9 days from Budapest to Sofia through Magical Transylvania
Enjoy a 9 day tour of magical Transylvania with departure from Budapest throught Bucharest and arrival in Sofia. In this tour you will see the capital of Romania, called also “Little Paris” , the Royal Castle of Peles in Sinaia, the Bran Castle called also ” Dracula’s Castle” , the medieval cities of Brasov, Sibiu (European Capital of Culture in 2007) , Sighisoara (the place where Vlad Dracula was born) and the best preserved castle from Eastern Europe: Corvin’s Castle. Also You will enjoy a visit of the main Unesco sites in Bulgaria and also its capital, Sofia.
Day 1: Budapest – Arad – Timisoara
Departure from your hotel in Budapest at 09.00 a.m. We will visit the city of Arad after we enter in Romania where we will see the impressive white City Hall Palace (1875), the Palace of Culture (1911-1916), the neo-gothic and secessionist-style Red Church (1906), the large, domed Roman Catholic Church (1902-1904) and the neo-classical State Theatre. After lunch we will arrive in the city of Timisoara, a city full of charm and distinct architectural style thanks to many influences from the turks, serbians, Austrians , germans , ecc , that will become European Capital of Culture in 2019. Overnight in a central located 4* hotel.
Day 2: Timisoara – Corvini’s Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu
In the morning we will visit the most important gothic Castle from Eastern Europe: The Corvini’s Castle and later the city where Romania was Born in 1918: Alba Iulia. In the evening arrival in Sibiu, one of the most beautiful medieval city of Romania and a magical city steeped in an atmosphere of another era, which in 2007 was the European cultural capital. Overnight in the old town in a 4* hotel. (Continental Forum or Ramada)
Day 3: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Brasov
We have breakfast and depart to Sighisoara, “fortress city” also a Unesco monument, which retains its medieval center on the hill of the fortification. Here and also born Vlad Tepes, more known as Count Dracula. You will enjoy also the city of Brasov and visit the Black Church and the oldtown with its typical saxons houses. Brasov is called also Kronstadt “the city of the crown”, and we will take a walking tour of the historical center, enriched by particular civil and religious buildings, such as the Black Church, the largest Gothic church in Romania, the Council House from the fifteenth century, the Gates Schei and Ecaterina. Overnight in a 3* hotel close to the old town (Hotel Kolping or similar).
Day 4: Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Bucharest
We have breakfast and depart to visit the famous Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) built between 1377 and 1382 on a large rock. But the castle owes especially its fame to the legend associated with the figure of Vlad Tepes. After the visit of Dracula’s Castle we will departure to Sinaia, where will be visiting the Peles Castle, considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Peles Castle may be considered the castle of Records: – was the first building of its kind to have since the construction of central heating and elevator – in the hall of the theater commissioned by Queen was presented for the first time in Romania a film.
In the afternoon we will arrive in Bucharest. Overnight in a 4* modern hotel in the city center (Hotel Novotel).
Day 5: Bucharest
Visit to the Parliament Building, the second largest building of the world after the Pentagon in the United States and the old town. You will also enjoy a visit of the Village Museum, an open-air museum that conserve typical houses from all over Romania.
Day 6: Bucharest
Enjoy a relaxing day at the largest thermal baths from Europe, built green. Therme Bucharest has an indoor temperature of 29-30 degrees Celsius and a water temperature of 33 degrees Celsius, every month of the year. You can explore the Galaxy area that is geared towards family fun, with waterslides for kids of all ages, an indoor wave pool, an outdoor pool with a bar, a sandy beach and Galaxy Relax zone for health and pampering. The Palm Area is devoted to relaxation with indoor and outdoor pools, terraces, fine-sand beach, jacuzzi, mineral pools, tropical vegetation, hydromassage beds, sun loungers, hammocks and restaurant with a healthy and appetizing menu. The wellness area of Elysium is featuring themed saunas, panoramic indoor pool with pool bar, a la carte restaurant, large terrace and relaxing outdoor spaces. You will have 4.5 hours to enjoy all of them.
Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 7 Bucharest
Free time for yourself. Please ask Your tour guide if You want to use this day for tourism, and we will search concerts, operas, or we can offer a tour of Bucharest with the attractions unseen.
Overnight in a 4* Hotel in Bucharest.
Day 8– Saturday – Bucharest – Ivanovo Monastery – Arbanassi – Veliko (200 km) ROMANIA + BULGARIA
We will leave Bucharest in the morning and head to Bulgaria. After crossing the bridge over the Danube River we will enter in Bulgaria and our first visit will be at Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) and noted for its magnificent medieval age frescoes still preserved. Continue with the picturesque Arbanasi village . In the walking tour of the village , we will discover houses that preserves an unique medieval bulgarian architecture and a hidden 16th century Church of Nativity with beautiful and richly inside painted fresco .Early evening arrival in Veliko Tarnovo , “City of Tsars” , the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Tsarevets Fortress , Monument of the Asenevtsi kings , Samovodska charshia are the main attractions of the city.
Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo in a 4* Hotel.
Day 9 – Sunday – Veliko – Shipka – Kazanluk – Sofia (320 km) BULGARIA
After breakfast departure to Sofia . Crossing the Stara Planina mountains , we will stop to visit Shipka Monument (aka “Monument of The Liberty“) . The memorial complex was erected in memory of the fallen bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers during the Shipka battles in the summer of 1877. Shipka battle plays a crucial role in the Russo-Turkish War and for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Continue to drive south to the town of Kazanlak located in the pretty Valley of roses at the foot of the Balkan mountains. The natural geographical center of Bulgaria is just here where the roads of home and international tourist routes cross each other. Visit the most important touristic attractions : Thracian Tomb ( Unesco World Heritage Site , the only monument, completely preserved from the Early Hellenistic Period , 4-3 century B.C.) and Rose oil Museum .
In the early evening we will arrive in Sofia . The walking tour of city center will include the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church , Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue and the main shopping street Vitosha
- Overnight in 3/4 * Hotel with breakfast included as indicated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to museums
- All breakfasts included
- Transport by minibus / coach with air conditioning
- Guide in English that will accompany the group for the duration of the trip
Services not included:
- Photo/Video fees where applicable
- Meals other that the ones indicated in “Services included”
- Anything not expressly indicated under “Included services”