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Gothic Beginnings: Transylvania and Eastern Europe (13 Days)

Transylvania has conjured images of forested hills, crumbling churches, and of course, "Dracula’s Castle”, but travelers quickly discover why Eastern Europe is becoming a favorite destination. After uncovering Romania’s cosmopolitan capital of Sofia, as well as its quaint Saxon villages, visitors will enjoy the old-world style of Serbia, a country risen from the ashes. And while Romania’s heartland north of Bucharest definitely delivers its famous Gothic lore, it also harbors some of Europe’s best-kept secrets, including Sibiu, a city recently dubbed a European Union “Capital of Culture.”
Your Edventure includes:
  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price varies depending on additional gateway choice)
  • 11 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch
  • 7 three-course dinners, including wine or beer
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Sofia Central Prison and/or Doftana Prison  (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials Only)
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transporation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Select admissions with priority entry

Alexandar Nevski Orthodox Cathedral

The Madara Rider

Kap Kaliarka in the Black Sea

Revolution Square in Bucharest

Varna, on the Black Sea

Astra Outdoor Museum in Sibiu


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Price: $4,677.00 (2019) based on double occupancy, plus optional $409.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates: 
October 2019 (ROTR1020)
October 2020 (ROTR1021)
October 2021 (ROTR1022)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner

~ A guided tour of Bucharest, the eclectic capital of Romania, including a range of one-of-a-kind architecture that takes inspiration from the Art Deco to Bauhaus to Neo-classical eras

~ The classical buildings on Victory Street, Bucharest’s oldest boulevard, such as the ornate Triumphal Arch, lavish Savings Bank and Ceausescu’s grand palace, constructed under the communist regime

~ Ceausescu's Palace, the world’s second largest building, a magnificent structure that led to the demolition of multiple neighborhoods to construct this monument to himself, and now housing two chambers of Romanian Parliament, conferences, exhibitions and concerts

~ The Village Museum, an outdoor museum that is the largest of its kind, to get a glimpse into Romanian village life and folk traditions, with thatched cottages, traditional farmhouses and charming windmills, followed by a cruise on Lake Herastrau 

~ Sibiu, once at the heart of vampire lore, now a European “Capital of Culture”, for a guided tour in the walled and gated old town, the Lutheran Cathedral, the cast-iron Liar’s Bridge and the Gothic bridges of Huet Square

~ The impressive collection of European, Romanian and Contemporary art at the Brukenthal National Museum

~ The medieval region made famous by Vlad Tepes, and remaining largely unchanged since the 17th century, including the citadel town of Sighisoara and its City Council Square, City Museum and Clock Tower, and the village of Axente Sever to see the 14th century fortified church built by the Saxons

~ A stop in Bran for a guided tour of “Dracula’s Castle” 

~ The Carpathian Mountains as a backdrop for the medieval Brasov for a walking tour of the city’s historic center and towering Gothic churches, including the St. Nicholas Church, plus a visit to the Black Church and the 1st Romanian School

~ Sinaia to see tje well-preserved Peles Castle and its parlors, suites and salons on a guided tou

~ A ferry crossing of the Danube to Silistra, Romania, to check out the varied historic sites, including a Roman tomb, a medieval fortress and an Ottoman fort

~ The Bulgarian Black Sea coast to discover why this region one of the most sought-after by Europeans, with stops at the coastal village of Balchik to see stunning seascapes, cliffside views, sprawling beaches and an amazing diversity of sea birds

~ The summer villa and botanical gardens of the Romanian Queen Maria, built in the early 20th century

~ Kap Kaliakra, a rocky peninsula jutting out into the Black Sea, to visit the museum and see the remnants of a medieval fortress

~ Folk traditions of Bulgarians, as the distinctive songs and dances belonging to the local people while enjoying a traditional Bulgarian dinner

~ A stop is Madara Rider, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the enormous rock carving, depicting majestic horseman, eagle and dog, that dates back to A.D. 710.

~ The city of Shumen to admire the Church of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki, located in the foothills of the Trapezitsa and Tsarevets hills

~ A guided walking tour of Veliko Tarnovo, including the high stone walls, balconied homes and narrow, cobbled streets of the Samovodska Charshi district, and the Veliko Tarnovo Tsarevets Fortress, once a citadel, but now a relic of the city’s storied pas

~ Cosmopolitan Sofia, one of the European Union’s newest and most walkable capitals, as a local guide leads a tour past the parliament building, the Viennese-style Royal Palace and the restored National Theater and the golden Ottoman domes that distinguish Sofia’s skyline

~ Sofia’s oldest structure, the St. George Rotunda, the Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, home to Bulgaria’s best-kept collection of religious icons, and the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine cathedral decorated with some of the country’s oldest mosaics

~ Sofia Central Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 2.5 Hours
Average Activity Level: Moderate (mostly uneven terrain, including paved and unpaved roads, cobblestone streets, and many hills and stairs)

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