The Danube City of Rousse ( “The little Vienna”)

Duration : aprox  7 hours

Meet in the lobby by your private tour-guide . Then you will board your private car/minibus/van and leave Bucharest to Ruse. At the outskirts of Bucharest optional stop for a short visit of the Giurgiului Jewish Cemetery which preserves the memory of the 21-23 January 1941 Pogrom.  You will arrive at Giurgiu the Romanian border city and you will cross the Friendship Bridge over the Danube.

Then you will arrive in Rousse. The city witnessed at the series of events in Bulgarian history, being also an important academic center and the largest Bulgarian port on the Danube River. The first Bulgarian newspaper, the first metal ship built in Europe, the first Bulgarian weather station, the first lift, the first oil refinery, are just a few of the historical moments spent in Ruse, the first Bulgarian private bank .

After a short tour of the historical monuments arround the most famous square of the city, your tour continues with the following visits :

  • the former Ashkenazic synagogue, now a Jewish community center
  • the former Sephardic synagogue, now turned into a US-backed God’s Church of Prophecy and the Pantheon of the Forgotten.
  • the Canetti Trade Housewhich is a venue for art events, performances and concerts organized by the International Elias Canetti Society. The Canetti Trade House used to be a commercial building used by Eliesar Canetti, the grandfather of Ruse-born Nobel Prize laureate in literature Elias Canetti.

 In the evening you will cross the Friendship Bridge over the danube in order to get to Bucharest. Optional stop at Giurgiu for some refreshments at the boat Restaurant docked on the Danube with nice views.


OPERATING  DAYS  :  from Sunday till Friday 

DURATION  : aprox . 7 hours ( depending on the  Romanian – Bulgarian and Bulgarian – Romanian customs control and the bridge crossing traffic )

OPERATING  HOURS : from 09:00 till 16:00 (on Fridays from 08:00 till 15:00) 


  • private licensed professional tour-guide
  • private transportation ( modern and safe car / minivan / van )
  • bridge taxes ( both ways )
  • bulgarian road taxes
  • private driver
  • parking fees


  • small donations at the Bulgarian Jewish Sites


  • in the lobby of your hotel


  • in the lobby of your hotel

NOTE :   We do not suggest this tour for the tourists which have to leave Bucharest – OTP airport on the very same day of the tour as in very rare situations the tour can last longer due to the customs control and bridge crossing traffic   !