Romania – Bulgaria tour
This trip is perfect for those who want to see the most important cultural objectives in Bulgaria and Romania. The tour offers travelers a chance to explore two different Balkan cultures. With its majestic castles, medieval towns, stunning scenery unspoiled by mass-tourism, Romania is a place where you can rediscover the magic of Old Europe: Gypsy music, medieval towns, carriages and a still-thriving agricultural tradition. Bulgaria is a place of mystery and magic home to lush forests and rich folklore. We are proud to offer you a glimpse into the beauty of Bulgaria itself and also a chance to meet local families, visit lost mountain villages and explore ancient ruins.
Arrival in Sibiu, Cultural Capital of Europe since 2007 and one of the most famous and oldest Saxon cities in Transylvania. An impressive view over the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining towers that belonged to the old guilds. The buildings in the Main and Secondary Squares feature the dormers, the so-called “sleepy eyes”. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum erected by Baron Bruckenthal, Governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century. The Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520, but inside there is an exquisite fresco of the Crucifixion on the north wall of the choir dating from 1445. It was here that in 1510 the son of Vlad the Impaler, Mihnea the Bad, was stabbed to death and his tombstone is on display in the church. We will continue by visiting 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 Constantinopole). City tour of Sibiu, dinner in the old city and accommodation at a 4* hotel.
Sibiu – Horezu. Today we will drive through the middle of the Carpathians to Wallachia, and see the most important monasteries of Wallachia. They are not as famous as the outside painted monasteries from Bucovina, but they are just as beautiful. We will visit the oldest monasteries of Wallachia – Cozia, Govora, Bistrita and the Horezu Monastery. We will have lunch on arrival at our extremely beautiful location, Conacul lui Maldar (www. conaculuimaldar.ro). In the afternoon we can either enjoy a swim in the swimming pool or continue our visit to other monasteries. Dinner in the same location, accompanied by a light tasting of Romanian wines.
Horezu – Tirgu Jiu – Calafat. Today we will reach Targu Jiu and visit Brâncusi’s three masterpieces: the Table of Silence, the Kissing Gate and the Endless Column. This group of sculptures is considered to be one of the greatest 20th-century outdoor sculpture works. The monument was built to honour the soldiers who defended Târgu Jiu in the First World War. Constantin Brancusi was a student of Auguste Rodin and is considered the most expensive sculptor on the worldwide market (his last 2 pieces have been sold for over 20 mln USD). We continue to the south and visit one of the best wineries: Oprisor. Founded in 1998, it is the outcome of the enthusiasm of a group of French and Italian investors, keen on viticulture and confident in the tremendous potential of Romanian vineyards. Special and fantastic dinner at Mircea Dinescu’s house, on the Danube banks, where we will enjoy traditional Romanian food, with a special cooked Danube fish and a famous local band.
Calafat – over the bridge to Vidin – Belogradchik – Sofia: Welcome to Bulgaria. Transfer from Vidin to the town of Belogradchik. During the day we will have the chance to visit some of the very interesting sights in this area, including the Belogradchik Rocks and the Belogradchik Fortress which are among of Bulgaria’s Wonders. We continue to Sofia, lunch on the way. We are going to have a walking tour of the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia. We’re going to visit all the prominent historical, archaeological and architectural sights of Sofia City. This includes: Sveta Sofia Church, Sveta Petka Samardzhiiska Church, The Central Department Store (TSUM), Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, Halite, Mineral Water Springs, The Central Mineral Baths, The Council of Ministers Building, The Communist Party House, The resurrected Ancient Serdika, Saint George Rotonda, The Archaeological Museum, Bulgaria National Bank, The National Art Gallery. Dinner and accommodation.
Sofia – Rila – Plovdiv: After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we are going to start our tour with the Rila Monastery – the most famous and fascinating monastery in Bulgaria, which belongs to UNESCO heritage. Tour of the monastery and visit of the monastery church, museum, and kitchen, known as Magernitsa and also the popular tap of desires. Lunch based on trout in one of the restaurants around the monastery. Later in the afternoon, we are going to start our journey to another amazing town, Plovdiv. There we are going to visit The Ancient Stadium of Djoumaya Square, The Ancient Philippopolis’s Forum and The Balabanov’s House. Then we will also have the opportunity to see “The oldest town”, the best representation of thousands of years of history.Overnight in Plovdiv. Free dinner.
