Treasures of Eastern Europe Romania & Bulgaria
You have the unique opportunity to visit two of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe: Romania and Bulgaria. Bulgaria is famous for its ancient towns such as Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, rose oil production and for the Orthodox Rila Monastery. Its neighboring country, Romania, stands for untouched traditions, enchanting history and fairytale-like landscapes. Discover more on this tour!
“Welcome to Sofia!” greets you the local guide at the Sofia International Airport. Transfer to your centrally located hotel. After the check-in you start the city tour in the Bulgarian capital city. In the heart of Sofia you can admire the St. Nedelya Temple, the Banya Bashi Mosque, the Synagogue, the St. Joseph Catholic Cathedral, the St. Alexander Nevski Orthodox Cathedral, the St. George Rotunda, the Presidency and much more. Dinner at a local restaurant with folklore performance and the traditional fire dances.
This morning you travel to the Rila mountains, where you will visit the famous Rila Monastery. The beautiful orthodox monastery was built in the 14th century and houses valuable paintings, thousands of manuscripts, old printed books and masterworks of wood carving. From here you drive to Plovdiv, one of the oldest towns in Europe. During the city tour you can discover the unique cultural and historical heritage such as the Ancient Roman Theatre, the Roman Odeon, the Roman Forum, the roman Stadium and more. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you start towards Kazanlak, the center of rose growing, famous especially for the rose oil and creams. After a visit at the rose oil center you continue with a scenic ride towards Schipka pass and then to the Etar Museum. The Etar Museum is an outstanding open-air village museum, where you can still witness craftsmen manufacture souvenirs, jewels and more. Transfer to Veliko Tarnavo. Dinner at the hotel.
Discover today the medieval capital city of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnavo – which has a history of more than 5000 years. You will visit the Tsaravets fortress and the church St. Demetrius. After the city tour you will spend some time at leisure on the arts and crafts pedestrian street. In the afternoon you will depart towards Bucharest, the capital city of Romania and the sixth largest capital city of the European Union. The city tour in Bucharest will take you to the most important sites such as the Arch of Triumph, the Victory Square, the Roman Square and the Unification Square. At the Constitution Square you will see the Palace of the Parliament which is the second largest building in the world. Time at leisure in the old town and dinner at famous restaurant “Caru’ cu Bere” with local entertainment.
After breakfast you travel towards Transylvania, crossing the breathtaking Carpathian Mountains. You will stop to Cozia in order to visit the orthodox monastery constructed in the 14th century. In the afternoon you will arrive in Sibiu, listed by Forbes in top 10 most idyllic places to live in the whole world. Sibiu was chosen Cultural Capital City in 2007 together with Luxembourg. The town was settled by the Germans colonists in the 12th century and preserves until today its wonderful medieval atmosphere. The walking tour starts at the Grand Square where you will find the Catholic Church, the City Hall and the Brukenthal Palace, it continues with Liar’s Bridge, the Small Square and Huet Square. Enjoy some time at leisure in the old town. Dinner at the hotel.
Transylvania is famous for its castles, legends and fortified churches. This morning you will travel through small and pretty villages towards Biertan, where you will visit the largest fortified church built by the German Saxons in Transylvania. At noon you will arrive in Sighisoara, the birth place of Count Dracula. Sighisoara was settled by the Germans in the 13th century and it is one of the still inhabited medieval fortresses in the whole world, being also protected by the UNESCO. During the walking tour you will visit the Clock Tower, the birth house of Count Dracula and the Church on the Hill. Transfer to Brasov and dinner at the hotel.
This morning you will visit the most famous castle in Eastern Europe – the Dracula Castle. The castle was built by the German Saxons in the 14th century and served as customs for many centuries between Transylvania and Wallachia. In the afternoon you will take the city tour of Brasov, also called the “Crown of Transylvania”. Brasov was settled by the Teutonic knights in the 12th century. The most important landmarks such as the Black Church, the Old City Hall and the First Romanian School will also be visited. After some free time in the medieval town, you are invited in a traditional restaurant for a delicious dinner with wine tasting and folklore show.
Before leaving Romania you will visit one of the most beautiful castles in the world – the Peles Castle. The castle was built at the end of the 19th century by the German King Carol I and served as summer royal residence until 1947. Today the castle is an outstanding museum preserving the original furniture, decorations and paintings. The Peles Castle is a must see in Eastern Europe. Afterwards you will be transferred to the International Airport in Bucharest where you will say goodbye to your local guide. Flight back home.