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Bulgaria and Romania

Bulgaria and Romania

Sofia - Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi - Rousse - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov - Bucharest

Day 1  Arriving in Sofia

Your journey begins with a panoramic sightseeing tour of Sofia depending on arrival time ‐ the Byzantine church of St. Sofia, Alexander Nevski cathedral and the Icon gallery, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Gate and the ruins of the Roman fortification system, "St. George" Rotunda from early Christian times. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2  Rila monastery ‐ Plovdiv

After breakfast, you will visit the Rila monastery (included in UNESCO world heritage list), the biggest spiritual center, dating back to 10th c., with magnificent. Renaissance wall paintings and a precious library. You will enjoy a lunch in a restaurant along a picturesque river. Then, departure to the oldest Bulgarian ski resort Borovetz situated in the highest mountain on the Balkan peninsular – the Rila Mountain. You will continue to the second largest city in Bulgaria ‐ Plovdiv. Dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 3   Plovdiv ‐ Kazanlak

You will start the day off with a morning sightseeing tour of the old town of Plovdiv (the Stadium, the Roman amphitheatre, the Forum, the Mosque, the Ethnographical museum, St. Konstantin and Elena church). Lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue to Kazanlak and the world famous Valley of Roses. There you will visit the Thracian tomb (included in the UNESCO world heritage list) and the Ethnographic museum – taste a rose jam and liquor.

Accommodation in Kazanlak. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4  Veliko Tarnovo ‐ Arbanassi

On the way you will stop to see the Shipka Memorial Church, dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers who gave their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russian‐Turkish War. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo, known as the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire – you will see the Tzarevets hill, the Fortress, the Patriarchal Church, the small churches in the foothill of Trapezitsa.

Dinner in Arbanassi (an architectural and historical reserve, 6 km. away from Veliko Tarnovo). Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 5  ROMANIA

After breakfast, we will head up to Romania. Cross the border at Russe on the Danube River. Today you will also visit Sinaia, the ʺPearl of the Carpathian Mountainsʺ. You will see the former royal summer residence built by Carol I Hohenzolern Sigmaringen of Romania (1881‐1914), the Peles Castlle (XIXth c.) Considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new‐Renaissance architecture. This castle was built in the final quarter of the last century for Romaniaʹs ʹimported rulerʹ King Carol. Designed mainly in German Renaissance style, this summer residence was decorated throughout by Carolʹs eccentric wife Carmen Sylva. Many valuable objects are contained within the castles 160 rooms. Then, you will take a leisurely stroll up to the 17th century. Sinaia monastery, an interesting cluster of churches and courtyards, which take their name from the ancient Egyptian monastery on Mount Sinaia.

Dinner and accommodation in Sinaia.

Day 6  Bran ‐ Brasov

In the morning, you will depart to Bran for a visit to Bran Castle, erroneously claimed by some to be that of Count Dracula, the worldʹs most famous vampire. Perched atop a rocky outcrop, this strategically located castle was built in 1377 to protect nearby Brasov from invaders. It also served as a customs station. The castleʹs rooms and towers surround an inner courtyard. Some rooms are connected through underground passages to the inner court. Bran is home to a rich collection of Romanian and foreign furniture and art items from the 14th‐19th centuries.
Continue to Brasov – the second city of Romania as economical importance. Sightseeing tour of the medieval centre of Brasov, including visit to the Black Church. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon departure to Sighisoara – a visit to the Medieval citadel (included in the UNESCO World Heritage list).
Return to Sinaia in the evening.

Day 7  Bucharest

Departure to Bucharest. You will take a sightseeing tour of Bucharest ‐ the capital of Romania and the nationʹs powerhouse of cultural and economic life, was founded 500 years ago. During the 1930ʹs its tree‐lined boulevards and fin ‐de‐siecle architecture earned it the nickname ʺThe Little Paris of the Eastʺ. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on the handsome Soseaua Kiseleff, itself longer than the Champs Elysees and alive with blossoms in the spring.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 8  Return - Bucharest Airoport

Breakfast. Transfer to the Bucharest airport for your flight home.

Romania - Brasov, Buckarest

    The name "Romania," which was first used when the three regions of the country were united in 1859, reflects the influence of ancient Rome on the nation's language and culture. The three regions—Walachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania—are relatively culturally uniform. Roman Imperator Trajan conquered the land in 2nd c. Rome memorialized the victory by raising Trajan's Column, whose bas-reliefs show scenes of the triumph.

Rila Monastery

    Rila Monastery is one of the symbols of Bulgaria and is also a popular tourist destination. The monastery lies in the recesses of Rila Mountain, between Rilska and Drushlyavitsa Rivers, at 1147 m.

Kazanlak Tomb

    An original Thracian tomb from 4th – 3rd century BC is situated in the Tyulbeto park. It is known as the Kazanlak Tomb. It is under a special storage regime. Its duplicate, constructed in scale 1:1

The Shipka Monastery

    The Shipka Monastery "The Nativity" is located on the outskirts of the city Shipka. The idea to found the monastery began with the Russian diplomat Count Ignatiev and Olga Skobeleva, mother of General Skobelev.

Architecture Reserve Tsarevets

    Architectural and Museum Reserve Tsarevets is one of the most frequented tourist sites in Bulgaria. It is located on Tsarevets Hill in the old part of the town of Veliko Tarnovo.

Arbanasi Archeological Reserve

    The village of Arbanasi is located on a high plateau 4 km from the city of Veliko Tarnovo. It is known that the village existed during the time of the Second Bulgarian State (1185 - 1393).

Sofia

    Sofia is Bulgaria's capital and its largest city. Founded thousands of years ago, today the city continues to develop as the country's cultural and economic center.

Borovets

    Borovets is one of the biggest mountain resorts in Bulgaria. It is located at an elevation of 1300 m on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain some 70 km away from Sofia, approximately 130 km from Plovdiv.

Plovdiv City

    The town in its present appearance was built around seven hills – the hills of Plovdiv (Plovdiv Tepes) which are an inseparable part of the city's history. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Kazanlak

    The town of Kazanlak is located in the center of Bulgaria, in the western part of the Kazanlak basin. Kazanlak is the center of the Valley of the Roses, the home of the Thracian kings, and an attractive tourist destination.

Veliko Tarnovo

    Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture.

City of Ruse

    The connection which the city was having with Europe through the Danube river was favorable for its development. Due to the beautiful architecture and the internal shaping of the buildings constructed by Italian, Austrian, German and Bulgarian architects, Ruse was also known as "The Small Vienna".


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