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Treasures of the Balkans & Transylvania

Offer

Price per person
from £1,612

Check availability and prices for your preferred airport below. To book, please call our travel specialists on 0800 223 0179

Key inclusions

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

There's no better time to book your next adventure, with low deposits of just £49pp for European holidays.

More details
  • 13 days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

A cross-European adventure through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Roam historical cities, connect with the locals and hear the myths that have given this region its fairy-tale mystique.

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).

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
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 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.

Read more about our VIP 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

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

All round, a good holiday but very intensive. More time...

18th October 2017
Trusted Customer

All round, a good holiday but very intensive. More time for independent sightseeing and less travelling time would be an improvement. The use of local guides and 'whispers' was beneficial. The tour director (Simona) was very knowledgeable and informative. The hotels used on your were, on the whole, excellent. The included meals however we're quite basic at times.

Good all round experience with scenery and history....

11th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Good all round experience with scenery and history.

rooms comfortable. most did not have coffee making facilities which...

4th October 2017
Mrs Shirley Jones

rooms comfortable. most did not have coffee making facilities which we have been used to whilst travelling on the USA trips. A few too many churches visited. Guide and driver excellent.

The tour director was informative and the hotels we stayed...

30th September 2017
Mr JOHN RUSSELL

The tour director was informative and the hotels we stayed at were of good quality. The only negative was spending time with a heavy suitcase trying to locate my driver for my VIP lift home, as he refused to come into the airport with a sign with my name on it. I found him after 20 minutes and he then criticized me because my flight was late.

A wonderful trip, lovely hotels and great locations...

27th September 2017
Mrs Hazel Jones

A wonderful trip, lovely hotels and great locations

As described above, an excellent tour....

27th September 2017
Mr Nigel Day

As described above, an excellent tour.

Overview

A cross-European adventure through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Roam historical cities, connect with the locals and hear the myths that have given this region its fairy-tale mystique.

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.

The rest of the day is free to visit Budapest at leisure. In the early evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Budapest

Day
2

Discover the Hungarian capital with a Local Guide: Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube; 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - Novi Sad - 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, capital of Serbia. This evening, taste the local specialties at a typical restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Belgrade - Nis - Sofia

Day
4

Cross the border into Bulgaria to arrive in Sofia, its capital. 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 Theatre, and St. Sofia Church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sofia - Rila Monastery - Sofia.

Day
5

This morning, discover Rila Monastery with its colourful 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tãrnovo

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 Tãrnovo - Bucharest

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 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. 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, 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

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

Brasov - Bran - 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 and 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—it is 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

Day
12

Cross the border at Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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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