Discover the cherished treasures of two most intriguing countries of the Balkans with our all-inclusive adventure that takes you from Bucharest to Sofia with stops in most enchanting towns and villages lying in between.
City:
Bucharest, Sofia
Duration:
8 days
Type:
Private tour
From:
$2,574
Next date:
Flexible

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Bucharest & City Tour

Today is your first day in Romania. After check-in you go on a panoramic city tour of Bucharest.

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Day 2
Visit to Bran & Peles Castles & Brasov City Tour

Trip to Brasov. Stop  in Sinaia mountain, visiting the historical Sinaia Monastery, the fairytale Peles Castle, the iconic Bran Castle known as the home to the legendary Transylvanian vampire Dracula. Brasov city tour.

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Day 3
Visit to Harman, Prejmer & Slanic

Trip to Mount of Honey, Harman village, where you visit its famous Harman Fortress. Visiting Prejmer village and fortress, going to Slanic Prahova - popular spa resort famous for its salt lakes, mineral waters and one of the largest salt mines in Europe. Transfer to Bucharest

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Day 4
Transfer to Bulgaria, Ruse & Veliko Tarnovo City Tours

Driving to Bulgaria by bus. Ruse city tour. Visiting the "City of the Tsars" Veliko Tarnovo famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, sightseeing and overnight in a local hotel.

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Day 5
Veliko Tarnovo & Kazanlak City Tours

Sightseeing in the Tsarevets Hill region, stop at the open-air Etura Ethnographical Museum.  Proceeding to Kazanlak - the central city of the famous Valley of Roses, stop at the Rose Museum, the History Museum. Transfer to the ancient city of Plovdiv where you spend the night.

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Day 6
Plovdiv City Tour & Transfer to Sofia

Sightseeing tour in Plovdiv. Visiting the Bachkovo Monastery. Transfer to Sofia Bulgaria's capital.

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Day 7
Trip to the Rila Monastery

Today you drive to the Rila mountains known as the "mountains full of water". Visiting the Rila Monastery. Return to Sofia. Farewell dinner. Ovrnight at you hotel. 

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Day 8
Sofia City Tour & Departure

Today is the last day of your trip. Sightseeing tour in Romania's capital. After your driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. You are leaving with ultimate experience and bright memories, fascinated by the beauty of Balkans! We hope, you will come back to these amazing places again one day!

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Price

$2,574
Deposit $515
Private tour
Based on double occupancy

What's included

  • Accommodation in remarkable centrally located hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • One dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bucharest, one dinner in a cozy inn in Veliko Tarnovo, and two dinners in traditional restaurants in Sofia;
  • Complimentary glass of wine with dinners;
  • Complimentary bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per day;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours and entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • All local taxes.


Not included: flights, other meals (not mentioned in the program), optional tours & services, personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest & City Tour

Welcome to the capital of Romania - Bucharest! Your private guide and professional driver meet you at the airport and transfer you to your centrally located hotel.

After check-in your guide takes you on a panoramic city tour of the historical center of Bucharest. You have the unique chance to see the most interesting and important city landmarks, including the famous Arch of Triumph modelled after the legendary Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Romanian Athenaeum that is the premier concert hall of the country, and Revolution Square with the statue of King Carol I set between the former Royal Palace and the University Library.

Then you continue exploring the unique flavour of the old town of Bucharest on foot enjoying the beauty of its charming Lipscani district abundant in cozy outdoor restaurants, handmade souvenir shops, cobbled pedestrian streets and historical buildings and churches, including the oldest church in Bucharest Curtea Veche dating back to the 16th century.

Later you visit the real gem of Bucharest - the iconic Palace of Parliament that is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. This palace is even more impressive inside, boggling the visitors' imagination with its luxurious decoration, sparkling crystal chandeliers, ornate furnishing, oak paneling and marble everywhere.

You finish the city tour with a visit to an open-air Village Museum. With its total collection of more than 300 original countryside structures, it is one of the most interesting attractions in Bucharest as it represents the traditional Romanian village lifestyle.

