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Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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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 travelers.
Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque; Neoclassical to 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.
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, and discover the capital of Serbia on a guided city sightseeing tour.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
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, Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian orthodox church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Theater, and St. Sofia Church.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km
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.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km
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 Amphitheater. Journey northwards through fine scenery over the Stara Planina Mountains to Veliko Târnovo.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi/ 305 km
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.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km
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.“
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.
Today’s Distance: 106 mi/ 170 km
This morning, depart 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.
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.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km
Cross the border at Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Intercity Budapest is a modern hotel just steps away from the city center and everything it has to offer in terms of shopping and entertainment. The onsite restaurant has a modern, bright ambiance and offers a selection of regional specialties and international dishes. All tastefully furnished air-conditioned guestrooms promise homey comfort at the highest level and feature soundproofed windows, flat-screen TV with international channels, work desk, safe, and one free bottle of water. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel.
This property is next to the Buda Castle Hill and offers a restaurant, bar and Free Wi-Fi access.
This friendly 52-room hotel is located in the heart of Budapest just a short walk from Great Boulevard. Historic sites such as The Opera House, The Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Heroes' Square and the Museum of Fine Arts can also be found within close proximity. The comfortable classically styled guest rooms all have individually controlled air conditioning, private bathroom, minibar and in-room safe. Hungarain cuisine is served in the restaurant and Free Wi-Fi internet connection is available in all rooms and public areas.
Ideal for business guests, athletes and those who travel visit Belgrade.
Located in the heart of the Banishora district, within walking distance of the central Railway station which provides connections to the beautiful Alexander Nevskicity Cathedral and the city center in 15 minutes. The property offers 601 bright, spacious guest rooms, all decorated in a contemporary style are sound proofed with air conditioning and Free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a nice restaurant, serving Bulgarian cuisine and a relaxing bar for drinks. A fully equipped gym is also at guests' disposal.
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 magnificent view of the Tzarevets Fortress, the Architectural reserve village of Arbanassi and the University of Veliko Tarnovo.
Located in the commercial center of the city just a short drive away from downtown Bucharest and 15 minutes from the airport. This modern hotel offers 204 air-conditioned guestrooms with safes, mini-bar, coffee/tea making facilities, and LCD TV. Guests can also enjoy a fully-equipped fitness center and a spa. Other amenities include a restaurant and a bar, and free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.
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 center of town. Because of the experience accumulated over the years, we managed to exceptionally harmonize business with pleasure and provide a service guaranteed to meet your needs.
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 centers 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.
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