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Romania and Bulgaria: Capitals and Countryside

This sample two week itinerary covers Romania's capital Bucharest and its most popular destination, Transylvania, before moving south into Bulgaria with stays in Plovdiv and Sofia. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, private door-to-door long distance transfers, and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

2 Nights in Bucharest

2 Nights in Bucharest

2 Nights in Bucharest

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially in the Lipscani district. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially in the Lipscani district. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Bucharest

After your flight arrives at Bucharest's Henri Coanda airport, we will have someone meet you at the airport and bring you to your centrally located Bucharest accommodation.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Bucharest

Get to Know Bucharest on a Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting your bearings in Bucharest on a private tour with a local guide. On this 5 hours tour you’ll take in all the major sights, the Romanian Atheneum – city's symbol and the most famous concert hall, Revolution Square - where the 1989 anti-Communist revolt went nationwide, Museum of National Contemporary Art, former Royal Palace, Old City and Old Court of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula legend inspiration) – includes Manuc's Inn and Stavropoleos Church and the massive Palace of Parliament (famously known as Ceausescu's Palace or People's Palace, conceived by Romania’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu ). It’s all impressive, to say the least.


Bring your passport, which you’ll need to enter the Parliament building.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5 hours

Traditions in Bucharest: Village Museum and Wine Tasting Private Tour

Ever imagined yourself walking through a medieval village, located right in the middle of a city? Discover Bucharest’s Village Museum – a time capsule in the heart of an urban jungle. Once enchanted by the folklore and by the eerie looks of the village, you will end the tour in style. Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or a true connoisseur, you’ll enjoy yourself as you discover the distinctive “terroir” of famous Romanian vineyards like Dealu Mare, where the wine is nicknamed “liquid gold”. You’ll be able to taste different types of local wines, traditional cheese & dry sausages.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Brasov by Private Car

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Bucharest this morning and drive you to Brasov, the gateway to Transylvania. Without stops the drive should take about 3 hours, but close to Brasov you'll stop at Peles Castle where we recommend taking the tour and enjoying a tasty lunch at the castle restaurant.

We also offer the following excursions in Bucharest

A Taste of Transylvania - Peles Castle & Dracula’s Castle Private Tour
Moderate11 hours
Ashes of Communism Bucharest Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours
Beer Tasting Private Tour
Easy4 hours
Bucharest Highlights Bike Group Tour
Moderate2 hours

2 Nights in Brasov

2 Nights in Brasov

2 Nights in Brasov

Brasov is a city of true medieval beauty, at the edge of which is the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains. This combination gives the place a truly unique feel, as history and the natural world come together here with astounding brilliance. The home of Romania’s largest Gothic church and the narrowest street in Europe, there is plenty here to enrich your visit. You can even take a gondola ride high above the city for new points of view. And, Brasov’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring some of Romania’s most magnificent castles. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days exploring the city, which offers everything from incredible architecture to excellent dining, a rich cultural program and fun outdoor activities. Day and night you’ll find something fun to do here, from the depths of the narrow Rope Street to the heights of Mount Tampa. Wine lovers will really enjoy a trip to the Rhein wine cellar just outside of Brasov. Here you can learn more about the local wine and of course taste it too. Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, some of Romania’s most impressive castles, are all within distance for a perfect day trip. History, culture, architecture, the great outdoors: Brasov brings all of Romania’s greatest gifts together in one place.

Brasov is a city of true medieval beauty, at the edge of which is the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains. This combination gives the place a truly unique feel, as history and the natural world come together here with astounding brilliance. The home of Romania’s largest Gothic church and the narrowest street in Europe, there is plenty here to enrich your visit. You can even take a gondola ride high above the city for new points of view. And, Brasov’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring some of Romania’s most magnificent castles. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days exploring the city, which offers everything from incredible architecture to excellent dining, a rich cultural program and fun outdoor activities. Day and night you’ll find something fun to do here, from the depths of the narrow Rope Street to the heights of Mount Tampa. Wine lovers will really enjoy a trip to the Rhein wine cellar just outside of Brasov. Here you can learn more about the local wine and of course taste it too. Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, some of Romania’s most impressive castles, are all within distance for a perfect day trip. History, culture, architecture, the great outdoors: Brasov brings all of Romania’s greatest gifts together in one place.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Brasov