In the evening you return to your hotel in Bucharest.

Day 2: Visit to Bran & Peles Castles & Brasov City Tour

After breakfast you venture to Brasov through the picturesque Prahova Valley along the Carpathian Mountains. Be sure that the amazing sceneries you have the chance to enjoy during the ride will remain memorable long after the journey!

The first stop is scheduled in Sinaia mountain resort where you visit the historical Sinaia Monastery and the real miracle of Transylvania, the fairytale Peles Castle - the former royal residence and the first European castle with central heating and electricity.

Your tour continues to the iconic Bran Castle known as the home to the legendary Transylvanian vampire Dracula. The creature of the Irish novelist Bram Stoker, Dracula is believed to be a living personification of Vlad the Impaler, the ruler of Wallachia, who lived in this castle. Its mysterious atmosphere and dreadful legends attract numerous tourists and vampire-lovers from all over the world. Whatever its ties to vampires, the Bran Castle itself is well worth a visit as it is the real gem of ancient architecture dominating the surrounding scenic landscapes.

The final destination of this day is Brasov - one of the most popular tourist attractions in Transylvania that boasts of well-preserved historical city center, finger-licking cuisine and breathtaking landscapes. During a walking city tour, your guide will show you the best Brasov has to offer: ancient city walls, bastions and fortifications, the Black Church, the Black and White watch towers, Town Hall Square, the St. Nicholas Church, the First Romanian School and the narrowest street in Europe - Rope Street.

After the tour you are transferred to your hotel in Brasov. Free evening.

Day 3: Visit to Harman, Prejmer & Slanic

After breakfast you travel to the picturesque Mount of Honey, Harman village, to visit its famous Harman Fortress. Built by the Saxons in the 13th century, this fortress is one of the best representatives of the medieval cultural heritage of Romania.

Your next stop is a quiet village of Prejmer where you visit its unique fortress placed amidst the beautiful scenery. Being one of the largest and best preserved fortified fortresses in southeastern Europe, Prejmer is included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with seven other Saxon walled citadels of Romania.

Your trip continues to a popular spa resort of Slanic Prahova famous for its salt lakes, mineral waters and one of the largest salt mines in Europe. You have a great chance to visit this salt mine used as a natural treatment spa and museum of the salt mining industry.

In the evening you are transferred to Bucharest and enjoy a traditional dinner in a restaurant in the historical city center. Overnight in the hotel in Bucharest.

Day 4: Transfer to Bulgaria, Ruse & Veliko Tarnovo City Tours

Today after breakfast you say farewell to Romania as your driver takes you through the border to Bulgaria. Your first stop on the territory of Bulgaria is in the city of Ruse located on the highest right bank of the Danube river. This beautiful city is known as "Little Vienna" for its amazing architecture built by Italian, German and Austrian masters.

You start acquainted with Ruse attractions with a visit to the Urban Lifestyle Museum (Kaliopa House) that boasts a delightful collection of European influenced 19th century furniture, clothes, jewelry and accessories typical for the wealthy houses of Ruse of that time.

You continue with a walking tour that takes you to the most interesting city landmarks. You take a leisurely walk along the central pedestrian street and see the remarkable city highlights, including the Statue of Liberty, one of the oldest theaters in the country Opera House and the symbol of the city - the Profit-Yielding Building with the magnificent facade decoration and seven stone figures set on the roof that symbolize art, science, agriculture, crafts, commerce, defense and free will.

After the tour you venture to drive further to the "City of the Tsars" Veliko Tarnovo famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Rightfully considered one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo has many interesting sights to offer, including historic hills of Tsarevets and Trapezitza, an ancient Roman fortress and a range of medieval churches. You have a walking tour of the Samovodene market that is the favourite place for skillful master-goldsmiths, potters, wood-carvers and weavers to sell their handicrafts. Don't miss the chance to purchase some interesting souvenirs for your friends and family.

