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11 DAYS TOUR - ROMANIA & BULGARIA

Are you a genuine explorer who craves for new discoveries? We may have the perfect idea for you. How about a mix of precious ancient sights and pristine landscapes of breathtaking beauty? Bulgaria is the perfect choice for all those looking for a quiet countryside rich in evidence of ancient civilizations. In the immediate neighborhood you will discover even more excitement and unique adventures. Join our 10 Days Tour in Bulgaria and Romania!

from 2689 USD
per 10 nights / person

or call +1 818 907 9800

 

DEPARTURE DATES:
October 2nd – October 13th 2014
October 19th – October 30th 2014
 

Package price includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels (VAT, local taxes included based on single or double occupancy;
    1 night in Sofia
    1 night in Plovdiv
    1 night in Veliko Tarnovo
    1 night on the floating hotel Egreta in Danube Delta
    3 nights in Gura Humorului
    1 night in Sighetul Marmatiei
    1 night in Sibiu
    1 night in Bucharest
     
  • Hotels/restaurants mentioned in the program or similar;
  • Full board;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Entrance fees for touristic landmarks;
  • Transportation (road/parking fee included) for groups of 8-16 passengers; for individuals - rent-a-car.

The price list can be modified as a result of variations in the cost of the fuel / exchange rate.

 

Package price doesn't include:

  • Hotel extras / telephone, mini bar, etc.;
  • Extra beverages;
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites;
  • Tips;
  • Airfare.
     

Note: 
For individual travel, in the Danube Delta part of the program, the accommodation can be as follows: in a floating hotel (providing that the hotel has a certain degree of occupancy with other groups of tourists) or land accommodation and daily trips by boat.

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Prices:
$ 2689/person based on double occupancy
$425 single room supplement:
*Above prices are valid for groups of minimum 15 persons.


DEPARTURE DATES:
October 2nd – October 13th 2014
October 19th – October 30th 2014


Package price includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels (VAT, local taxes included based on single or double occupancy;
    1 night in Sofia
    1 night in Plovdiv
    1 night in Veliko Tarnovo
    1 night on the floating hotel Egreta in Danube Delta
    3 nights in Gura Humorului
    1 night in Sighetul Marmatiei
    1 night in Sibiu
    1 night in Bucharest
     
  • Hotels/restaurants mentioned in the program or similar;
  • Full board;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Entrance fees for touristic landmarks;
  • Air-conditioned van/coach throughout itinerary.

The price list can be modified as a result of variations in the cost of the fuel / exchange rate.

 

Day 1:  Sofia
Meeting at the airport in Sofia with a licensed English-speaking guide and transfer to the hotel.
Panoramic City Tour in Sofia including the most interesting cultural and historical landmarks in the centre of Sofia: St. Petka Samardziiska Church; St. Nedelya Church; The National Art Gallery; The Russian Church St. Nikolai – a typical example of the Moscow architectural style; St. Sofia Church (dated back to the 6th century); Alexander Nevski Memorial - Church (1904); Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski; The National Assembly building; The Ivan Vazov National Theatre (built in neoclassical style).
Overnight stay in Sofia, with dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.
 

 

Day 2: Plovdiv
Breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel.

Departure for the Rila Monastery - the largest ancient historical monastery complex of the Bulgarian culture, with architecture belonging to the époque of the Revival. The Complex, dated back to the 10th century and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, is one of the most impressive monasteries in Europe due to its size, unique architecture and over 1,200 murals of the Blessed Virgin.

Lunch in a restaurant near the Rila Monastery.

In the afternoon we will begin our journey for to Plovdiv - the second largest city in Bulgaria.
Walking city tour of Plovdiv - explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town; admire the 18-19th century Bulgarian architecture and Orthodox churches. Visit of the Ethnographic Museum, 2nd century Roman Theatre, and the Hindlian House - one of the most interesting houses with the authentic interior and wall-painted rooms preserved from the 18th-19th century.
Accommodation in Plovdiv, dinner in a restaurant in the Old part of the city.
 

 

Day 3: Kazanluk
Breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel.

Departure for Kazanluk - the heart of the famous Roses Valley (always in full bloom in May-July). Visit to the Tomb of Thrace - declared as a cultural monument by UNESCO in 1979

Lunch in Kazanluk.
Departure for Veliko Tarnovo. An extensive sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s medieval capital, it shows the remains of its past glory – fortress walls, palaces and churches perched on the steep cliffs of the Yantra River gorge.
On the way we’ll stop to visit to the Architectural - Ethnographic Complex “Etara” – the only open-air museum in Southeastern Europe, which spreads on an area of 60 acres and presents the authentic life and craft traditions of the past 300 years.

Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo – depending on the time of arrival, we will visit the Archeological Reserve “Tsarevets Hill” and its restored fortified wall; Baldwin’s tower; The Palace of the Bulgarian Kings, which is a separate fortress that spreads on an area of 4872 square meters; the Throne Hall and The Palace Church “St. Petka”. Spend time along the charming Samovodene Street, lined with authentic arts-and-crafts shops.