Welcome to Brasov! After the drive, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Brasov

Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Brasov is a must-see destination and we’ve got you covered. You will start the walking tour in the central square, where you will learn a short history of Brasov and Transylvania. You can visit the Black Church, which is the largest Lutheran church in Southeastern Europe as well as discover the narrowest street in Europe, called Rope Street. You will continue your trip to the famous Bran Castle, the muse of the famous Bram Stroker Count Dracula myths.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5-6 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Sibiu by Private Car

A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation to drive you across Transylvania to the idyllic city of Sibiu. Along the way you will stop in one of the gems of Transylvania, Sighisoara, which is the birthplace of Dracula. After a couple hours of sightseeing you will travel just outside of Sighisoara and you can stop for lunch at your own expense in nearby Dracula Danes, which provides a beautiful natural setting with horse stables.

We also offer the following excursions in Brasov

Bear Sanctuary Private Tour
Light3 hours
Beer Tasting Private Tour
Light3 hours
Bird Watching Nature Walk Private Tour
Light4 hours
Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Private Tour
Moderate8 hours

3 Nights in Sibiu

3 Nights in Sibiu

3 Nights in Sibiu

Did you know that Sibiu is a 3* Michelin travel destination? Did you know that it was a European Capital of Culture in 2007 and the European Region of Gastronomy in 2019? We invite you to join us and discover an amazing town with so many stories! Walking through Sibiu is like walking through a fairytale, or perhaps a medieval movie set. From the 16th century Bridge of Lies to the 15th century towers, you’ll find something romantically ancient at every turn. But that doesn’t mean the city is frozen in time, there’s also a rich cultural life here to match the incredible architecture. You’ll have a fantastic time watching history come alive in Sibiu, even as you experience its more contemporary charms. This is a city of firsts: where the first book in Romanian was printed, where Romania’s first hospital and pharmacy were opened, and also where the country’s oldest museum is housed, the Brukenthal Art museum. You’ll be charmed by this mix of old and new. You’ll certainly want to meet with our local guide, who can give you a closer look at all the most amazing sites in the city, including the main square, one of the best-preserved in Transylvania. But you won’t be limited to staying within city limits, as there are several interesting day trips to take in the surrounding region. The Jidvei Vineyard in the nearby Tarnave Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a tasting of some of excellent Romanian wines and snacks. Calnic, Sebes and Alba Iulia Citadel are also nearby sites that are certainly worth visiting, and will show you a different side of this enchanting region.

Did you know that Sibiu is a 3* Michelin travel destination? Did you know that it was a European Capital of Culture in 2007 and the European Region of Gastronomy in 2019? We invite you to join us and discover an amazing town with so many stories! Walking through Sibiu is like walking through a fairytale, or perhaps a medieval movie set. From the 16th century Bridge of Lies to the 15th century towers, you’ll find something romantically ancient at every turn. But that doesn’t mean the city is frozen in time, there’s also a rich cultural life here to match the incredible architecture. You’ll have a fantastic time watching history come alive in Sibiu, even as you experience its more contemporary charms. This is a city of firsts: where the first book in Romanian was printed, where Romania’s first hospital and pharmacy were opened, and also where the country’s oldest museum is housed, the Brukenthal Art museum. You’ll be charmed by this mix of old and new. You’ll certainly want to meet with our local guide, who can give you a closer look at all the most amazing sites in the city, including the main square, one of the best-preserved in Transylvania. But you won’t be limited to staying within city limits, as there are several interesting day trips to take in the surrounding region. The Jidvei Vineyard in the nearby Tarnave Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a tasting of some of excellent Romanian wines and snacks. Calnic, Sebes and Alba Iulia Citadel are also nearby sites that are certainly worth visiting, and will show you a different side of this enchanting region.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Sibiu