In the evening you enjoy traditional dinner in a newly restored inn, built in 1858 as a Venetian style palace. Overnight in the hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 5: Veliko Tarnovo & Kazanlak City Tours

After breakfast you continue your acquaintance with Veliko Tarnovo by visiting one of Bulgaria’s most beloved monuments - the Tsarevets Hill. You explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Mediaeval Fortress, the Patriarchal Cathedral and the Balduin’s Tower.

After the tour you continue your journey to the open-air Etura Ethnographical Museum, which recreates the authentic life of a typical craftsmanship settlement. You become a witness of the exciting process of craftwork as skilfull masters will create their metal, leather and clay items right before your eyes.

Then you proceed to Kazanlak - the central city of the famous Valley of Roses. This picturesque Bulgarian region is the world's largest producer of rose oil - the industry that is a source of national pride for the country since the 17th century. During the tour you visit the Rose Museum that will provide you with a deep insight into the 350-year old history of Bulgarian rose growing and oil-production industry.

Then you enjoy a short visit to the History Museum and explore the full-size duplicate of one of the most significant monuments in Bulgaria - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. The tomb itself is under a special storage regime with no admission allowed.

Your final destination for today is an ancient city of Plovdiv. Your driver transfers you to the centrally-located hotel for overnight.

Day 6: Plovdiv City Tour & Transfer to Sofia

After breakfast you enjoy a guided city tour of Plovdiv. This lovely city equals the Bulgarian capital in its cultural and historical significance and provides more relaxed atmosphere ideal for leisurely sightseeing. Plovdiv is a bright example of an old city that treasures numerous antiquities, including the best-preserved Roman amphitheatre in the Balkans.

During the walking tour your guide will show you the city’s most remarkable attractions to let you know better this charming city. You see the famous Sts. Constantine and Helen Church, visit Ethnographic exhibition and demonstration of pottery-making (if available), and take a walk along the narrow cobbled streets to admire the unique atmosphere of this historic town and the outstanding architecture with Thracians, Romans, Byzantines and Turks influence.

Later you proceed to the Bachkovo Monastery famous for the unification of Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian culture under the common faith. After the tour you are transferred to the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight in the hotel in Sofia.

Day 7: Trip to the Rila Monastery

After breakfast you travel to the magnificent Rila mountains that got their name meaning "mountain full of water" due to the numerous glacial lakes and hot springs located at the base of the mountain region.

You visit the biggest monastery in Bulgaria - the Rila Monastery. It remains the country's spiritual, educational and cultural center for centuries. You stroll around the territory of the monastery and admire its unique collection of beautiful icons, ancient manuscripts and exquisite wood-carvings, including the famous wooden cross by Father Rafail representing 104 biblical scenes and decorated with over 600 miniature figures.

After the tour you are transferred back to Sofia and enjoy a traditional farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel in Sofia.

Day 8: Sofia City Tour & Departure

One of the most ancient cities of the Balkan Peninsula, Sofia offers an intriguing mixture of architectural styles and historical eras that results in numerous brilliant attractions scattered all over the city.

Today you have the unique chance to see the most interesting sites of the historical center of Sofia during your guided city tour. You see the Ruins of Serdica with the St. George Church (Rotunda) that is the oldest building in Sofia, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the St. Sofia Church, the Russian church St. Nicholas, the National Theater and many more historical sites of this cosmopolitan city.

After the tour your driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. You are leaving with ultimate experience and bright memories, fascinated by the beauty of Balkans! We hope, you will come back to these amazing places again one day!

  • Accommodation in remarkable centrally located hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • One dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bucharest, one dinner in a cozy inn in Veliko Tarnovo, and two dinners in traditional restaurants in Sofia;
  • Complimentary glass of wine with dinners;
  • Complimentary bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) per day;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours and entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and transportation throughout the itinerary with professional drivers;
  • All local taxes.


Not included: flights, other meals (not mentioned in the program), optional tours & services, personal expenses.

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Private tour

Based on double occupancy

$2,574
Deposit $515