Accommodation in 4* hotel in Veliko Tarnovo; dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.
 

 

Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel.
In the morning, a short sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo followed by the departure for Russe.
Lunch in Russe, followed by passing the border into Romania via Giurgiu to Tulcea. 

In the afternoon, boarding on the Floating Hotel „Egreta" and cruising the Danube Delta, serving cocktails and sharing information on the schedule for the following days.
Our cruise leads us to Channel 36, one of the most beautiful areas that houses one of the largest colony of cormorants in the Delta. These areas are of great interest for those who love bird-watching. Here is where, during spring, the bird colonies hatch their eggs and feed their young. You will certainly want to film and photograph the diversity of birds, famous swans, herons and the surrounding landscape.

After a short trip on the Long and Mester Lakes, you will also visit the Crazy Lake, a strictly protected ARBDD Lake (Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve) where swans lay their eggs and raise their young.

You will return to the floating hotel to enjoy a campfire dinner on the shore. Overnight on the floating hotel. 


Day 5: Danube Delta
Breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel. 
The program will continue on Channel 36 towards Tulcea, where you will enjoy a farewell party.
Departure to Bucovina (576 km) with a quick stop for lunch on a way (Hanovra Restaurant Bacau)
Accommodation in a 4 star hotel in Gura Humorului („Hilde’s Residence”).

 

Day 6: Moldavia Monasteries
Breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel.  
We will enjoy a complete tour of the renowned Moldavian monasteries: Marginea, Bogdana, Putna, Moldovita, Sucevita, Cacica, Solca, Gura Humorului.
The program also includes a short trip with „ Mocanita Hutula” – 1 hour (available between June the 25th – October the 3rd, 7km between Moldovita - Rasca - Moldovita; every Saturday and Sunday; departure at 1:15 PM.
Lunch at „Casa cu Meri” Restaurant. Return to Hilde’s Residence in Gura Humorului for accommodation and dinner.
 

 

ADDITIONAL INFO

Black Ceramics of Marginea
Marginea Ceramics is already a well-known brand. Historians date the beginning of pottery at Marginea in 1500. Pottery appeared due to the necessity of storing food and nowadays one cannot imagine a kitchen without these ordinary objects. Due to its geographical position, Marginea commune is surrounded by forests, its soil is argillaceous and it is crossed by the Sucevita River. All these features are fundamental for the craft born from the magical triangle of clay, water and fire.
Before the communist oppression in Marginea there were at least 60 families of potters as declared an old potter who reached Munich to present his craft. (You will enjoy a live demonstration and private lessons if desired).

Bogdana Monastery
Here are the graves of seven Moldavian princes and this is the reason that saved this region from being considered as part of the Russian Federation.


Putna Monastery
Stephen the Great built the monastery between 1466 and 1469, to be his burial place. The Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin was consecrated one year later. The legend says that the Luther monks from this Monastery knew the secret of wood’s treatment for the Stradivarius and Amati violins. Located just 300 m from the Putna Monastery, there is The Wooden Church of Putna the oldest wooden church in Europe.


Short ride on „Mocanita Hutula” – 1 hour (available between June the 25th – October the 3rd, 7km between Moldovita-Rasca-Moldovita; every Saturday and Sunday; departure at 1:15 PM)

Lunch at „Casa cu Meri”

Moldovita Monastery
The Monastery of Moldovița was built in 1532 by Petru Rareș, who was Stephen the Great's (in Romanian “Ștefan cel Mare”) illegitimate son. It was founded as a protective barrier against the Ottoman conquerors from the East. The Monastery is one of the five monasteries in Northern Moldavia with frescoes painted on the outer walls. Sister Maika, who has been living in the monastery for more than 50 years, says that it is "the Holy Scripture in color".

Sucevita Monastery
The monastery was erected in 1581, and is the largest and finest of the painted monasteries of Bucovina. "A Poem in Green and Light", it has its thousands of painted images on a background of emerald green.
 

 

Day 7: Gura Humorului

Breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel.

Visit to Arbore Monastery (another one of the famous painted monasteries in Romania, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993).
Voronet Monastery - It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County. Named very often the "Sistine Chapel of the East", its frescoes feature an intense and unique shade of blue, known in Romania as "Voroneţ blue". The exterior walls — including a representation of the Last Judgment on the western wall — were painted in 1547 with a background of vivid cerulean blue. This blue is so vibrant that art historians refer to “Voroneţ blue” the same way they do to “Titian red”.
Stop for lunch at Popasul Domnesc Restaurant

Lucina Stud Farm - Founded in 1856 for the hutuls stud horse Lucina, under the command of Colonel Martin Von Hermman. This particular horse breed was popular within the Austrian army, for its adaptability, strength and exceptional abilities to steer narrow mountain paths and carry heavy weights.