Welcome to Sibiu! Our driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Sibiu

Sibiu Private Walking & Corvin Castle Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This full-day walking tour is ideal for anyone looking to get in touch with the rich, vibrant and often volatile past of this special region, which is still evident in its breathtaking architecture. This special excursion includes a private walking tour in this beautiful city fallowed by a trip to one of the most beautiful and mysterious castles in Romania, the Corvin Castle. Don't forget your camera and be amazed by the stunning architecture!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8-9 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Sibiu

Transylvanian Countryside with Lunch at a Shepherd's Cabin Private Tour

Not far from Sibiu, at the bottom of the Cindrel Mountains there lays a picturesque area called Marginimea Sibiului with 18 traditional Romanian villages. A tour in Marginimea Sibiului is a trip back in time, when the carriages pulled by horses were the main means of transport, a trip in a place “far from the madding crowd”. You'll have the chance to meet local people, like Ghita the shepherd and his mother. They will tell us about their life in the mountains (with their 500 sheep), a great way to discover the serene life at the sheepfold. You’ll have a delicious lunch there with local products: meat specialties, vegetables, cheese, the great polenta balls with cheese and sour cream and, of course, the sour-cherry brandy and local wine. Let’s not forget that Sibiu is European Region of Gastronomy in 2019 so this is a great chance to taste the local cuisine! You can also have a trekking tour around the sheepfold and, in the second part of the day we’ll visit the fortress of Cisnadioara. This is a great way to discover how multicultural Sibiu's surroundings are!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Bucharest by Private Car

Today you're headed back to the capital, Bucharest. A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning. There are two distinct routes between Sibiu and Bucharest and if you are traveling between July and September when it is officially open you should absolutely take the longer route, the twisting and turning Transfagarasan, or Ceausescu's Folly. You will make a day of the drive and along the route there is a must-see stop: the Balea glacial lake, an ideal place to have a bite to eat at the chalet overlooking the lake and mountains. It affords the best views of the winding road from above.

We also offer the following excursions in Sibiu

Day Trip to the Transfagarasan Road, with Clay Castle and Carta Abbey Private Tour
Light8 hours
Sibiu Fusion Private Tour & Taste
Easy4-5 hours
Sibiu Private Walking Tour
Moderate2 hours 30 minutes
The Path of the Ethnic Minorities & Open Air Museum Private Tour
Light5 hours

1 Night in Bucharest

1 Night in Bucharest

1 Night in Bucharest

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially in the Lipscani district. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially in the Lipscani district. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Bucharest

Welcome to Bucharest! Our driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Plovdiv by Private Transfer

Today we'll arrange your private transfer from Romania's capital to the ancient city of south Bulgaria, Plovdiv. The drive takes about 5.5 hours. To break the journey, we will include a stop in Veliko Tarnovo where you can enjoy lunch and look around.

We also offer the following excursions in Bucharest

A Taste of Transylvania - Peles Castle & Dracula’s Castle Private Tour
Moderate11 hours
Ashes of Communism Bucharest Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours
Beer Tasting Private Tour
Easy4 hours
Bucharest Highlights Bike Group Tour
Moderate2 hours

2 Nights in Plovdiv

2 Nights in Plovdiv

2 Nights in Plovdiv

Plovdiv is a city that will charm you right away. The atmosphere here is laidback and the locals are welcoming. From the incredible architecture of the Old Town to the upbeat modern promenade with its hip cafes, bars and restaurants, there’s a mix of old and new here that will appeal to travellers of all ages and interests. Be sure to check out the local cultural calendar, as there is a rich cultural calendar including delightful concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. If you have an interests in the arts you won’t be disappointed, as Plovdiv also has numerous museums and art galleries that are always offering interesting exhibitions. To really soak up the city’s charm, you’ll want to take a walking tour with a local guide who can show you all of Plovdiv’s secrets. Besides the urban architecture, you’ll want to hike up one of the numerous paths that lead out of the city to impressive vantage points. There are also several day trips within a short drive of the city which will give you the chance to explore the countryside and some of the historical sites that are slightly farther afield. You’ll really enjoy exploring this unique destination, with its impressively eclectic local culture.

