Eastern European Culture and Traditions

Combined tour of Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia

Highlights

    Veliko Tarnovo - medieval capital of Bulgaria and home to Tsarevets Fortress, the strongest Bulgarian fortification of the Middle Ages
    Sofia - a city of many colours reflecting its rich past
    Nis - the third largest city in Serbia, nowadays a bustling, modern city with a youthful vibe
    Danube Cauldrons - the most spectacular natural part of the Danube River
    Hunyad Castle, listed among the 7 wonders of Romania
    Brasov - the second most visited city in Romania with a distinct medieval ambience
    Bran Castle - a mysterious 13th-century hilltop, famously known as the Dracula's Castle

What's included?

    11 nights accommodation in 4-stars hotels (DBL room)
    Breakfast
    Professional English speaking tour guide
    Hotel pick-up\drop-off
    Round-trip airport transfer
    Festive dinner in Sofia
    Transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle
    Small-group tour

What's excluded?

    Lunches & dinners
    Entrance tickets

Trip details

Our guide welcomes you at the airport in Bucharest and gives you all the necessary details and assistance to start the trip, while you are being transferred to your accommodation in the centre of Bucharest.

The guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The first stop will be in Ruse where we will take a short walking tour of this lovely city, known as the “Small Vienna”. From Ruse we will take you straight to Veliko Tarnovo, an impressive settlement that was once the medieval capital of Bulgaria, today a charming city offering spectacular views and attracting tourists from all over the world. Overnight at a 4-star hotel.

Leaving Veliko Tarnovo behind, you will arrive at one of the most spectacular attractions in Bulgaria - the Architectural and Ethnographic Complex Etar, an open-air museum with a total of 50 sites showcasing houses with craft workshops and water installations. The journey continues to the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia - a city with wide, cobblestone boulevards, a charming mix of architecture and vibrant modern atmosphere. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in downtown Sofia.

After breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of the main Bulgarian city, discover its main attractions and rich history. No matter what your interests are, there’s something in Sofia that will charm you. After the tour, you can enjoy free time in this dynamic admirable city.

In the morning you will set off to the heart of Balkan Peninsula, Serbia. It has connected West with East for centuries – a land in which civilisations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle. After crossing the border you will explore a city of Nis, the third largest in the country, a great combination of exoticness and elegance. The guide will walk around the main streets while explaining the tumultuous history of the city: King Milan Square, the Skull Tower, the Nis Fortress. The south of Serbia is known for its tasty and versatile cuisine, you will have a chance to try some of it in one of the central restaurants. The journey continues to the town of Kladovo, located on the Danube Riverbank. Check-in at Kladovo Hotel.

This day will be dedicated to exploring the most beautiful part of the Danube. You will enjoy an unforgettable boat ride on the Danube Cauldrons, the place where it cuts through the rocky Carpathian Mountains forming one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Serbia and Romania. Marvelling at the beauty of the surrounding nature you will pass near such places as Trains Plaque, Monastery of Mraconia and Sculpture of Decebalus. Overnight at the same hotel.

Enchanted by the Danube views, the trip moves on to the West of Romania, Timisoara. Throughout its tumultuous history, this city rose from almost perishing in the rage of invading ottomans to become around 1712, the “little Vienna”. Due to its rich historical past, stunning architecture and vibrant modern look Timisoara was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2021. In the course of the walking tour, you will explore its Old Town part, few museums and stroll down a picturesque Bega river. Accommodation in Timisoara.

After breakfast in the hotel, you will travel to Hunedoara region to visit the impressive Hunyad Castle, one of the largest castles in Europe built in Gothic style with Renaissance elements. Next stop is Alba-Iulia city where you will have guided tour of Alba Carolina Citadel, the largest and best-preserved in Romania and unique in the European military architecture. Check-in at Alba-Iulia hotel.

Today you will be taken to Sighisoara, listed among the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval towns in Europe, the birthplace of Vlad Dracula and part of UNESCO World Heritage. After 2 hours drive, you will arrive in Brasov, the second most visited city in Romania. You will go on a walking tour of Brasov to discover hundreds of years of history and culture. The tour will include the most important attractions like the Council Square, the Black Church, the White Tower, the Rope Street, the Clock Tower, the Defense Walls of the Old Town, Saint Nicholas Church. Overnight in Brasov.

Leaving Brasov, we will depart to the worldwide famous sight - Bran Castle, an intriguing 13th hilltop fortress known as the Dracula’s Castle. You will find out the real story of Vlad The Impaler and legends that made him Count Dracula. Driving through the picturesque landscapes on the way to Bucharest, we will stop in Sinaia, a resort town nestled at the foothills of Bucegi Mountains. The first king of Romania was so enchanted by the area that decided to establish his summer residence here, “Peles Castle”. Designed in a Germanic neo-renaissance style, it is listed among the most stunning castles in Europe. Return to Bucharest.

The city has got it all to suit every taste: a rich historical past with the ruins visible in the Old City Centre, charming Belle Epoque buildings and large tree-lined boulevards, palaces, churches, monasteries, large park with modern galleries, libraries and restaurants. Taking a walk in Bucharest is like time travelling through hundreds of years of history and our guide will make sure you will get the most of it.

Depending on your flight schedule, on the last day, you can enjoy some free time in Bucharest. Afterwards, you will be driven to the airport, recollecting a great time discovering Romania.

Additional info

A minimum of 2 participants is required to organise the tour
SGL supplement at the hotels involves extra cost
Departure date can be modified on request

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