Treasures of Romania and Bulgaria

  • Visit The House of Parliament as the 2nd largest building in the world
  • Stop at Village Museum, the most interesting open air museum
  • Pass along the Olt River Canyon
  • Discover Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007
  • Make a stop in Giulesti for its dowry tradition and Mara for the wonderfully carved wooden gates
  • Visit the wooden churches from Maramures (Unesco World Heritage)
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by a gypsy family
  • Discover Dracula’s Castle
  • Take a tour at Peles Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family
  • Stop at Ivanovo Monastery a Unesco World Heritage
  • Visit the amazing Tsaravets Fortres
  • Have a walk at the best preserved Thracian tombs
  • Visit the National History Museum and Boyana Church in Sofia

1st day- Bucharest

Your tour guide will be expecting you at the airport and after a short

orientation tour, you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Bucharest.

2nd day-Bucharest city tour and a stop at Cozia Monastery

Your day will begin with a visit at The House of Parliament as the

2nd largest building in the world, very close to the Pentagon After the

earthquake of March 4th 1977, Nicolae Ceaușescu started a

reconstruction plan of Bucharest. The People’s House was the center of

this project. Named Project Bucharest, it was an ambitious project of

Ceaușescu’s begun in 1978 as an intended replica of Pyongyang, the

North Korean capital. A must stop is the Village Museum where you will

find one of the most interesting open air museum with original peasant

households from all over Romania. Another visit will include The

Revolution Square and many others amazing places. On the way to

Transylvania you will stop to Cozia Monastery builted by Mircea the

Elder in 1388 and housing his tomb, is one of the most valuable

monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. You

will pass along the Olt River Canyon which is crossing the mountains in

Transylvania, one of the most scenic roads in Romania.

Arrival in Sibiu with a short orientation tour on your way to the hotel.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Sibiu.

3rd day-Sibiu city tour

Be ready to discover Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important cultural

centers of Romania and was designated the European Capital of Culture

for the year 2007, along with the city of Luxembourg. Formerly the

center of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Sibiu was ranked as

“Europe’s 8th-most idyllic place to live” by Forbes in 2008. You will begin

with a walking city tour and a first stop at the Great and Lesser

Square and discover the old surrounding defense walls and the

remaining guild towers. The Bruckenthal Museum it was erected in the

late 18th century in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, housed in the palace

of Samuel von Brukenthal — who was Habsburg governor of

Transylvania and who established its first collections around 1790. The

collections were officially opened to the public in 1817, making it the

oldest institution of its kind in Romania. Something you can’t miss in

Sibiu is the Evangelical Cathedral, the most famous Gothic-style church

in Sibiu, Transylvania. The four turrets situated on top of the steeple

were a sign to let foreigners know that the town had the right to

sentence to death. The Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral was built in the 14th

century on the location of another 12th-century church. For three

centuries it served as a burial place for the mayors, earls and other

personalities from Sibiu. This practice was banned in 1796 but one

exception was made in 1803 when baron Samuel von Brukenthal was

laid to rest in the crypt. In 1671 a Slovakian craftsman built an organ to

replace the previous one that was built in 1585. Today the newer organ

is the largest in the southeastern region of Europe. During the summer,

there are concerts every Wednesday night. After a delicious traditional

Romanian lunch, we are heading to Cluj and on our way we will stop in

Hunedoara for a visit to the Gothic Huniady Castle, one of the largest

castles in Europe and figures in a top of seven wonders of Romania.

Arrival in Cluj and transferred to your accommodation.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Cluj.

4th day-Cluj Napoca and Maramures

Enjoy a city tour of Cluj Napoca with his highlights. Fellner and Hellmer

Opera House, the City Hall are just some few stops. The Banffy Palace is

a baroque building of the 18th century in Cluj-Napoca, designed by the

German architect Johann Eberhard Blaumann. Built between 1774 and

1775 it is considered the most representative for the baroque style

of Transylvania. St Michael`s church is one of the most beautiful Gothic

monuments in Transylvania. St. Michael’s Church was erected between

1350 and 1487 on the site of the former St. Jacob’s Chapel. The altar,

built around 1390, is the oldest part of the church. The most recent

section is the tower, erected in neo-gothic style in 1860. The star-shaped

vault, the stained-glass windows and the sculptures impress with their

beauty and grandeur. Repeated restorations revealed early 15th century

murals. The latest restoration took place between 1957 and 1960. The

tour in Cluj will end with a walk to Fortress Hill for the best views of the

city and the surrounding landscape. On our way to Maramures, one of

the best conserved area of Romania we will make a stop in Giulesti for

its dowry tradition and Mara for the wonderfully carved wooden gates.

Next stop will be in Sapanta for world most famous cemetery ”Merry

Cemetery” where the crosses are vividly colored and the native paintings

are moments from the lives of the buried people.

Tonight you will be hosted by a Romanian family and enjoy a homemade

dinner and a folklore show.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Maramures.

