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Bulgaria & Romania - The Essentials Tour

Route: Sofia, Rila Monastery, Plovdiv, Bachkovo Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Bucharest, Sinaia, Bran, Brasov, Sighisoara, Targu Mures, Bicaz, Gorges, Suceava, Bacãu, Galati, Tulcea, 
14 days / 13 nights
Transport: Coach
Countries: Bulgaria, Romania 
Price from: T/A

Day - by - day Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Sofia!
Our guide will meet you at the Sofia Airport upon your arrival and escort you to the hotel. After getting your first impressions from the Bulgarian capital we will invite you to a welcome dinner where you will have the chance to get to know your fellow travellers who will share the amazing experience with us.
Overnight in Sofia. (D)

Day 2: The capital city Sofia
Today we will explore the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Our guided tour will reveal the colourful blend of numerous ancient sites and modern-day landmarks that shape the face of the city and add to its vibrant character. At the foot of the Vitosha Mountain in the outskirts of Sofia we will visit the National History Museum and the UNESCO classified Boyana Church with its stunning 13th - century frescoes.
Overnight in Sofia. (B, L, D)

Day 3: The Rila Monastery, Plovdiv
The highlight of this morning will be the Rila Monastery - a true architectural masterpiece of its time fascinating with its distinguished works of art. The afternoon we will spend in Plovdiv - a city with rich cultural and artistic heritage.  Our guided tour will take us to the Old Quarter of Plovdiv famous for its spectacular Roman Theatre, the multitude of tiny art galleries and the authentic cobbled streets lined with Revival period houses.
Overnight in Plovdiv. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Plovdiv, the Bachkovo Monastery
We will start the day with a scenic trip to Bachkovo Monastery, situated on the foot of the Rhodope Mountains. As the second most important Orthodox centre within the borders of the country the monastery has a big historical significance and impresses with the intricate woodcarvings and the detailed church frescoes. After lunch we will return to Plovdiv and enjoy some free time to explore the city on our own. Plovdiv’s modern centre on the south side of the Maritsa River features a shop-lined pedestrian mall,  Knyaz Aleksander Street, which passes over the Roman Stadium and up to a splendid square with gushing fountain.
Overnight in Plovdiv. (B, L, D)

Day 5: The village of Shipka, Veliko Tarnovo
Our first stop today will be the village of Shipka where we will visit the Shipka Memorial church - a monument dedicated to the bravery of the Russian and Bulgarian defenders of the Shipka pass in the War of Liberation in 1878. The highlight of our afternoon will be the Medieval capital of Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo. A guided sightseeing tour will take us to the significant landmarks of Veliko Tarnovo starting from the picturesque Tsarevets Fortress where we will learn about the bravery and pride in the history of the glorious Medieval capital. Before dinner we will take some time to unwind, relax and explore Veliko Tarnovo on our own; take a stroll down the preserved market street “Samovodska Charshia” with its authentic workshops and romantic old-time coffee houses.
OPTIONAL – spectacular evening LIGHT and MUSIC show on the Tzarevets Hill
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Arbanasi, Giurgiu, Bucharest
Today we will say “Goodbye” to Bulgaria with a visit of the village of Arbanasi, an important merchant and cultural centre during the Bulgarian Revival Period. Here we will explore the impressive Revival architecture and the beautiful frescoes at the UNESCO classified Rozdestvo Christovo Church. For lunch we will try some local specialties at a local family’s restaurant. After lunch in Arbanasi we depart to the Bulgarian – Romanian border. The Romanian guide will meet us on the Romanian border and escort us throughout the rest of the trip. The first stop in Romania will be the capital city Bucharest, also called “the little Paris” for its stunning architecture. The special charm of Bucharest is in the fact that it is a blend between the Oriental and the Western civilizations.
Overnight in Bucharest. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Bucharest
Today we will explore the capital of Romania with its loud commercial streets and intimate cafes, the crowded beer houses and the cosmopolite restaurants, the monumental buildings and the numerous green parks. We will start with a visit to the Patriarchal Church which is a part of the patriarchal complex perched on the Dealul Mitropoliei hill (‘the Metropolitan Hill’). Next, we will visit the House of Parliament, known worldwide as “The House of Ceausescu” even though the dictator never lived there. This is the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon and today it houses the Parliament of Romania and an international conference centre. After lunch we will visit the Cotroceni Palace, now official residence of the Romanian president. Last stop will be the Village Museum, where we will have the chance to see real houses from all over Romania that were brought and rebuilt here piece by piece.
Overnight in Bucharest. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Bucharest, Sinaia, Bran, Sinaia
Today we will travel first to Sinaia where we will spend a couple of hours to take in the aristocratic atmosphere of the Peles Castle and visit the impressive Sinaia Monastery. After lunch, we will explore the Bran Castle. Wrapped in mysterious legends, the place is more famous as “Count Drakula’s castle” and nowadays houses the Feudal Art Museum. In the afternoon we will travel back to Sinaia, where we will spend the night.
Overnight in Sinaia. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Brasov, Sighisoara, Targu Mures 
We will spend the morning in Brasov, a cultural and commercial centre founded back in the 13th century. Here we will visit the Black Church built in gothic style in the beginning of the 15th century. The rest of the day we will spend in Sighisoara, famous for its old town established in 1820 - one of the very few preserved and still inhabited city-fortresses in Europe. We will pay special attention to the History Museum and the Clock Tower that are quite worth visiting. We will travel to Targu Mures in the late afternoon.                                
Overnight in Targu Mures. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Targu Mures, Bicaz Gorges, Suceava 
We will pass through the spectacular Bicaz Gorge to reach the region of Moldavia. Here we will visit the idyllic Agapia Monastery with the romantic flower gardens. The sanctuary is one of the largest female monasteries in the Orthodox world, the place where the classical painter Grigore Alexandrescu created his first paintings. We will not miss strolling pass the fairytale-like houses in the monastery village where the 600 nuns live. On the way to Suceava we will make a stop to visit the Varatec Monastery to see the carpet workshops.
Overnight in Suceava. (B, L, D)

