Bulgaria and Romania revealed

17 nights
Sofia | Rila monastery | Koprivshtitsa | Plovdiv | Kazanlak | Nessebar | Varna | Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi | Bucharest | Sibiu | Hunyad, Peles and Bran Castles | Alba Iulia | Maramures (area of the wooden churches) | Bucovina (UNESCO painted monasteries) | Sighisoara | Viscri | Brasov

Begin your tour in Sofia, and continue on to Kroprivshitsa. Visit the Starosel Thracian Mausoleum, Plovdiv, and the celebrated Kazanlak Thracian Tomb.
Enjoy Nessebar and Varna, where you’ll explore the collection of ancient gold. Tour Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, a mecca for traditional Bulgarian crafts.
Drive to Poienari Fortress, throne of Vlad the Impaler. Explore Sibiu, the fortresses of Alba Iulia, the salt mines at Turda, and incomparable Maramures.
Visit the Painted Monasteries, attend an egg-painting demonstration, and have dinner with a family of Gypsies. Drive through the Bicaz Gorges to Sighisoara. Tour Viscri, Bran Castle, and Peles Castle. Continue reading

Best of Bulgaria and Romania

12 nights
Sofia | Rila monastery | Plovdiv | Kazanlak | Nessebar | Varna | Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi | Bucharest | Sibiu | Sighisoara | Maramures (the area with the wooden churches) | Bucovina (UNESCO painted monasteries) | Brasov | Peles & Bran Castles

Explore Sofia, Rila Monastery, and Plovdiv. Depart for the Black Sea Coast, the Thracian Tomb, and Nessebar; then tour Varna and the 8th-century Madara Horseman. Discover Samovodene Street in Veliko Tarnovo, a major center for traditional arts and crafts.
Visit Curtea de Arges, a soaring 14th-century monastery; in Sibiu, tour the medieval Old Town.
At Poienari Fortress, climb 1,480 steps to the fortress of Vlad the Impaler. In Sighisoara, take in the view from the medieval Clock Tower.
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Highlights of Bulgaria and Transylvania

8 nights
Sofia | Rila monastery | Plovdiv | Kazanlak Thracian Tomb | Shipka Pass | Veliko Tarnovo | Bucharest | Curtea de Arges monastery | Poienari Ruins | Sibiu | Biertan & Viscri fortified churches |Sighisoara | Viscri | Bran & Peles Castles |Brasov | Sinaia monastery

Begin your tour in Sofia; visit the Boyana Church and Rila Monastery.
In Plovdiv, tour the Old Town, Roman Stadium, and Antique Theater. In Kazanlak, visit the 4th-century B.C. Thracian Tomb.
On the way to Veliko Tarnovo, traverse the Shipka Pass. Visit Tsarevets Fortress, and explore the arts and crafts of Samovodene Street.
In Arbanassi, discover Konstantzalieva House; drive to Bucharest for a panoramic city tour, then visit Curtea de Arges. Tour Poienari Fortress, Sibiu, and Sighisoara. Discover the exquisite village of Viscri. Proceed to Bran Castle before visiting Sinaia Monastery, Peles Castle, and Snagov.
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Bulgaria and Romania at a glance

6 nights
Sofia | Rila monastery | Plovdiv | Veliko Tarnovo | Arbanassi | Bucharest | Peles Castle | Bran Castle | Brasov

Begin your tour in Sofia, where you’ll stroll along the yellow brick road leading to the city’s major landmarks. Tour the Boyana Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Continue on to Rila Monastery and Plovdiv. In Kazanlak, visit the Thracian Tomb.
On the way to Veliko Tarnovo, drive through the breathtaking Shipka Pass. Visit Tsarevets Fortress, and explore Samovodene Street, a mecca for traditional Bulgarian arts and crafts. Next, visit Arbanassi; tour the enchanting 17th-century Konstantzalieva House.
In Romania, explore Bucharest, then continue to the famous Bran Castle (a.k.a. Dracula’s Castle). Also discover Brasov’s Old Town and the extravagant Peles Castle.
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