Private Tour Discoveries

  • Join a master artisan and try your hand at traditional Romanian pottery making.
  • Sit down to lunch in the house where Vlad the Impaler, more popularly known as Dracula, was born in 1432.
  • Gain unparalleled insight into Romania’s turbulent history and vibrant culture when you meet with Professor Olteanu at a museum dedicated to the country’s first school.
  • Get a taste of Romanian village life when you join a local family for a congenial dinner in their home in Sibiel.
  • Visit a winery in Azuga, including the former Royal Wine Cellar, for a tour and a tasting of sparkling wine.
  • Day 1 – Welcome to Sofia, Bulgaria

    Check in to the deluxe Arena de Serdica Hotel, ideally located in the heart of this vibrant and historic city.
  • Day 2 – City tour & Rila Monastery

    This morning’s city tour focuses on the architectural landmarks of Sofia’s historical core. Chief among these monuments is the impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. With its large gilded domes visible from many areas of the city, this cathedral of the Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch has become one of the city’s most recognized and popular symbols.

    After visiting the National History Museum, continue your sightseeing at the Rila Monastery , famed for its remarkable frescoes. Originally founded in the 10th century by St. John of Rila, the monastery was destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century and rebuilt in the mid 1800’s in classic Bulgarian Renaissance style. It is now recognized as an important symbol of the country’s strong Slavic cultural identity following centuries of Ottoman occupation. Return to Sofia and enjoy the rest of your afternoon and this evening at leisure. Meals B,L  
  • Day 3 – To Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo

    Depart Sofia this morning and travel to Plovdiv for a tour of Bulgaria’s second largest city, famed for its handsomely restored historic quarter. Stroll with your guide along its winding cobblestone streets where grand 19th-century buildings are now home to popular galleries, cafes and the studios of working artists. Visit the Roman Amphitheater and continue to Kazanlak to visit the remarkable Thracian Tomb .  With its exceptionally well-preserved Hellenistic frescoes of the 4th century, this monument is the only one of its kind in the world!

    Learn how Bulgaria’s world-famous Rose Water is produced at the Rose Museum & Distillery, and then continue your scenic journey into the Shipka Pass through the Balkan Mountains. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo and check in to the Grand Yantra Hotel, one of the finest in town.  Meals B,D
  • Day 4 – Explore Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi

    Cradled by forested hills and set along the banks of the meandering Yantra River, this handsome town was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom from the 12th through the 14th centuries. In the heart of town, protected by a loop in the river and occupying a commanding hillside position, Tsarevets Fortress was home to medieval Bulgarian tsars. Today’s sightseeing will include this impressive citadel as well as other sites in the town’s medieval quarter. Then in the nearby village of Arbanasi, the simple exterior of the Church of the Nativity belies the incredible 17th century frescoes which adorn the interior. Meals B
  • Day 5 – Onward to Brasov, Romania

    Depart Veliko Tarnovo this morning to visit another one of Bulgaria’s astounding World Heritage Sites… Situated high atop the banks of the Rusenski Lom River with commanding views over the countryside, the spectacular rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo  comprise an impressive collection of churches, chapels and monasteries that were hewn out of solid rock. In several of these churches, frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries have been amazingly preserved. Together, they are thought to be some of the finest examples of Bulgarian medieval art. Then drive across the border into Romania, pausing at a winery in the resort town of Azuga for a tour and tasting of their sparkling wine. Continue on to historic Brasov and check in to the comfortable Casa Wagner Hotel, ideally situated on the town’s main square. Meals B 
  • Day 6 – Out and about in Transylvania

    Tour the fairytale town of Brasov, founded in the 12th century and home to the historic Black Church, so-named after its massive Gothic walls were blackened by a fire that devastated much of the town. At a museum dedicated to the first school in Transylvania, we’ve made special arrangements for you to meet with Professor Olteanu, who will share fascinating insight into his life and native land – past and present. Travel on to Sinaia, a charming resort town in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, to tour the magnificent Peles Castle, once the summer residence of the Romanian royal family. Next up, visit Bran Castle, originally built in the 13th century as a stronghold by the Knights of the Teutonic Order and later made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel. Return to Brasov where you’ll have some time to explore more of this handsome town at your own pace. Meals B
  • Day 7 – Journey to Sighisoara and Sibiu

    Journey to Sighisoara   this morning where an impressive silhouette of towers and spires will welcome you to one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns. Your guided tour here includes the highlights of Old Town and the Clock Tower Museum with its fascinating exhibits on medieval weapons and torture. Sit down to lunch in the 15th-century home where Vlad the Impaler, more popularly known as Dracula, was born. Then drive to the historic town of Sibiu and check in to the comfortable Levoslav Villa Hotel.  Meals B
  • Day 8 – Explore Sibiu and travel to Bucharest

    Once a major Saxon trading center, the 12th-century town of Sibiu retains a distinctly Germanic ambience and still reflects the grandeur of its wealthy past. This morning’s city tour here will take you inside its medieval walls to explore the historic district. See the cathedral and admire the town’s steep-roofed 17th-century homes and fine medieval churches as you explore its handsome town squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Continue your scenic journey through the Carpathian Mountains to Bucharest and check in to the deluxe Grand Continental Hotel. Meals B 
  • Day 9 – Bucharest sightseeing

    This morning’s tour of Bucharest’s historic landmarks includes the enormous Palace of Parliament; built during the Ceauşescu regime, this is one of the largest buildings in the entire world. From Revolution Square, you’ll be able to take in some of the city’s most impressive sites, including the Romanian Athenaeum – a handsome 19th century concert hall – and the imposing structures which once served as the headquarters for the Communist Party. It was from these rooftops that Nicolae Ceauşescu fled by helicopter at the end of 1989. In Herăstrău Park, the open-air Village Museum features a variety of traditional houses, workshops and studios which have been transported here from around the country; it’s a fine introduction to the diversity of Romania’s regional architectural styles. This evening’s farewell dinner on the shores of Herastrau Lake is accompanied by the lively musical and dance traditions of Romania.  Meals B,D
  • Day 10 – Depart Bucharest

    Our tour services end this morning. Meals B 

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  • Comprehensive, expertly-guided sightseeing with your own personal car, driver & guide including all entry fees
  • 12 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • 9 nights in our carefully selected first class and deluxe hotels
  • All on-tour transportation
  • Luggage handling and all hotel taxes & service fees
  • GeneralAssist, our toll-free 24/7 emergency on-tour assistance

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  • Daniel from NA gives this tour 

    Our guide, Silviu was fantastic. Spoke excellent English, cut through red tape and was always available to go to banks for currency exchange. Dealt professionally with hotels and restaurants. Extremely knowledgeable of the history and background of both nations. He is a keeper! Read More »

  • Milagros from ON gives this tour 

    Hilton accommodations were excellent, Siebel in was quaint - would have been a worthwhile stay if we had a little time to wander around the surroundings - there was a museum there, but we left after breakfast! we were supposed to "enjoy the hospitality of a village family" - our meals were laid out, but not much interaction with the people. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, but sometimes it was information overload - i understand its hard to balance that among multiple... Read More »

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    The visit with Father Gabriel at his monastery in Romania was delightful. Read More »

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