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Exploring Towns from the Middle Ages in Romania and Bulgaria Tour

Tour ID: 1079
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
Regions: Romania (Transylvania, Bucharest), Bulgaria (Southern Bulgaria, Central Bulgaria, Sofia)
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
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Medieval Town Sibiu - Romania Tours
Enjoy a tour of Romania and its neighbor Bulgaria. Explore the Medieval towns and castles that this region of Eastern Europe is famous for. Experience the culture and history with a private local guide in each region.

The tour begins in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. After a night here and a short tour in the morning we will start our journey to medieval Transylvania. On the way to Sibiu we will travel on the scenic Transfagaras Highway and make a stop at the Cozia Monastery. Upon entering Sibiu be amazed by its medieval presence and architecture of the old square. Then moving onto Sighisoara, the birthplace of Dracula and one of the only European citadels still in inhabited. Medieval Town Veliko Turnovo - Romania ToursThe next day we will discover the Brasov county, including the famous Bran Castle and medieval city of Brasov. The last night will be in Sinaia near Peles Palace which was Romania's old Royal Palace.

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 Theatre and old town. Before ending in Sofia we will stop to visit the amazing Rila Monstary the largest and oldest in Bulgaria.

This tour is customizable and can be adjusted upon your request. For more details please refer to the "Day by Day Itinerary".
 

Exploring Towns from the Middle Ages in Romania and Bulgaria!!!


Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST
- Your English-Speaking driver/guide will pick you up from the Airport in Bucharest and transfer you to your hotel
- En route a panoramic city tour of Bucharest including sites such as the House of the Free Press, Herastrau Park, the Village Museum, the Arch of Triumph and Victoria Place - the entrance point to the center of the city.
- Overnight in Bucharest
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Berthelot Hotel ****
Option B: Venezia Hotel***


Day 2:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST- COZIA - SIBIU
- Morning Panoramic 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 Royal Palace; the building of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party (the well-known balcony, was where the Romanian Revolution started)
- 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
Option A: Hotel Ramada Sibiu ****
Option B: Zorba Pension ****
B


Day 3:
ROUTING: 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 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 centre 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
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Hotel Sighisoara ***
Option B: Casa Saseasca ***
B


Day 4:
ROUTING: SIGHISOARA - BRAN - RASNOV - BRASOV
- Continue your journey to Bran with it 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.
- Than if time will allows (depending of the season) stop for a visit at Rasnov and visit the old citadel. Built in 1331, the Fortress had a defense role and it was a shelter for the inhabitants of Rasnov in case of enemy attacks. In the middle of the courtyard there is a well 146 metres deep and the ruins of an 11th - 12th century - Orthodox church were discovered here. Nowadays the Fortress houses an interesting museum
- Than go to Brasov and visit the historical center where you can admire Concil Square, Black Church, Weavers Bastion, Ecaterinas Gate, Black and White Tower.
- Dinner at the Serbians Tavern  
- Overnight in Brasov
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Casa Wagner***
Option B: Flamingo Guesthouse***
B


Day 5:
ROUTING: BRASOV - SINAIA - BUCHAREST
- In the morning we will go to visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometres 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.

- Arriving at Bucharest
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Bucharest
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Berthelot Hotel ****
Option B: Venezia Hotel***

B


Day 6:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST - GIURGIU (BULGARIAN BORDER) - VELIKO TURNOVO
- Breakfast
- In the morning a sightseeing tour of Bucharest
- Then transfer to Bulgarian Border where you will meet the Bulgarian guide. Estimate arriving hour 13.00 - 14.00
- Pick up at Giurgiu – Romanian side of the border
- Cross the border to Bulgaria
- Transfer to Veliko Turnovo
- Check-in hotel
- Overnight.
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Bolyarski hotel****
Option B: Hotel***
B


Day 7:
ROUTING: VELIKO TURNOVO
- Breakfast
- 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 frescos depicting 2000 scenes.
- Overnight
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Bolyarski hotel****
Option B: Hotel***
B


Day 8:
ROUTING: VELIKO TURNOVO - SHIPKA - PLOVDIV
- Breakfast
- Drive to Plovdiv via Shipka Pass.
- Stop at Shipka monument for pictures.
- Visit to the Shipka Memorial church with golden domes.
- Visit to the Thracian tomb in Kazanlak, UNESCO World Heritage monument
- 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 Theatre.
- Overnight at 3-star hotel in Plovdiv.
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Hotel****
Option B: Hotel***
B


Day 9:
ROUTING: PLOVDIV - RILA - SOFIA
- Breakfast
- 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
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Hotel****
Option B: Hotel***
B


Day 10:
ROUTING: SOFIA
- Breakfast
- 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.
- Continue the sightseeing of Sofia – entrance to Boyana Church (UNESCO site) and National History museum or trip to Vitosha Mountain. Overnight as the same hotel.
- Overnight in Sofia
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Hotel****
Option B: Hotel***
B


Day 11:
ROUTING: SOFIA
- Breakfast
- Transfer to the airport and the final good-bye
B


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Prices, Dates & What's Included:

Prices available upon request...
 

The Tour Includes:
- 10 nights accommodation in Hotels/Guesthouses as described in the itinerary (or similar hotels)
- (B) Breakfast daily, except on the day of arrival
- English-Speaking Specialist driver/guide for the duration of the tour in Romania (5 1/2 days)
- English-Speaking Specialist guide and Private Driver for the duration of the tour in Bulgaria (5 1/2 days)
- Local taxes


Not Included:
- Airfare
- Alcoholic drinks
- Lunches and Dinners
- Gratuities
- Extra charges of hotel, eg. Laundry, telephone or fax charges, room service, etc..
- Entrance fees and photo charges to the monuments in Hungary and Romania (to be paid directly)
- Insurance


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