Bucharest to Ruse, Bulgaria Day trip by Eddie

Visit the city of Ruse in Bulgaria.  Admire the Danube river and the special Basarbovo Monastery. A nice and easy trip while being in Bucharest, a unique private tour by Eddie

This Bucharest to Ruse day trip is a very nice option if you want a not very packed day but a nice and easy trip. 

Ruse is the 5th largest city in Bulgaria and back in the 19th century was the largest one. A charming and elegant city placed on the banks of the Danube river, Ruse still preserves many of its Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo buildings. Many of these beautiful buildings were designed by Austrian architects, hence the nickname of Little Vienna.

Basarbovo Monastery - a charming rock monastery and church, this special place has an interesting connection with Bucharest and Romania. This is the only rock monastery in Bulgaria that is still functioning.

Welcome to Ruse, Bulgaria! 

Why with us

  • More time for you - my tours are designed to give the traveler a fair amount of time to really enjoy the attractions included
  • Personal experience - this tour is designed and performed by Eddie, your professional local tour guide
  • Flexibility is the key word - in case of a private tour, one could spend more time on what interests you most and less for the rest
  • Unicity - we could (if possible and desired) add one tour component and  remove the other - even ongoing -  for a full customized experience 
  • Small Group Tour - usually my groups are up to 7 people but if your group is larger we'll still have fun
bucharest to ruse day trip

"Excellent tour to Ruse"   ★★★★★   on TripAdvisor

Excellent day trip with Eddie to Ruse in Bulgaria. Eddie is a very friendly, knowledgeable guide. Very careful driver. Enjoyed the trip to the hillside monestary and Ruse city. Very flexible with the itinerary, and tailors to clients preferences. Highly recommended. Private tour much better than a group tour. Suberb guide and day out

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Pricing for Bucharest to Ruse, Bulgaria Day Trip by Eddie 

Please note - the tour price does NOT include: all the entrance fees, food, drinks, personal expenses, other expenses


We offer discount on our prices of this tour if booked for any Monday or Tuesday of current month. Please check the list bellow

  • Private groups of 1-2 people (price per group)

    65 euro/person + 65 euro/person = 130 euro (for a group of 2 persons) ; 130 euro for a group of 1 person

  • Discounted price: 55 euro/person + 55 euro/person = 110 euro (for a group of 2 persons) ; 110 euro for a group of 1 person

  • Private groups of 3-9 people (price per person)

    65 euro per person

  • Discounted price: 55 euro/person

  • Private groups of 10-14 people (price per person)

    60 euro per person

  • Discounted price: 55 euro/person

  • Private groups of 15 people or more (price per person)

    55 euro per person

  • Discounted price: 50 euro/person

  • Shared groups of 1-3 people (price per person)

    65 euro/person (a minimum of 2 people is required for this tour to run)

  • Discounted price: 55 euro/person

Highlights - Bucharest to Ruse, Bulgaria Day Trip by Eddie

  • Ruse - The Little Vienna - the largest Bulgarian city on the Danube River, a cosmopolitan city placed at a crossroads
  • Basarbovo Monastery - nowadays this is the only functioning rock monastery in Bulgaria
  • The Danube River and the Danube Bridge or "Friendship Bridge" - the Danube is the second largest river in Europe after Volga. The Danube Bridge was built between 1952-1954 and was the largest combined bridge (road and rail) in Europe at that time

Ruse - pedestrian street 

Ruse- Bulgaria, Historical Centre

Ruse was always a trade centre, due to it's great connection with the Central Europe via the Danube River

Opera House - Ruse 

Ruse Opera House

Built in 1955 and officially opened in 1956 with  "Evgeni Onegin" by Tchaikovsky

Tour Details

  • Tour type

    Full Day Private or Shared Tour

  • Tour availability

    The tour runs all year round. Please check for availability via email or WhatsApp/Mobile phone

  • Language

    This tour is held in English. However, I can help a bit the Italian tourists with my basic level of Italian language (parlo un po' di italiano)

  • Starting time

    09:00 a.m.

