GREAT BALKAN ADVENTURE 14

15 DAYS Scheduled tour from Sofia till Bucharest

CLASSICAL TOUR OF BULGARIA & ROMANIA

Tour highlights:
Bulgaria: Sofia| Rila monastery – UNESCO site | Plovdiv | Bachkovo monastery | Kazanlak |
Veliko Turnovo | Arbanassi village | Madara site | Rock churches in Ivanovo
Romania: Bucharest | Sibiu | Valea Viilor | Sighisoara | Sucevita | Poiana Brasov | Bran castle | Sinaia

! GUARANTEED DEPARTURES !
We operate this tour as scheduled even with only two persons booked

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 01: Sofia
Arrival in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.
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DAY 2: Sofia – Rila monastery – Sofia
Departure to the Rila Monastery/10th c/, UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest and the most impressive Bulgarian monastery. Tour of the monastery complex, church and museum with its lavish collection of precious old manuscripts, icons, jewelery, masterpieces of woodcarving, ethnographic exhibition of fabrics and carpets. B
ack to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
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DAY 3: Sofia – Plovdiv
Sightseeing tour of Sofia a city with 7000 years long history, concentrating numerous cultural and historic monuments from different periods. Visits of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the St. George Rotunda from the 4th century, the St.Sofia Basilica, the Ruins of the ancient city Serdica. Continue to Plovdiv the second largest Bulgarian city.
Overnight in Plovdiv.
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DAY 4: Plovdiv and Bachkovo monastery
Plovdiv is one of the most ancient cities in Europe and in the world. Sightseeing of the Old town of Plovdiv with National Revival architecture and excavations from Roman times. Visit of the ancient Roman theatre with impressive marble statues, decorative columns and arcades. Excursion to the Bachkovo Monastery /11th century/ – one of the richest galleries of traditional Bulgarian religious art with exquisite murals and medieval icons. Back to Plovdiv.
Overnight in Plovdiv.
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DAY 5: Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Tryavna – Veliko Tarnovo
Departure for Kazanlak, the capital of the famous Valley of Roses. Visit the Kazanlak Historical Museum to see the Thracian golden treasures. Continue with one of the UNESCO’s sites the Thracian Tomb dating back from the 4th century B.C. Visit the replica of the Thracian Tomb. Departure to the town of Tryavna. Walking tour of Tryavna, where vaulted stone bridges, houses, churches and the square with a clock tower preserve the spirit and talent of the artists from Tryavna School of Art from the 17th century. Visit the Woodcarving Museum. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
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DAY 6: Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi
Sightseeing tour of Veliko Turnovo, including a walk on Samovodska Charshiya traditional arts and crafts street and visit to Tsarevets hill – an impressive sight with medieval fortifications and dramatic architecture. Departure to the museum town of Arbanassi boasting a genuine gallery of religious art in its Church of Nativity. Visit Konstantsalieva house fine example of 17th century house of a wealthy merchant.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.
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DAY 7: Veliko Tarnovo – Madara – Sveshtari – Russe
Departure to Madara. Visit the Madara Rider included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. It is an unique relief carved into a 100m high cliff and represents a figure of a knight over a lion. Tour continues to Sveshtari to visit the Sveshtari Thracian Tomb, an UNESCO monument. The unique architectural décor of the tomb includes 10 female figures carved in the walls and painted murals, a remarkable example of the culture of the Thracian people. Arrival in Ruse and walking tour in the city center. Overnight in Russe.
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DAY 8: Russe – Ivanovo – Bucharest
Departure to Ivanovo. The Ivanovo medieval rock churches are unique monuments, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. They consist of churches, chapels and monastic cells, hewn into the craggy gorge of the Russenski Lom River. Visit of the main church. Back to Russe. Time at leisure. In the afternoon departure to Bucharest. Overnight in Bucharest.

