BULGARIA ROSE FESTIVAL – RОMANIA

29.05.2024 - 07.06.2024
Price
2226€ per person
Duration
10 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
15+

The best tourist sites in Bulgaria and Romania in one trip.

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29.05.2024 - 07.06.2024

What's included

Destination
Bucharest , Sofia Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Sofia, Bulgaria
Return Location
Bucharest, Romania
Tour Start Date & Time
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • All meals included
  • Current Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Professionally guided tour
Price does not include
  • Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Increases in airfares or Government imposed taxes
  • International Air, unless expressly paid for
  • Medical insurance and emergency insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • Visa arrangements

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria and the only one with a population of more then 1 million people in the country It is located in western Bulgaria, at the foot of Mount Vitosha and approximately at the center of the Balkan Peninsula. As one of the oldest cities not only in Bulgaria and the entire Balkan Peninsula, Sofia offers a number of notable culture and historical monuments. ”Grows never old…”

Sofia-center
Sofia-NDK
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Rila Monastery – the biggest Monastery in Bulgaria. It was founded by the most respected Bulgarian saint-anchorite Ivan Rilski (876-946). It’s museum exhibition is one of the richest and most valuable collections on the Balkans. The Monastery has the UNESCO status of an international cultural monument.

Plovdiv is located in the Southern/Central part of Bulgaria. Being the second largest city in the country, it has a population of 350’000. There is a kind of magic in Plovdiv in all seasons. Remains of ancient, mediaeval, revival and modern culture coexist and are interwoven into the unobtrusive, irresistible and eternal beauty of this city. They do not stand in each other’s way; they complement and enrich each other to make Plovdiv a synonym of Bulgarian history and a genuine world city.

Kazanlak – Valey of roses – Kazanlak Valley is located between the Balkan and Central forest and is known for its beauty and fertility. Distance to Sofia – 220 km. In the valley far Tundzha River flows. Famous by the production of rose oil, the city is known like The Capital of the rose.

Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak– It is one of the most valuable monument of Thracian architecture and art from the end of the 4 and the beginning of the 3 BC. It was found in 1944 in a mould near the town of Kazanluk. This is the best preserved monument of Thracian art in Bulgaria and one of the few masterpieces of antique painting we have today. It is announced for a UNESCO monument in 1979.

The Church of the Nativity is also known as “St. Nikolay”, as it has a dual dedication. Completed in 1902 at the Shipka Monastery, it is a memorial to liberation from Ottoman rule and to those whose lives were lost in the battle at Shipka Pass in the Russian-Turkish War (1877/78). The battle was the turning point in the war.

Veliko Tarnovo – the city is often referred to as the „City of the Tsars“, Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Contemporaries have described it as “God’s preserved town”, “The Great Tarnov”, “The queen of the towns”.

The Ivanovo rock churches, near Ruse.
The caves in the region had been inhabited by monks from the 1220s, when it was founded by the future Patriarch of Bulgaria Joachim I, to the 17th century, when they hewed cells, churches, and chapels out of solid rock. At the peak of the monastery complex, the number of churches was about 40, while the other premises were around 300, most of which are not preserved today.

Second Bulgarian Empire rulers such as Ivan Alexander and Ivan Asen II frequently donated to the complex, as evidenced by donor portraits in some churches. Other patrons included nobles from the capital, Tarnovo and the nearest big medieval town Cherven, with which the monastery complex had strong ties in the 13th and 14th centuries. It was a centrer of hesychasm in the Bulgarian lands in the 14th century and continued to exist in the early centuries of the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria but gradually decayed.

The Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

Bucharest, a city of captivating contrasts, stands proudly as one of Central and Eastern Europe’s largest urban centers, often referred to as the “Little Paris” for its charm and allure.
Embark on a panoramic journey through this vibrant cityscape. Encounter the historical Revolution Square, the Royal Palace, now gracefully transformed into the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the dignified Senate, the stately University Library, and the enchanting Temple of Music, known as “Athene,” renowned for its stylish design and a majestic dome soaring to 30 meters in height. Traverse Romagna Square and Victoria Square, behold the graceful Arc de Triomphe, a magnificent replica of its Parisian counterpart.

The Peles castle was built by the first King of Romania, Carol I of Hohenzollern–Sigmaringen, between 1873 and 1914. By 1883, its inauguration, it was used as a summer residence. Between 1890 and 1914, under the supervision of the Czech architect Karel Liman, considered the main architect, the castle was transformed and enlarged. Decoration: In the first shape (1883), the German neo-Renaissance style provides exterior and interior stylistic dominance with two exceptions: the neo-Ottoman and the neo-Rococo styles. In the second stage (1890-1914), fundamental changes to the volumes, façades, and interiors enriched the previous stylistic range, adapting the castle to the stylistic pluralism of Historicism.

It is said that Mikhail Cantacuzino and his family went on a trip to the holy places. One day, he reached an Orthodox monastery on Sinai Mountain, with Saint Catherine as its dedication day. Impressed by what he had seen and felt in the holy lands when he came home, he decided to build the Sinai Monastery with the same name as Sinai Mountain. The museum of Sinaia Monastery, built in 1895 on the occasion of the monastery’s bicentenary, is the first religious museum in the country and shelters invaluable worship objects, the first Bible translated in Romanian and printed at Bucharest (in 1688, with the goodwill of ruler Serban Cantacuzino) and a gorgeous collection of icons. Inside the church, there can also be found the epitaph made by Ana Roth, who worked on cotton cloth with needle and golden wire and colored silk between 1897 and 1900. The piece of work, of world value, is included on the UNESCO list.

