Upon meeting your Bulgarian local guide we will continue our path of towns from the middle ages. A full day will be spent exploring Arbanassi and Tsarevets hill in Veliko Turnovo, the ancient capital of the country. The next day moving on to Plovidiv to see its Roman Theater and old town. Before ending in Sofia we will stop to visit the amazing Rila Monstary the largest and oldest in Bulgaria.
Day 1: Bucharest.
- Your English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up from Bucharest Airport and take you to your hotel
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Bucharest
Day 2: Bucharest - Cozia - Sibiu.
- Morning tour of Bucharest’s major sites; including The House of Parliament; the 2nd largest building in the world, next to the Pentagon. Other sites include The Revolution Square, the Romanian Athenaeum; the National Art Museum; the building of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party (the well-known balcony, was where the Romanian Revolution started) and the Village Museum one of the rarest museum in the world
- Depart for Sibiu; en route a visit to the Orthodox Monastery of Cozia, located on the beautiful valley of the River Olt. The church was built between 1387 – 1391 by Prince Mircea; grandfather to Vlad Tepes – Dracula.
- Evening Tour of Sibiu : including the Tower of the Council, the Liars’ Bridge, The Protestant Church (dated 1321), the Old Town Hall, the Bruckental Museum, and the Jesuit Baroque Church
- Overnight in Sibiu. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Sibiu - Slimnic - Alma Vii - Medias - Biertan - Sighisoara.
- First part of the day is dedicated to explore the old fortresses built by saxons in the south of Transylvania. We’ll visit three of the most important fortresses from Slimnic, Alma Vii, Biertan which are included in the Unesco Heritages list.
- Slimnic rural fortress named Stolzemburg built in 14 century by German community. A part of the fortress is ruins.
- Alma Vii – fortified church since 15 century. An example of Saxon construction which can be seen through-out Transylvania.
- In Medias is the beautiful Margareta church from XIV century and the main tower with 47m high slant. This tower was included in top 10 the most slanted towers in the world.
- In Biertan village is a fortified medieval church, one of the biggest in Transylvania with three defensive inner walls.
- Ending the day in Sighisoara, one of the most preserved medieval city in Europe. Situated in Mures County, on the valley of the Tarnava Mare river, Sighisoara (former Dacian settlement and also called “the pearl of Transylvania”) was founded by the German immigrants in the second half of the 12th century and it was turned into a city in 1407. Its medieval aspect may be found both in the center of the city and inside the Fortress of Sighisoara. In this area, houses are built very close to one another, giving a sense of “crowdedness” (in order to occupy the least space possible)
- The main sights: Clock Tower and History Museum, Birth place of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), Covered stairs, Church on the Hill.
- In the evening a tour of Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval fortress in Europe. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Sighisoara - Bran - Brasov - Sinaia.
- Continue your journey to Bran with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula's legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Along the history, the Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, than under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to became their residence.
- Then go to Brasov and visit the historical center where you can admire Concil Square, Black Church, Weaver’s Bastion, Ecaterina’s Gate, Black and White Tower.
- Overnight in Sinaia. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Sinaia - Guirgiu (Bulgarian border) - Veliko Turnovo.
- In the morning visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometers far from Brasov, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania with an impressive collection of furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
- Then transfer to Bulgarian Border where you will meet the Bulgarian guide. Estimate arriving hour 16.30 – 17.00.
- Pick up at Giurgiu – Romanian side of the border approx. at 5 p.m.
- Cross the border to Bulgaria
- Transfer to Veliko Turnovo
- Check-in hotel
- Overnight. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Veliko Turnovo.
- After breakfast – sightseeing of Veliko Turnovo - the ancient capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (12th -14th C.), picturesquely situated on the hills at the banks of the meandering river Jantra. Visit of the medieval fortress of Tsarevets hill and of Samovodska charshiya - handy craft street.
- Sightseeing of Arbanassi – 17th C. fortified village with entrance to Konstanzaliev’s house (17th C.) and Jesus Christ’s Nativity Church which interior is covered in frescoes depicting 2000 scenes.
- Overnight. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Veliko Turnovo - Shipka - Plovdiv.
- Drive to Plovdiv via Shipka Pass.
- On the way entrance to the Outdoor ethnographic museum Etura with its 18th -19th C. crafts.
- Stop at Shipka monument for pictures.
- Visit to the Shipka Memorial church with golden domes.
- Arrival in Plovdiv in the afternoon. Walking in the old part of the town with beautiful old houses from the Bulgarian Revival period (18th – 19th C.).
- Entrance to the St. Konstantin and Elena church and to the Roman Theater.
- Overnight at 3-star hotel in Plovdiv. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Plovdiv - Rila - Sofia.
- Departure to Rila Monastery across the magnificent nature of the Rila and Rhodope Mountains.
- Stop at winter resort Borovets.
- Visit of the largest and one of the oldest Bulgarian monasteries (10th C.), included in the UNESCO World Heritage List with medieval defense tower from the 14th C. and fine frescoes.
- Departure to the capital Sofia. Overnight at 3-star hotel in Sofia.
- Overnight in Sofia. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Sofia.
- If time – sightseeing on foot of the capital town – St. Sofia statue, St. Petka church, St. George Rotunda, Ruins of Serdica, National Theater, Russian church, Al. Nevski Cathedral and St. Sofia church.
- Transfer to the airport and the final good-bye. Includes: (B). End of tour services.
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