You have the unique opportunity to visit two of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe: Romania and Bulgaria. Bulgaria is famous for its ancient towns such as Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, rose oil production and for the Orthodox Rila Monastery. Its neighboring country, Romania, stands for untouched traditions, enchanting history and fairytale-like landscapes. Discover more on this tour!
Welcome to Bucharest, “The Little Paris of the East”, where you will be greeted by the Romanian guide in the Otopeni airport. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of one the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in Europe, which is also the 6th largest capital city in the European Union. You will have the chance to admire the University Square, the Roman Square, the Constitution Square with the Palace of Parliament (the second largest administrative building in the World after the Pentagon), and the Victory Square with the Victory Palace. You will pass by the Arch of Triumph, driving on the Kissellef Street which is known as “The Romanian Champs Elysees”. Check-in and welcome dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Bucharest (Dinner).
Bucharest – Veliko Tarnovo
You will wake up in the heart of Romania’s capital, and after breakfast you will head towards the Bulgarian border. Today you will travel to Bulgaria. Transfer to the village of Arbanassi, where you can admire the Nativity of Christ Church (15thC). In the afternoon, you will reach your destination at Veliko Tarnovo, whose old town is a historical monument. Explore the Tsarevets Hill with its citadels and palaces and stroll through the traditional crafts shopping quarter, Samovodska Charshiya.
Overnight in Vellko Tarnovo (Breakfast).
Veliko Tarnavo – Plovdiv
Your first stop after breakfast will be the open-air village museum, Etar. Here, houses with artisan workshops, watermills, fulling mills can be seen. You will then visit the Thracian Tomb of King Seuthes III (second half of the 5th century BC). Continue through Shipka Pass to Kazanlak. In Kazanlak you will visit the ancient Thracian Tomb, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You will then visit a functioning rose distillery in the village of Skobelevo and sample the local rose jam and rose brandy. Your journey will end in the afternoon at Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Plovdiv (Breakfast, Dinner).
Plovdiv – Sofia
The city is one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans and was designated as European Capital of Culture of the year 2019. The sightseeing tour in the old part of the city includes the very well preserved Roman Amphitheater, the Dzumaya Mosque and the St. Constantine and Helena Church. Travel to Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. On the way to Sofia stop in Dobarsko and meet the singing grandmothers and taste the delicious local pastry “banitsa”. Then, go deep into the Rila Mountains, where you will find a symbol of the Orthodox Christian faith, the Rila Monastery (UNESCO), which is situated at 1150m above sea level and resembles a fortress. It is one of the largest Orthodox monasteries in the world and is impressive with its stunning architecture and frescoes. Visit the monastery museum and admire the most important piece of Bulgarian wood carving art, the extraordinary Raphael Cross. Drive to Sofia and overnight. Festive dinner with folklore show and traditional Nestinari fire dances.
Overnight in Sofia (Dinner).
Sofia – Belogradchik
Enjoy a sightseeing tour that starts at Sveta Nedelya square. Situated a few steps away from the square is the oldest church in the city, the St. George Rotunda, built by the Romans in the 4thC. Then admire the precious and fascinating buildings of Banya-Bashi Mosque and the Presidency. The landmark of the city is the Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky. Built in the 20thC, its construction took 30 years. Next you will travel to Belogradchik, where you can visit the fortress. Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Belogradchik (Dinner).
Belogradchik – Sibiu
This morning you will travel to Vidin where you will find Baba Vida Fortress, the town’s primary landmark. Cross the Danube back to Romania, and head towards Craiova, the largest city of South Romania. After the city tour, you will continue towards Sibiu, the most beautiful town of Transylvania. Settled by the Germans back in the 12thC, the town preserves a wonderful medieval cobblestoned center with hundreds of historic monuments. The walking tours will take you to the Grand and Small Square, Huet Square, Liars’ Bridge, and the Evangelic church, the town’s landmark.
Overnight in Sibiu (Dinner).
Sibiu – Brasov
After breakfast, travel to Biertan, where you will visit one of the most well-preserved medieval fortified churches in Transylvania, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue to Sighisoara, another UNESCO site, which is one of the few medieval fortresses in Europe that are still inhabited. During the walking tour, you will discover the town’s landmarks such as the Church on the Hill and the Clock Tower. Continue towards Brasov and discover its Old Town with the main attraction, the Black Church.
Overnight in Brasov (Dinner).
Brasov – Bucharest
Drive towards Bran, where you will visit the castle of the famous count Dracula. The castle was constructed to protect the border between Transylvania and Wallachia by the Saxons. Cross the South Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia, where you will find the Peles Castle, a superb royal residence built above acres of green meadows deep inside the forest. Built in the German Renaissance style, the Peles Castle is among the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. At noon, continue to Bucharest. Farewell dinner at local restaurant with entertainment and wine.
Overnight in Bucharest (Dinner).
In the morning, visit the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the World after the Pentagon. Then, depending on the flight hours, you will transfer to the airport with a farewell from the guide.