Treasures of the Balkans & Transylvania

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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

A cross-European adventure through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Roam historical cities, connect with the locals and hear the myths that have given this region its fairy-tale mystique.

At a glance

  • Budapest Wander the famous Buda Castle on a city tour.
  • Belgrade Eat dinner with locals at a Serbian restaurant.
  • Sofia Explore the architectural styles of Bulgaria’s capital.
  • Plodviv Walk around a beautifully preserved Roman Amphitheatre.
  • Bran Visit the home of the legendary Vlad the Impaler (Dracula).

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Would recommend this tour, great Tour Director ,who had a...

13th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Would recommend this tour, great Tour Director ,who had a real in depth knowledge of the four countries visited.A driver(Gashby) who was safe and friendly and handled the coach with consummate ease. The hotels were of a good standard, our favourite being the Sheraton in Bucharest.

Good value holiday.This was an interesting tour....

13th September 2017
Mrs Janet Richards

Good value holiday.This was an interesting tour.

A great overview of four countries few people in the...

13th September 2017
Trusted Customer

A great overview of four countries few people in the UK know much about.

Too many churches and cathedrals...

23rd August 2017
Trusted Customer

Too many churches and cathedrals

Overview

A cross-European adventure through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Roam historical cities, connect with the locals and hear the myths that have given this region its fairy-tale mystique.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Budapest

Day
1

Fly to Budapest where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

The rest of the day is free to visit Budapest at leisure. In the early evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Budapest

Day
2

Discover the Hungarian capital with a Local Guide: Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube; Heroes’ Square, which typifies the modern capital, as well as the old inns and along the riverbank, the Royal Castle, Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - Novi Sad - Belgrade

Day
3

Travel to Serbia. Stop in Novi Sad, capital of the province, situated on the Danube River and famous for its Petrovaradin Citadel, the fortress known in the west as the “Gibraltar of the Danube.” Continue to Belgrade, capital of Serbia. This evening, taste the local specialties at a typical restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Belgrade - Nis - Sofia

Day
4

Cross the border into Bulgaria to arrive in Sofia, its capital. Join a Local Guide for a city tour that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Bojana Church, a medieval Bulgarian orthodox church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Theatre, and St. Sofia Church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sofia - Rila Monastery - Sofia.

Day
5

This morning, discover Rila Monastery with its colourful frescoes, located inside a nature park. It has a checkered history that goes way back to Ivan Rilski, a hermit who founded it in 927. During the long Turkish rule over the country, the monastery became a beacon of Bulgarian culture. Return to Sofia. Tonight, maybe join an optional folklore dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tãrnovo

Day
6

Head eastwards to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city, located along the banks of the Maritsa River. Stop here to visit the charming Old Town and the Roman Amphitheatre. Journey northwards through fine scenery over the Stara Planina Mountains to Veliko Târnovo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Veliko Tãrnovo - Bucharest

Day
7

Today, time to see some of the highlights of Veliko Târnovo, located on the Yantra River. During the Middle Ages, it was Bulgaria’s capital and it still retains some of its most attractive medieval features. Visit nearby Arbanassi, world famous for its type of house, which is a cross between a dwelling and a fortress. The village is known as an architectural and historic reserve and was at one time the summer residence of Bulgarian kings. One of the highlights of the visit is the church of the nativity, built in 1637. Carry on north to Rousse and cross the Danube to reach Bucharest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bucharest

Day
8

Flower-festooned parks, gardens and wide, tree-lined boulevards contribute to Bucharest's beauty. The highlight of your sightseeing tour is a visit to the open-air Village Museum, a unique collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, wind and watermills, and artisan workshops carefully preserved and moved here from all parts of the country. Later, admire the Government Victoria Palace, the Royal Palace and the Savings Palace. This afternoon, enjoy an optional visit to the Palace of the Parliament, the largest civilian administrative building in the world.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bucharest - Sinaia - Brasov

Day
9

This morning, head to Sinaia in the Prahova Valley, a lovely ski resort, almost 3300 feet above sea level. Visit the Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most romantic in the world. Later, continue to Brasov, a lovely medieval town famed for its town square and studded with Baroque architecture and outdoor cafés. This evening, an optional 'folklore' dinner is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Brasov - Bran - Brasov

Day
10

This morning, leave for Bran and visit its legendary castle, built in 1377 and inhabited by Vlad the Impaler—better known as Dracula. In the afternoon, a walking orientation of the Old Town of Brasov includes a visit to the black church and leisure time.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Brasov - Sighisoara - Cluj Napoca

Day
11

Stop in Sighisoara, a medieval town with 11 towers within the city walls that surround cobblestone streets, ancient houses, and churches—it is one of Romania’s prettiest towns. Legend has it that it is also the birthplace of the notorious Vlad (Dracula). Continue to Cluj-Napoca, the film capital of Romania.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cluj Napoca - Budapest

Day
12

Cross the border at Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Ibis Styles City West

Ibis Styles Budapest City hotel is located on the bank of the Danube river near the city center offering great views to the Gellért Hill. It is a perfect location for access to both the financial and historical parts of the city.

  • Location

    Budapest, Soroksári út 12, 1095 Hungary

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Bar

Belgrade - Best Western Motel M

Hotel M is a relaxing hotel which is surrounded by greenery along with golf and tennis facilities. All rooms include flat-screen satellite TVs with air conditioning and other essentials to help you relax and enjoy your stay.

  • Location

    Bulevar Oslobodenja 56a, Belgrade 11000, Serbia

  • Facilities

    • Bar and Lounge
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available

Sophia - Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel is situated in Sofia, 450 yards from St. Kliment Ohridski Metro Station and 6.2 miles from Sofia Airport. It offers views to Mount Vitosha and features a health and wellness centre.

  • Location

    Shipka Street 14, 1504 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub

Veliko Tarnovo - Yantra Grand Hotel

This 4-star hotel is situated in Veliko Tarnovo, offering views of the Tzarevets Fortress and the historical settlement of Arbanassi.

  • Location

    "Opalchenska" 2, 5000 g.k. Varusha - north, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • WiFi Avaliable
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub
    • Indoor swimming pool

Ramada Bucharest Parc

Our Ramada Bucharest Parc hotel near Bucharest Center is minutes from the Triumphal Arch and within walking distance of Romexpo Fairground and Herastrau Park.

  • Location

    3-5 B Poligrafiei Avenue, Bucharest 013704, Romania

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Free Wi-Fi

Aro Palace

Overlooking the Tampa Mountain and the medieval historic quarter of Brasov, the traditional Hotel Aro Palace faces the Central Park.

  • Location

    Eroilor Boulevard Nr 27 - 29, 500030 Braşov, Romania

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Sauna

Cluj - Golden Tulip Ana Dome

Located just outside of the city centre means that many of the rooms have an exception view of the city centre. Relax in the outdoor pool or in the comfort of you room complete with cable tv and air conditioning to help you enjoy your stay.

  • Location

    Observatorului Street 129, Cluj-Napoca 400352, Romania

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Outdoor pool

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