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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (Photo: Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock.com)

About Veliko Tarnovo

Built high above the winding Yantra river, Veliko Tarnovo's whitewashed structures with red tile roofs appear to be perched one on top of another, almost hanging from the hills, and look as if they could collapse, domino-style, into the valley below.

The city is important in Bulgarian history -- it was the nation's capital from the 12th to the 14th century during its time of medieval greatness, when it was considered second only to Constantinople in its splendor. Today, it's a university town, which leads to a vibrancy among the historic buildings.

Situated in Bulgaria's mountainous interior, Veliko Tarnovo is reached via a bus ride through the country's agricultural breadbasket, with the hills and mountains rising to meet you as you approach. Most river cruises offer it as an included daylong excursion from the Danube port of Rousse, which itself is pretty dull; if this is your first time in Bulgaria, go.


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Bucharest
    Visiting:
    Bucharest, Giurgiu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    15 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Giurgiu
    • Day 3
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 4
      Vidin
    • Day 5
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 6
      Belgrade
    • Day 7
      Osijek
    • Day 8
      Kalocsa
    • Day 9
      Budapest
    • Day 10
      Budapest
    • Day 11
      Bratislava
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Melk
    • Day 13
      Wachau
    • Day 14
      Passau
    • Day 15
      Regensburg
    • Day 16
      Nuremberg
    Ship Details

    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

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    debrariley
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Basel to Amsterdam Rhine River Cruise
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    harperlewis
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Emerald Star- Bucharest to Budapest
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Kalocsa, Osijek ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    8 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Kalocsa
    • Day 3
      Osijek
    • Day 4
      Belgrade
    • Day 5
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 5
      Golubac
    • Day 6
      Vidin
    • Day 7
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 8
      Bucharest
    • Day 8
      Giurgiu
    • Day 9
      Bucharest
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    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

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    mmireau
    Sail Date May 2019
    A bucket list item that exceeded expectations
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    HenryGF
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Another excellent Emerald Cruise
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Bucharest
    Visiting:
    Bucharest, Giurgiu ... see more
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    Emerald Waterways
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    8 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Giurgiu
    • Day 3
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 4
      Vidin
    • Day 5
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 6
      Belgrade
    • Day 7
      Osijek
    • Day 8
      Kalocsa
    • Day 9
      Budapest
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    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

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    JDRevell
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Great Ship, Great Food, Fantastic Crew, Wonderful Excursions.
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    sssxguy
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Enjoyable cruise across Germany, but some frustrations
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Nuremberg
    Visiting:
    Regensburg, Passau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    15 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Nuremberg
    • Day 2
      Regensburg
    • Day 3
      Passau
    • Day 3
      Salzburg
    • Day 4
      Melk
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
    • Day 9
      Kalocsa
    • Day 10
      Osijek
    • Day 11
      Belgrade
    • Day 12
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 12
      Golubac
    • Day 13
      Vidin
    • Day 14
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 15
      Bucharest
    • Day 15
      Giurgiu
    • Day 16
      Bucharest
    Ship Details

    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

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    crock of the bush veld
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Excellent and great value
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    kenasch2
    Sail Date May 2019
    Enchantment of Eastern Europe - some improvements needed
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Kalocsa ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    10 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Budapest
    • Day 4
      Kalocsa
    • Day 5
      Osijek
    • Day 6
      Belgrade
    • Day 7
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 7
      Golubac
    • Day 8
      Vidin
    • Day 9
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 10
      Bucharest
    • Day 10
      Giurgiu
    • Day 11
      Bucharest
    Ship Details

    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

    Reviews

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    Emerald Destiny -- one of Emerald Waterways fleet of "Star Ships" -- has been sailing on the Da...

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    Cumbrianglobetrotter
    Sail Date May 2019
    Enchantment of Eastern Europe
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    AndrewMorris62
    Sail Date May 2019
    Surpassing all expectations
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Bucharest
    Visiting:
    Bucharest, Giurgiu ... see more
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    10 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Giurgiu
    • Day 3
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 4
      Vidin
    • Day 5
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 6
      Belgrade
    • Day 7
      Osijek
    • Day 8
      Kalocsa
    • Day 9
      Budapest
    • Day 10
      Budapest
    • Day 11
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

    Reviews

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    Emerald Destiny -- one of Emerald Waterways fleet of "Star Ships" -- has been sailing on the Da...

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    JoAw
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Superb Experience - unable to Fault
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    chipreynolds
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Emerald Delights
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Nuremberg
    Visiting:
    Regensburg, Passau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    15 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Nuremberg
    • Day 2
      Regensburg
    • Day 3
      Passau
    • Day 3
      Salzburg
    • Day 4
      Melk
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
    • Day 9
      Kalocsa
    • Day 10
      Osijek
    • Day 11
      Belgrade
    • Day 12
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 12
      Golubac
    • Day 13
      Vidin
    • Day 14
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 15
      Bucharest
    • Day 15
      Giurgiu
    • Day 16
      Bucharest
    Ship Details

    Emerald Dawn - Emerald Waterways

    Contemporary ship with a friendly vibe

    Swimming pool that converts into a movie theater

    Value for money fares

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    0.0/5

    The 182-passenger Emerald Dawn is one of Emerald Waterways signature "Star Ships." Emerald...

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    SoCal Retiree
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Great First Cruise Experience
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    Ianmpartridge
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Superb cruise
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Bucharest
    Visiting:
    Bucharest, Giurgiu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    15 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Bucharest
    • Day 2
      Giurgiu
    • Day 3
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 4
      Vidin
    • Day 5
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 6
      Belgrade
    • Day 7
      Osijek
    • Day 8
      Kalocsa
    • Day 9
      Budapest
    • Day 10
      Budapest
    • Day 11
      Bratislava
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Melk
    • Day 13
      Wachau
    • Day 14
      Passau
    • Day 15
      Regensburg
    • Day 16
      Nuremberg
    Ship Details

    Emerald Sun - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Modern design in public areas and cabins, enclosed indoor pool, included gratuities

    Cons

    Perfunctory service; lackluster dining

    Bottom Line

    A good value with a contemporary feel, moderate inclusions and a casual, friendly atmosphere

    Reviews

    Emerald Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Since its launch in 2013, Emerald Waterways has built a reputation for value river cruising on ...

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    Cruiser Gil
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Expensive but food lacking
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Entertaining and Educational
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  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    22 Night Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Miltenberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Bamberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Passau
    • Day 11
      Melk
    • Day 11
      Wachau
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Bratislava
    • Day 14
      Budapest
    • Day 15
      Budapest
    • Day 16
      Kalocsa
    • Day 17
      Osijek
    • Day 18
      Belgrade
    • Day 19
      Donji Milanovac
    • Day 19
      Golubac
    • Day 20
      Vidin
    • Day 21
      Veliko Tarnovo
    • Day 22
      Bucharest
    • Day 22
      Giurgiu
    • Day 23
      Bucharest
    Ship Details

    Emerald Sun - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Modern design in public areas and cabins, enclosed indoor pool, included gratuities

    Cons

    Perfunctory service; lackluster dining

    Bottom Line

    A good value with a contemporary feel, moderate inclusions and a casual, friendly atmosphere

    Reviews

    Emerald Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

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    Maxine.noble
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    When can I afford another
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    Dwtiffin
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Excellent value
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Veliko Tarnovo

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Kalocsa ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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