2017 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy)

May 13th, June 17th, July 22nd, August 12th, September 2nd – $2430

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary above at 3- and 4-star hotels
  • Full board basis as per the itinerary above
  • English-speaking guide in Romania and in Bulgaria
  • Transport by car/minibus/bus (in case of 2 pax, the guides will be drivers as well)
  • All entrances for the visited sites as per the itinerary above

Price Does Not Include:

  • Airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
  • Departure and custom fees
  • Gratuities and individual daily expenses
  • Additional beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Trip cancellation
  • Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances

Day 1 (Saturday): Bucharest
Arrival at Bucharest airport in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel and check in. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour in the city center of Bucharest (subject to the flight schedule). Dinner and accommodation in a 4-star hotel.

Bulgarian CathedralDay 2 (Sunday): Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Sibiu
In the morning we embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Bucharest, with a stop at the Cathedral of the Patriarchate, and then we will depart to Curtea de Arges, former capital of Wallachia. Visit the Episcopal Church where the Romanian Kings are buried. Lunch en route. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to visit the Cozia Monastery and Sibiu, one of the oldest towns in Transylvania (formerly Hermannstadt), founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking tour of the medieval town (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, the Liars’ Bridge, etc.). Dinner and accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Sibiu.

Day 3 (Monday): Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara
Morning drive to the heart of Transylvania to visit the secret retreat for the royalties of Europe. The Saxon villages display a remarkable, unspoilt harmony between people and landscape, and the visit feels like a visit back in time. Drive to Biertan to visit the impressive fortified church, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Lunch in a traditional house. Drive on to Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (“Dracula”). Visit the medieval citadel (the “Upper Town”), the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, etc. and lunch. Dinner and overnight in Sighisoara at a 3-star hotel.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Sighisoara – Sucevita
After breakfast, continue to Târgu Mures and visit the elegant city center, which is well known for its architecture. Drive on to Bistrita, one of the 7 main medieval towns of “Siebenbürgen” (the German name for Transylvania). Continue through to Tihuta Pass. Typical dinner and accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Sucevita.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Gura Humorului – Monasteries – Piatra Neamt
Full day in Bucovina, the land of unique painted monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Moldovita and Sucevita Monasteries and enjoy the beautiful outside frescoes. Lunch en route, then visit the famous monastery of Voronet, “the Sistine Chapel of the Orient.” In the late afternoon drive south to visit the Agapia Monastery. Dinner and accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Piatra Neamt.

Day 6 (Thursday): Piatra Neamt – Brasov or Poiana Brasov
Depart across the mountains to Brasov through the spectacular Bicaz Gorges, the Red Lake, and Miercurea Ciuc. Lunch en route. Visit the beautiful fortified church of Prejmer. Late afternoon arrival in Poiana Brasov. Check in at a 4-star hotel. Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Day 7 (Friday): Brasov – Bran – Bucharest
Panoramic sightseeing tour and guided walking tour in the historical center of Brasov (formerly Kronstadt), including a visit to the Black Church, then depart to Bran for a visit to “Dracula’s Castle.” Drive across the mountains to Sinaia. Lunch. Visit the Sinaia Monastery (1695) and the fabulous Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the royal family. Late afternoon drive to Bucharest. Upon arrival visit the outdoor Village Museum. Farewell dinner in a typical restaurant. Accommodation in a 4-star hotel.

Day 8 (Saturday): Bucharest – Ruse – Veliko Turnovo
Morning departure to Bulgaria. Stop for lunch in Ruse and enjoy a panorama of the largest Bulgarian Danubian city, once an important Roman port with the name “Sexaginta Prista” (Harbor of 60 Ships). Proceed to Veliko Turnovo, the medieval capital city of Bulgaria, picturesquely located on 4 hills above the Yantra River. Check in at a 4-star hotel. Visit Tsarevets Royal Hill, with its fortress, Patriarh’s Complex, and Baldwin Tower (named for the leader of the 4th Crusade). Enjoy a walking tour of Samovodska Charshia and the old part of town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 (Sunday): Veliko Turnovo – Etura – Shipka – Kazanluk – Plodiv
We will continue south from Veliko Turnovo with a possible stop en route for some pictures at Dryanovo Monastery. In the suburbs of Gabrovo, we will visit Etura Open Air Ethnographic Complex with 50 different sites, including water installations and typical houses with craftsmen’s workshops attached (woodcarving, pottery, coppersmithing, furriery, cutlery, needlework, icon painting, etc.) Via Shipka Mountain Pass (the mountain which gave its name to the Balkan Peninsula), we will cross the central and highest part of the Balkans down to Shipka Memorial Church and Kazanluk, the center of the Valley of Roses, known also as the Valley of the Thracian Kings. We will also visit the Kazanluk Thracian Tomb (a UNESCO site).

In the late afternoon we will depart to Plovdiv, the 2nd largest Bulgarian city, once capital city of Philip the 2nd of Macedonia. The eternal city, as Rome is conventionally called, is much younger than Plovdiv. Athens, Carthage, Constantinople came into being later. A contemporary of Troy and having survived Mycenae, Plovdiv is a city upon layers of epochs. UNESCO awarded Plovdiv a gold medal for architecture, and it was awarded a European City of Culture in 1999 and has also been selected for 2019. We will do a walking tour of the Old Plovdiv Architectural Reserve, the Ethnographic Museum, St. Constantine and Helena Churches, and the Ancient Amphitheatre. Check in at a 3-star hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 (Monday): Plovdiv – Bachkovo Monastery – Brestovitsa – 
The morning sightseeing tour of old Plovdiv includes visits to the Ethnographic Museum, St. Constantine and Helena Churches and the ancient amphitheater. In the afternoon we visit the 11th Century Bachkovo Monastery, the gateway to Rhodope mountains.The monastery is known and appreciated for the unique combination of Byzantine, Georgian, and Bulgarian culture, united by the common faith. In the nearby village of Brestovitsa, we will visit and taste local wines at a boutique wine cellar. Bulgaria grows over 3000 wine varieties and is a renowned exporter to more than 70 countries, ranking among the 15 leading wine producing countries in the world. Return to Plovdiv for the second night.

Day 11 (Tuesday): Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sofia
Depart south of Sofia to visit the largest monastery in Bulgaria, located 1100 meters above sea level in Rila Mountain National Park. Admire wooden balconies, azure fretwork, collonades, facades and colorful frescoes, silhouetted against a fantastic panorama of mountain peaks. Our tour will include a visit to the monastery’s museum, main church, and old kitchen (Magernitsa). In the afternoon return to Sofia, and enjoy some free time for your own discoveries and shopping.

Day 12 (Wednesday): Sofia
Full-day sightseeing tour of the capital city of Bulgaria, which Constantine the Great once called “My Rome.” Visit Boyana Church (UNESCO site) in the suburbs of Sofia. Next we will do a panoramic tour of Sofia including Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral, the University, St. Sofia (6th Century Basilica, Parliament Square, the National Theatre and the Old City Garden, the Presidency, St.George Rotunda ($th Century), the ruins of Ancient Serdica, Arena di Serdica, Vitosha Street and the National Palace of Culture. Farewell dinner with live music and overnight at your hotel.

Day 13 (Thursday): Departure
Free time and departure transfer.

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