Day 1: Bucharest
Pick up at your Bucharest hotel. Morning city tour of Bucharest including the Revolution Square, the Palace of the Parliament - the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, the Church of the Patriarchy, the Village Museum - one of the world's most interesting open air museums with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania. On route, make a short stop to the 14th century Cozia monastery built by Prince Mircea the Old, the grandfather of Vlad Dracula. Drive along the Olt River Canyon crossing the mountains into Transylvania. Reach Sibiu. Brief orientation tour on the way to the hotel. Overnight in Sibiu's famous Romans' Emperor Hotel, first built at the end of the 18th century. Dinner is included at one of the best restaurants in town, serving all Transylvanian dishes and will end with a sample of the local Ausbruch wine.
D Accommodation in Sibiu at Imparatul Romanilor Hotel****
Day 2: Sibiu – Sibiel – Biertan - Sighisoara
Hot & cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Hot buffet breakfast at hotel. Start your day with a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu, the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. View the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining towers each belonging to a certain guild. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled 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. End you tour with the original Pharmacy Museum. We'll then take a short drive to Sibiel village to tour the Glass Painted Icons Museum. After enjoying a traditional home hosted lunch at a local farmhouse, you'll head to the Biertan for a tour of the visit to the local fortified Saxon church, an UNESCO World Heritage site and formerly the Seat of the Luteran Bishop of Transylvania. Today's final stop is Sighisoara – a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Accommodation in either one of the three hotels in the Upper Town. Optional dinner at the Birthplace of Vlad Dracula.
B L Accommodation in Sighisoara at Hotel Sighisoara***
Day 3: Sighisoara – Brasov
Hot & cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Before starting your walking tour of old Sighisoara attend an informal talk on Vlad the Impaler – Dracula, what is truth and what fiction. Sighisoara is one of a kind. It was developed by the German settlers as of late 12 C. It stands on a network of tunnels and catacombs and, according to one version of the myth; this is where the Pied Piper brought the children of Hamelin after their ungrateful parents refused to pay him his due. Walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars’ Staircase, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view), the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Sighisoara is the place where the Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is one of the main tourist attractions. Passing through the picturesque Transylvanian Plateau we’ll reach Brasov, for a tour of "The Crown City" of Transylvania. You'll marvel at unique local landmarks including the Gothic style 14the century Black Church, the St Nicholas Orthodox Church, The Old Town Hall, and The Main Square. Hotel check in with the remainder of the Day at leisure so you enjoy the lovely atmosphere of the Old Town Brasov.
B Accommodation in Brasov at Casa Wagner***
Day 4 : Brasov - Dracula Castle - Sinaia
Hot & cold buffet breakfast at hotel. The attraction of the day is Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. The castle was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, enlarged and restored a few times. Late afternoon arrival to Sinaia mountain resort. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. Orientation tour of the resort including a view of the famous Casino, inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. Take a guided tour of Peles Castle and Gardens - the breathtaking former summer residence of the Romanian royal family. The evening is at leisure in the resort.
B Accommodation in Sinaia at Hotel Palace****
Day 5: Sinaia – Ruse - Ivanovo Rock Churches - Arbanassi
Hot & cold buffet breakfast at hotel. A ride south to Bucharest and then across the Danube River then brings you into Bulgaria where you will change vehicles and tour guides. Take an orientation tour of the center of Ruse with its classical architecture before your visit to the cavernous Ivanovo Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the picturesque village of Arbanassi, near Veliko Tarnovo. Your afternoon highlight is a visit to the Church of Nativity, the most richly decorated church in all of Bulgaria!
B Accommodation in Arbanassi at the traditional style Izvora Hotel***
Day 6: Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak – Plovdiv
Breakfast at hotel. We’ll ride through the heart of rural Bulgaria today en route to Plovdiv, the country’s second largest city. As we wind through picturesque Rose Valley, we’ll make a stop in the town of Kazanluk at the world famous Thracian Tomb, you’ll get an up-close view of Hellenistic frescoes dating back to the 4th century BC. Another must-see is The Rose Museum. Upon arrival in Plovdiv, the center of Bulgarian industry, we’ll make a visit to The Old Town including the large Roman Amphitheatre.
B Accommodation in Plovdiv at the Famous House Hotel*** (or similar)
Day 7: Plovdiv - Rila – Sofia
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. You’ll enjoy a scenic ride through beautiful Mesta Pass on the way to Rila Monastery, Bulgaria's most famous tourist site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the 10th century by St. Ivan Rilsky, the monastery was at the center of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for centuries.
B Accommodation in Sofia at Hotel Princess****
Day 8: Sofia – Departure
Hot & cold buffet breakfast at hotel or boxed breakfast for early departures. Time at leisure until your transfer to Sofia International Airport for your return flight.
Your Price Includes:
- 7 nights at three and four star hotels
- Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
- Fuel & parking fees
- All sightseeing tours & cultural connections
- Three independent lectures on: Vlad the Impaler –Dracula, Ceausescu and His Times, The Gypsies
- 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- A professional English speaking guide (driving) to accompany you throughout
- Bucharest & Sofia city tours
- All transfers
- Admissions to museums and sites as per itinerary
- Porterage (except for Customs Areas)
- Maps of Romania and Bulgaria.
You'll visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
• Historic Center of Sighisoara
• Biertan Fortified Church
• Sibiu Historic Center
• Ivanovo Rock Hewn Churches
• Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
• Rila Monastery.
- Other meals than stated
- Alcoholic beverages
- Photo/video fees at sites, museums
Note: Price per person based on double occupancy and duration of tour (if further customized).
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