Bulgaria & Romania Highlights

11 days from $2,838 per person*
  • See the world-renowned Parliament building of Bucharest.
  • Private guided city tour of Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.
  • Explore the cobbled streets and alleyways of numerous medieval Balkan towns.
  • Visit Romania's stunning Peles Castle and Bran Castle (Dracula fame).
  • Featuring expertly selected premium hotels.
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Explore Europe off the beaten track with an exceptional journey through the Balkans, discovering the highlights of Bulgaria and Romania with a private guide.

The Balkans are known for their stunning landscapes, deep traditions, medieval towns, and beautiful castles, palaces and monasteries. Begin your journey in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, where a private guide will escort you through the city, reflecting on remnants from various periods of occupation, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and even Soviet. Enjoy day trips with private guide to explore the hilltop castle and fortifications of medieval Veliko Tarnovo, as well as the unique Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Romania, take in the prosperous capital, Bucharest, with its world renowned Parliament building. Tour with a private guide the dramatic castles Peles and Bran, the latter of Dracula fame, located in Transylvania, and visit the medieval towns of Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu, where cobbled streets, quaint shops and residences transport you back through the centuries. Experience all of this and more on this highlights trip of Bulgaria and Romania.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sofia
    Sofia
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Sofia
    Sofia
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour - Guide
  • Day 3 Sofia
    Sofia
    • Tour - Private - Veliko Turnovo Tour (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 4 Sofia
    Sofia
    • Tour - Private - Rila Monastery Tour (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Sofia to Bucharest
    Sofia to Bucharest
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bucharest
    Bucharest
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Parliament, Cotroceni Palace & Village Museum - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Bucharest to Brasov
    Bucharest to Brasov
    • Tour - Private - Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Prejmer Fortress Tour - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Brasov to Sighisoara
    Brasov to Sighisoara
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Old Town Walking Tour - Guide
    • Brasov - Sighisoara [1.5hrs] - Vehicle/Guide(3)
  • Day 9 Sighisoara to Sibiu
    Sighisoara to Sibiu
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour - Guide
    • Sighisoara - Sibiu [via Biertan] - Vehicle/Guide(3)
  • Day 10 Sibiu to Bucharest
    Sibiu to Bucharest
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking tour with Brukental Museum - Guide
    • Sibiu - Bucharest [via Curtea de Arges] - Vehicle/Guide(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Bucharest
    Bucharest
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
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Day 1: Sofia

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport. 

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)

Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel was opened in 2004. It is a part of the Bulgarian hotel chain FPI Hotels & Resorts. Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel is located in the downtown of Sofia next to St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, St. St. Kiril and Methodius National Library and Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The hotel is situated near important government and financial institutions and the commercial area of the city. The distance between the hotel and Sofia International Airport is 8 km. Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel offers 53 luxury rooms and 10 stylish apartments with high-speed Internet connection and all modern and leisure facilities. Most of the rooms have a view to the Doctor's Garden and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sofia
Sofia
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Sofia

Enjoy a walking tour with a private guide along the main tourist attractions in Sofia. View the Roman walls of ancient Serdika, St. George Rotunda, one of the oldest fully preserved churches in Europe dating from 4th century AD. Also see 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, and St Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Admire the former Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Mineral Baths, the Parliament, the statue of Tsar Liberator, and the Sofia University. End your private tour with a visit to the Crypt of St Alexander Nevski Cathedral with the best collection of icons in Bulgaria or the National Museum of Archaeology.

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  St. George Rotunda
St. George Rotunda

Day 3: Sofia

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 center of political and religious power in the Second Bulgarian Empire between 1185 and 1393. View the remains of the Royal Palace, the Patriarchate, 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 your night in Veliko before continuing tomorrow to Bucharest.

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo

Day 4: Sofia

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.

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery

Day 5: Sofia - Bucharest

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport. 

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote. Please contact your Destination Expert if you are interested in adding this service to the itinerary.

Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Central (4*)

Situated in the very heart of the city, Hotel Central is ideally located in the business district, a few minutes walk from the old city centre. It is an exceptional location close to all major attractions, offering you the possibility to explore the city and its surrounding attractions. Opportunities are easy to be seen with access to all modes of transportation. A few attractions located nearby are the art and cultural institutions, banks, Cismigiu Garden, Parliamant, City Hall, luxury shops, restaurants, pubs and night clubs, and important organizations.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bucharest
Bucharest
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Central
Hotel Central

Day 6: Bucharest

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

Accommodation: Central (4*)
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Palace of Parliament
Palace of Parliament

Day 7: Bucharest - Brasov

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. Once 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.

