UNESCO Sights Tour of Romania and Bulgaria

Day 1 – Arrival at Bucharest airport. Depart to Sinaia, mountain resort and visit the Peles Castle (only for arrives in Bucharest before 12.00), former summer residence of the kings of Romania. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th  up to the19th C. Continue to the medieval town of Brasov. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 –  In the morning sightseeing of Brasov, which was one of the most important Saxon Cities in all of Transylvania. Highlights include the Black Church, the Council Square, the Hirsher House, the old Saxon houses from the old town, the White and Black Towers. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran castle also called Dracula\'s Castle. The first documents about the Castle appeared in 1377. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to become their residence. Departure to Sibiu the - "Cultural Capital of Europe" 2007. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 –  City tour of Sibiu including the Small Square , the Bruckenthal Museum, the Huet Square , the Passage of Stairs , the House if the Butchers Guild, the Councillors Tower, the Staircase Tower and the Tanner Tower. Drive to Biertan. Stop at Medias, old medieval town dating from 15th C. Visit the Margareth Cathedral, monument included in UNESCO Heritages List with its famous Trompets Tower. In Biertan visit the Saxon fortified church from 1492, listed on UNESCO Heritage List. Drive to the town of Sighisoara, also in the UNESCO\'s Word Heritage List. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 –  In the morning a walking tour of the Sighisoara Old town or the Citadel. Visits at Clock Tower and History Museum, Born House of Vlad the Impaler, Covered Stairs and Church on the Hill. Depart from Sighisoara to one of the northern regions of Romania – Maramures. Pass by the cities of Cluj and Baia Mare including short panoramic tours. Overnight at hotel in Cavinc.
 
Day 5 – Continuing the tour of Maramures. Stop at wooden church from Desesti which is included in the UNESCO heritages. Drive to Sapanta and visit the famous Merry Cemetery open-air museum, famous for its colorful tombstones with native paintings. Continue to Barsana church, built in 1720 , listed on UNESCO Heritage List , with the florid paintings and the Barsana monastery (UNESCO site), large monastic complex comprising of several wooden buildings, all constructed in the local style including the highest wooden building from Europe – the Gate tower church.
Overnight at hotel in Viseu.
 
Day 6 – Full-day sightseeing of the monasteries in Bucovina - Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita and Humor from 15th – 16th C., included in the UNESCO World Heritage list and famous with their typical architecture and remarkable paintings. Overnight at hotel in Gura Humorului or Voronet.
 
Day 7 – Depart to the Neamt monastery - the oldest monastery in Moldavia and the largest men\'s monastery in Romania with seventy monks, its church dates from 1497 and was built by Stephen the Great to celebrate a victory over the Poles. Drive to Brasov. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 – In the morning visit at the Prejmer fortified church, the biggest fortress of its kind in the Southeastern Europe built in the 14th C., which has double walls and dungeons. Drive to Bucharest. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9 – In the morning tour of Bucharest’s major sites including the House of Parliament - the 2nd largest building in the world, next to the Pentagon, the Revolution Square, the Old town, the Village museum  and the Romanian Athenaeum. Drive to Bulgarian border. Cross the border and stop in Ruse – the main Bulgarian town at Danube River. In the afternoon visit of the Rock monasteries by Ivanovo, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Register. The monastery complex consisted of over 30 churches, inhabited by monks from the 13th C. to the 17th C. Transfer to Veliko Turnovo. Check-in at hotel. Overnight.

Day 10 – After breakfast – 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’s house (17th C.) and Jesus Christ’s Nativity Church which interior is covered in frescos depicting 2000 scenes. Overnight at the same hotel.

Day 11 – Drive to Plovdiv via Shipka Pass.  Stop at Shipka monument for pictures. Visit to the Shipka Memorial church with golden domes. Entrance to the Thracian tomb in Kazanlak, UNESCO World Heritage monument. Arrival in Plovdiv in the afternoon. Walking in the old part of the town with beautiful old houses from the Bulgarian Revival period (18th – 19th C.). Entrance to the St. Konstantin and Elena church and to the Roman Theatre. Overnight at hotel in Plovdiv.

Day 12 – Departure to Rila Monastery across the magnificent nature of the Rila and Rhodope Mountains. Stop at winter resort Borovets. 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. Departure to the capital Sofia. Overnight at hotel in Sofia.

Day 13 – Full-day sightseeing of the capital town – St. Sofia statue, St. George Rotunda, Ruins of Serdica, National Theater, Russian church, Al. Nevski Cathedral and St. Sofia church. In the afternoon entrance to Boyana Church (UNESCO site) and National History museum. Overnight at the same hotel.

Day 14 – Transfer to Sofia airport. Departure.

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