5th day-Maramures

You will have today the chance to visit some of the wooden churches

from Maramures (Unesco World Heritage).Maramures is one of the

better-known regions of Romania, with autonomous traditions since

the Middle Ages – but still not very much visited. Its well-preserved

wooden villages and churches, its traditional lifestyle, and the local

colorful dresses still in use make Maramureș as near to a living museum

as can be found in Europe. Meet some of the local craftsmen and

artisans as women sewing and washing clothes at a natural washing

machine or men carving the wood and running plum brandy distillery.

Visit the Ethnographic Museum, structured according to the main

categories of folk culture. Next is the Barsana Monastery, one of the

landmarks of Maramures. The reason being that, is the beautiful church

and the other wooden buildings made by craftsmen from Maramures

inside of assembly. The Barsana Monastery church is one of the tallest

wooden church in Romania, having 57m height.

You will cross the Carpathian Mountains and arrive at your destination

for the night : Gura Humorului.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Gura Humorului.

6th day-Painted monasteries of Bucovina

Start your day with Voronet Monastery,a medieval monastery in the

Romanian village of Voroneț, now a part of the town Gura Humorului. It

is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in

Suceava County. The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great

in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the

victory at Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the “Sistine Chapel of the

East”, the frescoes at Voroneț feature an intense shade of blue known in

Romania as “Voroneț blue”. The legend of the origin of the church unites

two men central to Romanian history: the founder of the monastery,

Stephen the Great, and Saint Daniil the Hermit, the first abbot of the

monastery. The tomb of Saint Daniil is located within the monastery. The

church is one of the Painted churches of Moldavia listed in UNESCO’s list

of World Heritage sites. Moldovita Monastery was built in 1532 by Petru

Rareș and it was founded as a protective barrier against the Muslim

Ottoman conquerors from the East. Next is Sucevita Monastery, an

Eastern Orthodox convent situated in the Northeastern part of Romania.

The architecture of the church contains both Byzantine and Gothic

elements, and some elements typical to other painted churches of

northern Moldavia. Both interior and exterior walls are covered by mural

paintings, which are of great artistic value and depict biblical episodes

from the Old and New Testament. The paintings date from around 1601,

which make Sucevița one of the last monasteries to be decorated in the

famous Moldavian style of exterior paintings. Sucevița was a princely

residence as well as a fortified monastery. The thick walls today shelter a

museum that presents an outstanding collection of historical and art

objects. The paintings date from around 1601, which makes Sucevița

one of the last monasteries to be decorated in the famous Moldavian

style of exterior paintings. End your day with Humor Monastery, one of

the first of Moldavia’s painted monasteries to be frescoed and, along

with Voroneţ, is probably the best preserved. The dominant color of the

frescoes is a reddish brown. The monastery was built over the

foundation of a previous monastery that dated from around 1415. The

Humor monastery was closed in 1786 and was not reopened until 1990.

and was not reopened until 1990.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Gura Humorului.

7th day-Piatra Neamt Synagogue, Bicaz Gorges and Red Lake

Departure from Gura Humorului in the morning and heading to the

only wooden synagogue in Romania. Built in 1763, the synagogue is the

only in Eastern Europe made of wood that was entirely preserved. The

restoration of the monument was completed in 2009, with funds from

UNESCO and the Romanian Government. Short stop at Neamt Citadel .

On our way we will pass through the Bicaz Gorge, excised by the waters

of Bicaz River and it serves as a passageway between the Romanian

provinces of Moldova and Transylvania. Meet a local gypsy family in

Valenii and enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by them. Arrival in

Sighisoara. Begin your tour with a short info regarding Vlad the Impaler.

The tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town) , the

Scholars Staircase, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock, the

Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Enjoy your evening in

Sighisoara.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Sighisoara.

8th day-Sighisoara and Brasov

Depart from Sighisoara and heading to Brasov. First stop will be at Bran

Castle, commonly known as “Dracula’s Crib” (although it is one among

several locations linked to the Dracula legend). Enjoy a city tour of

Brasov and visit the Gothic Black Church which stands as the main Gothic

style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of

the most important Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Augustan

Confession in Romania) places of worship in the region. The tour will

include a stop at the Council Square, Catherine`s gate and the Rope

street. Enjoy your afternoon in Brasov.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Brasov.

9th day-Peles Castle and on the way to Bulgaria

Take a tour at the Peles Castle and Gardens in Sinaia, one of the most

beautiful summer residence in Europe. It`s the royal residence of King

Charles of Romania. Its architectural style is a romantically inspired

blend Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival similar to Schloss

Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. A Saxon influence can be observed in the

interior courtyard facades, which have allegorical hand-painted murals

and ornate fachwerk similar to that seen in northern European alpine

architecture. Interior decoration is mostly Baroque influenced, with

heavy carved woods and exquisite fabrics. From Sinaia you will be going

straight to Bulgaria where the first stop will be at Ivanovo Monastery, a

Unesco World Heritage. Last stop for today will be in Arbanassi, for a

stop at the Church of Nativity. This is the earliest and the most richly

decorated church in the village of Arbanasi. It was built by stages. The

oldest layer of wall-paintings is from the end of XVI c. It consists of a

naos, a narthex, a gallery and a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

One of the most interesting scenes is the genealogical tree of Jesus

Christ with the twelve ancient philosophers. “The wheel of life” is the

most impressive wall-painting in the gallery of the church. This is the

earliest presentation of the scene on the walls of Bulgarian churches.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Arbanassi.

