Bulgaria Romania Tour and the Black Sea Coast
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY of the Bulgaria Romania Tour and the Black Sea Coast Tour
Day 1 – Arrive in Sofia in early afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon 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.
Accommodation in Sofia in hotel Thracia Premier Best Western ****
Day 2 – Sofia – the Boyana church (UNESCO) – The Rila Monastery (UNESCO) – Plovdiv
In the morning visit the Boyana church situated in the vicinity of Sofia. Admire paintings from 1259. Departure to the Rila Monastery – the richest historical and architectural monument of the Orthodox enclave, founded in 10th century and transformed to the most important spiritual and cultural center of Bulgaria. The visitor’s first sight of Rila monastery huge towering walls gives the impression of a fortress. However, a step through the archway produces a wonderful surprise. The Monastery’s unrivalled architecture and murals will captivate you. Continue to Plovdiv. Accommodation. Overnight.
Accommodation in Plovdiv in Trimontium Ramada Hotel ****
Day 3 – Plovdiv. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv. Free time in the afternoon.
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Plovdiv – the second largest town of Bulgaria, an area since the time of Philip, King of Macedonia, father of Alexander The Great. The most impressive building of Roman time that has come to us rising above the city is the Antique theatre by Emperor Mark Avrelii during the 2nd c. A.D. Its magnificent arcade adorned with marble statues is simply breath-taking. You will also visit the Roman Stadium dating to the 2nd cetury, the yellow school, the house of La Martin, the Old Pharmacie, the church St Constantin and Helena, the house of Kuyumdjioglu, today turned into museum, the Nebet tepe where have been discovered parts of the Thracian walls that fortified the hill.
B Accommodation in Plovdiv in Trimontium Ramada Hotel ****
Day 4 – Plovdiv – Perperikon – boat on the Studen Kladenets dam
In the morning departure to the East Rhodopi mountain. Visit Perperikon – an archaeologic complex, the largest megalith complex on the Balkans. Dating from the time of the Roman Empire, archaeologists have uncovered a giant multi-story palace and an imposing fortress built around the hill, with walls as thick as 2.8 m. Temples and quarters of residential buildings were also constructed in the fortress. Have lunch in the village of Zvezdelina in a Turkish family’s house where you will have the chance to meet locals and taste the local cuisine. After lunch take a boat on the Studen Kladenets dam and admire some beautiful views. If lucky you will see some wild goats or deers.
B Accommodation in the village of Glavatartsi in hotel Roca *** or hotel Glavatarski Han ***
Day 5 – Glavatartsi – Nessebar
After Breakfast deaprture to Nesseabar (UNESCO). Take a walking tour in its Old town attracting with its old houses, ruins of various periods, well preserved fortress wall. Visit the St Stephen church – a beautiful expample from the 16th century.
In the afternoon – time at meaisure to enjoy the fine sand beach.
B Accommodation in Nesseabar in hotel The Mill **** (or similar) two nights
Day 6 – Nessebar
Free day in Nessebar.
B Accommodation in Nesseabar in hotel The Mill ****
Day 7 – Nesseabar – Varna
In the morning deaprture to Varna. Visit the Archaeological museum where has been displayed the oldest manworked gold in the world discovered in Varna in 1972 dated between 4600 – 4200 BC. In the afternoon explore the city on your own.
B Accommodation in Varna in hotel Gallery Graffit *****
Day 8 – Varna – Madara (UNESCO) – Sveshtari (UNESCO) – Veliko Tarnovo
Leave early to visit two UNESCO sites in one day. In the morning deaprture to the Madara Horseman (UNESCO) – a bas-relief cut in a rock some 23 meters above the ground dating to the beginning of the 8th century.
The relief depicts a horseman in a natural pose with a sword in his hand. At the feet of the horse is a lion, and behind the rider is depicted his hunting dog. One legend has it that a Roman emperor was hunting on the plateau when he fell off the cliff and died. His relatives memorialized him by engaging a master to carve his image on the cliff. Continue to the Sveshtary Tomb (UNESCO) dating to the 4th – 3rd century BC. The tomb has a unique architectural decor, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. It is a remarkable reminder of the culture of the Getes, a Thracian people who were in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds, according to ancient geographers. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. Walking tour of Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 9 – Veliko Tarnovo
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. 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. Visit also teh Trapezitsa Hill where ruins of mediaeval houses have been discovered only recently. 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.
Departure to the Romanian boarder at Rousse – Bucharest. Along the route – visit the Ivanovo rock church (UNESCO). This afternoon meet your Romanian tour guide at the border with Bulgaria. Change vehicles and proceed to Bucharest. Take a city tour of Bucharest with the Revolution Square, Cotroceni Quarter for its representative architecture, the main avenues, and a view of the former royal palace Hotel check in with the evening at lesiure.
B – Transfer to Bucharest Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Berthelot ****
Day 10 – Bucharest Parliament – Sinaia & Peles Castle – Brasov Tour
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Take a city tour of Bucharest with the Revolution Square, Cotroceni Quarter for its representative architecture, a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament and of the main avenues. 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 Brasov. Take a afternoon tour of Brasov with 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.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 Bella Muzica *** (located in the Council Square)
Day 11 – Bran Castle – Balea Lake
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning drive 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 sampling on the premises. Departure for the Northern end of the Trans Fagarasan Road all the way to Balea Waterfall. Take a scenic 15-minute cable-car ride to Glacier Lake Balea, located at the highest altitude of the road: 2,034 meters. Opportunity for a short hike around and for superb photo ops. Drive back to Sibiu. The evening is at leisure.
