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Country visited: Romania & Bulgaria
In this 11 days journey we explore two of the most interesting gems of Eastern Europe – Romania and Bulgaria. From stone churches, fortresses and painted churches, to villages depicting medieval lifestyle, markets and bazaars, this is a journey into it’s rich past. Added features include the historical Dracula’s castle and Thracian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine architecture. Optional extension to Chisinau (Moldova) can be arranged on a private basis either as a pre or post main tour.

Tour Summary

Arrive Bucharest (ROMANIA)
03 Bucharest / Cozia / Sibiel
Sibiel / Biertan / Sighisoara / Brasov
Brasov / Bran / Brasov
Brasov / Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo / Etara / Kazanlik / Plovdiv
Plovdiv / Rila Monastery / Sofia
11 Departure from Sofia

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria & Romania covered in this tour
Historic Center of Sighisoara, Romania (1999) Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighis¸oara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries.
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Bulgaria (1979) Discovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing Thracian burial rituals and culture. These paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria (1983) Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity following centuries of occupation.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Bucharest (ROMANIA)
Upon Arrival at the majestic and historical capital city of Bucharest, we are welcomed and transferred to our hotel in the heart of the city.  Check in time starts from 1500 hrs.
Overnight: Europa Royale Hotel (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Bucharest
We start this unique journey with a tour of the Romanian capital city, once nicknamed “Little Paris”. During the tour we visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon and the open air Village Museum. Our tour takes us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Metropolitan Church, the Opera House, the national Military Club, the Military Academy and the Triumphal Arch. Balance of the day is free at leisure. (B)

Day 03: Bucharest / Cozia / Sibiel (300 km)
After breakfast we head for Sibiu, once the richest town in Transylvania. Our route crosses the Transylvanian Alps through the scenic Olt River Valley; along the way we will visit the Cozia Monastery built in 1386. Arrive in the picturesque village of Sibiel where we will enjoy a hearty Romaniandinner at a local Farm House offering private facilities.
Overnight: Reghina Pension (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04 Sibiel / Biertan / Sighisoara / Brasov (300 km)
We start the morning with a walking tour of Sibiu including a visit at the Orthodox Cathedral and the Brunkenthal Art Gallery.  During the tour you will also see the Evangelical Cathedral, where the son of Vlad the Impaler (another of Dracula’s monikers) was assassinated.  Continuing to the Saxon village of Biertan where we visit the fortress church - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The church hosts the largest wing altar in Romania and was used as the residence of the Lutheran bishop of Transylvania for over 300 years. Our next stop is at Sighisoara the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Romania and birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. We take a walking tour of the town and visit the famous Clock Tower Museum with its Torture and Weapons Rooms and stop in the house in which Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) was born in 1432. Later, arrive in Brasov in time for dinner and overnight at the Curtea Brasoveana hotel, situated in the medieval town.
Overnight: Bella Musica Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 05: Brasov / Bran / Brasov (200 km)
After breakfast we drive towards the Small village of Bran, where we visit the spectacular Bran Castle, made famous by Bram Stocker’s novel as the residence of the vampire count. The Castle popularly referred as “Dracula’s Castle” was built on the top of a steep rock by the prince Mircea the Old in 1377. It was mainly to protect the border between Valachia and Transylvania. The day continues in the fairy-tale town of Brasov, founded in the 12th century. Sightseeing includes the Black Church where we admire the collection of Ottoman prayer rugs dating from 16th-18th centuries. At the museum dedicated to the first Romanian school in Transylvania, Professor Olteanu will present an engaging and informative talk about Romania’s past and present. (B)

Day 06: Brasov / Veliko Tarnovo (370 km) (BULGARIA)
Today we visit the marvelous Peles Castle, once the summer residence of the Romanian royal family. Later we head south, cross the Danube River and continue to Bulgaria to the medieval Veliko Tarnovo, former capital of the Bulgarian Empire.
Overnight: Grand Yantra Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 07: Veliko Tarnovo (100 km)
After breakfast we take an interesting tour of Veliko Tarnovo. Visit the medieval quarter of the town and the historical Tsarevets Hill, where remnants of 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, in early 1538, gave it to one of his sons-in-law. In this typical medieval Bulgarian town of stone houses and red tile roofs, we visit 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. (B)

Day 08: Veliko Tarnovo / Etara / Kazanlik / Plovdiv (200 km)
Today we depart for Plovdiv stopping enroute for a short visit of Etara open-air museum. The museum exposes the architecture, life style and economic past of Gabrovo region during the revival period. Then we cross the Balkan Mountains through the Shipka Pass, famous for its historical significance. Later we stop in Kazanlik to see the UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb with its Hellenistic frescoes dating back to the 3rd century BC. Just after arrival in Plovdiv, we have a walking tour of the old town with its cobbled streets and typical national revival architecture. We will also visit the Ethnographic Museum, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Church of St. Konstantine and Elena – one of the oldest churches in Bulgaria.
Overnight: Trimontium (1 night) (B, D)

Day 09: Plovdiv / Rila Monastery / Sofia (300 km)
We depart Plovdiv on a scenic drive across the mountains to the 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. The Monastery is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. We explore the monastery church with its amazing frescoes painted by the most famous Bulgarian finest artists from the 19th C. We then continue for Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.
Overnight: BW Bristol Hotel (2 nights) (B)

Day 10: Sofia
Morning we discover the Bulgarian capital during a walking city tour including Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Nicholas Russian Church and the Rotonda of St. George Church – the oldest building in Sofia, the National Theatre. Afternoon is free at leisure followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 11: Departure from Sofia
Check out time is by 1100 hrs.  We bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport/railway station. (B)
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

Every Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday

Departues Tour Price USD Single Sup USD
2016 3490 2895 360
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Accommodation mentioned or similar
  • All sightseeing and transfers by AC vehicles
  • 16 Meals as mentioned
    (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to Sites and Museums included in the itinerary
  • Services of local English speaking drivers/guides
  • International airfares
  • Departure airport taxes (if any)
  • Insurance (or visa fee if applicable)
  • Tips & Gratuities


Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1200
West Coast US $ 1400
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants.

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In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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