Two of the oldest civilizations in Europe –
Bulgaria & Romania
REF # UNI410815/BGRO/G
9 days / 8 nights tour
Sofia – Rila Monastery – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Gabrovo – Veliko Tarnovo – Ivanovo – Ruse – Bucharest – Sibiu – Sighisoara – Bran – Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest
Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Bran – Sighisoara – Sibiu – Bucharest – Ruse – Ivanovo – Veliko Tarnovo – Gabrovo – Kazanlak – Plovdiv – Rila Monastery – Sofia
Departure dates for 2018:
01 Sept – 09 Sept/Sofia to Bucharest
29 Sept – 07 Oct/Bucharest to Sofia
- Explore the two pearls of both banks of Danube River – Romania and Bulgaria with their biggest historical and cultural treasures
- Fully escorted tour with a professional tour guide in English
- Accommodation in First class (3*) hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
- Traditional meals in authentic restaurants
Most important objects and attractions:
- Sofia – the capital city of Bulgaria – one of the oldest cities in Europe
- Plovdiv – European capital of culture for 2019!
- Ivanovo Rock churches – UNESCO site
- Veliko Tarnovo – the historical hill Tzarevetz and the Royal Castle of Second Bulgarian State
- UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb in Kazanluk
- Bucharest – Little Paris of the East with its impressive Parliament Palace (second biggest public building in the world by surface area)
- The Castles of Romania – Peles Castle, Dracula’s Castle
- Fortified Church Biertan – UNESCO site
- City Sighisoara – UNESCO site
- Black Church in Brasov – the biggest Gothic Dom in Eastern Europe
Day 1 Sofia (D)
Arrival to Sofia. Transfer from the airport, welcome dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 2 Sofia (B)
After breakfast – sightseeing tour of Sofia (a 8500 years old city!) and visit to the most interesting historical sights: the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the St. Sofia Church, which had given the name of the city, the antique Roman theatre dated III-IV-th century (the time of the Emperor Constantine the Great) and the historical and cultural center of the capital.
In the afternoon – free time at leisure.
Optional: Sofia outskirts tour with visit two of most remarkable objects in the foot of Vitosha Mountain. These are Boyana Church and the National Museum of History.
The National Museum of History in Sofia is one of the largest history museums on the Balkans with 650.000 items and the biggest archaeological and historical archive. The museum’s collections are its greatest treasure. They consist of materials from Prehistoric ages till nowadays. The National Museum of History was established on 1973.
The Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated in the Boyana district, near Sofia. The monument is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church is one of the most completely and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art. The frescoes in the church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings and initiating the beginning of the European Renaissance.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3 Sofia – Rila Monastery – Plovdiv (B, L)
After breakfast – departure to Rila Monastery. Departure to Rila Monastery (X c.)- the biggest Bulgarian spiritual center since the Middle Ages till nowadays, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s located in a picturesque mountain area. The Rila Monastery has rich collection of icons and wall-paintings. Its museum keeps a real treasure: a wooden cross of just 81 cm height, carved with 104 religious scenes and 650 figures.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Departure to Plovdiv – contemporary of Troy and the most ancient city in Europe, still existing today. It was chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Accommodation and overnight in the hotel.
Day 4 Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Etara – Veliko Tarnovo (B, D)
After breakfast – visit to the old part of the town with the Ethnographical Museum, one of the museum-houses in the old city, the St. Constantine and Elena church, the Antique Theatre (in use today) and the Roman Stadium.
Set off to Kazanlak – the capital of the valley of Roses and Thracian kings. Pass thorough Skobelevo village to visit the Ethnographical Complex “Damascene”, where you can see how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is produced. Next is the Thracian Kazanlak Tomb, dating back to the 4th c. B.C. It is listed in the world natural and historical heritage of UNESCO.
Departure for Etara – a unique open air museum, recreating the way of life of the Bulgarians in the 19th c. It is a great attraction for tourists, one of the most visited places in the country.
In the late afternoon we will reach the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 5 Veliko Tarnovo – Ivanovo – Ruse – Bucharest (B, D)
After breakfast – city tour of Veliko Tarnovo with visit to the Wax museum, the historical hill Tsarevets with the Fortress, the Patriarchal church and the Emperor Baldwin’s Tower.
Departure to the Rusenski Lom River Valley. Visit Rock Churches of Ivanovo (XII-XIV c) – an UNESCO object, famous for its unique frescoes.
Set off to Ruse – the first Bulgarian city with European appearance, also called the “little Vienna”. The city is also the main Bulgarian port, located on the bank of Danube river.
