Nine-Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania Tour!

9-Day Tour of Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania incl. Air from Montreal

Escorted Tour of Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

Begin in Bulgaria and enjoy a tour of Sofia including a visit to the National Museum of History and the 4th century Roman Rotunda. Cross the border into Serbia and embark on a brief orientation tour of Nis. Continue to Belgrade and visit the daunting Kalemegdan Fortress, then on to view Republic Square, bustling Knez Mihajlova Street and the imposing Saint Sava Temple. Stop in Novi Sad, an interesting mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, and view the city’s major sights including the Petrovaradin Citadel, also known as the “Gibraltar of the Danube”.

Continue to Timisoara, a vibrant Romanian city, and view the ruins of the Timisoara Fortress, Hunaidy Castle and the elegant residential section. Travel to the region of Transylvania and visit the mythical 14th century Hunedoara Castle, with its huge pointed towers, massive drawbridge and soaring battlements. On a sightseeing tour of Sibiu, linger at church-dominated Great Square, Little Square and the Evangelical Cathedral, and view the Bridge of Lies. Enjoy a tour of Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe, then on to Brasov for a walking tour of this lovely town famous for its Town Square filled with baroque architecture and the first Romanian School.

Travel south to visit Bran Castle, commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”, the romantic Peles Castle, and the 17th century Sinaia Monastery. Arrive in Bucharest and become acquainted with the Romanian capital, named “Paris of the East”. View the Parliament Palace, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club and the Military Academy, plus visit the Village Museum.

Trip Highlights

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Montreal-Sofia, Bucharest-Montreal
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Sofia
    • 2 nights Belgrade
    • 1 night Timisoara
    • 1 night Sibiu
    • 1 night Brasov
    • 2 nights Bucharest
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit Sofia’s National Museum of History with its exhibits dating back 8000 years.
  • Tour historic Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East.
  • In Belgrade, spend an evening in the fun-filled Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija.
  • Tour of historic Belgrade includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and Saint Sava Temple.
  • Visit Novi Sad, an eclectic mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture.
  • Travel to Timisoara, a vibrant city on the Bega River, built around lavish gardens.
  • Walking tour in Sibiu highlights the Old Town’s charming 17th century buildings.
  • Tour Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe.
  • Travel to “Dracula’s Castle” surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend.
  • Visit Bucharest’s Village Museum, an open-air replica of artisans’ workshops.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday – Depart for Bulgaria

Depart for Bulgaria

DAY 2, Friday – Arrive in Sofia

Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria’s lively capital and cultural center, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and briefing by your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey of Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania that lies ahead
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday – Sofia City Tour

Become acquainted with the history of Sofia on your visit to the National Museum of History. Enjoy exhibits of the Bulgarian lands dating back 8000 years, including glimpses of the unique gold and silver treasures from Thracian times. View the St. Sofia Church across the square from the impressive Neo-Byzantine golden domed Alexander Nevsky Church, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Next, tour the oldest architectural monument in Sofia, the 4th century Roman Rotunda, a red-brick building transformed into the present day St. George Church. Stroll the lanes of the city on your own, or, join the optional tour to the remarkable Rila Monastery declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy typical Bulgarian hospitality at the optional Folklore Show that includes dinner and wine
Optional: Rila Monastery Tour (PM)
Optional: Dinner with Folklore Show
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday – Sofia-Nis-Belgrade

A long and rewarding day as you cross the border into the Republic of Serbia. Arrive in Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East. After an orientation tour of the city with its many historically important sites, enjoy lunch at a popular café. This emerging city was settled in pre-Roman times and flourished during the time of Emperor Constantine. See the remains of the Turkish fort from the 18th century, now a bustling central recreation area filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Your journey continues to Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe with a long and tumultuous history. This evening’s dinner is at a typical restaurant in the Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija, accented by music and songs. Toast your fellow travelers this evening with Rakia, a delicious fruit brandy popular in the Balkans
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday – Belgrade City Tour

