- Exotik Journeys
18 Day Bulgaria & Romania with Black Sea Stay
CruisePlus Land Offer
Sofia to Bucharest
September 15, 2019
Exotik Journeys Land Tour
Enjoy fascinating tours of Bulgaria & Romania, with a 6-day stay on the Black Sea!
- Tour imposing Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s Castle) and the museum within
- See the neoclassical Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, a symbol of Romanian culture
- Enjoy an all-inclusive stay on the coast of the Black Sea!
What we are Including
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- 17 nights superior accommodations
- All transportation throughout tour by air-conditioned vehicles
- 8-day tour of Bulgaria with English speaking guides
- 5-day tour of Romania with English speaking guides
- 6-night Black Sea superior seaside stay on an all-inclusive basis
*Ask us about arranging your international flights!
Please note: optional excursions, additional meals and gratuities are extra and are not included
Sofia to Bucharest
September 15th – Welcome to SofiaArrival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival you will meet Johanne and Don. Dinner at the hotel. (D) Accommodation: Hilton Sofia 5* or similar for 2 nights
September 16th – SofiaAfter breakfast, we follow our guide for the visit of Sofia. There is so much to see! We will discover St. Sofia Church; National Historical Museum; Boyana Church, Russian Church; Aleksandar Nevski Cathedral; National Theatre, Romans remains. Lunch and afternoon at leisure to discover the city on your own, to do some shopping or simply relax. Walk or take a taxi back to the hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B/D)
September 17th - Sofia - Plovdiv (approx.145 km and 2hrs30)After breakfast, we will be transferred to Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture 2019, where we will enjoy a guided city tour. City tour of Plovdiv – Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria. It is situated on the two banks of the Maritsa River and on six unique syenite hills (called “tepeta”). Around the three eastern hills, the Thracians established the ancient settlement of Eymolpiass, which was later on called Pulpudeva. In the year 342 B.C. the town was conquered by Philip II of Macedonia and was called Philipopol . During the Roman times it was given the name of Trimontium (“town on three hills”). The Slavs called it Plovdiv. The city is divided into two parts: the old town (Stariyat grad), which occupies the three eastern hills, and the lower town spread in the plain below. The modern town offers entertainment and vigorous sights but the old town conveys best and carries the atmosphere and the culture of the city. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Optional tour to Bachkovo Monastery ($) (approx. 30- 40 min drive). Dinner at the hotel in Plovdiv. (B/D) Accommodation: Holiday Inn Plovdiv 4* or similar
September 18th – Plovdiv –Kazanlak – Tryavna – Veliko Tarnovo (193 KM – 4 hours)After breakfast, departure to Kazanlak, the Valley of the Roses and Thracian Kings. After the visit of the Thracian site, we will transfer to Tryavna and enjoy this beautiful and charming village. Visit The Clock Tower, one of the symbols of Tryavna which stands in the center of the town. It was built in 1814 and is 21m high. The tower was declared an architectural - construction monument of culture of national importance. Visit also its Artistic School; Museum of Asian and African Art, the only museum on the Balkan Peninsula of such art. Time at leisure for lunch or strolling around. Continuation to Veliko Tarnovo, a very picturesque fortress city. (B/D) Accommodation : Hotel Yantra 4* or similar for 2 nights
September 19th – Veliko TarnovoAfter breakfast, we will meet the guide and start the city tour of Veliko Tarnovo. The town is one of the oldest towns in the country as its history dates back to more than five thousand years ago, which is proven by archaeological excavations, former capital of Bulgaria from the Golden Age of Bulgarian history. City tour and highlights of the town: Veliko Turnovo (Tarnovgrad) was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1187-1393). The town is situated on three hills: Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora. The main Royal Palace, the patriarchate and other important state buildings were located behind the walls of Tsarevets fortress. Nowadays the fortress is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Bulgaria. Points of interest are the Patriarchate complex (restored in 1981), the Baldwin`s Tower (where Latin Emperor Baldwin I of Constantinople found his death as a prisoner of Tzar Kaloyan) and more. In the afternoon, free time for lunch, strolling or shopping. This evening, dinner at a traditional Bulgari
