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Bulgaria & Romania Discovery

From $4,992
total price from Boston, New York
$4,295 air & land inclusive plus $697 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
17 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Two fascinating Balkan countries, one uncommon, and exceptional, small group journey. We discover Bulgaria, with its mix of East and West, rugged mountains and Black Sea coast, and treasured UNESCO sites. Then on to historic Romania, home of medieval walled towns, crenellated castles, and fabled Transylvania.

Tour Details

Bulgaria & Romania Discovery

From $4,992

total price from Boston, New York
$4,295 air & land inclusive plus $697 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
17 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
17 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Two fascinating Balkan countries, one uncommon, and exceptional, small group journey. We discover Bulgaria, with its mix of East and West, rugged mountains and Black Sea coast, and treasured UNESCO sites. Then on to historic Romania, home of medieval walled towns, crenellated castles, and fabled Transylvania.

Small Group Highlights

  • Sofia sightseeing
  • Bulgarian cooking demonstration
  • Plovdiv’s charming old town
  • Black Sea resort of Varna
  • Bulgarian UNESCO sites of Rila Monastery, Nessebar, Madara Rock Horseman, and the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
  • Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament and Coral Temple
  • Walled town of Sighisoara
  • Private organ concert
  • Medieval Brasov
  • Transylvania villages and fortified churches UNESCO site
  • Legendary Bran Castle
  • Peles Castle

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Sofia, Bulgaria
Depart U.S. for Sofia, Bulgaria
2
Arrive Sofia
Arrive Sofia

We arrive in Bulgaria’s capital and largest city today and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned. Dinner tonight is on our own.

We arrive in Bulgaria’s capital and largest city today and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned. Dinner tonight is on our own.

3
Sofia
B
L
D
B
L
D
Sofia

We meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead. Then we set out on a tour of this historic city, beginning with visits to the huge neo-Byzantine Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Bulgarian Orthodox Boyana Church, a UNESCO site. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to our hotel, where a historian will discuss the impact of Thracian-Roman culture on the region. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner.

We meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead. Then we set out on a tour of this historic city, beginning with visits to the huge neo-Byzantine Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Bulgarian Orthodox Boyana Church, a UNESCO site. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to our hotel, where a historian will discuss the impact of Thracian-Roman culture on the region. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner.

4
Sofia/Rila
B
L
D
B
L
D
Sofia/Rila

Today’s excursion features the Rila Monastery, founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the mid-19th century after a fire. A symbol of Slavic cultural identity, the monastery is now a UNESCO site. We return to Sofia late this afternoon. Tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant features traditional folkloric music and dancing.

Today’s excursion features the Rila Monastery, founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the mid-19th century after a fire. A symbol of Slavic cultural identity, the monastery is now a UNESCO site. We return to Sofia late this afternoon. Tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant features traditional folkloric music and dancing.

5
Sofia/Plovdiv
B
L
D
B
L
D
Sofia/Plovdiv

En route today to Plovdiv, we stop along the way for a cooking demonstration and lunch of Bulgarian specialties, including the local pastry-like bread banitsa. Then we continue on to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s cultural capital in the historical region of Thrace. Late afternoon, we reach our hotel and dine together tonight.

En route today to Plovdiv, we stop along the way for a cooking demonstration and lunch of Bulgarian specialties, including the local pastry-like bread banitsa. Then we continue on to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s cultural capital in the historical region of Thrace. Late afternoon, we reach our hotel and dine together tonight.

6
Plovdiv
B
L
B
L
Plovdiv

We set out this morning on a walking tour of Plovdiv’s charming Old Town, with its cobbled streets and beautifully restored houses. Set on three of the city’s seven hills, the Old Town features remnants of its Roman past, including the well-preserved theater (ca. 1st century CE), which can hold as many as 7,000 spectators and is still in use today. Following our tour and lunch in the Old Town, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration and dinner on our own.

We set out this morning on a walking tour of Plovdiv’s charming Old Town, with its cobbled streets and beautifully restored houses. Set on three of the city’s seven hills, the Old Town features remnants of its Roman past, including the well-preserved theater (ca. 1st century CE), which can hold as many as 7,000 spectators and is still in use today. Following our tour and lunch in the Old Town, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration and dinner on our own.

7
Plovdiv/Nessebar/Varna (Black Sea)
B
D
B
D
Plovdiv/Nessebar/Varna (Black Sea)

Today we travel to the Black Sea resort of Varna, stopping en route in Nessebar, “Pearl of the Black Sea,” whose ancient city is a UNESCO site. While the site retains traces of its occupation by a variety of civilizations over the millennia, most of the ruins that we explore today date from the Hellenistic period. After time for lunch on our own here, we continue on to Varna and our hotel. We dine together tonight.

