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8 Days Essential Romania and Bulgaria Private Tour 2022

How it is organized

• 7 Overnights: Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo - Bucharest - Brașov - Sibiu - Bucharest

• Itinerary: Bulgaria > Sofia (the capital) - Rila Monastery (UNESCO) - Plovdiv (European Capital of Culture 2019) - Kazanlak (the city "of roses") - Veliko Tarnovo (medieval capital of the tsars) - Romania > Bucharest (the capital) - Sinaia (Peles Castle) - Bran ("Dracula's Castle") - Brasov (“Crown city”) - Prejmer (UNESCO fortified church) - Sighișoara (UNESCO medieval town) - Sibiu (European Capital of Culture 2007) - Bucharest (the capital)

• The tour has 7 overnights and 8 days: 2 days for arrival & return and 6 days of program with activities such as city tours, free time, and visits along the route.

Short description


• 8 days in total and planned to take place from Saturday to Saturday. It can be adapted to your flights and preferred dates while taking into account the visiting hours of the attractions included in the program.

• The program can be slightly customized to match your preferences and ideas, or it can be the draft for a tailor-made trip made from scratch.



• Adapt: if you arrive late on day 1, we recommend adding 1 extra night in Sofia to allow for enough free time in the Bulgarian capital and to relax the program.


Day 1 of 8. Arrival in Bulgaria
Sofía ☾


Program: transfer and free time (if possible)

Arrival at Sofia Airport and meeting with Santiago Tour’s guide or driver.
Transfer to the accommodation.
Depending on the arrival hour, free time in the city (without driver or guide). You can stroll along the beautiful pedestrian street Vitosha, with its many cafes and terraces, visit one of the important Orthodox churches, or discover the offers of the Market Hall, housed in an elegant neo-Renaissance building.

Day 2 of 8. A Byzantine monastery and reach the Upper Thracian Valley
Sofia - Rila Monastery - Plovdiv ☾. 400 km

Rila Monastery

Program: visit Sofia and Rila Monastery; free time in Plovdiv

Breakfast. Sofia city tour: Nevsky Cathedral with its multitude of domes, the Art Gallery - former Royal Palace and the rather small National Assembly, the beautiful Russian Church also known as St. Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, the Presidency with its guard of honour and the old St. George Rotunda inside its courtyard, and the iconic Theater building.
Next, we leave Sofia and take the road to the Rila Monastery. It is a convent protected by UNESCO due to the beautiful Byzantine architecture and its importance as an Orthodox cultural and spiritual center. Founded in the 10th century by Saint John of Rila, the monastery is located at an altitude of 1,147 m, all surrounded by the nature of the homonymous mountains. Visit, time to have lunch, and continue the route arriving in the afternoon in Plovdiv, a charming city with a bohemian air and the second largest in the country, with an impressive history. Overnight accommodation and free time.

Day 3 of 8. Two different capitals and the Balkans
Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnovo ☾. 230 km

Veliko Tarnovo

Program: visit Plovdiv and the Thracian Tomb; city tour and free time in Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast. In the morning, Plovdiv city tour including “the Roman city”, with a wonderful Ancient Theater and the ruins of the Stadium, and the Old Town dominated by beautiful buildings from the Bulgarian Revival period. During the walking tour, we highlight attractions such as Dzhumaya Mosque, Hindliyan and Balabanov House Museums, or the Church of Saints Konstantin and Elena. Plovdiv was a European Capital of Culture in 2019. Next, we leave for Kazanlak, a center of rose oil production. Refined and very much appreciated in perfumery, an essence of the flower that has become the national symbol of Bulgaria. Here, we visit the accurate replica (the only visit allowed) of "The Thracian Tomb" dating from the Hellenistic period - 4th century BC, a monument included in the World Heritage List. Then we continue the itinerary through Shipka, a mountain pass and the site of one of the most important victories against the Ottoman Empire in the War of Independence back in the 19th century. Visit the Russian Church and follow the route arriving in the afternoon in Veliko Tarnovo, old medieval capital with beautiful and unusual architecture that seems to climb the hills. Walking city tour admiring the extensive Tsarevets Fortress and the artisan’s historical street “Samovodska Charshia”. Overnight accommodation and free time.

