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Veliko Turnovo is a city located in north-central Bulgaria. It has a total area of approx 30 km2 (12 ml2) and population around 70,000. Veliko Turnovo is accessible via bus shuttles from the Danube River cruise port Ruse (Rouse).
The city is also famous for the nearby Arbanasi (traditional Bulgarian village), located at approx 4 km (2,5 ml) to the northeast. Arbanasi is also famous for the Saint Nicholas Monastery (17th century), several churches (built 15th-18th centuries) and the Arbanasi Palace (former holiday residence of Todor Zhivkov, currently operated as hotel).
Often called "The City of the Tsars", Veliko Turnovo lies on Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the 2nd Bulgarian Empire. The city attracts many tourists with unique architecture. The old part of Veliko Turnovo is situated on the 3 hills Sveta Gora, Tsarevets and Trapezitsa, rising amidst the meanders of Yantra River. The palaces of the Bulgarian emperors, the Patriarchal Cathedral, the Patriarchate, and also a number of residential and administrative edifices surrounded by thick walls are on Tsarevets.
Trapezitsa is famous for its many churches and as nobility's former main residence. During the Middle Ages, Veliko Turnovo was among the main centres of culture in Europe and gave its name to the architecture of Turnovo Artistic School, painting of Turnovo Artistic School, and to literature. The city of Veliko Turnovo is a major educational, cultural, administrative and economic centre of Northern Bulgaria.
450,000 tourists visited the city in 2013. A number of other sites, except the historic hill Tsarevets, also attract tourists, including the Samovodskata Charshiya, numerous Bulgarian Renaissance and medieval churches, as well as the ancient Roman fortress of Nicopolis ad Istrum.
Veliko Turnovo tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Veliko Turnovo city tour
Port Veliko Turnovo cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Veliko Turnovo, Arbanasi, Bulgaria. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Veliko Turnovo cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Veliko Turnovo, Arbanasi, Bulgaria.
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