Romania & Bulgaria Classic Tour (15 Days, Starting In Cluj-Napoca) - Plovdiv

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Avram Iancu International Airport Cluj, Strada Traian Vuia 149-151, Cluj-Napoca 400397, Romania
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick you up from the airport in Cluj-Napoca and transfer you to the .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore Romania and Bulgaria in a 15 days tour. Discover the differences and similarities of these two Eastern European countries. Enjoy the mountain landscapes and meet the local people.
Please note: this tour has set dates in which it is guaranteed to start if there are at least 3 participants enlisted. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the tour will not start. Bookings made with less than 72 hours in advance may be rejected. Please contact us for availability before booking!
Set departures 2020:
April 25th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 1st, September 12th, October 10th.

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Itinerary
Day 1: Cluj-Napoca
Pass By: Avram Iancu International Airport Cluj, Strada Traian Vuia 149-151, Cluj-Napoca 400397, Romania
Airport pick-up and drive to your hotel. Depending on the hour of your arrival, you can opt for a guided tour of the city.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Cluj.
Car transfers: 30 min; ~20 km / 13 mi
(no meals included)
No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Cluj
Day 2: Cluj Maramures
Stop At: Wooden Churches of Maramures, Romania
Breakfast and departure for Maramures, a remote and for a long time isolated rural region which still preserves, partly, old wooden architecture and traditional ways of life. Stop on the way to visit a first of the eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO heritage list (Rogoz or Surdesti). Take a walk in the best preserved traditional village in Maramures and have lunch with the locals. Continue with the visit of the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, an unusual colorful spot, unexpectedly reflecting the love for live of the locals, and a traditional dowry room.
Dinner and accommodation in a 3* hotel in Maramures.
Car transfers: approx. 4h00min; ~200 km / 130 mi
(breakfast & lunch, dinner not included)
Duration: 3 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Maramures.
Day 3: Maramures Bucovina
Stop At: Barsana Monastery, Kloster, Barsana 437035 Romania
After breakfast, youll start the day with a visit to one or two craftsmen in the area. Transfer to Barsana where youll see another UNESCO wooden church with frescoes influenced by urban styles of painting typical to the 18th-19th century. Youll also visit the new monastery, which gets more tourists than the old UNESCO church.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Ciocanesti, Suceava Romania
After lunch, transfer across the Eastern Carpathians through Prislop Pass to Bucovina. Stop on the way for a photo sessions and short walk in the village of Ciocanesti.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei 727595 Romania
In late afternoon, youll visit Moldovita Monastery, UNESCO monument famous for its outer frescoes of the 16th century.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Gura Humorului.
Car transfers: approx. 4h45min; ~250 km / 155 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 1 hour
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Gura Humorului.
Day 4: Bucovina Transylvania
Stop At: Manastirea Voronet, Strada Voronet 166, Voronet 725301 Romania
Early in the morning, after breakfast, visit the nearby Voronet monastery - UNESCO monument, most famous of all painted monasteries in Bucovina.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Bicaz Canyon, Dn12c, Lacu Rosu 535502 Romania
A long transfer to Transylvania ensues, which will take you through Bicaz Gorge and by the Red Lake in the Eastern Carpathians.
Lunch in a restaurant.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Piata Cetatii Nr.1 Center of Sighisoara, Sighisoara 545400 Romania
After lunch, transfer through one of the biggest depressions of the Eastern Carpathians, the homeland of the Hungarian speaking Szekely Transylvanians.
During late afternoon and early evening youll walk through Sighisoara Transylvanias best preserved medieval town, also included in the UNESCO world heritage list, world-renowned for being Draculas birth place. (All Dracula stories are to be taken with a pinch of salt, of course.)
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sighisoara.
Car transfers: approx. 6h; ~335 km / 210 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 2 minutes
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sighioara.
Day 5: Transylvania: Viscri Brasov
Stop At: Viscri Fortified Church, Viscri 507039 Romania
After breakfast, transfer to Viscri the best preserved Saxon village in Transylvania and a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover Viscri and its fortified church, then have lunch at a local restaurant.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Piazza Sfatului, Brasov Romania
