From  £4695
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Learn about Bucharest's communist past and the myths of Transylvania
  • Take a boat trip along the waterways of the Danube Delta
  • Discover Bulgaria's historic gems iof Varna and Veliko Tarnovo.
  • Explore Plovdiv's ancient ruins and picturesque Old Town charm
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Cultural Landscapes of Romania & Bulgaria

15 Day Tour, from £4695 per person

Embark on a captivating journey through Romania and Bulgaria, where history, culture, and natural beauty converge to create an unforgettable adventure. Explore Bucharest's communist past, delve into the mystical realm of Transylvania, and wander through the picturesque landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains.

Discover Bulgaria's vibrant coastal city of Varna, the ancient wonders of Veliko Tarnovo, and the historic charm of Plovdiv. From boat trips through the Danube Delta to visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, this itinerary offers a diverse range of experiences to suit every traveller.

Our “Cultural Landscapes” itineraries are tailor-made holidays offering greater in-depth explorations with highly qualified experienced private driver/guide throughout. 

Tour Itinerary

The Central University Library and statue of King Carol I of Romania

On arrival in Bucharest, transfer to your hotel and check in for 2 nights. 

Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel
Parliament of Romania, the second largest building in the world

Discover Bucharest's communist past with a tour focusing on Ceausescu's regime. Start underground, exploring the metro stations showcasing the regime's control. Wander through communist-era neighborhoods, uncovering forbidden street art and glimpsing daily life under oppression. Marvel at the Palace of Parliament, a symbol of Ceausescu's power. Visit Revolution Square, where the anti-communist revolution began. End at Ceausescu Residential Palace, now a museum chronicling Romania's communist history. In the afternoon, visit places such as Triumphal Arch, University Square and Parliament Palace. This tour immerses you in Bucharest's tumultuous past, revealing the resilience of its people amidst authoritarian rule. (B)

Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel
Peles Castle

Today with a private guide and car, embark on a scenic journey from Bucharest to Brasov, traversing the magnificent Carpathian Mountains into Saxon Transylvania. The first stop is Peles Castle in Sinaia, the former royal residence, showcasing exquisite architecture and lavish interiors. Delve into the realm of legend and lore as you visit iconic Bran Castle, often associated with the Dracula myth. Walk its mysterious corridors and learn about its fascinating history. In the late afternoon, arrive in Brasov for a short city tour of this charming medieval city. Stroll along its cobblestone streets and admire the fortified walls and historic landmarks. (B)

Schuster Boarding House
The Danube Delta

Today is a long drive cross the mountains through the Buzău Pass. Stop off for coffee and lunch, and in the late afternoon you'll arrive at Crișan, located on the banks of one of the channels of the Danube Delta. The Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a mesmerising mosaic of waterways, marshes, and lush landscapes nestled along Romania's Black Sea coast. Spanning over 4,000 square kilometres, this biodiverse paradise is home to a stunning array of flora and fauna, including bird species such as herons, egrets, and cormorants. One of the highlights of a stay here is a boat trip through its intricate network of channels, where the tranquil waters teem with life and the air resonates with the calls of migratory birds. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem, where time seems to stand still amidst the untouched wilderness. (B)

Delta Boutique & Carmen Silva Hotel
Great Black Cormorants

This morning, embark on a day’s boat trip through the smaller channels of the Danube Delta, offering an authentic glimpse into its rich biodiversity. Keep an eye out for herons, egrets, and cormorants as they wade along the water's edge, while overhead, flocks of migratory birds such as terns and sandpipers fill the sky with their calls. Enjoy a typical Danube Delta fish soup. (B,L)

Delta Boutique & Carmen Silva Hotel
Famous Constanta Casino at Black Sea

Today you'll drive to Constanta to enjoy a short walking tour of this vibrant coastal city and Romania's oldest continuously inhabited city. Highlights include the iconic Constanta Casino, an Art Nouveau masterpiece perched on the waterfront; the Roman Mosaics, revealing the city's ancient past, and the grand Constanta Cathedral, a symbol of spiritual heritage. Explore the city's rich history, from its Greek origins to its status as a vital port by visiting the Archaeological Museum and its 2,000 years of maritime history on the Black Sea. (B)

Hotel Continental Forum Constanta
Balchik Palace Castle of Romanian Queen Marie

Today, head towards Bulgaria along the scenic Romanian Black Sea Coast. Stop off in the town of Balchik and explore Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park. Built in 1926 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his English Queen Marie, Balchik Palace boasts a unique architectural blend of local, Gothic, and Islamic styles. Its relatively modest size belies its cultural significance, with original furnishings, paintings by the queen, and a diverse collection of local archaeological finds. The palace's extensive botanical gardens showcase over 600 species of flora across themed terraces. Conclude today’s journey in the town of Varna on the Black Sea. (B)

Modus Hotel
Independence square in Varna

Enjoy a short morning tour of Varna, Bulgaria's vibrant maritime capital. See Bulgaria’s largest Roman baths complex and its finest archaeological museum. Rest of the afternoon is free to relax on the beach or explore further. (B)

Modus Hotel
Boats mooring on sea in Nessebar, Bulgaria

Enjoy a day trip to Nessebar, a picturesque town steeped in Byzantine-era ruins and medieval charm. Wander through its cobbled streets, see its ancient fortifications, visit the historic churches adorned with centuries-old mural paintings. Return to Varna. (B)

