Overview of our Romania & Bulgaria Highlights Escorted Tour
This small group tour visits the Highlights of Bulgaria and Romania, in the company of excellent guides, a nice size group, and on comfortable transport. You will visit the many highlights of Bulgaria and Romania, starting from Sofia and ending in Bucharest. This tour is a real cultural and historical delight.
A nice selection of hotels, and the full board itinerary make this excellent value for money and a relaxing option, so you just need to relax and enjoy the impressive sights and scenery!
DEPARTURE DATES 2017
6th May 2017
10th June 2017
15th July 2017
5th August 2017
26th August 2017
9th September 2017
Sofia - Ramada Princess**** or similar
Plovdiv - Hotel Alafrangite*** or similar
Kazanlak - Hotel Palas*** or similar
Veliko Tarnovo - Hotel Gurko*** or similar
Ruse - Hotel Riga**** or similar
Bucharest - Hotel Ambasador*** or similar
Sibiu - Hotel Ibis*** or similar
Sighisoara - Hotel Sighisoara*** or similar
Sucevita - Hotel Popas Turistic*** or similar
Piatra Neamt - Hotel Ceahlau*** or similar
Brasov/Poiana Brasov - Hotel Poiana*** /Hotel Escalade*** or similar
Flights are NOT included in this package, but we can book these for you, or you are welcome to book your own. If you require an extra night or two to fit with your flights, we can book extra nights, please contact us for a quote.
This is a guaranteed departure tour, and has a pleasant maximum group size of 20 people.
Itinerary for our Romania & Bulgaria Highlights Escorted Tour
Day 1 SOFIA
Arrival in Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.
Day 2 SOFIA – RILA MONASTERY - SOFIA
Departure to the Rila Monastery; 10th century 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. Back to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 3 SOFIA – PLOVDIV
Sightseeing tour of Sofia – a city with a 7,000 years long history, visiting 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 the ancient city Serdica. Continue to Plovdiv – the second largest Bulgarian city. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 4 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 11th century Bachkovo Monastery; 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 5 KAZANLAK - SHIPKA PASS - TRYAVNA - VELIKO TARNOVO
Visit the recently discovered Thracian golden tresures in Kazanlak Historical Museum. Continue to the UNESCO site – 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 6 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 7 VELIKO TURNOVO – MADARA - SVESHTARI – ROUSSE
Departure to Madara. Visit the Madara Rider – included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage. It is a unique relief carved into a 100m high cliff and represents a figure of a knight over a lion. Tour continues to Sveshtari to visit the Sveshtari Thracian Tomb, also a UNESCO monument. The unique architectural décor of the tomb includes 10 female figures carved in the walls and painted murals, a remarkable example of the culture of the Thracian people. Overnight in Rousse.
Day 8 ROUSSE – IVANOVO - BUCHAREST
Sightseeing tour of Rousse. Departure to Ivanovo. The 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. In the afternoon departure to Bucharest. Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 9 BUCHAREST - CURTEA DE ARGES - SIBIU
After breakfast, a panoramic sightseeing tour of Bucharest including the Cathedral of the Patriarchate, then departure to Curtea de Arges, former capital of Wallachia. Visit to the Episcopal Church where the Romanian Kings are buried. Lunch will be en route. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley, visiting the Cozia Monastery and arriving at Sibiu; one of the oldest towns in Transylvania (formerly Hermannstadt). Guided walking tour of the medieval town (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, the Liars’ Bridge etc.) Evening dinner and accommodation at 3* 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, like a visit back in time. This is the area that Prince Charles regularly visits and has had a positive influence on conservation in the region. Afterwards, drive to Biertan to visit the impressive fortified church. Lunch 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. and lunch). Evening dinner and night in Sighisoara at 3* hotel.
Day 11 SIGHISOARA - GURA HUMORULUI
After breakfast, continue to Târgu Mures, an elegant city well known for its architecture. Drive on to Bistrita - one of the 7 main medieval towns of 'Siebenbürgen' (the German name for Transylvania). Continue through Tihuta Pass. Typical dinner and accommodation at 3* hotel in Gura Humorului.
Day 12 GURA HUMORULUI - MONASTERIES - PIATRA NEAMT
Full day in Bucovina - land of the unique painted monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries admiring their external 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 3* hotel in Piatra Neamt.
Day 13 PIATRA NEAMT - BRASOV OR POIANA BRASOV
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 3* hotel and enjoy dinner at a typical local restaurant.
Day 14 BRASOV - BRAN - BUCHAREST
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 at 3* hotel in Bucharest.
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 for your flight home.
Major highlights of our Bulgaria & Romania Highlights escorted group tour:
The Thracian Tomb
Ivanovo medieval rock churches
The painted monasteries of Bucovina
Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita
The medieval Citadel of Sighisoara
The fortified Churches of Transylvania
European Cultural Heritage Sites:
Curtea de Arges Monastery
The historical centre of Sibiu
The Romania Athenaeum
George Enescu Museum
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