10th day-Veliko Tarnovo and Kazanlak Thracian Tomb

Discover Veliko Tarnovo with your private guide. One of the most

picturesque cities you will ever visit in Bulgria. It has been named “the

city of the countries”. The old town is situated on three hills and it has

been the capital of medieval Bulgaria. Here you can find the

amazing Tsaravets Fortress which is situated on the Tsaravets hill known

as the location of Execution Rock, an outcropping over the Yantra River

from which traitors were pushed to their deaths and their bodies fell

into the river. After this, you will be heading to Plovdiv with a stop at

the 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. The country’s

largest and best preserved Thracian tombs are found here, and they are

included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with

the Museum of Roses. There are two nature reserves and five protected

areas in the vicinity of Kazanlak, preserving natural wonders and age-old

forests. The town neighbors on the largest and stunningly beautiful

reserve in the Stara Planina mountain range, Dzhendema, which is part

of the Central Balkans National Park. The park extends almost to the

Kazanlak’s western town limits. The Rosa Damascena, known as the

Damask or Castile rose, is the greatest treasure in the region of Kazanlak.

The rose was imported into Bulgaria centuries ago, and today it is one of

the nation’s symbols. Under the influence of the country’s unique

climate and soil, this rose gradually developed into a Bulgarian strain

distinct from Damask roses elsewhere. After a short ride you will get to

the Shipka monastery, which was dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian

and Bulgarian soldiers who got the country back from the Ottoman

rulers.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Plovdiv.

11th day-Plovdiv and Rila Monastery

In the morning you will explore the second largest city from Bulgaria. It

is one of the oldest city of Europe. It has been initially Thracian

settlement, before becoming a very important Greek and Roman city

and in the central square you can see the ruins of a Roman forum. The

city itself remains a source of inspiration for many contemporary artists.

After this, you will be visiting Bachkovo monastery. The monastery is

known and appreciated for the unique combination of

Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian culture, united by the common faith.

Although the monastery survived the first waves of Turkish invasion in

Bulgarian lands, it was then looted and destroyed, but restored near the

end of the 15th century. The refectory, whose mural paintings by an

anonymous painter bear a significant artistic value, was reconstructed in

1601 and the Church of Mary, still preserved today, was finished in 1604.

The most valued item here is the 14th century icon of Virgin Mary Eleusa

which can heal just by touching it. Next stop is at Rila Monastery , the

largest and most famous orthodox monastery from Bulgaria. Built in the

10th century, is considered to be one of the most important cultural,

historical and architectural monuments in Bulgaria and all over Southern

Europe and figures on Unesco World Herritage List. The Museum of the

Rila Monastery is known especially for the cross of Rafail, a wooden

cross made of one piece of wood (81 Å~ 43 cm). She was carved by a

monk named Rafail with fine raindrops and a magnifying glass to create

104 religious scenes and 650 miniatures. Work on this lasted at least 12

years and was completed in 1802 when the monk lost sight.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Sofia.

12th day-Sofia

The capital of Bulgaria and the middle of the Balkans and one of the

oldest towns from Europe. Very close to her there are several hot water

springs and that’s why the Romans after they conquered her they have

transformed her into a typical roman settlement becoming one of the

most prosper area from the Balkans in that time. Visit the National

History Museum.Boyana Church listed as Unesco Heritage Site is one of

the most beautiful Bulgarian historical treasure.

Afternoon at your leisure.

Accommodation in a 4*-5* hotel in Sofia.

13th day-Departure

You will be picked by your driver and transferred to the airport in Sofia.

INCLUDED

  • Fully customizable itinerary: make this tour your dream tour and customized it the way you want for no extra charge
  • Flexibility: you decide when to start and make changes in the daily itinerary 
  • Private Guide: Fully licensed English speaking guide for the entire program ( other languages on request)
  • Transportation: Private transportation in air conditioned car/minivan 
  • Car expenses: Gasoline, parking and road tolls
  • Internet: Free wifi in all our vehicles
  • Entrance fees: Included to all proposed touristic sites mentioned in the program 
  • Accommodation:  accommodation for 13 nights in 3*- 4* hotels
  • Meals: breakfast and one lunch in gypsy house
  • Airport transfer: at arrival and departure
  • Beverages: Bottled water in the car

 

EXCLUDED

  • Photo fees & Video fees
  • Meals others than specified
  • Phone calls and other personal expenses
  • There is a extra pay for single supplement
  • Flights to and from Romania
  • Personal insurance

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • We offer standard accommodation. Upgrade and downgrades are available based on your budget
  • Limited wheelchair access

 

Peles Castle is closed as following: 12 May – 15 Sept: closed on Monday; 16 Sep – 15 May: closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; 03 Nov – 02 Dec: Peles Castles is closed for a full month for cleaning & restoration. Other sites can be visited instead

Eastern European Experience, the organizing tourism agency will not be held liable if the places visited are closed without prior notice.

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