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OF ROMANIA & BULGARIA
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.
|Arrive Bucharest (ROMANIA)
||Bucharest / Cozia / Sibiel
|Sibiel / Biertan / Sighisoara / Brasov
|Brasov / Bran / Brasov
|Brasov / Veliko Tarnovo
|Veliko Tarnovo / Etara / Kazanlik / Plovdiv
|Plovdiv / Rila Monastery / Sofia
||Departure from Sofia
World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World
Heritage Sites in Bulgaria & Romania covered in this tour
Center of Sighisoara, Romania (1999)
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.
Tomb of Kazanlak, Bulgaria (1979)
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)
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.
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
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
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.
Day 11: Departure from Sofia
Check out time is by 1100 hrs. We bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport/railway station.
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Price Does Not Include:
- Accommodation mentioned or similar
All sightseeing and transfers by AC vehicles
- 16 Meals
fees to Sites and Museums included in the itinerary
- Services of local English speaking drivers/guides
airport taxes (if any)
(or visa fee if applicable)
International Airfare (not
included in tour price)
note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 and a maximum
of 08 participants.
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