9 days from Budapest to Bucharest and Sofia

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Enjoy a 9 day tour of magical Transylvania with departure from Budapest throught Bucharest and arrival in Sofia. In this tour you will see the capital of Romania, called also “Little Paris” , the Royal Castle of Peles in Sinaia, the Bran Castle called also ” Dracula’s Castle” , the medieval cities of Brasov, Sibiu (European Capital of Culture in 2007) , Sighisoara (the place where Vlad Dracula was born) and the best preserved castle from Eastern Europe: Corvin’s Castle. Also You will enjoy a visit of the main Unesco sites in Bulgaria and also its capital, Sofia.
ItineraryDay 1: Budapest – Arad – Timisoara (320 km) HUNGARY + ROMANIAStop At: City HallAfter crossing the border in Romania you will enjoy a walking tour of Arad, during wich we will see the impressive Neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, the City Hall Palace and the Red Church built in secessionist style, the great Catholic Cathedral and the State Theater in neoclassical style.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Timisoara Historical Center, Timisoara, Timis County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaTimisoara, a very charming city for its architectural features for many Turkish, Serbian, Austrian and German elements, which will become the European Capital of Culture in 2021Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Timisoara.Day 2: Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu (320 km)Stop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaIn the morning we will visit the most fascinating gothic castle in Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the famous Corvin CastleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Alba Iulia, an important city from a historical point of view, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, 1918, so immediately after the First World WarDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Medieval city of Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Sibiu, a beautiful medieval city where Romanians and Saxons have been living peacefully for centuries and where the various religious monuments (Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants) demonstrate this peaceful coexistence. Sibiu was named European Capital of Culture in 2007 and hosts an extraordinary theater festival every year. The city fascinates thanks to its three squares (Big Square, Small and Huet Square ) that transport tourists in a real medieval atmosphere. Its towers and its 15th century bastions, but also its beautiful museums and the famous “houses with the eyes” give the visitor lovely moments. Also in Sibiu you will see one of the largest gothic evangelical churches in Transylvania.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Biserica Sfanta Treime, Sibiel, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaDinner will be the perfect time to better live the life of the farmers as you will be guests of the inhabitants of the village of Sibiel, inside a typical Romanian house, where you will savor traditional dishes and drinks (water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included).Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the village of Sibiel,where you will savor traditional dishes(water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included)Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.Day 3: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita (260 km)Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. You can have lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included)Duration: 2 hoursStop At: National Theatre of Targu-Mures, Targu Mures, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Targu Mures, a city in which the baroque style predominates. Targu Mures is dominated by the beautiful Palace of Culture, symbol of the locality, an extraordinary baroque palace. In this transylvanian city, the Hungarian community is still numerous and the architects who have worked on the design of historic buildings are all HungariansDuration: 1 hourStop At: Evangelical Church, Bistrita, Bistrita-Nasaud County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaWalking tour in Bistrita, whose main monument is the Lutheran church, built in the fourteenth century in Gothic style but remodeled with Renaissance elements in the second half of the sixteenth century.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bistrita.Day 4: Bistrita – Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Marginea – Radauti (250 km)Stop At: Manastirea Voronet, Voronet, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVisit the monastery of Voronet, nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Carpathians, founded by the great prince Stephen the Great and characterized by a beautiful blue color, inimitable and unique in the worldDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVisit to the Moldovita monastery, another famous religious monument, founded by Pietro Rares in the 16th century and whose interior and exterior frescoes enchant the visitor.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe last of the painted monasteries that you will have the pleasure of admiring is the Sucevita monastery, founded by the Movila brothers in the seventeenth century. Like the previous two, too, it presents Gothic and Byzantine elements, which merge to form the fascinating Moldovan architectural style. The frescoes on the northern façade of this monastery have remained visible thanks to the protective walls that have never been demolished here. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Marginea Ceramics, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaWe continue with a visit to the local artisans of Marginea, who perform excellent work with the famous black ceramic, here you will have the opportunity to enter the workshop to closely observe the various working phases of ceramic pots, but you can also buy items typical of Bucovina. At Marginea you can buy not only ceramic vases, but also beautiful painted eggs and decorated with the traditional Romanian technique.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: The Gerald's HotelOvernight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Day 5: Radauti – Piatra Neamt – Bicaz Gorges – Miercurea Ciuc (290 km)Stop At: Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum, Piatra Neamt, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaShort stop in Piatra Neamt, a famous ski resort that preserves a beautiful citadel founded at the time of Stephen the Great, in the fifteenth century and an 18th century synagogue. The city has a wonderful geographical position being surrounded by mountains that guard beautiful lush vegetationDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWe will head towards the Bicaz Gorges and then admire a breathtaking landscape. The Bicaz gorges are crossed by a road flanked by a stream and constitute a landscape of strong emotional impact with thrilling cliffs. Along the gorges there is a market with typical handicrafts and souvenirs that make the attraction even more lively.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lacu Rosu (Red Lake), Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit of the Red Lake, a natural barrier lake, which was formed following the landslide of a part of a mountain, in fact the trunks of the trees are still present in the lake and this gives a particularly evocative atmosphere. The place is interesting especially for the legends that were born and have spread in reference to the name of the lake. During the visit you will become aware of these legends. