Bulgaria & Romania 2022

Sofia - Rila - Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi - Veliko Tarnovo - Bucharest - Cozia - Sibiu - Sighisoara - Piatra Neamt - Bukovina - Piatra Neamt - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

Tour Highlights
▪ Sofia, Bulgaria's capital with 2,000 years of history
▪ Rila, the highest mountain range of Bulgaria
▪ Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria standing on the banks of the Maritsa River in the historical region of Thrace
▪ Veliko Tarnovo, situated on several hills and known for around 50 caves and rock niches around the city
▪ Bucharest, communist era buildings, art nouveau and wide boulevards
▪ Sibiu, city known for Germanic architecture in its old town, the legacy of 12th century Saxon settlers and remains of medieval walls and towers
▪ Sighisoara, UNESCO protected old town is the history of Vlad Tepes, the bloodthirsty, 15th century Wallachian prince
▪ Bukovina, historical region, located on the northern slopes of the central Eastern Carpathians and the adjoining plains, today divided between Romania and Ukraine
▪ Brasov, city known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic style Black Church and lively cafes
▪ Bran, city known for its medieval Bran Castle, home of Dracula in Transylvania
▪ Sinaia, a town in central Romania's Bucegi Mountains, surrounded by ski trails

Code: K3

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Sofia

Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is to relax or perhaps begin your independent discovery of the fabled city. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Director on the fascinating tour that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Sofia. (D)

Day 2
Sofia - Rila - Sofia

Today we will enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia and get to know the highlights of the capital. Among the most emblematic places are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the Church of St George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine church, the Russian Church of St Nicholas, the Banya Bashi Mosque and the ruins of ancient Serdica, among others. In the afternoon we travel to Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria - the Rila Monastery. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by Saint Ivan of Rila it played a key role in the preservation of the Bulgarian culture and language of the centuries. Visit the monastery church with its impressive fresco paintings, painted by the most famous Bulgarian artists since the 19th century AD and the museum that houses a collection of exhibits related to the history of the monastery and the spread of Christianity in the Bulgarian lands. Return to Sofia for overnight. (B)

Day 3
Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo

Leaving Sofia behind, we head to the second largest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv. This is a city of millenary history with ruins from the Roman, Ottoman, and Bulgarian Renaissance period having been preserved. During our tour of the city we will see the Roman Forum and the stadium, as well as the Roman amphitheatre. We will walk through the cobbled streets of the small and old city surrounded by houses and beautiful churches. We will visit the church of St Constantine and Helena, as well as the Ethnographic Museum, which is located in the home of a wealthy merchant from the 19th century. After the visit we will cross the Balkan Mountains through the historic Shipka Pass, which played a key role in the Russo-Turkish war. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria. We finish the day with dinner included. (B, D)

Day 4
Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi - Veliko Tarnovo

In the morning we go on a panoramic tour of the city of Veliko Tarnovo with a walk to Tsarevets, where the kings of Bulgaria once lived. We will walk along the oldest street in the city which is called Samovodska Charshia. We will proceed to Arbanasi, a small town in Bulgaria located 4km from Veliko Tarnovo. Arbanasi is interesting for its architecture. In the town we can see the Konstantsalieva House and the Church of the Nativity, where you can see wall paintings that are truly a work of art. Return to Veliko Tarnovo for overnight. (B)

Day 5
Veliko Tarnovo - Ruse - Bucharest

Today we head towards Romania, passing through the city of Ruse. In the afternoon arrival to the capital of Romania, Bucharest and overnight. (B)

Day 6
Bucharest

We will visit the Romanian capital, once known as “Little Paris”. During the tour we will visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon and the National Village Museum. We will hear how the Romanian people finally managed to overthrow the last communist dictator of Eastern Europe at the Revolution Square. The tour will also take us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club, the Military Academy and the Arch of Triumph. Overnight in Bucharest. (B)

Day 7
Bucharest - Curtea de Arges (Cozia) - Sibiu

After breakfast we continue to Curtea de Arges and visit Cozia Monastery, built in 1386. The route to Sibiu crosses the Transylvanian Alps through the scenic valley of the Olt River. In the afternoon we will do an extensive walking tour of the city of Sibiu. In Sibiu we can see many medieval shops and houses and visit the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary, where the son of Vlad the Impaler (another of Dracula’s nicknames) was assassinated. Dinner and overnight in Sibiu. (B, D)

Day 8
Sibiu - Sighisoara - Piatra Neamt

Departure for Piatra Neamt crossing the Bicaz Gorge, the largest gorge in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and its mountain station. Enroute we will visit Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe and the hometown of the famous Wallachian prince, Vlad Tepes “The Impaler”, who inspired the legend of Dracula. You will visit its old town, including the Clock Tower, which houses the Museum of the History of the City, the Medieval Weapon Museum, and the chamber of torture. In the afternoon departure for the city of Piatra Neamt. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 9
Piatra Neamt - Bukovina - Piatra Neamt

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Bukovina region to visit its monasteries, the most representative monuments of Moldovan art. Declared a World Heritage Site, these monasteries are one of the most important legacies of Byzantine art in the world, in which their interior and exterior fresco paintings in bright colours stand out. Visit the Sucevita Monastery and the Marginea black pottery workshops. In the afternoon visit the Voronet Monastery, considered to be the best architectural and pictorial example in the region, called the “Sistine Chapel of the East”. Return to Piatra Neamt for overnight. (B)

Day 10
Piatra Neamt - Brasov

In the morning we leave Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. In the afternoon arrival in Brasov. Overnight. (B)

Day 11
Brasov - Bran - Sinaia

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval city of Brasov. Visit the old town, the Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania. Continue to the town of Bran. Visit its famous castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. In the afternoon, arrival in the city of Sinaia, known for its beauty as “The Pearl of the Carpathians”. In the afternoon we will visit the wonderful Peles Palace, a former summer residence and retreat of the royal family, built in the second half of the 19th century by the first king of Romania, Carlos I. Tonight, join your fellow travellers on a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 12
Sinaia - Bucharest

Breakfast and transfer to Bucharest Airport. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 12
  • 11 Nights in 4-5* hotels
  • Welcome Dinner with 1 Drink (D)
  • 11 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners with coffee/tea included (B, D)
  • Tour Director
  • A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Headsets
  • Porterage

Sightseeing

  • Sofia
  • Rila
  • Plovdiv
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Arbanasi
  • Bucharest
  • Curea de Arges
  • Sibiu
  • Sighisoara
  • Bukovina
  • Brasov
  • Bran
  • Sinaia

Entrance

  • Sofia - Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Russian Church of St Nicholas
  • Rila - Monastery
  • Plovdiv - Roman Forum, Stadium, St Constantine & Helena Church, Ethnographic Museum
  • Veliko Tarnovo - Tsarevets
  • Arbanasi - Konstantsalieva House, Church of the Nativity
  • Bucharest - Parliament Palace, National Village Museum
  • Curtea de Arges - Cozia Monastery
  • Sibiu - Lutheran Cathedral of St Mary
  • Sighisoara - Red Lake, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Museum
  • Bukovina - Painted Monasteries Sucevita & Voronet, Ceramica Neagra Marginea
  • Brasov - Black Church
  • Bran - Dracula's Castle
  • Sinaia - Peles Palace

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Thu 06 Oct 22Mon 17 Oct 22
$3,737$4,663
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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Sofia - Hotel Anel

Veliko Tarnovo - Yantra Grand Hotel

Piatra Neamt - Central Plaza Hotel

Brasov - Hotel Aro Palace

Sinaia - Hotel Palace

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