Bulgaria & Romania Duration: 12 days  

Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Varna, Bucharest, Sibiu, Brasov, Sinaia


This is a 12-day trip offering a fascinating insight into the life and culture of two of the most interesting Balkan countries. Bulgaria and Romania - two lands divided only by one river, but so different in culture, traditions and landscape. From the beautiful architecture and delicious food of Romania to the amazing landscape and ancient history of Bulgaria, this trip has plenty to charm you and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Bulgaria & Romania
Day 1

Morning arrival to Sofia and a short sightseeing tour of the city - Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 4-th century St. George Rotonda, the Mosque, the Synagogue. After lunch we drive to the foot of Vitosha Mountain to visit the National History Museum and the amazing Boyana church with astonishing 13-th century frescoes (UNESCO Site). Dinner and overnight stay in Sofia.

Day 2

Morning departure to Rila Mountain to visit the 10-th century Rila Monastery - the biggest and most important in Bulgaria, included in UNESCO's Cultural Heritage List. Visit Hrelio Tower and the museum. We have lunch in the mountain and after a short break we return to Sofia. In the evening, traditional dinner and dance show. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 3

After breakfast we depart to Plovdiv. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv - Bulgarian second largest city and one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Visit the Ancient Theatre, Ethnographic museum etc. Wine tasting in the village of Brestovitsa. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4
Veliko Tarnovo

Today we drive to the town of Kazanlak located in the heart of the Rose valley. Here we visit the Thracian tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO SIte) and Shipka Memorial Church. In the afternoon we pass the Balkan Mountains to descend in Veliko Tarnovo. Visit Tsarevets fortress and Crafts street (Samovodska Charshiya complex). Dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Morning departure to Shumen. On the way we stop at Madara village to visit UNESCO's listed Madara Rider. After lunch we continue to the Black Sea and the town of Varna for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6

In the morning we drive down south along the Black Sea coast to visit the more than 3,000-year-old town of Nessebar. Famous with its numerous churches, medieval temples, remains of fortress walls and fortifications of different epochs. Evening transfer to Varna for dinner and overnight.

Day 7

After breakfast we head to Romania. On the way visit the UNESCO's Rock Churches of Ivanovo. We cross Danube River at Ruse where we take a short break. Evening arrival in Bucharest for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8

Morning tour of Bucharest. Visit the Parliament Palace, Revolution Square, the National Art Museum. In the afternoon we drive to Sibiu - capital of the Principality of Transylvania one of the most important cultural centers of Romania, visit the Evangelical Cathedral. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9

After breakfast we go on a walking tour in Sibiu. Visit the Large and Huet Squares, the Liars' Bridge and Orthodox Cathedral. Depart for Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval citadel in Romania, part of UNESCO World Heritage List. Upon arrival, serve lunch in local restaurant and visit the city including the Clock Tower Museum. Depart for Brasov for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

In the morning, city tour of Brasov including visit to St. Nicholas Church and Black Chuch. Depart for Bran for lunch in local restaurant and visit of Bran Castle, made famous by Bram Stoker's novel as the residence of the vampire count, Dracula. Drive on to Azuga for wine tasting and then continue to Sinaia for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11

Morning sightseeing in Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle - one of the best-preserved royal palaces in Europe and Sinaia Monastery. After lunch we drive back to Bucharest. Farewell dinner at a folklore restaurant and overnight stay in Bucharest.

Day 12

Free morning. Depart hotel for Bucharest Airport (time to be advised).

Golden Tulip Business Hotel Varna   , Varna  

Golden Tulip hotel is located in the central part Varna only a few minutes walk from Varna's pedestrian zone. Easily reachable, the complex offers accommodation to business travellers as well as visitors of the city looking to capture the history and the atmosphere of Bulgaria's sea capital.

The restaurant menu is mainly focused on the European cuisine, with some selection of traditional Bulgarian dishes. Golden Tulip hotel has 85 rooms and 5 apartments. The Executive rooms at Golden Tulip are between 35 and 41 sq.m., comfortably furnished. Some of the rooms are overlooking the central part of Varna and offer views over the Cathedral. The fitness centre is included in the rate. It has a dedicated massage area located in the relax center. The massage therapies servicrs include: Classical massage - full body, Healing massage, Massage with honey, Reflexology massage, Relaxing massage, Aromatherapy massage, Anti-cellulite massage, Sports massage, Facial massage.


Ramada Sofia   , Sofia  

Ramada Sofia Hotel is a luxurious 4-star property conveniently located near the centre of Sofia. It is 12 kilometers from Sofia Airport, 500 meters from the train station and just a 15-minutes walk form Sofia city center. Local tourist attractions such as Banya Basha Mosque, Sofia Public Mineral Baths and Central Sofia Market Hall are aslo not far.

Ramada Sofia Hotel offers 600 superior rooms, a health centre and spa, Meridian restaurant, two bars and a casino. There is also an indoor swimming pool at the hotel. Guests can also enjoy the following spa and wellness facilities: sauna, steam room. Beauty services as well as body and facial treatments on request. The hotel features a well-equipped business centre and a grand casino. High-speed wireless access is complimentary.


Hotel Meridian Bolyarski   , Veliko Tarnovo  

Hotel Bolyarski is perfectly located in the very heart of the Old City of Veliko Turnovo, just off the major historical and cultural landmarks of the town. The hotel has unique architecture of 15 floors, which amphitheatrically ascend from the picturesque Gurko up to the City Central Street, to grant guests a quick access to the city. 

Bolyarski Hotel features 57 elegantly-designed single and double rooms, 3 studios, 7 suites and 2 VIP Suites, with splendid Old City and Yantra River views. Guest rooms are furnished in pastel color combinations of yellow, tranquil green, brownish and red hues. Each room is equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, direct telephone line and free internet access. Sports facilities include: Indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Two saunas and Turkish bath, Fitness hall, Solarium, Traditional and special massages, acupuncture, acupressure.


Grand Hotel Plovdiv   , Plovdiv  

Grand Hotel Plovdiv is located on the northern bank of the Маritsа river, in close vicinity to the International Plovdiv Fair, the centre of the town and the Ancient Town.

The hotel disposes of 330 rooms and suites with an impressive view, equipped in line with the most modern standards for comfort, style and elegance. On the first floor is located a vast foyer housing restaurants, cafe-halls, conference halls, sports facilities and shops, offering goods under trade names made known for their elegance and superior taste. The two parking lots of the hotel provide over two hundred and fifty parking places. Grand Hotel Plovdiv has two restaurants “a la carte”, a ball hall, a Vienna hall, cafeterias and a lobby bar. For the comfort of its guests the hotel offers indoor swimming pools for adults and children, fitness, bowling, SPA complex with relaxing and refreshing procedures, steam bath. Swimming pool – 6 corridors, 25 m., swimming lessons: individual and in groups.

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