16 Day Castles of Europe - Discover Romania & Bulgaria Plus visit Dracula's Castle! Includes Flights 37% OFF

Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe
Bulgaria & Romania , Europe

Romania is a name which conjures images of vampires, werewolves and spooky mountain castles, yet these are only part of the story in this culturally rich and geographically diverse nation. Beyond the myths and legend, Romania and its southern neighbour Bulgaria are two of the most surprising nations in Eastern Europe. Overlooked for far too long, the time has come to discover their unique cultures, elegant cities, and enigmatic landscapes first hand.

The Offer
Explore the road less travelled on an eye-opening 16 day tour of Romania and Bulgaria. Be surprised by the the incredible architecture of Bucharest, from its Arcul de Triumf to Victoria Square. Journey to Transylvania in the Carpathian Mountains, stopping to view the ruins of Poenari Castle (the former home of Vlad the Impaler) and enjoy a guided tour through Sibiu’s remarkable Old Town. Visit Hunyadi Castle, one of the best preserved Gothic castles in Romania, and separate fact from fiction at Bran - known to the world as Dracula’s Castle. Also travel to the beautiful citadel city of Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, and visit the picturesque resort town of Sinaia. When it seems the tour cannot get any better, it then heads to Bulgaria. Travel via the scenic Shipka Pass to Plovdiv, see the historic sights of the Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia, and also enjoy a day trip to UNESCO listed Rila Monastery, deep in the Rila Mountains. With return flights, 13 nights accommodation, 13 meals and much more, this trip truly has it all.

The Itinerary

Day 1: Australia - Bucharest, Romania (In-Flight Meals)
Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Bucharest! Fly with award winning airlines such as Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar or Singapore Airlines to name a few (subject to availability)

Day 2: Arrive in Bucharest, Romania (No Meals)
Upon arrival be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Opera, Bucharest

Day 3: Bucharest City Tour (B)
Today, enjoy a full day city tour of Bucharest. Start with a panoramic drive around the main sights (Arcul de Triumf, Victoria Square, Victoria Avenue) then enjoy a guided visit of the Village Museum. Later in the afternoon, join your guide for a walk in the old town area, where sights such as Manuc’s Inn and the Princely Court are located.

Overnight: Hotel Opera, Bucharest

Day 4: Bucharest - Sibiu (approx. 277kms day) (B)
After breakfast and check out you will depart Bucharest, headed for the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. On the way, visit the monastery at Curtea de Arges - the resting place of the Romanian Royal family. Then take a short drive on the scenic Transfagarasan mountain road to a vantage point to see the ruins of Poenari Castle. Continue to Sibiu. Check in at the hotel. Guided walk in Sibiu’s Old Town or just a vicinity walk based on arrival time.

Overnight: Imparatul Romanilor Hotel, Sibiu

Day 5: Sibiu - Hunyadi Castle (approx. 125kms day) (B)
Today you will visit Hunyadi Castle, one of the best preserved gothic castle in Romania, and Densus Church. Aso known as Corvin Castle), Hunyadi is a Gothic-Renaissance castle in Hunedoara, Romania. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and figures in the Seven Wonders of Romania. Return to Sibiu in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Imparatul Romanilor Hotel, Sibiu

Day 6: Sibiu – Sighisoara (approx. 94kms day) (B)
Leave Sibiu in the morning and head for the citadel city of Sighisoara. On the way make a short detour to visit the Biertan Fortified Church part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then enjoy a guided walk in Sighisoara’s Old Town with guided visits of the Clock Tower Museum and the Arms Museum. Check in at the hotel. In the late afternoon drive to a nearby village where you will be welcomed into the house of a Roma (Gypsy) family. This is a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of their way of life and culture often subject of prejudice and discrimination. (40 minutes drive in each direction)

Overnight: Sighisoara Hotel, Sighisoara

Day 7: Sighisoara - Dracula’s Castle Tour – Brasov (approx. 193kms day) (B)
In the morning, drive to one the most famous sights in Romania: Bran Castle (a.k.a. Dracula’s Castle). Upon arrival in Bran, join your guide for a tour of the castle. Then you may choose to spend some time in the shopping area next to the castle, where you can pick up some local souvenirs and also taste locally made products, such as the plum brandy (palinka) and various types of hams and cheese. In the afternoon, arrive in Brasov. Check in at the hotel and join your guide for a vicinity walk.

