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VISIT BULGARIA AND ROMANIA – 8 DAYS ITINERARY

Sofia – Plovdiv – Varna – Veliko Tarnovo – Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sighisoara – Sibiu – Bucharest

Day 1 –  August 22 –  Arrive and transfer to hotel.

Arrival at Sofia airport. Meet and greet by your Bulgarian guide.Transfer to hotel.

Overnight in hotel Grand Hotel Sofia *****  (two nights)

Day 2 – August 23 – Full day sightseeing tour of Sofia

In the morning visit the Boyana Church (Unesco site). Admire its beautiful freascoes dating to 1259. In the National Museum of History you will get acqueinted with the rich history of Bulgaria. Here is the Gold Thracian Treasure dating to the 4th c. BC. Return to the central part. Continue with a walking sightseeing tour of Sofia. Visit the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the biggest and the most beautiful on the Balkan Peninsula, the Monument of Alexander II – Tzar Liberator, the Parliament, The Statue of St Sofia – the symbol of the city, the Presidency, the National Theater, the Ruins of Serdica and the Rotonda St George 4th c. AC, the Synagogue, the Russian Church, the St. Sophia early Christian basilica, which has given the city its name.

Overnight in hotel Grand Hotel Sofia ***** or similar

Day 3 – August 24 – Sofia – Plovdiv – Varna

In After breakfast departure to Plovdiv  – the second largest town of Bulgaria, an area since the time of Philip, King of Macedonia, father of Alexander The Great. Its unique location on these ancient crossroads has stimulated cultural and political influences from East and West civilizations and yet maintained its unique cultural identity. The most impressive building of Roman time that has come to us rising above the city is the Antique Amphitheatre by Emperor Mark Avrelii during the 2nd c. A.D. Its magnificent arcade adorned with marble statues is simply breath-taking. Theatre and opera performances are still staged here on warm summer nights. The Roman Stadium is also constructed during the II century and reproduces the layout in Delphi, Greece. Within the centre of the ancient major town of the Roman province of Thrace remains of stone paved streets, foundations of buildings and columns and ancient fortress walls and gates reside. The Old Plovdiv nowadays is an original living museum, an architectural phenomenon with many of the houses of those times’ most prominent Bulgarians turned into museums, galleries hosting various art exhibitions and festivals. Departure to Varna.

B Accommodation in Varna in hotel Graffit ***** or similar

Day 4 – Aug 25 – Varna – Veliko Tarnovo

In the morning take a tour of the town – The city center, the Cathedral, the Archaeological museum where is being kept the oldest gold treasure in the world dating back 4200 years B.C. During the Second Bulgarian state, Varna was one of the most important trading and craft centers in the country. Now a day it is the biggest sea port and one of the favorite holiday places. Numerous hotels, restaurants and night clubs make it a preferable seaside centre. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo – the capital of Mediaeval Bulgaria, the town is one of the most picturesque historical settlements. Start exploring the city with the Tsarevets Royal hill. The neighboring Arbanassi museum village is a genuine gallery of art. A must here is the 15th century Church of the Nativity, repainted in the 17th century. Because of its more than 1200 frescoes, It is also called the Sistine Chapel on the Balkans. Another must see is the Archangels Gabriel and Micheal dating to the same period ; Located on the hills above the meandering river Yantra, this city, once a glorious mediaeval capital (1186 – 1393), is now attracting thousands of romantic travelers with its irresistible atmosphere. Mixing the legends of the past with bursting joy of hundreds of young students – this is Veliko Tarnovo today, the second most important University City after Sofia. Have dinner in a local family’s house. The hostess will prepare some local food especially for you. Overnight.

B Accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo in hotel Yantra ****

Day 5 – Aug 26 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – Bucharest, Romania

After breakfast departure to the border at Rousse – Giurgiu, meet your Romanian guide and continue to Bucharest.  This afternoon take a city tour of  Bucharest including the Revolution Square and the former Royal Palace, Cotroceni Quarter, the Palace of the Parliament – the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, the avenues, a view of the Ceausescu’s private residence as well as the Village Museum – one of the world’s most interesting open air museums with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania. Hotel check in with the evening at leisure.

B Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Intercontinental *****

 

Day 6 – Aug 27 – Bucharest – Sinaia & Peles Castle –  Bran Castle  – Brasov & Evening at Leisure

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning pick up by your English speaking tour guide at your hotel in Bucharest (meeting point: lobby at 8 30 am). Leave Bucharest for Sinaia – one of the famous Carpathian Mountains town. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania toward the end of the 19th century. The Orient Express use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. Take an orientation tour including a view of the Casino building inspired by the one in Monte Carlo and a visit to Sinaia Orthodox Monastery. Next is one of the most important tourist attractions of the country:  Peles Castle and Gardens , the former royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. Then cross the mountains into Transylvania to the village of Bran. The attraction here is the medieval Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. The castle was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia to later be turned into a royal residence under Queen Marie of Romania. The connection between this place and Vlad the Impaler Dracula is still under debate, but the castle is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy cheese tasting on the premises. Continue to the nearby town of  Brasov. Take an afternoon tour of Brasov with a view of the Gothic Black Church with its valuable collection of Anatolian prayer rugs. Brasov has one of the best preserved medieval quarter and fortifications. The tour will include the Council Square, Schei Quarter and the First School in Romanian language, the Rope Street and Catherine’s Gate. View of the Brasov 1901 synagogue.Hotel check in. The evening  is at leisure. Enjoy Brasov’s lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many shops, traditional restaurants and outdoor cafes.