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hunguest Hotel FenyőYou then continue through a scenic road that offers a spectacular view of the Carpathian chain to get to Miercurea Ciuc. This area is also called the Siberia of Romania for the low temperatures and the landscape that characterize this areaDuration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.Day 6: Miercurea Ciuc – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia (180 km)Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaLater we proceed to Bran where we will visit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive strongholdDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sinaia.Day 7: Sinaia – Bucharest (130 km)Stop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaVisit to the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", BucharestVisit the Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist and built in 1936 with the collaboration of construction experts, anthropologists, ethnographers and sociologists from all over Romania. This wonderful open-air museum offers the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the romanian farmers of the 19th century, their houses, their water mills and their churches entirely made of wood. Here everything is authentic. We will also admire a wooden Maramures church, which was dismantled and then taken to the museum. In this regard, remember that many wooden churches of Maramures are UNESCO heritageDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palatul Parlamentului, BucharestVisit the Parliament Building, a majestic monument, second only in size to the Pentagon, built at the behest of the dictator in the 80s of the 900 and for whose creation an entire neighborhood was razedDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Centrul VechiEnjoy a walking tour of the hystorical Center of Bucharest, a completely pedestrian area, with the remains of the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler, the 16th century palatine church in Byzantine style, and the Stavropoleos church, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, in typical Wallachian style, with important oriental influences in external decoration.Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, which means the beer wagon, where you will have a great time thanks to the folklore show that will take place during dinner and where you will taste excellent traditional Romanian food. The beer produced here is original and the recipe is secret. Caru cu Bere has a fabulous neogothic facade and the restaurant was born as a brewery. The building is magnificently decorated inside in Art Deco style and with paintings representing scenes of bucolic and German life. In each painting you will see represented mugs of beer. As soon as you enter Caru cu Bere, you feel like you’re in a beautiful Bavarian brewery. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, with folklore show that will take place during dinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bucharest.Day 8: Ivanovo Monastery – Arbanassi – Veliko (200 km) ROMANIA + BULGARIAStop At: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Ivanovo, Ruse ProvinceWe will leave Bucharest in the morning and head to Bulgaria. After crossing the bridge over the Danube River we will enter in Bulgaria and our first visit will be at Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and noted for its magnificent medieval age frescoes still preservedDuration: 1 hourStop At: ArbanassiContinue with the picturesque Arbanasi village . In the walking tour of the village , we will discover houses that preserves an unique medieval bulgarian architecture and a hidden 16th century Church of Nativity with beautiful and richly inside painted frescoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Tsarevets, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo ProvinceEarly evening arrival in Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars” , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia are the main attractions of the city.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo in a 4* Hotel.Day 9: Veliko – Shipka – Kazanluk – Sofia (320 km) BULGARIAStop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora ProvinceCrossing the Stara Planina mountains , we will stop to visit Shipka Monument (aka “Monument of The Liberty“) . The memorial complex was erected in memory of the fallen bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers during the Shipka battles in the summer of 1877. Shipka battle plays a crucial role in the Russo-Turkish War and for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceContinue to drive south to the town of Kazanlak located in the pretty Valley of roses at the foot of the Balkan mountains. The natural geographical center of Bulgaria is just here where the roads of home and international tourist routes cross each other. Visit the most important touristic attractions : Thracian Tomb ( Unesco World Heritage Site , the only monument, completely preserved from the Early Hellenistic Period , 4-3 century B.C.) and Rose oil Museum .Duration: 2 hoursStop At: CenterIn the early evening we will arrive in Sofia . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street Vitosha Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 8x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • 8 nights accommodation in 3/4* hotels (1 night in 3* hotel and 7 nights in 4* hotels)
  • Breakfast
  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide for the entire tour in Romania
  • Professional tour director that will be also the driver
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport for the entire tour with modern air-conditioned minivan
  • 2 special dinners (one in Sibiel at the peasents and one in Caru cu Bere restaurant in Bucharest)
  • Entry/Admission - Biserica Sfanta Treime

What’s not included

  • Tips for the tour guide / driver
  • Food and drinks
  • Photo/Video fees at the museums
  • Entry/Admission - Castelul Corvinilor
  • Entry/Admission - Sighisoara Historic Center
  • Entry/Admission - National Theatre of Targu-Mures
  • Entry/Admission - Evangelical Church
  • Entry/Admission - Manastirea Voronet
  • Entry/Admission - Moldovita Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Sucevita Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Brasov Historical Center
  • Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
  • Entry/Admission - Peles Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"
  • Entry/Admission - Palatul Parlamentului
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  • Entry/Admission - Arbanassi
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets
  • Entry/Admission - Shipka Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak

Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest – Arad – Timisoara (320 km) HUNGARY + ROMANIA Stop At: City Hall After crossing the border in Romania you will enjoy a walking tour of Arad, during wich we will see the impressive Neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, the City Hall Palace and the Red Church built in secessionist style, the great Catholic Cathedral and the State Theater in neoclassical style. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Timisoara Historical Center, Timisoara, Timis County, Western Romania, Transylvania Timisoara, a very charming city for its architectural features for many Turkish, Serbian, Austrian and German elements, which will become the European Capital of Culture in 2021 Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Timisoara.