Overnight: Hotel Coroana Brasovului, Brasov

Day 8: Brasov Full Day (B)
Today enjoy a full day in Brasov. Join the guide for a guided walk in the Old Town, including the St. Nicholas Church, the Catherine Gate, the Rope Street, the Black Church and the Council Square. If weather permits, you can take a ride (not included) on the cable car to the top of Tampa Mountain and admire the breathtaking views of the city (requires a moderate level of fitness).

Overnight: Hotel Coroana Brasovului, Brasov

Day 9: Brasov - Sinaia – Bucharest (approx. 212 kms day) (B)
After breakfast and check out of the hotel you will leave Brasov heading for Sinaia, where you will visit the magnificent former summer residence of the Romanian Royal family, Peles Castle and the Sinaia Monastery. Arrive in Bucharest in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Hotel Opera, Bucharest

Day 10: Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (approx. 182 kms day) (B)
Leave the Romanian capital and head south for Bulgaria. After an hour drive you will reach the border point between Bulgaria and Romania and cross the Friendship Bridge spanning across the Danube River. There will be a quick refreshment stop in the central pedestrian part of Ruse. Then you will drive further inland to the heart of The Balkan Mountains. Stop for lunch (not included) in the picturesque village of Arbanasi. Back in the Middle Ages, it received some privileges from the Ottoman Sultan and it became a popular place with wealthy merchants. Nowadays, the entire village is an architectural reserve. Here, visit the Nativity church and the Konstantsalieva House (the home of a wealthy merchant family, dating back to the 1700’s). Then a quick 10 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Veliko Tarnovo - the town which used to be medieval capital of Bulgaria. After check in, accompany your guide for a short stroll on the Samovodene street. The street offers much more than just shops: quite a few craftsmen have their workshops here as well, and catch a glimpse of some traditional crafts such as silver smithing and wood carving. Next, you will stop to admire the impressive Tsarevets Fortress - the seat of the Bulgarian kings.

Overnight: Hotel Akvaya, Veliko Tarnovo

Day 11: Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv (approx. 212 kms day) (B)
Depart after breakfast for Plovdiv via the scenic Shipka Pass. You can stop at Etar, a captivating open-air museum rich in exhibits and live demonstrations of local traditions, customs, and craftsmanship. The complex includes numerous watermills, traditional homes, workshops, a crafts bazaar, a bakery, and a small restaurant. As you drive on you will reach the top of the Shipka Pass and stop for photos of the monument commemorating the heroic Shipka Pass battle that took place there in 1878. Your next stop will be the full size replica of the colourful Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) the replica is open for visits as the original is closed for preservation. Reach Plovdiv in the late afternoon evening and join your guide for an orientation walk.

Overnight: Hotel Leipzig, Plovdiv

Day 12: Plovdiv Full Day (B)
Today enjoy a full day in Plovdiv. Enjoy a guided walk in Plovdiv’s Old Town including visits of the Roman Theatre and the Ethnographical Museum, the Roman stadium and the Djumaya Mosque. Enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Leipzig, Plovdiv

Day 13: Plovdiv – Sofia (approx. 213 kms day) (B)
After breakfast and check out you will drive to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city on the highway. Upon arrival in Sofia you will have a city tour including a panoramic drive, visit of the Boyana Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a walk that will explore the major sights Sofia has to offer: the Alexandar Nevsky Cathedral, the Parliament, the Russian church, the Presidential Palace and St. George’s Rotunda.

Overnight: Hotel Niky, Sofia

Day 14: Sofia - Rila Monstery Tour (approx. 130 kms day) (B)
This morning join your guide for a day trip to the Rila monastery. The monastery lies deep in the mountains, and is the most famous religious site in Bulgaria and one of the major ones in the Balkan peninsula. Explore the monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the monastery’s museum. Return to Sofia this afternoon.

Overnight: Hotel Niky, Sofia

Day 15: Departure (B, In-Flight Meals)
After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia.