Optional: Horseback Riding with instructors
A snack will be served here

Departure to “Hutuli Country”
The Hutsul (Romanian Huţul) are mountain people with occupations in cattle breeding shepherding, forestry, and timber, who live in the upper reaches of the river Prut, in Pokutia (Romanian Pocuţia). Spending time with HUTULI people – Shows (available only for group min 16 persons).

Dinner at Hilde’s Residence in Gura Humorului
 

Day 8: Maramures 

Breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel.

On the way:
Visit to The Painted Eggs Museum, which presents an impressive collection of over 1,000 pieces, often called “The Romanian Faberge Collection”. Demonstration of egg painting a traditional art of Bucovinia).

Campulung Moldovenesc – “The Art of Wood Museum” (It presents a rich ethnographic material which reveals the traditional local skills in wood carving and processing.

Ciocanesti – Traditional Village In Transylvania – in this area you will see villages clustered around ancient Saxon citadels, edifices that often enclose exquisite churches built by German settlers between 12th -16th centuries.)

Lunch-break on the way

Arrival in Sighetul Marmatiei - accommodation in a traditional house (The Northern County of Maramures ,situated on the Romanian border with Ukraine, is widely regarded as a living museum;;

Accommodation at „Casa Iurca de Calinesti”, with Traditional Dinner
 

 

Day 9: Sibiu

Traditional breakfast, followed by departure to Sibiu

On the way – a stop to visit a traditional Palinca home-distillery. Palinca is a traditional Romanian alcoholic beverage, produced through a complex process of distillation from fermented plums, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, or grapes.

“The Happy Cemetery of Sapanta” - Close to the Ukrainian border in northwest Romania, the Happy Cemetery dates back to 1935 and contains about 800 hand-painted headstones. Called also "The Folk Art Museum", this cemetery is a vivid representation of community life, unique in the world, where the departed are celebrated with humorous poems recalling their lives and foibles.

“The Prison for Communist Dissidents” from Sighet – the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance in Sighet.)

Lunch in Sibiu – „Crama Sibiana”, accommodation at Hilton Sibiu Hotel

After-noon visit:
Castle Boite was first mentioned in a royal document in 1453. The Castle, situated in a strategic region, was an important custom point. According to legend, the castle's name comes from the fact that the castle walls were painted in red with the blood of the Turks defeated in the battle of 1493, while they were retreating to the Romanian Country.

The Evangelical Church is one of the most imposing buildings in the historical center of Sibiu due to its tower height (highest in Transylvania) - over 73 feet and visible from almost every part of town.

Walking in the Great Square - First mentioned in 1411 as a grain market, the Great Square – the largest square in the city, has been throughout the centuries a quiet witness to the town’s lively merchant activity, assemblies and even public executions. Located in the heart of the old walled city, the square was designated an architectural monument by UNESCO and features some of the most impressive buildings in Sibiu.

The Brukenthal Museum, officially opened to the public in 1817, is located in the Brukenthal Palace, built between 1778-1788 by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal.

Sibiu Towers - For hundreds of years this walled town in the heart of Transylvania was one of the most powerful and prosperous strongholds in Europe. Surrounded by imposing walls, Sibiu’s original fortifications included 39 defensive towers, 5 bulwarks, 4 gates and 5 artillery batteries. The Harquebusiers’ Tower (Turnul Archebuzierilor), Carpenters’ Tower (Turnul Dulgherilor) and Potters’ Tower (Turnul Olarilor) are amongst the main famous ones. The 16th century Great Tower (Turnul Gros) was the site of Sibiu’s first theatrical performance, staged in 1778.

The Bridge of Lies - Several steep streets and stairways lead from the upper to the lower town. One of them passes beneath the iron Bridge of Lies. Built in 1859 by Fredericus Hutte, this was the first wrought iron bridge in Romania.
 

 

Day 10: Bucharest

Breakfast; departure to Bucharest

On the way:
Visit to Astra Traditional Civilization Museum, an area of 96 hectares of open-air exhibition located 4 km from the city (in the Forest Grove). It was founded in 1963 as the Museum of Folklore.

Stop for lunch in Ramnicu Valcea at „Vatra Restaurant”
Arrival in Bucharest, with accommodation at the Hotel Ibis, Gara de Nord

Dinner at “Caru cu Bere” Restaurant
The restaurant, opened in 1879, is one of the most coveted touristic destinations for travelers interested in history, traditional cuisine and unforgettably tasteful draft-beer. It is hosted in an impressive vintage building, wonderfully decorated in the fin de siècle style with painted floor tiles, stained-glass windows and story-telling memorabilia.

A Walking tour of the „Old City” – The Lipscani District (Bucharest's best for finding good food, cool cafes, bohemian bars and live music venues).
 

 

Day 11: Departure

Breakfast Box supplied before transfer to the airport.

 

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