  • Tour duration

    6-7 hours. This may vary depending on road and traffic conditions, the queues at the border or any unexpected reason

  • Tour lenght

    Approx. 200 km round trip

  • Travel documents

    For this tour we have to cross the Romanian-Bulgarian border. Therefore, you will need your passport if you are a non-EU citizen | ID card for the EU citizens, and a visa or the right to enter and exit Bulgaria and Romania

  • Pick-up and Drop-off

    At you hotel or place in the central area of Bucharest (most of the hotels are located here). For all other areas an extra pick up fee could be applied (please ask)

  • Tour payment

    At the moment we accept cash payment only. You are going to pay the tour price listed on this page (we do not apply any other additional charges) in the day of your tour, before the end of the tour

  • What's included

    Pick-up and drop-off (at your hotel or place in Bucharest) | Tour guidance - by Eddie - certified national tour guide | Transportation by AC car - for 1-3 persons (my 2021 Dacia Logan or similar - in the case of groups of 3 people, in order to have maximum comfort, one person could sit in front and the other two in the back seats) / 8-seater van for 4-7 persons/ bus for more than 7 persons (including driver, fuel, road tax, parking fees, etc.) – is offered as a FREE of charge service | Stop for Basarbovo Monastery (entrance fee not included) | Stop for Ruse - Historical Centre, short walking tour + free time and lunch time (any entrance fees not included)

  • Not included

    Any entrance fees: Basarbovo Monastery about 6 leva per adult | Food and drinks | Souvenirs | Personal expenses

Transportation - 1 to 3 persons using my 2021 Dacia Logan Comfort; for more than 3 persons we use minibus / bus


Itinerary -  Bucharest to Ruse, Bulgaria Day Trip by Eddie 

Our tour starts in the morning, in order to avoid Bucharest rush hour traffic. We head south and after about 70 km we reach the border between Romania and  Bulgaria and the Danube river.

After crossing the Danube Bridge and the border our first stop is Basarbovo Rock Monastery.

Next stop will be in Ruse, for a nice walk, lunch, free time.

Our tour ends in Bucharest after a nice and easy trip to Ruse, Bulgaria. 

For private tours - by request - we could skip (ongoing) some of the tour components in order to have more time for others. Also,  we could have a different tour configuration, based on a prior request.

Good things to know before you book 

  • This tour includes components that are not suitable for persons having walking disabilities (especially the Rock-hewn Church of Ivanovo and Tsarevets Fortress involves climbing stairs). Please contact us and we will try to offer the best option to you.
  • Once arrived at the border check point you will need your travel documents.  In case you don't have your passport (non-EU citizens)/ID card (EU citizens) with you, or you don't have a valid visa for Bulgaria and/or Romania, or the right to enter and exit Bulgaria and Romania, or any other reason that prevents you to enter and exit Bulgaria and Romania we (the company,  tour guide and the rest of the group) can not wait for you and we are going to continue the tour. In this case  you will be solely responsible for your return journey and we cannot refund the price for this tour or for your return journey or any other loss. 
  • Along this Bulgaria tour you may need some cash, as some local restaurants or street  merchants could accept cash only. The local currency  is called leva and is your best cash payment option. Some places could accept your payment in euro or even in lei (the Romanian currency).
  • Due to the traffic conditions or other reasons we cannot guarantee the return hour or the total number of hours agreed for this tour.
  • During weekend time, peak season and official holidays, usually the traffic level is higher and crossing the border could take longer than usual and our tour could last more hours than specified.
  • We reserve the right to refuse or unilaterally cancel any tour/service/product you want to book or you booked with us, for any reason. You will be notified via your email address/phone number regarding this issue at least 24 hours before your tour date or as soon as possible. In this case you may ask us to try to change the desired tour date or to change the tour, if possible. If you did pay any amount of money for the refused/cancelled service, and you are not interested in changing your tour date or your tour, you will be refunded. We are not liable for any losses or expenses caused by the issues above.
  • You will follow all our tour guide indications regarding the timings and the meeting points. If you will not be present at the time and place specified by the tour guide, we (the tour guide and the rest of the group) can not wait for you or come back for you, therefore you will be solely responsible for your return journey
  • During our tour you are not allowed to wander off from our group without the acceptance of our tour guide. In case this happens or you return to our group late, we (the tour guide and the rest of the group) can not wait for you.
  • Eddex Travel cannot be held responsible/liable if during our tour we find any site closed without a prior notice or we can't arrive in time to visit the attractions of the tour and also we cannot be made responsible/liable for any reason from the moment you arrive.
  • Transportation – by AC car - for 1-3 persons (my 2021 Dacia Logan or similar)/ 8-seater van for 4-8 persons/ bus for more than 8 persons (including driver, fuel, road tax, parking fees, etc.) is FREE of charge, you are going to pay for the tour guidance only.
  • Please Note: Eddex Travel Company or the individuals involved in this tour can not cover any travel risks by a travel insurance or in any other way. Given the fact that travelling involves always some risks, we strongly recommend you to have a valid travel insurance to cover any potential risks, such as and not limited to: any unpleasant event, accident or even death, taking place during this tour. Eddex Travel Company or the individuals involved in this tour can not be held responsible/liable for any consequences, regardless of whose fault generated the consequences

We are not responsible/liable for any losses or expenses caused by the issues above.

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