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Romania & Bulgaria in 13 Days

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Historic Transylvania & Charms of Sofia

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Bistrita
Bran & Bran Castle
Brasov
Bucharest
Campulung Moldovenesc
Moldavia
Red Lake
Sibiu
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Travel to Romania and Bulgaria and immerse yourself in the legends of southeastern Europe. Be captivated by ancient Sibiu and Sighisoara. Explore the region of Bukovina, admire the Red Lake and the gorges of Bicaz and dare to enter Dracula's Castle in Transylvania. See Peles Castle in Sinaia and fall in love with Bucharest before exploring the charms of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board

It's time to discover the historic cities and unforgettable landscapes of Romania! Arrive at your Canadian departure airport ready for a flight to Bucharest. Night on board.

2nd Day: Bucharest

Touch down in Bucharest and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, discovering the energetic nightlife or the communist-era architecture of the Romanian capital. Dinner and overnight stay in Bucharest.

3rd Day: Bucharest - Sibiu

After breakfast, depart towards Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia which sits on the banks of the Arges River and stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue your journey along the picturesque Olt Valley to Sibiu, one of the oldest cities in Transylvania, founded by Saxon colonists. Take a walking tour of the medieval old town where you'll see the city's Main Square and the Small Square, home to the beautiful cast iron Bridge of Lies and a Gothic-style Evangelical Church, with its spectacular 10,000 tube organ, the largest in the country. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure, exploring the atmospheric streets of Transylvania's best-preserved medieval city. Overnight stay in Sibiu. 

4th Day: Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara - Targu Mures – Bistrita

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Sighisoara, the birthplace of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. En route, visit the Fortified Church of Biertan, one of the most beautiful buildings in Romania, built in a Gothic and Renaissance style. Arrive in Sighisoara and discover the medieval city center, awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Take a fascinating walking tour and discover the city's most famous landmark: the Clock Tower. Continue towards Targu Mures, a charming town at the heart of Transylvania. Pass by the famous Place of Culture, with its highly decorated exterior before continuing to Bistrita, one of the seven best-preserved medieval cities in Transylvania and the place where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s hero, spent the night before arriving at Dracula’s Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in Bistrita.

5th Day: Bistrita - Campulung Moldovenesc - Gura Humorului

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for the region of Bucovina, home to unique painted monasteries and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cross the land of Dracula and, in the afternoon, visit Moldovita Monastery, a true treasure of medieval art. Visit a painted egg atelier, who creates magnificently intricate painted eggs, a traditional Romanian artform, before discovering the amazing Voronet Monastery in the town of Gura Humorului. Known as the 'Sistine Chapel of the East', its frescoes were painted with an intense shade of blue known in the country as 'Voronet Blue'. After the visit, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Gura Himorului.

6th Day: Gura Humorului – Brasov

After breakfast set off through the charming villages and countryside of Moldavia, dotted with traditional houses, and visit the Monastery of Agapia, a well-preserved Orthodox convent. In the afternoon, cross the fabulous Bicaz Gorges, and explore this magical landscape on foot (weather permitting) before arriving at Lacu Rosu, the Red Lake, in time for lunch in a traditional restaurant. Continue to Brasov, founded by Saxon colonists, and the Southern gateway into Transylvania. It is home to the largest Gothic church in this part of Europe. Overnight stay in Brasov.

7th Day: Brasov - Prejmer - Bran - Brasov

Breakfast at the hotel. The first stop of the day is the pretty town of Prejmer, to visit its Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, continue to Bran to visit the world-famous Dracula's Castle, built as a defence fortress by the citizens of Brasov in 1377. Be immersed in the history and mysteries of this spectacular castle and feel like you have stepped into a by-gone era. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant in Bran before returning to Brasov. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of its medieval historic center to admire its Austro-Hungarian Baroque buildings, the Ecaterina Gate and the unique Black Church. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Brasov.

8th Day: Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest

After breakfast, cross the Carpathians towards Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts, known as 'The Pearl of the Carpathians'. Here, visit the fabulous Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture and one of the most spectacular castles in Europe. Continue to Bucharest and take a panoramic tour of this city of contrasts, with its large boulevards and magnificent buildings such as the Romanian Athenaeum and the Patriarchal Church. Visit the Houses of Parliament, built between 1984 and 1989, the largest building in Europe and the second-largest in the world after the Pentagon! End the day with a relaxing evening walking tour in the Old City centre. Enjoy a farewell dinner overnight stay in Bucharest. 

9th Day: Bucharest - Sofia

Breakfast at the hotel. After an unforgettable journey through Romania, it's time to bid farewell to this beautiful country. Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Get out and explore this cosmopolitan city, filled with unique charms, from its youthful atmosphere and legendary nightlife to its seamless fusion of urban life and mountain scenery. Overnight stay in Sofia. 

