During your guided tour you will get to know more about the historical region of Transylvania, the Thracian remains in Bulgaria and see the beautiful Ohrid Lake in Macedonia.
Day #1 Bucharest - Brasov
Upon your arrival you will be greeted by an experienced guide at Otopeni Airport in Bucharest. Your journey through the Balkans is beginning.Transfer to Brasov – one of the most visited places in Romania. The city was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons. Among Brasov’s best known historical and cultural attractions are the Council Square, the beautiful Saint Nicholas Church, the Black Church, the largest Gothic church east of Vienna, so named because of its dark walls which survived a devastating fire in 1689, Brașov Fortress, dating back to the 13th century, which are still functional, the Museum of History, Museum of Ethnography, The Museum of Art, Opera House, Drama Theatre and Marionette Theatre. Dinner at restaurant Roata Norocului in Brasov
Day #2 Brasov - Sighisoara - Bran - Brasov
Following buffet breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Sighishoara-part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a perfectly intact 15th century gem and the birthplace of Vlad Dracul, nicknamed Vlad Ţepeș (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. City attractions also include the Church on the Hill, with its 500-year-old frescos; the Church of the Dominican Monastery, the Venetian House, built in the 13th century and the Clock Tower housing the Museum of History, which mirrors the evolution of crafts in Transylvania. The Museum also holds a medieval pharmacy from 1670, artefacts of ethnography, a section of fine arts and a collection of clocks. Lunch at restaurant Casa Vlad Dracul in Sighisoara. After lunch transfer to Bran for visiting the most famous castle in Romania. Bran Castle is a fortified medieval castle, often referred to as Dracula’s Castle, which was built by the citizens of Brasov in 1377 as a defence to the city. In 1922, Queen Mary of Romania changed the castle into a Royal residence. For many years, it was an interesting medieval art museum.Transfer back to Brasov. Dinner at restaurant Casa Romaneasca in Brasov.
Day #3 Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo
Buffet breakfast at your hotel followed by transfer to Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts, also called “The Pearl of the Carpathians”. Visit the fabulous Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture and one of the most spectacular castles in Europe, with its arms and armoury collection, unique for its richness and diversity. The Castle served as the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Visit to Sinaia Monastery - an Orthodox Church which houses 13 monks. The old art of the monastery was built between 1690 and 1695 in the old ‘Brancovenescu’ style, one of the best well known Romanian architectural styles. The new part of the monastery was built between 1842 and 1846 and redone between 1897 and 1903 making it the first electrified church in Romania. On the way to Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria, lunch in Bucharest at restaurant Caru cu Bere. Arrival in the Medieval Bulgarian capital in the evening. Dinner at your hotel.
Day #4 Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv - Sofia
Following breakfast sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo – often referred to as the “City of the Tsars” and the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. City tour of Veliko Tarnovo, including photo-stop to the historical hill Tsarevets with the Fortress. Stroll along the Samovodska Charshiya street in the Old Town full with shops, craftsmen's workshops and inns. Departure to Plovdiv – the second largest city in Bulgaria, famous for its ancient and diverse culture, and millennium history. Lunch at local traditional restaurant. You will take a sightseeing tour of the Old Town, where you will enter the Antique theater, one of the most well preserved antique theaters in the world. You will see well-preserved houses of the National Revival Period /18-19 century/. Departure to Sofia – the Bulgarian capital. After check-in at your hotel dinner at local restaurant.
Day #5 Sofia - Rila monastery - Sofia
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Sofia – city with more than 7000 years of history. The tour includes the most interesting places in the capital: the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the St. Sofia Church, built in the 6th century; the former royal palace, St. George Rotunda and the Ruins of Ancient Serdica. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch departure to Rila monstery – founded in the 10th century, known as the symbol of Bulgaria. The monastery houses a rich collection of icons, wallpaintings, old-printed books. The monastery is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. You will take a guided tour in the monastery complex. Return back to Sofia. Dinner at traditional Bulgarian restaurant.
Day #6 Sofia - Skopje
After breakfast your journey through the Balkans continue in Macedonia and the first stop is the capital Skopje - its history goes back to 4000 BC, remains of Neolithic settlements have been found within the old Kale fortress that overlooks the modern city center. Lunch at local restaurant. Sightseeing tour with visits to the Memorial House Of Mother Teresa, The Old Bazaar, The Stone Bridge, Kale Fortress, Macedonian square along more. Enjoy free time at leisure before dinner. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day #7 Skopje - Ohrid
Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Next transfer to Ohrid – Macedonia's most famous destination, with an atmospheric old quarter cascading down a graceful hill, crammed full of beautiful churches. Its cobbled streets are flanked by traditional restaurants and lakeside cafes. Lunch at local fish restaurant. Following lunch you will engage on sightseeing tour with visits to Samuil's fortress, Saint Sofia church, Bay of bones museum, Saint Clement Ohridski monastery, museum of the Icons as well as the monument of Saint Cyril and Methodious along more. Check-in and dinner at your hotel.
Day #8 Ohrid - Skopje
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Last day of your Balkan trip. Transfer back to Skopje. Free time at leisure before transfer to airport for your flight back home.