Treasures of the Balkans & Transylvania

Price per person
from £1,526

Price based on
London Gatwick
2nd Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

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.

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).
Treasures of the Balkans & Transylvania

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

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

...

5th June 2017
Mrs Margaret Hulbert

Overview

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.

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.

No meals included

Budapest

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest - Novi Sad - Belgrade

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Belgrade - Nis - Sofia

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sofia - Rila Monastery - Sofia.

Day
5

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?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tãrnovo

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Veliko Tãrnovo - Bucharest

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Brasov - Bran - Brasov

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Brasov - Sighisoara - Cluj Napoca

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cluj Napoca - Budapest

Day
12

Journey by way of Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest for one night. This evening, enjoy an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest - UK

Day
13

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar standard.

Hotels

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


  • Budapest: Novotel Centrum
  • Belgrade: Best Western Hotel M
  • Sofia: Crystal Palace
  • Veliko Tãrnovo: Yantra Grand Hotel
  • Bucharest: Sheraton
  • Brasov: Aro Palace
  • Cluj Napoca: Golden Tulip
  • Budapest: Novotel Centrum

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