(Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu)
Start exploring the Balkans with Bulgaria and Romania. Enjoy a fully private tour with an English speaking personal guide and vehicle. Start your tour with Sofia, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Enjoy a private walking tour of the Old Town and among other sights visit St Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Continue your tour with Veliko Turnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria. Explore Rila Monastery, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria situated 120 km away from Sofia, and admire the mountainous landscape. Get on a direct flight to Bucharest (not included) and start exploring Romania. Start your tour with a tour of Bucharest and visit Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after Pentagon, built by 20,000 workers and 700 architects, Cotroceni Palace the former royal residence of King Ferdinand II and discover the traditional Romanian village with old houses, churches water and wind mills. Enjoy a walk along the main boulevards and squares of Romanian capital and feel the hospitality of Romanian people. Continue your tour with Sinaia town, situated between mountains and visit Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, a masterpiece of German new Renaissance architecture. Cross the mountains into Transylvania and visit Dracula’s Castle, a fortified medieval castle built in 1377 on the top of the rock. Then make your way to Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth place well-known as a lively European medieval town with old functional and well-preserved edifices. Leave for Sibiu, officially recognized as the European Capital of Culture in 2007 and walk around the old city center. Admire the architecture and enjoy traditional pubs and restaurants.
Enjoy a private transfer to the airport.
Enjoy a walking tour with your private guide along the main tourist attractions of Sofia and view the Roman walls of ancient Serdika, St. George Rotunda, one of the oldest fully preserved churches in Europe dating from 4th century AD. The most important religious buildings such as the Mosque, the Synagogue, St. Joseph Catholic church and the Orthodox churches of St. Nedelya, St. Petka, St. Sophia, the Russian Church and St Alexander Nevski Cathedral - cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, the former Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Mineral Baths, the Parliament, the statue of Tsar Liberator, and the Sofia University. Visit the Crypt of St Alexander Nevski Cathedral with the best collection of icons in Bulgaria.
Enjoy a day trip to Veliko Turnovo - the medieval capital of Bulgaria. During a short tour of the city you will get familiarized with St Forty Martyrs Church dated from 13th century, the Konak where the First National Assembly was held after the Liberation and where the Turnovo Constitution was ratified in 1879. Walk along the Samovodska Carshiya - a market street with houses, shops, and workshops from the Revival Period. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Continue your afternoon with Tsarevets - the fortified hill, which was the centre of political and religious power in the Second Bulgarian Empire between 1185 and 1393. View the remains of the Royal Palace, the Patriarchat,e and the city walls with the famous Baldwin Tower where Emperor Baldwin I was held prisoner by Tsar Kaloyan after the Battle of Adrianople in 1205. Entrance fees and lunch are included.
Enjoy a full day tour to Rila Monastery, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and one of the most remarkable monuments on the Balkan Peninsula. The monastery was founded in the l0th century by the Bulgarian monk St. John of Rila and was rebuilt in the l3th -l4th century. Since 1983 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance fees and lunch are included.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a full day tour of Bucharest, also known as "Little Paris". Start with The Palace of the Parliament – admire the luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, and stained-glass windows. Visit Cotroceni Palace and Museum. Continue to the Village Museum with 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania’s rural architecture. See Bucharest’s Arc de Triomphe, built in honour of the Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War. Entrance fees are included
Start the tour driving north towards Transylvania. Before reaching Bran, there is an optional stop in Azuga for a snack and wine-tasting (not included). While crossing the Southern Carpathians, stop in Sinaia to visit one of the most beautiful castles in Europe - the famous Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture, commissioned by King Carol in 1873 and completed in 1883. Drive through the village of Bran to Brasov, the largest city in Transylvania. Once arrived in Bran, visit Dracula’s Castle, the place where Dracula was imprisoned before he was taken to Budapest. Bran Castle is home to a rich collection of Romanian and foreign furniture and art items from the XIVth-XIXth centuries. It sits up atop a 200 ft. tall rock, overlooking the picturesque village of Bran. On the grounds bellow there is an open-air ethnographic museum of old village buildings with exhibits of furniture, household objects, and costumes. Continue to Brasov with a visit to Prejmer Fortress. Entrance fees are included.
