Treasures of Romania and
15 Days/14 Nights
Sofia Rila Plovdiv Kazanlak
Veliko Tarnovo Rousse Bucharest Sibiu Shighisoara
with minimum 2 participants
following dates: 9 May , 13 June, 18 July, 8 Aug, 29 Aug, 12 Sep 2015
Other dates are on request
Day 01 SOFIA
Arrival in Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria.
Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.
Day 02 SOFIA
Sightseeing tour of Sofia – a city with 7000 years long history,
concentrating numerous cultural and historic monuments from different
periods. Visits of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the St. George
Rotunda from the 4th century, the St.Sofia Basilica, the Ruins of
Serdica. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 03 SOFIA – RILA MONASTERY –
Departure to the Rila Monastery/10th c/, UNESCO World
Heritage site, the largest and the most impressive Bulgarian monastery.
Tour of the monastery complex, church and museum with its lavish
collection of precious old manuscripts, icons, jewellery, masterpieces
of woodcarving, ethnographic exhibition of fabrics and carpets. Continue
to Plovdiv – a city ranking second in importance after Sofia, passing
through the highest Bulgarian mountain - Rila. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 04 PLOVDIV - BACHKOVO MONASTERY – KAZANLAK
Plovdiv is one of
the most ancient towns in Europe, older than Rome. Sightseeing of the
Old town of Plovdiv with National Revival architecture and excavations
from Roman times. Visit of the ancient Roman theatre with impressive
marble statues, decorative columns and arcades. Excursion to the
Bachkovo Monastery /11th c/ - one of the richest galleries of
traditional Bulgarian religious art with exquisite murals and medieval
icons. Departure for Kazanlak, the capital of the famous Valley of
Roses. Overnight in Kazanlak.
Day 05 KAZANLAK - SHIPKA PASS -
TRYAVNA - VELIKO TARNOVO
Visit the recently discovered Thracian
golden tresures in Kazanlak Historical Museum. Continue with one of the
UNESCO’s sites – the Thracian Tomb dating back from the 4th c.BC. Visit
the replica of The Thracian Tomb. Departure to the town of Tryavna via
the historical Shipka Pass. Walking tour of Tryavna, where vaulted stone
bridges, houses, churches and square with a clock tower preserve the
spirit and talent of the artists from Tryavna School of Art from the
17th century. Visit the Woodcarving Museum of Tryavna. Continue to
Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 06 VELIKO
TURNOVO - ARBANASSI
Sightseeing of Veliko Turnovo, including a walk
on Samovodska Charshiya – traditional arts and crafts street and visit
to Tsarevets hill - an impressive sight with medieval fortifications and
dramatic architecture. Departure to the museum town of Arbanassi
boasting a genuine gallery of religious art in its Church of Nativity.
Visit Konstantsalieva house – fine example of 17th century house of a
wealthy merchant. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 07 VELIKO
TURNOVO – IVANOVO – ROUSSE
Departure to Ivanovo. Ivanovo medieval
rock churches are unique monuments, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
They consist of churches, chapels and monastic cells, hewn into the
craggy gorge of the Roussenski Lom River. Visit of the main church.
Arrival in Rousse. In the afternoon visit to the Museum of Rouse Town
Lifestyle and the Regional Historical Museum. Overnight in Rousse.
Day 08 ROUSSE – BUCHAREST
Morning walking tour of Rousse – one
of the key cultural and economic centers of the country and the seat of
Bulgarian shipping in the beginning 20 century. In the afternoon
departure to Bucharest. Dinner and accommodation in Bucharest.
Day 09 BUCHAREST - CURTEA DE ARGES - SIBIU
In the morning panoramic
sightseeing tour of Bucharest with a stop at the Cathedral of the
Patriarchate, then departure to Curtea de Arges, former capital of
Wallachia. Visit the Episcopal Church where the Romanian Kings are
buried. Lunch en route. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to Cozia
Monastery (visit) and Sibiu, one of the oldest towns in Transylvania -
formerly Hermannstadt - founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking
tour of the medieval town (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, the
Liars’ Bridge etc.). Dinner and accommodation in a 3-star hotel in
Day 10 SIBIU - BIERTAN - SIGHISOARA
Morning drive to
the heart of Transilvanya to visit the secret retreat for the royalties
of Europe. The Saxon villages display a remarkable, unspoilt harmony
between people and landscape. Visit the village of Biertan and discover
the impressive. unch in a traditional house. Drive on to Sighisoara,
birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (“Dracula”). Visit the medieval citadel
(the “Upper Town”): the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill etc.) Dinner
and night in Sighisoara – 3 stars hotel.
