Bulgaria and Romania Tour Highlights - 12 Days

Bulgaria and Romania Tour Highlights is a great 11 day discovery and adventure tour. It includes the main cultural highlights of Bulgaria and Romania. In Bulgaria you will admire the landmarks of the capital and the beautiful countryside. Towns like Plovdiv and Veliko tarnovo will be only two of the highlights of the tour. In Romania enjoy the beautiful Sighisoara and the Painted Monasteries in Bucovina. The Transylvanian castles are the hallmark of Romania.

Why book the Bulgaria and Romania Tour Highlights?

  • admire the highlights of both countries
  • enjoy the exceptional expertise of national tour guides, all with excellent reviews;
  •  benefit of the complete flexibility of having the tour further tailored to your requirements;
  •  make the most of your tour experience through our exclusively designed tours
  •  5 UNESCO Sites are included in the program;
  •  discover the capital cities of Bucharest and Sofia, on comprehensive city tours including the Palace of the Parliament and the Boyana Church;
  •  enjoy 11 nights of accommodation at full of character, centrally located hotels and lodgings with a local accent;
  •  discover the daily life, self-sufficiency and sustainbility in the more remote villages. Meet & interact with locals in both home hosted experiences and local markets;
  •  dine on varied local specialities, such the home cooked dinner or the Transylvanian dinner in Sighisoara;
  •  take the unique chance of meeting Gypsies in their own community and discover their particular culture and traditional skills;
  • learn first hand about arts & crafts and meet local artists in their workshops;
  • benefit of the best value for money

What is the advantage to book a tour of Bulgaria and Romania with me?

  • I will plan the itineraries in the two countries and will send you a detailed program
  • You have to deal only with one provider for the plan for both countries
  • In both Bulgaria and Romania you will have professional and licensed English speaking tour guides
  • I will ensure a very smooth changing the vehicles and the guides at the Romanian-Bulgarian border. We will move the luggage and all your stuff from the Romanian to the Bulgarian vehicle (or vice versa). You only have to take your personal stuff and to say “Hello” to your new guide 😉

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DURATION: 12 days/11 nights

ROUTE: Sofia Tour – Rila – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi – Roman Ruins at Nicopolis – Ivanovo Rock Hewn Churches – ROMANIA – Bucharest Tour & Folklore Show – Bucovina Frescoed Monasteries and Home Hosted Experience – The Borgo Pass – Art Nouveau in tagu Mures – Gypsy Family Visit – Transylvanian Highlights & Sibiu – Horse & Carriage Ride – Bran & Peles Castles – Bucharest

DATES OF DEPARTURE FOR THE BULGARIA & ROMANIA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR:

All our tours are private. You can choose your own dates. Guaranteed departure even for a single traveller.

PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR THE BULGARIA & ROMANIA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR:

This tour can be paid on line by credit card, paypal or bank transfer.

Upon booking we require 30% downpayment.

Downpayment

You can choose one of the following payment modes:

  • Bank transfer to our Bulgarian account – a surcharge of 7 euro will be applied
  • Bank transfer to our Revolut British account – no charges from our side will be applied
  • Paying by credit card on line via our site – a supplement fee of 2% will be applied for VISA and Master Card
  • Paypal – a supplementary fee of 4% will be applied

Balance payment

For the payment of the balance you can choose one of the forecited modes including cash on spot upon arrival. You can pay in USD, Euro, AUD, Your currency (no matter what it is) or Bulgarian lev (BGN).

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THE BULGARIA & ROMANIA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR:

  • 30 days prior to date of activity – Free cancellation
  • 29 to 21 days prior to date of activity – 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement)
  • 21 to 14 days of activity – 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement)
  • 14 to 7 days prior to date of activity – 70% Cancellation Fee (30% reimbursement)
  • 7 days prior to date of activity, on the day of the activity and for now show – 100% cancellation Fee (No reimbursement)

You’ll visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • Bucovina Exterior Frescoed Monasteries
  • Historic Center of Sighisoara
  • Biertan Fortified Church
  • Sibiu Historic Center
  • Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  • The Rila Monastery
Day 1
Day 1

Sofia Arrival. Pick up from the Sofia airport and transfer to your hotel.

Reminder of the day – time at leisure. Accommodation.Overnight.

Accommodation in Sofia at Rosslyn Thracia Hotel **** (centrally located, two overnights)

Day 2
Day 2

Full Day Sightseeing tour of Sofia

In the morning visit the Boyana Church (UNESCO). Admire its beautiful frescoes dating to 1259. In the National Museum of History you will get acqueinted with the rich history of Bulgaria. Here is the Gold Thracian Treasure dating to the 4th c. BC.

Return to the central part. Continue with a walking 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.

Finish the tour at around 2 pm at your hotel. Afternoon at leaisure – time to enjoy the central part of Sofia. Overnight.

