Eastern Europe Express

05/30/2020 through 09/24/2021
05/30/2020 through 10/05/2021
Intrepid Travel

Eastern Europe Express

Embark on a spectacular journey from Romania and through Bulgaria, discovering the architectural grandeur and quaint cultural enclaves that make this such an intriguing part of the world. Absorb Bucharest’s austere atmosphere on a guided walking tour, compare age-old places of worship in Sofia and be treated to traditional Bulgarian hospitality on an overnight homestay in Gorno Draglishte. Breathe in crisp alpine air on a hike in the Pirin Mountains, and meander back in time in the Old Town of Plovdiv. Relatively short in terms of distance travelled, this nine-day trip is a fascinating study in just how much regions can change as you cross national borders.

Activities

  • Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets Fortress
  • Plovdiv – Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Bansko – Belitsa Bear Sanctuary
  • Pirin Mountains – Hike & Chairlift
  • Rila – Monastery Visit

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the communist past and vibrant present of Bucharest, a city often underrated by travellers
  • Travel through the scenic Rila Mountains in Bulgaria, mingling with monks at the 10th-century Rila Monastery
  • The village of Gorno Draglishte is home to a rich cultural heritage and a delightful community of welcoming locals. Experience the best of both worlds during a family home-stay (delicious home-cooked dinner included)
  • The ancient Roman theatre in Plovdiv’s city centre was only discovered when a landslide uncovered it in the 1970s. Explore the amphitheatre and Plovdiv’s other significant sights on a guided walking tour

Itinerary

Day 1 Bucharest
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Day 2 Veliko Tarnovo
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Day 3 Veliko Tarnovo
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Day 4 Plovdiv
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Day 5 Plovdiv
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Day 6 Bansko
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Day 7 Pirin Mountains / Gorno Draglishte
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Day 8 Rila / Sofia
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Day 9 Sofia
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