B Accommodation in Sibiu at Hotel Imparatul Romanilor ****
Day 12 – Sibiu Tour & Market – Biertan – Gypsy Experience – Tour of Sighisoara
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning, take leisurely walking tour of Sibiu (Hermannstadt), formerly the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. The Great and Lesser Squares are the landmarks of the Old Town with the many merchant houses fearuring “”the sleepy eye” dormers. View the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining towers belonging to the merchant guilds. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by Baron Bruckenthal, 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. Next is the Evangelical Cathedral completed in its actual shape in 1520.Visit to the colorful open air fruit and vegetable market of Sibiu. On the way to Sighisoara stop at Biertan fortified church 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. 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. Afternoon arrival to Sighisoara – World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Sighisoara is the place where the Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is one of the main tourist attractions. Visit the Spoonman Exhibition. Suggestion for dinner: at the Birthplace of Vlad Dracula.
B Accommodation in Sighisoara at House with Antler ***
The hotel is located in the Upper Town in a historical building. Previously used by Prince Charles on his stay in Sighisoara.
Day 13 – Sighisoara Tour – Targu Mures – Maramures
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Sighisoara is one of a kind. 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. Walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars’ Staircase, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view) and the Weapon Museum. This morning leave Sighisoara and head North to Targu Mures. Tour the Art Nouveau Palace of Culture and walk inside the Vauban Citadel. Then stop in the villages of Iza Valley to learn about the local dowry tradition and to admire wonderfully carved wooden gates. In the village of Dragomiresti tour the local museum located in a 235 year old house. Accommodation in a private house (not a B&B) in the village of Iza. Dinner (and home made plum brandy) is included so that people get deeper into the local culture. Our hosts will join for dinner, this being a first hand cultural interchange.
B D Home stay accommodation (modern villa)
Family home, with one section renovated into a modern villa with all modern facilities. The location is excellent, in a small village, quiet neighborhood, far away from the main street. The terraces offer a beautiful view on the village. Excellent home cooking.
Day 14 – Maramures: Iza Village Walking Tour – Sighetul Marmatiei – Sapinta Village
After breakfast, take an exclusively designed walking tour of the village of Iza including an icon-on-glass workshop (learn about the technique), the local ancient type plum brandy distillery and a typical whirlpool still used by the local women to wash heavy woolen blankets. Then drive to the nearby town of Sighet to mingle with the locals at the colorful fruit and vegetable market where you will have the oportunity to sample various produce from cheeses to sausage. Continue to the Anti Communist Memorial – a political prison in the Communist times. This is one of the main memorial sites of the continent, alongside Auschwitz Museum and the Peace Memorial in Normandy. The visit provides a direct connection to Romania’s most recent history. Continue west along Tisa River and reach the village of Sapinta world famous for its “Merry Cemetery”. Here each wooden cross carries a funny epitaph about the person’s life. Before returning to Iza, take a view of what is the tallest wooden structure in the world: Sapinta Peri. Late in the afternoon return to the village. Enjoy a home hosted dinner and accommodation.
B D Home stay accommodation
Day 15 – Maramures: Iza Valley, Barsana & Bogdan Voda – the Borgo Pass – Campulung – Gura Humorului (Bucovina)
an excellent oportunity to witness daily life in this corner of Europe and also meet locals. Stop in the village of Rozavlea for a visit to a famous master carver in his own workshop. He represented Romania at the 1999 Smithsonian World Folk Festival in Washington, DC. Next is the exquisite Barsana Nunnery, a superb example of Maramures wooden church architecture. Cross the Carpathian Mountains through the Prislop Pass into the northern part of Moldavia called Bucovina. In the town of Campulung enjoy an exclusively organized egg-painting demonstration by a local artist in her own home, this being one of the main artistical traditions of the area. You will have the chance to admire painted eggs from all over the world. After arriving in Gura Humorului, check into the hotel. Evening at leisure.
B Accommodation in Gura Humorului at Hotel Best Western Bucovina ****
Day 16 – Bucovina Painted Monasteries Excursion (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Transfer to Iasi Airport
A la carte breakfast at hotel. Bucovina monasteries are gems of medieval Moldavian architecture and artistry. Begin your day with Voronet, the most famous out of all, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East and featuring one the best Last Judgment fresco in this part of the World. The newly open Customs and Traditions Museum of Gura Humorului is a must. Next is Moldovita Monastery where the UNESCO Golden Apple Award given to the painted churches in 1975, is kept. Later continue to the nearby Sucevita Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The Ladder of John of Sinai is considered one of the best of the frescoes of Sucevita, rarely present in medieval Romanian art. In the village of Marginea visit the black pottery workshop – they use a technique called “oxygen reduction”, there is the same technique in Mexico only! Transfer to Iasi for a panoramic city tour with a view of the Palace of Culture, the Trajan Hotel (Eiffel project), the Helmer & Fellner Theatre and the Metropolitan Church. Visit the Jewish Museum and the Great Synagogue (if open for the public). Transfer to the airport in Iasi for your evening return flight.
The trajectory of the tour in Bulgaria please see here: https://goo.gl/maps/MxvxSDhDip42
The trajectory of the tour in Romania please see here: https://goo.gl/maps/JWct4db7Lpu
The tour price is based on a private tour of four people with private English speaking tour guide (to drive) and based on double occupancy in rooms.
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For this tour you will have a Mercedes Viano in both Bulgaria and Romania. Our company is owner of the vehicles that we provide for the tours of our clients. All of them are very comfortable and fully insured. We are aware that your safety is most important, that is why we regularly renovate our car park. Our vehicles pass technical check every month and all of them have perfect air conditioners.
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