Small Group 20 PAXNew 2021

The Express Balkan Adventure 2021

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

Code: K3

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Sofia

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 2
Sofia - Rila - Sofia

Today, we enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia. Among others, the most emblematic places are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the Church of Saint George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine church, the Russian Church of Saint Nicholas, the Banya Bashi Mosque and the ruins of the ancient Serdica. In the afternoon, travel to the Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria - the Rila Monastery. This monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by San Iván de Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and the language for centuries. After visiting the monastery church with its impressive fresco paintings, return to Sofia. (B)

Day 3
Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo

Leaving Sofia behind, we head toward the second largest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv. This is a city with an ancient history. During our city tour 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 ancient city surrounded by houses and beautiful churches. After the visit we will cross the Balkan Mountains through the historic Shipka Pass, which played a key role in the Russian-Turkish War for the Liberation of Bulgaria. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria. (B)

Day 4
Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi - Baile Govora

In the morning, panoramic visit 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 called Samovodska Charshia. We will proceed to Arbanasi, a small village in Bulgaria located 4km from Veliko Tarnovo, known for its interesting architecture. In the village, we can see the Konstancalieva House and the Church of the Nativity, whose wall paintings are a work of art. Then we head to the mountain resort of Baile Govora (long transfer). (B)

Day 5
Baile Govora - Cozia - Sibiu

Head to Cozia for a visit of the Byzantine style Cozia Monastery. A model of harmonious proportions, the main church is richly decorated with frescoes dating back to 1390. Then we cross the Olt Valley into Transylvania. In the afternoon we take a panoramic walk through the city of Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and bears a strong resemblance to a southern German or Austrian town. The old city centre has retained a largely Saxon aspect and managed to fuse the Middle Ages with the new. (B)

Day 6
Sibiu - Sighisoara - Targu Mures

Today, we travel first to the picturesque city of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. It is the only inhabited fortified citadel in Romania and is an enchanting city of sloping roofs, pastel facades and cobbled streets. We continue to Targu Mures. (B)

Day 7
Targu Mures - Piatra Neamt

Targu Mures remains a noticeably Hungarian town. Dating back at least to the 14th century it has long been an important commercial and academic centre. After the visit that includes the Palace of Culture, we continue to Piatra Neamt through the Bicaz Gorge, the largest gorge in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and its hill station. (B)

Day 8
Piatra Neamt - Bukovina - Piatra Neamt

Departure 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 brightly coloured interior and exterior fresco paintings stand out. Visit of the Monasteries of Sucevita and the black pottery workshops of Marginea. In the afternoon visit the Voronet Monastery, considered the best architectural and pictorial example in the region, called the "Sistine Chapel" in the East. Return to Piatra Neamt. (B)

Day 9
Piatra Neamt - Brasov

In the morning, we leave Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. Arrival in the afternoon, followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval city of Brasov. Visit the old town and see the exterior of the Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania. (B)

Day 10
Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

Continue towards the town of Bran. Visit of its famous Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. In the afternoon arrival in the city of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians" because of its beauty. In the afternoon we will visit the wonderful Peles Castle, the former summer residence and retreat place of the royal family, built in the second half of the 19th century by the first King of Romania, Carlos I. (B)

Day 11
Bucharest

We will get to know the Romanian capital, once known under the nickname "Little Paris". The visit will take us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the Military Club of the Nation, the Military Academy and the Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest is Romania's capital and largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial centre of the country. With 2 million inhabitants in the city proper and more than 2.4 million in the urban area, Bucharest is one of the largest cities in South-eastern Europe. (B)

Day 12
Bucharest

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 12
  • 11 Nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 11 Breakfasts (B)
  • Tour Director
  • A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Porterage

Sightseeing

  • Sofia
  • Rila
  • Plovdiv
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Arbanasi
  • Cozia​
  • Sibiu​
  • Sighisoara​
  • Targu Mures
  • Bukovina
  • Brasov
  • Bran​
  • Sinaia
  • Bucharest

Entrance

  • Sofia - Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • Rila - Monastery
  • Veliko Tarnovo - Tsarevets
  • Arbanasi - Nativity Church
  • Cozia - Monastery​
  • Targu Mures - Palace of Culture
  • Bukovina - Painted Monasteries Sucevita & Voronet, Ceramica Neagra Marginea
  • Bran - Dracula’s Castle​
  • Sinaia - Peles Castle

Exclusions

  • Half Board Supplement NZ$420 per person

Pricing and Accommodation

Pricing and Accommodation information is not available.

Included Accommodation (or similar)

Veliko Tarnovo - Yantra Grand Hotel

Baile Govora - Hotel Palace

Piatra Neamt - Central Plaza Hotel

Brasov - Hotel Aro Palace

Bucharest - Hotel Capitol

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