Romania & Bulgaria classics

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Romania & Bulgaria classics

€ 2216

per person

Explore Romania and Bulgaria in a 15 days tour. Discover the differences and similarities of these two Eastern European countries. Enjoy the mountain landscapes and meet the local people.

Travel details

Romania & Bulgaria
Start / End
Cluj-Napoca, Romania / Sofia, Bulgaria
15 days
April - October
Tour type
Dress code
For salt mine visit: non slippery-shoes & appropriate warm clothing recommended (the constant temperature inside the salt mine is 10-12° C). For monasteries visits: shoulders and knees should be covered for both men and women. Skirts and scarfs are sometimes offered at the entrance.
Cluj-Napoca, Turda Salt Mine, Rogoz wooden church, Breb village, Barsana monastery, Ciocanesti village, Moldovita & Voronet monasteries, Bicaz Gorge, Red Lake, Sighisoara fortress, Viscri fortified church & village, Brașov, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Prapastiile Zarnestilor Gorge, Transfagarasan road, Balea Lake, Sibiel icon museum, Sibiu, Curtea de Arges church, Bucharest & Palace of Parliament, Ivanovo village, Arbanasi, Tsarevets fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, Bozhentsi village, Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Koprivshtitsa village, Bachkovo, Plovdiv, Sofia, Boyana church.
about 2400 km / 1490 miles
Car transfer duration
see daily details in Tour Plan
the order of the visits may change


Airport pick-up and drive to your hotel. Depending on the hour of your arrival, you can opt for a guided tour of the city. Overnight in a 3* hotel in Cluj.

Car transfers: 30 min; ~20 km / 13 mi

(no meals included)


Cluj – Maramures

Breakfast and departure for Maramures, a remote and for a long time isolated rural region which still preserves, partly, old wooden architecture and traditional ways of life. Stop on the way to visit a first of the eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO heritage list (Rogoz or Surdesti).

Take a walk in the best preserved traditional village in Maramures and have lunch with the locals.

Continue with the visit of the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, an unusual colorful spot, unexpectedly reflecting the love for live of the locals, and a traditional dowry room.

Dinner and accommodation in a 3* hotel in Maramures.

Car transfers: approx. 4h00min; ~200 km / 130 mi

(breakfast & lunch, dinner not included)


Maramures – Bucovina

After breakfast, you’ll start the day with a visit to one or two craftsmen in the area. Transfer to Barsana where you’ll see another UNESCO wooden church with frescoes influenced by urban styles of painting typical to the 18th-19th century. You’ll also visit the new monastery, which gets more tourists than the old UNESCO church.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch, transfer across the Eastern Carpathians through Prislop Pass to Bucovina. Stop on the way for a photo sessions and short walk in the village of Ciocanesti.

In late afternoon, you’ll visit Moldovita Monastery, UNESCO monument famous for its outer frescoes of the 16th century.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Gura Humorului.

Car transfers: approx. 4h45min; ~250 km / 155 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Bucovina – Transylvania

Early in the morning, after breakfast, visit the nearby Voronet monastery - UNESCO monument, most famous of all painted monasteries in Bucovina.

A long transfer to Transylvania ensues, which will take you through Bicaz Gorge and by the Red Lake in the Eastern Carpathians.

Lunch in a restaurant.

After lunch, transfer through one of the biggest depressions of the Eastern Carpathians, the homeland of the Hungarian speaking Szekely Transylvanians.

During late afternoon and early evening you’ll walk through Sighisoara – Transylvania’s best preserved medieval town, also included in the UNESCO world heritage list, world-renowned for being Dracula’s birth place. (All Dracula stories are to be taken with a pinch of salt, of course.)

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sighisoara.

Car transfers: approx. 6h; ~335 km / 210 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Transylvania: Viscri – Brasov

After breakfast, transfer to Viscri – the best preserved Saxon village in Transylvania and a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover Viscri and its fortified church, then have lunch at a local restaurant.

Next destination is Brasov, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Transylvania. Discover the Black Church, easternmost Gothic church in Europe, and enjoy a guided tour of the old town.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov.

Car transfers: approx. 2h50min; ~145 km / 95 mi

(breakfast & lunch included, dinner not included)


Transylvania: Brasov – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov

You’ll have an early breakfast in Brasov so that to be able to reach Peles Castle in Sinaia slightly before its opening hour.

After the visit of the castle transfer to Bran village, where we’ll have lunch in a restaurant before entering in Bran Castle.

Free afternoon for shopping or walking.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov.

Car transfers: approx. 2h30min; ~120 km / 75 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Transylvania: Brasov – Transfagarasan Road – Sibiu

In the morning drive on one of the most spectacular roads in the world, the Transfagarasan, up to Balea Lake.

Lunch in a restaurant on the way.

Car transfer and, in late afternoon, explore Sibiu. European Capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu is a bustling city from a cultural and economical point of view. It always used to be like that as, since the Middle Ages, Sibiu was the biggest and most powerful town the Saxon (German speaking) Transylvanians had – it was their capital. No wonder that today Sibiu is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Transylvania.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sibiu.