Day 16: Arrive in Australia
Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

PLEASE SEE FINE PRINT FOR MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

* PLEASE NOTE: all vouchers/booking dates must be confirmed within 7 days of purchase

FLIGHTS
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • DINING
  • Enjoy 13 meals including daily breakfast
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover the history of Romania and Bulgaria
  • Explore Bucharest’s old town with a guided walking tour
  • Step back in time at the Village Museum in Bucharest
  • Visit the monastery at Curtea de Arges, resting place of the Romanian Royal Family
  • Travel the scenic Transfagarasan mountain road
  • See the ruins of Poenari Castle, home of Vlad the Impaler
  • Explore enchanting Hunyadi Castle; one of the best preserved Gothic castles
  • See UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit the well preserved Biertan Fortified Church
  • Enjoy a guided walk of the main sights of Sighisoara
  • Visit a local Roma (Gypsy) family and learn about their life and culture
  • Explore the famous Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a guided walk in the Old Town of Brasov
  • Visit Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle in the Carpathian Mountains
  • Explore the Nativity Church and Konstantsalieva’s House in Arbanasi
  • Stay in Veliko Tarnovo the medieval capital of Bulgaria
  • Witness the impressive Tsarevets fortress in Veliko Tarnovo
  • Drive along the scenic Shipka pass on route to Plovdiv
  • Explore Etar; an open air museum with live demos of local traditions and customs
  • Visit the full size replica of the colourful Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  • Enjoy a guided walk in Plovdiv’s Old Town including a visit of the Roman Theatre
  • City tour of Sofia, visit to Boyana Church and Alexandar Nevsky Cathedral
  • Visit Rila monastery the most famous religious site in Bulgaria
  • TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges
  • TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers

  • TripADeal Travel & Adventure

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      BOOKING INFORMATION
    • After purchase, you will receive your Travel Voucher via email. This email will direct you to an Online Booking Form. You must return your booking form within 7 days of purchase
    • Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Online Booking Form. Any change requested after submitting your Online Booking Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability, and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below
    • On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Fine Print
    • Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated)
    • OFFER ESSENTIALS
    • Voucher valid until 26th July 2017
    • Voucher valid for one person based on twin share
    • Single Supplement
      For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $400 applies
    • Departure Dates (2017)
      May: 17
      July: 26
    • Departure Cities
      Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
    • FLIGHTS
    • Airline(s) Used
      Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Air Berlin plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)
    • Arrive early in Bucharest, Romania
      $300 per person/voucher subject to availability
      Please note:
      - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
      - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
      - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking
    • Stay behind in Sofia, Bulgaria
      $300 per person/voucher subject to availability
      Please note:
      - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
      - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
      - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking
    • Flight Upgrades
      Please Note: Upgrades are subject to request only. Availability and pricing will be confirmed once your booking form is returned to TripADeal.
    • ACCOMMODATION
    • Accommodation Used
      3-4 Star (self-rated)
      - Bucharest: Hotel Opera
      - Sibiu: Imparatul Romanilor Hotel
      - Sighisoara: Sighisoara Hotel
      - Brasov: Hotel Coroana Brasovului
      - Veliko Tarnovo: Hotel Akvaya
      - Plovdiv: Hotel Leipzig
      - Sofia: Hotel Niky
      *Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type. In the unlikely event that a hotel is fully booked a similar hotel of the same standard will be used
    • Extra Nights
      - Bucharest (Pre Tour): $170 per room including breakfast and airport transfers
      - Sofia (Post Tour): $170 per room including breakfast and airport transfers
      Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking.
    • Maximum Room Capacity
      3 people (subject to availability)
    • Child Policy
      - No child discounts apply; a full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling with their parents
      - Strictly valid for Children/infants 5 years old and over
      Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed
    • Triple Share
      No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. A full priced voucher must be purchased. Subject to availability
    • Bedding Configuration
      Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)
    • Adjoining Rooms
      Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option
    • GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION
    • Minimum group size 15, maximum group size 30 per coach
    • Optional Tours / Activities
      - DAY 8:
      Tampa Mountain Cable Car €2 (approx. $3 AUD)
      Please Note:
      - prices are based on per person, are subject to availability and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
      - Some tours require minimum numbers to operate
    • 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    • Meals Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour manager will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants if not included.
    • Luggage You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.
    • Gratuities Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for any services throughout the tour. The recommended tip is approximately €5 per person per day, which will be collected on tour.
    • Mobility Our coaches are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
    • EXCLUSIONS
    • - Visa fees and requirements (No visa is required for Europe if travelling on an Australian passport)
      - Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
      - Recommended gratuities/tipping at approx. €5 per person/day payable on tour (subject to change)
      - Photo fees: some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures (approx. €3 per site)
      - Optional activities/tours
      - Personal expenses
      - Travel insurance (Mandatory)
      Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.
    • VISAS
    • No visa is required for Europe for up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport
      Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required
    • INSURANCE
    • TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance
    • SCHEDULE OF FEES
    • Voluntary Changes
      This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or Travel Voucher reissue
      1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
      2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
      Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
      Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
      Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    • Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
      If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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