- Sector: Yes
- Guaranteed Departure
- Passenger Club
What is included in the tour
- General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
- Includes arrival transfer
- City tour in : Sofia, Plovdiv, Bucharest, Belgrade.
- Ticket admission: Roman Amphitheater, The Ancient Botica and The Armenian House in Plovdiv, Thracian Tomb Replica in Kazalnak, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, Basarbovski Monastery, Bran Fortress, Church of Biertan, Castle of Hunedoara.
- 9 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Arbanassi, Veliko Tarnovo, Bucharest, Sinaia, Sighisoara, Hunedoara, Belgrade.
- City tour of Sofia
- Balkans mountain
- The Thracian tomb
- Church of Nativity in Arbanassi
- Dracula’s Castle
- Panoramic tour of Belgrade
01 THU. Sofia
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: City tour of Sofia
Welcome to SOFIA!!!. Upon arrival at the airport, we shall be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After lunch (towards 15.00hrs) we include a panoramic tour of the capital of Bulgaria, where we will see the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian church, the mosque, its squares and avenues of Stalinist architecture. Free time.
02 FRI. Sofia- Bachkovo- Plovdiv
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Plovdiv. Dinner included.
In the morning we will leave for BACHKOVO MONASTERY, which is Bulgaria’s second most important monastery, founded in the eleventh century, with its three churches and the life of its monks, and we feel it as a place full of peace. Continuation to PLOVDIV, where we visit the city, which is one of the oldest in Europe. Here we include tickets to the Roman amphitheatre, the ancient chemists and the Armenian house. Dinner included.
03 SAT. Plovdiv- Kazanluk- Shipka- Etara- Arbanassi- Veliko Tarnovo
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Balkans mountain. The Thracian tomb, Church of Nativity in Arbanassi. Lunch included.
Today’s stage takes us through beautiful scenery across the Balkans mountain range. In the valley of the Roses, we will see KAZANLUK, where tickets are included to the replica of the Thracian tomb (Heritage of Mankind) and we will learn about the production of products derived from the roses. Amidst the mountains, we stop at the Russian church of SHIPKA, which commemorates the war between Russia and Turkey. ETARA, arrival at this charming village/ethnographic museum. Lunch included. After this, we travel to ARBANASSI, an ancient trading city with its fortress-houses, where we visit the Church of the Nativity (entrance included). Arrival in VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria’s former capital, with a very picturesque mediaeval centre, along with its hill.
Note: in some cases, Arbanassi visit may take place on Sunday instead of Saturday.
04 SUN. Veliko Tarnovo- Dimitar Basarbovski- Bucharest
We travel to Romania, and on our way, we stop at the BASARBOVSKI MONASTERY, a place of pilgrimage dug out of the rock. We cross the border and the river Danube. BUCHAREST, arrival at about 13.00hrs. After time for lunch, we take a panoramic tour of the city with its ancient quarter and the giant Parliament Palace. Free time. Dinner included.
05 MON. Bucharest- Sinaia- Bran- Sighisoara
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Dracula’s Castle. Transylvania region. Special dinner in Sighisoara.
Today we have a stage of great scenic beauty, travelling to Transylvania across the Carpathian mountains and through forests. SINAIA, we will stroll in the gardens of the Peles and Pelisor castles before going on to the 14th-century BRAN fortress, known as “Dracula’s Castle” (tickets included). Time for lunch. We go on to SIGHISOARA, a very beautiful walled mediaeval city and Heritage of Mankind. Tonight we include a very special dinner, in the restaurant of Count Dracula, in the house where Vlad Tepes was born.
06 TUE. Sighisoara- Biertan- Sibiu- Hunedoara- Timisoara
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: varied landscapes, small picturesque villages en route.
In Transylvania there are numerous fortified churches in areas that were inhabited by people of German origin; some of these churches have been declared Heritage of Mankind, and we will see one of them: BIERTAN (tickets included). After this, we go on to SIBIU, an important economic and cultural centre that was the capital of Transylvania, with its bustling narrow streets and squares. Time for a stroll and for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the impressive castle of HUNEDOARA (tickets included), which is considered the prettiest castle in Romania. We go on to TIMISOARA, with time for a stroll in its elegant central squares.
07 WED. Timisoara- Belgrade
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Panoramic tour of Belgrade.
We set off for SERBIA and the border pass. After a little under 3 hours, we come to BELGRADE, where we include a panoramic tour of this active capital on the shores of the Danube as it flows into the Sava, where we can admire its busy centre, its parliament, and stroll in the Kalemegdan fortress. Afternoon free.
08 THU. Belgrade
After breakfast, the end of our services.