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Published Sep 4, 2021
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
From the complex history and rugged terrain to the diverse heritage and medieval atmosphere, Bulgaria and Romania are two emerging Eastern European destinations welcoming culture-minded, curious travelers. Explore the numerous churches, fortresses, monasteries and other landmarks that reflect over 2,000 years of history in Bulgaria's eclectic capital, Sofia. Stand in awe upon the Rila Monastery, admiring the radiant fresco paintings created by the most famous Bulgarian artists before discovering the 1st century Roman Amphitheater in Plovdiv, considered one of the world’s best-preserved ancient theaters. Then, dive into the legend of Dracula and explore the mysterious Transylvanian towns and ancient sites. Wander the tree-lined boulevards of Bucharest, Romania's capital city once known as the “Little Paris”. Visit the lovely medieval town of Sibiu, Vlad Tepes's hometown of Sighisoara, whose walled and well-preserved old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Painted Monasteries of the Bucovina region, where the beautifully painted walls depict bible stories and are masterpieces of Byzantine art, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wrap up your incredible trip at the infamous 14th century Bran Castle, also known as "Count Dracula's Castle".
Discover Bulgaria and Romania
Bulgaria: Sofia, the capital city; historic Plovdiv; Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital. Then, Romania: Bucharest, the “Little Paris”; city of Sibiu; Sighisoara, home of Vlad Tepes
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Rila Monastery Ceiling
Day 3
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Founded in the middle of the 10th century, the Rila, Bulgaria’s largest Eastern Orthodox Monastery, has played a key role in the preservation of Bulgarian culture and language over the centuries. Admire the impressive fresco paintings and the museum that houses a collection of exhibits related to the history and spread of Christianity.
Palace of Parliament
Day 7
Palace of Parliament, Bucharest
While touring Bucharest, once known as the “Little Paris”, visit the Palace of Parliament, the second-largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. Though originally named the House of the Republic when under construction, the palace became widely known as The People's House after the Romanian Revolution of December 1989.
Castle Dracula
Day 12
Bran Castle, Romania
Experience the history, myth, and intrigue of Bran Castle, a magical medieval fortress in Transylvania. Commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, the castle itself has no connection with Bram Stoker's novel. Instead, it is the site of 600 years of fascinating Romanian history.
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