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Tour Info

Length
14 days/13 nights
Price from
1525 EUR
Country
Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine

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Balkans & Post-Soviet States

Tour Overview

BALKAN TOUR

Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine

14 days/13 nights

 

Day 1Arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria – (L/D)

Arrival at Sofia airport. Meet & assist. Panoramic tour around the Bulgarian capital – an 8500 old city called “My Rome” by the emperor Constantine The Great. Visit the most fascinating places of interest: the forum of Ancient Serdica (the old name of the city) with the newest archeological discoveries from Roman time, which are exhibited next to the Bulgarian presidency.

Our tour continues with the “Alexander I” square where the Royal Palace and the National Theatre are located, “Tzar Osvoboditel” boulevard, the Parliament, the Church of ”St. Sofia” (the name means wisdom), which had given the name of the city, the Sofia University and the “Alexander Nevski” cathedral (the biggest Orthodox church on the Balkan peninsula).

Free time to walk along the main pedestrian boulevard – “Vitosha”

Dinner and overnight in Sofia.

Day 2FD Tour in Sofia – (BLD)

After breakfast we will visit the most remarkable objects in the outskirts of Sofia. This is Boyana Church – a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated in the Boyana district, near Sofia. The monument is included in 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 are initiating the beginning of the European Renaissance.

Our tour for today will end with visit to the National Museum of History – the biggest museum in Bulgaria famous with its collection of golden treasures found on the Bulgarian lands.

Dinner and overnight in Sofia.

Day 3FD Tour in Sofia – (BLD)

After breakfast – departure to Vitosha mountain to see the Stone Rivers natural phenomena. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views over Sofia city.

Back to the city center to visit Military museum.

Free time at leisure or shopping.

Dinner and overnight in Sofia.

Day 4Sofia to Plovdiv – (BLD)

After breakfast – departure to Plovdiv, the “City of the seven hills’’. Plovdiv is the oldest city in Europe still existing today. It was called Philippopolis in the IV century B.C. in honor of King Philip II of Macedonia. Today Plovdiv is a cultural center of Bulgaria and selected as European Capital of Culture for 2019.

Walking tour of the Old Town of Plovdiv impressive with the houses-museums of the Revival period like the Ethnographical museum; the Ancient Theater, the Fortress walls, the oldest church in the city – “St. St. Constantine and Helena”, etc. We will see the Muslim temple Dzhoumaya Mosque and the Roman Stadium on the main street of Plovdiv.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Plovdiv

Day 5Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Veliko Tarnovo – Bucharest – (BLD)

After breakfast – set off to Kazanlak – the capital of the Rose valley and Thracian Kings.

Visit a family-run rose oil distillery in Tarnicheni village operating since 1909. The hosts will show how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is produced.

Departure to the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo. Visit to the historical hill Tsarevets with the Fortress, the Patriarchal church and the Emperor Baldwin’s Tower. Walk along the old Trade Street – “Samovodska charshia”, where you will have opportunity to buy handmade souvenirs.

In the late afternoon we will reach the Romanian capital Bucharest.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Day 6FD Tour of Bucharest – (BLD)

Breakfast. City tour with the visit of Bucharest`s main touristic attractions: The Press House, the Kiseleff Boulevard, the Arch of Triumph, the Victoria Square, the Spring Palace, the Cotroceni Palace, the Palace of Parliament and of course the old streets like the Lipscani Street and authentic Village Museum.

Dinner and overnight in Bucharest

Day 7Bucharest/Sinai/Brasov Romania – (BLD)

After breakfast we will drive towards Transylvania. The Royal Family`s favourite city (Sinaia) will be our next target. The gateway to wild nature is possible here, a mountain resort known also as „The Pearl of the Carpathians “. This place impresses everyone by the beauty of its landscapes, guarding a treasure of the Romanian history: The Peles Castle, used as a summer residence for the royal family, this monument represents a symbol of elegance and nobility. In Brasov we will have a city tour of the middle-aged city inside the Carpathian Arch, visiting the main touristic features: The Council Hall, the Black Church, the 14th century St. Saint Nicholas Church, the Schei quarter, The Rope Street (the narrowest street in Romania).

We will depart to Bran village, where the world-famous Dracula Castle is located. The castle was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, enlarged and restored a few times to become a royal residence in the 1920s under Queen Marie of Romania. Nowadays, Bran Castle is the most visited castle in Romania and is known, all over the world, as Dracula`s Castle.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Brasov.

Day 8Brasov – Chisinau. Moldova – (BLD)

After 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. We drive towards Chisinau.

Dinner and overnight in Chisinau.

Day 9Chisinau – Tighina – Tiraspol – Cricova – Chisinau – (BLD)

Chisinau City Tour – one can hardly find a more greenish, attractive and welcoming city. This can be easily proved during the panoramic tour where you will see in brief the main cultural, historical and commercial places of interest. Transfer from Chisinau to Tighina. The medieval fort of Tighina was first built in the 15th centuries by the princes of Moldova. Until just a few years ago this was a functioning Russian army base and off limits to the public. Now the base is just south of the fortress, so you can freely wander inside.

