Why go to Veliko Tarnovo?
Pro: One of Bulgaria's most beautiful cities, with fascinating history
Con: City is a two-hour bus ride each way from the Danube
Bottom Line: Despite distance from the port, this hilled medieval city's charms is worth the trip
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The lev is the currency of Bulgaria, although many shops will also accept euros or American dollars. ATMs are also available in principal shopping districts, such as Samovodska Charshiya. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.
Although the local language is Bulgarian, most visitors will have no trouble finding people who speak English in shops or other attractions frequented by tourists. A preponderance of the street signs, however, use the Cyrillic alphabet since Bulgaria is the nation where this alphabet was devised. Signage in English is common in places most visitors will stop.