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Treasures of the Balkans & Transylvania

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Price per person
from £1,544

Price based on
London Gatwick
11th Jun 2019 departure

Key inclusions

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

It was an excellent holiday with good hotels, good tour...

18th October 2018
Trusted Customer

It was an excellent holiday with good hotels, good tour director, good coach etc.

Very good holiday with lots of interesting places to visit...

5th October 2018
Mr Michael McCabe

Very good holiday with lots of interesting places to visit Only downside I would say is the amount of traveling between places we have done Spain&Portugal , Germany and France and the stops were mainly in interesting villages rather than service stations . In our case I would say we were dropped off at the airport for the return flight home far to early . Saying that I do appreciate that the return to the airport has to be condensed so that everybody gets to the airport in time .

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.

Very interesting trip. Right pace. Good introduction to that part...

27th June 2018
Trusted Customer

Very interesting trip. Right pace. Good introduction to that part of the Balkans.

We had an excellent tour director and coach driver....

25th June 2018
Trusted Customer

We had an excellent tour director and coach driver. Hotels were centrally located and of an excellent standard. A free day with nothing planned would have been beneficial.

Travel from home to destination took far too long. It...

20th June 2018
Mr Derek Spence

Travel from home to destination took far too long. It should not take 15 hours to travel from the UK to Hungary. We sat in an airport at Frankfurt whilst two planes left for Budapest we were not Happy

Comfort stops mainly at petrol stations UK passports were left...

16th May 2018
Trusted Customer

Comfort stops mainly at petrol stations UK passports were left at Romania/Hungary border, should have checked before driving 20 mins with coach then having to turn back. Accommodation of a high standard

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.

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

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

Budapest - Ibis Styles City West

Located at the west gate of Budapest this 114-room property offers Free Wi-Fi access and lobby bar.

  • Location

    Budaorsi Ut 88, Budapest, Hungary

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Belgrade - Best Western Hotel M

Hotel M Belgrade is located in one of the most beautiful and peaceful parts of Belgrade, surrounded by greenery of park "Banjica". Hotel M has 180 stylish, fully-equipped rooms featuring great comfort.

  • Location

    Blvd. Oslobodenja 56 A, Beograd, Serbia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Sofia - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel opened in 2004 is one of the most distinct hotels in Sofia.

  • Location

    14 Shipka Str. Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Veliko Tarnovo - Yantra Grand Hotel

The 4-star Yantra Grand Hotel is part of the Bulgarian Hotel Chain Sharlopov Hotels. Situated at Velchova zavera Square in Veliko Tarnovo - the old capital of Bulgaria, the hotel welcomes guests all year round and offers excellent conditions for recreation and amusement, business meetings, seminars and company celebrations. The hotel will charm you with a magnificent view of the Tzarevets Fortress, the Architectural reserve village of Arbanassi and the University of Veliko Tarnovo.

  • Location

    2 Opalchenska Str. Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Bucharest - Sheraton Bucharest Hotel

Located within a shopping and entertainment complex in the heart of Bucharest; near many embassies and businesses.

  • Location

    Calea Dorobantilor 5 - 7, District 1, Bucharest, Romania

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Brasov - Aro Palace

With a history of over 70 years, inaugurated with great fast in 1939, Aro Palace is the only 5 star hotel in Brasov. In 1963 it was extended by building a new assembly, and in 2005 was upgraded to five star standards. The hotel has a privileged position being situated in the centre of town. Because of the experience accumulated over the years, we managed to exceptionally harmonise business with pleasure and provide a service guaranteed to meet your needs.

  • Location

    Bdul Eroilor 27-29, Brasov, Romania

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Cluj Napoca - Golden Tulip Ana Dome

Located only a few minutes away from downtown Cluj-Napoca, the Golden Tulip Ana Dome hotel will impress you with its superb urban view. Close to shopping malls, business centres and recreation areas, Golden Tulip Ana Dome is the perfect choice for leisure or business travel. The newest Golden Tulip Hotel in Cluj-Napoca sets the highest standards of quality and elegance.

  • Location

    Observatorului Street 129, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

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