UNESCO Tour of Romania and Bulgaria

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Private Guided Tour
The tour of the main Romanian and Bulgarian sites which are included in the UNESCO heritage list. A journey through the history and culture which will include old cities, castles, fortresses, monasteries and churches. It is also a chance to find more about local traditions, customs and way of living in Romania and Bulgaria.
Day 1. BUCHAREST - arrival
Meet our guide on Bucharest International Airport and drive to Brasov.
In the afternoon walking tour of the medieval center of Brasov (2 hours). The city of Brasov is one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. During the Middle Ages, Brasov was known as a powerful fortress surrounded by high stone walls and defended by bulwarks, towers and other small fortresses. The buildings and the streets in the historical centre still preserve a medieval note. Concil Square, Black Church, White and Black Towers, Weaver’s Bastion and Ecaterina’s Gate are the tour highlights.
Overnight at Bella Muzical Hotel***, located I the Old Town, or similar.
In the morning we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Bucharest or from the airport (for flights arriving up to 11.00 AM).  Depart on the route stop at Sinaia and visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania and one of the best castles / palaces from Europe.
Continue your journey to Bran with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, the castle got its fame from Dracula`s legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377.
In the afternoon we’ll spend couple hours in Bran village area to learn more about the traditional life in a Romanian mountain village. Visit at a traditional loom with live demonstration of use. Tour of the village in horse driven carriage. Cheese tasting and traditional meal with ecological products (includes 1 beer or 1 glass of wine per person). - Visit at the Cabane Aux Images, a photografic exhibition about rural life in Romania. Possibility of visiting an ”odaie”, traditional stable with hay and cows (visitors must hike to arrive to the odaie). . Cheese tasting and traditional meal with ecological products (includes 1 beer or 1 glass of wine per person).
Overnight in:Bella Muzica Hotel***or similar, an old building located in the Old Town of Brasov.
Breakfast. Next we’ll cross the Carpathians mountains heading north-east to one of the most famous and popular region of Romania – Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries. It is a very scenic road which offer amazing landscapes. We’ll pass Red Lake, Bicaz Gorges and Bicaz Lake on our way to Bucovina. You can have a couple km hike along the Bicaz Gorges.
In the afternoon arrive at Gura Humorului. Bucovina is also the land of very well preserved old tradition. Taste the delicious local cuisine.  Accomodation in Gura Humrului at: Hildes Residence****or similar.
Start to to explore the Bucovina region – the land of World famous Painted Monasteries.
Voronet (UNESCO) : founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting . Voronet Monastery had been dubbed the oriental Sistine Chapel
Moldovita (UNESCO): dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares
It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th c Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colors
Sucevita : the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina , looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584.
Beside the old and beautiful monasteries we’ll also dedicate some time to visit local craftsmens as: a painted eggs museum and workshop, Marginea pottery center, aso.
Return to Gura Humorului and overnight in the same hotel.
Accomodation at: Hildes Residence****or similar.
After breakfast our tour will continue on the way to Maramures, the northern region of Romania, the land of wooden churches and well preserved traditions.
Today we’ll visit the wooden church from Ieud, the oldest wooden building from Europe, built in 14-een century. At Dragomiresti we’ll visit the Maramures Woman Museum, where you can learn about maramuresean traditions and way of live. According with the time we’ll go to explore a countryside area of old and isolated villages with low influence of modern times. Visit some local craftsmens.
Maramuresean dinner and accommodation in a local guesthouse from Botiza area.
In the morning continue to explore Maramures visiting Barsana Monastery and also driving to an authentic countrisede area with old villages and craftsmens. Visit an old worksop and a local household.
Next we’ll visit the wooden church from Desesti and the Merry Cemetery from Sapanta.
Return to Botiza. Overnight and dinner in a local guesthouse.
Then we’ll depart from Maramures region back to Transylvania. Stop at Sighisoara (UNESCO), also called “The Pearl of Transylvania” a wonderful  medieval city where you can stil enjoy the medieval atmosphere. The citadel built in 13th century by German (saxon) settlers it was an important cultural and artist center in medieval period. The old town is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns from Europe and its included in the UNESCO heritages list.
Accomodation at: Sighisoara Hotel***or similar, an old building located in the medieval citadel.
In the morning walking tour of Sighisoara: Church on the hill, Clock Tower, Tinsmiths Tower, Covered Stairs, aso are the most important sights. Depart from Sighisoara on a route which is crossing very old villages inspired by saxon’s architecture. You may find more details visiting places as Biertan or Mosna.
We hope that you had a pleasent and special evening the day before we are inviting you back on the road.
We’ll arrive at Sibiu, the oldest and the biggest medieval city from Transylvania and former capital. Visit the center of Sibiu. Main highlights: Little Square and Grand Square, Evanghelic Cathedral, Lier’s Bridge, Bruckental Museum, defensive towers and fortifications, a.s.o.
Overnight in Sibiu at a 3 stars pension / guesthouse in rural area
Early breakfast and departure arround 8.00 AM from Sibiu on the way to Bucharest. In the afternoon panoramic and walking tour of Bucharest. The main sights are Parliament Palace (exterior), Revolution Square, Athenaeum, Triumph Arch, Old District.
Overnight at Venezia Hotel*** or similar.
Continue your private guided tour in Bulgaria. After breakfast transfer to Bulgarian Border  cross the Danube and transfer to Veliko Turnovo. Sightseeing of Veliko Turnovo - the ancient capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (12th -14th C.), picturesquely situated on the hills at the banks of the meandering river Jantra.
Visit of the medieval fortress of Tsarevets hill and of Samovodska charshiya - handy craft street.
Sightseeing of Arbanassi 17th C. fortified village with entrance to Konstanzaliev house (17th C.) and Jesus Christ Nativity Church which interior is covered in frescos depicting 2000 scenes.
Check-in hotel. Overnight in Veliko Turnovo in a 3 stars hotel.
Breakfast. Drive to Plovdiv via Shipka Pass. On the way entrance to the Outdoor ethnographic museum Etura with its 18th-19th C. crafts. Stop at Shipka monument for pictures. Visit to the Shipka Memorial church with golden domes.
Arrival in Plovdiv in the afternoon. Walking in the old part of the town with beautiful old houses from the Bulgarian Revival period (18th C.).
Entrance to the St. Konstantin and Elena church and to the Roman Theatre.
Overnight in Plovidiv in a 3 stars hotel
Breakfast. Departure to Rila Monastery across the magnificent nature of the Rila and Rhodope Mountains.
Visit of the largest and one of the oldest Bulgarian monasteries (10th C.), included in the UNESCO World Heritage List with medieval defence tower from the 14th C. and fine frescoes.
Overnight in Sofia in a 3 stars hotel
Day 13 SOFIA
Sightseeing of Sofia - St. Sofia statue, St. George Rotunda, Ruins of Serdica, National Theatre, Russian church, Al. Nevski Cathedral and St. Sofia church.
Time at your leisure in the afternoon.
Overnight in Sofia in a 3 stars hotel
Day 14 SOFIA - departure
According with your flight time we’ll transfer you to the border.

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Included in price
13 nights accommodation as specified, daily breakfast, 2 dinners (Maramures), Private Tour Guide – English language, Private transport by standard medium size car (for 2 people) or by minivan (for 4-8 people), Entrance fees, airport transfer,

Not included in price
lunches and dinners not mentioned, other services, personal expenses, video/photo fees (payable inside of some musuems).

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