Accommodation in Sofia in hotel Thracia Premier Best Western ****

Day 3
Day 3

Sofia – Rila Monastery – Plovdiv

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. You’ll enjoy a scenic ride to Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s most famous tourist site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the 10th century by St. Ivan Rilsky, the monastery was at the center of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for centuries and today the most visited cultural site of Bulgaria. Continue to Plovdiv – the country’s second largest city. Evening at leisure in the lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town.

Accommodation in Plovdiv at family hotel “Renaissance” – a 19th century house with 5 rooms OR

hotel Odeon *** – a Renaissance house turned into a hotel OR

Luxury Art Guest House 8 1/2 – a surcharge will apply

Day 4
Day 4

Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi

Breakfast at hotel. Morning tour of the Old Town including the large Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman stadium. Departure to Kazanlak. As we wind through picturesque Rose Valley, we make a stop at the world famous Thracian Tomb, you get an up-close view of the wonderfully preserved Hellenistic frescoes dating back to the 4th century BC.

Another must-see is The Rose Museum. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo, the anicent capital of Bulgaria. The tour will include the picturesque Samovodene Street with its many artisans shops and a view of the mighty Tsarevets Fortress. Continue to the picturesque village of Arbanassi, near Veliko Tarnovo. Your afternoon highlight is a visit to the Church of Nativity, the most richly decorated church in all of Bulgaria

Accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo at Hotel Gurko *** (located in the Old Town)

Day 5
Day 5

Veliko Tarnovo – Roman Ruins at Nicopolis ad Istrum – Ivanovo Rock Churches – Ruse – ROMANIA Bucharest

Departure to the North where your first visit is the complex of Roman ruins of Nicopolis ad Istrum, built in the 2nd century AD by Emperor Trajan. Continue to the cavernous Ivanovo Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an orientation tour of the center of Ruse, the largest Bulgarian town on the Danube with its classical architecture before you cross the Danube River where you will enter Romania and will change tour guides and vehicles. Drive to Bucharest. Check in and time at leisure. OPTIONAL: In the evening enjoy a Traditional Romanian Welcome Dinner and Folklore Show.

Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Berthelot **** (centrally located boutique hotel)

Day 6
Day 6

Bucharest City Tour with Parliament Visit – Piatra Neamt via the Moldavian Countryside

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. As of the second half of the 19 century Bucharest was known as “The Little Paris of the East” because of its many Parisian aspects in the city layout, architecture and nevertheless, lifestyle. Today you will drive on the grand avenues such as Magheru, Kiseleff and Victory.

Stop in the Revolution Square and learn about the December 1989 Romanian Revolution. Then visit the Palace of the Parliament (the second largest building in the world) will put you in direct contact with Romania’s last years of its Communist power. The tour will also include Cotroceni Quarter and a view of Ceausescus’ former private residence.

Lunch on your own. Leave Bucharest on the way north to Piatra Neamt in Moldova. Arrive in the early evening. Short orientation tour. Hotel check in.

Accommodation in Piatra Neamt at Hotel Ceahlaul ***

Day 7
Day 7

Piatra Neamt – Bucovina Monasteries Tour & Traditional Bucovina Lunch – Choice of Tours – Campulung

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Bucovina monasteries are gems of medieval Moldavian architecture and artistry. Each of them has a predominant color. Start your day with Voronet, the most famous out of all, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East. Voronet features one the best Last Judgment fresco in this part of the World. Receive a complete explanation of the fresco. Enjoy an egg painting demonstration followed by a traditional Bucovina lunch.

Next is Moldovita Monastery is where the UNESCO Golden Apple Award given to the painted churches back in 1975, is kept. On the south facade of Moldovita is The Siege of Constantinople belonging to the 24 episodes of the Hymn to the Holy Virgin. Drive 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.

CHOICE OF AFTEROON VISITS:

– Visit the Salt Mines at Cacica, founded in 1798 OR

– Visit the Bucovina Folk Customs Museum.

The drive to the nearby town of Campulung for overnight.

Accommodation in Campulung Moldovenesc at Hotel Eden ***

Day 8
Day 8

Campulung – The Borgo Pass – Art Nouveau in Targu Mures – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sighisoara Guided Walk

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Continue your Romania and Bulgaria private trip with a departure to Bistrita over the picturesque Borgo Pass of the Eastern Carpathians with a stop over at Castle Dracula Hotel. This is where Bram Stoker placed the “residence” of his imaginary character: Count Dracula.

You then pass through Bistrita heading south to Targu Mures, one of the important Central Transylvanian mid size cities and known for its wonderful Art Nouveau architecture such as the 1913 Palace of Culture.