B Accommodation in Brasov at Hotel Aro Palace *****

Day 7 – Aug 28 – Brasov  –  Saxon Villages – Sighisoara Tour – Sibiel Village – Sibiu

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Leave Brasov in the morning. Drive through the picturesque Transylvanian Plateau with its quaint villages and Saxon fortifications such as Saschiz. Discover the daily life, self-sufficiency and sustainbility and enjoy an exclusive tasting of organic Transylvanian ”like Grandma used to make” recipes.    Afternoon arrival to Sighisoara, a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. It was developed by the German settlers as of late 12th century. It stands on a network of tunnels and catacombs and, according to one version of the myth; this is where the Pied Piper brought the children of Hamelin after their ungrateful parents refused to pay him his due. Sighisoara is the place where the famous Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is today a restaurant and one of the main tourist attractions. Visit the exquisite Spoonman Exhibition of Transylvanian Arts & Crafts.  Take a walking tour  of Sighisoara includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars’ Staircase, the Ducklings’ Square, the Tinsmiths’ Tower, the House with Antler and the Venetian House, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view), the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Depart Sighisoara on the way to the impressive Biertan fortification and a UNESCO World Heritage. As the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops between 1516 and 1867, this place is proof of the important Heritage of the Transylvanian Saxons. Take a guided tour. Exclusive Visit to a Gypsy village followed by a Gypsy home visit: this is an unique opportunity to learn about this less known yet controversial ethnic group, about its culture, identity and lifestyle. Your next stop is Sibiel, a typical Romanian village in the heart of Transylvania. Visit the village and the local icon-on-glass museum (formerly a private collection) and learn about the technique. Then enjoy a home hosted dinner with a local family in their own home: an authentic cultural interchange. Drive to Sibiu. Hotel check in.

B  Accommodation in Sibiu at Hotel Ramada Sibiu ****

Day 8 – August 29 – Sibiu Tour Choices & Open Air Market –  Olt River Gorge – Cozia – Bucharest

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. In the morning enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the Old Town Sibiu  with the Great and Lesser Squares and the surrounding defense walls and guild towers. The late Gothic Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520. View the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper Town to the Lower Town and the 1859 Liar’s Bridge.

TOUR CHOICES:

1. Visit the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by Baron Bruckenthal, the art loving Governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century and the second museum to ever open in Europe after the National Gallery in London.

2.  Take a horse and carriage ride in the open-air ASTRA Museum of the Transylvanian Folk Civilisation Museum.

Before departing Sibiu visit a local open-air fruit and vegetable market (with an opportunity to sample various produce). Leaving Transylvania, you’ll drive on the scenic Olt River Valley and Gorge, one of the most beautiful in Romania. Brief stop at Cozia Monastery featuring a superb late 17th century Last Judgment fresco.

Continue to Bucharest via Pitesti. Arrive in the afternoon. Transfer to the airport for return flight.

For group of 6 pax

Price per person accommodated in double rooms allover:  1297 euro

 

The trajectory of the tour please see here: https://goo.gl/maps/T9Hzkir9Gbu

Included features in Bulgaria:

  • 4 nights in the hotels stated in the program
  • fully insured relative size of vehicle with climate control, for the entire distance
  • fuel & parking fees included
  • all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 home hosted diner
  • professional English speaking guide to accompany you throughout
  • admissions to museums and sites as per itinerary
  • VAT and local tax
  • detailed map of Bulgaria.

Not included:

  • Other meals than stated
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Photo/video fees at sites and museums.

Included features in Romania:

  • 3 nights in the hotels stated in the program
  • fully insured relative size of vehicle with climate control, for the entire distance
  • fuel & parking fees
  • all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
  • informal talks on: Vlad the Impaler – Dracula, Ceausescu and His Times, The Gypsies and their Journey (all by the tour guide)
  • 3 breakfasts
  • cheese tasting at Bran Castle
  • a professional English speaking tour guide (driving) to accompany you throughout
  • admissions to museums and sites as per itinerary
  • porterage
  • map of Romania.

       You’ll visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • Historic Center of Sighisoara
  • Biertan Fortified Church.
  • Sibiu’s Historical Center

         Not included:

  • Other meals than stated
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Photo/video fees at sites and museums.

NOT INCLUDED BANK FEES, PAY PAL FEES, CREDIT CARD FEES

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