TREASURES OF THE BALKANS & TRANSYLVANIA
13 Day Tour from Budapest to Budapest
- Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
- Visits to Novi Sad, Belgrade, Rila Monastery, Plovdiv, Veliko Târnovo, Arbanassi village, Sinaia Monastery, Brasov, Bran Castle, Sighisoara, Cluj-Napoca
- Stara Planina Mountains, southern Carpathia, Transylvania
- Local Guides for city sightseeing in Budapest, Sofia, Bucharest, Peles Castle. Professional Tour Director while touring
Discover the treasures of the Balkans on this adventure that starts in Budapest, the lively city on the Danube. Guided sightseeing introduces you to the highlights, including the Royal Castle, Parliament, and Fishermen’s Bastion. Next, head south through ever-changing landscapes to Novi Sad, famous for its citadel, then Serbia’s capital of Belgrade and the breathtaking gorges leading into Bulgaria. Explore Sofia with its ornate orthodox churches; visit Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and explore Plovdiv’s charming Old Town and Roman Amphitheater. Continue to medieval Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi before arriving in beautiful Bucharest, Romania, for two overnights. On to the picturesque mountains, fortified villages, and castles of Transylvania. Visit Sinaia Monastery and Bran Castle, the medieval dwelling of legendary Count Dracula. Enjoy additional stops in enchanting Sighisoara and Cluj-Napoca, and return to Budapest for the final overnight on this outstanding vacation.
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Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. BUDAPEST Novoltel Centrum (F).
Included sightseeing with a Local Guide features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Also see Heroes’ Square, which typifies the modern capital, as well as the old inns and along the riverbank, the Royal Castle, Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH. (B) BUDAPEST Novoltel Centrum (F).
This morning, travel southwards at first along the motorway to the border town of Szeged to cross into the province of Vojvodina in Serbia. Stop in Novi Sad, the capital of the province, situated on the Danube River and famous for its Petrovaradin Citadel, known in the west as the “Gibraltar of the Danube.” Drive along the motorway into Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) BUDAPEST Novoltel Centrum (F).
A comfortable drive this morning southeast by way of Nis; then, across the border into Bulgaria. Arrive in Sofia, its capital, for sightseeing with a Local Guide, which will include such highlights as the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Bojana Church, the National Theater, and ST. SOFIA CHURCH. The locals will tell you that Sofia is growing all the time, yet never aging. (B,D) BELGRADE Best Western Hotel M (ST).
This morning, drive to Rila to visit its MONASTERY (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the most famous in the country. It has a checkered history that goes way back to Ivan Rilski, a hermit who founded it in 927. During the very long Turkish rule over the country, the monastery became a beacon of Bulgarian culture. Return to Sofia. Tonight, maybe join an optional folklore dinner. (B) SOFIA Crystal Palace (F).
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. (B,D) SOFIA Crystal Palace (F).
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, although now a modern town, it still retains some of its most attractive medieval features. Later, drive to 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 THE NATIVITY, built in 1637. In the afternoon, journey north to Rousse and cross the Danube to reach Bucharest. (B,D) VELIKO TÂRNOVO Yantra Grand Hotel (ST).
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, wind and watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. The Local Guide will also show you other places of interest, including the GOVERNMENT VICTORIA PALACE, the ROYAL PALACE, and the SAVINGS PALACE. There is also an afternoon optional visit to the Romanian Parliament, known as the “House of the People.“ (B) BUCHAREST Ramada (F).
Leave this morning for a stop in 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 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 typical Transylvanian restaurant. (B) BUCHAREST Ramada (F).
This morning, leave for Bran and visit its 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 will include a visit to the BLACK CHURCH and leisure time. (B) BRASOV Aro Palace (F).
Head northwards for a stop in Sighisoara, a medieval town with 11 towers within the city walls, which surround cobblestone streets, ancient houses, and churches—it is one of Romania’s prettiest towns. Legend has it that it is also the birthplace of the notorious Vlad (Dracula). Continue the journey north by way of Tirgu Mures on to Cluj-Napoca in the heart of Transylvania. (B,D) BRASOV Aro Palace (F).
Travel westwards today by way of Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest. (B) CLUJ-NAPOCA Grand Hotel Napoca (F).
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices are calculated per person as following:
- Adult Price: USD 1899 per person
- Child Price: USD 1710 per person
Single supplement price is $600.00.
No triple room reduction.
Budapest Arrival Transfer
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport: $25.00 per person
Budapest Departure Transfer
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport: $25.00 per person
Based on the same arrival & departure date.
prices may vary in case of extra nights.
please call for the exact pricinig.
Cash,Credit cards and Bank transfers.
You may confirm this reservation with a $500.00 non-refundable deposit.
Following items are included in the price and you will not charge for them:
- Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Belgrade
Price Does Not Include:
Following items are not included in the price and you may have to pay it:
- Visas and vaccinations.
- Laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant)
- Additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary.
- Travel Protection premiums.
- The price listed does not include your airfare.
- Transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; porterage at airports or train stations.
Please read the policies carefully. This section contains important information.
* VALID FOR: Minimum 2 person travelling together.
Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Belgrade
* AIRPORT TRANSFER TIMES & FLIGHT WINDOWS: Budapest Arrival: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport - 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
SET TRANSFERS AT 7:00, 9:00, 11:00,1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm & at Terminal "B" 15 minutes later.
Budapest Departure : Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport - 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
* CHILD POLICIES: Children ages between 0 to 7 are not allowed in this vacation.
* : Children ages 8 to 17 on the date of departure are welcomed if accompanied by an adult.
* STANDARD CANCELLATION FEES FOR ESCORTED AND INDEPENDENT VACATIONS: 45-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20%
21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30%
7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50%
On departure day and later: 100%
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