Arbanassi and Veliko Tarnovo are part of luxury cruise itineraries that are offered at prices between 560 and 660 dollars. One of the companies providing them is the Bulgarian Dunav Tours which offers unforgettable experiences aboard the five-star cruise ship Elegant Lady. The trip is called Danubian romance and starts from Vienna, passing through Budapest, Esztergom, Melk, Passau, etc. The voyage takes seven days and provides on ground tours from Ruse to Ivanovo Rock Monastery, the Old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi.
Uniworld – the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line, offering the highest standards in luxury river cruising – has also included Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi in its programme. The first luxury river cruise ship, River Princess, sets off at the beginning of July; a week later its passengers will embark in Ruse. From there they will be transferred to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi where tourists will visit historical sites and museums and will taste authentic dishes from the Second Bulgarian Kingdom in a local restaurant. After that they will be returning to their ship to continue with their cruise.
Some tourist expos offer routes including a trip to the village of Nikyup after experts estimated that the Roman town of Nicopolis ad Istrum, located near the village and some 20 km away from Veliko Tarnovo, can attract up to 100 000 tourists a year.