||Romania and Bulgaria
9 days/8 nights
2012 Tour Dates:
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|Romania and Bulgaria
The novel, The Historian, Kostova's first, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list during the summer and fall of 2005, was named the 2006 Book Sense "Book of the Year" in the Adult Fiction Category, and was made into a movie in 2008. While nominally a modern re-telling of the Dracula story, The Historian delves deeply into the nature of history and its relevance to today's world.
The tale is a mixture of culture, fiction and history, all in a spiritual journey as well as physical one. Dive into a medieval world that Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) once ruled with despotism and butchery close at hand. Explore the mountains of savage beauty, ancient castles, and the lure of werewolves and witches on our magical journey of Bulgaria and Romania.
Day 1: Bucharest, Romania
Arrival to Bucharest Coanda International Airport. Meet and greet by your English-speaking tour guide. Orientation tour on the way to your hotel. Check-in and time at leisure. In the evening enjoy a Romanian Welcome Dinner with Folklore Show. Accommodation at Berthelot Hotel.
Day 2: Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Poienari Fortress - Cozia - Sibiu
Buffet breakfast - Morning orientation tour of Bucharest. Then drive to Curtea de Arges for a brief stop at the former Princely Court. Continue north to the famous Fortress of Poienari - the first Romanian site mentioned in the book and related to Vlad the Impaler - Dracula. This is the actual castle built by Vlad Dracula. Drive along the picturesque Olt River Canyon, and cross the mountains into Transylvania observing the changes of the village architecture. Reach Sibiu. Overnight in Sibiu's famous Romans' Emperor Hotel, first built at the end of the 18th century. A Welcome Dinner is at Crama Sibiul Vechi, one of the best restaurants in town, serving all Transylvanian dishes and the local Ausbruch wine.
Accommodation in Sibiu at Imparatul Romanilor Hotel **** (B, D)
Day 3: Sibiu - Sighisoara
Buffet breakfast - Start your day with a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu. Visit the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining towers each belonging to a certain guild. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by baron Bruckenthal, governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century. Visit the Evangelical Cathedral was completed in 1520. It was here that in 1510 the son of Vlad, Mihnea the Bd was stabbed to death. Continue to the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper town to the Lower town, the 1859 Liar's Bridge and the Byzantine style Orthodox Cathedral. In the afternoon drive to Sighisoara (UNESCO). Accommodation at hotel in the Upper Town known as the "Citadel." Tonight dinner is included at the actual birthplace of Vlad Dracula. Accommodation in Sighisoara at Hotel Sighisoara*** (In the Upper Town) (B, D)
Day 4: Sighisoara
Buffet breakfast - Before starting your walking tour of old Sighisoara attend a lecture on Vlad the Impaler -Dracula, what is truth and what is fiction. A World Heritage Site, this is the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Sighisoara was founded by the German settlers as of late 12 C and stands on a network of tunnels and catacombs. Walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars' Staircase, the Ducklings' Square, the Tinsmiths' Tower, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock, the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Sighisoara is also the place where the famous Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The rest of the day is at leisure or optional 20-mile drive to Biertan (UNESCO). Plum brandy tasting in one of the nearby distilleries. Dinner on your own.
Accommodation in Sighisoara at Hotel Sighisoara *** (B)
Day 5: Sighisoara - Brasov - Dracula's Castle in Bran - Sinaia
Buffet breakfast - Leave Sighisoara in the morning and journey south to Brasov.
The city tour includes visits to the Black Church. The main focus of the day is the well-known Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. Built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia. Late afternoon arrival in the Sinaia mountain resort. Orientation tour includes a famous Casino inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. The famous Orient Express still calls here once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. Accommodation in Sinaia at Palace Hotel **** (B)
Day 6: Sinaia - Snagov Island - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Hot buffet breakfast. In the morning visit one of the most important tourist attractions of the country. Peles Castle and Gardens in Sinaia, the royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. This castle alone is worth your entire trip to Romania. On the way to Bucharest make a detour to the Lake and Island of Snagov. This is where Vlad the Impaler Dracula is buried. Cross the lake on a rowboat and meet the Abbot of the monastery. In the afternoon drive south of Bucharest to the border town of Giurgiu where you will meet your Bulgarian Tour Guide. Change vehicles, then cross the Danube on the Friendship Bridge. Continue to the town of Veliko Tarnovo for dinner and overnight. Accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo at 3* Gurko Hotel.
Day 7: Veliko Tarnovo - Kazanlak - Batchkovo Monastery - Plovdiv
Hot buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo (partly on foot), including stops at the historical Tsarevets Hill with the remains of the Royal Palace, the patriarchate and the Fortress Gates. Stroll through the Samovodska Market Place, where you will be taken in as pastry cooks, master goldsmiths, potters, and carvers still pursue their crafts as they did in centuries past. Then you are off to Kazanlak in the picturesque Valley of the Roses. Visit Assenova Fortress and then the famous Batchkovo Monastery in the Rodopi Mountains. Later drive to Plovdiv for an orientation tour of Thsi ancient settlement. Evening at leisure with dinner on your own. Accommodation in Plovdiv at 3* Dafi Hotel or similar.
Day 8: Plovdiv - Rila Monastery - Sofia
Hot hotel breakfast at hotel. This morning take a guided walking tour of Plovdiv's Old Town including the Roman Amphitheatre, one of the largest in the former Roman World. Leave Plovdiv on the way to Rila Monastery (UNESCO), famous for its unrivaled architecture and murals. In the afternoon take a city tour of Sofia including the Thracian gold and silver treasures displayed at the National History Museum. Visit Alexander Nevski Cathedral. In the evening enjoy a Bulgarian Farewell Dinner. Accommodation in Sofia at 4* Princess Hotel
Day 9: Sofia Departure
Hot buffet breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Sofia International Airport for your return flight.
TOUR PRICE: (per person, double occupancy)
May through October:
2 - 3 travelers: $2737
4 - 6 travelers: $2294
March, April and November:
2 - 3 travelers: $2715
4 - 6 travelers: $2275
Single supplement: $496
You'll visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, Historic Centers of Sighisoara and Sibiu, Romania, Biertan Fortified Church, Romania
- 9 nights at three and four star hotels (all centrally located)
- Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
- Fuel and parking fees included
- All sightseeing tours and cultural connections
- Vlad the Impaler - Dracula lecture in Sighisoara
- Professional English speaking guides (driving) to accompany you throughout (guides are natives of their countries)
- City tours of Sofia, Bulgaria and Bucharest, Romania
- Plum brandy and sausage tasting in Transylvania
- Guides' expenses
- All airport and railway station transfers
- Admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary
- Train ticket between Ruse, Bulgaria and Bucharest, Romania
- Porterage (except for customs areas)
- VAT and local tax
- Detailed maps of Bulgaria and Romania
Price Does Not Include:
- Other meals than stated
- Alcoholic beverages
- Photo/video fees at sites, museums, etc.
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