Romania has recently become a full member of the European Union, however the country still retains all its historic charm and quaint villages of a bygone era. We will discover the capital, Bucharest, with its famous landmark - the massive, communist-era Parliament Building, and the mysterious Transylvanian region made famous by Bram Stoker’s Dracula - a region of rugged landscapes with daunting castles, dense forests and the towering Carpathian Mountains.
In Bulgaria we explore the capital Sofia, with landmarks that reflect more than 2,000 years of Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. We will also travel the countryside to see the most important highlights off-the-beaten-track ... remote, peaceful and fascinating.
We will touch into Serbia and the city of Nis to learn of its tumultuous history, and from Kladovo we will sail one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube River as it cuts through the Carpathian Mountains. Our well-planned itinerary will include a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - a testament to this region’s historical importance.
• Romania’s capital city Bucharest
• Tsaravets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo
• Gabrovo Architectural-Ethnographic Complex
• Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and Boyana Church (UNESCO)
• Nis Fortress (Serbia)
• A cruise of the Danube “Caldrons”
• The charming town of Timisoara
• Hunyad Castle, one of the seven wonders of Romania
• Alba Carolina Fortress
• Biertan Fortified Church
• Medieval Fortress of Sighisoara
• Viscri Village (UNESCO) in the heart of Transylvania
• Brasov’s medieval centre and black church
• Dracula’s Castle in Bran
* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.