Grand Tour of Transylvania, Bulgaria & the Balkans

19 days from £1929pp.


Brasov

Visit: Brasov, Romania

Mostar

Visit: Mostar, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Plovdiv

Visit: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Peles Castle

Visit: Peles Castle, Romania

Sighisoara

Visit: Sighisoara, Romania

Fisherman’s Bastion

Visit: Fisherman’s Bastion, Hungary

Discover the traditions, culture and folklore of the Balkans and the legend of Count Dracula on this fascinating tour, plus an extended 19-day tour.

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

    Continue to the northern Italy area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    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
    Sarajevo

    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
    Belgrade

    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

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Sofia

    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
    Plovdiv

    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
    Veliko Tarnovo

    Veliko-Tarnovo

    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
    Bucharest

    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
    Sinaia Monastery

    Sinaia Monastery

    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
    Brasov

    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
    Sighisoara

    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

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    St. Stephen’s Basilica

    St. Stephen’S Basilica

    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
    Vienna

    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

    Travel north to Belgium and our overnight hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 17 nights' hotel accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 15 evening meals
    • Overnight ferry crossings from Ancona to Split in two-berth, en suite cabins with breakfast and evening meal
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach

    Included Excursions

    • Mostar - See Stari Most bridge
    • Sarajevo & Sightseeing - Witness the rebirth of a city
    • Belgrade & Sightseeing - See Tito’s Memorial
    • Plovdiv - Charming old town and Roman amphitheatre
    • Veliko Turnovo & Arbanassi - Former Bulgarian capital
    • Sofia - Bulgaria’s fine capital
    • Bucharest - Romanian capital
    • Sinaia Monastery - Charming scenery
    • Bran Castle - Home to Dracula
    • Brasov & Sightseeing - Picturesque heart of Transylvania
    • Sighisoara - Birthplace of Vlad The Impaler
    • Budapest - Grand imperial capital
    • Vienna - Stylish architecture

    Optional Excursions

    • Guided Sightseeing Tours in Sofia, Sinaia, Bucharest & Budapest - See the best of these great cities

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £339.00 (19 days).

    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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    Accommodation

    Throughout the tour, you will stay in minimum 3-star hotels. In Turkey, on our 23 day extended itinerary, you will stay for four nights in a 4-star hotel in Istanbul. All hotels will have a restaurant and bar and all bedrooms have en suite facilities and modern amenities.

    On your overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in two-berth en suite cabins.

    Hungary

    Mercure Budapest Buda

    Mercure Budapest Buda

    Hungary

    Novotel Budapest City

    Novotel Budapest City

    Romania

    Ibis Bucuresti Palatul Parlamentului

    Ibis Bucuresti Palatul Parlamentului

    Mercure Budapest Buda


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Novotel Budapest City


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ibis Bucuresti Palatul Parlamentului


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Romania

    Coroana Brasovului

    Coroana Brasovului

    Bulgaria

    Ramada Sofia (Formerly The Princess Hotel)

    Ramada Sofia

    Serbia

    Queen's Astoria Design Hotel

    Queen's Astoria Design Hotel

    Coroana Brasovului


    • English Speaking Staff
    • TV
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ramada Sofia


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Queen's Astoria Design Hotel


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ramada Sofia


    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Queen's Astoria Design Hotel


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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