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Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is to relax or
perhaps begin your independent discovery of the fabled city. Tonight, a
briefing by your Tour Director on the fascinating tour that awaits you,
followed by a Welcome Dinner. Overnight. (D)
Today we will enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia and get to
know the highlights of the capital. Among the most emblematic places
are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the
Church of St. George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine church,
the Russian Church of St. Nicholas, the Banya Bashi Mosque and the
ruins of ancient Serdica among others. In the afternoon we travel to
Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria - the
Rila Monastery. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by Saint
Ivan of Rila it played a key role in the preservation of the Bulgarian
culture and language of the centuries. Visit the monastery church with
its impressive fresco paintings, painted by the most famous Bulgarian
artists since the 19th century AD and the museum that houses a
collection of exhibits related to the history of the monastery and
the spread of Christianity in the Bulgarian lands. Return to Sofia for
Leaving Sofia behind, we head to the second largest city in Bulgaria -
Plovdiv. This is a city of millenary history with ruins from the Roman,
Ottoman, and Bulgarian Renaissance period having been preserved.
During our tour of the city we will see the Roman Forum and the
stadium, as well as the Roman amphitheater. We will walk through
the cobbled streets of the small and old city surrounded by houses
and beautiful churches. We will visit the church of St. Constantine
and Helena, as well as the Ethnographic Museum, which is located in
the home of a wealthy merchant from the 19th century BC. After the
visit we will cross the Balkan Mountains through the historic Shipka
Pass, which played a key role in the Russo-Turkish war. Arrival in Veliko
Tarnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria.
We finish the day with dinner included. (B, D)
In the morning we go on a panoramic tour of the city of Veliko Tarnovo
with a walk to Tsarevets, where the kings of Bulgaria once lived. We
will walk along the oldest street in the city which is called Samovodska
Charshia. We will proceed to Arbanassi, a small town in Bulgaria located
4 km from Veliko Tarnovo. Arbanassi is interesting for its architecture.
In the village we can see the Konstantsalieva house and the Church
of the Nativity, where you can see wall paintings that are truly a work
of art. Return to Veliko Tarnovo for overnight. (B)
Today we head towards Romania, passing through the city of Russe.
In the afternoon arrival to the capital of Romania, Bucharest and
We will visit the Romanian capital, once known as the “Little Paris”.
During the tour we will visit the Palace of Parliament, the second
largest building in the world after the Pentagon and the National Village Museum. We will hear how the Romanian people finally
managed to overthrow the last communist dictator of Eastern Europe
at the Revolution Square. The tour will also take us to the Romanian
Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club, the Military
Academy and the Arch of Triumph. Overnight. (B)
After breakfast we continue to Curtea de Arges and visit Cozia
Monastery, built in 1386. The route to Sibiu crosses the Transylvanian
Alps through the scenic valley of the Olt river. In the afternoon we will
do an extensive walking tour of the city of Sibiu. In Sibiu we can see
many medieval shops and houses and visit the Lutheran Cathedral
of Saint Mary, where the son of Vlad the Impaler (another of Dracula’s
nicknames) was assassinated. Dinner and Overnight. (B, D)
Departure for Piatra Neamt crossing the Bicaz gorge, the largest gorge
in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and
its mountain station. En route we will visit Sighisoara, one of the most
beautiful medieval towns in Europe and the hometown of the famous
Wallachian prince, Vlad Tepes “the Impaler”, who inspired the legend of
Dracula. You will visit its old town, including the Clock Tower, which
houses the Museum of the History of the City, the Medieval Weapon
Museum, and the chamber of torture. In the afternoon departure for
the city of Piatra Neamt. Dinner and Overnight. (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Bucovina region to visit its
monasteries, the most representative monuments of Moldovan art.
Declared a World Heritage Site, these monasteries are one of the most
important legacies of Byzantine art in the world, in which their interior
and exterior fresco paintings in bright colors stand out. Visit the
Sucevita Monastery and the Marginea black pottery workshops. In
the afternoon visit the Voronet Monastery, considered to be the best
architectural and pictorial example in the region, called the “Sistine
Chapel” of the East. Return to Piatra Neamt for overnight. (B)
In the morning we leave Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. In
the afternoon arrival in Brasov. Overnight. (B)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval
city of Brasov. Visit the old town, the Black Church, the most
representative Gothic monument in Romania. Continue to the town
of Bran. Visit its famous Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. In the
afternoon, arrival in the city of Sinaia, known for its beauty as “the pearl
of the Carpathians”. In the afternoon we will visit the wonderful Peles
Palace, a former summer residence and retreat of the royal family,
built in the second half of the 19th century by the first King of Romania,
Carlos I. Tonight, join your fellow travelers in a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Bucharest airport.
PACKAGE: BULGARIA and ROMANIA
Cities: Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Bucharest, Sibiu, Piatra, Brasov & Sinaia
Location: BULGARIA, ROMANIA
13 Days/ 12 Nights - Air & Land
12 Days/ 11 Nights - Land Only
Land Only: $2,654
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