2-Day Excursion from Sunny Beach to Bucharest, Snagov Monastery and Slanic - the salt mines.
Day 1. Saturday
Early morning departure; arrival in Bucharest at noon; walking tour in the Old Quarter of Lipskani built on the site of the oldest populated region of Bucharest – a charming quarter with cobbled streets and numerous bizarre art antique shops and boutiques, bookstores, theaters and countless cafes, bars and restaurants; lunch; panoramic bus tour of downtown Bucharest featuring Uniri Square, University Square, Victoria Square and the Square of the Revolution; photo stop in front of the Parliament – the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon combining a monumental exterior with a splendid interior; afternoon check in at the hotel – free time;
“The Parliament in Bucharest” – visit to one of the most monumental administrative buildings in the world. The construction of the building was ordered by Nicolae Ceausescu as the headquarters of the Communist government and started in 1984. Over 20000 workers and 700 architects were engaged in the project. The colossal building contains over 1100 halls on 12 floors and reflects the best of the Romanian traditions. The tour features huge halls with dazzling decorations – crystal chandeliers, fine mosaics, oak paneling, marble and gold leaf, colourful stained glass and beautiful carpets.
“Romanian Traditions” – visit to the Museum of the Village. Picturesquely located amidst a beautiful park the museum recreates over 300 traditional buildings representing the Romanian provincial architecture from each country’s region, including Transilvania: houses, barns and wooden churches; artisans dressed in traditional costumes from 16-17 centuries add to the atmosphere.
“Romanian Night” – visit to a traditional restaurant, dinner and floor show.
Day 2. Sunday
Breakfast; morning departure to Snagov Monastery, picturesquely situated on an islet in the Lake of Snagov. The intriguing story of the island as a religious center started in 11. c. Today the monastery is popular for being the burial place of the body of Prince Vlad III, also known as Count Dracula. Departure to Slanic and visit to one of the most attractive touristic sites in Romania – the salt mines. The mines have been exploited since 17. c. The premises are 210m under the ground level. The tour follows 14 trapezoid halls – some of them up to 50m high, others decorated with salt statues of Decebal and Trayan. The ventilation is natural and the air temperature is 120C throughout the year. Because of the high air humidity and the intense concentration of sodium ions known for their favourable effect on the human body the mines are also popular as a natural sanatorium.
Afternoon departure to Bulgaria and late evening return
Price: 225 Leva, children 2-12 yaers 50%
1 full board (3 meals);
3-star hotel accommodation;
border and road taxes;
!!! NB: Double or triple room occupancy;
Visa fee (if needed) is not included;
No visa is needed for all citizens of the European Union countries, as well as other citizens owning a valid double or multiple Bulgarian or Schengen Visa.
The optional visit to the Parliament in Bucharest might be limited on certain dates because of the presidency of the Council of EU held by the Romanian government.