Car transfers: approx. 3h40min; ~190 km / 120 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Transylvania – Bucharest

In the morning cross the Southern Carpathians through Olt Valley to Curtea de Arges, where we visit two Orthodox churches: one of them is the oldest Byzantine-style church in Romania, the other one is one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in the world.

Lunch in a restaurant and transfer to Bucharest. Explore the oldest part of Bucharest (a nightlife hot-spot) before dinner.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.

Car transfers: approx. 5 h; ~290 km / 180 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)



This day you will visit the Palace of Parliament and either Ceausescu’s private house, or the Village Museum (guide’s decision). Panoramic tour of the Romanian capital.

Free afternoon for shopping or walking.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.

Car transfers: approx. 1h30min. through Bucharest; ~ 20 km / 13 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Bucharest – Bulgaria

After an early breakfast, leave Bucharest heading to Bulgaria. Thirty minutes into the Bulgarian leg of your journey you will start exploring a rock-hewn church close to the small village of Ivanovo. This UNESCO monument is to be found in the middle of the beautiful Rusenski Lom Nature Park and you’ll have to hike to the isolated church.

Lunch in Arbanasi, one of the most beautiful and best preserved villages with traditional houses in Bulgaria. You’ll explore the village after lunch, while in late afternoon and early evening you’ll start discovering the nearby Veliko Tarnovo.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Veliko Tarnovo.

Car transfers: approx. 4h15min; ~215 km / 135 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Veliko Tarnovo - Tryavna - Bozhentsi

During the most part of the morning you’ll continue to explore Imperial Bulgaria’s capital, Veliko Tarnovo, and its famous fortress, Tsarevets.

Transfer to Tryavna, just in time to have lunch. Bustling with craftsmen in the 18th and 19th centuries, Tryavna preserved not only its old core, with beautiful National Revival style houses, but also its old skills and know-how: in those old houses you can still see artisans at work.

In late afternoon head to Bozhentsi – a tiny and very quiet, isolated village at the end of a heavily forested valley in the northern part of the Balkan Mountains. It is because of its remoteness and isolation that its old houses have been so well preserved.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Tryavna or in Bozhentsi.

Car transfers: approx. 2 h; ~70 km / 45 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Bozhentsi – Kazanlak – Koprivshtitsa

Start your day with a drive across the Balkan Mountains through Shipka Pass – a heroic and highly symbolical place for Bulgarians – to the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (the original tomb, a UNESCO site in peril, is closed to tourists, but nearby you can visit an exact copy of it).

After lunch, transfer to Koprivshtitsa. Much bigger and far more prosperous than Bozhentsi, Koprivshtitsa is a village just as well preserved as the previous one, but bustling with life. An unusually high number of Bulgarian personalities of the Romantic era were born here. Explore the village for the rest of the day and discover one of its museums.

Overnight in a guesthouse in Koprivshtitsa.

Car transfers: approx. 3h30min; ~190 km / 120 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Koprivshtitsa – Bachkovo – Plovdiv

After breakfast, transfer from Koprivshtitsa to Bachkovo.

Return to Plovdiv in time for lunch and explore the city during the afternoon and the evening. You have a little bit of everything in this rightfully praised and not enough acclaimed city of Plovdiv: Roman ruins (including one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the world); Byzantine fortifications; a beautiful Turkish mosque; a whole old residential neighborhood which, being built in the times of the Bulgarian National Revival, embodies all the mysteries of the Romantic Orient; and a party corner – another whole neighborhood built in Wester European styles where you have a hard time picking up your favorite bar or restaurant. In 2019 Plovdiv was European Capital of Culture.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Plovdiv.

Car transfers: approx. 3h15min; ~185 km / 115 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Plovdiv – Sofia

Transfer to Sofia after breakfast. Here you have about half a day for Bulgaria’s capital which hides, among Roman ruins and communist concrete-made relics, a number of gems. One of them is St. George Rotunda – a church built in Roman times, oldest building in Sofia. Another one is Saint Sofia Church, built before the 6th century. But it is on the outskirts of Sofia that you’ll find the brightest gem: the small Boyana church, a UNESCO site world famous for its mid 13th century paintings.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Sofia.

Car transfers: approx. 2 h; ~150 km / 95 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)



Free time in Bulgaria’s capital. Take a taxi to the airport for the flight back. End of the tour.

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


services of an English speaking guide / driver

pick up from the airport

transportation by private vehicle or minibus

gas, road tax and parking fees

entry tickets (for all visits mentioned in the tour description)

meals as mentioned in the tour description (14 breakfasts, 2 lunches)

1 overnight in a rural guesthouses (in Bulgaria) (double room based)

13 overnights in a 3* hotels (9 in Romania & 4 in Bulgaria) (double room based)

Not included:

flight tickets

travel insurance

your meals and drinks (others than mentioned)

photo / video fees (where required)

personal expenses

transfer to the airport on departure day

guided tour of Cluj-Napoca on day 1 (if early arrival)


from 2216 EUR

you can choose departure date

price varies according to number of participants

you can choose guiding language (subject to availability)


2985 EUR

departures 2020: April 25th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 1st, September 12th, October 10th

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guiding available in English

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