Today’s sightseeing of historic Belgrade includes a visit to the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, this fortress witnessed major defensive battles. View the Republic Square, bustling Knez Mihajlova Street, the imposing Saint Sava Temple, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and Marshal Tito’s Memorial. Time this afternoon on your own. Perhaps revisit the Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija, frequently compared to Montmartre in Paris, both in appearance as well as its artistic atmosphere. This evening, join the optional Danube Cruise with Dinner. Take a scenic river cruise and marvel at the magnificent views of Belgrade. Afterwards, enjoy dinner of local delicacies at Gabbiano Yachting Club Restaurant
Optional: Danube Cruise with Dinner
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday – Tour Novi Sad & Timisoara

Drive through the ever changing landscape to Novi Sad, an interesting mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, nestled on the Danube. A walking tour introduces you to the city’s major highlights including the Petrovaradin Citadel, also known as the “Gibraltar of the Danube,” towering over the river. Then travel to Timisoara in Romania a vibrant city on the Bega River, built around lavish parks and gardens where the Romanian revolution began in 1989. View the ruins of the Timisoara Fortress, 14th century Hunaidy Castle, and the elegant residential section. Dinner together at a local restaurant. Afterwards, opt to explore the non-stop nightlife of Timisoara, named “Little Vienna,” home to year-round cultural performances
Overnight: Timisoara
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday – Depart for Sibiu, Visit Hunedoara en Route

The drive this morning takes you to the region of Transylvania. Visit the mythical 14th century Hunedoara Castle built on old Roman fortifications with huge pointed towers, a massive drawbridge and soaring battlements. This fortress, transformed many times over the years, became the castle of Matthias Corvinus, known as the “Raven King.” Then, drive to the charming town of Sibiu, with its maze of cobbled streets and baroque squares. This cultural center of Europe attracted many musicians in the 19th century and today is the center of Romania’s major music festivals
Overnight: Sibiu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday – Tour Sibiu & Sighisoara, Travel to Brasov

A guided walking tour begins the day in the Bohemian Old Town that still retains the grandeur of its earlier days with a medieval wall guarding the historic area where narrow streets pass by steep-roofed 17th century buildings. Linger at church dominated Great Square, Little Square and the Evangelical Cathedral. At the Bridge of Lies, the first forged iron bridge in the country, view decorations of rosettes and geometric motifs. Then depart to Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe with fortified walls, cobblestone lanes and 16th century gingerbread houses. Tour the town’s famous Clock Tower Museum; view the workings of the magnificent clock with its moving wooden figurines. Then head south to Brasov, nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Upon arrival, a walking tour of this lovely city famous for its Town Hall Square filled with ornately trimmed baroque structures.and the first Romanian school, with its collection of rare books. Tonight, enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Brasov
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9,  Friday – Tour Bran Castle, Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery en Route to Bucharest

Travel south to fabled Bran Castle, surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle.” Perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to the commanding towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s character, Count Dracula. Tour the castle, that now serves as a museum displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Continue with a visit to the romantic Peles Castle, the summer home of King Carol I. Afterward, proceed to the 17th century Sinaia Monastery in the Prahova Valley, named after the great St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai. Take a tour of the monastery and its grounds. The museum of Sinaia Monastery is the first religious museum in the country and houses invaluable worship objects. Arrive in the Romanian capital of Bucharest with its lovely parks, gardens, wide boulevards and avenues shaded by centuries-old trees. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday – Bucharest City Tour

Morning tour in Bucharest, named the “Paris of the East,” takes you to the replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built in 1935 to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI. Visit the gigantic Parliament Palace, second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon in the U.S. See the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club and the Military Academy. Visit the unique open-air Village Museum, a collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, watermills and artisans’ workshops from all over the country. In your free time this afternoon, stroll down Victory Avenue, a historic street lined with shops, museums, cafes and elegant homes. Bid farewell to your newfound friends and share wonderful memories at tonight’s Farewell Dinner and festive Folklore Show
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday – Depart Romania

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Includes return airfare from Montreal, airport taxes, transfers, accommodations, most meals plus sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary. OPC Indemnity Fund fee of $1 per $1,000 of travel products sold is additional. Limited space, other conditions and restrictions may apply. Not all travel dates available.

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