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Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners
A cross-European adventure through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania: roam the region’s historical cities, connect with the locals and hear the myths that have given this region its fairy-tale mystic.
Fly to Budapest where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.
Today's guided sightseeing tour features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest. See the plaza of Heroes' Square, the Royal Castle, Parliament, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church and Margaret Island.
Travel to the border town of Szeged and cross into the province of Vojvodina in Serbia. Enjoy a stop in Novi Sad, the capital of the province, set on the River Danube and famed for its Petrovaradin Fortress. Continue to Belgrade this afternoon. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Journey to the border of Bulgaria, by way of Nis, continuing to Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. Explore the city on an included sightseeing tour with a local guide, including highlights such as the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St George Rotunda Church, National Theatre and St Sofia Church.
This morning head to Rila for a visit to the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous sights in the country. Founded by the hermit Ivan Rilski in 927, the monastery complex has a long and chequered history. During the long Turkish rule over the country, the monastery became a beacon of Bulgarian culture. Return to Sofia and this evening, why not join the optional folklore dinner?
Drive to Plovdiv, set on the banks of the Maritsa River and Bulgaria's second largest city. Stop here to visit the charming Old Town and the well preserved Roman amphitheater. Later, journey among picturesque landscapes and over the Stara Planina Mountains, to Veliko Tãrnovo for one night.
Enjoy some of the highlights of Veliko Tãrnovo, located on the Yantra River. During the Middle Ages, it was Bulgaria's capital and although now a modern town, it still retains attractive medieval features. Visit nearby Arbanassi, world famous for its unusual fortress style houses. The village is known as an architectural and historic reserve and was once the summer residence of Bulgarian Kings. One of the highlights of the visit is the Church of the Nativity built in 1637. This afternoon, journey north to Rousse and cross the Danube to Romania and its capital, Bucharest.
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.
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.
Set off for Bran and visit its castle, built in 1377 and, according to legend, once home to Vlad the Impaler, now better known as Count Dracula. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking orientation tour of the Old Town of Brasov, including the Black Church, before time at leisure to explore at your own pace.
Visit the pretty medieval town of Sighisoara, a tranquil village nestled within stone city walls. Stroll the cobblestone streets to admire the ancient houses and churches. According to legend, Sighisoara was the birthplace of the notorious Vlad the Impaler (Dracula). Later, continue to Cluj Napoca in the heart of Transylvania.
Journey by way of Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest for one night. This evening, enjoy an optional excursion.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Accommodation as stated or similar standard.
There was no time to do any sight seeing in Belgrade in Serbia. One extra day in Belgrade would have been nice.
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