Day 11 SIGHISOARA -
After breakfast, continue to Târgu Mures - visit of
the elegant city centre well known for its architecture.
Drive on to
Bistrita - one of the 7 main medieval towns of “Siebenbürgen” (the
German name for Transylvania). Continuation through Tihuta Pass. Typical
dinner and accommodation at the 3-stars hotel in Gura Humorului.
Day 12 GURA HUMORULUI - MONASTERIES - PIATRA NEAMT
in Bucovina – land of the unique painted monasteries belonging to the
UNESCO World Heritage. Visit the Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries with
outside frescoes. Lunch en route, then visit the famous monastery of
Voronet, “the Sistine Chapel of the Orient”. Late afternoon drive south
to visit the Agapia monastery. Dinner and accommodation in a 3-star
hotel in Piatra Neamt.
Day 13 PIATRA NEAMT – BRASOV or POIANA
BRASOV (250 km)
Departure across the mountains to Brasov through the
spectacular Bicaz Gorges - the Red Lake – Miercurea Ciuc. Lunch en
route. Visit the beautiful fortified church of Prejmer. Late afternoon
arrival in Brasov or Poiana Brasov. Check-in at a 3-star hotel. Dinner
in a typical restaurant. Accommodation.
Day 14 BRASOV - BRAN -
BUCHAREST (210 km)
Panoramic sightseeing tour and guided walking
tour in the historical centre of Brasov (formerly Kronstadt), including
a visit to the Black Church, then departure to Bran for a visit to
“Dracula’s Castle”. Drive across the mountains to Sinaia. Lunch. Visit
the Sinaia Monastery (1695) and the fabulous Peles Castle - former
summer residence of the Royal family. Late afternoon drive to Bucharest.
Upon arrival visit the outdoor Village Museum. Farewell dinner in a
typical restaurant. Accommodation in a 3-star hotel.
In the morning free time in central Bucharest for visits
and shopping (subject to the flight schedule) and transfer to the
airport. End of our services.
The above tour includes:
Accommodation 14 nights as per the above program at tourist class
• Full board meals /breakfast, lunch, dinner/ throughout the
program, dinner on the day of arrival is subject to flight schedule;
• Private car (for 2-3 pax) or air-conditioned van, minibus or coach for
all the above itinerary and program;
• English speaking guide
throughout (for parties of 2-3 pax the guide will also drive);
entrance fees to museums, monasteries and sites included in the program;
• All Bulgarian and Romanian taxes.
The above price does not
• Hotel extras /telephone, mini bar, etc./
/other than mineral water/, coffee;
• Photographing or filming fees
at the visited sites;
• Air tickets;
• Travel insurance;
• Personal Expenses;
• Visa procurement
Possibility of daily departures. Please ask for
rate. Group prices available upon request.
Price in Euros 2015
($ rate varies depending the exchange) per person :
Euro 1713 per person based on double occupancy
Euro 356 single supplement
Hotels Used on the tour:
Bulgaria Sofia Brod or similar 66, Simeonovsko shausse
Plovdiv Leipzig or similar 70, Ruski blvd.
Kazanlak Palas or
similar 9, Petko Staynov str.
Veliko Tarnovo Gurko or
similar 33, Gurko str
Ruse Riga or similar 22, Pridunavski
Romania Bucharest Minerva or similar 2-4, Gheorghe
Sibiu Ibis or similar 24, Calea Dumbravii
Sighisoara Sighisoara or similar 4-6, School street
Popas Bucovina or similar Sucevita
Piatra Neamt Ceahlau or
similar 3, Stefan Cel mare Square
Brasov or Poiana Brasov
Poiana / Bradul
or similar Poiana Brasov