Balkans & Transylvania: 12 nights / 13 days

Cities Covered: Budapest, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj-Napoca
Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
Category: Group Tour / Fixed Departure

Day 1, Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, Capital city of Hungary with a rich architectural and historical heritage. You are required to reach Hotel on your own (OR you may request us to arrange the same at an extra cost). You will be at leisure for rest of the day so that you can relax after your long haul flight. In the evening, you will have an opportunity to meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Day 2, Budapest
Budapest is bisected by the River Danube and Buda Castle dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest. A city tour gives you an opportunity to explore Parliament building, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and the Royal Castle.

Day 3, Budapest – Novi Sad – Belgrade
Proceed to Novi Sad, home of EXIT festival, one of the best music events in Europe. The city is well known for its Petrovaradin Citadel. After a brief stop, continue your journey to Belgrade, capital of Serbia that enjoys a reputation as an all-year party city.

Day 4, Belgrade – Sofia
This morning, you will be driven to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital located at the foot of popular ski mountain, Vitosha. Upn arrival enjoy 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

Day 5, Sofia – Excursion to Rila Monastery
This morning, discover Rila Monastery with its colorful frescoes, located inside a nature park. It has a checkered history that goes way 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. Tonight, maybe join an optional folklore dinner.

Day 6, Sofia – Plovdiv – Veliko Tarnavo
Board your coach and proceed to Plovdiv, an ancient city built around 7 hills, in southern Bulgaria. Stop here to visit the charming Old Town and the Roman Amphitheater. Travel northwards through fine scenery over the Stara Planina Mountains to Veliko Târnovo.

Day 7, Veliko Tarnavo – Bucharest
Today, time to see some of the highlights of Veliko Târnovo, situated 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 type of house, which is 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 Nativity, built in 1637. Carry on north to Rousse and cross the Danube to reach Bucharest.

Day 8, Bucharest
Romania’s capital is the most important industrial and commercial center of the country. Start your day with a city tour of Bucharest that includes visit to the open-air Village Museum, a unique collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, wind and watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. You will also have an opportunity to see other places of interest, including the Government Victoria Palace, the Royal Palace, and the Savings Palace. Balance day is at leisure.

Day 9, Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov
Travel to Sinaia, a mountain resort in the Prahova Valley known for hiking and winter sports, especially downhill skiing. While in Sinaia, there will be time to visit the Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle, considered among the most romantic in the world. Only a few more miles and you reach Brasov, this historic city is the perfect base for exploring Transylvania!

Day 10, Brasov
This morning, proceed to Bran. Upon arrival visit its legendary Castle, built in 1377 and inhabited by Vlad the Impaler – better known as Dracula. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a walking orientation tour of the Old Town of Brasov that includes a visit to the Black Church.

Day 11, Brasov – Sighisoara – Cluj-Napoca
Proceed to Sighisoara, a small city in the Transylvania region of Romania, with a history dating back to the 1100s. Legend has it that it is also the birthplace of the notorious Vlad (Dracula). After a brief visit, continue to Cluj-Napoca, the film capital of Romania.

Day 12, Cluj-Napoca – Budapest
Today, you will be driven back to Budapest. The evening is free at leisure.

Day 13, Budapest – International Flight
Your exploration ends with the morning breakfast. You are required to reach Airport on your own (OR you may request us to arrange the same at an extra cost).

The tour is available from April to October. Contact us for price, inclusions and other details such as optional excursions.