Sofia, Rila, Plovdiv, Kazanlak, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanassi, Madara, Sveshtari, Russe, Ivanovo, Bucharest, Curtea De Arges, Sibiu, Valea Viilor, Sighisoara, Sucevita, Piatra Neamt, Brasov, Bran Castle, Sinaia, Bucharest
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES with minimum 2 participants on the following dates:
4 May, 8 June, 13 July, 3 Aug, 24 Aug, 7 Sep – Other dates are available on request
Day 01 SOFIA
Arrival in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.
Day 02 SOFIA – RILA MONASTERY – SOFIA
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, jewelry, masterpieces of woodcarving, ethnographic exhibition of fabrics and carpets. Return to Sofia, overnight
Day 03 SOFIA – PLOVDIV
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.Sophia Basilica, the Ruins of Serdica. Overnight in Sofia. Continue to Plovdiv – a city ranking second in importance after Sofia. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 04 PLOVDIV – BACHKOVO MONASTERY
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. Overnight in Plovdiv
Day 05 KAZANLAK – TRYAVNA – VELIKO TARNOVO
Departure for Kazanlak, the capital of the famous Valley of Roses. Visit the recently discovered Thracian golden treasures 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 the ruins of medieval fortifications. 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 – MADARA – SVESHTARI – RUSSE
Departure to Madara to marvel the famous Madara Rider carving high up on a 100 meter high cliff, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to Sveshtari Thracian Tomb also a UNESCO monument with its painted murals and carved wall figures. Continue to Russe for a city walking tour in one of the key cultural and economic centers of the country and the seat of Bulgarian shipping in the beginning 20th century. Dinner and overnight and Russe.
Day 08 RUSSE – IVANOVO -BUCHAREST
Depart to Ivanovo, a World Heritage complex where we will admire the famous medieval rock churches, chapels and cells of monks carved into the rocks overlooking the Lom river. Visit the main church. 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, 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 Sibiu.
Day 10 SIBIU – VALEA VIILOR – SIGHISOARA
Morning drive to the heart of Transylvania to visit the secret retreat for the royalties of Europe. The Saxon villages display a remarkable, unspoiled harmony between people and landscape. Visit the village of Valea Viilor and discover the impressive fortified church. 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.
Day 11 SIGHISOARA – SUCEVITA
After breakfast, continue to Targu Mures – visit of the elegant city center with the well known art nouveau cultural palace. 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 Sucevita.
Day 12 SUCEVITA – 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 – 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, a medieval town from the the early 12th century, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing and guided walking tour. Late afternoon arrival at Poiana Brasov, a popular hill side resort with marvelous vistas in a pine forest. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 14 BRASOV – BRAN – SINAI – BUCHAREST (210 km)
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.
• Accommodation 14 nights as per the above program at 3 star 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/French 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 if needed
2019 Price Per Person in Euros:
Euro 1788 per person based on double occupancy
Euro 384 single supplement
Hotels Used on the tour:
Sofia: Budapest **** or similar
Plovdiv: Alafrangite ***
Kazanlak: Palas ****
Veliko Tarnovo Gurko*** or similar
Rousse: Dunav Plaza***
Sucevita:Popas**** or similar
Piatra Neamt: Ceahlau*** or similar
Poiana Brasov: Escalade****