Day 4 of 8. A special village and reach Romania and its capital
Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanasi - Bucharest ☾. 190 km


Program: visit Arbanasi; city tour and free time in Bucharest, Romania

Breakfast. First, we visit Arbanasi just 4 km from Veliko Tarnovo, a prosperous merchant village privileged by the Sultan in the past, characterized by a beautiful architectural heritage from the 17th and 18th centuries. Highlights include the surprising Nativity Church and Konstantsalieva House, an original residence with remarkable attention to detail. Afterwards, we continue towards Romania and cross the Danube arriving in Bucharest, the capital. Time for lunch and city tour: the Village Museum, an open air display of the country's rural architecture; Revolution Square with the Romanian Athenaeum - one of the most iconic buildings, the Art Museum - former royal palace, and the balcony of the former Central Committee - where dictator Ceausescu delivered his last speech; Constitution Square, just in front of the Palace of the Parliament (second largest building in the world); Patriarhiei Church and the Palaces of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarch. Overnight accommodation and some free time in Bucharest.

Day 5 of 8. A royal castle, Dracula's Castle, and a city in the heart of the country
Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran – Brașov ☾. 205 km

Dracula's Castle - Bran

Program: visit Peles Castle, Bran Castle, and Brasov

Breakfast. We leave Bucharest heading toward the Southern Carpathians and arrive in about 2h / 2h30 in Sinaia mountain resort. We visit Peles Castle (standard tour), the last royal residence in Europe built in neo-Renaissance style. Then we continue the route to Bran and discover "Dracula's Castle", where the myth of the Count-Vampire enfolds in mystery a great historical fortress. Time for lunch and then we finish this day’s itinerary in Brasov. Walking tour admiring the Council Square and its unique buildings, the Black Church, an imposing Lutheran church, and the beautiful Catherine’s Gate. Overnight accommodation and free time.

Day 6 of 8. Medieval heritage in Transylvania
Brașov – Prejmer – Sighișoara – Sibiu ☾. 235 km


Program: visit Prejmer Fortified Church, Sighisoara, and Sibiu

Breakfast. The itinerary takes us in the morning to Prejmer, where we find the UNESCO Fortified Church - the most complete and best preserved in Transylvania. Then we continue to Sighisoara, the “postcard” town with an unforgettable collection of medieval buildings, declared a World Heritage Site. Walking tour including the Clock Tower (history museum with a panoramic view). Time for lunch and we proceed with the program arriving in Sibiu, European capital of culture in 2007. In the afternoon, a walking tour of the city, whose eye-shaped dormers give charm to a beautiful Central European architecture. While strolling, we encounter: the fortifications, the Large Square, the Small Square, the Evangelical Cathedral and the Orthodox Cathedral. Free time and overnight accommodation.

Day 7 of 8. A byzantine monastery and return to the capital
Sibiu – Cozia – Bucharest ☾. 280 km

Bucharest by night

Program: visit Cozia monastery and free afternoon in Bucharest               

Breakfast. We leave Sibiu heading south, returning to the capital city. En route, we visit Cozia Monastery, a splendid Byzantine-style old church on the banks of the river Olt. We cross the Southern Carpathians and finally arrive in Bucharest around midday. Overnight accommodation and free afternoon in the city. Suggestions for spending the free time: The Old Town (Lipscani), the parks of Bucharest, the Treasury (History Museum), the Art Museum, the famous Obor Market or Therme (the thermal baths at the north of the city).

Day 8 of 8. Return
Bucharest - Airport ✈

Program: free time (if possible) and airport transfer

Breakfast. Free time in the city depending on the flight and transfer to the airport. End of Santiago Tour’s services. Thank you!


from €869 / person

Your consultant

Your consultant | Cristian Calcisca

Cristian Calcisca

Founder and manager of Santiago Tour since 2010. Tour guide in Romania from 2004, specialised in English speaking tourism as well as Spanish. Studies in UAB Barcelona.

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