Modus Hotel
DAY 10
Veliko Tarnovo

This morning, drive to Veliko Tarnovo, one of Bulgaria's most picturesque cities. Set on three hills overlooking the winding river Yantra. Explore historic Tsarevets, often referred to as the "royal hill," and wander through the quaint streets of Samovodska Charshia, a medieval marketplace brimming with charm. Visit Arbanasi and admire the majestic Nativity Church, a true architectural masterpiece and a testament to Bulgaria's rich cultural heritage. (B)

Yantra Grand Hotel
DAY 11
Annual Rose Festival in Kazanlak

After breakfast, continue towards the Valley of Roses, the heartland of Bulgaria. Enroute, stop off in the town of Etara and visit its open-air ethnographic museum. In Kazanlak, you'll see the UNESCO World Heritage Thracian Tomb and its frescoes depicting scenes of battle. Also included, today is a visit to a rose oil factory. Continue to Plovdiv by driving through the Kings Valley. (B)

DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv
DAY 12
Roman theatre of Philippopolis in Plovdiv

Explore Plovdiv, Europe's oldest continually inhabited city, nestled amongst seven picturesque hills. Begin with a guided morning stroll through its captivating Old Town, adorned with colourful 19th-century mansions-turned-museums, galleries, and guest houses. Explore ancient ruins, including the Roman Theatre and the Church of Saints Constantine and Helena. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Plovdiv, perhaps visit its newest museum – The Bishops Basilica. (B)

DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv
DAY 13
Orthodox Rila Monastery

Continue your journey southwest through the breathtaking Pirin Mountains, navigating scenic mountain roads until you reach the iconic Rila Monastery, the largest monastery in Bulgaria and a UNESCO-listed site. Learn about its rich history and architectural beauty as you explore the ornate frescoes, intricate wood carvings and serene courtyards. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely lunch featuring local trout, before making your way to Sofia. (B)

Rosslyn Thracia Hotel
DAY 14
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the center of Sofia

With your guide, explore Sofia's highlights on a day tour. Begin with the imposing Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and delve into Sofia's ancient roots at the Serdica Archaeological Complex. Visit the serene Saint Sofia Church before indulging in a leisurely lunch at a local eatery. Dive deeper into Bulgaria's history at the National History Museum, housed in a former royal residence. Wander along Vitosha Boulevard, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the city's main shopping street, lined with trendy boutiques and cafes. (B)

Rosslyn Thracia Hotel
DAY 15
The Ivan Vazov National Theatre

Transfer to airport for flight to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £4695 per person

Price Includes

  • International flights from the UK to Romania and return from Bulgaria
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in four-star hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B=breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation as specified
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide  as specified 
  • All entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions

Price Notes

This is an example itinerary staying at our preferred four-star hotels, accompanied by a guide price. If you have a higher or lower budget than the guide price, please ring one of our travel specialists on 0207 666 1244 and we can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements.

Tour Route Map

  1. Romania, Bucharest
  2. Romania, Brasov
  3. Romania, Danube Delta
  4. Romania, Constanta
  5. Bulgaria, Balchik
  6. Bulgaria, Nessebar
  7. Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo
  8. Bulgaria, Plovdiv
  9. Bulgaria, Rila
  10. Bulgaria, Sofia

Tour Accommodation

Rosslyn Thracia Hotel
Rosslyn Thracia Hotel
Rosslyn Thracia Hotel The Rosslyn Thracia Hotel is well located on a quiet side street in the centre of Sofia. Rooms range from standard and superior, to suites, some of which have panormaic views,......
DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv
DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv
DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv A welcome addition to Plovdiv, this upmarket hotel is located just minutes walk from the Great Basilica and around 600 metres from Plovdiv Amphitheatre. Its 165......
Yantra Grand Hotel
Yantra Grand Hotel
Yantra Grand Hotel The four-star Yantra Grand Hotel is a cultural monument located in the heart of Veliko Tarnovo. Rooms are cosy and classically decorated with some boasting views of Tsarevets......
Modus Hotel
Modus Hotel
Modus Hotel The unique Modus Hotel in Varna is a stylish property with an accent on contemporary interior design. It is located some 800 metres from Varna Archaeological Museum and a five minute walk......
Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel
Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel
Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel Nestled in Bucharest's historic Old Town, the Concorde Old Bucharest hotel, established in 1878, has been meticulously rejuvenated into a boutique haven. Its 38......
Schuster Boarding House
Schuster Boarding House
Schuster Boarding House Nestled in an art nouveau gem, Schuster Boarding House offers an elegant retreat just moments from Brașov's historic heart. The polished rooms, some with Old Town views,......
Hotel Continental Forum Constanta
Hotel Continental Forum Constanta
Hotel Continental Forum Constanta Located in Constanta, the Continental Forum was completely renovated in 2021. The location cannot be beaten, both steps away from the historic centre of the city and......
Delta Boutique & Carmen Silva Hotel
Delta Boutique & Carmen Silva Hotel
Delta Boutique & Carmen Silva Hotel Located on the Sulina branch of the Danube Delta, in the fishing village of Crisan, the Delta Boutique & Carmen Silva Resort has 21 rooms and 4 suites which......

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