Castles, Palaces & Monasteries


Bucharest: "The Little Paris of the East"; The "painted monasteries" of Bucovina; Bran Castle, mythical home of Dracula; Famous Valley of the Roses; Unsurpassed frescoes of Rila Monastery; Sofia: City tour

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Fri 24 Jul 2015Fri 07 Aug 2015 $4160
Fri 25 Sep 2015Fri 09 Oct 2015 $4160
Fri 06 May 2016Fri 20 May 2016 $4160
Fri 22 Jul 2016Fri 05 Aug 2016 $4160
Fri 23 Sep 2016Fri 07 Oct 2016 $4160

Optional Single Supplement: $580 (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

This exciting 15-day adventure to explore the true faces of two countries that earn themselves worldwide acclaim for their beautiful natural environments, their eclectic architecture and their wealth of historic sites begins in Bucharest, Romania’s glittering capital city. After comprehensive exploration of this magical capital once dubbed ‘The Paris of the East’, including visits to one of the oldest outdoor museums in Europe and the 6,000-room palace, we press on to the Bucovina monasteries and to admire stunning vistas over the Eastern Carpathian Mountains and on to the Transylvanian plateau to wander through the mediaeval streets of quaint fortified towns and visit the mythical home of Count Dracula at Bran Castle and what is often considered as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe at Peles Castle. An overnight rail journey takes us into Bulgaria, where we have the chance to soak in the unique atmosphere of the capital city, Sophia, to bask in a timeless natural glory amid rivers, waterfalls and soaring peaks in the Valley of the Roses, and to get to grips with Bulgarian heritage and culture with exploration of historic and religious sites. The Rila Monasteries don’t fail to live up to their reputation as one of the country’s most important and memorable cultural monuments.

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe
Countries visited: Romania and Bulgaria


Buses were roomy and comfortable. Flight between Bucharest and Sofia was really good. Meals were very good. It was great traveling with Ondrej, and I would love to have him as a tour leader on another trip at some time in the future. I really enjoyed this trip to a part of the world I previously did not know much about. There is so much history in these countries. The landscape is very different from what I had imagined - I did not expect the majestic mountains and the greenery that abounded. It was a wonderful place to be at the beginning of summer!

All excursions were very interesting and well organized. Information concerning the importance and history of each sight was always well presented. Guides in both Romania and Bulgaria were excellent. Very knowledgeable and interested in their countries history and future. Easy to talk to and approachable at all times. Drivers in both countries were very good. We didn't really have an idea of what kind of food we would get, but as it turned out all the meals in restaurants were great and the choices represented the food of each country. Very tasty to discover new ways of preparing and serving food. Great beer as well! Ondrej was always helpful and courteous. Always gave easy to understand instructions and information. As with all AA tour leaders Ondrej was simply among the best! Excellent tour! We had a great time and came home with a much greater appreciation of the history, architecture and conditions of Romania and Bulgaria than we had before. Highly recommended. AA always go to unique countries. The guides are great. The itinerary interesting and well organized. Great value for the money. Don't have to worry about tipping all the time.