Next destination is Brasov, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Transylvania. Discover the Black Church, easternmost Gothic church in Europe, and enjoy a guided tour of the old town.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov.
Car transfers: approx. 2h50min; ~145 km / 95 mi
(breakfast & lunch included, dinner not included)
Duration: 2 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Braov.
Day 6: Transylvania: Brasov Sinaia Bran Brasov
Stop At: Peles Castle, Str. Pelesului 2, Sinaia 106100 Romania
Youll have an early breakfast in Brasov so that to be able to reach Peles Castle in Sinaia slightly before its opening hour.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24, Bran 507025 Romania
After the visit of the castle transfer to Bran village, where well have lunch in a restaurant before entering in Bran Castle.
Free afternoon for shopping or walking.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov.
Car transfers: approx. 2h30min; ~120 km / 75 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Braov.
Day 7: Transylvania: Brasov Transfagarasan Road Sibiu
Stop At: Balea Glacier Lake, Fagaras Mountains Blea Lake Romania Romania
In the morning drive on one of the most spectacular roads in the world, the Transfagarasan, up to Balea Lake.
Lunch in a restaurant on the way.
* Disclaimer: Transfagarasan highway is only open between June and October.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Citadel Park of Sibiu, Bulevardul Coposu Corneliu, Sibiu 550245 Romania
Car transfer and, in late afternoon, explore Sibiu. European Capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu is a bustling city from a cultural and economical point of view. It always used to be like that as, since the Middle Ages, Sibiu was the biggest and most powerful town the Saxon (German speaking) Transylvanians had it was their capital. No wonder that today Sibiu is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Transylvania.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sibiu.
Car transfers: approx. 3h40min; ~190 km / 120 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 3 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sibiu.
Day 8: Transylvania Bucharest
Stop At: Curtea de Arges Monastery, Bulevardul Basarabilor 1, Curtea de Arges 115300 Romania
In the morning cross the Southern Carpathians through Olt Valley to Curtea de Arges, where we visit two Orthodox churches: one of them is the oldest Byzantine-style church in Romania, the other one is one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in the world.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Lunch in a restaurant and transfer to Bucharest. Explore the oldest part of Bucharest (a nightlife hot-spot) before dinner.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.
Car transfers: approx. 5 h; ~290 km / 180 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 2 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 9: Bucharest
Stop At: Palace of Parliament, Strada Izvor 2-4, Bucharest 050711 Romania
This day you will visit the Palace of Parliament and either Ceausescus private house, or the Village Museum (guides decision). Panoramic tour of the Romanian capital.
Free afternoon for shopping or walking.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.
Car transfers: approx. 1h30min. through Bucharest; ~ 20 km / 13 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 5 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 10: Bucharest Bulgaria
Stop At: Rusenski Lom Nature Park, Gara Ivanovo, Ruse 7088 Bulgaria
After an early breakfast, leave Bucharest heading to Bulgaria. Thirty minutes into the Bulgarian leg of your journey you will start exploring a rock-hewn church close to the small village of Ivanovo. This UNESCO monument is to be found in the middle of the beautiful Rusenski Lom Nature Park and youll have to hike to the isolated church.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Konstantsalieva House, Ul. Kapitan Pavel Gramadov, Arbanasi 5029 Bulgaria
Lunch in Arbanasi, one of the most beautiful and best preserved villages with traditional houses in Bulgaria. Youll explore the village after lunch, while in late afternoon and early evening youll start discovering the nearby Veliko Tarnovo.
Car transfers: approx. 4h15min; ~215 km / 135 mi
Duration: 1 hour
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 11: Veliko Tarnovo - Tryavna - Bozhentsi
Stop At: Tsarevets, Tsar Asen Square, Veliko Tarnovo 5000 Bulgaria
During the most part of the morning youll continue to explore Imperial Bulgarias capital, Veliko Tarnovo, and its famous fortress, Tsarevets.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts, P. R. Slaveykov Street 27 Old Daskalovs House, Tryavna 5350 Bulgaria
Transfer to Tryavna, just in time to have lunch. Bustling with craftsmen in the 18th and 19th centuries, Tryavna preserved not only its old core, with beautiful National Revival style houses, but also its old skills and know-how: in those old houses you can still see artisans at work.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Hotel Bozhentsi, . 1, 5349 , Bulgaria