September 21st – VarnaAfter breakfast, meet the guide and follow him on a city tour of Varna (3 hours) Highlights: Varnais the third largest city in Bulgaria and the largest one on the Black Sea shore with population of about 330 000 people. Because of its history and its economic and cultural significance, it is often called the Sea Capital of Bulgaria. Learn about the Roman settlement of Varna and visit the remains of the Roman Baths, stroll through Varna's pedestrianized zone and see the large city garden, lined with fragrant flowers. After the tour, Stop for lunch at leisure, possibility of optional ($) visits to the Dolphin Show at the Dolphinarium and the Aquarium. At the end of the afternoon meet your guide again for a tour of the historical and cultural Varna. This tour will show you the rich historical and cultural heritage of Varna and the region: Starting with Archeological Museum in Varna, where the oldest Golden Treasure is kept (4200-4600 BC). Driving north approx. 30min and visiting Aladja Monastery, medieval Orthodox Christian cave monastery. Further 30min drive to the Botanical Garden and Palace of Queen Marie in Balchik. Transfer back to hotel and dinner in a restaurant in the Sea Garden where they serve great seafood. (B/D)
September 22nd – Departure to Sveti Vlas for your holiday at leisureAfter breakfast we will drive to Sveti Vlas on the Black Sea Coast at 2km from Sunny Beach and 10km from the ancient city of Nessebar. Check-in and rest of the day at leisure (B/D) Accommodation : RIU Helios Paradise 4* in All Inclusive basis for the next 6 nights September 22 to September 27 Black Sea stay at the complex RIU Helios Paradise 4* ALL INCLUSIVE ! (B/L/D)
September 28th - Bulgaria – Romania ( approx. 5 hour drive)After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest. On your way to Romania we will stop in Ruse, a beautiful city along the Danube River. Lunch at leisure and free time to rest will be offered before continuing to Bucharest. Check in at hotel at approx. 3 PM and follow the guide for a panoramic tour (mostly walking tour) of the city. This evening, late dinner at one of the most famous restaurant of the area: Caru’ cu bere. (B/D) Bucharest Panoramic Tour description. Bucharest is the capital of Romania. It is the most populated city and the most important industrial and commercial center of the country. The population of 1,883,425 inhabitants makes Bucharest the 10th city as a population in the European Union. The first mention of the locality appears in 1459. In 1862 it became the capital of the United Principalities. Since then it has undergone continuous changes, becoming the center of the Romanian artistic, cultural and media scene. Its elegant architecture and urban atmosphere brought Belle Époque the surnames of the "Little Paris" Romanian Athenaeum The symbolic edifice of the national culture, the Romanian Athenaeum, built in the heart of Bucharest 120 years ago (1886-1888), became the architectural and spiritual exponent not only of a city, of a capital, but of a nation. Here the great Romanian personalities and scholars have lectured here, all the consecrated and young professional artists of the country, here are many world-class bands and soloists, here "masterpieces of the native musical literature," here were the first extensive exhibitions, retrospective painting and sculpture of the masters of the national plastic art, there were kings and queens, politicians and outstanding guests from abroad to participate in events of national and universal importance in - a word, at the Romanian Athenaeum, there were moments of historical magnitude that were inscribed in the golden book of our people. Few know today that the Palace of the Romanian Athenaeum was built with the money from a public subscription, following the organization of a national lottery (500,000 tickets worth 1 LEU), the appeal addressed to the citizens by the naturalist Constantin Esarcu (1836-1898), the founder of the Society of Athenaeum Romanian, calling it a popular call, with a fairly comic and banal slogan: "Give 1 leu for to the Athenaeum!". The idea of the appeal has turned surprisingly into a lesson of unity, of waking up national consciousness. The Old Town of Bucharest with his small street where is the famous Monastery Stavropoleus. Located in the old center of Bucharest, behind the National History Museum, have been declared one of the most prestigious historical monuments in Romania (alongside the National Art Museum and the Romanian Peasant Museum), the Michelin Guide giving it three stars. The name of the church, as well as the street that bears its name, comes from the archimandrite Ioanichie Stratonikeas, elected in 1726 by Metropolitan of Stavropole and the exarch of Caria, the one who built the cult and a inn in 1724, during the second the prince in Wallachia of Nicolae Mavrocordat (1719-1730). The Romanian Patriarchy is a church in Bucharest, located on the Patriarchal Hill, founded by the prince Constantin Serban and his wife, between 1654-1658. The church, bearing the patron saints of Constantine and Helena, was sanctified by Mihnea III in 1658, and soon it was transformed into a Metropolis. After the First World War the Metropolia was transformed into the Patriarchate (in 1925). The Patriarchal Cathedral of Bucharest is included in the list of Historical Monuments in Romania. Accommodation: Golden Tulip Hotel 4* or similar (B/D)
September 29th - Bucharest – Sinaia - BrasovAfter breakfast, we will drive to Sinaia. Today we will visit the Village Museum, Peles Castle and enjoy some free time for some walking and shopping in Sinaia and Brasov. Visit the Village Museum known also as "Dimitrie Gusti" National Museum in Bucharest, "Museum in the heart of the capital", which opened its doors to the public in 1936. The permanent exhibition covers a surface of 14 ha with 380 monuments, 60,000 objects in collections heritage and over 250,000 archive documents pertaining to the village and its traditional life. Permanent and temporary exhibitions attract 500,000 visitors annually. Peleş Castle was built on the initiative of the first King of Romania, Carol I, outside the commune of Podul Neagului, a 24-km-long settlement in 1874, the year when, at the initiative of the sovereign, the commune is named Sinaia. A year later, the first boyar houses were built in the center of the village, and in 1876 the construction of the Ploiesti - Predeal railway line, which also crosses Sinaia, began. At the same time, the foundation of Peles Castle was built between 1873 and 1875. The foundation stone ceremony took place in a festive setting on August 10/22, 1875. Dinner in the heart of Brasov at Gaura Dulce Restaurant (B/D) Accommodation : 4* hotel in Brasov for 2 nights
September 30th - Brasov – Bran – Sighisoara - BrasovToday we will visit Bran and its famous Dracula’s Castle. We will also visit Sighisoara. Bran Castle or Dracula's Castle, built here more than 600 years ago, keeps and conveys, to the visitor, something of the pride of the knights who have crossed the threshold in its time. Bran Castle is located less than 30 km from Brasov, built on a rock, in a strategically key location. It houses the Bran Museum, a museum that stretches over the four floors of the castle. Here are exhibited collections of ceramics, furniture, weapons and armor, and in the courtyard of the castle there is a small museum of the village with traditional houses from the region of Rucar-Bran. We go ahead to Sighisoara. Situated in the heart of Transylvania, 120 kilometers from Brasov, 95 kilometers from Sibiu and 55 from Targu-Mures, the medieval fortress of Sighisoara is historically linked by Vlad Tepes' father, Vlad Dracula, who lived in the fortress. Built by the Saxon colonists in the 12th century on the shore of Tarnava Mari, Sighisoara is among the few medieval citadels still inhabited, being listed on the UNESCO
October 1st - Brasov - BucharestAfter breakfast, we are on our way back to the capital, Bucharest. Upon arrival we have a visit plan for the Parliament House. Known before the revolution as the House of the Republic or the People’s House, measures 270 m at 240 m, 86 m high, and 92 m underground. It has 9 levels on the surface and another 9 undergrounds. According to the World Records Academy, the Parliament Palace is the second largest administrative building for civilian use as the world’s surface, and the most expensive administrative building in the world and the toughest building in the world. After this visit, free time for last minute shopping. In the evening, a farewell dinner at Hanu’ lu Manuc. (B/D) Accommodation : Golden Tulip Hotel 4*or similar October 2nd Bucharest – Canada Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport (B)
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