May 20 – June 2, 2019

About This Tour

The Balkans is a geographical region in southeastern Europe. Although the boundaries of the Balkans have varied over the centuries, Bulgaria and Romania have certainly been part of the region at various times. The word “Balkan” comes from Ottoman Turkish meaning a “chain of wooden mountains.” It is an apt description for both these infrequently visited countries, with their gorgeous mountain scenery.

Even though Bulgaria is not very famous amongst tourists, it is one of the few remaining exotic destinations of Europe. It has lovely unique architectural styles in each of its cities and towns, Roman ruins, and beautiful vistas lined with mountains, covered with forests and crossed by rivers.

Romania’s greatest calling card is its natural beauty, with the Carpathian Mountains serving as majestic backdrop. Many intact medieval villages feel like a trip back in time, with their town squares, churches, and surrounding Bavarian-style homes and shops reflecting the region’s Hungarian and German ancestry. Toto Tours has visited most of the Balkan countries in the last few years, and we now complete our Balkans circuit with these final two countries during this exciting two-week tour.

Tour highlights

  • Sofia
  • Medieval Boyana Church in Sofia *
  • Rila Monastery *
  • Plovdiv *
  • Thracian Tomb in Kazanlak *
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Bucharest
  • Dracula Castle in Bran
  • Brasov
  • Sinaia
  • Peles Castle
  • Sighisoara *
  • Saxon Fortified Church in Biertan *
  • Sibiu
  • Timisoara
  • * UNESCO World Heritage Sites