10th Day: Sofia

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the sights of Sofia today on a walking tour of the city. Admire the major landmarks of Sofia, such as St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 4th-century St. George Rotunda and the ancient Roman ruins of Serdika. See St. Sofia Basilica, one of the oldest churches in southeastern Europe and pass by the Bulgarian National Bank and the National Assembly Building. Other highlights of the walking tour include the gold-topped Russian Church and the National Theatre. The remainder of the evening is free at your leisure to explore Sofia, in the shadow of Vitosha Mountain, at your own pace. Overnight stay in Sofia. 

11th Day: Sofia

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure in Sofia, exploring one of the oldest cities in Europe. Discover its eclectic array of historic sights, sample Bulgarian cuisine at any number of laid-back local eateries or soak up some culture in the cities wide array of museums and galleries. We recommend an optional excursion to Rila Monastery, one of the largest in the world.* Overnight stay in Sofia.

* Optional Excursion to Rila Monastery with lunch: Travel to one of the largest orthodox monasteries in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 10th-century in the heart of the Rila Mountains. Explore the monastery grounds, filled with ornamental champers and discover the main church and monastery museum, home to many valuable religious relics. Stop for lunch, including a dish of freshly caught trout, before visiting the Boyana Church on the way back to Sofia. 

 

12th Day: Sofia

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy another day at your leisure in vibrant Sofia. Explore the streets of the city or head out to nearby Vitosha Mountain, where you can admire the views of Sofia or hike along the nature trails. We recommend an optional excursion to the ancient city of Plovdiv.* In the evening, get a taste of traditional Bulgarian cuisine and folklore with an optional dinner and Neshtinari Fire Dance Folklore Show.** Overnight stay in Sofia.

* Optional excursion to Plovdiv: Set off on a full-day excursion to Plovdiv, the second-largest city in Bulgaria and one of the oldest settlements in Europe. See the Ancient Theatre, built by the Romans and the Roman Odeon and Stadium. Learn more about the history of Plovdiv at the Ethnographic Museum and see the vibrant Artists' Quarter. 

** Optional Dinner & Neshtinari Fire Dance Folklore Show: Enjoy a three-course dinner and be captivated by the artistry of Neshtinari Fire Dancing, a traditional Bulgarian dance form. 

13th Day: Sofia - Canada

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bring your unforgettable trip to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Canada. Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

13 days trip including flights*

12 days and 11 nights in destination

1

YTO - BUH

2

YTO - BUH

Bucharest

3

Sibiu

4

Bistrita

5

Gura Humorului

6

Brasov

7

Brasov

8

Bucharest

9

Sofia

10

Sofia

11

Sofia

12

Sofia

13

SOF - YTO

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 11 Nights

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Included activities

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Curtea de Arges Monastery and Sibiu Old City WalkingTour

Visit the emblemathic Monastery of Curtea de Arges and discover one of the oldest cities in the country and European Capital in 2007, Sibiu. Known in another era for its solid system of fortresses and considered the largest in Transylvania.
Included activity for day 3
Included

Biertan's Church and Sighisoara Walking Tour

Visit the Fortified Church of Biertan, one of the most buildings in Romania, take a walking tour and discover the medieval city of Sighisoara. End your journey in Bistrita city.
Included activity for day 4
Included

Bucovina Painted Monasteries Tour

Discover the región of Bucovina home to unique painted monasteries and UNESCO World Heritage sites and visit a painted egg atelier a traditional Romanian artform.
Included activity for day 5
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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
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Optional

Optional Excursion to Rila Monastery & Boyana Church with lunch

Visit one of the largest orthodox monasteries in the world, discover the emblematic Boyana Church and enjoy an included lunch with freshly caught trout.
Suggested activity for day 11
Optional

Optional Dinner & Neshtinari Fire Dance Folklore Show

Enjoy a three-course dinner and be captivated by the artistry of Neshtinari Fire Dancing, a traditional Bulgarian dance form.
Suggested activity for day 12
Optional

Optional excursion to Plovdiv

Discover one of the oldest settlements in Europe, now the second largest city in Bulgaria. Selected for European Capital of Culture in 2019, visit the most emblematic sites including the Ancient Theatre, the Ethnographic Museum, the Roman Odeon and more.
Suggested activity for day 12

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  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Bucharest, Sofia - Canada.
  • International flight: Bucharest - Sofia. *
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  • 11 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated on the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

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Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required to enter the country.
  • Currency
    Romanian Leu.
  • Language
    Romanian
  • Electricity
    230V . Adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://romaniatourism.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

Due to adverse weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary are subject to changes and/or cancellations without notice.

 

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