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Classic Romania and Bulgaria

Sibiu-2Classic Bulgaria and Romania Tour

 10 Days/9 nights

Private Program – Departure any day 

From Sofia, the “City of Wisdom” to Bucharest, the “Little Paris” to experience a magnificent tour of two Balkan countries with so much in common, yet so different.

ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Sofia
Independent arrival in Sofia and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Sofia – Rila Monastery – 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 Theater. 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 the fresh trout, a local delicacy. Visit Bulgaria’s most famous site, the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage building once one of the greatest centers of scholarship and religion in Bulgaria. 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 century and the monastery museum. In the late afternoon return to Sofia. Accommodatio. (L, B)

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 Elenaone 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 have dinner and spend the night. (B, D)

Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi
After breakfast you will have a morning tour of Veliko Turnovo, former capital of Bulgaria. See the medieval quarter of the town and visit the historical Tsarevets Hill, where remains of the former capital can still be seen. Proceed to the picturesque village of Arbanassi with its authentic buildings dating back to the 16th century. Walk through the main street of  stone houses adorned with red roofas and stop for an inside view of once of these house. We will enter  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 in Veloko Tarnovo. (B)

Day 5: Veliko Tarnovo – Ivanovo – Ruse – Azuga – Brasov
After brekfast we depart towards Romania. En route stop near Ivanovo and visit the moving little monastery carved in steep rock side. It dates back to 1220 A.D. by a monk called Yoakim, who later became a Bulgarian patriarch. Continue to Rousse located on the shores of the Danube and embarkation port for the popular Danube river cruises crossing Europe. Rousse is the most European looking city in exotic Bulgaria where you will meet your Romanian guide and continue your journey towards the north. Pass through Bucharest, capital of Rumenia towards Brasov, a lovely and once prosperous Saxon city with a lovely townscape from the 12th century.  En route we sop in Azuga at the former Royal wine cellars where you will learn more about producing. Arrive in Brasov where we spend the night. The evening is free to stroll around the medieval old city and to try some local specialties in the restaurants around the main town square. (B)

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. We also travel to the mountain ski resort town of in Sinaia to see the romantic looking Peles Castle, once the summer residence of the Romanian royal family.  Continue to the small village of Bran, where you visit Bran Castle, made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel as the alleged residence of the vampire count. The castle that today is popularly referred as the Dracula’s Castle perched on the top of a steep rock was actually built by the prince Mircea the Old in 1377 to protect the border between Valachia and Transylvania.  Drive back to Brasov for overnight. (B)

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 his birth house still preserved. We visit the old town on top of the hill to the famous Clock Tower Museum with its Torture and Weapons Rooms and have lunch in the house in which Count Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) was born in 1432. After lunch we drive to Sibiu with its lovely medieval town square of arcaded houses, once the richest town in Transylvania.  Tonight we have dinner included at a picturesque village of  Sibiel where you enjoy a typical Romanian dinner at a private home. Accommodation at Sibiu. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Sibiu – Cozia – Bucharest
In the morning enjoy a comprehensive walking tour of Sibiu and see the Cathedral, where the son of Dracula was assassinated. Depart for Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. Your route crosses the Transylvanian Alps through the scenic Olt river valley where we stop to visit  the Byzantine style Cozia monastery built in 1386. Accommodation (B)

Day 9: Bucharest
After breakfast city tour of  the Romanian capital,  often called “Little Paris” due to its once easy going ambiance and art elegant buildings. During the tour you will visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, as well as the open air Village Museum. We drive by 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 at leisure or for other optional tours. In the evening we’ll have our farewell dinner with folklore show at a restaurant on the shore of Herastrau Lake.  Accommodation in Bucharest (B, FD)

Day 10: departure
Enjoy your morning before the private transfer to the airport for your flight.(B)

2016 Price in Euros ($ rate fluctuates based on daily exchange rates):
Based on 2 passengers traveling together :
Euro 2280 per person based on double occupancy / Single supplement for stay in single rooms: Euro 353
Third person staying in double room with extra bed: Euro 1515

Based on one passenger traveling alone with licensed private guide/driver: 4094 Euros

 

Optional trips for HD on day 9:
Mogosoaia Palace – 10 Euro / person
pottery experience -100  Euro for 1 passenger, 113 Euro for 2 passenger , 125 Euro for 3 passengers 


Tour includes:

  • accommodation in 1/2 twin or double room on BB basis at: Anel hotel 5*
    in Sofia for 2 nights, Grand Yantra 4* Hotel in Veliko Tarnovo for 2 nights,
    Casa Wagner 3* Hotel in Brasov for 2 nights, Levoslav 4* Villa in Sibiu for 1 night
    and Grand Continental 5* Hotel for 2 nights in Bucharest;
  • meals: lunch at local restaurant in Rila on day 2, dinner at hotel on day 3, afternoon
    tea and snacks at Azuga Winery on day 5, lunch at local restaurant in Sighisoara on
    day 6, dinner at farm house near Sibiu on day 7, dinner with folklore show in
    Bucharest on day 9
  • entrance fees at: History Museum and Alexander Nevski Crypt in Sofia; Rila
    Monastery and Museum in Rila; Roman Theatre in Plovdiv; Replica of Thracian
    Tomb, Rose Museum and Distillery in Kazanlak; Tsarevets Hill 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
  • sparkling wine tasting, tea and cookies at Azuga wine cellar
  • private arrival  and departure transfers
  • guide-driver as per itinerary during the tour

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