Day 2: Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu (320 km) Stop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, Transylvania In the morning we will visit the most fascinating gothic castle in Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the famous Corvin Castle Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, Transylvania Visit Alba Iulia, an important city from a historical point of view, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, 1918, so immediately after the First World War Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Medieval city of Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania Visit Sibiu, a beautiful medieval city where Romanians and Saxons have been living peacefully for centuries and where the various religious monuments (Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants) demonstrate this peaceful coexistence. Sibiu was named European Capital of Culture in 2007 and hosts an extraordinary theater festival every year. The city fascinates thanks to its three squares (Big Square, Small and Huet Square ) that transport tourists in a real medieval atmosphere. Its towers and its 15th century bastions, but also its beautiful museums and the famous “houses with the eyes” give the visitor lovely moments. Also in Sibiu you will see one of the largest gothic evangelical churches in Transylvania. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Biserica Sfanta Treime, Sibiel, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania Dinner will be the perfect time to better live the life of the farmers as you will be guests of the inhabitants of the village of Sibiel, inside a typical Romanian house, where you will savor traditional dishes and drinks (water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included). Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the village of Sibiel,where you will savor traditional dishes(water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included) Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.
Day 3: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita (260 km) Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvania Visit Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. You can have lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included) Duration: 2 hours Stop At: National Theatre of Targu-Mures, Targu Mures, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvania Visit Targu Mures, a city in which the baroque style predominates. Targu Mures is dominated by the beautiful Palace of Culture, symbol of the locality, an extraordinary baroque palace. In this transylvanian city, the Hungarian community is still numerous and the architects who have worked on the design of historic buildings are all Hungarians Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Evangelical Church, Bistrita, Bistrita-Nasaud County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania Walking tour in Bistrita, whose main monument is the Lutheran church, built in the fourteenth century in Gothic style but remodeled with Renaissance elements in the second half of the sixteenth century. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bistrita.
Day 4: Bistrita – Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Marginea – Radauti (250 km) Stop At: Manastirea Voronet, Voronet, Suceava County, Northeast Romania Visit the monastery of Voronet, nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Carpathians, founded by the great prince Stephen the Great and characterized by a beautiful blue color, inimitable and unique in the world Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast Romania Visit to the Moldovita monastery, another famous religious monument, founded by Pietro Rares in the 16th century and whose interior and exterior frescoes enchant the visitor. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast Romania The last of the painted monasteries that you will have the pleasure of admiring is the Sucevita monastery, founded by the Movila brothers in the seventeenth century. Like the previous two, too, it presents Gothic and Byzantine elements, which merge to form the fascinating Moldovan architectural style. The frescoes on the northern façade of this monastery have remained visible thanks to the protective walls that have never been demolished here. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Marginea Ceramics, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast Romania We continue with a visit to the local artisans of Marginea, who perform excellent work with the famous black ceramic, here you will have the opportunity to enter the workshop to closely observe the various working phases of ceramic pots, but you can also buy items typical of Bucovina. At Marginea you can buy not only ceramic vases, but also beautiful painted eggs and decorated with the traditional Romanian technique. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: The Gerald's Hotel Overnight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.
