Arrival to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and City tour Sarajevo is one of the most oriental and culturally diverse cities in Europe, and had spent over 300 years under Turkish rule until the Austro-Hungarians arrived in the late nineteenth century
1.Day – Arrival at Bucurest – Transfer to Sinaia
Our exciting journey of the Romania, Bulgaria and Greece begins today as we are met a Bucarest airport and transferred to our hotel in Sinaia.
2. Day – Sinaia – Brasov
After breakfast, visit Peles & Pelisor Castles, former summer residence of king Carol I of Romania; departure to Bran where we visit Bran castle, also called Dracula Castle or the Castle from Carpathians; short break at the handicraft open-air exhibition in front of the castle; continue to Brasov; accommodation and dinner at hotel
3. Day – Brasov – Sighisoara
Brasov: breakfast; sightseeing tour of the city, including Black Church (the biggest Gothic monument in Brasov), St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Schei Gate and District (architectural reservation), the Old Town Hall Square. Leaving to Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe and the only one still inhabited. Sightseeing tour of the citadel, including the Tower Museum, the Covered Stairs and the Church on the Hill. Feel the attractions of the Torture Room and visit the Mediaeval Weapons Collection. Dinner at Vlad Dracul’s House in Sighisoara. Accommodation at hotel.
4. Day – Sibiu – Bucharest
Departure to Sibiu. Sightseeing tour of the citadel, including the most important medieval buildings and places and the Art Museum of Brukenthal, hosted by the palace of the former governor of Transylvania.
In the afternoon departure to Bucharest..Accommodation * hotel in Bucharest.
Festive farewell dinner at a restaurant in Bucharest.
5. Day – Bucharest – Ruse
Bucharest. Half-day sightseeing tour of the city including the Ceausescu’s House of the People (today named “the Palace of Parliament” – second largest building in the world after the Pentagon’s House), Victoriei Avenue (firstly called “Podul Mogosoaiei”), Aviatorilor Bvd., the Patriarchal Complex, the Old Princely Court.
Transfer to Ruse, Bulgaria. Panoramic city tour. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
6. Day – Ruse – Veliko Turnovo – Dryanovo – Veliko Turnovo
Morning departure to Veliko Turnovo. Sightseeing tour of Veliko Turnovo, with its stone houses perched over the banks of the Yantra River. Visit Tsarevets Hill and tour the ruins of the King’s Castle, Byzantine fortress, and old town. In the afternoon, we’ll take a short drive to Dryanovo, where we will tour the Dryanovo Monastery and nearby Bacho Kiro cave, where remains of humans and cave bears have been found, dating back to the Palaeolithic Age. Then, we’ll return to Veliko Turnovo, where you will have dinner.
7. Day – Veliko Turnovo – Etura – Shipka – Kazanluk – Plovdiv
Morning departure for Etura, the only open-air architectural and ethnographic complex in Bulgaria. Spend some leisure time and see how traditional master craftsman make goods from wood, leather, silver, and gold. You can also enjoy traditional pastries and sweet Turkish coffee in this unique museum town.
Next, we’ll pass through Shipka, and visit the Shipka Memorial Church, dedicated to the Russian and Bulgarian soldiers who died in the fierce battles near the site. We’ll also go up through the Shipka pass to see the Monument of Freedom. Then, we’ll continue on to Kazanluk, located in the Valley of the Roses. We’ll visit the ancient Thracian Tomb (4th century B.C.,) a famous UNESCO site, and a masterpiece of the Thracian architecture and painting. We will visit the replica of the Tomb.
Then, we’ll continue on to Plovdiv, situated on three hills in the Thracian Plain. Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second largest city with a 24 centuries-long history and one of the ancient crossroads between east and west. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.
8. Day – Plovdiv – Assenovgrad – Sofia
In the morning, we’ll tour the Old Town of Plovdiv, famous for its National Revival Period architecture (18th-19th centuries) with ethnographic museums and Roman Amphitheatre (2nd century.) Next, we’ll take a short drive to the medieval fortress, Assenova Krepost, named after the Bulgarian Tsar (King) Ivan Assen II. What remains today is only the medieval church, ‘Holy Mother of God’, some small sections of wall paintings, dated from the 14th and 19th centuries, and parts of the original fortress wall. Departure to Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.
9. Day – Sofia
Half-day walking city sightseeing tour including the Ruins of Serdica, St. George Rotunda (4th Century,) St. Sofia Church (6th Century,) the St. Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral (1912,) the National Theatre, Russian Church of St. Nicola, and the Parliament Square. Free afternoon.
In the evening enjoy a traditional Bulgarian dinner with Folklore show.
10. Day – Sofia – Rila Monastery – Melnik
Early morning departure for the pride of Bulgaria, Rila Monastery (10th century.) One of UNESCO’s most precious treasures, Rila Monastery is the largest monastery in Bulgaria and all of the Balkan Peninsula. We’ll have lunch, and take a tour of the magnificent complex. In the late afternoon, we’ll depart for Melnik, Bulgaria’s smallest town, well known for its “sand pyramids,” red wine, and traditional houses. Once we’re there, we’ll tour the Kordopoulov’s House, the largest residential building in the Balkan’s from the National Revival Period. Enjoy a wine tasting in the wine cellar at the Kordopoulov’s House, and then an evening at your leisure. Overnight in Sandanski.
11. Day – Sandanski – Thessaloniki – Olympian Riviera
After breakfast, we’ll depart for Greece. Afternoon arrival in Thessaloniki. Panoramic excursion of Thessaloniki, visiting the White Tower, Rothonda, Byzantine fortress walls, catacombs, and St. Dimitrios Church. Free time for leisure. Then, we’ll depart for Platamonas, located at the foot of the Olympus Mountain. Overnight in Platamonas.
12. Day – Kalambaka – Meteora – Delphi
Breakfast. Departure to Kalambaka village located at the foot of Meteora rocky monasteries – visit at least 2 of the monasteries. Free time at Kalambaka – the town of Asklepius. Departure to Delphi for overnight stay.
13. Day – Delphi – Athens
City tour of Delphi with visiting the Oracle of Delphi, The Theater, The Stadium and Archaeological Museum. Departure for Athens. Overnight in Athens.
14. Day – Athens – Peloponessos
After breakfast, take a full day excursion to Peloponessos. Passing by the Korint channel on the way to Epidaurus – the antique theatre with unique acoustics, Nauplion – the first capital of Greece, visiting Micenae – the old ruins, the Leon door, etc. Late afternoon – back to Athens for overnight.
15. Day – Athens
After breakfast, we’ll take an exciting City Tour of Athens, visiting the Syntagma square, The Parliament, The Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, The Academy, The Olympic stadium, where the first Olympic games took place, The Palace of the President, National park of Zapion, Zeus temple and The Arch of Adrian. And, of course, no city tour of Athens would be complete without visiting the Acropolis! Then, enjoy some free time at Plaka – the historic place at the foot of the Acropolis.
Tonight, enjoy a final farewell dinner in Athens, to celebrate your travels in Romania, Bulgaria and Greece! Overnight.
16. Day – Athensk
Athensk/Departure Disembark after breakfast. You will be transferred to Athens airport for your flight home.