Start your Old City tour with the Town Hall Square, where you can admire the colourfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Visit the Black Church, the largest Gothic church in Romania. Continuing on with your visit you'll see Catherine's Gate erected in 1559, the only original gate that still survives since medieval times. Visit Weavel's Bastion, the largest medieval bastion in Brasov and the best-preserved among the seven original watchtowers constructed around the city walls.
Enjoy a private transfer from Brasov to Sighisoara.
Explore the Old Town of Sighisoara with cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. Start your tour along the medieval street and visit the Clock Tower known as the Council Tower, built in the second half of the 14th century and expanded in the 16th century. Continue tour with the Venetian House, built in the 16th century. Visit Dracula's house where Vlad Tepes was born in 1431 and lived with his father until 1435 and enjoy a walk on the covered stairs to the Church on the Hill.
Transfer to Sibiu with your own vehicle and driver, with a stop to Biertan, one of the first German settlements in Transylvania. The name was firstly attested in 1283. It had an urban organization, notice the franconic style of the rows of houses around the central square overlooked by a grandiose fortress-church.
Enjoy a relaxing city tour of Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, a medieval city with narrow streets and gothic arhitecture. Considered to be the jewel in the crown of German Siebenbuergen (Transylvania), the town dates back from 1400 and is one of the main tourist attraction in Romania. Visit Brukental Museum, the oldest museum in Romania with a vast collection of paintings, antiques, coins, and rare books, built by governor of Transylvania, Samuel Brukenthal between 1777 and 1787.
Leave Sibiu and cross the mountains on the Olt River Valley, one of the most spectacular valleys crossing the Southern Carpathians. Visit Curtea de Arges, the first capital of Wallachia with the old Princely Court and the Manole Monastery - the place where tree of the four Romanian Kings are buried.
With its 63 beautifully appointed, spacious rooms and suites Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel (4*) offers superior facilities and quality service, introducing the Bulgarian hospitality to business and leisure travellers. You will be steps away from nearby the sights of the city like Alexander Nevski Cathedral, St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University and St. St. Kiril and Metodii National Library. Windows face amazing views to Vitosha mountain and Doctor’s garden. Within easy walking distance is the city center of Sofia. The unique combination between an architectural and a cultural monument and a modern comfort building brings the hotel The Building of the Year Prize in 2004.
The Rembrandt Hotel (3*) is situated in the historic city centre and housed in an original property from 1925. The contemporary Rembrandt Hotel is set 500 metres from the House of the People and the Contemporary Art Museum. The hotel’s services and rooms are designed to meet the needs of all travellers. With professional and personal service, genuine hospitality, and special features, the Rembrandt Hotel creates a warm and relaxed atmosphere that feels like a home away from home. Café Klein, on the mezzanine floor of the hotel, is a cozy and comfortable bistro, also popular with locals and non-hotel guests. Enjoy a complimentary drink upon arrival.
Casa Wagner (3*) is located in the very heart of the old city of Brasov, right on the pedestrian area Council Square, with amazing views of the famous Black Church and Mount Tampa. The hotel offers 12 luxurious and spacious suites that have been refurbished to preserve the past while accommodating modern needs and amenities. The location boasts exquisite views toward Piata Sfatului, Black Church, and Tampa Mountain as well as many other tourist attractions. Perfectly suitable for leisure guests, Casa Wagner Hotel is a lovely choice for a stay in this Transylvanian town.
The Hotel Sighisoara (3*) is situated in the historic centre of the city, inside the medieval citadel, surrounded by towers, old buildings, and stone streets. The rooms are comfortable and include full amenities. The restaurant specializes in local cuisine with a great selection of wines and is a great place to experience the medieval ambience of the region. Enjoy the perfect combination of the comfort with the simplicity, refinement, and good taste specific to centuries past.
Hotel Ramada (4*) is placed at the crossroads of Alba Iulia and Emil Cioran streets, ideally located in historic Sibiu and has a stunning view over the city. The hotel features a beauty salon, a wellness centre with a fitness room, sauna, spa treatments and a Jacuzzi. Go for a drink at the Lobby Bar, Centrum Bar or Jazzy Bar. For dining, visit the restaurant which specializes in International cuisine. Enjoy your stay at the Ramada Hotel in Sibiu and experience this historic medieval city.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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