Plovdiv is a city that will charm you right away. The atmosphere here is laidback and the locals are welcoming. From the incredible architecture of the Old Town to the upbeat modern promenade with its hip cafes, bars and restaurants, there’s a mix of old and new here that will appeal to travellers of all ages and interests. Be sure to check out the local cultural calendar, as there is a rich cultural calendar including delightful concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. If you have an interests in the arts you won’t be disappointed, as Plovdiv also has numerous museums and art galleries that are always offering interesting exhibitions. To really soak up the city’s charm, you’ll want to take a walking tour with a local guide who can show you all of Plovdiv’s secrets. Besides the urban architecture, you’ll want to hike up one of the numerous paths that lead out of the city to impressive vantage points. There are also several day trips within a short drive of the city which will give you the chance to explore the countryside and some of the historical sites that are slightly farther afield. You’ll really enjoy exploring this unique destination, with its impressively eclectic local culture.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Plovdiv

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodations in the center of Plovdiv.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Plovdiv

Dive into Plovdiv

Included in your vacation package price.

Plovdiv has a very rich history and the best way to see it is on a private walking tour. We will arrange for a guide to show you all the highlights of Plovdiv, one of the oldest European cities, contemporary to Troy and Mycenae. It existed as a settlement some 8,000 years ago, becoming a town 3,000 years ago during the Trojan war. It was the capital of ancient Thrace and a major trading center in the Middle Ages. In the historic quarter of the city you will see beautifully decorated period houses, the ancient fortress wall, the Roman theater, the forum, the stadium and magnificent churches. Your guide will regale you with stories from the past, and this vibrant city will come alive for you in a whole new way. After the tour you'll have lunch in one of Plovdiv's quaint local restaurants.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Discover the Secrets of Bulgarian Wine Making

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Curious about the local wines in Bulgaria? Wine lovers are in luck because this special tour grants the chance to get behind the scenes of the local wine industry and to taste some of the most famous vintages. After touring the Villa Yustina boutique winery you'll get a chance to do some tasting, then you'll admire the local landscape. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drop you off there at the end of the excursion, which lasts between three and four hours.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Traveling to Sofia by Private Transfer

Today you are off to the capital or Bulgaria, Sofia. A private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you there. The drive should take about 2 hours.

We also offer the following excursions in Plovdiv

Kazanlak, Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Small Group Tour
Moderate7 hours 30 minutes
Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery & Asen's Fortress Small Group Tour
Moderate6 hours

3 Nights in Sofia

3 Nights in Sofia

3 Nights in Sofia

A city of gorgeous architecture, rich history, and a vibrant contemporary cultural life, Sofia is a gem. The historical center is nicely compact, so everything is within walking distance, giving this cosmopolitan city a quaint feel. It’s the perfect walking city, where you can enjoy stunning tourist attractions and also make your own itinerary, reveling in the lovely restaurants and cafes, and hidden surprises around every corner, including Roman and Byzantine ruins. The restaurants in Sofia are particularly impressive, with a mix of hearty traditional fare and creative twists on modern European cuisine. But there’s much more to do here than eat. Taking a tour with a local guide will help you get acquainted with all the city has to offer. When you’re ready to go a little farther afield, a day trip to one of Bulgaria's UNESCO sites is definitely worthwhile. Bulgaria’s past will come alive for you in these incredible destinations, which are popular with tourists and yet still feel very authentic. These short day trips will also give you a chance to explore the majestic landscape of Bulgaria as you leave the big city for more historic sites. Combining an alluring history with impressive architecture and world-class gastronomy, Sofia is a perfect destination for a fun, indulgent vacation.

