Grand Tour of Transylvania, Bulgaria & the Balkans

  • 19 Day Tour
  • 22 Sights Visited
  • 3 to 4 Star Rating

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2

Continue to the northern Italy area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

To Ancona for the overnight ferry to Split in Croatia. Accommodation in two-berth en suite inside cabins.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Mostar

Arrive in Split this morning and head south to Mostar, whose bridge became a symbol of the city during the Croatia-Bosnia conflict in the early 1990s. We continue to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we stay overnight.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Sarajevo

Enjoy an included, guided tour of Sarajevo before we head north into Serbia, to Belgrade for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sarajevo

Day 6 - Belgrade

Join our included sightseeing tour of Belgrade’s main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic Square and Saint Sava Temple; and of course, Tito’s Memorial.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Belgrade

Saint Sava Temple

Belgrade Fortress

Day 7

Our journey today takes us through Serbia into Bulgaria to Sofia, the capital, where we stay for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Sofia

Join our local guide for our optional sightseeing tour, which will show you the main highlights, such as the Parliament Building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Boyana Church and St. Sofia Church.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Boyana Church

Parliament Building

Sofia

Day 9 - Plovdiv

We head east to Plovdiv, which enjoys a pleasant setting on the banks of the Maritsa River. Visit the charming Old Town and the Roman amphitheatre. We continue north through beautiful scenery and across the Stara Planina Mountains, via Gabrovo to Veliko Tarnovo for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Plovdiv

Day 10 - Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi

This morning you will have time to explore Veliko Tarnovo, located on the Yantra River. This was Bulgaria's capital during the Middle Ages and retains many of its medieval features. Our journey continues north to Arbanassi, once a favourite summer residence of the Bulgarian kings, and home to the Church of the Nativity, built in 1637. Then we cross the Danube, which forms the border with Romania and travel to Bucharest, for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Veliko-Tarnovo

Day 11 - Bucharest

The Romanian capital has a long and turbulent history, but in recent years has transformed itself to former glories. Once known as ‘Little Paris’, tranquil parks and gardens sit alongside wide, tree-lined boulevards, which all help to contribute to its beauty. Join our optional city tour to get an insight into the history of this fine capital, seeing city highlights such as Unity Square and the famous Royal and Government Palaces

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bucharest

Day 12 - Sinaia & Bran Castle

We leave Bucharest and head to Sinaia in the Prahova Valley, where we include a visit to the Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most romantic in the world. Then we head to the little village of Bran for a visit to ‘spine-chilling’ Bran Castle, which, according to legend, was once home to Count Dracula. We continue to Brasov in the heart of Transylvania, where we stay for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sinaia Monastery

Peles Castle

Bran Castle

Day 13 - Brasov

Enjoy a walking orientation tour of Brasov Old Town, including the Black Church. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this pretty medieval town, famed for its town square and Baroque architecture.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Brasov

Day 14 - Sighisoara

We visit the pretty medieval town of Sighisoara. Stroll the cobblestone streets to admire the ancient houses and churches. Behind its charming exterior, Sighisoara holds a dark secret – according to legend, it was the birthplace of the notorious Vlad the Impaler (Dracula). Later, continue by way of Tirgu Mures to Cluj Napoca, historic capital of Transylvania, for one night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sighisoara

Day 15

We cross into Hungary to Budapest for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Budapest

A full day to discover the Hungarian capital at leisure. Our optional sightseeing tour captures many sights including the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, Parliament Building and St. Stephen’s Basilica.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

St. Stephen’S Basilica

Royal Palace

Fishermans-Bastion

Parliament

Budapest

Day 17 - Vienna

We head into Austria, to Vienna for a short visit, then continue to the Salzburg area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Vienna

Day 18

Travel north to Belgium and our overnight hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 19

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; single room supplement £339; travel insurance from £54.95.



FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.