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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BALKANS - ROMANIA AND BULGARIA TOUR

Duration: 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

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DAY 1 Arrival in Sofia / Transfer to the hotel

 
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the hotel. Meet your English speaking guide at the airport and on the way to the hotel he will present you the tour and he will give you all the practical information about exchange rates, food and restaurants. Brief sightseeing tour of the Bulgarian capital city. Overnight in a centrally located hotel.
 
DAY 2 Sofia – Rila – Sofia
 
In the morning, walking tour of the Bulgarian capital city. During the tour you’ll see the Presidency of Bulgaria, St George Church (also known as Rotonda) - the oldest one in Sofia – The National Theatre, the Russian church of St Nicholas and the impressive cathedral Alexandr Nevski. In the afternoon, departure for Rila Monastery, the greatest symbol of the Bulgarian culture, art, architecture and religion. It takes around two hours to drive to Rila Monastery. After the visit, return to Sofia, accommodation at the same hotel.
 
DAY 3 Sofia – Plovdiv
 
After the breakfast, leave Sofia and drive on the free way to Plovdiv, the second largest Bulgarian city and the most representative for the Bulgarian Revival architecture. Walking tour in the old town, layed on the highest hill from the area and visit The Roman Arena, The Roman Amphitheatre, St Constantine and Helen Church and the Ethnography Museum. In the afternoon, drive south and reach the Assenovgrad Gorges, where you will visit another impressive UNESCO world heritage site, Bachkovo Monastery. In the evening, drive back to Plovdiv, accommodation close to the old town.
 
DAY 4 Plovdiv – Kazanlik – Veliko Tarnovo
 
In the morning leave Plovdiv and drive north, to Kazanlik, a small town known worldwide for the roses industry. Every year, the town is the host of a popular festival of the roses (usually at the beginning of June). Visit the Thracian Tomb, discovered accidentaly during World War Two and then cross the mountains, through Shipka Pass, the place of the battles between the Russians and the Turks in 1878. Before Gabrovo, stop for the visit of a beautiful outdoor Ethnography Museum of Etara. In the evening, arrival in the former Capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo and visit the medieval fortress of Tsarevets, the residence of the Bulgarian Kings, between 1185 – 1393. Accommodation in a centrally located hotel.
 
DAY 5 Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi - Bucharest
 
After the breakfast, drive 6 miles north to Arbanassi, a very picturesque village, where the Bulgarian rich people had their residences at the beginning of the 17th century. Visit here Konstantsalieva House and The Nativity Church, then departure for Bucharest. Cross the border at Russe / Giurgiu and drive 35 miles before reaching the Romanian capital city. Before check in the hotel, get a sightseeing tour, including the most beautiful places of Bucharest: The Constitution Square (get off), Unirea ave, The University Square, the Triumphal Arch, Victoria ave, The Revolution Square (get off). In the evening arrival at the hotel located in the city center, accommodation.
 
DAY 6 Bucharest - Sibiu
 
In in the morning, after breakfast, leave the hotel for the visit of one of the most impressive buildings in the world, The Parliament’s Palace, also known as The People’s House - the second largest building in the world, built by the communists starting with 1980. Leave Bucharest and drive to Curtea de Arges, the former Capital of Walachia. Visit the two old churches (St. Nicholas, part of the Medieval Royal Court and Curtea de Arges Monastery, the burial site of the Romanian kings of XIXth - XXth century). Before crossing the highest part of the Carpathian mountains - over 8000 feet - on Transfagarasan road, stop at Poienari and eventually visit the fortress of prince Vlad the Impaler. There are though 1500 steps to climb to get to the fortress !!! This road is open only from July to the end of September and for the rest of the season we use the road on Olt Valley. In the evening, arrival in Sibiu, accommodation in a centrally located hotel.
 
DAY 7 Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara
 
In the morning visit the old town of Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007. The tour includes the Big Square and the Small Square, The Liars’ Bridge, The Lutheran Cathedral and Bruckental Museum. In the afternoon, leave Sibiu headed to Sighisoara. On the way, stop at Biertan for the visit of the fortified church. The old Saxon village was the residence of the Lutheran Bishops for over 300 years. Arrival in Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval town in Romania. During the walking tour, visit the Church on the Hill, the Clock Tower and Vlad Dracul’s House, the place where in 1431, the famous prince Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) was born. Accommodation in a hotel in the fortress.
 
DAY 8 Sighisoara – Bran - Brasov
 
In the morning, leave Sighisoara and drive to Bran, where you visit the medieval castle known as Dracula’s Castle, one of the highlights of this trip. Free time for shopping and departure for Brasov, one of the most beautiful cities of Transylvania. Visit the old town of Brasov, including the biggest gothic cathedral from the south east of Europe, the Black Church and the amazing museum of the First Romanian School from Schei quarter. Accommodation in a hotel in the old town.
 
DAY 9 Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest
 
Leave Brasov in the morning and departure for Sinaia, to visit the summer residence of the first royal couple, Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. After the visit, return to Bucharest. On the way, stop at Snagov, to visit the medieval monastery where the prince Vlad the Impaler was buried. Arrival in Bucharest, accommodation close to the city center. In the evening, farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant where we will enjoy the best Romanian dishes and a quality folk show.
 
DAY 10 Transfer to the airport / end of our services
 
Our services include:
 
- 9 nights accommodation in 3*** or 4**** star hotels
- 9 breakfasts
- 1 dinner
- The entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the program
- Transportation for the entire tour (car, mini van or van – depending on the size of the group)
- Transfers from the airport and back
- English speaking guide for the entire tour
 
Not included:
 
- Other meals than mentioned
- Photo fees
- Tips
 
Price:
 
1295 EUR / person, based on double room occupancy, for 3*** star hotels
 
1455 EUR / person, based on double room occupancy, for 4**** star hotels
 
Single room supplement: 220 EUR / person for 3*** star hotels
                                           265 EUR / person for 4**** star hotels
 
This price is valid and the departure is guaranteed for a group of minimum 2 persons!