Brashov, Romania
The picturesque town separates the Eastern and Southern Carpathians. Tourist program: the Old Town Hall, the Black Church – the largest Gothic cathedral in Eastern Europe, the White and Black Towers, the Church of St. Bartholomew” – the oldest architectural monument in the city, the narrowest street in Europe – Sfori.

The Old part of the town is  included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Seeing the one of most beautiful and preserved Medieval citadel in Europe. Nine of the 14 towers of the citadel have been preserved, as well as the entire medieval appearance of the buildings and streets inside.

  • Day 1 29.05.2024
  • Day 2 30.05.2024
  • Day 3 31.05.2024
  • Day 4 01.06.2024
  • Day 5 02.06.2024
  • Day 6 03.06.2024
  • Day 7 04.06.2024
  • Day 8 05.06.2024
  • Day 9 06.06.2024
  • Day 10 07.06.2024
Day 1 29.05.2024

ARRIVAL IN SOFIA

  • Landing in Sofia.
  • Pick up at the airport by a local tour guide who speaks English.
  • Walking tour of the historical center of the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia /depends on the flight/. Al. Nevsky Memorial Temple, Russian Church "St. Nikolay", Parliament, Al. Batenberg Square, St. Sofia, St. George Rotunda, St. Nedelya Square.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Dinner in a restaurant.
  • Overnight stay.
Day 2 30.05.2024

SOFIA – RILA MONASTERY – PLOVDIV – 270 km

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure to the Rila Monastery. Visiting the Monastery.
  • Lunch of fresh trout in a local restaurant, near the monastery.
  • Departure for Plovdiv. Arrival in Plovdiv - the second largest city in Bulgaria.
  • Walking tour of the old town. /the tour can be done or continued the next morning/.
  • Visit to the Roman Stadium, the Amphitheater, c. St. Constantine and Elena, Ethnographic Museum.
  • Check-in at the hotel.
  • Dinner at a restaurant. Overnight stay.
Day 3 31.05.2024

PLOVDIV– KAZANLAK

  • Breakfast.
  • Continuation of the tour of the Old Town.
  • Departure to Kazanlakthe capital of the Valey of Roses.
  • Arrival at Kazanlak.
  • Check-in at the hotel.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit to the Thracian Tomb, Ethnographic Complex, House of Roses.
  • Dinner at hotel restaurant.
  • Overnight stay.
Day 4 01.06.2024

KAZANLAK – GOLYAMA KOSMATKA- KAZANLAK

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure to the rose gardens to witness the process of rose picking.
  • Return to Kazanlak. Lunchfestival of the Rose in Kazanlak.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit to the tombs "Golyama Kosmatka".
  • Return to Kazanlak.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight stay.
Day 5 02.06.2024

KAZANLAK – SHIPKA – VELIKO TARNAVO – ARBANASSI - 110 км

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure to Veliko Tarnavo.
  • On the way : stop on Shipka – visit to c. St. Nicholas. Arrival in Veliko Tarnavo
  • LunchVisiting Tsarevets.
  • Walking tour in the old part of Veliko Tarnavo
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight stay.

On request / for additional payment - musical performance "Sound and Light".

Day 6 03.06.2024

VELYKO TARNOVO – ARBANASSI - IVANOVO – RUSSE – 130 км.

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure to Arbanassi.
  • Visit to c. Nativity of Christ, ts. Archangels with 10 min. choir of church singing, Constantaliev House-Museum. 
  • Lunch. 
  • Departure for the Ivanovo rock churches, near Russe.
  • Visit to the Ivanovo monastery complex
  • Departure for Russe. Arrival in Russe.
  • Accommodation.
  • Walking tour in the city.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight stay.
Day 7 04.06.2024

RUSSE – ROMANIA – SINAYA – 230 км

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure from Russe to the border with Romania.
  • Crossing the Danube bridge on the Bulgarian-Romanian border.
  • Travel to Bucharest - the capital of Romania.
  • Arrival in Bucharest around 10:30 am. They call Bucharest "Europe's best-kept secret".
  • Transit through the city toward Sinaia - a resort known as the "Pearl of the Carpathians."
  • Arrival in Sinaia and visit Peles Castle - considered by many to be one of the most beautiful palace complexes in Europe.
  • Arrival at the hotel in the evening. 
  • Accommodation. 
  • Dinner. 
  • Overnight stay.
Day 8 05.06.2024

SINAI - BRASOV – 45 км

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure to Bran - Visit Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle - the hunting residence of Count Vlad Dracula, an impressive medieval fortress built between 1377 and 1382 on a 60 m high rock.
  • Free time to explore.
  • Lunch.
  • Departure for Brasov.
  • Arrival at the hotel.
  • Accommodation.
  • Walking tour in the city.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight stay.
Day 9 06.06.2024

BRASOV - BUCHAREST – 180 км

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure to Bucharest.
  • Arrival in Bucharest.
  • Lunch.
  • Tour of the city.
  • Visit of Parliament.  
  • Dinner. 
  • Overnight stay.
Day 10 07.06.2024

BUCHAREST. DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast.
  • Transfer from hotel to Bucharest airport.

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BULGARIA ROSE FESTIVAL – RОMANIA

Price
2226€ per person
Duration
10 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
15+

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