A city of gorgeous architecture, rich history, and a vibrant contemporary cultural life, Sofia is a gem. The historical center is nicely compact, so everything is within walking distance, giving this cosmopolitan city a quaint feel. It’s the perfect walking city, where you can enjoy stunning tourist attractions and also make your own itinerary, reveling in the lovely restaurants and cafes, and hidden surprises around every corner, including Roman and Byzantine ruins. The restaurants in Sofia are particularly impressive, with a mix of hearty traditional fare and creative twists on modern European cuisine. But there’s much more to do here than eat. Taking a tour with a local guide will help you get acquainted with all the city has to offer. When you’re ready to go a little farther afield, a day trip to one of Bulgaria's UNESCO sites is definitely worthwhile. Bulgaria’s past will come alive for you in these incredible destinations, which are popular with tourists and yet still feel very authentic. These short day trips will also give you a chance to explore the majestic landscape of Bulgaria as you leave the big city for more historic sites. Combining an alluring history with impressive architecture and world-class gastronomy, Sofia is a perfect destination for a fun, indulgent vacation.

Day 11

Day 11 - Arrival in Sofia

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation in the center of Sofia.

See Sofia on a Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Did you know Sofia is Europe’s second oldest city? Sofia played a role as an important trading center in the Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman Empires. We can arrange for you to explore the city’s main attractions on foot with an expert local guide, taking in highlights such as the National Library, Sofia University, the Parliament, St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral and Sofia's oldest building, St. George Rotunda, which dates from the 3rd century. You’ll also get a chance to explore the city’s bustling main shopping streets.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Your First Full Day in Sofia

Rila and Boyana Private Day Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Rila Monastery, the most-visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria, is definitely a must-see. The arcaded balconies, the unique frescoes, and the fabulous mountain views make this place truly special. Along with you local guide, you'll enter the main church and then visit the exhibits in the history museum of the Monastery. Next stop is Boyana Church. Its frescoes bring epochal change in the mural painting and are considered predecessors of the European Renaissance. It will be an eye-opening experience of local culture. 


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6-7 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Your Second Full Day in Sofia

Koprivshtitsa & Starosel: History, Culture and Wine Tasting Private Tour

This full-day excursion to Koprivshtitsa is the perfect way to get into the countryside and experience the history and culture of the region. This town, a symbol of the Bulgarian Renaissance, is simply beautiful: it's a maze of cobbled streets and brightly colored wooden mansions that will make a memorable impression. You'll explore it with an expert guide who will entertain you with stories from the past. Then you'll continue touring farther south, eventually ending the day with lunch and a wine tasting at a famous wine cellar. This eight-hour excursion packs a lot of memories into one day!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Traditional Bulgarian Dinner and Wine Tasting Private Tour

During this evening tour, you will learn about Bulgaria's winemaking traditions, sample famous local wines, and have a folklore dinner in a top-rated restaurant. Did you know that Bulgaria was the world's biggest exporter of wine per capita during the 1980s? First you will go to a cozy, family-run wine bar in the city center, to learn interesting facts about Bulgarian alcohol production, cuisine, and dances. After these stories, the hosts will introduce you to the differences between Bulgaria's wine regions, while you sample four different types of local wines. The tour continues with a three-course dinner in a famous restaurant at the foothills of Mount Vitosha. Set in a forest, the restaurant offers one of the most dazzling folklore programs in the city, which sometimes includes UNESCO-listed nestinar dances.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours and 30 minutes

Day 14

Day 14 - Departure Day

Today, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the Sofia airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Sofia

Plovdiv City and Wine Tasting Tour
Moderate8 hours
Rose Valley and Koprivshtitsa Private Tour
Moderate10-11 hours
Sofia Private Combo Walking and Driving Tour
Light6-7 hours
Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi Private Tour
Light11 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Bucharest

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bucharest Airport Transfer
Bucharest Private Walking Tour & Parliament Tour
Bucharest - Brasov Private Transfer with a Stop at Peles Castle

Brasov

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour
Brasov - Sibiu Private Transfer with a Stop in Sighisoara

Sibiu

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Sibiu Private Walking & Corvin Castle Tour
Sibiu - Bucharest Private Transfer via Transfagarasan and Balea (July-Sep)

Bucharest

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bucharest - Plovdiv Private Transfer with a stop in Veliko Tarnovo

Plovdiv

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Plovdiv Private Walking Tour
Plovdiv - Sofia Private Transfer

Sofia

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Sofia Private Walking Tour
Rila and Boyana Private Day Tour
Sofia Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Frank & Dolores

Florida

Lived up to all of our expectations and more!