DAY 9: Bucharest – Curtea De Arges – Sibiu
In the morning panoramic sightseeing tour of Bucharest, then departure to Curtea de Arges, former capital of Wallachia. Visit the Episcopal Church where the Romanian Kings are buried. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to Sibiu, one of the oldest towns in Transylvania – formerly Hermannstadt – founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking tour of the medieval town (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, the Liars’ Bridge etc.). Overnight in Sibiu.
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DAY 10: Sibiu – Valea Viilor – Sighisoara
Morning drive to the heart of Transilvanya to visit the secret retreat for
the royalties of Europe. The Saxon villages display a remarkable, unspoilt harmony between people and
landscape. Drive to Valea Viilor to visit the impressive fortified church – UNESCO world heritage. Drive on
Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (“Dracula”). Walking tour in the medieval citadel (the “Upper Town”)
to admire: the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill etc. Overnight in Sighisoara.
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DAY 11: Sighisoara Sucevita
After breakfast, continue to Târgu Mures – visit of the elegant city centre well known for its architecture. Drive on to Bistrita – one of the 7 main medieval towns of “Siebenbürgen” (the German name for Transylvania). Continuation through Tihuta Pass. Accommodation and overnight at hotel in Sucevita.
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DAY 12: Sucevita – Monasteries – Piatra Neamp
Full day in Bucovina land of the unique painted monasteries belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. Visit the Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries with outside frescoes. Then visit the famous monastery of Voronet, “the Sistine Chapel of the Orient”. Late afternoon drive south to visit the Agapia monastery.
Accommodation and overnight at hotel in Piatra Neamt.
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DAY 13: Piatra Neamt – Poiana Brasov
Departure across the mountains to Brasov through the spectacular Bicaz Gorges – the Red Lake Miercurea Ciuc. Visit the beautiful fortified church of Prejmer. Panoramic sightseeing tour and guided walking tour in the historical centre of Brasov (formerly Kronstadt). Late afternoon arrival in Poiana Brasov. Accommodation and overnight in Poiana Brasov.
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DAY 14: Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Bucharest
Drive to Bran for a visit to “Dracula’s Castle”. Departure across the mountains to Sinaia, called the “Pearl of the Carpathians” due to the beauty of its natural setting and the elegance of its architecture. Visit the fabulous Peles Castle – former summer residence of the Royal family. Late afternoon drive to Bucharest. Upon arrival visit the outdoor Village Museum. Accommodation and overnight at hotel in Bucharest.
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DAY 15 Departure
In the morning free time in central Bucharest for visits and shopping (subject to the flight schedule) and transfer to the airport
End of the tour

NOTES:
– Flight tickets – Arrival to Sofia / Departures from Bucharest are not included in the price.
– Similar to this tour is offered as Private tour, with flexible departure dates and possibility for Tailor made itinerary.
– “Early booking” discount of 10% apply for all reservations made and paid at least 9 months before departure date. Discounts for Children and 3rd person in DBL apply on request.
– All above mentioned basic prices includes commission for tour operators and travel agents only.
– Please read carefully our Terms & Conditions for Tours with Scheduled Departure dates.
– For more information contact us on info@incomingbalkans.com.

Tour code: 1934
Duration: 15 days
Departure time: upon arrival
Departure point:
Sofia international airport

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What is included:
– Transportation with private car
(for 2-3 pax) or airconditioned van,
minibus or coach according the itinerary;
– 14 nights accommodation in 3* hotels,
including hotel taxes and service charges;
– Full board meals – 14 breakfast + 13 lunches +
13 dinners throughout the program
+ dinner on the day of arrival;
– Services of an English speaking guide throughout (for parties of 2-3 pax
the guide will also drive);
– All entrance fees to museums, monasteries
and sites included in the program ;
– All local taxes;

Not included:
– Supplement for accommodation
in Single room – 320 EUR
(have to be required and booked in advance).
– Visits, meals and entrance fees suggested as “optional”;
– Specialized local guides in any town or sight, (if required by client)
– drinks, mini bar, porterage and tips, entry visas are not included in tour price

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