Meeting with the Romanian guide in Ruse. From here you will cross together the Danube and will drive to Bucharest. Panoramic tour of the Romanian capital – the Royal Palace, the University’s Library, the City-Hall and other interesting sights of the city also called “the little Paris” because of the similar architecture style of the buildings.
Accommodation, dinner at local restaurant and overnight in the hotel.
Day 6 Bucharest – Sibiu (B, D)
After breakfast inside visit of Parliament Palace – the second largest building by surface area in the world after the pentagon in USA.
Then departure through the Carpathian mountains to Sibiu and the Oltului Valley – the most spectacular river valley in Romania. In the afternoon we arrive in the biggest medieval city in Romania – Sibiu. After check-in the hotel, direct on the pedestrian street, we take a city tour in Sibiu/Hermannstadt – the European Cultural Capital 2007. We will visit, among others the Evangelical Church, the Council Tower, The large and the Small Square, the Liars’ Bridge, the Brukenthal Palace. Dinner and overnight in Sibiu.
Day 7 Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara – Bran (Dracula Castle) – Brasov (B, L)
In the morning we departure to Sighisoara via Biertan. In Biertan we will visit the fortified church, which previously used o be the Bishops’ residence for more than 300 years. Biertan – one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches (XV-XVI century) in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. Then we drive to Sighisoara (Schässburg) one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania – a UNESCO city. City tour of Sighisoara with visit of the Citadel – a 12th century Saxon edifice located in the historic center of the city. Still occupied, the citadel is listed as a World Heritage Site. Here we visit the city and see the main touristic objectives of the so called “Rothenburg ob der Taube from Transylvania”: the Clock Tower (inside visit too), the Covered Staircase, Dracula’s birth house, the Church on the Hill.
Lunch at the famous restaurant «Vlad Drakula», located in the same house where the popular character of the British writer Bram Stoker was born. In the afternoon departure to Bran village, where the world famous Dracula castle is located. It is the most curious part of the trip in Romania, which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Accommodation and overnight in Brasov.
Day 8 Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest (B, D)
Breakfast. City tour of Brasov – a medieval city, founded in 12-th century. Sightseeing tour of the really good preserved historical city center with the big square, the old city-hall, and the Black Church – the main Gothic style monument in the country.
In the afternoon – departure to the mountain resort Sinaia, also called “the pearl of the Carpathian Mountains”. Visit to the Peles Castle, constructed in 1873 as a summer residence of the Romanian royal family. You can see a rich collection of old furniture, carpets, weapons and armors. Return back to Bucharest. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Bucharest.
Day 9 Departure from Bucharest (B)
Breakfast. According to the flight schedule transfer to the airport in Bucharest.
Guaranteed departures for min 2 passengers arriving together
Tour with guaranteed departures in 2018:
|Start date||End date||Itinerary||Double / Twin share||Single supplement|
|01 Sept 2017||09 Sept 2018||Sofia to Bucharest||1534,00 €||253,00 €|
|29 Sept 2017||07 Oct 2018||Bucharest to Sofia||1534,00 €||253,00 €|
Privately escorted tour prices valid for any date in 2018
|PAX||Double / Twin share||Single supplement|
|1||000,00 €||2915,00 €|
|2||1620,00 €||253,00 €|
|3||1490,00 €||253,00 €|
|4||1270,00 €||253,00 €|
|5||1195,00 €||253,00 €|
|6-7||1125,00 €||253,00 €|
|8||1060,00 €||253,00 €|
Hotels in the program (or similar):
- Sofia: Best Western Permier Thracia 4*
- Plovdiv: Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium 4*
- Veliko Tarnovo: Authentic Hotel Gurko 3*
- Bucharest – Hotel Central 4*
- Sibiu – Hotel Continental Forum 4*
- Brasov – Boutique hotel Casa Cranta 4*
Tour prices include:
- Accommodation for 8 nights in hotels 3* and 4* with breakfast
- Included 15 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners and 2 lunches
- A/C vehicle with driver during the whole trip (for groups up to 6 passengers a driver cum guide is arranged)
- Parking fees, road and border taxes
- All entrance fees for the museums, sites and churches
- Professional English speaking guide for touring days (1 for Bulgaria and 1 for Romania) and English speaking assistant for airport transfers
- Detailed map of Bulgaria and Romania
- Porterage in the hotels
Tour prices don’t include:
- Other meals than mentioned
- Beverages with meals
- International flights from / to Bucharest or Sofia