • Municipalities in Veliko Tarnovo district:

Main sites to visit: Municipalities of Svishtov, Veliko Tarnovo and Elena

Additional sites and events: Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and Svishtov

  • Municipalities in Pleven district:

Main sites to visit: Municipalities of Pleven and Gulyantsi

Additional sites and events: Pleven Municipality

Explore the rich cultural heritage of the regions of Rousse, Veliko Tarnovo and Pleven.

Visit to many cultural and historical tourist sites of national importance.

Availability of various tourist services, attractions and animations for tourists.

Possible ways of transportation

  • Arriving at the destination:

To Rousse: By car, bus, train. Arriving from Romania – “Danube Bridge”, providing the access between the towns of Rousse (Bulgaria) and Giurgiu (Romania)

  • Travel during the stay:
    • Personal car;
    • Public transportation to tourist sites and attractions to be visited;
    • Possibility to rent a car and use taxi;
    • Sustainable personal mobility of tourists:
      • Eco-trails with different levels of difficulty
      • Travel on bicycle routes


  • 1st day – Rousse Municipality:

Municipality of Rousse: Ruse – National Museum of Transport; Museum “Baba Tonka”; Regional Historical Museum; Ancient fortress “Sexaginta Prista” Park and Pantheon of the National Revival. Overnight in the town of Rousse

  • 2nd and 3rd dayMunicipalities of Ivanovo and Byala (Ruse District) and Municipalities of Svishtov, Veliko Tarnovo and Elena (Veliko Turnovo district):

Ivanovo Municipality: Medieval Town “Cherven” – Cherven village; Ivanovo Rock Churches

Byala: Kolyo Ficheto Rridge over the river Yantra – Byala

Svishtov municipality: Roman town of Nove – Svishtov

Veliko Tarnovo municipality: Veliko Tarnovo – Architectural Museum Reserve “Tsarevets” Architectural reserve “Trapezitsa”, Multimedia visitor center “Tsarevgrad Tarnov” (Wax Figures Museum); Architectural reserve “Maiden Castle” (Devingrad); Samovodska Charshiya (“Street of Crafts“); Archaeological Museum; Museum “Renaissance and Constituent Assembly”; Museum “Modern and Contemporary History”; Museum “Prison”; Museum “Sarafkina house”; Museum and house “Petko R. Slaveykov”, Architectural reserve – Arbanassi village, Museum “Konstantsalieva House” – Arbanassi village, Museum and house “Filip Totyu” – near Voneshta Voda village (around 40 km from veliko Tarnovo), Ethnographic complex “Osenarska River” – near Voneshta Voda village, Ancient Roman city – “Nicopolis ad Istrum” – 18 km from Veliko Tarnovo; History Museum – Kilifarevo (11 km from Veliko Tarnovo)

Elena Municipality: Elena – Museum House of Ilarion Makariopolski; Ethnographic Complex – Clock Tower, Church “St. Nikola”, Church” Assumption of Virgin Mary”, “Daskalolivnitsa”, Kambourov inn

Proposed to stay for two nights in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.

  • Day 4 – municipalities of Pleven and Gulyantsi (Pleven district):

Pleven municipality: Pleven – Mausoleum Chapel “St. Georgi Pobedonosets”; Regional historical museum; Museum “Tsar Liberator Alexander II”; Wine Museum; Panorama “Pleven Epopee 1877”; Skobelev Park Museum (Military History Museum); Fortress “Storgozia” and Park “Kayluka” – Pleven, Romanian mausoleum and park – Grivitsa village

Gulyantsi municipality: Roman city “Ulpia Oescus” – Gigen village

Additional sites to visit

  • District of Rousse:

Municipality of Rousse: Rock Monastery “St. Dimitar Basarbovski “- Basarbovo village

  • District of Veliko Tarnovo:

Veliko Tarnovo municipality: Veliko Tarnovo– Churches -“St. 40 Martyrs“; “St. St. Peter and Paul”; “St. St. Constantine and Helena”; “St. George”; “St. Dimitar Solunski”, Kilifarevo monastery – near Kilifarevo; Kapinovski monastery “St. Nikolay Chudotvorets”- near Velchevo village; Plakovski monastery “St. Prophet Elijah”- 18 km from Veliko Tarnovo; Preobrazhenski Monastery “St. Transfiguration”- near Veliko Tarnovo

Additional events to visit

Possibility of combining tourist visits to coincide with the timing of various cultural events

  • District of Rousse, Minicipality of Rousse:

International cultural events in Rousse: International Dance Festival “Dancing River” (in April); “March Music Days”; Sand Sculptures Festival “Rousse Sand Fest” (May-June), Festival of ice sculptures “Rousse Ice Fest” (in December)

National cultural events: National Folk Festival “Stage under the linden trees” – Nikolovo village (in June); National Folklore Competition for performers of folk music – Ruse (in March)

District of Veliko Tarnovo, Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo:

International cultural events in Veliko Tarnovo: International Folklore Festival (July); International festival of military orchestras (September), International Folklore Festival “Balkan Folk”, International Tourism Fair “Cultural Tourism”, International “Dixie Jazz Fest” (July), International Competition for young singers of popular songs “Silver Yantra”

  • National cultural events in the Veliko Tarnovo: Summer season of Bulgarian opera theaters “Stage of the Ages” (July-September); National Folk Festival for amateur clubs “Bolyarsko dancing” (April); National Folk Festival “At the square in Arbanassi” – Arbanasi village

Svishtov municipality: International Blues Festival – Svishtov (September); National Folklore Festival “Folklore spring” – Tsarevets village (August); National Folk Festival of Catholic communities in Bulgaria – Oresh village (May)

  • District of Pleven, Municipality of Pleven:

National cultural events in Pleven: National competition for new Bulgarian dramaturgy “Ivan Radoev” (March-April); National Festival of avant-garde videofilms “Art Vision”

Entrance fees for visiting the sites and attractions included in the tourist route

The entrance fee to visit some tourist sites and attractions is n the price range “up to 5 BGN” and “from 5 to 10 BGN”

Other tourist services

Possibility to use a wide variety of additional tourist services along the route:

  • Individual and group guide, mountain guide
  • Rent a car
  • Bicycle rental
  • Rental of sports equipment
  • Practicing cave tourism
  • Visit to wine cellars – an opportunity for tasting and purchasing local wines

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