On the way to Sighisoara make enjoy a unqiue opportunity to meet a Gypsy family in their own home, for an authentic cultural interchange. Sighisoara – this is the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. 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 Ducklings’ Square, the Tinsmiths’ Tower, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view), the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Sighisoara is the place where the Vlad the Third, The Impaler (Dracula) was born in 1431. The Birthplace is today a restaurant and one of the main tourist attractions. Dinner on own.

Accommodation in the Upper Town of Sighisoara at The House with Antler ***

Day 9
Day 9

Sighisoara – Biertan (UNESCO Site) – Sibiu Tour – Home Hosted Dinner in the VIllage of Sibiel

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Drive to the impressive fortifiication of Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a visit of the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops between 1516 and 1867. Your tour continues to Sibiu: the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons still surrounded by defense walls and guild towers.

Visit the colorful open air fruit & vegetable market of Sibiu followed by a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu, the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museumassembled by Baron Bruckenthal, Governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century and the second art museum to open ever to the public. The Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520.

View the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper town to the Lower town, the 1859 Liar’s Bridge and the Byzantine style Orthodox Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia in Constantinople. In the picturesque village of Sibiel, visit the unique incon-on-glass museum followed by a home hosted dinner with one of the local families, an authentic cultural interchange and a dining experience.

Overnight in Sibiu’s famous Romans’ Emperor Hotel, first built at the end of the 18th century. Dinner on own. Suggested is Crama Sibiul Vechi, one of the very best cellar restaurants in town.

Accommodation in Sibiu at Hotel Imparatul Romanilor ***

(Hotel Imparatul Romanilor, located in the old part of Sibiu near the main square, in a 16th century building built in traditional Transylvanian Renaissance style, a former merchant’s hall transformed into hotel in the 18th century, with many famous guests: Emperor Franz Joseph II, composers Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, as well as Prince Charles and other important people. Wonderfully renovated for the 2007 Sibiu cultural and artistical events.)

Day 10
Day 10

Sibiu ASTRA Museum Horse & Carriage Tour – Fagaras – Brasov & Evening at Leisure

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning tour by horse and carriage of the open air ASTRA Museum, a collection of vernacular houses from all over Transylvania dispalyed in a park.

Continue to Brasov via Fagaras (view of Fortress). Brasov (Kronstadt) also was developed by the Saxon colonists as of the late 12th century and the Old Town is a true gem of well preserved medieval architecture. The walking tour of Brasov includes the famous 14th century Black Church with its 4,000 pipe organ and over one hundred Anatolian prayer rugs, the Council Square and the Weavers’ Bastion – a unique structure. Continue to the old Romanian Quarter known as Schei for a tour of the First School in Romanian, then view the narrowest street in South – Central Europe. Hotel check in and time at leisure in the lovely pedestrian area of Old Brasov with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes.

Accommodation in Brasov at Hotel Bella Muzica *** OR

Hotel Casa Wagner ***

Day 11
Day 11

Bran Castle – Sinaia Resort & Peles Castle – BUCHAREST

Hot and cold reakfast at hotel. Take a morning guided tour of the famous Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. It was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, then enlarged and restored in the 1920 by Queen Marie of Romania. A guided tour of the castle is included. Enjoy cheese sampling on the premises.

Continue to Sinaia mountain resort. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. The orientation tour of the resort includes a visit to Sinaia Monastery and a view of the superb Casino building, inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. Once the famous Orient Express train use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul).

Take a guided tour of one of the most important tourist attractions of the country: Peles Castle the royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe.

Departure to Bucharest. Accommodation.

Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Berthelot **** (centrally located boutique hotel)

Day 12
Day 12

Transfer to the Bucharest airport for your departure flight.

Price Includes:

  • Included features in Bulgaria:
  • Accommodation in total 4 overnights with breakfasts
  • fully insured sedan with climate control, for the entire distance
  • fuel & parking fees included, border fees, toll fees, vignette
  • all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
  • transfer from Sofia airport to your hotel
  • professional English speaking guide for Day 2
  • local professional tour guide in the Rila monastery
  • admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary
  • VAT and local tax
  • Deatialed map of Bulgaria
  • Included features in Romania:
  • Accommodation in total 7 overnights with breakfasts
  • fully insured sedan with climate control, for the entire distance
  • fuel & parking fees included, border fees, toll fees, vignette
  • all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
  • 1 home hosted lunch, 1 dinner
  • exclusive visit to a Gypsy family in Transylvania (based on your interest)
  • three informal talks on: Dracula: Truth and Legend, Ceausescu and His Times, The Gypsies and Their Journey
  • cheese tasting in Bran
  • interactive egg painting demonstration in Bucovina
  • portrage at hotels
  • admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary
  • VAT and local tax
  • Detailed map of Romania

Price doesn't Include:

  • Food and beverages other than stated
  • Photo and camera fees in the sites and the museums
  • Bank or paypal fees

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