Nature tourism and sustainable transport mobility in Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo and Pleven

Route Description

  • Length of the tourist route: 150 km (between start and end point)
  • Duration: 3 days (2 overnight stays)
  • Sequence of travel along the tourist route:
    • Starting point: Rousse
    • Intermediate destination: Dve Mogili, Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven, Belene
    • End point: Sofia
  • Seasonal access: Year-round – except for the winter months, which are not appropriate to visit some natural sites and landmarks

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Spatial orientation

  • Municipalities in Rousse district:

Main sites to visit: Municipalities of Rousse, Dve Mogili

Additional sites and events: Municipalities of Rousse, Ivanovo, Byala

  • Municipalities in Veliko Tarnovo district:

Main sites to visit: Veliko Tarnovo municipality

Additional sites and events: Municipalities of Svishtov, Veliko Tarnovo, Elena

  • Municipalities in Pleven district:

Main sites to visit: Municipalities of Pleven and Belene

Additional sites and events: Municipalities of Pleven and Gulyantsi

The tourist route envisages visit of natural sites and landmarks with the possibility of travel along scenic trails and bicycle routes.

Access to many additional 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  transport access between the towns of Rousse (Bulgaria) and Giurgiu (Romania)

  • Travel during the stay:
  • Personal car;
  • Public transportation to tourist sites and attractions planned for visit;
  • 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 – municipalities of Rousse and Dve Mogili:

Municipality of Rousse: Nature Park “Rusenski Lom”

Dve Mogili Municipality: Cave “Orlova Chuka” – Pepelina village

Opportunity to visit additional tourist sites and attractions in Rousse Municipality. Overnight stay in Rousse.

  • 2nd dayVeliko Tarnovo Municipality:

Veliko Tarnovo municipality: Maintained Reserve “Savchov chair”

Opportunity to visit the many cultural, historical and religious sites and monuments in Veliko Turnovo Municipality. Proposed overnight stay in Veliko Tarnovo – the number of ovenight stays depends on the additional sites to visit.

  • 3rd day – municipality of Pleven:

Pleven municipality: Park “Kaylaka” – Pleven;

Belene municipality: Nature Park “Persina”

Visit to additional sites of tourist interest.

Additional sites to visit

  • District of Rousse:

Municipality of Rousse: Rousse – National Museum of Transport; Museum “Baba Tonka”; Regional historical museum; Ancient fortress “Sexaginta Prista”, Park and Pantheon of the Revival; Rock Monastery “St. Dimitar Basarbovski “- Basarbovo village

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

Byala: Kolyo Ficheto bridge over the river Yantra – Byala

  • Veliko Tarnovo district:

Svishtov municipality: Roman town Nove – Svishtov

Veliko Tarnovo municipality: Veliko Tarnovo – Architectural Museum Reserve “Tsarevets,” Architectural reserve “Trapezitsa”, Architectural reserve “Maiden Castle” (Devingrad); Multimedia visitor center “Tsarevgrad Tarnov” (Wax Figures Museum); 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”, Churches “St. 40 Martyrs“; “St. Peter and Paul”; “St. St. Constantine and Helena”; “St. George”; “St. Dimitar Solunski”, Kilifarevski 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; Ancient Roman city – “Nicopolis ad Istrum” – 18 km from Veliko Tarnovo; Architectural Reserve Arbanasi village; Museum “Konstantsalieva house” – Arbanasi village, Museum and house “Filip Totyu” – ear Voneshta Voda village (around 40 km from Veliko Tarnovo), Ethnographic complex “Osenarska River” – near Voneshta Voda village, History Museum – Kilifarevo (11 km from Veliko Tarnovo)

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

  • 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” – Pleven, Romanian mausoleum and park – Grivitsa village

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

Additional events to visit

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

  • District of Rousse, municipality 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 “Rousee 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)

Veliko Tarnovo District, Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo:

International cultural events in the 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 “Srebarna Yantra”

National cultural events in Veliko Tarnovo: Summer season of Bulgarian opera theaters “Stage of the Ages” (July-September); National Folk Festival for amateur clubs “Bolyarsko nadigravane” (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)

  • Pleven district, Pleven municipality:

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