From Carpathian Mountains to the Aegean Sea

  • Day 1 – Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest. Transfer from the airport and accommodation in the chosen hotel, in the city
center. Dinner in Indian restaurant.

  • Day 2 – Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov

After breakfast we will drive first to Sinaia. Here we visit the Peles Castle, constructed in 1873 as a
summer residence of the Romanian royal family. You can see a rich collection of old furniture, carpets,
weapons and armors. After this we will visit the famous Dracula Castle in Bran. It is the most curious part of
the trip in Romania, which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. In the afternoon we will visit
Brasov – a medieval city, founded in 12-th century. Sightseeing tour of the really good preserved historical
city center with the big square, the old city-hall, and the Black Church – the main Gothic style monument in
the country. Accommodation in Brasov and dinner in an Indian Restaurant.

  • Day 3 – Brasov – Prejmer - Sighisoara –Biertan - Sibiu

In the morning we drive first to Prejmer, where we will visit the best preserved church-castle in
Transylvania and we will visit also the “Organ of Death”. Then we drive to Sighisoara, the UNESCO-city in
Romania. Here we will visit the Citadel – a 12th century Saxon edifice located in the historic center of the
city. Still occupied, the citadel is listed as a World Heritage Site. From the Clock Tower we have a nice view
over the city and we will also climb to the Church on the Hill, that was build here in 12 century. Then we drive
to Biertan, where we will visit the church-castle, that was for over 300 years the Bishop church in
Transylvania. This church-castle is today also an UNESCO Heritage.
In the late afternoon we arrive in Sibiu. The city was voted as “European Capital of Culture” for 2007.
Accommodation in the city center, next to the pedestrian area, and dinner in a Italian Restaurant.

  • Day 4 – Sibiu – Bucharest (the Little Paris)

After breakfast we will visit the medieval city of Sibiu with the Clock Tower, Brukenthal Museum,
Liars Bridge, etc. Then we drive to Valahia over the Carpathians. In the afternoon we will reach Bucharest. A
city tour of the Romanian capital follows: the Palace of Parliament (the second largest building in the world
after the Pentagon in USA), the Royal Palace, the University’s Library, the City-Hall and other interesting
sights of the city also called “the little Paris” because of the similar architecture style of the buildings.
Accommodation in the center of Bucharest.
The dinner will be served in a Indian restaurant.

  • Day 5 – Bucharest – Pleven – Sofia

After breakfast – departure to Bulgaria. Crossing the Danube River to reach Pleven – a historical city
which changed the course of Russo-Turkish War in 1877-1878 year. Visit Kayalaka natural park and enjoy
the beautiful panorama over the nearby lake.
Late in the afternoon – arrival in Sofia.
Dinner in Indian restaurant.
Accommodation and overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 6 – Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sandanski

After breakfast – city tour around the Bulgarian capital – a 8500 years old city called “My Rome” by
the Emperor Constantine the Great. Visit to the most interesting historical sights: the Ancient Serdica, the
rotunda church St. George (dated IV century AC), the mineral springs, the antique Roman theatre dated III-
IV-th century (the time of the Emperor Constantine the Great) and the “Alexander Nevski” cathedral (the
biggest Orthodox temple on the Balkan peninsula).
Take off to the Rila monastery. Founded in 10th c., it was the biggest Bulgarian medieval spiritual
center with rich collection of icons, wall-paintings, old-printed books – some 15 000 volumes. The monastery
is a monument on the UNESCO list of world heritage and is situated in the highest mountain on the Balkans
– Rila Mountain, with peak “Moussala” as high as 2925 m.
In the late afternoon we arrive in Sandanski – one of the biggest SPA resorts in Bulgaria. The
mountain air and the mineral water are also very good for the health - the town is in the outskirts of Pirin –
the second highest mountain in Bulgaria. The mountain has about 100 peaks at an altitude more than 2000
m and is an UNESCO-protected site! Sandanski is also the birthplace of the famous in ancient times hero –
Spartacus.
Dinner in local restaurant with veg and chicken meals.
Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 7 – Sandanski – Thessaloniki (Greece) – Sandanski

After breakfast – departure to Thessaloniki – the second important Greek city and harbor on the
Aegean sea. City tour of Thessaloniki with visit of the White Tower - symbol of the city, the extensive
Byzantine walls of the Upper City, the Triumph Arc, the famous St. Dimitаr church (patron saint of the city)
and other sights of the city. Free time for shopping on the main commercial street Egnatia.
Return back to Sandanski.
Dinner in local restaurant with veg and chicken meals.
Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 8 – Sandanski – Bansko – Plovdiv

After breakfast – departure to Bansko – the most renowned Bulgarian ski resort, famous also with its
tradition in woodcarving art.
Next is visit of unique carpet factory, located in the heard of Rhodopoes mountain. It produces giant
carpets (up to 100 m2). The clients of this factory are world celebrities as Queen Elizabeth II, Mick Jagger,
etc.
In the late afternoon we will reach Plovdiv, the city of the seven hills founded by Philip of Macedonia
- the father of Alexander the Great.
Dinner in Italian restaurant.
Accommodation and overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 9 – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Etara – Veliko Tarnovo

After breakfast - visit to the old part of the town with the Ethnographical Museum, one of the
museum-houses in the old city, the St. Constantine and Elena church, the Antique Theatre and the Roman
Stadium.
Set off to Kazanlak - the capital of the valley of Roses and Thracian kings. First we will pass
thorough Skobelevo village where we will visit the Ethnographical Complex “Damascene”, where you can
see how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is produced. Next is the Thracian Kazanlak
Tomb, dating back to the 4th c. B.C. It is listed in the world natural and historical heritage of UNESCO.
Departure for Etara - a unique open air museum, recreating the way of life of the Bulgarians in the
19th c. It is a great attraction for tourists, one of the most visited places in the country.
In the afternoon – departure for the old capital of Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo.
Dinner in Italian restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 10 – Veliko Tarnovo – Ruse – Bucharest

After breakfast - city tour of Veliko Tarnovo with visit to Tsarevets Castle,, the Patriarchal church and
the Emperor Baldwin's Tower. Free time to walk along the Samovodene market street.
Departure to Romania through Danube River to reach Ruse – the main Bulgarian river port.
Panoramic tour of Ruse.
Arrival in Bucharest in the afternoon.
Dinner in Indian restaurant.

Overnight in the hotel

  • Day 11 – Bucharest

After breakfast – free time. Transfer to the airport and flight back home.

Tour prices don’t include:

  • Other meals than stated.
  • Beverages.
  • Flight tickets
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities

Höhepunkte

Tour prices include:

  • Accommodation for 10 nights with daily buffet breakfast.
  • 10 dinners in Indian, Italian and local restaurants with veg or chicken menu
  • Sightseeing program as pre the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for the museums, sites and churches.
  • Professional guides throughout + local tour guides when needed
  • Transportation by A/C bus/coach throughout
  • 2 x 0.5 ml bottles of mineral water in the bus per person per day
  • Parking fees, road and border taxes
  • 1 free SGL-room for the tour leader
  • 1 additional free place in DBL-room from 40 participants

Route

  1. Bucharest