9 DAYS ROMANIA&BULGARIA TOUR(Treasures of Bulgaria and Romania): Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo - Kazanlak - Plovdiv - Rila - Sofia - Belogradchik - Craiova - Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

9 DAYS ROMANIA&BULGARIA TOUR(Treasures of Bulgaria and Romania)

Day 1-Arrival --- Bucharest
“Welcome to Bucharest, “The Little Paris of the East” greets you the Romanian guide in the airport Otopeni. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of one the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in Europe which is also the 6th largest capital city in the European Union. You will have the chance to admire the University Square, the Roman Square, the Constitution Square with the Palace of Parliament (the second largest administrative building in the World after the Pentagon) and the Victory Square with the Victory Palace. You will pass by the Arch of Triumph, driving on the Kissellef Street which is known as “The Romanian Champs Elysees”. Check-in and welcome dinner at local restaurant.
Day 2-Bucharest --- Arbanassi --- Veliko Tarnovo
You wake up in the heart of Romania’s capital, and after breakfast you head towards the Bulgarian border. Today you travel to Bulgaria. Transfer to the village of Arbanassi, where you can admire the Nativity of Christ Church (15th century). In the afternoon, you reach your destination Veliko Tarnovo, whose old town is a historical monument. Explore the Tsarevets Hill with its citadels and palaces and stroll through the traditional crafts shopping quarter, Samovodska Charshiya.
Day 3-Veliko Tarnavo --- Kazanlak --- Plovdiv
You first stop after breakfast is the open-air village museum Etar. Here houses with artisan workshops, watermills, fulling mills can be seen. Further travel and visit of the Thracian Tomb of King Seuthes III (second half of the 5th century BC). Continue then through Shipka Pass to Kazanlak. In Kazanlak you will visit the ancient Thracian Tomb, which is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. You will visit further a functioning rose distillery in the village of Skobelevo and sample the local rose jam and rose brandy. Your journey ends in the afternoon in Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Day 4-Plovdiv --- Rila Monastery --- Sofia
The city is one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans and was designated as European Capital of Culture of the year 2019. The sightseeing tour in the old part of the city includes the very well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, the Dzumaya Mosque and the St. Constantine and Helena Church. Travel to Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. On the way to Sofia stop in Dobarsko and meet the singing grandmathers and taste the delicious local pastry “banitsa”. Then, go deep into the Rila Mountains, where is located a symbol of the Orthodox Christian faith. The Rila Monastery (UNESCO) is situated at 1150 metres above sea level and resembles a fortress. It is one of the largest Orthodox monasteries in the world and impresses with its stunning architecture and frescoes. Visit the monastery museum and admire the most important piece of Bulgarian wood carving art, the extraordinary Raphael Cross. Drive to Sofia and overnight. Festive dinner with folklore show and traditional Nestinari fire dances.
Day 5-Sofia --- Belogradchik
Enjoy today a sightseeing tour that starts at Sveta Nedelya square. Situated a few steps away from the square is the oldest church in the city, the St. George Rotunda, built by the Romans in the 4th century. Then admire the precious and fascinating buildings of Banya-Basi Mosque and the Presidency. The landmark of the city is the Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky. Built in the 20th century, its construction took 30 years. Next travel to Belogradchik, where you can visit the fortress. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 6 -Belogradchick--- Craiova --- Sibiu
This morning you travel to Vidin where you find Baba Vida Fortress, the town’s primary landmark. Cross the Danube back to Romania, and head towards Craiova, the largest city of South Romania. After the city tour, you continue towards Sibiu, probably the most beautiful town of Transylvania. Settled by the Germans back in the 12th century, the town preserves a wonderful medieval cobblestoned centre with hundreds of historic monuments. The walking tours takes you to the Grand and Small Square, Huet Square, Liars’Bridge and Evangelic church, the town’s landmark. Check-in and overnight in Sibiu. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7 Sibiu --- Biertan - Sighisoara --- Brasov
After breakfast travel to Biertan, where you visit one of the best preserved medieval fortified churches in Transylvania, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Continue to Sighisoara, another UNESCO site, being one of the few still inhabited medieval fortresses in Europe. During the walking tour discover the town’s landmarks such as the Church on the Hill and the Clock Tower. Continue towards Brasov and discover its Old Town with the main attraction, the Black Church. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 8 Brasov --- Bran - Sinaia --- Bucharest
Drive towards Bran, where you visit the castle of the famous count Dracula. The castle was constructed to protect the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, by the Saxons. Cross the South Carpathian Mountains, to Sinaia, where you will find the Peles Castle, a superb royal residence built above acres of green meadows, deep inside the forest. Built in German Renaissance style, the Peles Castle is probably the most beautiful castle in Eastern Europe. At noon, continue to Bucharest. Farewell dinner at local restaurant with entertainment and wine.
Day 9-Bucharest --- Departure
In the morning, visit the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the World after the Pentagon. Depending on the flight hours, transfer to the airport and farewell from the guide.
 1x welcome dinner at local restaurant in Bucharest incl. drinks (1 glass of wine or 1 beer or 1 soft drink)  1x Festive dinner with Neshtinari Fire Dances and folklore show and wine on Day 1  1x dinner at local restaurant from Bucharest incl. drinks (1 glass of wine or 1 beer or 1  1x meeting with the grandmas of Dobarsko incl. tasting of banitsa

Tour Includes

8 overnights in very good 4**** hotels in Romania and Bulgaria Half board (breakfast buffet and 3-course dinner)1x welcome dinner at local restaurant in Bucharest incl. drinks (1 glass of wine or 1 beer or 1 soft drink)1x Festive dinner with Neshtinari Fire Dances and folklore show and wine on Day 11x dinner at local restaurant from Bucharest incl. drinks (1 glass of wine or 1 beer or 11x meeting with the grandmas of Dobarsko incl. tasting of banitsaVisit of Rose distillery and tasting of roses jam and rose brandyThroughout English speaking guide in Bulgaria and RomaniaAll entrance fees included as per itinerary (Church Arbanassi, Tsaravets Fortress Veliko Tarnavo, Etar Museum, Thracian Tomb, the Rila Monastery, Antique Theatre Plovdiv, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, George Rotunda, Belogradchick Fortress, Baba Vida Fortress, Biertan fortification, Clock Tower Sighisoara, Church on the Hill, Black Church, Dracula Castle, Peles Castle, the Palace of the Parliament)Transportation by modern coach throughout the entire staying in Bulgaria and Romania

Tour Does Not Include

Flights not includedLunches and drinks not includedTips for the driver and guides not included