Plovdiv – “Damascena” -Sliven: Another exciting day with unforgettable experiences is waiting for us. We leave Plovdiv just for a little bit and we are going to spend a wonderful day at “Damascena”- private family distillery located in the heart of the Rose Valley. The distillery is built in the charming little village Skobelevo, situated at the foot of the Stara Planina Mountains, where extensive rose gardens near the village intertwined with the majestic figure of the mountain. There we can see the modern working distillery, near the old one. When our tour in the fragrant rose garden is finished, we will taste traditional rose rakia (brandy) and traditional Bulgarian dishes in the restaurant from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains. Later in the afternoon, we are going to visit Elenovo village. The village is situated at the foot of the Saint Ilia`s heights. The old name of the village is Karadja Muratli. There are many dams, two parks, and the rural and hunting tourism is developing. Karanovskata mound is nearby and it shows life at the end of VII century BC. At midday we are going to have lunch at the “Soli Invicto” hotel. The lunch will be a very special traditional dish, called “cheverme”. After that we will enjoy wine tasting from the cellars of the hotel. Here you will have the opportunity to taste exquisite Bulgarian wine. At the end of this amazing day, we are ready to go to Sliven for overnight. Free dinner.
Sliven – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi: After breakfast we have a morning walking tour of Sliven’s rebellious past. Then we leave for the glorious city of Veliko Tarnovo. We will have lunch in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant, followed by a sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo including: the fortress Tsarevets and the only and unique wax museum in Bulgaria representing Bulgarian history. The city has an ancient and glorious past. It was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (c. XII – XIV). On “Samovodska charshia” craft street you can drink a cup of coffee made on hot sand, eat white sweets or just visit one of the numerous workshops. Afternoon visiting of the Arbanassi village-museum. The village is considered a famous ethnographic museum, thanks to the wonderful houses and churches, which represent the genius Bulgarian architecture from the Revival period. Here we are going to visit two of the very famous houses: Arbanassi-Konstantsaliev House and Hadjiiliev House. Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo. Free dinner.
Arbanassi – Ruse/Giurgiu – Bucharest: We will cross the Danube over Ruse – Giurgiu Bridge and continue to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Visit the old city center of Bucharest which is the historic nucleus of the capital. The old center of Bucharest is actually the merchants and craftsmen’s old quarter that emerged in the vicinity of the Princely Court. The area is presently the most fashionable entertainment district, a lively pedestrian area full of restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, boutiques and antique shops. Lunch in the famous Caru cu Bere Restaurant, a German style brewery. Free dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov: After breakfast we depart for Transylvania. Our first visit today will be to the most beautiful castle of Eastern Europe, Peles Castle – former residence of the King’s family in Romania (built in 1875). Next we will have lunch and “champagne” tasting in Azuga. Here we will also visit the “champagne” producer – the Rhein winery (since 1892). They are the official supplier of champagne of the royal house of Romania even now. Highlight of the day – visiting Bran Castle, built by Saxons in the 14th century and given to Queen Mary as a present in 1922, when the borders between Romania and the Austrian Empire were erased and the castle lost its purpose as a border garrison. It must be mentioned that now the castle has been returned to the Saxa – Habsburg family who accepted to keep it as an open museum. Free dinner and accommodation in downtown Brasov in a 4* hotel.
Brasov – Fagaras – Sibiu: In the morning – city tour of medieval Brasov, the second important city of Transylvania. We will walk through the historical centre, visit the famous Black Church and depart for Sibiu around 11am. Lunch in Fagaras, with a menu based on old Romanian recipes. Later on we will continue our journey to Sibiu, free afternoon and farewell dinner in a farmhouse outside Sibiu. Accommodation in a 4* hotel downtown Sibiu.
• Double/twin room: Eur
• Single supplement: Eur
• Accomodation in 3-4* hotels
• Meals according to the program
• Professional English-speaking guide services
• Entrance fees
• Printed info about the sites visited
• Luxury coach transport’ services with A/C
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