Day 11: The most famous Romanian monasteries
Today we will visit three of the most renowned Romanian Orthodox monasteries. First on our agenda will be The Voronet Monastery called “The Sistine Chapel of the Orient” and built by the prince Stefan cel Mare in 1488. The Moldovita Monastery built in 1532 will fascinate us with its stunning frescos in brick red. And last but not least we will explore the Sucevita monastery which hides impressive religious art behind its fortress alike mighty six-meter high and three meter-think defence walls.
Overnight in Suceava. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Suceava, Bacau, GalatiTulcea
Today we will travel through the towns of Bacãu and Galati and take the ferry cross the Danube River. In the afternoon we will reach the highlight for today - Tulcea, the biggest Romanian town situated on the delta of Danube River and a perfect place to observe the typical Romanian lifestyle and enjoy the beautiful parks along the river.
Overnight in Tulcea. (B, L, D)

Day 13: The Danube River Delta 
Today we will have a nice relaxing boat excursion exploring the picturesque delta of the river Danube with its rare bird species and enormous water lilies. We will have a picnic lunch on the boat following which we will return to Tulcea for some free time to walk around town on our own.
Overnight in Tulcea. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Trip finishes in Bucharest.
Today we will travel to Bucharest and say “Goodbye” with the promise to keep the colourful memories of our journey in the heart of the Balkans! (B)

 

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Highlights

  • The Bulgarian capital Sofia - a blend of ancient archaeological monuments and
  • Modern-day landmarks
  • The Rila Monastery - the biggest monastery on the Balkan Peninsula
  • The charming Old Quarter of the city of Plovdiv with its spectacular Roman amphitheatre
  • The Bachkovo monastery and its stunning frescoes
  • Veliko Tarnovo - the Medieval capital of Bulgaria
  • Bucharest - the vibrant capital of Romania, a luminous cultural bridge between East & West
  • The mysterious Bran Castle more famous as the notorious Count Drakula’s home
  • The most renowned Orthodox sanctuaries in Romania
  • The idyllic Danube River delta with its extraordinary flora and fauna

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What Is Included

  • 14 days / 13 overnights
  • Countries visited: Bulgaria & Romania
  • Tour starts: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Tour finishes: Bucharest, Romania
  • 13 breakfasts (B), 12 Lunches (L), 13 dinners (D)
  • 13 nights 4 - star hotel accommodation on a twin-share or double basis
  • Guided sightseeing tours of all visited cities and sights
  • Escorted services of an experienced guide in the requested language for the whole tour
  • Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach
  • Group Size: T/A
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