If you're looking at something different - and off the beaten path - in European travel, why not consider Eastern Europe? This summer, between May and September 8, there are a number of wonderful escorted tours offered through Continental Journeys. One of these, is a 14-day Grand Tour of Bulgaria and Romania that kicks off in Sofia and ends in Bucharest.
Priced at just under $2,000 US per person, it features an extensive travel itinerary that highlights not only the historic sights and attractions of these two East European countries but also provides a vivid insight into today's best sites and destinations. Included in the package areSuperior Accommodations, almost all meals, an English-speaking tour escort,hotel taxes and service charges.For details, go to www.continentaljourneys.comand click on Eastern Europe, then "Grand Tour of Bulgaria and Romania".
All of the accommodations during the 10-day Best of Romania and Bulgaria tour are in hotels classified as "First Class" or "Superior Tourist". In both Bulgaria and Romania those would be of the two highest ratings for those countries, and include Hotel Lido in Bucharest, Hotel Continental in Sibia, Hotel Palace in Veliko, and Hotel Novotel in Plovdiv. In my view, these are all good hotels which on a Noth American rating system would likely be similar to three and four star accommodation. Click on www.continentaljourneys.comor call toll free 1-800-601-4343 for specific information on the hotels included on the tour.
A five star boutique hotel in Bucharest, that offers full service from concierge to limousine, with friendly and knowledgeable staff (as well as American management!), is the Carol Parc Hotel. See: www.carolparchotel.ro.