From here we drive to Tiraspol. As soon as you arrive in the city, you will immediately notice that it is filled with Soviet monuments back from the days of USSR; that’s why it is usually called an open-air museum or a Soviet theme park. Drive back to Chisinau for dinner and overnight.

Day 10Chisinau, Moldova to Odessa Ukraine – (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we drive towards Ukraine. Arrival in Odessa. After a refreshing break, we will have the city tour of Odessa – a major tourism center, seaport and transport hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea.

Dinner and overnight in Odessa

Day 11Odessa Ukraine to Kiev – (BLD)

Breakfast. Check out and drive towards Kiev. On route stop for lunch. Arrival in Kiev.

Dinner and overnight in Kiev.

Day 12FD Tour of Kiev – (BLD)

Breakfast. Kiev panoramic city tour, including visit of Saint Sophiia Cathedral. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kiev. Afternoon visit of Pyrogovo open-air ethnographical complex. Dinner and overnight in Kiev.

Day 13FD Tour of Kiev (Museums and other sites to visit) – (BLD)

Breakfast. Visit of Kievo – Pechersk Lavra Cave Monastery. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kiev.

Afternoon visit of WWII museum and Glory Park.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 14Kiev MNL (B)

Breakfast and transfer to the airport.

 

Prices

PAX Double / Twin share Single supplement
15+1 1790,00 € 320,00 €
20+1 1625,00 € 320,00 €
25+1 1525,00 € 320,00 €

Hotels:

  • 3 BB Sofia area Festa Sofia 4* or similar
  • 1 BB Plovdiv area Aliance 4* or similar
  • 2 BB Bucharest area Rin Grand 4* or similar
  • 1 BB Brasov area Ramada 4* or similar
  • 2 BB Chisinau area Manhattan 4* or similar
  • 1 BB Odessa area Black Sea 4* or similar
  • 3 BB Kiev area Ukraine 4* or similar

Tour prices include:

  • 13 nights’ accommodation the above mentioned hotels with breakfast included
  • 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners and 13 lunches according to the program in hotels and local restaurants (3 course set menu with 1 soft drink per person)
  • Throughout transportation by a comfortable 46 seater long distance coach
  • Parking fees, road and border taxes
  • All entrance fees of the following sights:
    • Sofia – Boiana church
    • Sofia – National Museum of History
    • Sofia – Military Museum
    • Plovdiv – Ancient Theatre
    • Plovdiv – Ethnographical Museum
    • Tarnicheni – Rose oil distillery
    • Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets fortress
    • Bucharest – Palace of Parliament
    • Bucharest – Village museum
    • Sinaia – Peles Castle
    • Barn – Drakula Castle
    • Brasov – Black Church
    • Chisinau – Tighina Fortress
    • Kiev – Saint Sophia cathedral
    • Kiev – Pyrogovo open-air ethnographical complex
    • Kiev – Pechersk Lavra Cave Monastery
    • Kiev – WWII museum
  • English speaking throughout guide for each country
  • 1 tour leader free of charge in 1 SGL room including all the services

Tour Pricing & Dates

Prices

PAX Double / Twin share Single supplement
15+1 1790,00 € 320,00 €
20+1 1625,00 € 320,00 €
25+1 1525,00 € 320,00 €

Hotels:

  • 3 BB Sofia area Festa Sofia 4* or similar
  • 1 BB Plovdiv area Aliance 4* or similar
  • 2 BB Bucharest area Rin Grand 4* or similar
  • 1 BB Brasov area Ramada 4* or similar
  • 2 BB Chisinau area Manhattan 4* or similar
  • 1 BB Odessa area Black Sea 4* or similar
  • 3 BB Kiev area Ukraine 4* or similar

Tour prices include:

  • 13 nights’ accommodation the above mentioned hotels with breakfast included
  • 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners and 13 lunches according to the program in hotels and local restaurants (3 course set menu with 1 soft drink per person)
  • Throughout transportation by a comfortable 46 seater long distance coach
  • Parking fees, road and border taxes
  • All entrance fees of the following sights:
    • Sofia – Boiana church
    • Sofia – National Museum of History
    • Sofia – Military Museum
    • Plovdiv – Ancient Theatre
    • Plovdiv – Ethnographical Museum
    • Tarnicheni – Rose oil distillery
    • Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets fortress
    • Bucharest – Palace of Parliament
    • Bucharest – Village museum
    • Sinaia – Peles Castle
    • Barn – Drakula Castle
    • Brasov – Black Church
    • Chisinau – Tighina Fortress
    • Kiev – Saint Sophia cathedral
    • Kiev – Pyrogovo open-air ethnographical complex
    • Kiev – Pechersk Lavra Cave Monastery
    • Kiev – WWII museum
  • English speaking throughout guide for each country
  • 1 tour leader free of charge in 1 SGL room including all the services

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