Journey through Romania & Bulgaria
10 Days Escorted Tour from Sofia, Rila, Veliko Tarnovo, Brasov, Bran, Sibiu & Bucharest 

Features and Inclusions

  • 9 nights in accommodation including breakfast daily

  • Lunch on day 2, Dinner on day 3, afternoon tea and snacks at Azuga Winery on day 5, lunch in Sighisoara on day 6, Dinner at farm house near Sibiu on day 7, Dinner with folklore show in Bucharest on day 9

  • English Speaking driver/guide 

  • Entrance fees at: History Museum and Alexander Nevski Crypt in Sofia; Rila Monastery and Museum in Rila; Roman Theatre in Plovdiv; Replica of Thracia Tomb, Rose Museum and Distillery in Kazanlak; Tsarevets Hills in Veliko Tarnovo; Konstankalieva House and Nativity Church in Arbanassi; Ivanovo rock churches in Ivanovo; Black Church and First Romanian School in Brasov; Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle in Sinaia; Bran Castle in Bran; Clock Tower Museum, Torture Chamber, Medieval Weapons Gallery in Sighisoara; Bruckenthal Museum in Sibiu; Parliament Palace, Village Museum

  • Private arrival + departure transfers

  • Guide-Driver as per itinerary (except arrival and departure transfers)

  • Tour will operate with a minimum of 2 people

 

Departures and Prices 2016

Starting from

April 1 - December 20, 2016*

Per Person In Twin

$ 2907.00

Single Room 

$ 6960.00

*Excluding: Fairs/Holidays & Congresses

 

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

         

ITINERARY

Day 1: Sofia

Arrive in Sofia and have a private transfer to your hotel. Accommodation at Anel 5* Hotel or similar. (O)

 

Day 2: Sofia - Rila - Sofia

This morning you will meet your Bulgarian guide and discover the Bulgarian capital during a walking city tour including a visit to the National History Museum and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. During the tour you will see also the St. Nicholas Russian Church and the Rotonda of St. George Church- the oldest building in Sofia, the National Theatre. Just before noon depart for Rila. Drive across the mountains and serve lunch at a local restaurant, a few steps from Rila Monastery and taste fresh trout. Visit Rila Monastery – one of the greatest centers of scholarship and religion in Bulgaria during the National Revival Period. Founded in the middle of the 10th century it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language during the centuries. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. See the monastery church with its amazing frescos painted by the most famous Bulgarian finest artists from 19th c. and the monastery museum. In the late afternoon return to Sofia. Accommodation at Anel 5* Hotel or similar. (B,L,O)

 

Day 3: Sofia - Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnovo

After breakfast, depart for Plovdiv. Have a walk in the old town with its cobbled streets and typical national revival architecture. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre and see the Church of St. Konstantine and Elena–one of the oldest churches in Bulgaria. Continue to Kazanlak to visit the UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb with its Hellenistic frescoes from the 3rd century BC. Visit also the Rose Museum and Rose distillery. Cross the Balkan mountains through the Shipka Pass, famous for its historical significance and arrive in Veliko Tarnovo where you will serve dinner and spend the night at Grand Yantra 4* Hotel or similar. (B,D,O)

 

Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi

After breakfast you will have a morning tour of Veliko Turnovo. See the medieval quarter of the town and visit the historical Tsarevets Hill, where remains from the former capital’s glory can still be seen. Proceed to the picturesque village of Arbanassi. The village was originally founded by Albanians and it grew rich after Sultan Suleyman I gave it to one of his sons-in-law in early 1538, thus exempting the bustling town from the harsh Ottoman taxation. In this typical medieval Bulgarian town of stone houses and red tiles roofs, we visit Konstankalieva House and the Church of Nativity, the most richly decorated church in Bulgaria. Its interior is completely covered with colorful frescoes painted in the first part of 1600s. Accommodation at Grand Yantra 4* Hotel or similar. (B,O)

 

Day 5: Veliko Tarnovo - Ivanovo - Ruse - Azuga - Brasov

This morning depart towards Romania. En route stop near Ivanovo and visit the rock moanstery founded in the 1220s by monk Yoakim, who later became a Bulgarian patriarch. Continue to Ruse where you will meet your Romanian guide and continue your journey. Pass through Bucharest, heading North to Brasov. En route stop in Azuga at the former Royal wine cellars where you will learn more about producing sparkling wine. In the afternoon arrive in Brasov, fairytale town of Brasov, founded in the 12th century. Overnight in the heart of the city at Casa Wagner 3* Hotel or similar. (B,O)

 

Day 6: Brasov - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov

Morning city tour of Brasov, visit Black Church where you can admire the collection of ottoman prayer rugs dating from 16th-18th centuries. Continue to the museum dedicated to the first Romanian school in Transylvania, Professor Olteanu presents an engaging and informative talk about Romania, past and present. Next stop for today will be in Sinaia to visit the marvelous Peles Castle, once the summer residence of the Romanian royal family. Continue to the small village of Bran, where you visit the spectacular Bran Castle, made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel as the residence of the vampire count. The castle that today is popularly referred as the “Dracula’s Castle” was built on the top of a steep rock by the prince Mircea the Old in 1377 to protect the border between Valachia and Transylvania. Return to Brasov for the rest of the day. Accommodation at Casa Wagner 3* Hotel or similar. (B,O)

 

Day 7: Brasov - Sighisoara - Sibiu

Leave Brasov behind and drive to Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval fortified town in Romania and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. After arrival, you proceed on a walking tour of the town and visit the famous Clock Tower Museum with its Torture and Weapons Rooms and serve lunch in the house in which Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) was born in 1432. Continue your day towards Sibiu, once the richest town in Transylvania. Before reaching Sibiu, stop in the picturesque village of Sibiel where you enjoy a hearty Romanian dinner at a local home. Accommodation at Levoslav 4* Villa or similar. (B,L,D,O)

 

Day 8: Sibiu - Cozia - Bucharest

In the morning enjoy a comprehensive walking tour of Sibiu and see the Cathedral, where the son of Vlad the Impaler (another of Dracula’s monikers) was assassinated. Depart for Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. Your route crosses the Transylvanian Alps through the scenic Olt river valley; along the way you’ll visit the Cozia monastery built in 1386. Accommodation at centrally located Grand Continental 5* Hotel or similar. (B,O)

 

Day 9: Bucharest

Get acquainted with the Romanian capital, once nicknamed "Little Paris". During the tour you will visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon and the open air Village Museum. Your tour will bring you also to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Metropolitan Church, the Opera House, the National Military Club, the Military Academy and the Triumphal Arch. The rest of the day is free or why not have an optional trip. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with folklore show at a restaurant on the shore of Herastrau Lake Accommodation in Bucharest or similar. (B,D,O)

 

Day 10: Bucharest

Enjoy your morning before the private transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)

 


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