Lived up to all of our expectations and more!

Year : 2018
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Roberta & Larry

Massachusetts

We had a marvelous time on our trip. Our Croatia contact, Josipa, was always available to help us if we had any glitches.  For example, we had scheduled to go on a walking tour at 10 am in Dubrovnik.  We went to where the tour was to start but realized that we had the wrong time set on our watches so that we had missed this walking tour.  We called Josipa and she was able to reschedule our tour immediately to noon.  The walking tour was fabulous and we appreciated Josipa's quick response! You were very helpful in helping us arrange our accommodations, suggesting tours, and providing wonderful drivers/guides who were very friendly and full of knowledge

We had a marvelous time on our trip. Our Croatia contact, Josipa, was always available to help us if we had any glitches.  For example, we had scheduled to go on a walking tour at 10 am in Dubrovnik.  We went to where the tour was to start but realized that we had the wrong time set on our watches so that we had missed this walking tour.  We called Josipa and she was able to reschedule our tour immediately to noon.  The walking tour was fabulous and we appreciated Josipa's quick response! You were very helpful in helping us arrange our accommodations, suggesting tours, and providing wonderful drivers/guides who were very friendly and full of knowledge

Year : 2016
Visited : Croatia, Montenegro, Albania
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Kotor, Vlore
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2016
Visited : Croatia, Montenegro, Albania
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Kotor, Vlore
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Becca & Shawn

Maryland

We will continue to recommend JayWay to our friends! This was our second time using JayWay to plan our Eastern European trips, and we could not have been more happy or satisfied!!! Thank you JayWay!

We will continue to recommend JayWay to our friends! This was our second time using JayWay to plan our Eastern European trips, and we could not have been more happy or satisfied!!! Thank you JayWay!

Year : 2013
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Trogir, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
Rating :
4.5 / 5
Year : 2013
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Trogir, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
Rating :
4.5 / 5

Lenelle & Oliva

California

It was really smooth and easy working with JayWay Travel to plan the trip. JayWay Travel set up comfortable accommodations that were centrally located. The transfers they arranged to/from airports and train stations made it really easy to travel to different cities.

It was really smooth and easy working with JayWay Travel to plan the trip. JayWay Travel set up comfortable accommodations that were centrally located. The transfers they arranged to/from airports and train stations made it really easy to travel to different cities.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Florence, Venice
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Florence, Venice
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Christi & Bob

North Carolina

JayWay took all of the stress out of planning a vacation to an unfamiliar place. We had never been to any of these cities and knowing that we had JayWay backing us up if we needed assistance gave us a level of comfort we may not have otherwise had. The hotels, restaurants, excursions and guides that JayWay offered were all fantastic!! I would use them again and highly recommend them for others!!

JayWay took all of the stress out of planning a vacation to an unfamiliar place. We had never been to any of these cities and knowing that we had JayWay backing us up if we needed assistance gave us a level of comfort we may not have otherwise had. The hotels, restaurants, excursions and guides that JayWay offered were all fantastic!! I would use them again and highly recommend them for others!!

Year : 2017
Visited : Poland, Estonia
Itinerary : Gdansk, Tallinn
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2017
Visited : Poland, Estonia
Itinerary : Gdansk, Tallinn
Rating :
5 / 5

John, Andrew, Rosie, Amelia, Tom, Alison, Chloe, Peter & Sophia

Michigan

While always available, we did not need them. Not a criticism, just a reality. Excellent service, wont have to worry about anything - you could probably do itself for less, but why take the hastle?

While always available, we did not need them. Not a criticism, just a reality. Excellent service, wont have to worry about anything - you could probably do itself for less, but why take the hastle?

Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

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