9:30 – 10:10 – Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo to Arbanassi

The first stop of the bus will be at 9:30 – Check Point East!
The second stop of the bus will be at 9:45 – last stop of the bus №13 (the stop below the dorms). 10:10 we will arrive near the Horse base “Kaloyan 92”.
10:10 – 12:00 Horse riding or walk in the nature
If you want a horse riding, fill this form: https://goo.gl/forms/e2yz6xRlMrgqrDby2

… and the time and prices are:
• 10 min. - 5 lv
• 20 min. - 10 lv
• 30 min. - 15 lv
• 40 min. - 20 lv

12:00 – 12:30 Hiking to Arbanassi
We will have a little walk to Arbanassi.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch time!!!
Everybody is free to eat where ever they want and whatever they want! (lots of little restaurants around)
14:00 – 15:00 Visiting The Konstantsalieva’s house (entrance 2 lv. per person)
The house was built at the end of XVII c. and was reconstructed several times. It is an ethnographic museum in nowadays. The exposition represents the way of life of the wealthy merchants in the period of the zenith of the village XVI- XVII-th c.
The house is an example of the unique style of architecture in the village of Arbanasi – a house-fortress surrounded by high stone walls.
15:00 – 16:00 Visiting Church of the Nativity in Arbanasi (entrance 2 lv per person)
This is the earliest and the most richly decorated church in the village of Arbanasi. It was built in several stages. The oldest layer of wall-paintings is from the end of XVI c. It consists of a naos, a narthex, a gallery and a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
One of the most interesting scenes is the genealogical tree of Jesus Christ with the twelve ancient philosophers. It is in the narthex.
“The wheel of life” is the most impressive wall-painting in the gallery of the church. This is the earliest presentation of the scene on the walls of Bulgarian churches.

*You have two option to visit two of the most popular monasteries or have your free time and go back to the dorms:
--> You can catch the public bus at 17:30 it will coast 1 lv.
-->You can get a taxi, it will cost around 2/3 lv. per person.

16:00 – 18:00 Visiting:The monastery "St. Nikola" and The monastery ,,The assumption (virgin Mary)"
The monastery “St. Nikola” is a complex consisting of a church, Bulgarian Renaissance Arbanassi houses and a chapel. The monastery was declared a monument of culture and it is within the borders of the historical and architectural-archeological reserve of Arbanassi.
The monastery ,,The assumption (virgin Mary)" could have existed before the fall of Bulgaria under Turkish domination when it was destroyed. Restored in the XVII c and in 1680 was built the church, which is preserved today. The church has an interesting construction. Later in 1762 the church was again richly painted. Despite the destructive effect of time we still have valuable pictures from the painted decoration. The iconostasis of the church dates from 1867. There are also many icons from the XVII and XVIII among which the miraculous ,,The Three-handed Holy Virgin" in silver casing.
18:00 - 18:30 Free time to explore village of Arbanassi
(We will give you maps to go where you want and visit the museums and the monasteries.)
It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 - 1393). At that time the Bolyari living in the capital Tarnovo used it as a summer residence. According to legend, the Tsar of Tarnovo minted coins here.
The first written confirmation of the village’s existence, however, is in a decree by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538. The main activities practiced by the residents of Arbanasi during the Ottoman rule were animal husbandry and trade. Some inhabitants bred silkworms.
Characteristic of the houses in Arbanasi is that because of the way they were built, it was possible to remain inside for long periods without going out, except to the well in the courtyard for water.
18:45 – 19:20 Departure from Arbanassi and arrival in Veliko Tarnovo
We will go back home with the public bus at 18:45, we must be at the bus stop at around 18:30 the latest!!
--> The bus will cost 1 lv.
-->You can get a taxi, it will cost around 2/3 lv. per person (for 3 or 4 people)

Timetable: http://gtvt2012.blogspot.bg/p/blog-page_6299.html

Information for Arbanassi and the historical monuments: http://bulgariatravel.org/en/object/17/Arbanasi

Horse base: http://sportuvai.bg/Конна-база-Калоян-92-с-Арбанаси_l.sp_i.177456.html

11/03/2017 - 09:30
4 lv (entrance for the monuments)