15 Days/14 Nights
Sofia Rila Plovdiv Kazanlak Veliko Tarnovo Rousse Bucharest Sibiu Shighisoara Brasov Bran Castle
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES with minimum 2 participants on the following dates: 7 May , 11 June, 16 July, 6 Aug, 27 Aug, 10 Sep 2016. 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 – PLOVDIV
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 Sibiu.
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 – GURA HUMORULUI
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
Full day 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.
Day 15 BUCHAREST
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 hotels;
• 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);
• All entrance fees to museums, monasteries and sites included in the program;
• All Bulgarian and Romanian taxes.
The above price does not include:
• Hotel extras /telephone, mini bar, etc./
• Drinks /other than mineral water/, coffee;
• Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites;
• Air tickets;
• Travel insurance;
• Personal Expenses;
• Visa procurement /if needed/
Possibility of daily departures. Please ask for rate. Group prices available upon request.
Price in Euros 2016 ($ rate varies depending the exchange) per person :
Euro 1620 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 Blvd.
Romania Bucharest Minerva or similar 2-4, Gheorghe Manu str.
Sibiu Ibis or similar 24, Calea Dumbravii
Sighisoara Sighisoara or similar 4-6, School street
Sucevita 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