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Treasures of the Balkans & Transylvania

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Price per person
from £1,576

Price based on
London Gatwick
1st Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book by 31 October to secure your place for just £49, and to benefit from our early booking Price Pledge - we guarantee that if you find your 2019 holiday being sold directly by us at a better value between 1 Nov 2018 and up to 12 weeks of your tour, we will refund the difference.

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  • 13 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Discover the treasures of the Balkans on this holiday that travels through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. On this Balkans and Transylvania tour, visit the capitals—Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest—as well as some of the fascinating towns and cities—Novi Sad, famous for its citadel; Plovdiv, with its picturesque old town centre; Veliko Târnovo, Bulgaria’s capital during the Middle Ages; Sinaia, a lovely ski resort; Brasov, a charming medieval town famous for its town square filled with baroque architecture and outdoor cafés; Sighisoara, one of Romania’s prettiest towns with 11 medieval towers within the city walls, cobblestone streets, ancients houses, and churches; and Cluj Napoca, Romania’s film capital.

Enjoy sightseeing throughout this tour with highlights including visits to Sofia’s Bojana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Plovdiv’s Roman Amphitheatre, built between the 1st and 2nd centuries and one of the world’s best-preserved ancient theatres; Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, built in 1637 and housing an outstanding collection of frescoes; Sinaia Monastery, built between 1690 and 1695; Rila Monastery, with a history dating back 10 centuries and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German new-renaissance architecture built in the 1880s and nestled at the foot of the mountains—considered one of the most romantic and stunning European castles. In Bucharest, visit the open-air Village Museum, showcasing traditional village life with a collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, wind and watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. Last, but not least, visit Bran Castle, built in 1377 with imposing towers and turrets, and once inhabited by Vlad the Impaler—better known as Dracula.

This Balkans and Transylvania tour is designed for value-minded, savvy travellers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

At a glance

Budapest Guided sightseeing

Novi Sad Visit

Belgrade Guided sightseeing

Sofia Guided sightseeing, visit Bojana Church

Rila Visit the Monastery

Plovdiv Old Town and visit Roman Amphitheater

Veliko Târnovo Visit Arbanassi Village and the Church of the Nativity

Bucharest Guided sightseeing, visit the open-air Village Museum

Sinaia Visit the Monastery and Peles Castle

Bran Visit the legendary Castle of Dracula

Brasov Orientation of the Old Town, visit Black Church

Sighisoara and Cluj-Napoca Visit

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • 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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

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

This was an interesting holiday with a wonderful tour manager...

3rd October 2018
Trusted Customer

This was an interesting holiday with a wonderful tour manager who helped us to understand the background and culture of the people who lived in these countries. Everything was well organised and the hotels were very pleasant. I could recommend this trip.

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

Discover the treasures of the Balkans on this holiday that travels through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. On this Balkans and Transylvania tour, visit the capitals—Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest—as well as some of the fascinating towns and cities—Novi Sad, famous for its citadel; Plovdiv, with its picturesque old town centre; Veliko Târnovo, Bulgaria’s capital during the Middle Ages; Sinaia, a lovely ski resort; Brasov, a charming medieval town famous for its town square filled with baroque architecture and outdoor cafés; Sighisoara, one of Romania’s prettiest towns with 11 medieval towers within the city walls, cobblestone streets, ancients houses, and churches; and Cluj Napoca, Romania’s film capital.

Enjoy sightseeing throughout this tour with highlights including visits to Sofia’s Bojana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Plovdiv’s Roman Amphitheatre, built between the 1st and 2nd centuries and one of the world’s best-preserved ancient theatres; Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, built in 1637 and housing an outstanding collection of frescoes; Sinaia Monastery, built between 1690 and 1695; Rila Monastery, with a history dating back 10 centuries and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German new-renaissance architecture built in the 1880s and nestled at the foot of the mountains—considered one of the most romantic and stunning European castles. In Bucharest, visit the open-air Village Museum, showcasing traditional village life with a collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, wind and watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. Last, but not least, visit Bran Castle, built in 1377 with imposing towers and turrets, and once inhabited by Vlad the Impaler—better known as Dracula.

This Balkans and Transylvania tour is designed for value-minded, savvy travellers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Budapest, Hungary

Day
1

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

Check into your hotel. Take advantage of the CosmosGO app to visit Budapest at leisure. In the early evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers

Budapest

Day
2

Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau, but also full of history, a food capital and surprisingly rich in thermal waters. Discover all of this and more during the guided city tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - Novi Sad - Serbia - 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, where you will discover the capital of Serbia on a guided city sightseeing tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Belgrade - Sofia, Bulgaria

Day
4

BELGRADE–SOFIA, BULGARIA. Cross the border into Bulgaria to arrive in the capital city of Sofia. 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 Theater, and St. Sofia Church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sofia - Excursion to Rila Monastery

Day
5

This morning, discover Rila MONASTERY with its colorful frescoes, located inside a nature park. Its checkered history goes 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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo

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 Tarnovo - Bucharest, Romania

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 house design, 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 boulevards shaded by century-old trees 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, windmills, watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. Your Local Guide will show you other places of interest, including the Government Victoria Palace, the Royal Palace, and the Savings Palace. There is also an optional afternoon visit to the massive Romanian Parliament, known as the “House of the People.“

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bucharest - Sinaia - Brasov

Day
9

Travel to Sinaia in the Prahova Valley. This is a lovely ski resort, almost 3,300 feet above sea level. While in Sinaia, there will be time to visit the SINAIA MONASTERY and PELES CASTLE, considered among the most romantic castles in the world. Only a few more miles and you reach Brasov, a lovely medieval town famous for its town square filled with baroque architecture and outdoor cafés. This evening, enjoy an optional folklore dinner in a traditional Transylvanian restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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, followed by 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—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, Hungary

Day
12

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - UK

Day
13

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Budapest - Ibis Style City West
Belgrade - Best Western Hotel
Sofia - Crystal Palace
Veliko Tarnovo - Yantra Grand Hotel
Bucharest - Ramada
Brasov - Aro Palace
Cluj-Napoca - Golden Tulip Ana Dome

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