Today we travel to the Black Sea resort of Varna, stopping en route in Nessebar, “Pearl of the Black Sea,” whose ancient city is a UNESCO site. While the site retains traces of its occupation by a variety of civilizations over the millennia, most of the ruins that we explore today date from the Hellenistic period. After time for lunch on our own here, we continue on to Varna and our hotel. We dine together tonight.

8
Varna/Black Sea
B
D
B
D
Varna/Black Sea

At the same time modern and historic, Varna offers visitors a laid-back respite, as we see on this morning’s tour. Highlights include a visit to the Archaeological Museum, with more than 100,000 artifacts from Northern Bulgaria’s multicultural past. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure in this seaside resort, perhaps to stroll the landscaped grounds of the waterfront Sea Garden; visit Varna Cathedral, modeled after grand Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg; or simply to relax on the beach.

At the same time modern and historic, Varna offers visitors a laid-back respite, as we see on this morning’s tour. Highlights include a visit to the Archaeological Museum, with more than 100,000 artifacts from Northern Bulgaria’s multicultural past. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure in this seaside resort, perhaps to stroll the landscaped grounds of the waterfront Sea Garden; visit Varna Cathedral, modeled after grand Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg; or simply to relax on the beach.

9
Varna/Bucharest, Romania
B
L
D
B
L
D
Varna/Bucharest, Romania

Along the way to Romania today, we visit two Bulgarian UNESCO sites: the late 7th-century rock relief carving of a horseman on the Madara Plateau; and the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, a 3rd-century BCE architectural marvel with its painted murals and carved female figures – the only example of this type of decoration found in the Thracian lands.  We continue on to Bucharest, arriving late afternoon and dining together at a local restaurant tonight.

Along the way to Romania today, we visit two Bulgarian UNESCO sites: the late 7th-century rock relief carving of a horseman on the Madara Plateau; and the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, a 3rd-century BCE architectural marvel with its painted murals and carved female figures – the only example of this type of decoration found in the Thracian lands.  We continue on to Bucharest, arriving late afternoon and dining together at a local restaurant tonight.

10
Bucharest
B
L
B
L
Bucharest

We see the highlights of the Romanian capital on our city tour that features a visit to the Soviet-era, 1,100-room Palace of Parliament, the world’s most expensive government building and the heaviest building in the world, weighing in at roughly nine billion pounds. We also tour the National Village Museum, with Romanian monuments, buildings, and artifacts dating from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Dinner tonight is on our own in this lively city.

We see the highlights of the Romanian capital on our city tour that features a visit to the Soviet-era, 1,100-room Palace of Parliament, the world’s most expensive government building and the heaviest building in the world, weighing in at roughly nine billion pounds. We also tour the National Village Museum, with Romanian monuments, buildings, and artifacts dating from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Dinner tonight is on our own in this lively city.

11
Bucharest
B
D
B
D
Bucharest

Today we encounter two vibrant vestiges of Bucharest’s once-thriving Jewish community: the Choral Temple, a copy of Vienna’s Great Synagogue; and Bucharest’s Great (or Polish) Synagogue, built in 1847 and now the city’s oldest remaining temple after most were destroyed during the communist era. Following an afternoon free for independent exploration, tonight we enjoy dinner and a wine tasting at a local restaurant.

Today we encounter two vibrant vestiges of Bucharest’s once-thriving Jewish community: the Choral Temple, a copy of Vienna’s Great Synagogue; and Bucharest’s Great (or Polish) Synagogue, built in 1847 and now the city’s oldest remaining temple after most were destroyed during the communist era. Following an afternoon free for independent exploration, tonight we enjoy dinner and a wine tasting at a local restaurant.

12
Bucharest/Sighisoara
B
L
D
B
L
D
Bucharest/Sighisoara

This morning we journey to the medieval walled town of Sighisoara in Romania’s forested – and storied – Transylvania region. Upon arrival we take a walking tour of the Historic Centre, the best preserved in eastern Europe and a UNESCO site. Then we check in at our hotel, where we dine together tonight.

This morning we journey to the medieval walled town of Sighisoara in Romania’s forested – and storied – Transylvania region. Upon arrival we take a walking tour of the Historic Centre, the best preserved in eastern Europe and a UNESCO site. Then we check in at our hotel, where we dine together tonight.

13
Sighisoara/Malancrav
B
L
B
L
Sighisoara/Malancrav

In nearby Biertan today, we visit the elaborate fortified church (ca. 15th century) then continue on to the early 14th-century storybook village of Malancrav, where we enjoy a traditional lunch cooked over an open fire. Back in Sighisoara, we have free time to enjoy this lovely town as we wish before tonight’s private organ concert. Dinner is on our own.

In nearby Biertan today, we visit the elaborate fortified church (ca. 15th century) then continue on to the early 14th-century storybook village of Malancrav, where we enjoy a traditional lunch cooked over an open fire. Back in Sighisoara, we have free time to enjoy this lovely town as we wish before tonight’s private organ concert. Dinner is on our own.