Accommodation: Ambient (4*)

Hotel Ambient is ideally located in the centre of Brasov, a few minutes away from the historic monuments, elegant bars, and glamorous shops. With distinct architecture that offers marvelous views of the whole city from the glass elevator, the hotel ranks first amongst the private capital hotels in Brasov City. The guest rooms are spacious, as are the bathrooms, and are complete with standard amenities. Enjoy superb views of the city, perfect service, and culinary delights in the hotel's restaurant. Utmost attention is paid to every single detail, ensuring that you spend an unforgettable stay at the Hotel Ambient.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Brasov
Brasov
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Ambient
Hotel Ambient

Day 8: Brasov - Sighisoara

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.

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton- Cavaler (4*)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sighisoara - Cavaler is the newest hotel in town located downtown at the foot of the Medieval Castle, just 200 meters away from Sighisoara and is very close to the Breite nature reserve.Enjoy a unique environment and a warm atmosphere, starting with a DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie at check-in. The contemporary hotel offers spacious, elegant rooms and suites. Guests can indulge in Romanian and international specialties at Don Quijote Restaurant, and sip cocktails in the Lobby Bar. The hotel features a wellness center with spa, 24-hour fitness center and heated pool in a sunroom overlooking the Citadel.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Peles Castle
Peles Castle
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Cavaler
Hotel Cavaler

Day 9: Sighisoara - Sibiu

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.

Accommodation: Continental Forum (4*)

Continental Forum blends classic design and an air of grandeur with a host of modern comforts. It is located in the centre of town, on the main street. The Neoclassical façade uncovers a host of impressive, bright interiors and are equipped with modern furniture. The hotel offers a 3-star restaurant with a regional theme and a 4-star restaurant with International cuisine. Admire the stunning vistas from your private balcony or stroll around the exotic garden and appreciate the serenity of this beautiful Romanian setting.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sibiu
Sibiu
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Continental Forum
Continental Forum

Day 10: Sibiu - Bucharest

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.

Meet your private guide and transportation for a transfer to Bucharest, crossing the mountains on the Olt River Valley, one of the most spectacular valleys crossing the Southern Carpathians. En route, 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.

Accommodation: Central (4*)
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary Sibiu
The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary Sibiu
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Southern Carpathians
Southern Carpathians

Day 11: Bucharest

Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Crystal Palace Boutique (4*): Sofia

Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel was opened in 2004. It is a part of the Bulgarian hotel chain FPI Hotels & Resorts. Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel is located in the downtown of Sofia next to St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, St. St. Kiril and Methodius National Library and Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The hotel is situated near important government and financial institutions and the commercial area of the city. The distance between the hotel and Sofia International Airport is 8 km. Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel offers 53 luxury rooms and 10 stylish apartments with high-speed Internet connection and all modern and leisure facilities. Most of the rooms have a view to the Doctor's Garden and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel

Central (4*): Bucharest

Situated in the very heart of the city, Hotel Central is ideally located in the business district, a few minutes walk from the old city centre. It is an exceptional location close to all major attractions, offering you the possibility to explore the city and its surrounding attractions. Opportunities are easy to be seen with access to all modes of transportation. A few attractions located nearby are the art and cultural institutions, banks, Cismigiu Garden, Parliamant, City Hall, luxury shops, restaurants, pubs and night clubs, and important organizations.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Central
Hotel Central

Ambient (4*): Brasov

Hotel Ambient is ideally located in the centre of Brasov, a few minutes away from the historic monuments, elegant bars, and glamorous shops. With distinct architecture that offers marvelous views of the whole city from the glass elevator, the hotel ranks first amongst the private capital hotels in Brasov City. The guest rooms are spacious, as are the bathrooms, and are complete with standard amenities. Enjoy superb views of the city, perfect service, and culinary delights in the hotel's restaurant. Utmost attention is paid to every single detail, ensuring that you spend an unforgettable stay at the Hotel Ambient.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Ambient
Hotel Ambient

DoubleTree by Hilton- Cavaler (4*): Sighisoara

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sighisoara - Cavaler is the newest hotel in town located downtown at the foot of the Medieval Castle, just 200 meters away from Sighisoara and is very close to the Breite nature reserve.Enjoy a unique environment and a warm atmosphere, starting with a DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie at check-in. The contemporary hotel offers spacious, elegant rooms and suites. Guests can indulge in Romanian and international specialties at Don Quijote Restaurant, and sip cocktails in the Lobby Bar. The hotel features a wellness center with spa, 24-hour fitness center and heated pool in a sunroom overlooking the Citadel.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Cavaler
Hotel Cavaler

Continental Forum (4*): Sibiu

Continental Forum blends classic design and an air of grandeur with a host of modern comforts. It is located in the centre of town, on the main street. The Neoclassical façade uncovers a host of impressive, bright interiors and are equipped with modern furniture. The hotel offers a 3-star restaurant with a regional theme and a 4-star restaurant with International cuisine. Admire the stunning vistas from your private balcony or stroll around the exotic garden and appreciate the serenity of this beautiful Romanian setting.

Bulgaria & Romania Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Continental Forum
Continental Forum

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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