Day 5: Radauti – Piatra Neamt – Bicaz Gorges – Miercurea Ciuc (290 km) Stop At: Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum, Piatra Neamt, Neamt County, Northeast Romania Short stop in Piatra Neamt, a famous ski resort that preserves a beautiful citadel founded at the time of Stephen the Great, in the fifteenth century and an 18th century synagogue. The city has a wonderful geographical position being surrounded by mountains that guard beautiful lush vegetation Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Bicaz Canyon, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, Transylvania We will head towards the Bicaz Gorges and then admire a breathtaking landscape. The Bicaz gorges are crossed by a road flanked by a stream and constitute a landscape of strong emotional impact with thrilling cliffs. Along the gorges there is a market with typical handicrafts and souvenirs that make the attraction even more lively. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Lacu Rosu (Red Lake), Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, Transylvania Visit of the Red Lake, a natural barrier lake, which was formed following the landslide of a part of a mountain, in fact the trunks of the trees are still present in the lake and this gives a particularly evocative atmosphere. The place is interesting especially for the legends that were born and have spread in reference to the name of the lake. During the visit you will become aware of these legends. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Hunguest Hotel Fenyő You then continue through a scenic road that offers a spectacular view of the Carpathian chain to get to Miercurea Ciuc. This area is also called the Siberia of Romania for the low temperatures and the landscape that characterize this area Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.
Day 6: Miercurea Ciuc – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia (180 km) Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania Visit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania Later we proceed to Bran where we will visit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sinaia.
Day 7: Sinaia – Bucharest (130 km) Stop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern Romania Visit to the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", Bucharest Visit the Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist and built in 1936 with the collaboration of construction experts, anthropologists, ethnographers and sociologists from all over Romania. This wonderful open-air museum offers the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the romanian farmers of the 19th century, their houses, their water mills and their churches entirely made of wood. Here everything is authentic. We will also admire a wooden Maramures church, which was dismantled and then taken to the museum. In this regard, remember that many wooden churches of Maramures are UNESCO heritage Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Palatul Parlamentului, Bucharest Visit the Parliament Building, a majestic monument, second only in size to the Pentagon, built at the behest of the dictator in the 80s of the 900 and for whose creation an entire neighborhood was razed Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Centrul Vechi Enjoy a walking tour of the hystorical Center of Bucharest, a completely pedestrian area, with the remains of the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler, the 16th century palatine church in Byzantine style, and the Stavropoleos church, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, in typical Wallachian style, with important oriental influences in external decoration. Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, which means the beer wagon, where you will have a great time thanks to the folklore show that will take place during dinner and where you will taste excellent traditional Romanian food. The beer produced here is original and the recipe is secret. Caru cu Bere has a fabulous neogothic facade and the restaurant was born as a brewery. The building is magnificently decorated inside in Art Deco style and with paintings representing scenes of bucolic and German life. In each painting you will see represented mugs of beer. As soon as you enter Caru cu Bere, you feel like you’re in a beautiful Bavarian brewery. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, with folklore show that will take place during dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 8: Ivanovo Monastery – Arbanassi – Veliko (200 km) ROMANIA + BULGARIA Stop At: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Ivanovo, Ruse Province We will leave Bucharest in the morning and head to Bulgaria. After crossing the bridge over the Danube River we will enter in Bulgaria and our first visit will be at Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and noted for its magnificent medieval age frescoes still preserved Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Arbanassi Continue with the picturesque Arbanasi village . In the walking tour of the village , we will discover houses that preserves an unique medieval bulgarian architecture and a hidden 16th century Church of Nativity with beautiful and richly inside painted fresco Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Tsarevets, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo Province Early evening arrival in Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars” , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia are the main attractions of the city. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. Accommodation included: Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo in a 4* Hotel.
Day 9: Veliko – Shipka – Kazanluk – Sofia (320 km) BULGARIA Stop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora Province Crossing the Stara Planina mountains , we will stop to visit Shipka Monument (aka “Monument of The Liberty“) . The memorial complex was erected in memory of the fallen bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers during the Shipka battles in the summer of 1877. Shipka battle plays a crucial role in the Russo-Turkish War and for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province Continue to drive south to the town of Kazanlak located in the pretty Valley of roses at the foot of the Balkan mountains. The natural geographical center of Bulgaria is just here where the roads of home and international tourist routes cross each other. Visit the most important touristic attractions : Thracian Tomb ( Unesco World Heritage Site , the only monument, completely preserved from the Early Hellenistic Period , 4-3 century B.C.) and Rose oil Museum . Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Center In the early evening we will arrive in Sofia . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street Vitosha Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. No accommodation included on this day.
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