Bulgaria and Romania

Bulgaria and Romania are coupled in most westerners' understanding as two slowly progressing economies of two former Soviet puppet-states. Though Bulgaria and Romania can be grouped in the context of the common Balkan historical development and their communist past, they are also strikingly different. Those traveling with us will experience Romania and Bulgaria culture, architecture, nature and folklore in a variety of ways. Come with us on this exciting and unforgettable journey.  

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival, greetings and transfer to your 3-star hotel in Sofia. Free time. 

Day 2. A Guided walking tour of the historical center of Sofia during which interesting stories and legends will introduce you to Sofia's main attractions like St. Al. Nevski Cathedral - the biggest orthodox church on the Balkans, formers Tsar's Place and others. 
A 2-hour transfer will take us to Plovdiv - one of the oldest city in Europe with captivating ancient, medieval and renaissance ambiance. We will explore on foot the Old Town with its fascinating landmarks. Overnight in a 3-star hotel in the Old Town. /B/

Day 3. After breakfast we head towards Veliko Tarnovo, nicknamed the "The city of the Bulgarian Tsars". En-route we will transect the Valley of Roses, explore the Kazalnuluk Thracian Tomb (UNESCO), pass the majestic Balkan Mountains and enjoy delicious lunch and the work of local craftsmen in the ethnographic complex of Etara. The afternoon will be dedicated to touring the streets of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo. /B, L - /

Day 4. After breakfast we continue north by crossing the mighty Danube river to reach the capital of Romania - Bucharest, also known as the little Paris. We will tour Bucharest downtown main sights and enter the building of the Parliament (second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon) and the Village Museum. Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Bucharest. /B/

Day 5. The next two days will be dedicated to the famous Transylvania region. In the morning we will visit Sinaia and Peles and Pelisor castles, ranked as the most beautiful in Romania. We continue with the castle list by visiting Bran Castle or more famously known as the Count Dracula's castle. The afternoon will be dedicated to a walking tour of downtown Brashov sights as the Black Castle and the narrowest Romanian street. Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Brashov. /B/

Day 6. Our discovery continues with the idyllic Sibiu, named European Capital of Culture in 2007. This city is titled the heart of Germanic Transylvania and probably is the most beautiful city in Romania. We will tour its medieval part, visit Brukenthal museums. You will have free time to explore it further on your own. Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Sibiu. /B/

Day 7. A long day of transfer lays in front of us. After early breakfast we will start our journey back to the Bulgarian Capital. After about a 4 hour drive we will reach the Bulgarian Town of Russe, known as the Bulgarian Wien. We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant there, do a short walking tour of the center and then continue to Sofia. Farewell dinner with folklore show and overnight in a 3-star hotel in the center of Sofia. /B, L/D

Day 8. Transfer to Sofia Airport according to your flight schedule. /B/

Dates, Prices & Remarks

Extentions:
The tour can be altered to suite your taste, budget and time available. You can add or substract days or attractions as for example:
- one day tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church;
- wine tasting near Plovdiv with overnight in Renaissance Koprivshtitsa;
- Visit the Roussenski Lom Nature Park and Ivanovo Rock-hewn Churches (UNESCO);
- Visit the bear park near Brashov;
 
Availability
This is a private tour is available from mid-April untill mid-October. 
Prices:
1 pers. - 1280 Euro, 2-3 pers - 760 Euro p/p , 4-6 pers: 550 Euro; 
For larger group please enquire. 
Single room supplement: 110 Euro
The price includes:
- All transportation and parking costs with a modern vehicle with A/C
- Professional English speaking guide throughout the tour
- Entrance fees
- Accommodation in double rooms in hand-picked 3-star hotels on bed and breakfast basis
- Lunch on day 3
- Full board on day 7, include a folklore show

- Folklore show on day 7
The price does not include:
- personal expenses
- meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- drinks
- tips