In late afternoon head to Bozhentsi a tiny and very quiet, isolated village at the end of a heavily forested valley in the northern part of the Balkan Mountains. It is because of its remoteness and isolation that its old houses have been so well preserved.
Car transfers: approx. 2 h; ~70 km / 45 m
Duration: 1 hour
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Tryavna or in Bozhentsi.
Day 12: Bozhentsi Kazanlak Koprivshtitsa
Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, General Radetski St. Parc Tubelto, Kazanlak 6100 Bulgaria
Start your day with a drive across the Balkan Mountains through Shipka Pass a heroic and highly symbolical place for Bulgarians to the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (the original tomb, a UNESCO site in peril, is closed to tourists, but nearby you can visit an exact copy of it).
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Dimcho Debelyanov House, Dimcho Debelyanov St 6, Koprivshtitsa 2077 Bulgaria
After lunch, transfer to Koprivshtitsa. Much bigger and far more prosperous than Bozhentsi, Koprivshtitsa is a village just as well preserved as the previous one, but bustling with life. An unusually high number of Bulgarian personalities of the Romantic era were born here. Explore the village for the rest of the day and discover one of its museums.
Car transfers: approx. 3h30min; ~190 km / 120 mi
Duration: 3 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a guesthouse in Koprivshtitsa.
Day 13: Koprivshtitsa Bachkovo Plovdiv
Stop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv 4000 Bulgaria
After breakfast, transfer from Koprivshtitsa to Bachkovo.
Arrive in Plovdiv in time for lunch and explore the city during the afternoon and the evening. You have a little bit of everything in this rightfully praised and not enough acclaimed city of Plovdiv: Roman ruins (including one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the world); Byzantine fortifications; a beautiful Turkish mosque; a whole old residential neighborhood which, being built in the times of the Bulgarian National Revival, embodies all the mysteries of the Romantic Orient; and a party corner another whole neighborhood built in Wester European styles where you have a hard time picking up your favorite bar or restaurant. In 2019 Plovdiv was European Capital of Culture.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Plovdiv.
Car transfers: approx. 3h15min; ~185 km / 115 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 5 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Plovdiv.
Day 14: Plovdiv Sofia
Stop At: Boyana Church, 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Sofia 1616 Bulgaria
Transfer to Sofia after breakfast. Here you have about half a day for Bulgarias capital which hides, among Roman ruins and communist concrete-made relics, a number of gems. One of them is St. George Rotunda a church built in Roman times, oldest building in Sofia. Another one is Saint Sofia Church, built before the 6th century. But it is on the outskirts of Sofia that youll find the brightest gem: the small Boyana church, a UNESCO site world famous for its mid 13th century paintings.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sofia.
Car transfers: approx. 2 h; ~150 km / 95 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)
Duration: 5 hours
Meals included:
Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sofia.
Day 15: Sofia
Pass By: Mall of Sofia, 101 A. Stamboliyski Blvd, Sofia 1303 Bulgaria
Free time in Bulgarias capital. Take a taxi to the airport for the flight back. End of the tour.

Meals included:
Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions

  • 14x Breakfast
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 14 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • entry tickets (for all visits mentioned in the tour description)
  • 1 overnight in a rural guesthouses (in Bulgaria) (double room based)
  • 13 overnights in a 3* hotels (9 in Romania & 4 in Bulgaria) (double room based)
  • pick up from the airport
  • services of an English speaking guide / driver
  • Entry/Admission - Wooden Churches of Maramures
  • Entry/Admission - Barsana Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Moldovita Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Manastirea Voronet
  • Entry/Admission - Viscri Fortified Church
  • Entry/Admission - Brasov Historical Center
  • Entry/Admission - Peles Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
  • Entry/Admission - Curtea de Arges Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Parliament
  • Entry/Admission - Rusenski Lom Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Konstantsalieva House
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  • Entry/Admission - Plovdiv Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church

Exclusions

  • flight tickets
  • travel insurance
  • your meals and drinks (others than mentioned)
  • photo / video fees (where required)
  • personal expenses
  • transfer to the airport on departure day
  • guided tour of Cluj-Napoca on day 1 (if early arrival)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers