18 Days
Duration
Sep 15 – Oct 2
Dates
Yes
Meals
Bulgaria and Romania
Location

Price starting from: $2980* (land only rate) Add your flights from any Canadian City departure in Canada.

Discover:
Sofia – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Veliko Tarnovo – Varna – the Black Sea Coast – Balchik – Sveti Vlas – Sinaia – Bran – Sighisoara – Brasov – Bucharest

INCLUDED 7 nights of accommodation, including 2 meals daily (breakfast and dinner daily included) during the first half of the trip around Bulgaria – 2 in Sofia; 1 in Plovdiv; 2 in Veliko Tarnovo; 2 in Varna;
6 nights on all inclusive formula basis at RIU Helios Paradise on the Black Sea;
4 nights of accommodation including 2 meals daily (lunch at leisure) in Romania
Return transfers : Arrival Sofia on Sept 15 / departure Bucharest on Oct 2nd
English speaking guide in each country: the first 6 days in Bulgaria and 4 last days
in Romania
All transfers with air-conditioned vehicles

Please call 1-855-824-2495 to request a quote.

1

Welcome to Sofia


Arrival in Sofia Bulgaria. Transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival meet with Johanne and Don. Dinner at the hotel tonight. (D)
Accommodation: Hilton Sofia or similar for 2 nights
2

Sofia


After 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 by your own, shopping or relax. Walk or taxi back to the hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B/D)
3

Sofia - Plovdiv (approx.145 km and 2.30hours)


After breakfast, we will be transferred to Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture 2019, where we will enjoy a guided city tour.
Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Optional tour to Bachkovo Monastery (approx. 30 – 40 min drive) ($) Dinner at the hotel in Plovdiv . (B/D)
Accommodation: 4* Holiday Inn Plovdiv or similar hotel
4

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. The Clock tower 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 national importance. Visit also its Artistic School; Museum of Asian and African Art- The only museum on the Balkan Peninsula about such art.
After some time at leisure for lunch break or walk , we will continue on Veliko Tarnovo, a very picturesque fortress city. (B/D)
Accommodation – Hotel Yantra 4* or similar for 2 nights
5

Veliko Tarnovo


After breakfast at the hotel, 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 in 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 in Bulgaria. Points of interest there 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 at leisure, walk, shopping etc. Tonight a traditional Bulgarian dinner at a local restaurant is included. (B/D)
6

Veliko Tarnovo –Preslav – Varna (228 KM - 3 h )


After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and transfer to Varna through Madara – Pliska – Veliki Preslav (former capitals of Bulgaria in different eras of the country’s history) – visit The Pliska National Historical and Architectural Reserve, as well as Madara Horse rider in the rocks. Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)
Accommodation: Rosslyn Dimyat Hotel Varna 4* or similar
7

Varna


After breakfast, meet the guide and follow him on a city tour of Varna ( 3 hours)
Varna is 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, Lunch break 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 (great sea food) (B/D)

8

Departure to Sveti Vlas for your leisure holiday at RIU hotel


After breakfast we will drive to Sveti Vlas on the Black Sea Coast – 2km from Sunny Beach and 10km from ancient city of Nessebar . Check-in and rest of the day at leisure (B/D) Accommodation : RIU Helios Paradise 4* at All Inclusive for the next 6 nights
9-14

Black Sea


Black Sea stay at the complex RIU Helios Paradise 4* – ALL INCLUSIVE ! (BD/L/D)
15

Bulgaria – Romania ( approx. 5 hour drive)


After breakfast, check out and transfer to Bucharest. On your way to Romania we will stop in Ruse, a beautiful city along the Danube River. Lunch at leisure and time to rest and we will continue on to Bucharest. Check in at hotel at approx. 3 PM and follow the guide for panoramic tour (mostly walking tour) of the city . Tonight late dinner at one of the most famous restaurant of the area : Caru’ cu bere. (B/D)
16

Bucharest-Sinaia-Brasov


After breakfast, we will drive to Sinaia. Today we will visit the Village Museum, Peles Castle and enjoy some free time for 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.

Dinner in the heart of Brasov at Gaura Dulce Restaurant (B/D) Accommodation: 4* hotel in Brasov for 2 nights

17

Brasov-Bran-Sighisoara-Brasov


Today we will visit Bran and it’s famous Dracula’s Castle. We will aslo 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 World Heritage List.
Dinner at the hotel tonight. (B/D)
Accommodation: Golden Time Hotel 4*or similar
18

Brasov-Bucharest


After 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 at leisure for last minute shopping. In the evening ; Farewell dinner at Hanu’ lu Manuc. (B/D)

Accommodation : Golden Tulip Hotel 4*or similar

19

Bucharest – Canada


Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport (B)

Meal legend : B= Breakfast / L= Lunch / D= Dinner