The Best Of Bulgaria And Romania - 8 Days
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The Balkans have always been on the crossroad between the West and the East. This fact only has determined their rich and sometimes turbulent history. Bulgaria and Romania, though close in geography, are rather different in their culture and lifestyle. Our journey will reveal to you the great cultural diversity and the genuine hospitality of the people. You will be surprised to see that some of the most scenic, beautiful and historical cities in Europe are to be found in this less known region of Europe. Come with us and explore the fabulous nature and the folklore heritage of Eastern Europe.
SOFIA - PLOVDIV - VELIKO TURNOVO - BUCHAREST - BRASOV - BUCHAREST
Day 1 - ARRIVAL IN SOFIA
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Sofia and get to know the highlights of the capital. Among the most impressive sites are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral dominating the city, the round church of St. George, which is the best preserved Byzantine building, the Russian church st. Nikolas, St. Petka church, Banya Bashi Mosque, the ruins of ancient Serdica and some more. Visit Boyana church – listed in UNESCO World Heritage List. Overnight.
Day 2 - SOFIA - RILA MONASTERY - PLOVDIV
After breakfast depart to Rila mountains (the highest on the Balkan peninsula) to see one of Bulgaria’s most famous tourist sites – Rila monastery. This monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by St. Ivan of Rila it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language during the centuries. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. We shall see the monastery church with its amazing frescos painted by the most famous Bulgarian finest artists from 19th c. and the monastery museum housing a rich collection of exhibits connected with the history of the monastery and the spread of Christianity on the Bulgarian lands. Proceed to Plovdiv. Overnight.
Day 3 - PLOVDIV CITY TOUR - KAZANLUK - VELIKO TURNOVO
Today we invite you to explore Bulgaria’s second largest city – Plovdiv. This is a city with millennium old history. It has preserved ruins from Roman, Ottoman and Bulgarian Revival period. During our city tour you will see the Roman Forum and Stadium as well as the Roman amphitheatre dating back to the 2nd AD; the house of Hindliyan –national monument of culture, impressive with its artistic decoration, with many well preserved original murals. Walk along the tiny cobbled streets of the old town surrounded by beautiful Revival houses and churches. Continue to Kazanluk – the centre of The Valley of Roses and The Valley of The Thracian Kings. En route visit a rose distillery where you can see how the famous Bulgarian rose oil is produced and taste rose made liquor and rose made jam. Visit also one of the many Thracian Tombs discovered in the area. In the afternoon arrive in the medieval capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Turnovo. Overnight.
Day 4 - VELIKO TURNOVO - ARBANASSI - IVANOVO - BUCHAREST
After breakfast have a sightseeing tour of Veliko Turnovo with a walk to Tsarevets fortress where the Bulgarian kings once lived. Walk along the oldest merchant street in the town called Samovodska Charshia. There guests can see masters who pursue their crafts according to old traditions. Continue to Arbanassi and visit the Nativity church whose murals from the 17th and 18th centuries are considered real masterpiece and Konstancalieva museum house. Proceed to Ivanovo to see the UNESCO listed rock hewn churches of Ivanovo. Continue to the border town of Russe where we change guide and coach. Proceed to Bucharest, The Romanian capital once nicknamed “The Little Paris of The East”. Overnight.
Day 5 - BUCHAREST CITY TOUR - BRASOV CITY TOUR
In the morning, enjoy a city tour of Bucharest. During the tour you will see the Arch of Triumph, the Revolution Square, the Romanian Athenaeum, the National Art Museum and the Revolution Square. Inside visit to the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. After the tour, depart for Brasov, fairy tale town founded in the 12th century by the Saxon settlers. Enjoy a city tour including visit to St Nicholas Church and First Romanian School, which hosts an impressive collection of rare books, many of them handcopied right there. Overnight in Brasov.
Day 6 - BRASOV - BIERTAN - SIGISOARA - RUPEA FORTRESS - BRASOV
After breakfast, depart for Biertan to visit the famous fortified church that is also part of UNESCO World Heritage List. Drive on to Sighisoara, one of the best preserved medieval citadel in this part of Europe and also part of UNESCO. Enjoy a walking tour of the citadel including visit to the famous Clock Tower Museum. On your way back to Brasov you will stop en route to visit Rupea Fortress, one of the most interesting medieval castles in Romania. Overnight in Brasov.
Day 7 - BRASOV - BRAN - SINAIA - BUCHAREST
After breakfast, depart for Bran to visit the castle made famous by Bram Stoker's novel as the residence of the vampire count, Dracula. After the visit, continue to Azuga for sparkling wine tasting in one of the most famous wine cellars in the country. Drive on to Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in Romania, also known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians”, for visit to Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture which served as the summer residence of the former Romanian Royal family. In the afternoon, proceed to Bucharest for overnight.
Day 8 - BUCHAREST DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure to Bucharest airport for your flight back home.
17.10.2017Bulgaria opened its tourist information center in Shanghai
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