14
Sighisoara/Brasov
B
D
B
D
Sighisoara/Brasov

We depart this morning for the stunning medieval town of Brasov, ringed by mountain peaks and dense forests. Our city tour here includes the First Romanian School, a museum housing rare books and Romania’s first printing press; and the famed Black Church, southeastern Europe’s largest Gothic church. We check in at our hotel mid-afternoon and dine together tonight

We depart this morning for the stunning medieval town of Brasov, ringed by mountain peaks and dense forests. Our city tour here includes the First Romanian School, a museum housing rare books and Romania’s first printing press; and the famed Black Church, southeastern Europe’s largest Gothic church. We check in at our hotel mid-afternoon and dine together tonight

15
Brasov
B
L
B
L
Brasov

Legend comes to life today as we visit towered and turreted Bran Castle, built in the 14th century atop a 200-foot-high rock and once believed to be the lair of Bram Stoker’s fictional Count Dracula. We tour the castle, now a museum, then continue on to the fortified church of Prejmer. Along with the church and village we saw on Day 13, Prejmer is part of UNESCO’s Transylvania historic site. After returning to Brasov late this afternoon, we’re free for dinner on our own.

Legend comes to life today as we visit towered and turreted Bran Castle, built in the 14th century atop a 200-foot-high rock and once believed to be the lair of Bram Stoker’s fictional Count Dracula. We tour the castle, now a museum, then continue on to the fortified church of Prejmer. Along with the church and village we saw on Day 13, Prejmer is part of UNESCO’s Transylvania historic site. After returning to Brasov late this afternoon, we’re free for dinner on our own.

16
Brasov/Sinaia/Snagov/Bucharest
B
L
D
B
L
D
Brasov/Sinaia/Snagov/Bucharest

Returning to Bucharest today, we stop in the mountain resort of Sinaia, “Pearl of the Carpathians,” where we visit exquisite Peles Castle, former summer home of Romanian royalty. Then we head to Snagov Monastery, perched on a tiny island on a lake near Bucharest and, legend has it, burial site of infamous Vlad the Impaler, said to be the inspiration for fictional Count Dracula. We continue on to Bucharest, where tonight we toast our Balkans adventure at a farewell dinner.

Returning to Bucharest today, we stop in the mountain resort of Sinaia, “Pearl of the Carpathians,” where we visit exquisite Peles Castle, former summer home of Romanian royalty. Then we head to Snagov Monastery, perched on a tiny island on a lake near Bucharest and, legend has it, burial site of infamous Vlad the Impaler, said to be the inspiration for fictional Count Dracula. We continue on to Bucharest, where tonight we toast our Balkans adventure at a farewell dinner.

17
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We transfer to the Bucharest airport for our return flights to the U.S.

We transfer to the Bucharest airport for our return flights to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 35 meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Sofia 61 70 77 81 82 73 63 51
Bucharest 64 75 82 86 86 76 64 49
Sighisoara 57 67 72 75 75 69 58 46

Average Temperature (°F )

  Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Sofia 61 70 77 81 82 73 63 51
Bucharest 64 75 82 86 86 76 64 49
Sighisoara 57 67 72 75 75 69 58 46

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Tour Directors

Alexandru “Alex” Teodor Sam

“Alex was a great tour director. He was tuned into everyone's special needs … and added rich content to the trip with his knowledge of the culture and history or the area.”

Adele Livingston
Richmond, VA

Florin Vladu

“Florin is the best tour Director I’ve experienced in many, many years of travel. He is knowledgeable, efficient, fun, kind, and amazingly resourceful and innovative.”

Margaret Ritchey
Lafayette, LA

Irene Peanca

“Irene was always ready to assist and answer questions.  She was eager to make sure we all had what we needed and encouraged us to come to her for assistance or questions.”

Martha & Ralph Nickerson
Chichester, NH

Tour Directors

Alexandru “Alex” Teodor Sam

“Alex was a great tour director. He was tuned into everyone's special needs … and added rich content to the trip with his knowledge of the culture and history or the area.”

Adele Livingston
Richmond, VA

Florin Vladu

“Florin is the best tour Director I’ve experienced in many, many years of travel. He is knowledgeable, efficient, fun, kind, and amazingly resourceful and innovative.”

Margaret Ritchey
Lafayette, LA

Irene Peanca

“Irene was always ready to assist and answer questions.  She was eager to make sure we all had what we needed and encouraged us to come to her for assistance or questions.”

Martha & Ralph Nickerson
Chichester, NH

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This was a lovely trip; well-paced and included many ancient historic sites we were not aware of before. Hope that more people take advantage of this tour to these two countries' gems.
Ralph & Martha Nickerson
Chichester, NH
This was a lovely trip; well-paced and included many ancient historic sites we were not aware of before. Hope that more people take advantage of this tour to these two countries' gems.
Ralph & Martha Nickerson
Chichester, NH
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