During the Cold War, Bulgaria and Romania were some of the few countries that belonged to neither the Soviet Union or Socialist Yugoslavia. As a result, the two countries were able to form their own unique brands of communism. Today, the countries are moving into a new era but their communist past, as well as a plethora of other history, is still around for adventurous travellers to explore.
Home of YPT’s regional European office, Bulgaria is a country we have a soft spot for. Home to warm, Balkan hospitality, excellent food and a whole host of communist-era treasures, it is a country often overlooked on the trail of those who hunt for the red relics of its communist past. On our Red Bulgaria tour, we travel the length of the country from it’s mighty mountains to the shores of the Black Sea. Taking in 6 cities, we’ll see a whole host of unbelievable sights from the world famous UFO monument at Buzludzha to the heaviest communist monument on earth whilst indulging in 1970s nostalgia by staying in classic hotels from the communist era.
Our Dark Romania is our comprehensive road trip through the often mysterious lands of Romania tour. We’ll take you to the most important places in the story of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the former Communist dictator of Romania whose trial and execution were shown on TV around the world during the Christmas of 1989. From the place of his birth and the abandoned prison he was locked up as a young man, to the site of his execution and the places of some of the most brutal experiments conducted under Communism. We’ll also explore the significantly eerie sights of the country from haunted forests to Dracula’s castle!
Friday 18th September – Sofia
Saturday 19th September – Sofia/Plovdiv
Sunday 20th September – Plovdiv
Monday 21st September – Stara Zagora/Kazanlak
Tuesday 22nd September – Shumen/Varna
Wednesday 23rd September – Varna
Thursday 24th September – Bucharest
Friday 25th September – Pitești
Saturday 26th September – Doftana
Sunday 27th September – Cluj Napoca
Monday 28th September
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– All accommodation in twin-share hotels
– All transport as per itinerary
– 24 hour services of a bilingual, YPT tour leader and local English speaking tour guide
– Visa fees if required
– Travel insurance
– Single supplement at hotels if desired (€200)
– Pre-tour accommodation (€40)
– Lunch and dinner
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.